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The Effect of Colour Blindness on Seismic InterpretationNormal access

Author: G. Paton
Event name: 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2016
Session: Automated Interpretation
Publication date: 31 May 2016
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201600883
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 5.37Mb )
Price: € 20

Colour is an integral part of how we interpret everything that we see, and it is also fundamental to how we communicate with each other, especially when trying to transfer information through reports, presentations and meetings. Colour blindness is caused by a reduction in the number of cones in the eye, the cells responsible for our detection of colour, and affects about 8% of the population. The principal question this study aimed to investigate was the impact that colour blindness might have on interpretation effectiveness. Four different interpretation tests were performed by the volunteers, each one aimed at investigating a different aspect of the decision making process that could be influenced by colour perception. Each test was a task that is commonly performed as part of a seismic interpretation workflow. What this study has shown is that there are differences in how individuals with a colour deficiency interpret seismic data when compared to individuals with full colour vision.

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