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Doing more with subsurface data

Improving production through better understanding of the subsurface
Fariha Yusoff
» , Information Management & Governance Dept.
» Petronas Carigali
Philip Lesslar
» Information Management & Governance Dept., Technology & Information Management Division
» Petronas Carigali

Full Agenda

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

This conference is for people who want to find ways to improve production and recovery, through a better understanding of what is underground - based on existing data.


  • Optimising subsurface information management
  • Establishing information management competency in exploration and production business
  • Communicating geological information from the well during drilling using WITSML
  • Combining objective data analysis and subjective interpretation expertise when interpreting seismic data

This is our third conference on subsurface data management, following the first event we held in London on April 20 2011 and second event in Aberdeen on Mar 13 2012.

Our 3 events in Kuala Lumpur on October 24-25

October 24 - Doing more with with drilling data

October 25 am - Doing more with subsurface data

October 25 pm - Getting data tools implemented faster

Overview to our Kuala Lumpur 'doing more with data' events and sponsorship opportunities


9:30 Julian Pickering - CEO
Geologix Systems Integration Ltd

Chairman's introduction

Dr Julian Pickering has a degree in Applied Physics from Brunel University, London and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, where he was a BP scholar. He has worked for BP for 32 years and has held major posts including the Head of Digital Technology for Global Drilling and Completions and the Head of the Field of the Future Facilities Programme. He left BP in March 2010 and set up his own company, Digital Oilfield Solutions, with partners in the United States of America. He has provided consultancy services to many large Oil and Gas companies and is a consultant to the Energistics Data Standards Organisation.

Geologix Systems Integration Ltd
Geologix has been a leading supplier, for more than 25 years, of software tools and data interpretat
9:40 Damla B A Aziz - Senior Manager, Subsurface Information Management Dept
Petronas Carigali

Project Optimization for Subsurface Information Management

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Damla graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with a B.Sc Physics (Geophysics) in 1986 and joined PETRONAS in 1988 as a Trainee Geophysicist.
Then in 1990, he joined PETRONAS Carigali Sdn.Bhd. (PCSB) as an Operations Geophysicist, where he was involved with seismic acquisition and processing. In 1992 he became a Geocomputing executive, and since then, has been involved in G&G applications, operating systems and data base administration for all PCSB operations. A highlight of this tenure includes the role of team leader for standardization of G&G application for PETRONAS E&P group wide. He has 24 years of industry experience with the last 20 in G&G Applicationsmanagement. His current position is Senior Manager Subsurface IM.

Outside of his work, Damla enjoys badminton and soccer.

Petronas Carigali
PETRONAS was incorporated on 17 August 1974 as the national oil company of Malaysia, vested with th
10:10 Justin Keating - geophysicist
Fugro Multi Client Services (FMCS)

Integrating other geophysical methods with 2D and 3D seismic

Talk Description
Case study: Tasman Frontier multiclient project - using satellite
imagery of oil seeps and electromagnetics together with 2D and 3D
Different ways to use the resulting data
Justin Keating is a Geophysicist with 20 year’s experience in the subsurface game. Attaining a Bsc Geophysics from Curtin University in Western Australia he has worked widely in the SE Asian area. Starting with Western Geophysical then moving to Gecko Prakla as a senior Geophysicist he gained varied experience with seismic data acquisition and processing. He then moved to Woodside Petroleum, managing many significant subsurface imaging projects. A move to consultant based technical project management of 3D seismic projects followed with many trips to SE-Asia involved. Experience was gained in other geophysical methods while working for Geosoft, a leading software supplier in the mineral exploration area. A move back to Petroleum Geophysics was made with a role at Japan Energy then to Fugro Multi Client Services. Fugro Multi Client Services is a leading provider of subsurface data in the region specialising in high quality 3D seismic data. Justin has had varied experience with Fugro with a general focus on developing new areas for exploration using the multiclient business model.

Fugro Multi Client Services (FMCS)
Fugro Multi Client Services (FMCS) is a leading provider of high quality non-exclusive 2D and 3D sei
10:40 Fariha Yusoff - , Information Management & Governance Dept.
Petronas Carigali

Establishing IM competency and profession in the EP business

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Talk Description
Paper co-authored by Philip Lesslar, Petronas Carigali Information Management & Governance Dept., Technology & Information Management Division
Fariha graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance in 1997. Upon her graduation, she has been working mostly in the ICT industry. In 2010, she joined PETRONAS Carigali Sdn.Bhd (PCSB) in the Information Management Governance Department of the Technology Information Management Division. Among her main involvement since joining PCSB has been to drive Information Management agenda in PCSB. She has been involved in setting up the People Development Framework for Information Management practitioners.

Outside work, Fariha, a mother of 2, enjoys traveling and yoga.

Petronas Carigali
PETRONAS was incorporated on 17 August 1974 as the national oil company of Malaysia, vested with th
11:10 Philip Lesslar - Information Management & Governance Dept., Technology & Information Management Division
Petronas Carigali

Introduction to the International Association for information and Data Quality, Asia Pacific

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Philip is from Malaysia and worked in Shell for 36 years from 1973 until his retirement at the end of 2009. He spent the first 13 years as a micropaleontologist specializing in Tertiary Foraminifera of NW Borneo. In this capacity, he spent a year in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, undergoing specialized training and fieldwork in The Netherlands, France, Spain and Northern Italy. While working in this field he developed a methodology and toolkit for a probabilistic approach to computer assisted interpretation of paleo-environments based on foraminifera.
He then transferred to geocomputing and information management in team lead and principal consultant roles in data and data quality management. He moved from Shell Sarawak (Malaysia) to Shell International based first in Houston, Texas, and subsequently in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. In this capacity he has been responsible for initiating and coordinating the development of Global EP Data Standards, Data Quality Metrics and for how these will be deployed globally.

He is now with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn.Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, working in an information management governance role.

He and his wife exercise and play badminton as much as they can. They have 2 children and travel is a priority on the family agenda.

Petronas Carigali
PETRONAS was incorporated on 17 August 1974 as the national oil company of Malaysia, vested with th
11:15 Coffee
11:45 Samit Sengupta -

Using WITSML to Bring Geology to Your Desktop - A Case Study

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Samit Sengupta has over 30 years’ experience in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, with a degree in Civil Engineering, Samit worked in the subsurface data acquisition and analysis industry in Australasia, USA, Africa and Europe with Schlumberger, Gearhart and Halliburton, prior to creating Geologix, an international software company providing products and services for aggregation, analysis, interpretation and visualization of well data

12:15 Jonathan Henderson - Managing director
Foster Findlay Associates (ffA)

Integrating Interpretation Expertise and Objective Data Analysis in 3D Interpretation

Talk Description
Seismic interpretation is highly dependent on the assessment of the interpreter. Due to the subjectivity this introduces and the need for efficiency many attempts have been made to develop automated interpretation tools. However, seismic data remains a non-unique, abstract and incomplete representation of the geology of the subsurface and the most efficient tool that we have for resolving the ambiguities and “filling in the gaps” is the expertise of the human interpreter. Therefore we need to find ways to effectively combine the power of visualisation and the expertise of the interpreter. One area in which this is particularly important is in being able to accurately delineate geological elements as 3D objects that can be used in the construction of a geological model.

To tackle this problem we need to understand both the power and frailties of the human visualisation system. On the positive side, we are able to discern and recognise features in very complex scenes due to our ability to adapt to wide variations in contrast and scale and because we are able to compare mentally what we see now with previous experience. Interpreters bring the knowledge and experience that are needed to imprint geological information on the data analysis and ensure that we work within the constraints of what is geologically reasonable. On the negative side, our visual system is limited as we are restricted to analysing only what we can see on the surface and, due to the abstract nature of the features that we are examining, can be quite easily “fooled”.

This talk will discuss briefly some of the common ways in which visual perception can impact on our interpretation before describing a technology for geobody delineation that allow us to work very interactively with visualisation systems to define the 3D geometry of geological features in ways that simultaneously utilise interpretation knowledge and data derived information. This technology, Adaptive Geobodies, combines sophisticated analysis of the variation in the statistics within complex multi-attribute images to drive geobody delineation. Key to the utility of the Adaptive Geobodies is that it is fast and easy to use.

The power of the Adaptive Geobodies comes from the fact that it encompasses the human observer’s ability to overcome the ambiguities inherent in seismic data but is not affected by perception issues.
Jonathan Henderson is a physicist with over 20 years of extensive experience in imaging and image analysis. His initial interests were in medical imaging, where he had worked on developing new methods for extracting and quantifying the information contained in x-rays and ultrasound scans. Since joining ffA in 2001, he has used his knowledge of medical image analysis to help the Company develop unique seismic image analysis technologies. Jonathan has been Managing Director of ffA for 5 years during which time the Company, its global customer base and its software portfolio have all expanded substantially.

Foster Findlay Associates (ffA)
Foster Findlay Associates Limited ('ffA') is a world leader in the development and commercialisation
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