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2009 Distinguished Lecturer

Bruce Hart

ConocoPhillips Houston

Reservoir-Scale Seismic Stratigraphy: A Call to Integration & Basin-Centered Gas Accumulations: Revisiting the Type Areas with Integrated Datasets


Bruce HartBruce Hart is a well-known geoscientist who has been working on the application of data driven solutions to exploration problems. An interesting aspect of Bruce's work is that being well-trained as a geologist and having researched in different areas in geophysics, he understands the exact geological basis of the objective and is then able to achieve it by successful application of geophysical principles. Bruce realized the value of curvature attributes early on and developed software for horizon based curvature attributes and not only used this for his own research applications, but had it available on his website for download to interested geoscientists. More recently, he has revisited a newer attribute called ‘sweetness', which he has shown can be used in a semi-quantitative way for detecting channels and other stratigraphic features when such features can be distinguished from background lithology, by a combination of complex trace attributes (frequency and envelope). Similarly, sand filled channels from deep water or fluvial systems can be imaged well by the sweetness attribute. Bruce's work on seismic attributes as a whole has been remarkable and is a very significant contribution that has gained widespread application and notice.

Similar attribute studies that Bruce has taken up, have been aimed at quantitative applications that include prediction of physical properties such as porosity and lithology of reservoirs, which are very useful. Hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs are major hydrocarbon producers in North America and are receiving increased exploration attention around the world. He has studied such reservoirs in Trenton- Black River, Saybrook, Ohio and made significant contributions. Not only this, Bruce's scientific contributions have crossed over to other areas like coal bed methane and time-lapse seismic. He has published and presented several dozen papers at the AAPG, SEG, CSEG,CSPG and other Conventions/workshops. He has received many awards, some of them being the SEG best reviewer for ‘ Geophysics' award in 2006 and Distinguished Educator Award, Southwest Section AAPG 2002.

Bruce has been conducting a short course on 3D seismic attributes for some time now, which is one of the most popular courses conducted on the SEPM platform in recent years. His excellent communication skills, and lucid style of presentation, have also seen him being invited for several keynote presentations, both within and outside the United States. Bruce has written two books, one on 3D interpretation and the other on Getting started in 3D seismic.