2012 Honorary LecturerSponsored by Shell

South & East Asia

Sam Z. Sun

China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China

The cheapest elastic information: How rock physics models and amplitude processing affect prestack PP inversion


Sam Z. Sun

Sam Zandong Sun is professor and director of Lab for Integration of Geology and Geophysics (LIGG) at China University of Petroleum (Beijing). Prior to joining China University of Petroleum, Sam held a variety of positions with functions of exploration, production, and research as a senoir research specialist with ExxonMobil Upstream Research, ExxonMobil Production Company, and Imperial Oil (ESSO Canada) for nearly 14 years. He also worked with Schlumberger, former Mobil Canada, and former Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd.

Sam worked with CNPC headquarter research for about three years after graduating from his B.Sc. (1984) in geology in the 80's of last century. He earned both of his M.Sc. (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) in geophysics from University of Calgary, Canada. Sam has been focusing on reservoir monitoring, characterization, and prediction utilizing P-wave and 3D3C pre-stack data by integrating rock physics with amplitude processing including amplitude preserved migration into inversions for rservoir prediction and fluid mapping. Elastic information is very critical for reservoir and fluid prediction. 

To compromise high acquisition cost Sam strongly believes that prestack PP wave data should be worked harder and employed more often to extract elastic information for reservoir and fluid mapping. For that he leads the group to focus on integration of rock physics, amplitude processing, and inversion algorithms and new technology development to improve these integrations.

Recently, Sam has had a strong interest in unconventional resource development and published the book "Uncoventional Oil & Gas Exploration and Development". He also worked on 3C3D VSP technology development for a long time and published the book "3C3D VSP: Principle Technology and Applications."

Sam has been very active in serving the society. He is a member of SEG Global Affairs, Research, D&P, and Reserve committees. Also, he serves as a member of SEG Beijing task force and is a member of SEG China advisory committee. He is an active member of SEG, AAPG and a member of APPEGA. He served as chairman in 2011 of the SEG D&P Forum.