Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Donations: SWN and CGG

This was a great month for UA Geosciences.  We received a 3D seismic project donation from SWN (thanks to Damien Friend for championing), and HR-10 seismic analysis software from CGG (thanks to Brian Russell).

SWN Desoto 3D data includes 9 sq. mi. of seismic data and inversion attributes such as acoustic impedance (AI).  Cool colors are low AI and hot colors are high values. The green Low-AI interval is the Mississippian Fayetteville Shale, a prolific gas producer.  Within the Fay Shale interval an anomalously low AI interval is evident, likely a zone more rich in organic matter. 
AI data allows more intuitive correlation between seismic and stratigraphic column for surface exposures in the Ozark plateau of N Arkansas. 
There is a natural connection between the SWN data donation and the HR-10 software donation, namely acoustic impedance.  A key strength of HR-10 is ability to do AI inversion of seismic plus well data.  This is a good space for UA geology graduate students to work, inversion is an important skill, much in demand in the petroleum industry. Here is a figure from HR-10 documentation.

AI and seismic data from HR-10 post-stack inversion tutorial.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

IPTC in Kuala Lumpur

I'm at the international petroleum technology conference and gave a plenary session talk today. The topic was promise and progress in offshore seismic technology. It seemed well received. With me on stage and co-speakers were presidents of AAPG, EAGE, and SPE. Lofty company indeed.

Plenary Session talk on "Progress and Promise of Offshore Seismic Technology"

With Mahmoud Abdulbaqi, CEO of ArGas. 
Final attendance numbers, a new record despite dropping oil price.
Six month drop of 46% in WTI spot price.
Yes, that is an 8ft Christmas tree being checked as baggage by a business
class passenger. Just when you think you have seen it all. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2014 SEG Annual Meeting

Geology MS student Kevin Liner in 3-day ExxonMobil SEG education course, a worldwide competitive program that admits 30 students per year. 

Kevin gives first EVER Arkansas Geoscience student presentation at SEG. 

2914/5 SEG President Chris Liner and first lady Dolores Proubasta at the President's reception. 

Chris Liner with 2015/6 SEG President and Boise St. Professor John Bradford previewing the exhibition floor under construction. Attendance was strong at 8500. Next year...New Orleans!