I am working with seismic data.

Previously we had a tool or a script that could scan these data (SEG-Y) and produce a polygon and shapefile based on the header info from the SEG-Y-files.

This scripting tool came together with a database-platform that was very costly.

So when we decided to change platform we also lost the scanning tool.

Any ideas if this is possible in other software or tools?

  • when you say earlier do you mean previously. Are you saying that you once had a tool that could do this (what was it), but now you don't have access to it? when you say or any other way do you mean some other piece of software, or some other way of working with the data. can you edit your question to add clarity on these points.
    – nmtoken
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:41
  • I mean previously. The tool was a script created specific for us, but it came along with a database-package so it was very costly. So when we decided to change the database platform we lost the script. Any other means, other ways to produce shapefiles from SEG-Y files. Other software or methods.
    – Kjollis
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:49
  • could you edit the question adding this extra information, you shouldn't expect potential answerers to have to trawl through the comments to get all the details.
    – nmtoken
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:55
  • you could look at: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/29662/…
    – nmtoken
    Oct 21, 2016 at 8:00

1 Answer 1


I just came across Seismic Explorer for ArcGIS which appears to be a 3rd party extension to ArcGIS Desktop that supports SEG-Y format:

The Geocap Seismic Explorer for ArcGIS is an extension to ArcGIS for Desktop 10 that allows you to manage and visualize seismic data in ArcGIS.

Main features include:

  • Read 2D and 3D seismics from original SEG-Y files.
  • Visualize seismic data in 3D, including seismic lines and 3D cubes.
  • Visualize navigation lines and outlines in 2D and 3D
  • Read actual survey outlines directly from the original SEG-Y files, taking into account zero-traces and missing traces to create an exact outline geometry.
  • Uses Geocap's proprietary brick format to handle seismic 3D cubes of virtually any size
  • Create index files from 3D SEG-Y to quickly examine cube contents while minimizing use of disk space.
  • Extract lines from seismic 3D cubes based on intersection with arbitrary geometry.
  • Uses standard ArcGIS methods and tools
  • Easy to use interactive seismic navigation. Simply move seismic sections using your mouse or use the seismic toolbar.

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