Seismic Interpretation in the Exploration Domain
by Tim E. Smith
Duration: Two to three days
Intended Audience: This course is primarily designed for explorationists/earth scientists who are advanced students, larger company personnel with 1 to 5 years of experience, and independent operators. The overall experience is directed towards optimization of seismic interpretation with regard to tightening budgets and increased expectations in the current hydrocarbon pricing environment.
Topics covered in the first day consist of the following
The interpretation portion (second day) consists of two projects. The first consists of five 2D lines from a complex structural region. This exercise involves tying these data with recognition of the limitations associated with the 2D format. The second consists of 15 lines from a 3D project covering the same region; some of the 3D lines overlie the 2D data and provide direct comparison between the two data sets. Students prepare a structure contour map from the 3D data; and the exercise and course end with a discussion of this map and the overall set of processes used in effective seismic interpretation.
Students use paper data because direct hands-on methods provide the best overall educational experience. They also avoid problems of non-familiarity with various software packages and licensing issues. The interpretation techniques which are demonstrated and employed in these exercises can later be effectively transposed to the workstation environment.