Upstream Digitalization Is Proving Itself in the Real World
For the upstream industry, where improvement in efficiency or production can drive significant financial results, there is no question that the size of the digital prize is huge. So are the challenges.
Quantitative Seismic Interpretation Identifies Sweet Spots in Organic-Rich Mudrocks
In this study, the authors use a quantitative seismic interpretation work flow (QSI) based on a rock-physics template in estimating the uncertainty of the geochemical properties of organic mudrocks of the Shublik formation of the Alaskan North Slope.
Maintaining Seismic-Focused Exploration During Downturn Yields Benefits
This paper demonstrates how maintaining investment in high-quality 3D seismic during the last downturn, together with selective exploration, quality geoscience, application of new technologies, and efficiently maturing discoveries to early cash flow, was successful in sustaining future production.
Least-Squares Migration Technique Improves Imaging and Inversion Offshore China
In this paper, the authors propose a least-squares Q migration (LSQM) method that combines the benefits of both LSM and Q prestack depth migration (QPSDM) to improve the amplitude fidelity and image resolution of seismic data.
Happily, in this past year, we witnessed several examples of marriage between two themes—exciting technology advances and the recent economic downturn. In other words, necessity for survival in hard times provided the impetus for innovation.
Artificial Intelligence Improves Seismic-Image Reconstruction
Seismic imaging provides vital tools for the exploration of potential hydrocarbon reserves and subsequent production-planning activities. The acquisition of high-resolution, regularly sampled seismic data may be hindered by physical or financial constraints.
Data-Driven Tool Uses Amplitude-Based Statistics To Identify Seismic Fractures
The authors present a novel data-driven tool for fast fracture identification in post-stack seismic data sets.
Is the Cloud Mature Enough for High-Performance Computing?
Data volumes are growing at an exponential rate. How can high-performance computing solutions help operators manage these volumes? Will faster, stronger processors and cloud computing solutions be the answer?
Machine-Learning Approach Identifies Wolfcamp Reservoirs
This paper discusses a project with the objective of leveraging prestack and poststack seismic data in order to reconstruct 3D images of thin, discontinuous, oil-filled packstone pay facies of the Upper and Lower Wolfcamp formation.
4D Seismic With Reservoir Simulation Improves Reservoir Forecasting
This paper outlines the value of 4D for reducing uncertainty in the range of history-matched models and improving the production forecast.
4D Seismic Pilot Successfully Interprets Carbonate Reservoir
This paper describes interpretation results of a 4D seismic-monitoring program in a challenging Middle East carbonate reservoir.
Last year saw continued contraction in the seismic data-acquisition industry. With this drop in acquisition business, fewer seismic data-acquisition papers were published. Nevertheless, three very good SPE papers covering important acquisition and processing topics are featured here.
Shell, Bluware Team up on Seismic With Video Game Tech
Video games have been seen as a big waste of time for years by parents around the globe. But now, the oil and gas industry sees the underlying technology as a big time saver.
Shaking up the Seismic Business with a Simple Idea
Understanding the behavior of subsea reservoirs traditionally takes months and millions of dollars. A new company says it can do this with a very targeted way in less than a week, for only thousands of dollars.
In the onshore world, one of the big advances for addressing increased sampling requirements has been to go to 24-hour shooting with continuous recording of simultaneously sweeping vibrators. This has been enabled by innovations in both acquisition and processing.
Schlumberger Exits Seismic Acquisition Business
Schlumberger has decided to quit the seismic acquisition business due to poor financial returns.
This Vision of Onshore Seismic May Look Strange at First
Faced with big potential discoveries under terrain that makes good seismic imaging impossible, Total is rethinking how to gather the data it needs, with an idea that could change the face of seismic exploration.
Oil and Gas Seismic Work Leads to Data-Sharing Deal in Norway
"Today we know more about the surface of the Moon than our own seabed."—Sturla Henriksen, CEO of Norwegian Shipowners' Association
India Asks Big Oil Companies "Where Do You Want to Drill?"
India will test whether it can reach its ambitious goal of reducing oil and gas imports by 10% by 2022 with an upcoming auction of oil properties.
Better, Less Tedious, Fault Interpretation
The tedium of identifying small faults in often murky seismic images pushed Dustin Dewett, an associate geophysicist for BHP Billiton, to develop a better way to use the tools at hand.
Near-Surface Velocity Model To Enhance PSDM Seismic Imaging of Dukhan Field
Integration of microgravity, resistivity, and seismic data improves the fidelity of seismic images and the depth match.
Broadband Seismic Acquisition: Implications for Interpretation and Reservoir Models
Acquiring new 3D broadband seismic data of a gas field containing legacy 3D conventional towed-streamer seismic data.
The world’s first reflection seismic field tests were conducted near Oklahoma City in 1921, and, ever since then, the industry has endeavored to improve that seismic imaging process.
Downturn Represents Stress Test for Unconventional Hydraulic Fracture Modeling
Developers of the latest generation of unconventional hydraulic fracturing models are hoping that current weak oil and gas prices will generate newfound interest in their software technology.
Offshore Seismic Feeling Pressures to Change
Seismic innovators are working on new sound sources designed to produce better subsurface images while addressing concerns raised by scientists and regulators about the environmental impact of the related noise on sea life.
Competing Companies Building Robots to Place Receivers
Autonomous Robotics’ first offering is built around a rounded yellow device that looks like a little flying saucer.
Air Gun Inventor Creates A Lower Pressure Option
More than 50 years after inventing the air gun, Stephen Chelminski is working on a new version of the industry standard designed to be more in tune with the current needs of the industry and its regulators.
Seismic Data: Looking for Oil From More Angles
New seismic data gathering techniques promise better images for less by gathering more data quicker, seeing past obstructions, and seeking out scarce frequencies.
Seismic Data: The Hunger for the Lowest Frequencies Takes Data Gathering in New Directions
The word “broadband” is used to sell a lot of what is new in offshore seismic. It can mean different things depending on who is speaking.
Seismic Data: Intractable Problem and Big Payoff Sell a Seismic Acquisition Innovation
Developing the Mad Dog discovery appeared to be high-risk because of the difficulty in mapping the subsurface because of the thick layer of salt underlying the region.
Seismic Data: Faster, Better Seismic Surveys by Making Many Sounds at Once
Companies are using an increasing number of sound shots to gather more data in a shorter time frame.
The coming year will be challenging for the global geophysical industry and for seismic-acquisition companies in particular.
The Gravity of Oil and Gas Exploration
A Cold War technology invented to stealthily guide the United States Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet is now serving a much more peaceful purpose: aiding in the search for oil and gas deposits.
Saudi Aramco Displays Reservoir Research Priorities
Saudi Aramco’s plan to create a global network of research centers is becoming a reality. It recently celebrated the opening of its Houston center that the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Khalid Al-Falih described as “an upstream research center like no other.”
Broadband Seismic Imaging in 3D
The Earth is complex in all directions, and hydrocarbon traps require closure—whether structural or stratigraphic or both—in three dimensions.
Inducing an Earthquake by Injecting Water in a Gas Field
A study was required to determine the origin of the tremor, evaluate if it could be followed by other tremors in the future, and estimate its magnitude.
In Search of Better Reservoir Imaging Using Fiber Optic Receivers Downhole
For decades, the industry has worked to realize the potential of gathering seismic data in wells. But it is a hostile environment for standard equipment. An inventor has developed a fiber optic system that can handle the heat, but he needs backers to see if it can deliver in the ground.
Continuous Seismic Reservoir Monitoring of Thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery
A reservoir-monitoring system has been installed on a medium-heavy-oil onshore field in the context of redevelopment by gravity-assisted steamflood.
Time-Lapse Seismic Data Integration Incorporates Pressure and Saturation Effects
This paper presents an efficient history matching approach that simultaneously integrates 4D repeat seismic surveys with well production data.
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