D085 Introduction to Seismic Interpretation
D085 Introduction to Seismic Interpretation
Buissness Impact: This course will add value for petrotechnical professionals and support staff by providing a practical knowledge and a working understanding of the techniques and concepts used in the seismic interpretation process.
This course provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of seismic data, from the fundamentals of the seismic method to mapping and the use of seismic attributes. This long-standing foundational seismic course has added value for new hires and those switching to a seismic-based role, as well as for geo-techs and petroleum engineers. The course makes use of “real-world” examples of producing fields and basins around the world.
A virtual classroom course divided into 10 webinar sessions (equivalent to a five-day classroom course), comprising lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises to be completed by participants during and between sessions.
Participants will learn to:
Seismic data, in particular 3D seismic data, is a mainstay of the petroleum industry. Seismic data are used by geophysicists, geologists and engineers alike to image subsurface structure and stratigraphy, identify hydrocarbons, and thereby generate drilling prospects and effectively drain oil and gas reservoirs. Achieving an understanding of all of the methods and concepts used during the interpretation process can be a daunting task. A partial list of disciplines incorporated into a complete interpretation workflow includes rock physics, signal processing, wireline log analysis, computer visualization, structural geology, stratigraphy and petroleum engineering. Few, if any, new hires have mastered, or perhaps even been exposed to, all of these disciplines during their university education. Other, more experienced, petroleum professionals may have become specialists in one of these or other fields, and lack the “big-picture” view necessary for maximizing the value of a seismic interpretation.
The approximate schedule of content for this course is shown below but may vary according to the pace and experience of the group.
Prospect risk factors influencing interpretation workflows
The seismic method
Seismic data processing overview
Calibration methods (well-tie)
Vertical Seismic Profiles
Attributes for lithology, fluids, and rock mechanics
Modelling and depth conversion tools
Validation using 2D modeling, ray tracing and full waveform modeling
Stratigraphic interpretation of seismic data
This course is aimed at new seismic interpreters, who require tools and techniques for the practical use and interpretation of seismic data. Participation in this course may also be valuable for geotechnical assistants involved in seismic interpretation projects, petrophysicists, engineers, and project managers.
A general geological background and some familiarity with industry terms and practice are assumed.
D085 provides the foundation necessary for other geophysics courses, including D004 (The Essentials of Rock Physics for Seismic Amplitude Interpretation (Distance Learning)). D049 (Seismic Attributes for Exploration and Reservoir Characterisation (Distance Learning)), D090 (Seismic Structural Styles Workshop (Distance Learning)), and D483 (Geological Seismic Interpretation of Deepwater Systems: Depositional Environments, Reservoir Architecture and Stratigraphy (Distance Learning)).
Since 1992 Rachel has worked for BHP Petroleum in Melbourne, Occidental Petroleum in Houston, Exxon Mobil in Houston, Veritas DGC in Calgary, Nexen Inc in Calgary, Nexen Petroleum UK in London and Cairn Energy in Edinburgh. While at Cairn Energy, Rachel participated in the frontier exploration of West Greenland before taking on the role of Exploration Manager for the Mediterranean and North Africa. On returning to Canada in 2013, to get back to the great outdoors, Rachel started Racian Ventures Ltd and acts as Consultant Geophysicist to international exploration companies.
Rachel is the co-author of the SEG Geophysical Monograph Series #13, Fundamentals of Geophysical Interpretation with Laurence Lines, a contributor to both 52 Things You Should Know About Geophysics and 52 Things You Should Know About Rock Physics, and has presented at a variety of conferences and technical luncheons.
While not working or volunteering in the geoscience community, Rachel is travelling, motorcycling, skiing or enjoying fine wine with her partner Ian. They are based in Alberta, Canada.
Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD University of Calgary, Canada - Exploration Seismology
BSc Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand - Applied Geophysics (Honours)
BSc Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand - Geology
SEG - Member
AAPG - Member
EAGE - Member
APEGA - P. Geoph, P. Geol
CSEG - Member and President (2015 - 2016)
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N085: Introduction to Seismic Interpretation
N165: Fundamental Concepts of Seismic Techniques
N485: Advanced Seismic Interpretation
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