We often run into situations in which a logging company (or a consultant or a consulting company) has agreed to generate SCAT Plots for a client, but only after the client asks about SCAT Plots first. This has always struck us as rather weird: why would a client want to rely on the services of a firm that didn't think to mention SCAT Plots from the get-go? Would you use a medical office if you had to ask them to take your blood pressure?
People who really know and understand SCAT aren't going to mention it as an afterthought. And they're not going to wait for a client to ask them about it. If they really know and understand SCAT, it's going to be the first thing they think of when a client mentions geological dip data--it's going to be "top of mind". If a logging-company rep or a consultant discusses dip data with you without bringing up SCAT early in the conversation, chances are pretty good that he or she doesn't really know and understand SCAT.
At Computational Geology, we've been doing SCAT-based analysis and interpretation of geological dip data for over twenty years. As I pointed out in an earlier post,
From Day #1 it has been our philosophy that SCAT is essential for complete, accurate analysis of dip data--from borehole images as well as conventional dipmeter curves, from hand-picked data as well as machine-picked data.
In short, SCAT is essential for complete, accurate analysis of dip data. But there's more to SCAT than just SCAT Plots, which will be the subject of a future post.