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British Petroleum

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Bp also known as British Petroleum “is one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items.” This establishment has over 80 operations under its umbrella ranging from the United States to Australia. Oil companies such as BP constantly try to find the next best way to dig and find oil underneath the surface of the earth. Not only do they have well educated persons there to help measure, dig, etc., but they also have a great number of technological resources. The resources that are used include: 3D film that Geologists look at in a room called the HIVE (highly immersive visual environment). In this room, all persons that deal with finding oil come together and view this film to help determine where to drill and how successful they will be in doing so (BP). Finding oil is a science, there isn’t much guessing done without tools and maps to find it. Before there were a host of technology-based programs, oil companies had to search for oil by finding natural oil bubbles that came to surface in what is called a seapage (BP). Even then, there were no true promises that if the drilling began that they would strike gold, they just hoped that there was something deep beyond the earth’s surface. According to BP, “drilling is the only sure way to find out whether there is oil or gas down there”. There are also precautions that are to be made before you drill because it is known to be very expensive. The processes go as such,” we start with what we can see. Both geologists and geophysicists provide crucial insights at this stage in the exploration process. Geologists look at what rocks are made of and the formations they make in the earth. Geophysicists use physical characteristics, such as magnetic and gravitational properties, to guess the type and shape of subsurface rocks. Aerial photography from aircraft and...

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