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The '''Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium''' of Curtin University of Technology is
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The '''Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium''' of Curtin University of Technology is conducting research in areas that are highly beneficial to the exploration geophysics industry and thus is very deserving of SEG's Distinguished Achievement Award. The research areas include signal processing, multicomponent processing, and rock physics. The consortium also helps to train geophysicists for later careers in industry and academia. A few examples of recent work on anisotropy and mode conversions include: a 3C VSP analysis, recovery of anisotropic parameters, and attribute analysis; anisotropic processing (NMO and velocity analysis for which CRGC has developed a new implementation of anisotropic moveout that is accurate to all offsets; isotropic and anisotropic P-wave imaging of VSP and surface seismic data; isotropic and anisotropic converted-wave imaging; characterization of reservoir rock properties using seismic anisotropy; and anisotropic AVO analysis.
conducting research in areas that are highly beneficial to the exploration geophysics
 
industry and thus is very deserving of SEG's Distinguished Achievement Award. The
 
research areas include signal processing, multicomponent processing, and rock physics.
 
The consortium also helps to train geophysicists for later careers in industry and
 
academia. A few examples of recent work on anisotropy and mode conversions include:
 
a 3C VSP analysis, recovery of anisotropic parameters, and attribute analysis;
 
anisotropic processing (NMO and velocity analysis for which CRGC has developed a
 
new implementation of anisotropic moveout that is accurate to all offsets; isotropic and
 
anisotropic P-wave imaging of VSP and surface seismic data; isotropic and anisotropic
 
converted-wave imaging; characterization of reservoir rock properties using seismic
 
anisotropy; and anisotropic AVO analysis.
 
  
== Citation for the SEG [[Distinguished Achievement Award]] ==
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== Citation for the SEG Distinguished Achievement Award ==
''Contributed by [[William S. French]]''
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''Contributed by [[William S. French]]''<ref>[[Distinguished Achievement Award]].</ref>
  
The Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium (CRGC) was
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The Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium (CRGC) was initially funded in 1998 by forward looking companies in the petroleum exploration industry with help from national and state government entities in Australia. Since inception, CRGC has been the driving force for industry research in the Department of Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia.
initially funded in 1998 by forward looking companies in the
 
petroleum exploration industry with help from national and
 
state government entities in Australia. Since inception, CRGC
 
has been the driving force for industry research in the
 
Department of Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University of
 
Technology in Perth, Australia.
 
  
In CRGC's short lifetime, 13 students and two members of
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In CRGC's short lifetime, 13 students and two members of the academic staff have received petroleum-related PhD degrees; only two were awarded prior to CRGC. This distinction, combined with the many BSc, honours, and
the academic staff have received petroleum-related PhD
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master's degrees awarded by the department, allows CRGC's monthly newsletter to proudly carry the motto: Curtin Geophysics—producing the largest number of petroleum geophysicists in the Southern Hemisphere. Another statistic of significance is that postgraduate students have come from over 25 different countries.
degrees; only two were awarded prior to CRGC. This
 
distinction, combined with the many BSc, honours, and
 
master's degrees awarded by the department, allows CRGC's
 
monthly newsletter to proudly carry the motto: Curtin
 
Geophysics—producing the largest number of petroleum geophysicists in
 
the Southern Hemisphere. Another statistic of significance is that
 
postgraduate students have come from over 25 different
 
countries.
 
  
CRGC's young age belies its rich history. In the 1980s, Norm
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CRGC's young age belies its rich history. In the 1980s, Norm Uren (now recently retired as head of the department) and Brian Evans (now a professor in the department) actively promoted the concept of a petroleum industry and
Uren (now recently retired as head of the department) and
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government-sponsored research consortium in Australia, but the concept was not accepted at the time. In 1994, funding by the Australian Petroleum Cooperative Research Centre permitted Norm Uren to invite John McDonald on a six-month sabbatical. McDonald was then the Director of the Allied Geophysical Laboratories (AGL) of the University of Houston so he brought to the department a wealth of knowledge of consortium and research management as well as industry visibility.
Brian Evans (now a professor in the department) actively
 
promoted the concept of a petroleum industry and
 
government-sponsored research consortium in Australia, but
 
the concept was not accepted at the time.
 
In 1994, funding by the Australian Petroleum Cooperative
 
Research Centre permitted Norm Uren to invite John
 
McDonald on a six-month sabbatical. McDonald was then the
 
Director of the Allied Geophysical Laboratories (AGL) of the
 
University of Houston so he brought to the department a
 
wealth of knowledge of consortium and research management
 
as well as industry visibility.
 
  
Joint research projects had taken place between Curtin
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Joint research projects had taken place between Curtin Geophysics and AGL since the early 1980s. Virtually the whole research program on the Curtin side was carried out by Norm Uren and Brian Evans. The tireless efforts of Brian Evans in field work and fund raising were a key to early success. McDonald was recruited by Uren on a permanent basis in 1995 to specifically launch CRGC. Industry initially said it could not be done in Australia, but they did it! The research strengths of the department were submitted to about 70 industry experts to vote on their preferred ranking of the topics. The top six were selected and written into the initial CRGC proposal.
Geophysics and AGL since the early 1980s. Virtually the whole
 
research program on the Curtin side was carried out by Norm
 
Uren and Brian Evans. The tireless efforts of Brian Evans in
 
field work and fund raising were a key to early success.
 
McDonald was recruited by Uren on a permanent basis in
 
1995 to specifically launch CRGC. Industry initially said it
 
could not be done in Australia, but they did it!
 
The research strengths of the department were submitted
 
to about 70 industry experts to vote on their preferred ranking
 
of the topics. The top six were selected and written into the
 
initial CRGC proposal.
 
  
Simultaneously and synergistically, a two-semester
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Simultaneously and synergistically, a two-semester postgraduate course in reservoir geophysics was started. In addition, Curtin's vice-chancellor pledged to build a research wing onto the upcoming Australian Resources Research
postgraduate course in reservoir geophysics was started. In
+
Centre to house the resource sciences: exploration geophysics, petroleum geology, and petroleum engineering. This is now complete.
addition, Curtin's vice-chancellor pledged to build a research
 
wing onto the upcoming Australian Resources Research
 
Centre to house the resource sciences: exploration
 
geophysics, petroleum geology, and petroleum engineering.
 
This is now complete.
 
  
The critical mass was in place. The State of Western
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The critical mass was in place. The State of Western Australia under its Centre of Excellence program funded the Centre for Exploration and Production Geophysics. This enabled the hiring of a world-class theoretical rock physicist, Boris Gurevich, in a joint appointment with CSIRO Petroleum. This appointment brought immediate and deserved attention to CRGC.
Australia under its Centre of Excellence program funded the
 
Centre for Exploration and Production Geophysics. This
 
enabled the hiring of a world-class theoretical rock physicist,
 
Boris Gurevich, in a joint appointment with CSIRO Petroleum.
 
This appointment brought immediate and deserved attention
 
to CRGC.
 
  
In addition to the research activities listed in the preamble,
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In addition to the research activities listed in the preamble, physical modeling technology was developed to study twophase fluid movement in unconsolidated sand reservoirs using time-lapse 3D techniques. Innovations in 3D signal processing, multiple suppression, wavelet transformation, and time-reversed acoustics were also developed. These research activities have led to the founding of a closely associated Interactive Virtual Environment Center (IVEC), which has applications in other disciplines in addition to imaging in the geosciences.
physical modeling technology was developed to study twophase
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fluid movement in unconsolidated sand reservoirs
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CRGC holds a two-day annual meeting for sponsors each year where research results and related software are presented and distributed. Staff and students contribute worldwide to SEG and other professional meetings, workshops, and journals; the current average is some 30 papers and presentations per year. Congratulations to a great organization!
using time-lapse 3D techniques. Innovations in 3D signal
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processing, multiple suppression, wavelet transformation, and
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== References ==
time-reversed acoustics were also developed. These research
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activities have led to the founding of a closely associated
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Interactive Virtual Environment Center (IVEC), which has
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==External links==
applications in other disciplines in addition to imaging in the
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geosciences.
 
  
CRGC holds a two-day annual meeting for sponsors each
 
year where research results and related software are
 
presented and distributed. Staff and students contribute
 
worldwide to SEG and other professional meetings,
 
workshops, and journals; the current average is some 30
 
papers and presentations per year.
 
Congratulations to a great organization!
 
  
 
[[Category:Research and laboratories]]
 
[[Category:Research and laboratories]]

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Curtin University Reservoir Geophysics Consortium
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The Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium of Curtin University of Technology is conducting research in areas that are highly beneficial to the exploration geophysics industry and thus is very deserving of SEG's Distinguished Achievement Award. The research areas include signal processing, multicomponent processing, and rock physics. The consortium also helps to train geophysicists for later careers in industry and academia. A few examples of recent work on anisotropy and mode conversions include: a 3C VSP analysis, recovery of anisotropic parameters, and attribute analysis; anisotropic processing (NMO and velocity analysis for which CRGC has developed a new implementation of anisotropic moveout that is accurate to all offsets; isotropic and anisotropic P-wave imaging of VSP and surface seismic data; isotropic and anisotropic converted-wave imaging; characterization of reservoir rock properties using seismic anisotropy; and anisotropic AVO analysis.

Citation for the SEG Distinguished Achievement Award

Contributed by William S. French[1]

The Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium (CRGC) was initially funded in 1998 by forward looking companies in the petroleum exploration industry with help from national and state government entities in Australia. Since inception, CRGC has been the driving force for industry research in the Department of Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia.

In CRGC's short lifetime, 13 students and two members of the academic staff have received petroleum-related PhD degrees; only two were awarded prior to CRGC. This distinction, combined with the many BSc, honours, and master's degrees awarded by the department, allows CRGC's monthly newsletter to proudly carry the motto: Curtin Geophysics—producing the largest number of petroleum geophysicists in the Southern Hemisphere. Another statistic of significance is that postgraduate students have come from over 25 different countries.

CRGC's young age belies its rich history. In the 1980s, Norm Uren (now recently retired as head of the department) and Brian Evans (now a professor in the department) actively promoted the concept of a petroleum industry and government-sponsored research consortium in Australia, but the concept was not accepted at the time. In 1994, funding by the Australian Petroleum Cooperative Research Centre permitted Norm Uren to invite John McDonald on a six-month sabbatical. McDonald was then the Director of the Allied Geophysical Laboratories (AGL) of the University of Houston so he brought to the department a wealth of knowledge of consortium and research management as well as industry visibility.

Joint research projects had taken place between Curtin Geophysics and AGL since the early 1980s. Virtually the whole research program on the Curtin side was carried out by Norm Uren and Brian Evans. The tireless efforts of Brian Evans in field work and fund raising were a key to early success. McDonald was recruited by Uren on a permanent basis in 1995 to specifically launch CRGC. Industry initially said it could not be done in Australia, but they did it! The research strengths of the department were submitted to about 70 industry experts to vote on their preferred ranking of the topics. The top six were selected and written into the initial CRGC proposal.

Simultaneously and synergistically, a two-semester postgraduate course in reservoir geophysics was started. In addition, Curtin's vice-chancellor pledged to build a research wing onto the upcoming Australian Resources Research Centre to house the resource sciences: exploration geophysics, petroleum geology, and petroleum engineering. This is now complete.

The critical mass was in place. The State of Western Australia under its Centre of Excellence program funded the Centre for Exploration and Production Geophysics. This enabled the hiring of a world-class theoretical rock physicist, Boris Gurevich, in a joint appointment with CSIRO Petroleum. This appointment brought immediate and deserved attention to CRGC.

In addition to the research activities listed in the preamble, physical modeling technology was developed to study twophase fluid movement in unconsolidated sand reservoirs using time-lapse 3D techniques. Innovations in 3D signal processing, multiple suppression, wavelet transformation, and time-reversed acoustics were also developed. These research activities have led to the founding of a closely associated Interactive Virtual Environment Center (IVEC), which has applications in other disciplines in addition to imaging in the geosciences.

CRGC holds a two-day annual meeting for sponsors each year where research results and related software are presented and distributed. Staff and students contribute worldwide to SEG and other professional meetings, workshops, and journals; the current average is some 30 papers and presentations per year. Congratulations to a great organization!

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