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New Geophysical Approaches

machine learning, transferring cloud geoscience data, mud gas analysis, dielectric resonance
Mark Davies
» Austin Bridgeporth Ltd
Dr Dave Waters
» Paetoro Consulting for Adrok Ltd
Trym Rognmo
» project leader for advanced mud-gas and well studies
» Geoprovider
Dave Wallis
» senior advisor
» Energistics

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The Geological Society

Our New Geophysical Approaches forum on Apr 30 looks at machine learning in geophysics, transferring cloud geoscience data between different software packages, experiences with atomic dielectric resonance technologies, advanced mud gas analysis (from old data), and a talk from Austin Bridgeporth on using gravmag / EM to support seismic in onshore surveying.

There are big advances happening in how companies are gathering and working with geoscience data - as you'll find out on April 30.

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9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Chairman's introduction

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David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He was on the board of Premier Oil from May 2014 to May 2016.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.

From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on t
9:45 Mark Davies - CEO
Austin Bridgeporth Ltd

A new approach to onshore exploration where seismic struggles using the latest airborne gravity gradiometry and ground magnetotellurics technology

Talk Description
Seismic imaging quality can be challenged by issues at both the surface and sub-surface levels. At the surface, seismic data acquisition can be limited or precluded completely due to environmental sensitivities or due to difficult terrain. In the sub-surface, seismic imaging quality can be reduced by geological challenges such as shallow carbonates, complex thrusting or very deep basement. We present a new approach using next generation airborne gravity gradiometry (the enhanced Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometer – or eFTG) and ground magnetotellurics (MT) techniques to aid onshore exploration where seismic struggles
AustinBridgeporth comprises two global providers of geoscience services. Austin Exploration, who hav
10:20 Dr Dave Waters -
Paetoro Consulting for Adrok Ltd

A review of atomic dielectric resonance technologies for oil and gas onshore UK

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10:55 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:20 Trym Rognmo - project leader for advanced mud-gas and well studies

Advanced mud gas analysis - old data - new insights

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Trym is project leader for advanced mud-gas and well studies at GeoProvider AS.
In his earlier career with Schlumberger, he gained hands on technical and operational experience as a post-well operations coordinator, providing well data management, QC and technical support. For the past 3 years he has been applying this knowledge to exploration, petroleum system analysis and shows evaluations.

GeoProvider provides high-quality, cost-effective, matched & merged multi-client data. We utilize th
11:55 Dave Wallis - senior advisor

RESQML and cloud geophysics data

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Talk Description
A use-case of a cross-vendor reservoir model enrichment workflow - made simpler and more reliable with industry-developed data transfer standards
Energistics is a not for profit organisation to help facilitate information sharing and business pro
12:30 Tim Gibbons -
Hoolock Consulting

How can machine learning improve geophysical interpretation

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Hoolock Consulting works with our customers to improve the effectiveness of their sales teams. We d
13:00 Lunch and close

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