Short Course Catalogue - Geophysics
Instructor: Dr Mike Branston (WesternGeco)
The course is designed to familiarize the student with the latest developments in Marine Seismic Acquisition including Wide-Azimuth with its many geometry variants, Broadband techniques (boosting the high and low frequencies), seabed receivers for both P-wave and Converted-wave recording, simultaneous source acquisition, and methodologies to improve efficiency. The course starts with an overview of conventional 3D towed streamer seismic acquisition and then concentrates on recent advances that have enabled dramatic improvements in seismic data quality and interpretability.
Instructor: Mr Jack Bouska (Independent Consultant)
This course covers modern techniques in 3D seismic acquisition, from the perspective of seismic as an integrated system comprising: acquisition design, field operations, data processing, imaging, and interpretation. This one day course will review the basics of 3D survey design, with emphasis on how practical aspects of interpretation, data processing, imaging and/or field operations can either constrain.
Instructor: Mr Jan de Bruin (Project Manager - Seismic Acquisition)
Existing courses and books with the title `seismic acquisition' typically deal with designing seismic surveys. Although I treat design in a somewhat less conventional way, it is an important part of this course too, but other equally important subjects receive equal attention. These are: Clients, Finance, Procurement, Scouting, Communities, Execution, Equipment, HSE and Project Management. Any serious flaws in either of these can make a seismic survey less successful or fail altogether. Although these elements have nothing to do with Geophysics, they are essential ingredients of Seismic Acquisition. The course will look at all this from the perspective of seismic companies as well as oil companies
Instructor: Dr Cyrille Reiser (Petroleum Geo-Services)
The main aim of this course is to provide a very accessible overview of the many concepts behind broadband seismic (primarily offshore) and its implication for the reservoir focused asset based geoscientist. This will be done through the a very comprehensive set of case study material from all regions of the world and for various stages of the exploration, appraisal and development asset life cycle. The course aims to objectively discuss the various broadband seismic technologies and commercial offerings available today and their respective merits with regards to quantitative reservoir characterization and reservoir imaging using real world application examples. The course will further attempt to identify possible pitfalls and issues with regards to the treatment of broadband data that might lead to flawed or erroneous QI.
Instructor: Mr Mark Thompson (Statoil)
The use of Ocean Bottom Seismic (OBS) is increasingly more utilised. The placement of receivers on the sea floor, allows for measurement of both pressure and shear waves, while the decoupling of source effort from receiver effort allows for full azimuth imaging. The characteristics of OBS creates challenges, which need to be addressed in survey design, acquisition, processing, imaging and interpretation. Through examples, successful use of this technology will be demonstrated.
Instructor: Dr Robert Soubaras (CGG)
This one-day course is intended to explain how, by combining advances in equipment, acquisition design and processing, the bandwidth of marine seismic images has been increased recently from 3 to 6 octaves. The course starts with a theoretical part that provides a unified framework allowing to cover the theory of the various marine broadband methods that are currently used (over-under, dual sensor, variable-depth), with the aid of synthetic examples as well as real data results based on the variable-depth streamer method. After the specific receiver deghostings are addressed, other processing steps that have to be adapted to broadband data are described.
Instructor: Mr Cedric Fayemendy (Statoil)
Geophysical Reservoir Monitoring (GRM) of reservoirs relies on frequent time-lapse observations with high-survey repeatability. This technology is a key enabler for maximizing the oil recovery of oil and gas fields. The GRM technology aims at understanding and updating the knowledge of producing reservoirs. This is achieved through mapping the movement of fluid and pressure fronts and fluid contacts during production and injection. The combination of production monitoring with repeated seismic acquisition and geological and reservoir information provides reliable estimates of static and dynamic reservoir parameters. The lecture will first review the geophysical reservoir monitoring history at Statoil. We will share our experience with 4D processes, resources allocation and the overall monitoring strategy. The lecture will also cover challenges in understanding the 4D responses and value creation. Finally, we will look at how we push the GRM technology towards higher use of quantitative results.
Instructor: Dr Anatoly Cherepovskiy (Independent Consultant)
This course will provide information related to recent trends and advances in land seismic data acquisition technology, equipment and the methodologies that are being utilized to improve seismic imaging quality and productivity of 3D acquisition with an emphasize on the high-end surveys as performed in open areas. The course will not cover the fundamentals of 3D and multicomponent seismic survey design, although there will be a section that will give a review of recent survey design approaches and principles.
Instructor: Mr Paul Ras (SD2I Geophysical Consulting)
This course presents an integrated approach to modern land 3D survey design as it has a key role in the seismic value chain going from acquisition to processing, imaging and inversion and characterization. It describes the main technology advances in land acquisition: high-channel count single sensor (point receiver), simultaneous source high-productivity vibroseis, broadband and wireless nodal systems. New acquisition technology has in turn inspired progress in processing, imaging and inversion and characterization. Survey designs have changed accordingly; wide azimuth high-density surveys are now the norm in many environments. And the survey design workflow now includes single sensor, single source, simultaneous source, broadband, symmetric sampling, cross-spreads, spatial continuity and more powerful 5D interpolation methods. It has also become more integrated, with requirements from inversion and characterization, imaging and processing feeding back to the design and hence acquisition.
Instructor: Dr Jaap C. Mondt (Breakaway, Netherlands)
This course presents various geophysical methods from gravity to magnetics, electrical, electro-magnetic, refraction and reflection seismic.
Instructor: Dr Jaap C. Mondt (Breakaway, Netherlands)
The course deals with advanced methods of seismic acquisition and processing. It will be taught not only by explaining the methods, but above all by applying the theory in mainly Excel based assignments.
Instructor: Mr Piet Gerritsma (Gerritsma Geophysical Training and Consultancy)
Seismic data processing can be characterized by the application of a sequence of processes where for each of these processes there are a number of different approaches. This course gives a comprehensive overview of the processes that are commonly applied in seismic data processing, both for land and marine seismic data, and discusses for each process the alternative implementations together with their inherent assumptions and strengths and weaknesses.
Instructor: Dr Ian Jones (ION)
The course will begin with a review of migration and then move-on to cover the motivations for building detailed velocity models, and briefly discuss the inherent limitations on our ability to build a detailed model. Current-day practice will be covered, exemplified via several case-studies and will end with a synopsis of the less well known and emerging techniques. Following the course, participants should understand how migration works, in terms of the approximations involved, and how this relates to the geology to be imaged, and also appreciate the limitations of current and future imaging and velocity estimation technology, so as to be able to decide what model building technique should be employed to image a given geological objective.
Instructor: Dr Vladimir Grechka (Marathon Oil Corporation)
Elastic anisotropy can strongly influence seismic data. This course discusses modeling, inversion and processing of seismic reflection and VSP data in the presence of anisotropy. The most critical step in extending the existing processing techniques to anisotropic media is to identify and estimate the medium parameters responsible for measured seismic signatures. The course emphasizes these parameters for vertical transverse isotropy – the anisotropic model usually associated with shales. Field-data examples illustrate the improvements in imaging achieved by anisotropic migration algorithms and the possibility of using anisotropy for lithology discrimination and fracture characterization.
Instructor: Mr Allan Campbell (VSP Consultants LLC)
This course serves as an introduction to the borehole seismic techniques being used by exploration geophysicists around the world. The fundamentals of acquisition, processing and interpretation are explored, and explained with case studies.
The course also covers more advanced uses of borehole seismic, including 2D and 3D imaging, seismic model calibration, time lapse reservoir monitoring, and fracture detection. Basics concepts of survey planning, acquisition and processing are covered. Estimation of anisotropy, Q, and measuring AVO are also covered.
The course also looks at the emerging Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) technology. The course gives an introduction to crosswell seismic, and seismic while drilling.
Instructor: Dr Eric Verschuur (Delft University of Technology)
The main objective of this course is to provide the audience with an overview of the techniques in seismic multiple removal, starting with the deconvolution-based methods from the 1960s, via the move-out discrimination techniques of the 1980s and ending up with wave-equation based methods from the 1990s and their 3D extensions as developed in the 2000s. For each method some brief description of the theory in terms of mathematics is given. However, the emphasis in this course is not to thoroughly treat the mathematics but to present some understanding of the workings of each method.
Instructor: Dr Leon Thomsen (Delta Geophysics)
This course covers all areas of applied seismic anisotropy, with class exercises and ample time for full discussion. Because anisotropy is such a fundamental concept, it covers topics in seismic acquisition, processing, imaging and interpretation, all based on seismic rock physics.
Instructor: Prof. Tariq Alkhalifah (KAUST)
The course starts by introducing the fundamentals of full-waveform inversion (FWI) starting from its basic definition. It focuses on the model update issues and provides analysis of its probable success in converging to a plausible model. In the course we will discuss the many challenges we face in applying FWI on seismic data and introduce modern day proposed solutions to these challenges. The focus of the course will be on FWI applied to anisotropic media. As a result, the course will also introduce anisotropy, its optimal parametrization and wavefield simulation in such media. Practical multi-parameter inversion for anisotropic parameters requires an optimal FWI setup. We will discuss such a setup, which includes the proper parametrization of the medium and data access scheme necessary for a potential convergence to a plausible anisotropic model.
Instructor: Dr Gerard Schuster (KAUST)
This one-day course is designed for a broad range of seismic researchers, data processors, and interpreters working in the petroleum industry. The course teaches the principles of seismic interferometry, ambient noise seismology and their applications to surface seismic, VSP, and OBS data. The ultimate objectives are to enable geophysicists to evaluate the potential of seismic interferometry in uniquely solving their problems.
Instructors: Prof. Evgeny Landa (Tel Aviv University) and Dr Tijmen Jan Moser (Moser Geophysical Services)
Diffractions have been identified as the key seismic manifestation of fractures and other small-scale reservoir heterogeneities. This two-day course will present the current state-of-the-art of diffraction technology and put this in context by a review of its past developments. The course will cover both forward diffraction modeling and diffraction imaging. Case studies of diffraction imaging will be presented covering applications in seismic exploration and other areas of geoscientific interest.
Instructor: Prof. Dr Aldo Vesnaver (The Petroleum Institute)
Building a 3D Earth model in depth is needed not only for accurate seismic imaging, but also for linking well data (as logs and cores) and reservoir simulations. Tomography can build a 3D macro-model for P and S velocities that integrates surface and well data, as well as active and passive seismic. This short course will introduce the basic concepts of traveltime inversion keeping all the math at a very basic level.
Instructor: Dr Ruben Martinez (Reservoir Geoscience)
This course has two main segments. In the first segment, the participant will understand the basic concepts behind the tools commonly employed in velocity model building and depth migration.
In the second segment, the participant will learn how to use these tools for building velocity models and generate seismic images in depth using practical work flows for a variety of complex geologic scenarios. At the end of the course, an overview of the emerging depth imaging technologies is presented.
Instructor: Prof. Evgeny Landa (Tel Aviv University)
While depth imaging play an increasing role in seismic exploration, data analysis and imaging in time domain play an important role. Moreover, for complex models that request the use of prestack depth migration, time imaging usually constitutes a key first step. The proposed course discusses: a) data analysis and imaging based on new procedures such as Multifocusing and Common Reflection Surface; b) diffraction Imaging based on diffracted energy targeting to image small scale subsurface objects; c) imaging without precise knowledge of the subsurface velocity model (path summation); d) pitfalls and challenges of seismic inversion.
Instructor: Mr Etienne Robein (ERT)
The course will present in simple terms (cartoons rather than equations!) the principle of different techniques in each class of methods (Kirchhoff, Beam Migrations, WEM, RTM), while pointing out their respective merits and limitations. Similarities and differences between Time- and Depth-Imaging will be briefly reminded. In parallel, special emphasis is put on methods used to build the necessary anisotropic velocity models. Both Ray-based techniques (linear and non-linear tomography) and wavefield extrapolation-based ones, including Full Waveform Inversion, are addressed.
Instructor: Prof. Dr Dries Gisolf (Delft Inversion)
This two-day course will start with an introduction and a short recap on complex integral transforms (Fourier, Laplace, F/K and linear Radon). Followed by topics on: - The acoustic wave equation in inhomogenous media - Integral representations of the acoustic wave equation; Kirchhoff-Rayleigh and the Scattering Integral (Lippmann-Schwinger) - The AVO data model; Zoeppritz reflection coefficients - Linear inversion of AVO data including regularisation; synthetic and real data examples - The non-linear data model for inversion; data equation and object equation; iterative, multiplicatively regularised inversion - Applications based on an elastic full-wavefield non-linear data model; realistic synthetic reservoir study, real data case studies including low-frequency model extraction and seismic-to-well matching. Synthetic time-lapse example.
Instructor: Mr Piet Gerritsma (Gerritsma Geophysical Training and Consultancy)
The process of migration, whereby a proper image in time or depth of the subsurface is obtained, is directly related with the velocity model that both serves as input for the migration process as well as is the result of such a migration. Therefore migration and velocity model building are intimately related processes and often applied in an iterative mode. This course gives an overwiew with theory and implementation of the representative migration algorithms as well as of the multitude of ways to build and update subsurface velocity models.
Instructor: Prof. Dr Dries Gisolf (Delft Inversion)
This course presents a systematic approach to imaging of acoustic reflection data and the extraction of media property information from the image amplitudes, based on wave theory. Although the approach is valid for a wide range of acoustical frequencies and applications, there is a bias towards seismic imaging.
Instructor: Prof. Olivier Dubrule (Imperial College London)
In recent years the use of geostatistics has spread from the world of reservoir characterization to that of velocity analysis, seismic inversion, uncertainty quantification, and more generally to that of seismic data integration in earth models. Nevertheless, many geoscientists still regard geostatistics as little more than a statistical black box. By explaining the concepts and applications, this course clarifies the benefits of geostatistics and helps spread its use.
Instructor: Mr. Dean Powell (Powell Seismic Services)
Clever software can pick seismic events but creative and informed interpreters are needed to produce prospects. This course moves beyond the mechanics of picking and helps participants understand and integrate the range of geophysical and geological considerations that lead to a rigorous seismic interpretation. From the basics of seismic acquisition and processing, through a review of seismic attributes, seismic stratigraphy and QI tools the course uses a mixture of theory, exercises, case histories and exploration experience to help participants gain confidence in using seismic data to generate prospects worth drilling.
Instructor: Prof. Dr Michael Poppelreiter (University Technology Petronas)
This outcrop-based course provides participants with an overview of the integrated reservoir modeling process, tools and tasks. The data set is from a Tertiary carbonate reservoir. It exposes participants to hands-on integrated reservoir modeling. A conceptual reservoir model and a digital reservoir model are constructed on paper and digitally. Common sedimentological techniques such as section logging, gamma ray measurements and interpretation of aspect ratios from photo panels and maps will be demonstrated and practiced. All data required to build models are actual industry data. The uncertainty of all data sets is assessed. Alternative models are constructed. QC of data versus interpretation is an integral part of the course. A strong emphasis is put on stratigraphic correlation framework and structural model building. Property modeling and volumetrics are carried out interactively as a team exercise. Team interaction is a fundamental component of this course.
Instructor: Dr Behzad Alaei (Earth Science Analytics)
Seismic attributes have been increasingly used in both exploration and reservoir characterization and has been integrated in the seismic interpretation process. Seismic attributes will be introduced with their applications in seismic interpretation using examples from different sedimentary basins and also through certain attribute analysis workflows. It is aimed to provide geoscientists with the minimum required theory of how each attribute is generated with greater emphasis on the applications in the exploration and reservoir characterization. Elementary trace-based attributes, Dip-Azimuth, coherence, fault attributes, and frequency decomposition will be presented individually as well as in different workflows to identify, and extract certain geological objects.
Instructor: Mr Klaus Fischer (Wintershall)
The course gives a general introduction to the method of sequence stratigraphy with a special focus on seismic stratigraphy. It gives a detailed overview on the methods of seismic sequence analysis, its merits and its limitations. The methodology of seismic facies analysis and its potential use for facies prediction in the subsurface is explained. The course is focusing on the practical application of the seismic stratigraphic interpretation method, and gives an overview of a variety of potential tools available in modern interpretation systems which can be used within the workflow in order to support the interpreter.
Seismic Reservoir Characterization
Instructor: Dr Kurt Marfurt (University of Oklahoma)
Seismic data are incredibly rich in information, including amplitude, frequency, and the configuration or morphology of reflection events. Seismic attributes, including volumetric estimates of coherence, dip/azimuth, curvature, amplitude texture, and spectral decomposition, can greatly accelerate the interpretation of newly acquired 3D surveys as well as provide new insight into old 3D surveys.
Instructor: Dr Leo Eisner (Seismik)
The goal of this class is to explain principles of microseismic monitoring ranging from single monitoring borehole to surface and near surface networks. This class focuses on understanding the measurements made in passive seismic, their use and their uncertainties. Attendees should be able to decide on the best type of microseismic monitoring, design it, and know what kind of processing is needed to achieve their goals. They will also understand the uncertainties in the microseismicity. They will be able to avoid interpretation of uncertain observations. No requirement on prior class is needed, although knowledge of hydraulic fracturing and seismology helps. The course will also discuss the latest developments in microseismicity from source mechanisms, through tomography and anisotropy to reservoir simulations, including pore pressure analysis. The course discusses also social and scientific aspects of (induced) seismicity related to oil and gas reservoir.
Instructor: Dr Enru Liu (ExxonMobil)
The ability to identify fracture clusters and corridors and their prevalent directions within many carbonates and unconventional resources (shale gas, tight gas and tight oil reservoirs) can have a significant impact on field development planning as well as on the placement of individual wells. The characterization of natural fractures is difficult and cannot be achieved by any single discipline or single measurement. Geophysics can identify spatial distributions of fractures and fracture corridors between wells and seismically-derived fracture information to complement (not compete with) other measurements, such as outcrops, core, FMI, cross-dipole and other fracture information. This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of seismic fracture characterization by introducing seismic anisotropy, equivalent-medium representation theories of fractured rock and methodologies for extracting fracture parameters from seismic data. With a focus on practical applications, three case studies are presented to demonstrate the applicability, workflow and limitations of this technology: a physical laboratory 3D experiment where fracture distributions are known, a Middle East fractured carbonate reservoir and a fractured tight gas reservoir.
Instructor: Dr Sagar Ronghe (DownUnder GeoSolutions)
The course discusses reservoir characterisation through the integration of wireline and seismic data as applicable to all stages of oil and gas field activity: from reconnaissance, through exploration and appraisal, to focused reservoir characterisation during field development. Techniques presented include amplitude and AVA interpretations, stack rotations, deterministic and stochastic inversion, probabilistic interpretations of lithology and fluid distributions, and quantification of reservoir properties including prediction uncertainty. The importance of petrophysics and rock physics calibration as a foundation to all of these methods is highlighted. The course also discusses the calibration of seismic velocities to well data for accurate time-to-depth conversion.
Instructor: Mr Olav Inge Barkved (Petoro)
Time-lapse seismic surveys or 4D seismic provide snapshots of a producing hydrocarbon reservoir and its surroundings. The benefit of the technology in monitoring fluid and pressure changes and to point out bypassed oil or un-drained compartments has been well documented over the last 10–15 years. Still the technology is undergoing rapid development. This course will provide some context on what is driving the dynamic changes linked to producing a hydrocarbon reservoir and what we should expect to observe using seismic technologies in a varied geological setting. It will address key issues that impact the feasibility of time-lapse seismic and evaluate established methods. However, the focus will be on ‘new’ technologies, use of a permanent array, frequent seismic surveying and integration of the data. Examples from the Valhall field will be used extensively to illustrate the potential of seismic data and to articulate issues related to interpretation and integration. This will include data examples from marine towed 4D, frequent surveying using permanently installed sensors, in-well recordings and analysis of passive data, including micro seismicity. Use of seismic surveillance information to support reservoir management, new well delivery and base management will be a central part of the presentation.
Instructor: Dr Anthony Fogg (Arun Geoscience)
AVO (Amplitude Versus Offset) analysis has been a key technology for derisking drill targets as it can potentially distinguish different fluids and lithotypes. Over time the application of the AVO technique has evolved and merged with seismic inversion methods so that today the traditional AVO analysis techniques have been superseded by the analysis of rock property volumes on the interpreter's work station. However, in order to derive these rock properties we still rely on the fundamental principles of AVO. This course covers the basics of AVO theory and how it is used to create attributes or inversion volumes from seismic reflection data that reveal the rock and fluid characteristics of the sub-surface. The course is not mathematical, but does review some simple equations that help the student understand how AVO is applied to create quantitative measurements from surface seismic data and interpret those results in terms of rock physics - often referred to as Quantitative Interpretation (QI).
Instructor: Prof. Martin Landrø (Norwegian University of Science & Technology)
The course discusses various methods for monitoring subsurface injection of CO2. Specifically, the following topics will be covered:
- Rock physics related to injection of CO2 into porous rock
- Time-lapse seismic methods
- Gravity and electromagnetic methods
- Saturation and pressure effects
- Early detection of leakage
- Mapping overburden geology and identification of potential weakness zones
- Field examples
- Well integrity issues
- Using gas leakage as a proxy to study potential leakage of CO2
- Laboratory experiments of CO2 flooding including acoustic measurements
Instructor: Prof. Serge Shapiro (Freie Universitaet Berlin)
Stimulations of rocks by fluid injections (e.g., hydraulic fracturing) belong to a standard reservoir-development practice. Productions of shale oil, - shale gas, - heavy oil, - geothermal energy require broad applications of this technology. The fact that fluid injection causes seismicity (including microseismicity and, sometimes, significant induced earthquakes) has been well-established for several decades. Waste water injection into rocks, large-scale water reservoir constructions and underground carbon sequestrations are other examples of potentially seismogenic fluid impact on geologic structures. Understanding and monitoring of fluid-induced seismicity is necessary for hydraulic characterization of reservoirs, for assessments of reservoir stimulation results and for controlling seismic risk of fluid injections and production. The course provides systematic quantitative rock-physical and geomechanical fundamentals of all these aspects of the fluid-induced seismicity.
Instructors: Dr Mark Bentley (AGR TRACS International) and Prof. Philip Ringrose (Statoil)
This short course will provide an introduction to reservoir model design, covering the following main design elements:
- Model purpose;
- The rock model;
- The property model;
- Model scaling;
- Handling uncertainty.
Instructor: Dr Philippe Doyen (Independent Consultant)
Three-dimensional numerical earth models play an increasingly important role in the petroleum industry to improve reservoir management and optimize hydrocarbon recovery. A key challenge for reservoir geoscientists is the quantitative integration of 3D and 4D seismic data into static and dynamic earth modeling workflows. Using a combination of theory and illustrations from real field studies, this two-day course reviews best practices and challenges for constraining earth models with seismic information and quantifying subsurface uncertainty.
Instructor: Dr Dario Grana (University of Wyoming)
Integrated reservoir modeling workflows provide a set of techniques to create three-dimensional numerical earth models in terms of elastic, petrophysical and dynamic properties of the rocks at different time steps during exploration and production. The course focuses on the quantification of uncertainty in the data, in the physical models and in the predictions in reservoir modeling workflows. Topics include uncertainty quantification in seismic reservoir modeling, geostatistical reservoir simulations, fluid flow modeling, and reservoir monitoring. The link between uncertainty quantification and decision-making will be introduced through decision-making theory. The course will include demonstrations of the methodologies on real case applications.