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Keith R Holdaway
» Upstream Domain
» SAS Global Oil and Gas
Richard Cooper
» Rock Solid Images

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Hallam Conference Centre

Bringing together the realms of geophysics, reservoir engineering with IT, to work out new ways people can improve production
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There have been many oil and gas industry conferences about geophysics, and many conferences about IT - but none so farwhich have tried to bring both realms together.

But I think you will all agree that getting the most out of subsurface data means a high level of both geophysics and IT together - and this is what we will try to explore in this conference.

So - an ambitious objective, but without an ambitious objective we won't achieve anything new!

Topics covered include statistical analysis techniques, as used by Total, Shell and Conoco Phillips, which can identify new patterns and learn which variables are most important to keep an eye on; strategies for managing your IT and subsurface applications portfolio; and working out which data management methods can do the most to help an oil company work out how to improve production.

The event will cover making it easier to move reservoir data from one software package to another; ways to integrate well, seismic and CSEM data; making seismic data easier to work with; how to use analysis of drill cuttings to help get more understanding of your subsurface data; new ways to work with rock physics.

This is the first of our series of four digital oilfield conferences this year.

The event features speakers from BP, Teradata, SAS, Rock Solid Images, Dynamic Graphics and New Digital Business.

Registration for this one day event is just GBP 300. Scroll down to see the full agenda.

Companies sending delegates include SASOL, Oracle, EOG Resources, Perenco, Landmark, Kongsberg, Centrica, BP, RPS Energy

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9:30 Alan Smith -
Luchelan Ltd

Chairman's introduction

Interim manager at CIO level specialising in strategy development and planning in the oil and gas E&P industry. Experience includes Data Management, Information Management, Knowledge Management, Business process analysis, system selection and implementation management, project and programme management.

Specialties: Expert knowledge of E&P industry systems and processes, Interim management roles undertaken as IS Manager / Departmental CIO in E&P organisations

Luchelan Ltd

9:35 Robert Winsloe - President
Digital Earth

Increasing production in Marcellus and Bakken Shale

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Talk Description
Case study: work with Platte River Associates to make better use of subsurface data, IT and geophysical techniques to identifying techniques for increasing production in the Marcellus and Bakken Shale plays in North America

Robert Winsloe is former managing director – International and Senior VP Worldwide sales and marketing for IHS Energy (seven years), four years at Halliburton, seven years at Schlumberger, and seven years at IBM

Digital Earth
Digital Earth is building a global data repository where oil and gas professionals can search for en
10:05 Tony Fitzpatrick, - simulation gridding architect

An Overview of RESQML™, the Reservoir and Earth Modeling Data Exchange Standard

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Talk Description
Overview of the RESQML Special Interest Group
RESQML Document
Grid Description
Property Representation
HDF5 Performance

Schlumberger is the leading oilfield services provider, trusted to deliver superior results and impr
10:35 Keith R Holdaway - Upstream Domain
SAS Global Oil and Gas

Statistical analysis of data streams in real time - as used by oil majors on their reservoirs

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Talk Description
Using statistical analysis to determine more efficient and accurate exploitation strategies for your reservoirs, as used by Shell, Total and ConocoPhillips

Aggregating and integrating data from a multitude of sources, performing robust quality control, correlating data and discovering patterns

Creating an analytical framework - an exploratory data analysis step for reservoir characterisation, determination of key production indicators, using multivariate methodologies to classify wells.

Mr Holdaway has a Masters Degree in Geophysics from Durham University UK. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society in London. He worked for several geophysical companies in his 15 year career, primarily at Petroleum Development of Oman as a geophysicist. He has worked over the past 15 years for SAS Institute to help harness SAS analytics to geophysical, geologic and reservoir engineering data to ascertain exploratory data analysis and appropriate modeling approaches to enable more robust forecasting and identify new field-reengineering strategies in mature assets

SAS Global Oil and Gas
SAS provides solutions that enable the O&G industry to transform masses of data about your sub-surfa
11:05 Morning coffee
11:35 Dr Duncan Irving - Practice Partner, oil and gas

Making subsurface data storage and computing fit for purpose

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Talk Description
- Achieving a data management infrastructure which is fit for purpose - able to handle >10Pb data volumes, millisecond level well data samples, decade long data storage, multiple users with different agendas and applications, in a secure and robust framework

- Avoiding data being compartmentalised by discipline, culture and geography - making data task, function and application agnostic

- Removing need for fixes and workarounds in the presentation layer

- Learning from other industries with massive data sets continually changing - banks, retailers, telecommunications companies, internet search

- Linking high performance computing systems into the IT infrastructure
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 is the world's largest company solely focused on creating enterprise agility through databa
12:05 Richard Cooper - CEO
Rock Solid Images

Integrating seismic, well and CSEM data

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Talk Description
An integrated framework for seismic, controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) and magnetotelluric (MT) data.

Benefits of using seismic, CSEM and MT data together (different systems illuminate different properties)

Adding microseismic, gravity, VSP and LWD data.
Richard is a graduate from the University of Liverpool in UK with an honours degree in geophysics. He joined Digicon (which became Veritas and now CGGVeritas) in 1979 and held a variety of positions in data-processing, research, marketing and management in UK, Australia, Singapore and US. He joined CogniSeis Development in 1993 and spent two years as managing director of the EAME division, before returning to Houston as CogniSeis President and COO. Following the sale of CogniSeis to Paradigm, Richard founded Rock Solid Images in 1998 and served as CEO and director until the sale of Rock Solid Images to Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping plc in 2007 (now renamed Rock Solid Images plc). Richard is based in Houston, Texas.

Rock Solid Images
RSI is a UK public company providing high-end geophysical consultancy products and services to the u
12:35 Multiple -
Panel Discussion

Which subsurface data management strategies are most likely to help increase production?

12:45 Lunch
13:30 Jane Wheelwright - Technical Application Specialist
Dynamic Graphics

Integrating subsurface data stored in different packages

Talk Description
- Method of integrating subsurface data stored in different software packages

- How integrating data from different applications helps with reservoir management and optimised decision making

- Dynamic Graphics' geo referenced, vendor neutral 4D environment which can simultaneously display time-lapse seismic volumes and attributes, geologic models, well data, instantaneous and cumulative production data, reservoir properties, 4D reservoir simulations, drilling hazards

- How to load, update, query and analyse data
Dynamic Graphics, Inc. partners with clients to solve spatial analysis problems in the petroleum, en
14:00 Ed Evans - Co-Founder and Managing Director
New Digital Business

Controlling the applications portfolio - creating a beachhead for IM strategy

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Talk Description
Developing a strategy for your g+g software applications

Avoiding the support demands associated with large numbers of software applications

Define one element of the ‘stack’ and bring it under control, to create a focal point for all information management, business process, training and support

How to respond when people say there isn't a problem

NDBs experience helping oil and gas companies develop a strategy to manage their software applications

How to know when you've got it right
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
New Digital Business provides Petrotechnical Support (Applications and Data), Project Management and
14:30 Jill Lewis - Managing director
Troika International and Society of Exploration Geophysicists

New position standards from seismic surveys - and how it helps you make your seismic data work harder

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Troika International was established to provide truly independent consultancy services to companies
15:00 Dr Alex Mock - Senior Geologist - Technical Services
Numerical Rocks

Integrating drill cuttings analysis with subsurface data

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Talk Description
- Short introduction to pore scale modeling is all about
- Versatility of the technology when it comes to ample material, (e.g. drill cuttings)
- What reservoir parameters we are able to calculate from the digital rock models we produce.
- Case stories
Numerical Rocks was established in December 2004 as an innovation spin-off via Statoil ASA. Initiall
15:30 Multiple -
Panel Discussion

Which methods will contribute most to increasing production?

15:45 Drinks reception and coffee

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