Seismic While Drilling: Managing Risk and Optimizing Well Placement

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SEG/SPE Workshop
SEG/SPE Workshop
Date 1-3 May 2013

Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa

Galveston Island, Texas

This workshop identified the safety and environmental benefits of Seismic While Drilling and sought to accelerate its adoption by the industry.


Top international E&P operators, service companies, and applied research personnel gathered to discuss the latest advances in Seismic-While-Drilling (SWD) and the processing and integration of SWD data with other geophysical data. This two-day single track workshop explored the need for drillers, geophysicists, geologists, and petrophysicists to work together developing SWD applications and technology.

Drilling in complex geologic settings, especially offshore and in environmentally sensitive locations, often results in surprises, unexpected hazards, and increased costs. The result is that many times the potential oil and gas reserves are not discovered or are not developed in such a way as to obtain maximum recovery of existing hydrocarbons. Borehole seismic measurements are critically important to calibrate surface seismic data and to develop accurate geological models for reducing risk and cost. This is particularly true in exploration drilling where few, if any, relevant offset well data are available.

Conventional Vertical Seismic Profile (VSP) surveying techniques use wireline systems with recording tools in the borehole. Interruption of the drilling process increases operating costs and risks. SWD helps overcome the higher costs and risks, provides the geophysicists and drillers with valuable information to optimize drilling efficiency, to guide to the target with the ability to predict pore pressure ahead of the bit, and to verify reservoir models in real-time.


Opening session

Keynote Address
Scene-Setting Review of progress in SWD
Presentation of The Legends of SWD Award
Current State of the Art

Session Topics

Case Studies – Sessions II and III
Session Chairs: Cengiz Esmersoy, Henri Houllenvigue, Doug Patterson

Drilling Value Proposition – Session IV
Session Chairs: Jeff Moss and Azra Tutuncu

Industry Prospective and Technology Gaps – Session V
Session Chairs: Brian Hornby and Dudley McManus

Emerging Technologies – Session VI
Session Chairs: Jean-Marc Mougenot and Arthur Cheng

Panel Discussion – Session VII
Moderator: Bob Radtke

Organizing Committee


Bob Radtke (Technology International Inc.)
Cengiz Esmersoy (Schlumberger)


J. Oliverio Alvarez (ExxonMobil)
Gopal Amruthapuri (Anadarko)
Arthur Cheng (Halliburton)
Andy Hawthorn (Schlumberger)
Henri Houllegigue (TOTAL USA)
Azra Tutuncu (Colorado School of Mines)
Doug Patterson (Baker Hughes)



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