SEG is honoring Gregory A. Partyka with the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal for his work on the development of the spectral decomposition technique for reservoir characterization. This work was done while Greg was a geoscientist at Amoco E&P Technology and has had a major impact on the quantitative analysis of 3D seismic volumes. The technique has been implemented by numerous seismic contractors and has led to improved interpretation on many plays throughout the world. Greg is currently a senior geophysicist with BP.
Biography Citation for the SEG Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal Award
Contributed by Craig Cooper
It is my sincere pleasure and honor to write this citation for my colleague and friend Greg Partyka.
His remarkable curiosity, determination, and ability to invent creative ways to decipher the nature and characteristics of subsurface geology embedded in seismic data are as inspirational as they are impressive. Although this award is for Greg’s work on the development of spectral decomposition, best known for its value in reservoir characterization, his contributions extend well beyond that and have added significant value by fostering multidisciplinary problem solving and by challenging the status quo. It has been extremely gratifying to observe the development of Greg’s professional influence and growth during the past 15 years.
Greg developed a good foundation in the geosciences at the University of Manitoba where he earned a degree in geological engineering in 1987. After a brief experience as a consultant, he landed in a technical group at Amoco Canada in 1988 where he quickly learned how to apply and make the most of seismic technologies and tools. While under the tutelage of the many capable experienced geophysicists within Amoco Canada, Greg became recognized for his creative and innovative use of technology in addressing tough business challenges. Greg transferred to Amoco Poland in 1993 and became more involved in the operations and business side of the company. He helped lead the company’s seismic efforts and experienced first hand both the value generated from effective use of technology and the importance of clear, concise communication.
Amoco recognized his aptitude for innovative application of technology and transferred him to the Amoco Technology Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1994 where he joined a team noted for its creation of coherency technology. Fundamental development and advances in spectral decomposition were made during this time and followed-on from the great successes accomplished by Mike Bahorich et al. in the development and application of coherency. As the value and potential business impact of spectral decomposition became apparent, Greg and the team spent a great deal of time traveling around the company transferring the technology to business unit staff for maximum impact. The technical transfer sessions established an extensive internal network of contacts which provided important feedback on the use of the technology and a source of ideas for further improvements.
Greg deepened his knowledge of reservoir characterization by participating in an intensive, year-long petrophysics training program in 1996. Greg then took his enhanced skills to BP Amoco’s Western U.S. Gas Business Unit in 1998 where he and the team drilled a string of successful wells. Though his impact on the business unit was significant, it was realized that the company would gain more value by getting Greg involved in projects, worldwide. For that reason, he was recruited into BP’s Upstream Technology Group in 2000 where he has been able to work with interpreters throughout the entire organization and achieve global impact on BP’s E&P activities. In addition, he has become very active within our industry, publishing a number of papers, giving numerous presentations and tutorial sessions on spectral decomposition, and working with many companies on the use of the technology. Greg continues his work with the family of spectral-decomposition-based technologies and, together with colleagues, has extended their impact into the areas of time-lapse seismic and reservoir simulation. So his significant contributions to the business of finding and producing oil and gas will most certainly continue.
Greg’s tremendous work ethic, high standards, creativity and innovation, modesty, perseverance, and willingness to work with everyone have earned him wide respect. I know that his many friends and colleagues join me in congratulating him on receiving this great honor.