N629 - Geophysics for Geologists and Petroleum Engineers

Course Overview
This three-day course presents the basic geophysical principles in a non-mathematical yet practical, tutorial fashion with numerous exercises. The course will cover data acquisition, processing and interpretation. The participant learns the limits of seismic in terms of resolution, structural imaging and hydrocarbon detection as well as the benefits and pitfalls. 

In modern exploration for oil and gas, geophysics is a key to success, particularly in offshore and frontier areas. Contemporary geophysics (seismic) provides the necessary technology to remote-sense the target to reduce the exploration drilling risk. Seismic also plays a significant role in reservoir characterization and development.

Geologists and Engineers have learned to visualize and quantify rock properties from their physical properties graphically represented in well logs. The challenge is to become equally comfortable with seismic data. The seismic trace can be considered as an additional log which, on the one hand comes by the thousand, yet on the other, does not have the resolving power of the sonic or density log.

Participants will learn to:
•	Understand seismic fundamentals and the advantages of seismic data in their exploration and exploitation practice.
•	Interpret seismic sections
•	Recognize the pitfalls intrinsic in seismic data
•	Visualize the geology in seismic data the way they visualize geology in logs.
•	Participate in a drilling game using seismic to determine locations
•	Understand the terminology to be able to communicate intelligently with their geophysicist colleagues

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

All scheduled event(s) for this short course:
23-Oct-19 Calgary (3 days) $ 2,375 CAD
Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Brief History
  • Basic Simplicity
  • Normal Incidence
  • Anatomy of a Seismic Section
  • Anatomy of a Wavelet (Signal)
  • Amplitude, Frequency and Phase
  • The Convolutional Model
  • Modeling
  • The Synthetic Seismogram
  • Seismic Resolution and Tuning
  • Seismic Acquisition
  • 3-D Seismic
  • Seismic Data Processing
  • Interpretation
  • Pre- and Post- Stack Domains
  • A.V.O. Amplitude-versus-Offset
  • Seismic Attributes
  • Seismic Frontiers

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Easton Wren received a B.Sc.(Hons) in Geology and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His professional experience includes positions with Ray Geophysical Company in Libya, the United Nations in Uganda, Amoco Canada and PanCanadian Petroleum in Calgary. He founded Petrel Consultants, has been an Independent Consultant and is recently retired as Exploration Vice President and a Director of Americas Petrogas Inc., a Calgary company with oil and gas operations in Argentina and a large potash/phosphate project in Peru. He is also a Director of International SoftRock Oil Company with assets in Arizona and Cameroon, West Africa. Dr. Wren has lectured at U.S. and Canadian universities and has presented industry-oriented courses in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, S.E. Asia and Australasia. He was President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and received Honorary Membership. He is the author of several published papers on seismic processing and interpretation and is a past editor of the Journal of the C.S.E.G. In 1987 he was the Distinguished Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists(AAPG) and is an active member of S.E.G., C.S.E.G., and A.P.E.G.G.A. He was the producer and host of CFAC-TV Calgary's "Science Spectrum" documentary programme.

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Participant Evaluations
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September 21, 2017, Development Engineer, Calgary
Great overview of the geophysical theory and application in the oil and gas industry. Practical examples and class exercises were particularly useful.
October 7, 2016, Staff Reservoir Engineer, Calgary
Strongly recommend this course, very informative and practical.
October 11, 2016, Geologist in-Training, Calgary
This course provided a wealth of information to anyone who works with seismic or geophysicists, but has not reviewed the fundamentals in some time. This course provided hands on seismic examples and a very comprehensible overview of some of the fundamentals of geophysics that will allow you, as either a geologist or engineer, to be able to contribute to geophysical conversations within the office. Whether you already work with seismic or are going to in the future, this is a wonderful course to get you familiar with the most important aspects of geophysics and geophysical interpretation.
October 13, 2016, Geologist in Training, Calgary
This course was a great introduction to seismic acquisition, interpretation and processing for geologists who do not have a background in this area. The course materials were clear and provide a good reference to revisit in the future.
April 2, 2015, Mine Geologist, Calgary
Excellent course! The instructor did a great job of explaining the material which covered all the basics in just the right amount of detail.
October 20, 2014, Business Development Engineer, Calgary
Good course. Happy that it was offered and to have the opportunity to take it.
March 28, 2014, Satff Geologist, Calgary
Good basic content for beginners but need updating with regard to industry examples.
December 19, 2013, Geologist, Calgary
I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to know more about seismic and it;s limitations and benefits in the Oil & gas industry. The instructor Easton Wren has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. He also present the material in a way that keeps the student interested from start to finish.