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Technical Sessions - North America Series 2021 - Part 2

October 07 - November 18, 2021
Technical Sessions - North America Series - 2021

Our current environment has been profoundly changed, forcing all of us to work from home and connect differently, while facing growing challenges in the oil and gas industry.

In light of these circumstances, Emerson is introducing a series of online Technical Sessions covering the breadth of geoscience domains; from seismic depth imaging to reservoir modeling. We hope you will use this time to sharpen skills, learn new methods to help you improve efficiency, and connect with a geoscience subject matter expert who will answer your questions during each live session. 

We invite you to register for any or all of the lectures. 




Thursday, October 7
9:00 AM CT

Presented by:
Kim McLean

Integrated Petrophysical Interpretation to Unlock Unconventional Reservoirs​
Featured technologies:  Geolog™

Shale reservoirs are heterogeneous by nature, with facies that differ in mineralogy and geomechanical properties. We present a workflow that evaluates the mineralogy and geomechanical rock properties of a pilot well, and use the resulting logs as part of a machine learning workflow to identify our sweet spot facies in terms of original oil in place, mineralogy and mechanical properties. We then use this information to help optimally place a lateral well such that it leads to better placement within the reservoir sweet spot.

Thursday, October 21
9:00 AM CT

Presented by:
Bruno de Ribet

Enhanced Seismic Interpretation from Diffraction Energy​​
Featured technologies:  Epos™

Although diffracted energy is recorded during data acquisition, it is suppressed by conventional processing and standard imaging algorithms, where summations and averaging processes are applied, resulting in the loss of high-resolution structural information. Current processing workflows rightly focus on high specular amplitudes to enhance the continuity of seismic reflection events, thus improving the structural mapping of the subsurface. Consequently, in a traditional seismic interpretation workflow, some derived discontinuity attributes (e.g. coherence, curvature or fault likelihood) may carry only partial information. This presentation will describe the decomposition of the full wavefield, and the benefits of separating reflection and diffraction energy fields through various case studies, to provide geoscientists with high-resolution subsurface images containing different types and scales of discontinuous geometrical objects. The objective is to leverage the traditional seismic interpretation workflow by integrating information relative to diffraction energy like any another poststack attribute to be interpreted.

Thursday, November 18
9:00 AM CT

Presented by:
Craig Phillips, Petrophysicist, Crested Butte Petrophysical Consultants

Automating a Carbonate Characterization Workflow with Predictive Data Analytics: Arab D Case Study 
Featured technologies:  Geolog

This workflow will present a way to investigate, process, interpret and model the petrophysical properties for a typical Arab D carbonate reservoir, using advanced analytics, predictive modeling and the application of a machine-learning based approach. Cross plots and histograms as well as python opensource libraries Altair will be used for data visualization, followed by multi-mineral analysis, and a machine-learning kNN classification algorithm for predicting rock properties.



Kim McLean, Team Lead - Formation Evaluation

Kim McLean received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of New Orleans before continuing to Central Washington University, where she studied the structural geology of the Tien Shan in Kyrgystan for her Master’s thesis. After receiving her MSc, Kim entered the energy industry, and now has over 15 years of experience. She worked at Halliburton and Paradigm before spending two years as the petrophysicist for the Pike Asset team with BP in Calgary.  At Emerson E&P Software, Kim applies her practical petrophysical experience to the work she does with the Geolog Formation Evaluation application.

Dr. Bruno de Ribet, Technical Global Director - Strategic Projects

In this position, Dr. de Ribet advises on developing interpretation and reservoir characterization workflows that increase efficiency and take full advantage of the Emerson E&P Software suite of geophysical and geological innovations. Dr. de Ribet holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the Institute du Physique du Globe, Paris University. He has over 25 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry.