Broadband Seismic Technology (SEG SRW 2014)

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SEG 2014 Summer Research Workshop
Date 7-11 July 2014
Sponsor(s) PGS
Location The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird Resort, Snowbird, UT USA

A Summer Research Workshop to present and discuss broadband seismic technologies via examples and case histories where business value can be assessed and/or business decisions have been changed.

Broadband Seismic Technology: What is its true value?

Any new seismic technology promises additional information or improved subsurface images. Commercial development of new technology always has an associated price. Business decisions whether to use new technology, however, are driven by value where the benefit to cost ratio is optimized. Recent advances in broadband or extended bandwidth seismic technology show promise of providing better data, but few demonstrations of its business value have been published.

This workshop covered marine and land broadband technology, where broadband or extended bandwidth is defined as 1-120 Hz. Although the organizers encouraged review of new and current acquisition equipment and processing techniques in broadband seismology, this workshop focused on the value of broadband as observed from quantitative interpretation of improved images, inversion, and well-ties. The organizers solicited demonstrations of business value added and/or business decisions changed by these new technologies.

Specifically, the workshop encouraged presentation of technologies that source, capture, enhance, and preserve broadband signal while suppressing noise in processing. Quantitative measurements of technology improvement and challenges were encouraged. Most importantly, papers were requested showing the application and utilization of the extended bandwidth, both low and high frequencies, to make a difference in imaging, inversion, and interpretation. The workshop format emphasized active discussion and participation, and welcomed a forward-looking exchange of ideas as well as the assessment of practical advantages and technical limitations on all aspects of broadband seismic technology.

While the organizers were eager to learn about successes, they also encouraged an honest discussion on failures. For this reason, the workshop included a closed-door session on "challenges, failures and shortcomings of broadband technology" with no record of the presentations, technical content, or discussions. In this session, only one talk per company/affiliation was accepted.


Organizing Committee

Adriana C. Ramirez (Statoil) Chair
Kyle T. Lewallen (ExxonMobil Upstream Research)
Zhouhong (John) Wei (INOVA)
Cyrille Reiser (PGS)
David Sixta (Anadarko)
Huyen Bui (Shell)

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