New Geophysical Approaches

Analytics, full waveform inversion, electromagnetics, multiple sources, thermal imaging 0

Thursday, March 9, 2017, London, The Geological Society



Seismic is King!”…………………but are there any Princes?

Seismic technology has dominated geoscience, and thus the Exploration and Exploitation businesses, throughout my career in oil & gas. And within it there continues to be remarkable innovation, led by companies such as PGS.

However, from the vast wave spectrum known to us from physics, it would be strange perhaps if sound waves were absolutely the only ones that offer us the necessary lateral and vertical resolution. Of course it is clear as soon as you dig into sonic wave theory why this resolution triumphs, over potential field measurements for example, with perhaps the only limitation being that you do have to be on the earth’s surface to make it work………………..

Thus, in addition to reviewing seismic innovation, we thought we would devote some of this event to examining technologies based on innovative physics or airborne/satellite deployment (or both).


Note: This event continues from our past 'New Geophysical Technologies' event held in

February 2016 - see the agenda - see the delegates list

February 2015 - see the agenda - see the delegates list


Agenda

9:30

David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Chairman's introduction



David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He was on the board of Premier Oil from May 2014 to May 2016.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.

From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.
9:40

Robert Waterhouse - Managing Director - Rosha Resources Ltd

Review of non-seismic exploration methods and technologies – and their application

Talk Description.
- From “Dad” Joiner (who discovered the East Texas field in the 1930s) to thermal imaging
- A range of scientific methods which can theoretically be used to search for petroleum deposits
- Commercial exploration tools built on these scientific methods – and how these tools are currently being applied
- Possible lessons for improving the currently low rate of discovered volumes

Robert has previously been involved in marketing non-seismic exploration technology to international E&Ps, and he is currently focused upon executive search and executive coaching for senior management at natural resources and other companies. His career spans the private, public and civil service sectors. He studied the History of Science in his degree.

Rosha Resources Ltd
10:15

Gordon Stove - Co-Founder & Managing Director - Adrok

Why electromagnetics have the potential to massively add value to seismic exploration

Talk Description.
- What electromagnetic survey is about
- How the technology has advanced over the past few years
- Why oil companies are reluctant to use it
Goal:
To develop and implement innovative technologies to help find hydrocarbons and minerals vital to the world’s health and welfare.

Responsibilities:
Strategic Technology Planning and Innovation in Upstream Oil & Gas, as well as Mining.
Coaching and managing staff
Financial management and wealth creation
Overseeing key operations in our provision of Geophysical Survey Services
Intellectual Property creation and protection
Technology and Product development
Health & Safety – ensuring that our staff returns home safely every day.

Background:
Gordon has over 10 years’ experience in developing and applying geoscience technologies. He is co-founder and shareholder of Adrok Ltd and since Adrok’s inception Gordon has managed technology developments and the company’s global services business. Gordon’s a Member of the Energy Institute, PESGB, EAGE, SEG, AAPG, the Scottish Oil Club, Institute of Directors and the Caledonian Club. Gordon supports young entrepreneurs as a Business Mentor for Business Mentoring Scotland, as well as for the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland. Gordon holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, is a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner and completed the School of CEOs.

Adrok
Adrok Group, based in Edinburgh, provides subsurface imaging and mapping solutions, using its atomic dielectric resonance (ADR) scanner, to help understand the structure and content of the subsurface. The same technology has been used to analyse and classify blood, and image the human body.
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits

11:15

Tony Bell - Area Geophysicist - PGS

Advanced Full Waveform Inversion (FWI) stabilization

Talk Description.
Inverse problems utilize model parameters to infer information about the observable data. We present two advanced methods of inversion. The first utilizes advanced stabilization methods in the inversion to generate high resolution and stable Earth models through the process of Full Waveform Inversion. Once an accurate model has been generated we demonstrate the use of wave equation reflectivity inversion to compensate for acquisition related illumination and amplitude variation; mitigating uncertainty in imaging.
Tony has over 25 years of experience gained within the seismic discipline, with roles covering both data acquisition and processing, working for both research organisations and contractors. The last 17 years have been focussed on the supervision of depth imaging projects from the major marine oil provinces throughout the world. His current position as Area Geophysicist at PGS involves supporting the Imaging & Engineering department within the EAME region.

PGS
PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. Our business is technology driven and we offer a broad range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, reservoir characterisation, interpretation and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient seismic library is among the largest and most modern in the industry. Around 60% of the 2D data and almost 30% of all 3D data has been acquired with GeoStreamer®, the industry's first true broadband marine seismic system. The result is subsurface images of greater clarity, accuracy and reliability.
11:50

Phil Fontana - Chief Geophysicist - Polarcus

Using multiple sources in towed streamer acquisition

Talk Description.
- Savings in time and cost due to more efficient in-field operation, reduced number of vessel sail lines for any given survey area
- What improvement in overall data quality can we expect from increased trace density?
- Why traditional constraints on inline shot interval vs record length vs vessel speed have been removed due to use of continuous recording systems and processing breakthroughs in de-blending overlapping shot data
- Achieving the desired 3D spatial sampling using more than two sources in the cross line direction rather than a large number of more closely spaced streamers
Phil has over 32 years of experience in the field of marine geophysics. During that time he has held several senior level technical positions in marine seismic data acquisition at Western Geophysical, WesternGeco, Veritas DGC, and CGGVeritas. Prior to joining Polarcus in December of 2008, Phil held the position of Geophysical Manager for CGGVeritas' marine acquisition product line. Phil holds a BS degree in Geology and a MS degree in Geophysics from the University of Connecticut in the USA.

Polarcus
We have a pure play strategy focusing on the marine towed streamer seismic acquisition business, coupled with a strong commitment to minimize our environmental impact in the performance of our work. This clear strategy will ensure that our extensive experience and resources will be fully focused on the successful execution of seismic surveys, whether proprietary or multi- client, 3D or 4D, whilst leaving the lowest possible environmental footprint.
12:25

Dr Duncan Irving - Practice Partner, oil and gas - Teradata

New (and low cost) geophysical approaches from old data and even older mathematics: Data science meets geoscience


Duncan Irving is the Oil & Gas Consulting Team Lead, EMEA & APAC with Teradata. Duncan joined Teradata from the University of Manchester where he instructed in geophysical interpretation and geocomputational methods for the last seven years. He was involved in consulting and research projects involving user interactions with massive subsurface datasets and more general upstream data management, and he continues to maintain research links as an honorary lecturer. One long term project was with Teradata and he drove the development of Teradata's capabilities in the Upstream Oil and Gas area. This time provided him with a deep understanding of the capabilities of Teradata and how they can best be used in the petroleum industry.
He is a geophysicist and also has a PhD in glacial geophysics and geotechnical engineering (why frozen ground moves faster during climate warming and how this affects infrastructure). Duncan lives in the hills outside Manchester with his wife and three children. He is a mountaineer, fell runner and is a card-carrying member of the CAMpaign for Real Ale.

Teradata
Teradata is the world's largest company solely focused on creating enterprise agility through database software, enterprise data warehousing, and analytics. It's our passion and it's all we do. For the Oil & Gas Industry it must be "now", it must be safe, and it has to scale. Whether it is upstream reservoir data analytics, production and refining real-time data analysis, operations management, or back-office ERP provisioning Teradata has the technology platform, scalability, people and approach that will allow you to do more with your data - today.
13:00 Lunch & Exhibits

14:00 Close

Sponsors of this event

PGS
PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. Our business is technology driven and we offer a broad range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, reservoir characterisation, interpretation and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient seismic library is among the largest and most modern in the industry. Around 60% of the 2D data and almost 30% of all 3D data has been acquired with GeoStreamer®, the industry's first true broadband marine seismic system. The result is subsurface images of greater clarity, accuracy and reliability.

Teradata
Teradata is the world's largest company solely focused on creating enterprise agility through database software, enterprise data warehousing, and analytics. It's our passion and it's all we do. For the Oil & Gas Industry it must be "now", it must be safe, and it has to scale. Whether it is upstream reservoir data analytics, production and refining real-time data analysis, operations management, or back-office ERP provisioning Teradata has the technology platform, scalability, people and approach that will allow you to do more with your data - today.

Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Jerome Foreman
Principle Geoscientist
Foreman Consultants
United Kingdom
Robert Parker
Consultant
Parker
United Kingdom
Gordon Stove
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Adrok
United Kingdom
Simon Cushing
Research Director
Gartner
United Kingdom
Mike Rego
Independent Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
United Kingdom
Paul Murphy
Key Account Manager, Oil and Gas Division
Airbus Defence and Space
United Kingdom
Alice Sapcaliu
Project Manager
GBC Ltd
Lesley Auchterlonie
Sales Area Manager EAME/CIS
PGS
Geoffrey Boyd
Field Development Consultant
Antium FRONTFIELD
United Kingdom
Adrian Kerr

GdF Suez E&P UK
Stuart Fairhead
Depth Imaging Manager
PGS
Joanna Wallis
Geophysicist
BG Group
United Kingdom
Alexander Chalke
Partner
Grosvenor Clive & Stokes
United Kingdom
Tony Bell
Area Geophysicist
PGS
David Sendra
Associate Consultant
BlackRockQI
United Kingdom
Norman Hempstead
Director
Hempstead Geophysical Svcs
United Kingdom
Mark Seymour
Sales Supervisor Marine Contract Africa
PGS
Robert FE Jones
Director
Caithness Petroleum
United Kingdom
Keely Harris
Asset Manager
Impact Oil & Gas
United Kingdom
Joshua May
New Ventures - Africa
PGS
United Kingdom
Robert Kennedy
Commercial Director
Caithness Petroleum Limited
United Kingdom
Neil Simons
Consultant
Independent
United Kingdom
David Contreras
Gegional Geoscience Manager
Polarcus
United Kingdom
Jo Firth
Senior geophysicist
CGG
United Kingdom
Neil Dyer

Independent
United Kingdom
Phil Fontana
Chief Geophysicist
Polarcus
James Andrew
Busines Development Mgr EAME
CGG
United Kingdom
Mark Robinson
Consultant
Independent
United Kingdom
Dave Forecast
sales supervisor
Polarcus
george steel
director
Connect2 LLC
United States
Manouchehr Takin

Independent consultant
United Kingdom
Zuzana Kralova

Polarcus
Roger Doery
Consultant
Consultant
United Kingdom
Simon Marshall
Head of events - energy, oil and gas
ITE Group
Chris Newton
Sales Manager
Polarcus UK Ltd
United Kingdom
John Cryan
Geophysicist
Consultant
United Kingdom
Simon Marshall
Head of events - energy, oil and gas
ITE Group
Robert Waterhouse
Director
Rosha Resources Ltd
United Kingdom
Peter Farrington
Geophysicist
Consultant Geophysicist
United Kingdom
John Griffith
Upstream Advisor
JJG Consulting International Ltd
United Kingdom
Martin Smith
Business Development Manager - Operations
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Colin Clarke
Geophysicist
Consulting Geoscience
United Kingdom
Christian Bukovics
Independent Director
JKX Oil&Gas Plc
United Kingdom
Paul Strachowski
Seismic QC
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Richard Walker
Consultant Geophysicist
Cornhill Economics Ltd
United Kingdom
Alan Smith
Director
Luchelan Limited
United Kingdom
David Webber
Seismic Operations Supervisor
Sceptre Oil & Gas
United Kingdom
Grahame Grover
Director
Cumbre Consulting
United Kingdom
Geoff Chambers
Data Scientist
Masternaut
United Kingdom
Robert Heath
Consultant
Seismic & Oilfield Services Ltd
United Kingdom
Charles Thomas
SEnior Vice PResident Africa & UKCS
EMGS
United Kingdom
Mike James
Business Consultant
Moveout Data Seismic Services Ltd
United Kingdom
Tim Brice
Chief Geophysicist Marine Acquisition
Shearwater Geoservices
United Kingdom
Javier Herbas
?Senior Geophysicist
ENGIE
Darren McDonald
Managing Director
Moveout Data Seismic Services Ltd
United Kingdom
Oxana Bristowe
Director
Stand4More
United Kingdom
David Cleverly
Geophysicist
ENGIE
David Bamford
Director
New Eyes Exploration Ltd
UK
Vibhusha Raj Sharma

StrategicFit
United Kingdom
Joshua Lowe
Geophysicist / Data Scientist
ENGIE
Helen Turnell
Principal Consultant
NR Global Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Andre Sharma
Petroleum Analyst
Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB
United Kingdom
Simon Fleckner
Geoscientist
Envoi Ltd
United Kingdom
Alex Stedman
Software Sales Geophysicist
Open Geophysical
Ali Elyaseri
Petroleum Economist
Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB
United Kingdom
Richard McIntyre
Sales Manager
Finding Petroleum
Aoife Carr
Senior Geoscientist
Ophir Energy
United Kingdom
Duncan Irving
Practice Partner, Oil & Gas
Teradata
Karl Jeffery
Editor
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Peter Dolan
advisor to the board of directors
ophir energy plc
United Kingdom
John Sunderland
Retired
TGS-NOPEC-retired
United Kingdom
Avinga Pallangyo
Conference Manager
Finding Petroleum
Dave Waters
Director and Geoscience Consultant
Paetoro Consulting UK Ltd
United Kingdom