Wide Azimuth Data: Does It Really Pay Back?

6-8 February 2018 | Muscat, Oman

Call for abstracts deadline - 5 October 2017


6-8 Feb 2018
Muscat, Oman

The oil and gas industry has been acquiring seismic data for exploration and development for almost five decades. Progressing from 2D to 3D seismic data has been the foremost advantage in defining and delineating most of the complex geology and the associated hydrocarbon accumulations in the world. As available channel count has increased over the years, the 3D geometries have evolved into wide-azimuth, long offset layouts. However, it remains a serious challenge to acquire, process, interpret and manage this kind of data with cost effectiveness.

Therefore, in order to overcome the challenges, the advancement of data storage, parallel computing and processing of seismic data has leapfrogged to handle large amounts of data in pre-stack and post-stack domains.  As a result, these remarkable improvements in seismic data are ultimately leading to enhanced seismic data manipulation, visualization, interpretation and reservoir characterization. Hence, the question arises: Does it really pay back?

Organizing Committee

Khalid Hawas (Chairman), Saudi Aramco
Chris Koeninger (Co-Chairman), Schlumberger
Jose Edgardo Vargas, ADCO
Ali Naamani, Petroleum Development Oman
Bader Al-Ajmi, Kuwait Oil Company 
Li Jianlin, BGP
Abdullatif Al-Shuhail, KFUPM
Ayman Suleiman, Saudi Aramco
Mahmoud Hedefa, Saudi Aramco
Bertrand Six, CGG
Peter Szafian, GeoTeric


Hyra Dalisay
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880
Email: hdalisay@seg.org


Who should attend?

  • Regional and international (onshore and offshore) geoscientists, reservoir geophysicists and engineers specializing in seismic imaging, interpretation and reservoir characterization from industry and academia
  • Developers of applications and solutions software for data manipulation, interpretation and visualization

Workshop format

The format of the workshop will feature formal presentations by invited experts in their fields to share their experiences and lessons learned. The workshop will serve as a forum for open and extended discussions on the current status and future use of suitable samples, wide azimuth and broadband data in hydrocarbon exploration and recovery. Emphasis will be placed on applications to highlight the added value for proven methodologies.

The three-day workshop will hold six technical sessions, each of which will feature five 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions moderated by session chairs on the subject matters.  Each session will have two break-out group discussions. Group-discussion sessions will be conducted to allow participants to debate and comment on issues and challenges they come across during their daily work. Session chairs will serve as discussion leaders during the break-out sessions. As a recap, at the end of the workshop, a closing session will be conducted to discuss the current practice and the way forward.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Papers submission deadline: 5 October 2017

Submit your abstract to hdalisay@seg.org

The workshop will discuss current seismic data manipulation, visualization and interpretation workflows for robust reservoir characterization.  This will also be an excellent venue to introduce recent advances in seismic data acquisition and processing technologies. Geoscientists and engineers, with varying backgrounds, will have the opportunity to exchange their technical knowledge and expertise.

We will walk through defining the best-in-class seismic interpretation and reservoir characterization workflows, with thrilling discussions on the various methods and techniques utilizing wide-azimuth along with broadband and better-sampled data. To conclude the workshop, we cannot ignore the trends and future quests the industry is anticipating, including drawing some conclusions on lessons learned and pitfalls.

We invite abstracts for the following technical topics (oral & poster presentations)

  1. Improved Imaging for Prospect Definition
  2. Improvement of Sequence Stratigraphy & Facies
  3. Fluid & Lithology Discrimination
  4. Faults & Fracture Detection Characterization
  5. Geomechanical Properties Prediction
  6. Pore Pressure Prediction
  7. Multi-attributes Visualization & Data Management
  8. Current, Future Trends & Research Topics

Abstract Format:

  • Max two-page, one figure, and single column
  • Must be sufficiently explanatory for the committee to evaluate
  • Must be on 8.5 x11 inch paper size, typed in Roman-font style, with 12 points size
  • Title must be one or two-line, at the top of the page, in bold font, with 12 points size.
  • Authors must be listed in Roman-italic font, size 10 points, placed below the title.
  • All text must stay one inch clear of the margins of the page.
  • Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with target specific audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, see the Sponsorship Packet in the Important Documents section of this page, or contact us at hdalisay@seg.org for additional information.

Pre-Workshop Course

The Interpreter’s Guide to Depth Imaging
by Scott MacKay

4-5 February 2018

Registration opens in October

This course focuses on intuitive quality controls and quantitative spreadsheet tools to plan and ensure stable depth solutions during the iterative imaging process.

An interpreter-oriented approach to the theory and practical applications of prestack depth imaging. The incorporation of horizon interpretations and well tops to constrain anisotropic depth migration is reviewed together with critical database validation methods. A robust approach to well-top calibration of the final depth cubes is addressed, as are statistical methods for estimating depth error away from well control. Finally, the course reviews the promise and pitfalls of inversion for azimuthal properties to yield lithologic and stress-field (fracture) properties.


Two days

Course Outline

  1. Review of Vertical Time-to-Depth Methods
  2. Time and Depth Migration: Comparisons
  3. Migration Algorithms: Theory and Practice
  4. Migration: Parameter Selection
  5. Tomographic Velocity Analysis
  6. Depth Imaging Grids
  7. Well/Seismic Database Validation
  8. Iterative Depth Imaging: Quality Control
  9. Anisotropy
  10. Well Calibration
  11. Attributes

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