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New technologies for describing and monitoring reservoirs

get to know your reservoir better!
Mike Christie
» Professor
» Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
Chris Shannon
» Fotech Solutions Ltd

Full Agenda

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Geological Society

As our Sept 19th Forum on "Exploiting Deep Water Fields" will illuminate, we find ourselves in an era where, due mainly to the high cost of both drilling throughout the life of a field and intervention during reservoir management:

  1. reservoirs are almost routinely under-appraised, meaning that developers live with the unintended consequences of 'taking reservoir risk', and
  2. reservoir managers find it difficult to assess exactly how fluids are moving around their reservoir(s), for example where oil and/or water is actually coming from.

These two issues place a heavy emphasis on our ability to both describe and monitor reservoirs without the aid of large numbers of wells.

This event will focus on those technologies firstly that enable us to understand the framework in which oil & gas finds itself, waiting to be produced, namely the reservoir, which needs to be described in detail in 3D and secondly those monitoring and surveillance technologies that enable us to understand how hydrocarbons and water are moving around our reservoirs, under production.

If you would like to make a presentation at this event, please contact David Bamford via the Finding Petroleum website; if you are interested in sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact Terry O’Donnell.


9:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction

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
9:40 Mike Christie - Professor
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

From Computer Science to Reservoir Modelling – Leveraging the State of the Art

Talk Description
“To copy from one person is plagiarism, to copy from many is research”. This saying from American playwright Wilson Mizner, ostensibly a comment on writers in the early part of the 20th century, can also be a guide to making progress in solving challenging engineering problems. The goal of this talk is to show how ideas from another field – computer science – can be combined with existing concepts in reservoir modelling to make a significant advance in capability.

The talk will be illustrated with examples (including a N Sea Example)showing the improvements in history matching and optimisation capabilities available from implementing specific algorithms.
Mike has devoted his career to computer simulation of the flow of fluids through oil and gas reservoirs, and using computer modelling to gain insight into the critical aspects of reservoir fluid flows that affect business outcomes.

Mike worked for BP for 18 years in the area of reservoir simulation until 1999, holding positions in both the UK and USA. His work was characterised by a desire to understand technology at the highest level and use that understanding for practical application. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1994/95 with a talk based on one of the earliest uncertainties studies on a real field. While in the USA, Mike interacted with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and developed novel upscaling techniques that were applied to various fields, including Cusiana in Colombia. Mike joined Heriot Watt University at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering where he has focused on uncertainty quantification in complex systems using computer simulation.

Mike consults for the petroleum industry in reservoir simulation, history matching and uncertainty quantification. He was awarded the SPE Ferguson Medal in 1990 for his work in 3D simulation of viscous fingering.

More recently, he has been accessing uncertainty quantification techniques from a variety of areas, including the aerospace, nuclear industries and computational biology areas to apply to the petroleum reservoir system understanding – particularly the question of how complex to make a model. This led to a book, published in 2011, on “Simplicity, Complexity and Modelling”.
He has also founded a spin-out company from Heriot-Watt to commercialise 10 years of research into uncertainty quantification and optimisation methodologies.

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-cl
10:15 Pavol Ihring - Managing Director

Automatic Digital data analysis, features extraction and data mining in geophysics

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Talk Description
Exploration is a costly business with high uncertainties.

With ever-increasing image resolution and volumes of data, FAST, ACCURATE and AUTOMATED Data Analysis of the details is compulsory.

We offer:

Fully AUTOMATED data analysis of Seismic, gravimetry and other fields (surface) and reservoirs.
We offer features extraction & detailed data mining , all within extremely short time frames.

This includes but not limited to:

  • The extraction of pockmarks, faults, linear features, density, vertical relations and much more...
  • The automated creation of a queryable geo-database of objects and features with geometric and spatial properties.
  • Volumes of data processed in short time at levels not possible before.

Our technology is capable of extracting all possible information from exploration data.

GeoProxima gives you an unparalleled tool available for the first time, which enables you to utilize your hard earned expertise and efficiently extract the most value from your costly data.

Paul Ihring: Relevant Education & Experience:
Degree in physics
Teacher of Mathematics and Physics
Observational Astronomer at Solar observatories in Slovakia and Australia
35 years in management in IT industry & Software development.
For the last 15 years Paul has financed and managed fundamental mathematical research in digital, signal, image, surface and volume analysis.

The results of this research are now being applied to Geophysics being presented as GeoProxima.

GeoProxima is an Australian company focused on geodata processing and presenting a breakthrough in m
10:50 Tea & coffee
11:20 Rob Ross - Client Solutions Director - Reservoir Solutions

A Perspective on Fibre-optics – the most important, innovative, emerging technology?

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Talk Description
Fiber-optic sensing has been established for over two decades in military applications. The components used have proved to be extremely reliable over the last thirty years in the subsea telecoms industry. This talk will give an insight into why fiber-optic sensing is the right choice for areal monitoring of the oilfield and, in particular:

  • Why areal monitoring is important and how it can generate value
  • How fiber-optic based sensors can perform areal monitoring
  • Why optical sensors are the right choice for reservoir monitoring

In his role as Client Solutions Director, Rob spends his time helping oil companies interested in TGS’ Stingray® Permanent Reservoir Monitoring solutions to identify candidate fields and define project specifications. Rob has more than 15 years’ industry experience in a range of technical and management positions including field operations, data processing and inversion.

He has an MA in Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is a member of the SEG, the EAGE and the PESGB and is based in the TGS London office.

TGS is the world's largest geoscience data company, known for its asset-light, multi-client business
11:55 Chris Shannon - CEO
Fotech Solutions Ltd

Real-time LiveFRAC Monitoring with Distributed Acoustic Sensing

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Chris Shannon has headed up technology rich start-up companies for the last 20 years. Working across a variety of markets with optical fiber and wireless technologies, Chris created and led the Telecom division of Queensgate Instruments, which sold to SDL in 2000. He later became CEO of Indigo Photonics, which was subsequently acquired by Insensys in 2003 and is now part of Schlumberger and Moog. Most recently Chris was CEO of Ezurio, a spin off from TDK, where he successfully commercialised their Bluetooth, WLAN and M2M technology, which led to the acquisition of the business by Laird Technologies in 2008.

Fotech Solutions Ltd
Fotech provides distributed acoustic data to the energy and security sectors. Based in the UK, USA
12:10 David Hill - Chief Technology Officer
OptaSense Ltd

An introduction to fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing and its impact on IOR and EOR

Talk Description
Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is a new sensing technology that is increasingly being seen as a potential game changer in a number of downhole applications including hydraulic fracture profiling, permanent flow assurance and 4D-VSP reservoir imaging. In this talk we will describe the technology and show examples of how this technology is being used.
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
12:30 Multiple -
Panel Discussion

Fibre optics - the most important, innovative, emerging technology?

13:00 Raffle prize draw followed by Lunch & refreshments

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