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Recent developments in subsurface data acquisition, integration, analysis and visualisation
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Aberdeen
Hilton Aberdeen Treetops




We invite you to register for our March 17 forum in Aberdeen, "Transforming Sub-Surface Interpretation", for an update on techniques which can help you get a better understanding of the subsurface - with sessions on data acquisition, data integration and data analysis.

This conference is for people who need to keep up to speed with the latest technology and industry thinking for gathering, integrating, analysing and visualising subsurface data, including g+g staff (geologists / geophysicists / reservoir engineers) and data and information managers.

In the opening session on data acquisition technology, conference chairman David Bamford, a non executive director of Premier Oil and former head of exploration with BP, will give his take on which data acquisition technologies can transform our sub-surface insights.

Claire Husband, senior geophysicist with ARKeX, will talk about how to work with broadband gravity data, and how it can be combined with seismic data to provide new insights.

John Moses, EAME sales and marketing director with Seabed Geosolutions, will explain how best to gather seismic data on the seabed, using nodes and cables, and how to work with the data.

After coffee there will be a session on data integration. Paul Cleverley, researcher with Robert Gordon University, co-owner of Flare Solutions, will talk about ways to improve search of subsurface information, including the value of giving people something unexpectedly useful.

Ed Evans, co-founder and managing director of New Digital Business will explain how you can get your technical software portfolio to work harder for you, in particular by streamlining the number of software applications your company is using.

After lunch, in our session on data analysis and interpretation, Professor John Howell, chairman of petroleum geology with the University of Aberdeen, will talk about collecting geological data with laser scanners and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), and how the data generated can be used in data interpretation as 'analogues', because data gathered from one place, such as an outcrop, can be useful in filling gaps in understanding of another place, thought to have similar rock properties.

Ken Armitage of Geodirk will explain how to make better predictions of porosity and permeability for subsurface between wells, based on a better understanding of geology. There will also be a talk from HP.

Oil and gas companies can improve their finances in two ways - by getting a better understanding of the subsurface, and by reducing the costs of developing it. Most of the focus so far has been on the second option - this conference focusses on the first.

Delegate tickets are £25 but you can register at a reduced price of £20 with discount code 20expmar6 - code is valid until Friday March 6.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Introduction by conference chairman David Bamford

With the recent plunge in oil prices, mature producing provinces are even more challenged by poor economic returns. And exploration anywhere is seen as offering poor value for money…….

In part this is due to exponentiating costs – as some would assert, the expropriation of cash flow by oil field service companies. This is a topic for “another day”!

In part it is due to the failure of oil & gas companies to grow reserves, whether by:

. Exploration for new fields
· Exploitation of existing discoveries
· Reservoir Management of recently developed fields
· Deployment of IOR/EOR technologies.

And yet we have a multitude, a “wall”, of data that in principle allows us to better describe basins, plays, prospects and discoveries, and to better describe and monitor producing fields, and the individual reservoirs therein.

In addition to massive amounts of public data, we can transform our (subsurface) capabilities by using new data acquisition technologies - some would call them 'disruptive' technologies. Looking back at our Finding Petroleum events in 2014, the key 'disruptions' now on our radars are:

Seismic with Nodes - definitely offshore, potentially onshore, condemning cables to history.
N
on-Seismic methods - finally demonstrating that they can deliver improved petroleum prediction.
Fibre Optics - whether down-hole or ploughed into the seabed.

Integrating, analysing, visualising and correctly interpreting all this data, these multi-measurements, goes way beyond the 'lowest common denominator' un-networked desktop applications available today where the world of innovation has been replaced by ‘one size fits all’.

I have always believed that the best insights are found when everybody – for example, geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, reservoir engineers, commercial folk – are looking at the same thing, and working on the problem at hand as a team.

These themes, these choices, are what we would like to hear about: please contact me if you/your company would like to make a presentation. And Richard Mcintyre if you are interested in the sponsorship/exhibiting opportunities we offer.

Agenda

 
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1: "Disruptive" Acquisition Technologies



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
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9:40 David Bamford - Director
PetroMall Ltd

New Technologies can transform our sub-surface insights!


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Talk Description
The last two or three years have revealed some profound “technical” issues:

Exploration has everywhere been very unsuccessful over the last 2-3 years, both in success rate and in the discovery of “giants”.
· We have reached the ‘end of the road’ with regional towed streamer 3D as our main exploration tool.

“Reservoir Risk” is a key contributor to the failure of Development projects; too much uncertainty is carried beyond Appraisal and FEED into project design and execution.
· New technologies are needed to reduce uncertainties.

Poor understanding of reservoir dynamics has led to unsatisfactory IOR/EOR projects.
· ‘Richer’ surveillance will improve our understanding of reservoir dynamics.

We need some “Disruptive” technologies:

A bit of a generalisation but “disruptive” transformations in our ability to explore, appraise and manage reservoirs are almost always related to step changes in our ability to acquire subsurface data. What did 2014 bring?

Offshore Nodes ‘came of age’: the key change was the demonstration that the operational problems often associated with seabed kit have been solved. Onshore Nodes may be just over the horizon, from a combination of wireless technology and UAVs. Are cables finally for binning?

Non-Seismic Geophysics: not exactly ‘new news’ but Full Tensor Gravimetry (FTG) came into widespread use onshore (and offshore, too).

Fibre Optics: demonstrated real potential for 24/7 downhole seismic, including Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (see also below), Production Monitoring.

And finally one that wasn’t: we need to figure out why Permanent Reservoir Monitoring has been so slow to take off?

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 joined the board of Premier Oil in May 2014.

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.

PetroMall Ltd
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10:15 Claire Husband - Senior Geophysicist
ARKeX

Practical Integration of Broadband Gravity (FTG) and Seismic Data


ARKeX provides airborne and marine geophysical surveys for the oil & gas exploration industry. It sp
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10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 John Moses - Sales and Marketing Director (EAME)
Seabed Geosolutions

Data acquisition on the seabed – welcome to the Age of Enlightenment


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Talk Description
This presentation will showcase data examples from the North Sea and West Africa, as well as outline the operational elements of a recent project. The presentation will also feature the next evolution in seabed seismic technology.
Seabed Geosolutions is a global provider of integrated seabed seismic solutions, delivering value in
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11:50 SESSION 2: Integration
11:50 Paul Cleverley - Associate Lecturer
Robert Gordon University

Make room for the surprising: Catering for serendipity when searching subsurface information


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Paul is a Geoscientist turned Information Scientist. He is an Associate Lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, is on the Board of Directors of the non-profit GeoscienceWorld and in 2018 founded the tech start-up Infoscience Technologies Ltd

Robert Gordon University

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12:25 Ed Evans - Co-Founder and Managing Director
New Digital Business

Functional excellence depends on technical software


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- Understanding the software tools which geologists and geophysicists need
- Standardising the software tools used in the organisation
- Why the wrong software can lead to drilling failure
- How to map your software applications
- Giving each discipline control over the software that department uses
- How to get it implemented
Ed has over 20 years IT experience, most of it in oil and gas. Ed has expertise in project and service implementation and operation from project management to defining and implementing models for support of technical applications, data and systems.

In the last two years Ed has worked with BP, BG, ConocoPhillips, Encana and Tullow Oil on a number of key global programmes and projects.

Ed's experience comes from managing consulting service delivery at Landmark Graphics for clients in Europe, for BP Globally and as services director for Landmark in Latin America. In addition to consulting services delivery Ed was accountable for the software support help desk and for the national data bank for Brazil.

Before joining Landmark, Ed was the manager of technical systems for BG-Group after joining BG as a software programmer and IT project manager. Ed has formal training and qualifications in computer systems analysis and a degree in Geology. Ed spent three years working as a well site engineer in the Middle East and Italy.

New Digital Business
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13:00 Lunch & Exhibits, followed by SESSION 3: Analysis & Interpretation
13:45 Martin Houghton - Energy Sector Lead, Analytics & Data Management
Hewlett-Packard

How advanced analytics and data management can improve exploration operational performance and capital effectiveness


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Martin will discuss the innovative use of technology and all forms of digital content to deliver new capabilities that could enhance sub-surface performance. Examining examples from within the industry and other sectors facing similar challenges, Martin will share how technology can deliver powerful analytics to fully exploit the huge quantity and variety of available data. See the video
HP Digital Oilfield Intelligence solutions enable your company to take advantage of new information,
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14:20 John Howell - Professor; chairman of Petroleum Geology
University of Aberdeen
Reservoir analogues in the 21st Century: laser scanners, UAVs and virtual outcrops

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Analogues are an integral part of filling the uncertainty gap in subsurface reservoirs. Recent advances in remote sensing and digital data collection methods have revolutionised the way outcrops and modern systems are studied, leading to a new generation of analogues.

The talk will focus on:
- Novel data collection techniques
- Virtual outcrops
- Application of virtual outcrop data to reservoir studies
- Developing a database of reservoir analogues


   
John Howell is a Professor in Petroleum Geology at the University of Aberdeen, specialising in the use of analogue data in reservoir studies. He completed his PhD in 1992 and since then has been at the interface between academia and industry. He spent 10 years in the University of Liverpool and 10 years at the University of Bergen.
He was a founder of Rocksource ASA, a small independent Norwegian E&P company, where he served on the senior management team as Production Manager and laterally Chief Geologist.

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14:55 Ken Armitage - MD
Geodirk

Geologic rock property normalisation of seismic


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• Prime cause of E&P inefficiency is wrong inter-well forecast of poro-perms, largely risk contingent upon knowing geology as causes spatial property change.
• G&G defines geology via well and sequence shape models, then simulates collective variations potentially caused by (some 15 factorial) changes in sedimentation, lithofacies and /or structural geology, compaction, digenesis, fluids etc.
• To significantly enhance E&P success requires processing of seismic into better geologic, then poro-perm, and fluid models.
• Seismic now provides relatively accurate pseudo sonic log, time, velocity, depth data per 12.5m trace, at <12.5m vertical. P & S velocity data can be gathered pre stack. Seismic provides excellent seismic stratigraphic shapes, potentially enabling quantitative interpretation (QI) to better define geology of deposition and burial changes.
• Where inter-well cells compact normally relative to well data, conversion to inter-bedded lithologies and their poro-perms should be low risk. Therefore, normalisation, per seismic volume having similar burial compaction controls, allows equilibration by depth shift, with well based ‘normal’ depth compaction. This allows conversion of seismic to geo and petro information that is risk dependent primarily on quantification of burial depth equilibration shift.
• Expert geo-detectives need to process seismic +/- well data to filter presence / absence of such geo-causes of property change, relative to burial-change ‘norm’ then generate a normalised, single most probable geo-petro model. QI filters cellular data to quantify separate and net effects of causes of burial changes. Then, cellular seismic numbers = cellular geologic numbers of deposition and burial changes = cellular petro-physical numbers, in one, most probable, multidisciplinary integration, containing presence / absence of geo-risks.
• Integrating, analysing, visualising and correctly interpreting extra multi-disciplinary measurements goes beyond desktop applications available today. So, we beta tested, in > 30 data sets each >600km3, ‘apps’ to process cellular evidence crucial for geo-detection, for current workstations.
GeoDirk found the common denominator between seismic, geology, poro-perms & fluids. Plus or minus we
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