Effective Database Design for Geoscience Professionals

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This book is intended to provide a solid understanding of the key elements of database design and use. Geotechnical data management plays a key role in problem solving for oil company exploration and development operations. Managing geotechnical data usually takes a unique professional. One with both an engineering and IT background. Effective Database Design for Geoscience Professionals is a complete manual that geoscientists can use to provide a basic introduction to data management concepts. A highly organized work, each chapter is complete with an introductory synopsis and key terms where necessary. Overall, Hoffman provides practical information sprinkled with cautionary advice on avoiding potential database design pitfalls.

Features & Benefits

  • Use geotechnical data and databases more effectively
  • Better manage existing and future geotechnical databases
  • Improve communications between geotechnical users and IT professionals


  • Geoscientists
  • Managers of geotechnical professionals

About the Author

David R. Hoffman is currently Staff Exploration Geologist for ARCO Latin America. He has previously served as Senior Exploration and Advisor and Technical Database Manager for Maxus Energy. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and Society of Professional Well Log Analysts, as well as other regional associations. He earned a B.A in Geology from Sonoma State University and a M.SC. in Geology from San Diego State University.

Type: Softcover
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Pages: 263
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780878148288

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