Understanding Seismic

An Introduction To Seismic For Non-Geophysicists

Ideal for: Geologists, Reservoir, Petroleum
& Drilling Engineers, Technical Support Staff,
Novice Geophysicists & Processing Staff, Asset Managers

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Participant Feedback (Nov. 2013)

"I've never had anyone explain a lot of this subject in such a clear way"

"Excellent course. Peter is one of the best lecturers I've ever come across and very personable"

"The course exceeded my expectations. It was more detailed than expected, but will be relevant to my work"

About the Course

This 4-day course will provide essential understanding of the seismic method to non-geophysicists (or novice geophysicists) who use or come into contact with seismic in their work.The course is pitched at an ‘awareness level’ so participants can gain a thorough understanding of what seismic is, how it is used and where it can be limited or fail. Technical jargon is explained in simple language. Participants learn how seismic is acquired in the field, processed and then interpreted. The course is non-mathematical in style and instead focuses on explaining the physical principles behind each technique. It does this using a range of innovative models, animations, videos and graphical exercises, as well as real data exercises and interpretations.

A unique ripple tank is used to show how
seismic waves propogate in the earth

Slinky coils are used to demonstrate different
types of seismic wave

You will learn:

How seismic is acquired, processed and interpreted

What hydrocarbons look like on seismic (DHI’s)

How to estimate the thinnest reservoir that is resolvable on seismic

How seismic can be used to predict and map porosity and other rock properties

What seismic can tell us about lithology and reservoir geometry

How net pay can be estimated from seismic

How seismic noise disrupts the quality of seismic and how it can be removed

How seismic operations affect the environment

Why it is so challenging to image seismic around salt structures

Why seismic predictions sometimes spectacularly fail

How to estimate if you can see a fault or geological barrier on seismic

About the developing range of ‘high-tech’ seismic analysis tools that are available such as AVO and AI, as well as modern innovations such as broadband seismic

The fundamentals of seismic interpetation, mapping and prospect generation

Detailed Contents List

Seismic Rays
Seismic Sources
Seismic Receivers
Reflection Snell's Laws
The Seismic Trace
Seismic Display
Acoustic Impedance
Synthetic Seismograms
Seismic Waves P & S
Amplitude, Frequency, Phase
Fourier Analysis
Polarity Conventions - Minimum & Zero Phase
Digital Data Aliasing
Single Fold Sections
Multi-fold Seismic
Acquisition Geometry

Constructing A Seismic Line
Normal Move-Out
NMO Correction
Amplitude Decay & Compensation
Velocity Analysis
Non-Hyperbolic Move-Out
Seismic Velocities RMS, Stacking, Dix

Noise Suppression & Data Enhancement Tools
Seismic Noise
Field Arrays Array Simulation
Statics Land & Marine
Frequency Filtering Notch & Bandpass
Dip (FK) Filtering
Multiple Attenuation
Equalisation & AGC

Seismic Imaging
Migration Overview
Mis-location of reflectors on stack
Time Migration
Migration Velocities
Depth Migration (PSDM) and Velocity Model Building
Pre or Post Stack Migration?

3D Seismic
Acquisition of 3D brief overview
Advantages of 3D
Migration Misties
3D Seismic Acquisition - Land & Marine
3D Display
Voxel Visualisation
Virtual Reality

Seismic Reservoir Characterisation & Fluid Monitoring
(High Tech. Seismics and Ongoing Developments)

Seismic Resolution Temporal and Spatial
Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators (DHI)
Seismic Attributes Trace & Windowed
Automatic Facies Characterisation
Acoustic Impedance Processing (AI)
Four Component Seismic (4C)
Time-Lapse Seismic (4D)
Amplitude versus Offset (AVO)
Vertical Seismic Profiles Overview

Seismic Interpretation
A 6-line paper interpretation exercise to integrate learning about seismic quality and to show how geophysicists use the data to interpret and develop prospects. This real exercise also shows the challenge of visualising the 3rd dimension. Participants interpret, create a map and evaluate maps to generate prospects. This is an enjoyable yet challenging exercise that will set the theoretical aspects of the course in perspective and show how a knowledge of seismic quality issues and limitations is essential for an effective subsurface interpretation.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for anybody who comes across seismic in their work, uses it on an occasional basis, or would like a thorough grounding of the basics of the seismic method - i.e. Data Management Specialists, Geologists, Reservoir, Petroleum & Drilling Engineers, Technical Support Staff, Novice Geophysicists & Processing Staff, andAsset Managers.

About the Tutor

Peter Granger has spent 34 years in the petroleum industry, starting his career with Seismograph Services as a seismic processor before joining BP as an interpreter and review geophysicist.

Peter has worked in diverse locations such as Libya, South Africa and the UK and on a range of basins, with a regional focus on the Atlantic Margins of Britain and Ireland. He worked as the intepreter on the team that discovered the Foinaven Field and West of Shetland Tertiary oil province.

Peter has been a training consultant for 24 years. His courses have been acclaimed for their innovative, fun and practical style and his novel use of working models and practical demonstrations.

Peter offers team-building courses that allow all members of a team (technical and non-technical) to work on a oil and gas exploration challenge in Dorset. This helps non-technical and support staff learn about the industry, appreciate what the technical people are doing, and bonds the team through a series of inspiring and fun challenges - more information about team-building.

Peter is also very interested in emotional intelligence in the workplace and offers a range of courses/workshops in leadership and business creativity/innovation . He runs a creativity and innovationcourse for Nautilus Ltd (part of RPS Group) within their Geosccience Training Alliance. He also offers executive coaching with an emphasis on emotional intelligence and inspirational leadership .

Dates of Course

Understanding Seismic Course

November 10-13th 2014

Location & Venue

The Atholl Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland

This comfortable hotel is situated in a quiet residential part of west Aberdeen. The city centre can be easily accessed via foot, taxi or bus. The hotel is a short taxi drive from the airport at Dyce.

The Atholl Hotel
54 King’s Gate
Ab15 4YN
Tel: +44 (0)1224 323505
Email: info@atholl-aberdeen.co.uk


The course takes place in a training room of The Atholl Hotel. If you wish to stay in the hotel please contact the hotel directly to book a room.

For accomodation details and booking of rooms go to www.atholl-aberdeeen.co.uk

Course Fees

UK £1850 ( + UK VAT Payable at 20%)

Fees include all course materials, a set of course notes, instruction for 4 days, lunch and refreshments during course. Accommodation is not included.

How To Register

To register please email Peter Granger by clicking the email button below. Once we receive your registration we will
book you a place and send you an email confirmation and joining instructions. Payment is via electronic banking transfer - payment details will be sent on confrimation of registration. Payment is requested prior to the running of the course.

Please send the following details with your email registration:

Name of participant(s)
Company Name
Postal Address
Purchase Order Number or Reference for Invoice
Any special dietary or other requirements

Contact Insight Training via Email to Register

Cancellation Policy

Due to our commitments to the venue hotel and the difficulty in finding replacement participants near to the beginning of a course we have a cancellation policy. Course fees cannot be refunded with 28 calendar days of the start of a course - however a replacement participant will be gladly accepted for the course.

Any accomodation costs incurred by late cancellation with the venue hotel are payable by the participant's company.

Contact Information

The course is run by Insight Training, 2 Millfield, Barnston, Great Dunmow, Essex, UK. Tel +44 (0)1371 879959
Click for any questions or further information (via email)



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