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Advances In Geophysics & Sub-surface Description


Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Geological Society

'Advances in geophysics' are a mainstay of our Forums; this time (the 3rd in our Geophysics/Seismic series) we had a focus on how such advances aid reservoir description.

Three or four interesting messages came out of the half day:

Firstly, as Matt Luheshi pointed out in his presentation “4D – the story so far”, the main purpose of 4D surveys seems to have become to help locate in-fill wells, that is, reducing the risk of drilling these ‘exploratory’ wells (and following the time-honoured notion that the best place to discover oil is inside an oil field!).

Secondly, permanently installed seismic monitoring seems like a great idea but, so far, only the Valhall, Clair and Ekofisk fields have permanent monitoring installed. Why? Martin Bett of Stingray Geophysical pointed out that the truth is that with current technologies installation of permanent ‘kit’ is very expensive, and practical folk like production engineers have concerns about both the reliability of the installed equipment and the disruption that might be caused by its installation. Perhaps fibre optics – as offered by Stingray – shines a light on a new approach?

Thirdly, Sandeep Gulati of Vialogy gave a tantalising glimpse of what may be a brand new approach to seismic data processing.

Fourthly, Kevin Hermansen of Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies gave a great answer to the question "what size field needs the sort of visualisation you are taking about?" which was "any field that has more than one person working on it!". (I paraphrase in both cases)


9:00 Arrivals and Registrations
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome and Introduction

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9:40 Matt Luheshi - Senior Analyst
RPS Energy

4D Seismic – the story so far

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RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the
10:15 Sandeep Gulati -

QuantumRD – Increased predictability in Reservoir Characterization and Hydrocarbon Recovery Based on Novel Noise Injection Computations

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ViaLogy was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA
10:50 Coffee, Tea and light refreshments
11:20 Martin Bett - CEO
Stingray Geophysical Ltd

A new light on reservoir monitoring

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Martin Bett has over 30 years’ oil industry experience working in operational and management positions for Schlumberger, Landmark, I-NET, Trade-Ranger and QinetiQ. Prior to founding Stingray Geophysical, he has established and grown businesses in Europe, USA, South America and Africa, and has a track record for closing large transactions for new and pioneering products and services. Martin has a BSc in Geophysics from Southampton University, UK, and an MBA with Distinction from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Stingray Geophysical Ltd
Stingray Geophysical, a TGS Company, provides advanced Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (PRM) solution
11:55 Nick Pillar -
Ikon Science

Roknowledge - rock properties to synthetic seismic at your fingertips

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Ikon Science is a global geoprediction technology company providing industry leadership in the predi
12:30 Kevin Hermansen -

Innovation in 3D visualization reveals the reservoir dynamics for increased decision support

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KONGSBERG is an international, knowledge-based group that supplies high-technology systems and solut

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Work on IO-map design
by Alf Ove Braseth from Norway Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)

"Hearing great ideas."


Understanding fractured reservoirs and rocks

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The fact that fractures are common in the subsurface have been known for at least the last century but the practice of treating reservoirs as fractured rock masses has been extremely slow in becoming a standard industry practice, despite that fact that fields with such reservoirs are known from SE Asia, the carbonates of the Middle East and much more recently, the basement West of the Shetlands.