SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course 2005

Rodney Calvert


Insights and Methods for 4D Reservoir Monitoring and Characterization


Rodney Calvert Rodney William Calvert worked for Shell International Exploration and Production, in the exploratory research team. He obtained a physics degree from Oxford in 1966 and did his first time-lapse work measuring continental drift in Iceland as part of a Ph.D. program in 1969 before joining Shell. He held a series of interesting jobs around the world as a Shell geophysicist, including the position of chief scientist of geophysics. He was a seismic processor in The Hague, where he developed techniques for making band-limited seismic impedance sections to tie well data. In 1971, he worked jointly with Texas Instruments, developing software for the first seismic supercomputer.

In 1975, Calvert became the seismic processing manager for Shell Malaysia, where he developed prestack Kirchhoff migration for solving steep dip problems. He transferred to the United Kingdom in 1979 to manage Shell's early 3D processing and acquisition efforts in the North Sea. In 1985, he became manager of geophysical research at Shell's laboratory in Rijswijk.

A highlight of Calvert's career was his posting to Canada in 1989, where he managed geophysical technology and developed an addiction to backcountry skiing. In 1993, he transferred to Houston and then back to the Netherlands to manage seismic software development and research into multidisciplinary modeling and interpretation. Calvert later worked at improving 4D methods and uses at Shell's Bellaire Technology Center in Houston, Texas.

Calvert died at his home in Houston after an extended illness on November 22, 2007.

The SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course is sponsored by SEG and EAGE.