Accession Number : ADP001169

Title :   EXPLORER: A Natural Language Processing System for Oil Exploration,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST DEPT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Lehnert,Wendy G. ; Shwartz,Steven P.

Report Date : 01 FEB 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : EXPLORER (Lehnert and Shwartz, 1982; Shwartz 1982) is a non-fragile, 'hands-on' language analysis system that allows oil explorationists with no knowledge of computers or computer programming to create customized maps. Users in Tulsa, Denver, and New Orleans currently have dial-up access to a DEC-20 where EXPLORER is iplemented in TLISP. A user converses with EXPLORER about a desired map until both parties have agreed on an adequate and unambiguous set of specifications. Another phone link then carries EXPLORER's output to an IBM 3033 which runs database retrieval routines on commercial well data. When all the information has been secured from well data, a graphics system takes over to perform the actual map generation. EXPLORER is currently undergoing evaluation, and it is targetted for a 1983 installation in all regional offices of a major oil company for restricted use by geologists and geophysicists.

Descriptors :   *Computers, *Natural language, *Data processing, *Man computer interface, *Mapping, Symposia, Input output processing, User needs, Maps, Oil wells, Computer graphics, Telecommunications, Data bases, Information retrieval, Computer printouts, Human factors engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE