New technologies for describing and monitoring reservoirs

get to know your reservoir better! 0

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, London, The Geological Society

As our Sept 19th Forum on "Exploiting Deep Water Fields" will illuminate, we find ourselves in an era where, due mainly to the high cost of both drilling throughout the life of a field and intervention during reservoir management:

  1. reservoirs are almost routinely under-appraised, meaning that developers live with the unintended consequences of 'taking reservoir risk', and
  2. reservoir managers find it difficult to assess exactly how fluids are moving around their reservoir(s), for example where oil and/or water is actually coming from.

These two issues place a heavy emphasis on our ability to both describe and monitor reservoirs without the aid of large numbers of wells.

This event will focus on those technologies firstly that enable us to understand the framework in which oil & gas finds itself, waiting to be produced, namely the reservoir, which needs to be described in detail in 3D and secondly those monitoring and surveillance technologies that enable us to understand how hydrocarbons and water are moving around our reservoirs, under production.

If you would like to make a presentation at this event, please contact David Bamford via the Finding Petroleum website; if you are interested in sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact Terry O’Donnell.

Agenda

9:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee

9:30

David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Welcome & 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

Mike Christie - Professor - Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

From Computer Science to Reservoir Modelling – Leveraging the State of the Art

Talk Description.
“To copy from one person is plagiarism, to copy from many is research”. This saying from American playwright Wilson Mizner, ostensibly a comment on writers in the early part of the 20th century, can also be a guide to making progress in solving challenging engineering problems. The goal of this talk is to show how ideas from another field – computer science – can be combined with existing concepts in reservoir modelling to make a significant advance in capability.

The talk will be illustrated with examples (including a N Sea Example)showing the improvements in history matching and optimisation capabilities available from implementing specific algorithms.
Mike has devoted his career to computer simulation of the flow of fluids through oil and gas reservoirs, and using computer modelling to gain insight into the critical aspects of reservoir fluid flows that affect business outcomes.

Mike worked for BP for 18 years in the area of reservoir simulation until 1999, holding positions in both the UK and USA. His work was characterised by a desire to understand technology at the highest level and use that understanding for practical application. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1994/95 with a talk based on one of the earliest uncertainties studies on a real field. While in the USA, Mike interacted with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and developed novel upscaling techniques that were applied to various fields, including Cusiana in Colombia. Mike joined Heriot Watt University at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering where he has focused on uncertainty quantification in complex systems using computer simulation.

Mike consults for the petroleum industry in reservoir simulation, history matching and uncertainty quantification. He was awarded the SPE Ferguson Medal in 1990 for his work in 3D simulation of viscous fingering.

More recently, he has been accessing uncertainty quantification techniques from a variety of areas, including the aerospace, nuclear industries and computational biology areas to apply to the petroleum reservoir system understanding – particularly the question of how complex to make a model. This led to a book, published in 2011, on “Simplicity, Complexity and Modelling”.
He has also founded a spin-out company from Heriot-Watt to commercialise 10 years of research into uncertainty quantification and optimisation methodologies.

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

We're a vibrant, forward-looking university, well known for the quality of our degrees with employers actively seeking out our graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university with an unsurpassed international in-country presence. We deliver degree programmes to 11,800 students in 150 countries around the world, have a campus in Dubai, a new one opening in Malaysia and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland.
10:15

Pavol Ihring - Managing Director - GeoProxima

Automatic Digital data analysis, features extraction and data mining in geophysics

Talk Description.
Exploration is a costly business with high uncertainties.

With ever-increasing image resolution and volumes of data, FAST, ACCURATE and AUTOMATED Data Analysis of the details is compulsory.

We offer:

Fully AUTOMATED data analysis of Seismic, gravimetry and other fields (surface) and reservoirs.
We offer features extraction & detailed data mining , all within extremely short time frames.

This includes but not limited to:

  • The extraction of pockmarks, faults, linear features, density, vertical relations and much more...
  • The automated creation of a queryable geo-database of objects and features with geometric and spatial properties.
  • Volumes of data processed in short time at levels not possible before.

Our technology is capable of extracting all possible information from exploration data.

GeoProxima gives you an unparalleled tool available for the first time, which enables you to utilize your hard earned expertise and efficiently extract the most value from your costly data.
Paul Ihring: Relevant Education & Experience:
Degree in physics
Teacher of Mathematics and Physics
Observational Astronomer at Solar observatories in Slovakia and Australia
35 years in management in IT industry & Software development.
For the last 15 years Paul has financed and managed fundamental mathematical research in digital, signal, image, surface and volume analysis.

The results of this research are now being applied to Geophysics being presented as GeoProxima.

GeoProxima
GeoProxima is an Australian company focused on geodata processing and presenting a breakthrough in mathematics applied to Geophysics.

The journey started 15 years ago when a Slovak company decided to finance basic mathematical research in the field of Signal, Curve, Image, Surface and Volume analysis. Mathematicians and scientists as a part of our team have been involved in this research for the last 30 years.

Results of our scientific research are mathematically correct and proven technologies which are unique. These results have never been achieved before despite of huge effort of the mathematicians as of begnning of mathematics.

This exceptional result has an important impact on digital data processing of Signal, Curve, Image, Surface and Volume. It opens unique abilities in many segments of digital data analysis to extract more precise information from the digital data and moreover to get information which couldn't be accessible by using other existing technologies. All our analysis is fully automatic.

GeoProxima applies this technology in the field of geophysical data processing. Today, geophysicists are dealing with huge amounts of digital data being acquired by various methods. These have to be analysed in order to extract meaningful and precise information.

GeoProxima is offering automatic and fast solution by using unique technology. Our results are stable and accurate.
This will help faster and more precisely pinpoint key geophysical features and resources.

10:50 Tea & coffee

11:20

Rob Ross - Client Solutions Director - Reservoir Solutions - TGS

A Perspective on Fibre-optics – the most important, innovative, emerging technology?

Talk Description.
Fiber-optic sensing has been established for over two decades in military applications. The components used have proved to be extremely reliable over the last thirty years in the subsea telecoms industry. This talk will give an insight into why fiber-optic sensing is the right choice for areal monitoring of the oilfield and, in particular:

  • Why areal monitoring is important and how it can generate value
  • How fiber-optic based sensors can perform areal monitoring
  • Why optical sensors are the right choice for reservoir monitoring


In his role as Client Solutions Director, Rob spends his time helping oil companies interested in TGS’ Stingray® Permanent Reservoir Monitoring solutions to identify candidate fields and define project specifications. Rob has more than 15 years’ industry experience in a range of technical and management positions including field operations, data processing and inversion.

He has an MA in Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is a member of the SEG, the EAGE and the PESGB and is based in the TGS London office.

TGS
TGS is the world's largest geoscience data company, known for its asset-light, multi-client business model and global data library. Our primary business is to provide geoscience data to energy companies worldwide. We offer extensive global libraries that include seismic data, magnetic and gravity data, multibeam and coring data, digital well logs and production data. Additionally, the company offers advanced processing and imaging services, interpretation products and data integration solutions.

11:55

Chris Shannon - CEO - Fotech Solutions Ltd

Real-time LiveFRAC Monitoring with Distributed Acoustic Sensing


Chris Shannon has headed up technology rich start-up companies for the last 20 years. Working across a variety of markets with optical fiber and wireless technologies, Chris created and led the Telecom division of Queensgate Instruments, which sold to SDL in 2000. He later became CEO of Indigo Photonics, which was subsequently acquired by Insensys in 2003 and is now part of Schlumberger and Moog. Most recently Chris was CEO of Ezurio, a spin off from TDK, where he successfully commercialised their Bluetooth, WLAN and M2M technology, which led to the acquisition of the business by Laird Technologies in 2008.

Fotech Solutions Ltd
Fotech provides distributed acoustic data to the energy and security sectors. Based in the UK, USA and Canada, the venture-capital-funded company brings together talents from the energy sector, academic research and information technology. With decades of expertise within these core industries, Fotech has managed to clearly identify primary markets for acoustic fibre technology and deliver a solution, known simply as Helios, for perimeter/pipeline security and oil&gas production monitoring.
12:10

David Hill - Chief Technology Officer - OptaSense Ltd

An introduction to fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing and its impact on IOR and EOR

Talk Description.
Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is a new sensing technology that is increasingly being seen as a potential game changer in a number of downhole applications including hydraulic fracture profiling, permanent flow assurance and 4D-VSP reservoir imaging. In this talk we will describe the technology and show examples of how this technology is being used.
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.
12:30

Multiple - - Panel Discussion

Fibre optics - the most important, innovative, emerging technology?

Talk Description.


Used for panel discussions

Panel Discussion
This is part of our agenda where Finding Petroleum has a panel discussion.
13:00 Raffle prize draw followed by Lunch & refreshments

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.

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.

TGS
TGS is the world's largest geoscience data company, known for its asset-light, multi-client business model and global data library. Our primary business is to provide geoscience data to energy companies worldwide. We offer extensive global libraries that include seismic data, magnetic and gravity data, multibeam and coring data, digital well logs and production data. Additionally, the company offers advanced processing and imaging services, interpretation products and data integration solutions.

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.

Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Bani Norouzian
Business Development Manager-IHS Energy
IHS Global
United Kingdom
Christopher Walker
Owner
Red Hand Geophysics Ltd
United Kingdom
Aziz Alaslani
Owner
Advanced Exploration Technology
Saudi Arabia
Peter Dolan
Founding Non-Executive Director
Ikon Science Limited
United Kingdom
Kes Heffer
Director
Reservoir Dynamics Ltd
United Kingdom
Wladyslaw Wygnanski
Director
Camcon Technology Ltd
United Kingdom
Katerina Gunningham
Partner
Iskra Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Robert Snashall
Consultant
RGSConsult
United Kingdom
Alan Kersey
VP Strategy
CiDRA
jonathan bedford
Director
JXT
United Kingdom
Chris Page
Seismic Processing Manager
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Ron Silva

Consultant
United Kingdom
Fredrick Okaroh
Senior Account Manager
Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies
United Kingdom
Carol Gardiner
Markerting Assistant
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Diwin Amarasinghe
Geophysical Specialist
Consultant
United Kingdom
Matt Luheshi

leptis E & P Ltd
United Kingdom
Annie Hairsine
SVP Oil & Gas
Sagentia
United Kingdom
Jean Martinie
Representative
DGI
France
daan van laar
key account manager
Lios Technology
Netherlands
Davide Larenza
Optical Engineer
Schlumberger
United Kingdom
Ed Tree
Geophysical Consultant
Ed Tree Consulting
United Kingdom
Amrit Brar
Marketing and Sales Manager
Lynx Information Systems
United Kingdom
Aaron Lockwood
Software Sales Manager - EAME
Shearwater Geoservices
United Kingdom
Ali Zolalemin
Director
Emeres Ltd
United Kingdom
David Murray
Senior Analyst
Mars Omega LLP
United Kingdom
Mick Longton
Commercial Director
Silixa Ltd
Nnamdi Anyadike
London office
Energy Correspondent
United Kingdom
Ed Evans
MD
NDB Ltd
United Kingdom
Paul Maton
Director
Sillimanite Consultants
United Kingdom
Laura Walshe
Director, Strategic Projects Europe
Enviance
United Kingdom
Helen Turnell
Principal Consultant
NR Global Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Eugene Nizeyimana

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
United Kingdom
Richard Bayes
Geophysicist
EOG Resources
United Kingdom
Keith Nunn
Managing Director
Nunngeo Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Shaun Dunn
Global Business Manager – Exploration
Sonardyne International
United Kingdom
Terry O'Donnell
Business Development Manager
EPI Group
United Kingdom
David Hill
CTO
OptaSense
United Kingdom
Anne Hegarty
Exploration Intelligence - Analyst
Statoil UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Saeed Rehman
VP
Fibertronix AB
United Kingdom
Seadhna Wilson

OTM Consulting
United Kingdom
Martin Bett

TBC
United Kingdom
Adam Marmaras
Event Organiser
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
David Jessop
Consultant
OTM Consulting
United Kingdom
Mark Shepherd
Account Director, Oil & Gas
Teradata
United Kingdom
Nick Norton
Senior Energy Advisor
Foreign Office
United Kingdom
Jeremy Hulse
Consultant
OTM Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Peter Roberts
Business Development Manager
Tessella
United Kingdom
Chris Shannon
CEO
Fotech Solutions Ltd
United Kingdom
Paul Johnson
Managing Consultant
PA Consulting
United Kingdom
Frank Eisenhower
Operations Manager
TGS
United Kingdom
Stano Hroncek
director
Geoproxima Pty Ltd
Slovakia
Ekaterina Krylova
Account Manager
Paradigm
United Kingdom
Stephen Pharez
Chief Geoscientist - Reservoir Solutions
TGS
United Kingdom
Paul Ihring
director
Geoproxima Pty Ltd
Slovakia
Robert Parker
Consultant
Parker
United Kingdom
Philip Nash
Chief Scientist
TGS Reservoir
United Kingdom
Jim House
Director
GeoSeis Ltd
United Kingdom
Michael Sloane
Commercial Director
Petromall
United Kingdom
Rob Ross
Client Solutions Director - PRM
TGS Reservoir Solutions
United Kingdom
Nicola Broom
Director
Global Marine Systems Ltd.
United Kingdom
Greg Coleman
CEO
Petromall
United Kingdom
George Reed
Director
Thorold Dewling Oil and Gas Recruitment
United Kingdom
simon fraser
director
Gravitec Instruments
United Kingdom
Stuart Vernon

PetroMall Ltd.
United Kingdom
David Randall
Product Group Manager
Voith Turbo Ltd.
United Kingdom
Alexander Chalke
Partner
Grosvenor Clive & Stokes
United Kingdom
Neil Keith

Private
United Kingdom
Giles Watts
Consultant
Watts Geoscience Consulting
United Kingdom
Norman Hempstead
Director
Hempstead Geophysical Svcs
United Kingdom
Maurillio Addario
Product Development Engineer
READ Cased Hole
Andrew Strong
Business Development Manager
Weatherford
United Kingdom
Mike Christie
Professor
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh