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Analytics, full waveform inversion, electromagnetics, multiple sources, thermal imaging
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Robert Waterhouse
» Managing Director
» Rosha Resources Ltd
Phil Fontana
» Chief Geophysicist
» Polarcus

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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).

So please get in touch with me if you have something to say!

David Bamford

(david@findingpetroleum.com)

Note: This event continues from our past 'New Geophysical Technologies' event held in February 2016 - see the agenda - see the delegates list


Agenda

 
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Chairman's introduction


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

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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
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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 provides images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reser
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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, cou
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12:25 Dr Duncan Irving - Practice Partner, oil and gas
Teradata

Using analytics to support geophysical activities, including marine acquisition (not confirmed)


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 databa
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13:00 Lunch & Exhibits
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