Advances in Seismic Technology

......seismic technology powers on! 0

Thursday, February 6, 2014, London, The Geological Society

Join us in the Lower Library for drinks after the event!

Although progress in the processing and analysis of seismic data is important, for example the contribution of depth imaging to exploring for sub- or pre-salt plays in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and now Angola, the main innovations in seismic technology arise from step changes in our ability to acquire data.

Thus, this event will focus on what’s happening in:

Deep Water where:

And as a result we see bigger, wider, boats, towing more cables and also nodes becoming increasingly normal; this all putting pressure on “boutique” towed-streamer companies.

Onshore where:

And as a result we see Simultaneous Sweep sources, wireless recording and an interesting growth in multi-client surveys.

And
Fibre Optics:

If you would like to present at this event, please contact David Bamford via the website; likewise if you would like to sponsor, or exhibit at, the event, please contact Terry O’Donnell.

Join us in the Lower Library for drinks after the event!

Agenda

9:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee

9:30

Ian Jack - Consultant - Ian Jack

Welcome & Introduction


During Ian Jack's time in BP he ran the seismic field operations team, the subsurface R&D program, served as an SEG vice president, and inaugurated the SEG's "Distinguished Instructor" program with a 1-day 4D course taught worldwide. BP awarded him their “distinguished advisor” title in 2000, and in this role he initiated the first at-scale “Life of Field” seismic monitoring system which was subsequently installed in the Valhall field. He also initiated developments in land seismic technology which are coming to fruition at the present time. Although now "mostly retired" and quite undistinguished, he consults, does some teaching, and hikes around any convenient mountain range.

Ian is a physicist who strayed into geophysics by attending a job interview with GSI for interview practice, and was unable subsequently to say no to the unexpected job offer. That was in 1968 and he worked as a field engineer, then in data processing and software development before joining BP 10 years later.

Ian Jack
Ian is a physicist who strayed into geophysics by attending a job interview with GSI for interview practice, and was unable subsequently to say no to the unexpected job offer. That was in 1968 and he worked as a field engineer, then in data processing and software development before joining BP 10 years later. During his time in BP he ran the seismic field operations team, the subsurface R&D program, served as an SEG vice president, and inaugurated the SEG's "Distinguished Instructor" program with a 1-day 4D course taught worldwide. BP awarded him their “distinguished advisor” title in 2000, and in this role he initiated the first at-scale “Life of Field” seismic monitoring system which was subsequently installed in the Valhall field. He also initiated developments in land seismic technology which are coming to fruition at the present time. Although now "mostly retired" and quite undistinguished, he consults, does some teaching, and hikes around any convenient mountain range.
9:35

David Phillips - Senior Equity Research Analyst - HSBC

Echo & the Moneymen ... views on seismic from the financial world


David Phillips is a senior equity research analyst and co-head of the global oil & gas equity research team at HSBC, based in London. He joined HSBC in 2005 and has been an investment analyst since 1998, initially covering European chemicals and moving over to cover the oil & gas sector in 2006. David currently researches oilfield services companies on a global basis, covering Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America. In the Extel survey for financial analysts he ranked in the top 5 for oilfield services in 2011/2012 and ranked 2nd in 2013. Before working in equity research, he read Chemistry at Oxford and gained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

HSBC
Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC's international network comprises around 7,200 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
10:10

Chris Walker - Chief Geophysicist - Fairfield Nodal

Blended Sources and Node Acquisition - the Future of Ocean Bottom Seismic?


Chris holds as BSC(Hons) First Class in Physics from the New University of Ulster and a PhD in Marine Geophysics from Durham University.

Chris's current role is with Fairfield Nodal, where he works as the Chief Geophysicist for Data Acquisition.

In addition to his company and industry responsibilities, Chris has authored numerous technical publications and presentations.

His technical interests cover a wide range of topics but his prime focus is on marine acquisition with particular emphasis on source design, survey planning and onboard geophysical QC, with a view to improving operational efficiency by bringing together acquisition and processing.

Fairfield Nodal
Tight spaces. Sensitive environments. Harsh conditions. Elusive hydrocarbons. We know what you're up against. For over 30 years, FairfieldNodal has developed, manufactured and put to the test exclusive nodal seismic data systems and technology that help clients around the globe streamline operations and achieve more definitive answers with less risk. On land and at sea.

While we're known for our vast library of non-exclusive data in the Gulf of Mexico, we've also become the preeminent pros in node technology as a result. Our proprietary ZNodal technology is behind everything we do, and we do a lot. Count on FairfieldNodal for products, services and people prepared to help you tackle any terrain and marine depth.
10:45

Jill Lewis - Managing director - Troika International and Society of Exploration Geophysicists

New SEG data formats


Troika International and Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Troika International was established to provide truly independent consultancy services to companies wishing to investigate the potential options for changes to the management of their existing and future oil related data.

The extensive knowledge of the principals of the company is supplemented by strategic alliances with other specialist companies, organisations and individuals. As such we are able to offer a full range of consultancy services to aid companies with regard to evaluation of their own libraries, internal infrastructure and re-evaluation of their overall data management needs.

Our range of consultants cover all areas of exploration and production related data from acquisition, for land and marine, of both seismic and positioning data through processing to final archive data types and formats.
11:00

David Hill - Chief Technology Officer - OptaSense Ltd

Fibre-Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing for Borehole and Surface Seismic


David is a QinetiQ Senior Fellow and the Chief Technology Officer at OptaSense. Since jointly founding OptaSense he has concentrated on developing the uses of DAS technology within the Oil & Gas industry. David has a BSc(Hons) in Imaging Sciences from the University of Westminster, London and a PhD in Physics, from the University of Kent in the UK.

OptaSense Ltd
Based in the UK, OptaSense is a wholly company of QinetiQ, a FTSE250 multinational defence technology company. Founded in 2010, with offices also in the US, Canada, UAE and Australia, OptaSense specialises in the development and commercialisation of fibre-optic distributed sensing technology into the oil & gas market as well as for security and transport.
11:35 Lunch

12:15

John Flavell Smith - - Wireless Seismic

Scalability Proven!

Talk Description.
Wireless Seismic Inc. has introduced RT System 2, a cable-free seismic recording system, where all of the seismic data is transmitted back to the central recorder in real-time, via high bandwidth radio technologies. Over the last 3+ years, RT System 2 has been successfully deployed on dozens of commercial 2D and 3D seismic programs, both in North America and internationally. In early 2013, one of the questions that remained to be answered about the system, was whether this radio-based solution would be scalable to large channel counts - in the range of 10,000+ channels - and eventually to 50,000 channels and beyond.

In the summer of 2013, a completely wireless, 8,000-channel RT System 2 crew successfully completed a large 3D seismic survey in Kurdistan. Achieving this milestone represented a significant step forward in validating that the RT System 2 technology really is scalable to effectively handle large 3D seismic programs. In 2014, 3D deployments of more than 10,000 channels are planned, as the RT System 2 development program gears up to be able to support 50,000+ channel systems over the next 9 to 12 months.

The presentation will describe how RT System is architected and how it operates in the field. The methods and technologies that have been developed to overcome real-life operational challenges such as radio interference, dense vegetation, steep terrain, road and river crossings, moving vehicles, livestock, no permit zones, urban infrastructure etc., will be overviewed. Several commercial projects will be reviewed and discussed, especially the Kurdistan 3D project. This presentation will give the audience a good initial understanding of how a radio-based seismic recording system can be architected to cost-effectively overcome the very demanding challenges of acquiring onshore seismic data in a wide range of terrains and environments.

Wireless Seismic
Wireless Seismic, Inc. was founded in 2006 with a single purpose: to design and develop a wireless recording system that collects and transmits seismic data in real time. Today, Wireless seismic's second generation system - the RT System 2 - is a reality. In the seismic data acquisition system marketplace of conventional cable systems and new nodal cable-less systems, it is the only wireless system capable of scaling to 10,000 + channels that can make that claim.
12:50

Bob Heath - Technical Marketing Manager - iSeis

Cable-less seismic recorders, what does it really take to communicate?

Talk Description.
The realities of wireless seismic!

It has been said that cableless seismic recorders come in two varieties: those that attempt some form of communication and those that wish they could - the latter usually being referred to as “shoot blind”. This may be unfair to those crews which have not yet suffered from using systems which lack a wireless communication capability. But given the growing market in supplying some operators of “blind” hardware with add-on equipment to give radio sight to their system perhaps this cynical definition is not entirely without some hidden truth.

Instruments which were designed not to shoot blind should not get off lightly either. They are all required to use low power 2.40 – 2.48 GHz radio to communicate. Yet this is the frequency of microwave ovens, chosen due to how easily it is absorbed. So can such recorders really work as well as advertised or can they just take on the simple environments?

Now that both types of cableless system have been around for some years, is it time to review the physics and engineering, report on some field tests and see what really works?

Professional Qualification: Previous Vice Chairman SEG Technical Standards Committee, SEG Silver Medal. Member of EAGE, SEG, PESGB. BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Southampton.

Experience & Organization: Involved in land seismic acquisition techniques, engineering and marketing since 1976. Written large number of articles and papers, given talks, on modern land acquisition. Probably given more talks/articles on cablefree acquisition and future land recording instrumentation than any other.

Accomplishments: Involved in the start up of large number of new seismic instrumentation companies, research and marketing of new seismic systems and techniques. At forefront internationally of bringing new technologies to improve land seismic.

iSeis
iSeis is part of the Seismic Source Company, established about ten years ago to research and design new advanced and specialised source control systems, and is now the world's largest independent company involved in vibroseis research. In 2008 iSeis was established to develop the world's first Next Generation cablefree land seismic system. Taking on board lessons learned from other systems, customer feedback and the better integration of source control suited to cablefree recording, iSeis is now a leading developer of land acquisition hardware. Currently its equipment is acquiring data from what is believed to be the largest seismic spread ever lit up at one go - about 300 sq.miles.
13:25

Andy Bull - VP, Emerging Technology - INOVA Geophysical

Recent Advances in Broadband Land Seismic

Talk Description.
The talk will cover high productivity and wireless topics
INOVA Geophysical
INOVA was formed in March 2010 when BGP and ION Geophysical each contributed land seismic equipment assets to a new and independent joint venture company. INOVA's strengths lie in their ability to develop and support rugged and reliable seismic acquisition equipment that enable geophysical service providers to efficiently design and execute complex seismic acquisition programs on behalf of their E&P customers around the world.

INOVA's offerings encompass three major product lines:

- Land acquisition systems including G3i HD (cable) and Hawk (cableless)
- Land source products including the AHV-IV 364 and 380 series, the Univib small vibe and their new Vib Pro HD source controller
- Digital sensors, including the VectorSeis 3C receiver and the AccuSeis 1C receiver

INOVA's management team perseveres to create a unique 'best of both' culture that draws upon the distinctive attributes of its parent owners' skill sets and operating philosophies. INOVA's technical professionals reflect ION's rich tradition of innovation in land seismic product development, ARAM's philosophy of 'no excuses' customer service, and the practical operating insights BGP has acquired as the world's largest land seismic contractor. This unique blend of insights and capabilities ensure that INOVA's products remain on the cutting-edge of innovation, guided by the practical reality of what contractors require to reliably execute complex seismic programs in the most difficult operating environments.

INOVA is committed to offer 'Best in Class' customer satisfaction. Through a global network of training, repair, and customer support centers, INOVA field service engineers are located in key petroleum centers close to their customers. These field support teams are available twenty four hours/seven days a week/three hundred sixty days a year and willing to go anywhere, anytime to ensure that INOVA's customers are able to complete their acquisition programs safely, on-time, and within budget. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with their customers, INOVA's field support teams are united by a common call to action: Together, We Get the Job Done.
14:00 Raffle prize draw

14:05 Drinks reception in lower library

Sponsors of this event

Getech
For over 25 years, we've been using our data and geoscience expertise to help the oil and mining industries locate the earth's natural resources. Whatever your requirements, our multidisciplinary team of geoscientists can help you make enlightened business decisions.

At Getech, we offer a range of services dedicated to helping you understand the geological risks and opportunities associated with locating natural resources - whether you're working on a global or regional scale.

Our eco-system offers a holistic view of how our core services interact, with Globe at the centre.

HSBC
Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC's international network comprises around 7,200 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

EPI
EPI is an independent, highly experienced and skilled seismic QC/QA consultancy to the Energy Industry with a variety of specialist skills for land, marine and TZ Quality Control. As an international consultancy we work globally providing clients with outstanding 'seismic QC solutions'. Our experience includes: * Arctic exploration * 4D Reservoir monitoring * Carbon capture & storage * Frontier exploration * OBC/ OBC technologies * Wireless & node technology * Unconventional resources.

We offer a fully bespoke service and cover all aspects of project design, parameter and source optimisation, crew mentoring, start-ups, technical assurance, HSSE QC support and seismic data processing.

RPS Energy
RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the international energy industry, covering geoscience, engineering and HS&E, with offices around the world.

RPS Energy
RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the international energy industry, covering geoscience, engineering and HS&E, with offices around the world.

Hydenlyne Limited
Hydenlyne is a privately owned company based in Dorset and was established in 2007. It provides project management, operations support, quality control services, wellsite geological services, HSE advisors and Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) on seismic and drilling projects worldwide for both the oil & gas and offshore wind industries.

Our clients include major and national oil & gas companies, independent oil companies and operators, government agencies and Environmental Management Consultants.

Hydenlyne has seismic expertise in the marine, land and transitional zone environments for 2D and 3D data with towed streamer, ocean bottom cable (OBC), VSP, multi-component and time-lapse 4D surveys using explosive, airgun and vibroseis sources.

Hydenlyne also provides Marine Mammal Observers and Passive Acoustic Monitors to the oil & gas and offshore wind energy markets. Our MMOs and PAMs are all highly qualified and experienced in both industries including the latest Round 3 offshore wind farm developments.

Our services can be provided as single or multiple consultants or as a full project management package.

Hydenlyne has years of experience working globally, including projects in the Europe, North Sea, Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, South America, Australia, East and West Africa.

Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Terry Quinn
Head of Marketing - EAME
Geokinetics Processing Inc.
United Kingdom
Mark Tuckwell
Sector Manager
Sagentia
United Kingdom
Steve Smith
Director
Akeman Exploration
United Kingdom
Jim House
Director
GeoSeis Ltd
United Kingdom
Stephen Pickering
NExT Director Learning Content and Delivery
Schlumberger
United Kingdom
Chris Gladding
Global IT Manager
ALS Oil & Gas
United Kingdom
David Phillips
Head of oil & gas research
HSBC
United Kingdom
Martin Anderson
HSE Manager
Schlumberger
United Kingdom
Laura Iley

Aspectus PR
United Kingdom
Rebecca Hendy
Marketing consultant
Hydenlyne
United Kingdom
Tim Dean
Geophysicist
Schlumberger
United Kingdom
Andrew Harber
Consultant Acquisition Ceophysicist
Barnes Geophysical Services Ltd.
United Kingdom
Serge Vasylechko

Imperial College
United Kingdom
Chris Toner
Sales Manager
Seamap (UK) Ltd.
United Kingdom
Brian Sowerby
IT Architect
BG
United Kingdom
Jason Criss
Chief Geophysicist
Inova
United States
Robert Heath
Consultant
Seismic & Oilfield Services Ltd
United Kingdom
Steve Callan
Sales / Marketing / Business Development
BGP Marine
United Kingdom
Andy Bull
VP, Emerging Technology
Inova Geophysical
United Kingdom
Aaron Lockwood
Software Sales Manager - EAME
Shearwater Geoservices
United Kingdom
Torsten Glaeser
Global PSCM Category Lead - Land Acquisition & Data Processing
BP
United Kingdom
Mark Foster
Managing Director
JHKI Services Limited
United Kingdom
Daniel Finfer
Applications Development Manager
Silixa
United Kingdom
holly mcdonald
Category Manager - Seabed and Marine Seismic
BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd
United Kingdom
Ewan Rossiter
Geologist
JX Nippon
United Kingdom
Craig Stenzel
Seismic Engineer
Silixa Limited
United Kingdom
Robert FE Jones
Director
Caithness Petroleum
United Kingdom
James Rigg
Geoscientist
Kerogen Capital
Paul Maton
Director
Sillimanite Consultants
United Kingdom
Sean Waddingham
Data Library
CGGVeritas
United Kingdom
Peter Allen
consultant
layla resources
United Kingdom
Shaun Dunn
Global Business Manager – Exploration
Sonardyne International
United Kingdom
Eleanor Jack

Consultant
United Kingdom
Ali Ramady
Territory Sales Manager
LMKR
United Kingdom
Patrick Horwood
Business Development Geophysicist
Spectrum GEO Limited
United Kingdom
Diwin Amarasinghe
Geophysical Specialist
Consultant
United Kingdom
David Murray
Senior Analyst
Mars Omega LLP
United Kingdom
Anne Hegarty
Exploration Intelligence - Analyst
Statoil UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Roger Doery
Consultant
Consultant
United Kingdom
Harish Pillai
Vice President
Neo Energy
United Kingdom
Richard Brink

svl
Canada
Ian Jack
Mostly Retired
Consultant
United Kingdom
David Hill
CTO
OptaSense
United Kingdom
Mark Davis

SYSTEMIQ
United Kingdom
Micky Allen
consultant
consultant
United Kingdom
Jeremy Hulse
Consultant
OTM Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Neil Taylor
Director
Taylor Energy Services
United Kingdom
Peter Farrington
Geophysicist
Consultant Geophysicist
United Kingdom
Bill Park
Business Advisor
Park Innovation
United Kingdom
ROSEMARY JOHNSON SABINE
VP Exploration
TETHYS PETROLEUM
United Kingdom
David Boote

DBConsulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Gerald Stein
Director
Pays International
United Kingdom
alexandre godard
regional coordinator africa
TGS
United Kingdom
Stephen Norman
Business Development Manager
DNV GL
United Kingdom
Vincent Sheppard
Chief Geophysicist
petrofac
United Kingdom
Jill Lewis
Managing Director
Troika International Ltd
United Kingdom
Brian Donnelly
Consultant Geophysicist
Donnelly
United Kingdom
William Davie
Director
Precision Impulse
United Kingdom
John Quigley
Chief Geophysicist - Land
WesternGeco
United Kingdom
Ed Tree
Geophysical Consultant
Ed Tree Consulting
United Kingdom
Christopher Walker
Owner
Red Hand Geophysics Ltd
United Kingdom
John Flavell Smith

Wireless Seismic
Ali Zolalemin
Director
Emeres Ltd
United Kingdom
Nick Bright

Retired
United Kingdom
Claire Basham
Geoscience Recruitment Consultant
Working Smart Limited
United Kingdom
Terry O'Donnell
Business Development Manager
EPI Group
United Kingdom
Robert Snashall
Consultant
RGSConsult
United Kingdom
Samantha Dobson
Geoscience Recruitment Consultant
Working Smart Ltd
United Kingdom
Serje Heyer
Director
Feather Tech
United Kingdom
Robert Waterhouse
Director
Rosha Resources Ltd
United Kingdom
Andrew Wright
Managing Director
Wright Interim Management Limited
United Kingdom
Syed Sattar
Support Geoscientist
ffA
United Kingdom
Christopher Helly
Geophsicist
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Mike Pinnington
Managing Director
YamYar Ltd.
United Kingdom
Adam Marmaras
Event Organiser
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Martin Smith
Business Development Manager - Operations
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Andrew Zolnai
Owner
zolnai.ca
United Kingdom
Bill Pramik
Vice President Acquisition Technology
Geokinetics
United States
JOHN GEORGIOU
EXPLORATION CONSULTANT GEOPHYSICIST
RPS ENERGY
United Kingdom