9th Annual RMAG/DGS 3-D Seismic Symposium

Title: 9th Annual RMAG/DGS 3-D Seismic Symposium
Author: Ron Pritchett, 9th Annual 3-D Seismic Planning Committee
Publication: The Outcrop, February 2003, p. 1, 6

“Ideas for the Road Ahead” is the theme for the 9th Annual 3-D Seismic Symposium, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the Denver Geophysical Society. The one day symposium will be held Friday, February 28, at the Downtown Denver Marriott Hotel. The pre-registration deadline is February 14. Full registration and program information are available at the RMAG website at http://www.rmag.org.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael S. Bahorich, inventor of the Coherence Cube, a seismic processing feature that displays acoustic contrasts caused by faults and facies boundaries. Bahorich will speak on “Emerging Trends in Geophysics.” Michael is currently V.P. of Exploration and Production Technology with Apache Corporation (Houston). He will be the 2003 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

The kickoff speaker is Scott W. Tinker, Ph.D., Director of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology. The title of his talk is “Lasers Light the Way – 3-D Outcrops will Revolutionize Subsurface Modeling.” Scott’s credentials include service as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and the 1999 Best Paper award winner for applications of sequence stratigraphy to 3-D reservoir modeling. Scott’s talk will be of special interest to geologists interested in ways to convert outcrop information to subsurface reservoir models.

Talks include examples of seismic applications used to solve structural and stratigraphic problems in Alaska, Alberta, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, California, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Examples include real 3-D data of petroleum targets in Pleistocene, lower Tertiary, upper Cretaceous, Permian, Pennsylvanian, and other Paleozoic reservoirs.

Wouldn’t you like to know more about gas resources estimated to be 740,000 trillion cubic feet? Come hear Dave Taylor talk about gas hydrates and ways this huge resource might become commercial.

The Jonah Field, a giant field of the northern Green River Basin, Wyoming, is an overpressured gas accumulation “cell.” Victor Vega (BP America) will show examples of 3-D processing and interpretations in Jonah Field, and Rob Horine will show how an overpressured cell was identified elsewhere in the Greater Green River Basin.

Giant gas accumulations are excellent places to apply 3-D seismic attributes to predict new drill sites and extend production. Jim Folcik (EOG Resources) will describe exploitation methods in the Big Piney-LaBarge trend in western Wyoming.

What can be done about delays in getting permits to acquire seismic data? Claudia Rebne (Legacy Energy) will convey her experiences in obtaining legal standing to gain access for gathering 3-D data in a Utah example. Closer to Denver, Monte Naylor (Diversified Operating Company) will describe challenges in imaging “D” Sandstone targets below faulted Niobrara limestones of the Denver Basin.

Are you chasing gas near the robust markets in California? Jeff May (EOG Resources) will show how his company achieved a high success rate in drilling gas targets in the Sacramento Basin. On the other side of the Rockies, the mid-continent comes alive as a “new” province due to 3-D seismic applications, described for the Anadarko Basin (Larry Lunardi of Chesapeake Energy). Uwe Strecker and Gareth Taylor (Rock Solid) discuss seismic attributes used to show drilling targets near the Kansas/Oklahoma border.

The 9th Annual 3-D seismic symposium will have tremendous value for those who sign up. In one day participants will see cutting edge geophysical applications across a wide range of petroleum targets in western North America. Participants will receive a book of abstracts, and have the opportunity to speak with people directly engaged in successful 3-D projects. Vendors will also be there to show their techniques and services. All who attend and support the symposium will come away with numerous ideas for the “Road Ahead.”

The 9th Annual 3-D Seismic Symposium will also be a must-attend event for all who understand the value of networking in the petroleum industry. Sponsors will get their names to participants as “Friends of the Industry” – the ones who find energy and create jobs, wealth, prosperity and an improved quality of life for all Americans. Be one of the 450+ people who will attend – find the registration form in this issue of the Outcrop.