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Tough Problems in Geophysics


Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Geological Society

The fourth Forum was held on Wednesday 24th June 2009 - the theme was Tough Problems in Geophysics(the 2nd in our Geophysics/Seismic series). Proceedings opened with an Invited Talk from Ian Jack, ex-BP and well known throughout our industry; and concluded with Tullow Oil revealing how they addressed geophysical operations in the Albertine Basin of Uganda - a tough place indeed! The aim was to tackle issues such as tough terrains (tundra, transition zone, deep ocean bottom) and tough 'requests' (Why can't land 3D be as fast and as cheap as marine? Can't we drastically reduce the time it takes to acquire and process?): our ambition was for this to be a landmark day in geophysics!


9:00 Arrivals and Registrations
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome and 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
9:45 Ian Jack - Consultant
Ian Jack

Tough seismic nuts to crack

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
10:15 Dr Jack Caldwell - Chief Geophysicist
OYO Geospace

A Step-Change in Seismic Acquisition for Tough Areas: The GSR System

OYO Geospace believes in limitless possibilities. A leader in the seismic instrument and equipment b
11:00 Bob Heath - Technical Marketing Manager

How new developments in cableless land acquisition systems help to solve tough geophysical problems

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
11:30 John Doherty - Technical Director
Tullow Oil

A seismic imaging tale from Uganda

Tullow Oil plc is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration companies in Europe. The Gr
12:15 Stuart Papworth - Technical Director

UniQ ... ... ...

WesternGeco, a business unit of Schlumberger, is the world's leading geophysical services company, p
13:00 Lunch

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