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IMAGE Conference 2021 (SEG/AAPG)

Sep 26 - 29 2021
Denver, CO and Online

Dear Fellow Geophysicists, 

Emerson is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of IMAGE Conference 2021, a joint event by SEG and AAPG. Our subject matter experts look forward to meeting with you at Booth 2718 or at our virtual booth to discuss the latest innovations and services.

To coincide with the conference, we have compiled presentations covering a wide variety of topics of interest to the geoscience community, organized below according to your business challenges.  As you will see from the program, Emerson continues to build upon its 30+ years of developing and delivering exceptional, production-ready solutions that can be applied to your seismic assets through flexible software licenses and services. We hope you find this program relevant in extending the life of your field. 

All presentations are available on our Website on demand.


Geophysics and the Digital Transformation

Geophysics is playing a significant role in the digital transformation, as new AI and Machine Learning methods are being  deployed and accepted, and high-performance cloud computing is elevating the delivery of geophysical services to oil and gas companies. Additionally, technology collaborations are becoming necessary to keep pace with this transformation. This session will include presentations that highlight the value and directions of the geophysical digital transformation. 

Solutions covered in this session: AI and Machine Learning, Solutions in the Cloud 

  1. Accelerate Your G&G Workflows on the Cloud
  2. Automatic Geological Feature Detection and Classification in the Imaged Directivity Domain Using Deep Learning
  3. Turn your Models into Democratic Knowledge with Agile Analytics

Improvements in Seismic Imaging and Shallow Velocity Determination

Full flexibility in seismic imaging and inversion procedures is necessary to resolve low energy seismic events. The key to resolving these events is performing a proper full-azimuth decomposition of the fully recorded wavefield. Full-azimuth diffractivity and reflectivity gathers become a pathway for generating alternative images (diffraction and specular) to emphasize discontinuous and continuous events. 

Complexities in the overburden require the best from our imaging and velocity model building solutions to resolve deeper reservoirs. The shallow velocity model can be particularly challenging, due to variations in topography, lithology heterogeneity, thickness variations, channels, sills, erosional surfaces, salts, anhydrites, etc. These conditions can, in turn, create interpretation delays with the seismic method and lost time in keeping the drill bit in formation. This session includes presentations to help resolve near surface velocity problems using refraction tomography, joint refraction and reflection tomography, and full-azimuth tomography. 

Solutions covered in this session: Full-azimuth Imaging in the Local Angle Domain; Diffraction and Specular Imaging, Orthorhombic Imaging, Holographic Imaging, RTM and FWI; Refraction Grid Tomography, Joint Reflection-Refraction Tomography, Full-azimuth Reflection Tomography

  1. 3D Poststack RTM Demigration and Remigration - The Kaleidoscope Project
  2. High-Resolution Diffraction and Holographic Imaging 
  3. Automatic Geological Feature Detection and Classification in the Imaged Directivity Domain Using Deep Learning
  4. A Comprehensive Fracture and Fault Characterization of a Shale Play – Multi-Scale Fault/Fracture Delineation Using Full-Azimuth Seismic Data
  5. Resolve Near Surface Challenges Using a Joint Refraction-Reflection Solution

Cost Reduction and Time-to-result Improvements with Automation and Geoscience Workflows 

The seismic acquisition-to-prospect generation time cycle is typically 2-5 years. While there is a limit to how much time this window can be compressed without compromising quality, business collaboration, workflow automation, and algorithm and computational advances can greatly improve the time-to-result. This session includes presentations that focus on project time improvements obtained with advanced automated workflow procedures, which simultaneously reduce project costs. 

Solutions covered in this session: Workflow Automation, Advanced Interpretation and Modeling Workflows, Prospecting, Synchronized Velocity Modeling with Geologic Modeling

  1. 3D Poststack RTM Demigration and Remigration - The Kaleidoscope Project
  2. A Flexible and Robust Time-Depth Conversion Workflow Using Various Velocity Sources
  3. A Seismic-Driven Workflow for Prospect Generation
  4. Prospect Investigation and Ranking with Advanced Seismic Interpretation and Quantitative Methods
  5. Efficient Reservoir Delineation and De-risking by Strengthening Seismic Attribute Analysis with Classification Workflows
  6. Unleash the Potential of Your Microseismic Data with a Geologic Workflow
  7. Bring 2D Sections to Life with Implicit 3D Modeling
  8. Fast Pass from Seismic to Simulation
  9. Increase Productivity While Modeling with Geomodeling Workflow
  10. Using 3D Structural Attributes to Estimate Fracture Probability

Advances in Seismic Resolution

While high-resolution seismic acquisitions of the past 10 years have tremendously improved the seismic method, a significant number of reservoirs are still too thin to be resolved fully with the seismic method or have not been exposed to new broadband processing procedures. The presentations in this session address vertical resolution, spatial resolution, and azimuthal resolution problems, and deliver innovative seismic inversion and imaging solutions to improve them.

Solutions covered in this session: Quantitative Seismic Interpretation; Modified Stochastic Inversion, Natural Fracture Determination; Stratigraphic Interpretation

  1. Improving Resolution of Seismic Rock Property Estimation
  2. Stratigraphic Interpretation of 3D Seismic Data – Workflows and Patterns
  3. Seismic Analysis of Well Data - Minimizing Uncertainties in Seismic Interpretation and Seismic Reservoir Characterization

Measuring and Optimizing Geophysical Uncertainty 

Seismic acquisition is never ideal due to limitations in spatial sampling, temporal sampling, sampling density and sampling area. Achieving an ideal acquisition is cost-prohibitive, while limited seismic acquisitions result in datasets where multiple models fit the data. Asset teams would like the sources of uncertainty, particularly velocity uncertainty, to be captured and incorporated in the E&P value chain, from seismic imaging to interpretation and modeling, to reservoir simulation. This session is dedicated to methods that integrate the geophysical and geological data and model to reduce geophysical uncertainty. 

Solutions covered in this session: Velocity Model Uncertainty, Well Marker Mistie Tomography, Traveltime Preserving Tomography

  1. Precision Depthing for Shale Players Improves Well Placement and Steering 
  2. Model-based Tomography for Accessing Subsurface Structural Uncertainty
  3. De-risk Your Reservoir Architecture: Model-Driven Interpretation and Structural Uncertainties
  4. Quantify Seismic Uncertainties on GRV Calculations Based on Velocity Models and Seismic Resolution Constraints

Emerson Papers in the Technical Program

Integrating Structure Uncertainty on Reservoir Models, from Seismic Velocity to Interpretation - by Dr. Anne-Laure Tertois and Prof. Jean-Laurent Mallet, Emerson Automation Solutions
Theme 8: Successes and Challenges of Data Integration for Multi-Disciplinary Workflows
Date and Time: September 28, 8:50 - 9:15

Slowness Vector and Ray Velocity Magnitude from Ray Direction in TTI Media - Prof. Zvi Koren, Dr. Igor Ravve, Emerson Automation Solutions
Date and Time:  September 28, 1:45 - 2:10


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