SEG Continuing Education Courses
*All courses 1.5 CEUs unless otherwise noted
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Seismic Data Acquisition
Basic geophysics, Seismic Fundamentals and 3D Seismic Exploration
by R. Malcolm Lansley
The course reviews current techniques of 3-D seismic data acquisition and processing of land, marine, and ocean-bottom cable surveys. Workshop exercises are utilized to reinforce the elements of data acquisition design, and case histories are used wherever feasible to demonstrate the effectiveness of different techniques. Survey design considerations are related to data processing issues to achieve an integrated data acquisition/processing system.
Planning and Operating a Land 3D Seismic Survey
by Andreas Cordsen and Peter Eick
This course covers all the practical aspects of conducting a successful 3D survey in a land or transition zone environment.
3D Seismic Data Acquisition: An Update on Modern Technologies and Usage Methodologies
by R. Malcolm Lansley
This course will provide information related to recent advances in data acquisition technology, equipment and the methodologies that are being utilized to improve data quality and, in many cases, reduce the cost of 3D survey acquisition. The course is appropriate not only for geophysicists involved in survey design and acquisition, but also for those involved in data processing and interpretation who wish to better understand the potential improvements that can be made. Both marine and land applications will be discussed.
Seismic Data Processing
An Introduction to Applied Depth Imaging
by Ruben D. Martinez
The goal of this course is for the participant to gain an understanding of the basic concepts and practical aspects of depth imaging in an intuitive manner. The participant will also be exposed to the depth imaging practices currently in use by geophysicists and geoscientists through the description of workflows illustrated with synthetic and field data examples. The theoretical content will be kept to a minimum required in order to emphasize the practical aspects.
Acoustic & Elastic Seismic Modeling and Imaging (Reverse-Time Migration)
by R. Phillip Bording and Larry Lines
Participants will learn the applications of the acoustic and elastic wave equations to forward modeling problems and for migration, particularly 3D reverse-time migration. Simple mathematical derivations will be used to explain the equations.
Applications of Geophysical Inversion and Imaging
by Brian Russell and Larry Lines
This course presents and integrates methods used in inversion and imaging to enhance definition of petroleum reservoirs.
Concepts and Applications in 3D Seismic Imaging
by Biondo Biondi
The primary objective of this course is to provide a broad and intuitive understanding of seismic imaging concepts and methods that enables geoscientists to make the appropriate decisions during acquisition, processing, imaging, and interpretation projects. Another objective is to expose the audience to current trends in imaging research and empower them to adopt new technologies quickly. This course was the 2007 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course.
Digital Signal Analysis in Seismic Data Processing
by Enders Robinson and Osman Hassan
This course is designed at an introductory level to cover in some details the theoretical background and the practical applications of digital signal analysis in seismic data processing.
Full Waveform Inversion
by Mrinal K. Sen
This course is designed for technical personnel of the oil and gas industry who are engaged or expected to be involved in seismic processing and interpretation aimed at seismic reservoir characterization using seismic, well log and petrophysical data. Seismic Inversion plays an important role in building reservoir models by integration of different data types.
An Introductory to Velocity Model Building
by Ian F. Jones
The course is designed to impart an understanding of what can and cannot be achieved within an imaging project. The principles of migration will be reviewed from an intuitive non-mathmatical viewpoint, and the steps involved in building a subsurface parameter model will be explained. The emphasis will be on what is 'fit-for-purpose' given the commercial objectives, and how to tune the imaging approach to meet those objectives.
Marine Broadband Technologies: Theory and Practice
by David H. Carlson
This course describes the acquisition and processing of marine broadband data using newly developed methods in the industry. Three main methods will be discussed. The course is not a comparison of the three methods but an explanation of the methods with an appreciation for each for the improvements in data quality and acquisition efficiency. Although the theory has been known for decades, advances in acquisition equipment and techniques have made the methods operational. This course provides understanding of the processing for improved interpretation of the data.
Microseismic Monitoring in Oil or Gas Reservoir
by Leo Eisner
This course will discuss principles of microseismic monitoring. Downhole monitoring techniques will be described with detailed examples of complete process from velocity model building, through geophone orientation to microseismic event locations. Principles of surface monitoring will be also discussed with examples of velocity model calibration, location of microseismic events and source mechanism analysis.
Practical Migration, deMigration, and Velocity Modeling
by J. Bee Bednar
The instructor uses geometrical descriptions and explanations rather than complex mathematical formulations to explain and evaluate different migration algorithms. Participants will learn the effects of acquisition geometry, velocity, and anisotropy on migration.
A Practical Understanding of Pre- and Post-Stack Migration
by John Bancroft
Participants will gain an understanding of the principles of migration and DMO and the ability to optimize parameters and evaluate the performance of algorithms.
Processing, Inversion and Reconstruction of Seismic Data
by M. D. Sacchi
This course covers practical aspects of signal theory and inverse problems with application to seismic data processing. In particular, the course stresses regularization methods for inverse problems that arise in the inversion of seismic data, noise elimination and reconstruction of seismic surveys.
Seismic Anisotropy: Basic Theory and Applications in Exploration and Reservoir Characterization
by Ilya Tsvankin and Vladimir Grechka
This course discusses the influence of anisotropy on seismic signatures and introduces practical tools for parameter estimation and imaging in anisotropic media.
Seismic Data Processing
by Steve Hill
This course gives a detailed introduction to seismic data processing from acquisition to migration. Seismic interpreters are the primary audience.
Seismic Imaging of Subsurface Geology (Acquisition, Processing & Modeling)
by Michael Schoenberger
This course is an introduction to quantitative geophysics for geoscientists who have some experience working with seismic data. The course describes both the methodology and the thought processes behind modern approaches to seismic data acquisition, processing, modeling, and imaging.
Understanding Seismic Anisotropy in Exploration and Exploitation
by Leon Thomsen
Participants will learn why understanding seismic anisotropy is more important now than ever before, and how to optimize seismic practice to take full advantage of it. This course was the 2002 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor short course.
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Seismic Data Interpretation
AVO: Seismic Lithology
by Michael Graul and Fred Hilterman
This course presents the current state and future trends of AVO analysis and dispels the mythology which has attached itself to this valuable technique.
Petroleum Geology for Geophysicists
by Ken Wolgemuth
This course introduces geophysicists and engineers to the principles of geology, petroleum geology, and reservoir geology.
Petroleum Systems of Deepwater Settings
by Paul Weimer
This course provides a broad overview of the petroleum systems of deepwater settings, concluding with a summary of what is important for their exploration. This course was the 2004 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor short course.
Seismic Amplitude Interpretation
by Fred J. Hilterman
This course addresses the methodology of amplitude interpretation and the benefits and limitations expected in various rock property settings. This course was the 2001 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor short course.
Seismic Data Interpretation in the Exploration Domain
by Tim E. Smith
This two day course provides a robust background in both the fundamentals and advanced aspects of 2D and 3D reflection seismic interpretation. It is divided into two essentially equal portions: the first consists primarily of lectures and associated exercises, and the second consists of 2D and 3D seismic interpretation projects designed to illustrate many of the concepts and techniques of seismic interpretation discussed in the lecture portion.
Seismic Diffractions—Modeling, Imaging and Applications
by Tijmen Jan Moser
Diffractions have been identified as the key seismic manifestation of fractures and other small-scale reservoir heterogeneities. This course will present the current state of the art of diffraction technology and put this in context by a review of its past developments. The course will cover both forward diffraction modeling and diffraction imaging. Case studies of diffraction imaging will be presented covering applications in seismic exploration and other areas of geoscientific interest.
Seismic Methods for Unconventional Resources
by Dr. Yuriy Tyapkin
Using the fundamental principles, modern technologies and illustrations based on a broad range of case studies, this two day course is designed to convince the attendee that special seismic methods, in combination with well logging and drilling, can be successfully used for prospecting, exploration and monitoring of production of unconventional resources (such as shale gas, tight gas, oil and gas in tight carbonates, and coalbed methane).
Seismic Stratigraphy and Seismic Geomorphology into the 21st Century
by Henry Posamentier
This course is designed to enhance interpretation skill sets with regard to geologic interpretation of seismic data. The overall objective is to present methods for reducing risk with regard to prediction of lithology, reservoir compartmentalization, and stratigraphic trapping potential in exploration and production.
The Interpreter's Guide to Depth Imaging
by Dr. Scott MacKay
An intuitive approach to the theory and practical applications of prestack depth imaging. The instructor demonstrates the quality controls used to promote stable solutions and methods for well calibration, constraining anisotropic depth migration, and the power and pitfalls of inversion for azimuthal properties that yield geologically-reasonable results.
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Gravity and Magnetics for Explorationists
by Michal Ruder
Participants will learn the fundamentals and advanced topics related to the collection and interpretation of potential fields data.
Magnetotellurics for Natural Resources: From Acquisition through Interpretation
by Karen Chistopherson
Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to design and manage cost-effective MT field programs and to understand the data processing and interpretation issues.
Marine Electromagnetic Methods for Hydrocarbon Exploration
by Steven Constable and Kerry Key
Participants will learn the principles, applications, and limits of controlled-source marine electromagnetic methods.
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Practical Seismic Surface Wave Methods
by Dr. Julian Ivanov
This one-day short course introduces the most important theoretical and practical aspects of the multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) method by a principle from the research group that originally developed the methodology. Each student will be exposed to the most current approaches using active and passive Rayleigh surface waves for estimations of 1D shear-wave velocity (Vs) and 2D vertical profiles to depths of a few tens of meters.
Full Waveform Inversion of Ground Penetrating Radar Data
by Jan van der Kruk
This one-day course provides a thorough overview of full-waveform inversion of ground penetrating radar (GPR) data, which is a promising technique that fully utilizes all of the information content present in high-frequency GPR and is capable of yielding sub-wavelength resolution images. The course includes a theoretical background, synthetic examples, and several case histories using crosshole, on-ground and off-ground GPR.
by Gregory S. Baker
This course is designed to provide background information to help professionals assess or use near-surface seismic methods. This intensive course will cover (1) basic near-surface seismic theory, (2) instrumentation: including sources, seismographs, and sensors, (3) seismic refraction: including fan shooting, generalized reciprocal method (GRM), and refraction tomography, (4) seismic surface waves: including spectral analysis of surface waves, (SASW) and multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW), (5) seismic reflection: including common-offset and common-midpoint (CMP), and (6) seismic data integration and interpretation, including pitfalls and case histories.
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Exploration & Production Geophysics
Appraising and Modeling the Near-Surface for Statics Corrections
by Ralph M. Bridle
Near-surface complexities are due to the geomorphology and physics of the near-surface. The presentations provide insight to these topics, in order to show where geophysical assumptions do not reflect reality. Near-surface modeling for static corrections does not attempt to model and image the near-surface to the detail required for engineering site investigations. In the seismic prospecting industry the static corrections are required to be accurate enough to remove differential travel times for the imaging of time sections.
Characterization of Heavy Oil Reservoirs
by Satinder Chopra and Larry Lines
With the conventional hydrocarbon resources growing thinner, heavy oil and bitumen are being looked at as the next resource that could be exploited in the near future. As both heavy oil and bitumen are a global resource, they are fast becoming an asset base for many energy companies. Economical development of heavy oil reservoir requires accurate characterization of the rocks as well as the fluids contained therein. Heavy oil properties are different from conventional oil, and therefore the exploration and production of heavy oils and oil sands requires special seismic strategies and rock physics models. Geophysical characterization of heavy oil reservoirs is therefore at the heart of production of this resource.
Application and Interpretation of Converted Waves
by Robert Stewart and James Gaiser
This course provides a thorough overview of the methods of multi-component (3C and 4C) seismic exploration from basic petrophysical analysis and survey design through 3D converted-wave migration.
Borehole Geophysics: Theory and Practice
by Richard Kuzmiski
Each participant in this course will gain practical experience in the application and use of VSP data from the exploration design through interpretation.
Dynamic Reservoir Characterization—Multicomponent 4D
by Steven Roche and Thomas Davis
This course uses two case studies to explain the methods of multicomponent time-lapse seismic data and their use to detect changes in the fluid properties of reservoirs.
Geophysical Applications of Time-Frequency Analysis
by Marcilio Matos
This course shows how basic knowledge of joint time-frequency (JTF) analysis theory associated with pseudo computer programming can help geoscientists to take full advantage of their real world applications. Several JTF exploration geophysics applications are detailed, like spectral decomposition, data compression, filtering, etc. Starting from Fourier theory review, advanced time-frequency techniques are introduced by showing practical applications and by hands on introductory computer programming.
Geostatistics for Seismic Data Integration in Earth Models
by Olivier Dubrule
This course provides an overview of basic concepts and applications of geostatistics in modeling and interpretation. This course was the 2003 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course.
Geopressure and Prospect's Risk Assessment
by Selim S. Shaker
This two day course focuses on predicting and appraising the geopressure (pore – fracture pressure) and evaluating a prospect's risk before, during and post-drilling. Geological, rock-mechanic, petrophysical and hydrodynamic models are used as the foundation for the prediction models, in addition to, rather than only, algorithm formulas.
Geophysics Under Stress: Geomechanical Application of Seismic and Borehole Acoustic Waves
by Colin Sayers
The state of stress within the earth has a profound effect on the propagation of seismic and borehole acoustic waves, this leads to many important applications of elastic waves for solving problems in petroleum geomechanics.
Integrating Seismic, CSEM and well log Data for Reservoir Characterization
by Lucy MacGregor
This course will concentrate on three contrasting methods: surface seismic, marine controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) and well-log data, and will illustrate approaches to integrating these complementary sources of information to exploit the strengths of each, with the goal of providing estimates of rock and fluid properties with greater confidence than from any single data type.
Multi-Component Seismic, Principles and Applications
by Robert Garotta
Participants will learn the theory and practice of shear wave data from acquisition, through processing, to interpretation. This course was the 2000 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor short course.
A Practical Understanding of Inversion for Exploration Geophysics
by John Bancroft
A practical review of the basic in inversion is followed by numerous applications in exploration geophysics including least squares migration and full waveform inversion.
Reservoir Geophysics: Applications
by William Abriel
The objective of the course is to demonstrate how and why geophysics adds value in reservoir management using examples from multiple geological environments (deepwater turbidites, onshore fluvial, near shore deltaics, carbonates). This course was the 2008 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course.
Rock Physics: Seismic Reflections of Rock Properties
by Dr. Jack Dvorkin
Participants will learn the uses of rock physics in interpreting the elastic properties of earth, as sensed by seismic radiation, for lithology, fluid, and porosity determination. Presented are the basics of rock physics as well as applications of rock physics at various scales - from core to seismic. Real-time demos and exercises are given using Matlab-based applets.
Seismic Interferometry for Exploration and Production
by Deyan Draganov and Kees Wapenaar
In this course, we will present the generalized theory of seismic interferometry. We will review the relations for interferometry by correlation, convolution and deconvolution. Each of these methods has its pros and cons for specific field applications. Using numerical, laboratory and field data, we will review applications of the different methods for exploration, reservoir characterization and monitoring. We will discuss what can be expected of each of the methods in the light of their limitations (theoretical or practical). We will also present processing techniques that can be used to improve the interferometric results.
3D Seismic Attributes for Prospect Identification and Reservoir Characterization
by Kurt Marfurt
Each participant will gain an intuitive understanding of the kinds of seismic features that can be identified by 3D seismic attributes, the sensitivity of seismic attributes to seismic acquisition and processing, and how 'independent' seismic attributes are coupled through geology.
Time-Lapse Seismic in Reservoir Management
by Ian Jack
Participants will learn the rationale and driving forces behind "time-lapse seismic" by examining reservoir properties that change with time and how they affect seismic data, together with an up-to-date set of case histories. This course was the 1998 SEG Distinguished Instructor short course, updated in 2004.
Understanding and Adapting Rockphysics Principles for Mudrock (Shale) Reservoirs
by Manika Prasad
Rock physics principles allow us to understand and interpret matrix- and fluid-related changes in porosity, pore space topology, and seismic and transport properties. This course is meant for participants who are interested in understanding mudrocks and how they can conventional rock physics principles need to be modified or discarded in understanding them.
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Petroleum Engineering: Integration of Static and Dynamic Models
by Patrick Corbett
Petroleum Geoengineering: Integration of Static and Dynamic Models by Patrick Corbett This course in designed for a broad range of geoscientists and engineers working in the petroleum industry. The course provides improved linkage between the techniques used at various scales to describe and model petroleum reservoirs. The ultimate objectives are to enable technical staff to maximize the recovery of hydrocarbons. This course was the 2009 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course.
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Introduction to High Performance Computing
by Jan Thorbecke
This course is setup to teach participants the basic principles of high-performing computing under a Linux operating system. The hardware architecture of a computer, and how this hardware can restrict the performance of an application, is explained in detail. Style rules to develop readable code, how to use compilers and make files, and writing efficient code is illustrated with examples and general rules.
Writing for Earth Scientists
by Matt Hall
The emphasis will be on principles of clear, accurate writing, not an exhaustive treatment of technical writing. Students will be encouraged to bring examples of their past or present work for class discussion and feedback. Students will complete short exercises throughout the day and provide feedback to others to increase engagement.
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