N443 Essentials of Geophysics

Event Facts

29 Oct. 2019
Event Code:
1 days
John Randolph
Booking Status:
Good Availability
USD $1,002 (Exclusive of tax)

Course Facts

Course Code:
1 days
0.8 Continuing Education Units
8 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This course is an introduction to geophysical technologies currently being applied to solve petroleum exploration and production problems. Participants will learn how projects are executed, how certain tools might be used to evaluate projects, and be exposed to terminology that will facilitate multidisciplinary teamwork.

Duration and Training Method

This is a one-day classroom course with lectures and exercises. Participants will work through a simple seismic interpretation problem on paper.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Explain how various geophysical tools might be used to evaluate oil and gas projects.
  2. Identify the limitations of certain tools.
  3. Outline the stages of a seismic project and examine key milestones.
  4. Participate in team discussions to insure that project objectives are met.
  5. Recognize what can go wrong.
  1. Why use geophysical data?
  2. Reservoir response to seismic waves: What we should expect to see?
  3. 3D seismic acquisition and processing: How is it done? At what cost?
  4. Seismic reflection amplitudes: What geologic information do they contain?
  5. Seismic interpretation: What is involved?
  6. Seismic tools that can add value to your drilling programs.

Who should attend

This course is designed for engineers, supervisors, and those who would like to have a better understanding of how geophysical data is acquired and analyzed, and how it might impact oil and gas projects.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no prerequisites for this course. Participants should have a general understanding of petroleum industry terms and practices.

John Randolph

John has over 40 years experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and is currently Technical Manager for Nautilus geophysical programs in North America.  During his career, John worked as a seismic interpreter for Texaco, a geophysical project manager for The Louisiana Land and Exploration Company, and he served in the role of Chief Geophysicist for Burlington Resources. John retired from Burlington Resources in 2005 as General Manager of Exploration responsible for the company’s exploration activities in the US, Latin America, the UK, Algeria, and China. While working as Chief Geophysicist, John was also responsible for training and career development for Burlington’s geoscience professionals.  Since 2005, John has also worked as a consultant to independent oil and gas companies and also national oil companies assisting them with various project management issues.

In addition to his passion for teaching seismic interpretation, John enjoys travel, biking, and hiking.  John also taught scuba diving classes for many years.

John and his wife Cheri live in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Affiliations and Accreditation
MS Business Administration
BS Physics and Mathematics
SEG -Member
AAPG - Member

Courses Taught
N080:  Geophysics for Subsurface Professionals
N085:  Introduction to Seismic Interpretation
N165:  Fundamental Concepts of Seismic Techniques

N250:  Evaluation Methods for Shale Reservoirs
N281:  Introduction to Seismic Interpretation for Exploration and Production
N394:  3D Seismic Interpretation Workflow
N408:  Seismic Imaging for Coal
N420:  Introduction to Seismic Interpretation for Coal Mining
N443:  Essentials of Geophysics

John is a contributer to the following courses:
N092:  Reservoir Geophysics
N286:  Seismic Acquisition Principles and Practice

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