D469 The Practice of Seismic Depth Imaging
D469 The Practice of Seismic Depth Imaging
Business Impact: The depth imaging knowledge acquired in this course will enable participants to improve success rates and decrease drilling risks by reducing structural uncertainty and developing better technical decisions.
Many petroleum companies routinely utilize pre-stack depth imaging technology in seismic processing workflows for both conventional and unconventional plays. Participants will become familiar with the underlying theory and current industry practices in the application of pre-stack depth imaging technology in conventional and unconventional plays through the use of case studies located in both onshore and offshore environments.
Depth imaging provides superior results compared to time processing including accurate time-to-depth conversions for well planning, reliable velocity models for pore pressure prediction, and superior geohazard identification.
A virtual course divided into 6 three-hour sessions over a two-week period (equivalent to a three-day classroom course), which combines lectures, case history discussions and several classroom exercises.
Participants will learn to:
Topic I – Basic Concepts
Topic II – Model Building and Depth Imaging
Topic III – Interpretation and Analysis
This course has been designed for both seismic interpreters and geophysicists involved in any use or evaluation of seismic data. The course is very suitable for engineers that are using seismic data to optimize drilling programs. Course participants will be able to successfully understand depth migrated seismic data, know how to differentiate signal from artifacts, understand new methods and workflows, and learn about the state-of-the-art of seismic depth imaging technology. The course is very much recommended to QI geophysicists working with seismic data as input to seismic inversion and evaluation of rock properties.
Participants in this course should have a basic understanding of seismic wave propagation and have some familiarity with seismic data processing. Nautilus courses N080 (Geophysics for Subsurface Professionals), N085 (Introduction to Seismic Interpretation), N443 (Essentials of Geophysics), N066 (An Objective Approach to Seismic Acquisition, Processing and Reprocessing) or equivalent training are recommended to provide an understanding of these seismic fundamentals.
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David Kessler is the President of SeismicCity Inc., a company dedicated to the development and implementation of depth imaging technology. David holds a B. Sc., M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Geophysics. At the start of his career David worked as a research Geophysicist. From 1991 to 1994 he was a Senior research Geophysicist for Landmark/ITA, and from 1994 to 1996, he was a Senior research Geophysicist for Cogniseis Development. In 1996 David changed his focus from research to application, by becoming the Manager of Depth Imaging Services for CGG Americas. In this roll he worked to establish a depth imaging group that would provide model building and depth imaging seismic processing services for CGG in North and South America.
In early 2000, together with several other colleagues, David created an independent seismic processing company called SeismicCity, with the objective to develop proprietary model building and depth imaging technology and to provide this technology in execution of commercial depth imaging projects. SeismicCity is located in Houston Texas. Using its proprietary technology, the company provides pre-processing, anisotropic model building, prestack depth migration and data analysis services to its clients exploring for oil and gas in various geological environments around the globe.
Affiliations & Accreditation
PhD Tel Aviv University - Geophysics
MSc Tel Aviv University - Geophysics
BSc Tel Aviv University - Geophysics
N469: The Practice and Theory of Seismic Depth Imaging
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