Effective Interpretation for Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs

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Earth Model Forum
Earth Model 2014
Date 1-4 June 2014
Location Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston, Texas, USA

From emerging data types and format handshakes to multidisciplinary workflows, this Forum focused on industry best practices with effective interpretation in conventional and unconventional reservoirs and the value it brings to the business.


Effective Interpretation for Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs is a challenging and often difficult goal to achieve for oil and gas companies. The effective interpretation process involves gathering and integrating multi-disciplinary subsurface data which, along with appropriate software and workflows, enable domain-experts to communicate and collaborate for a consistent and systematic subsurface description and understanding.

Over the last few years, the predictive power of effective interpretation has escalated due to significant advances made not only in all core disciplines, such as geology, geophysics and reservoir engineering, but also in their related subjects: seismic interpretation, sequence stratigraphy, rock physics, seismic inversion, electromagnetic inversion, time-lapse seismic, geomechanics, geomodeling, history matching and production forecasting.

Cross-discipline collaboration and integration and a better shared use of all available subsurface and outcrop analogue data are crucial in developing reliable methods and workflows to help the industry make informed business decisions related to development options, ultimate recovery, and enhanced project economics.

What this Forum provided: Introduction of an integrated and quantitative philosophy into interpretation by (i) raising awareness for data exchange across software and formats, and (ii) focusing on the integration of seismic and non-seismic information with engineering and production data.

Organizing Committee

Carmen Dumitrescu, Terra-IQ, Ltd.

William Abriel, Chevron
Rolf Ackermann, Rock Solid Images
Robert Dale Benson, Colorado School of Mines
Satinder Chopra, Arcis Seismic Solutions
Rocco Detomo Jr., Shell
William Perry Harbert, University of Pittsburgh
Bob A. Hardage, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas-Austin
Carl Huxohl, Fugro Jason
Matthias G. Imhof, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Gary Jones, IHS
Andreas Laake, WesternGeco
Jill Lewis, Troika International Ltd.
Yongyi Li, Shell Canada, Ltd.
Konstantin S. Osypov, WesternGeco
Robin Pearson, Anadarko
Huyen Thi Thanh Bui, Shell International E&P
Maria Soledad Velasco, Neos Geosolutions
Michael Zhdanov, TechnoImaging
Renjun Wen, Geomodeling Technology Corp.
Ken Witherly, Condor Consulting, Inc.



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