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New Geophysical Technologies

Developments in seismic recording, gravity, electromagnetics
Andy Bull
» VP, Emerging Technology
» INOVA Geophysical
James Dodson
» business development director

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The Geological Society

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Where are we making real advances in geophysical technology?

There seem to us to be three main areas:

Data acquisition: High power ultramanouverable Vibroseis - broadband sources and recording - seabed node recording - super sensitive recording devices - wireless recording - permanent seismic recording with fibre optics on the seabed and in wells - just some of the new geophysical technologies.

Data Mining: using Analytics to pull insights from data bases that are too large for humans to analyse.

Modelling & Inversion: we are seeing real advances in the integration of conventional (3D) seismic data with other geophysical measurements such as gravity (FTG), electro-magnetics and multi-component seismic. In addition, it looks like there is real progress being made in the rule-driven inversion of seismic, perhaps even offering 'automated' inversion, maybe reducing the call for conventional interpretation?

There's a lot going on; how do you choose where to invest your time, energy and money?

Our Finding Petroleum forum in London in February 2016, "New Geophysical Technologies", presents the best of the new technology, and the latest thinking in how to use it.

Note: This event continues from our past 'New Geophysical Technologies' event held in

February 2015 - see the agenda - see the delegates list


9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum
Welcome & Introduction: The Shape of (geophysical) Things to Come

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Talk Description
We subsurface folk need to "up our game". Not only has Exploration not delivered globally over the last 3 years or more but now we have to find low cost oil & gas resources. This latter point undoubtedly moves us towards the onshore, perhaps especially shale oil or gas. And promts a number of technical questions for we geoscientists:What contribution can 'Big Data'/Analytics make?

  1. How do we transform onshore seismic to be more like - and even as inexpensive as - regional offshore 3D?
  2. What other geophysical techniques can help - non-seismic as well as for example 3C seabed seismic?
  3. Given this potential diversity of such measurements - multi-measurements indeed - how do we integrate them?

I will present a novel tripartite approach to thinking through the 3 components of sub-surface geoscience which I define as 'Big Data'/Analytics: Rule-driven Interpetation: Inversion & Modelling.


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
9:50 Serje Heyer - Director
Feather Tech

Remote Sensing: geophysical planning from space

Feather Tech is a company that aims to reduce the cost of onshore exploration, while providing high
10:20 Andy Bull - VP, Emerging Technology
INOVA Geophysical
Emerging trends in onshore acquisition

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A perspective on today’s seismic acquisition market from a leading onshore equipment supplier looking at emerging technology trends, operational challenges and geophysical improvements, with a focus on broadband vibroseis and cableless acquisition systems
INOVA was formed in March 2010 when BGP and ION Geophysical each contributed land seismic equipment
10:55 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Joshua May - Sales and Marketing Manager

Towed Streamer Electromagnetics – Beyond Resistivity

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PGS’ Towed Streamer EM technology enables the simultaneous acquisition of high density marine Controlled Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) and 2D dual-sensor GeoStreamer data.

Acquiring two complimentary geophysical datasets from a single vessel is not only highly cost effective, but also saves time in the context of increasingly brief exploration licenses. This acquisition efficiency has resulted in a step change in the marine CSEM market; significantly more densely sampled EM data can now be acquired in a dramatically reduced timeframe. It is this density of data which enables the detailed integration of the seismic and EM; resulting in higher resolution resistivity data and enabling truly innovative workflows to be refined.

Towed Streamer EM data, when interpreted and integrated with seismic offers oil companies the ability to significantly de-risk frontier acreage, characterise specific prospects, extend asset life through effective near field exploration and even estimate levels of gas saturation.
After four years working offshore for PGS Joshua joined a high tech start up to manage a project undertaking the design and manufacture of AUVs specified to deliver 4C sensors autonomously to the seafloor for use in hydrocarbon exploration. Returning to PGS after two years, Joshua spend three years in the Marine Contract Africa business unit before taking on his current position as Sales and Marketing Manager for PGS’ Towed Streamer Electromagnetic technology in 2014. Joshua holds a BSc in Marine Geography from Cardiff University

PGS is a leading, international, marine geophysical company. Our business is technology driven and w
11:50 Dr Duncan Irving - Practice Partner, oil and gas

Data Science versus Geoscience in E&P: "And", not "Or".

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.

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12:25 James Dodson - business development director

NEOS and Multi-Physics Interpretation

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NEOS takes a phased approach to multi-physics interpretation and integration, relying heavily on, airborne non-seismic measurements, seismic data and predictive analytics to identify resources in the subsurface. Three recently completed case examples - high grading acreage in Neuquén, Argentina, mapping regional prospectivity in Lebanon and identifying G&G measurements and attributes that correspond to the best producing wells in the Denver-Julesburg (D-J) Basin, Colorado - demonstrate the benefit of NEOS’ multi-measurement methodologies for E&P companies and governments.
Prior to joining NEOS, James was an Interpretation Geophysicist at ARKeX Ltd, a geophysical service company. In this role, he was involved in the integration of potential field data with seismic and well data. Previously, James was a Sales Geoscientist at ARKeX where he was accountable for securing multi-client and proprietary programs. Before ARKeX, James worked at Fugro Seismic Imaging where he processed 3D seismic data. James holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Geology and a Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Manchester

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