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Advances in Seismic Technology

......seismic technology powers on!
David Phillips
» Senior Equity Research Analyst
John Flavell Smith
» Wireless Seismic

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Geological Society

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Although progress in the processing and analysis of seismic data is important, for example the contribution of depth imaging to exploring for sub- or pre-salt plays in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and now Angola, the main innovations in seismic technology arise from step changes in our ability to acquire data.

Thus, this event will focus on what’s happening in:

Deep Water where:

  • Targets are deeper than ever, more subtle or complex (including salt-related) whilst there is still an emphasis on low cost, regional 3D.

And as a result we see bigger, wider, boats, towing more cables and also nodes becoming increasingly normal; this all putting pressure on “boutique” towed-streamer companies.

Onshore where:

  • There is a need for regional 3Ds at reasonable costs.

And as a result we see Simultaneous Sweep sources, wireless recording and an interesting growth in multi-client surveys.

Fibre Optics:

  • Which has a range of uses, onshore and offshore, for down-hole acquisition, permanent reservoir monitoring.

If you would like to present at this event, please contact David Bamford via the website; likewise if you would like to sponsor, or exhibit at, the event, please contact Terry O’Donnell.

Join us in the Lower Library for drinks after the event!


9:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee
9:30 Ian Jack - Consultant
Ian Jack

Welcome & Introduction

During Ian Jack's time in BP he ran the seismic field operations team, the subsurface R&D program, served as an SEG vice president, and inaugurated the SEG's "Distinguished Instructor" program with a 1-day 4D course taught worldwide. BP awarded him their “distinguished advisor” title in 2000, and in this role he initiated the first at-scale “Life of Field” seismic monitoring system which was subsequently installed in the Valhall field. He also initiated developments in land seismic technology which are coming to fruition at the present time. Although now "mostly retired" and quite undistinguished, he consults, does some teaching, and hikes around any convenient mountain range.

Ian is a physicist who strayed into geophysics by attending a job interview with GSI for interview practice, and was unable subsequently to say no to the unexpected job offer. That was in 1968 and he worked as a field engineer, then in data processing and software development before joining BP 10 years later.

Ian Jack
Ian is a physicist who strayed into geophysics by attending a job interview with GSI for interview p
9:35 David Phillips - Senior Equity Research Analyst

Echo & the Moneymen ... views on seismic from the financial world

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David Phillips is a senior equity research analyst and co-head of the global oil & gas equity research team at HSBC, based in London. He joined HSBC in 2005 and has been an investment analyst since 1998, initially covering European chemicals and moving over to cover the oil & gas sector in 2006. David currently researches oilfield services companies on a global basis, covering Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America. In the Extel survey for financial analysts he ranked in the top 5 for oilfield services in 2011/2012 and ranked 2nd in 2013. Before working in equity research, he read Chemistry at Oxford and gained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in
10:10 Chris Walker - Chief Geophysicist
Fairfield Nodal

Blended Sources and Node Acquisition - the Future of Ocean Bottom Seismic?

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Chris holds as BSC(Hons) First Class in Physics from the New University of Ulster and a PhD in Marine Geophysics from Durham University.

Chris's current role is with Fairfield Nodal, where he works as the Chief Geophysicist for Data Acquisition.

In addition to his company and industry responsibilities, Chris has authored numerous technical publications and presentations.

His technical interests cover a wide range of topics but his prime focus is on marine acquisition with particular emphasis on source design, survey planning and onboard geophysical QC, with a view to improving operational efficiency by bringing together acquisition and processing.

Fairfield Nodal
Tight spaces. Sensitive environments. Harsh conditions. Elusive hydrocarbons. We know what you're up
10:45 Jill Lewis - Managing director
Troika International and Society of Exploration Geophysicists

New SEG data formats

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Troika International was established to provide truly independent consultancy services to companies
11:00 David Hill - Chief Technology Officer
OptaSense Ltd

Fibre-Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing for Borehole and Surface Seismic

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 technolog
11:35 Lunch
12:15 John Flavell Smith -
Wireless Seismic

Scalability Proven!

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Talk Description
Wireless Seismic Inc. has introduced RT System 2, a cable-free seismic recording system, where all of the seismic data is transmitted back to the central recorder in real-time, via high bandwidth radio technologies. Over the last 3+ years, RT System 2 has been successfully deployed on dozens of commercial 2D and 3D seismic programs, both in North America and internationally. In early 2013, one of the questions that remained to be answered about the system, was whether this radio-based solution would be scalable to large channel counts - in the range of 10,000+ channels - and eventually to 50,000 channels and beyond.

In the summer of 2013, a completely wireless, 8,000-channel RT System 2 crew successfully completed a large 3D seismic survey in Kurdistan. Achieving this milestone represented a significant step forward in validating that the RT System 2 technology really is scalable to effectively handle large 3D seismic programs. In 2014, 3D deployments of more than 10,000 channels are planned, as the RT System 2 development program gears up to be able to support 50,000+ channel systems over the next 9 to 12 months.

The presentation will describe how RT System is architected and how it operates in the field. The methods and technologies that have been developed to overcome real-life operational challenges such as radio interference, dense vegetation, steep terrain, road and river crossings, moving vehicles, livestock, no permit zones, urban infrastructure etc., will be overviewed. Several commercial projects will be reviewed and discussed, especially the Kurdistan 3D project. This presentation will give the audience a good initial understanding of how a radio-based seismic recording system can be architected to cost-effectively overcome the very demanding challenges of acquiring onshore seismic data in a wide range of terrains and environments.
Wireless Seismic, Inc. was founded in 2006 with a single purpose: to design and develop a wireless r
12:50 Bob Heath - Technical Marketing Manager

Cable-less seismic recorders, what does it really take to communicate?

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Talk Description
The realities of wireless seismic!

It has been said that cableless seismic recorders come in two varieties: those that attempt some form of communication and those that wish they could - the latter usually being referred to as “shoot blind”. This may be unfair to those crews which have not yet suffered from using systems which lack a wireless communication capability. But given the growing market in supplying some operators of “blind” hardware with add-on equipment to give radio sight to their system perhaps this cynical definition is not entirely without some hidden truth.

Instruments which were designed not to shoot blind should not get off lightly either. They are all required to use low power 2.40 – 2.48 GHz radio to communicate. Yet this is the frequency of microwave ovens, chosen due to how easily it is absorbed. So can such recorders really work as well as advertised or can they just take on the simple environments?

Now that both types of cableless system have been around for some years, is it time to review the physics and engineering, report on some field tests and see what really works?
Professional Qualification: Previous Vice Chairman SEG Technical Standards Committee, SEG Silver Medal. Member of EAGE, SEG, PESGB. BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Southampton.

Experience & Organization: Involved in land seismic acquisition techniques, engineering and marketing since 1976. Written large number of articles and papers, given talks, on modern land acquisition. Probably given more talks/articles on cablefree acquisition and future land recording instrumentation than any other.

Accomplishments: Involved in the start up of large number of new seismic instrumentation companies, research and marketing of new seismic systems and techniques. At forefront internationally of bringing new technologies to improve land seismic.

iSeis is part of the Seismic Source Company, established about ten years ago to research and design
13:25 Andy Bull - VP, Emerging Technology
INOVA Geophysical

Recent Advances in Broadband Land Seismic

Talk Description
The talk will cover high productivity and wireless topics
INOVA was formed in March 2010 when BGP and ION Geophysical each contributed land seismic equipment
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