Internet-accessible exploration and geophysical consortia
This page is intended to facilitate internet communication between petroleum / natural gas companies and groups doing nonproprietary exploration geophysics research (broadly defined), such as academic consortia, university research groups, laboratories, institutes, government labs, etc. Groups are listed, followed by a short ``mission statement'' for each.
Many of these groups also have sponsors-only pages and ftp sites; only publically accessible information is listed here.
Index (sorted alphabetically by acronym)
Academic Geophysical Consortia
- --> University of Aberdeen
Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology
- --> The University of Alberta
- --> EGG (Experimental Geophysics Group)
EGG carries out a wide variety of laboratory and field-based projects, all with a rock physics or rock mechanics theme. To do this we maintain capabilities for high-pressure laboratory work as well as high-resolution seismic surveying.
- --> SAIG (Signal Analysis and Imaging Group)
Our research interests are in the area of seismic signal analysis with emphasis on SNR enhancement, imaging and inversion of seismic records.
- --> University of Calgary
Department of Geology and Geophysics
and Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- --> CHORUS (Consortium for Heavy Oil Research by University Scientists)
The purpose of CHORUS is to develop and evaluate seismic methods for monitoring heavy-oil recovery processes.
- --> CREWES (Consortium for Research in Elastic Wave Exploration Seismology)
The CREWES Project is an applied geophysical research group concentrating on the analysis and interpretation of multicomponent seismic data.
- --> FRP (Fold-Fault Research Project)
FRP does integrated geophysical and geological research into the 3-D geometry and evolution of structures of economic and academic interest in fold and thrust belts.
- --> University of Cambridge
Department of Earth Sciences
- --> LITHOS
Our goal is to develop innovative geophysical techniques for analysing integrated datasets, including conventional, wide-aperture and wide-angle seismic data, and controlled-source electromagnetic data, in order to image the lithology of the sub-surface.
- --> CSM (Colorado School of Mines)
Department of Geophysics
- --> CFRA (Center for Rock Abuse)
CFRA researches rock and fluid properties for exploration and reservoir monitoring.
- --> CWP (Center for Wave Phenomena)
The Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP) supports an interdisciplinary (geophysics, mathematics) research and educational program in seismic exploration. The main focus of the program is in seismic modeling, migration, and inversion methods and accurate and efficient computational methods for seismic data processing, primarily for application to regions of structural complexity.
- --> GMRC (Gravity and Magnetics Research Consortium)
GMRC develops new interpretation techniques for gravity, gravity gradient, and magnetic data.
- --> RCP (Reservoir Characterization Project)
The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is an industry sponsored research consortium whose mission is to develop and apply 3-D, 3-C seismology and associated technologies for enhanced reservoir recovery.
- Delft (Delft University of Technology)
--> CTG (Centre for Technical Geoscience)
- --> DELPHI (DELft PHilosophy on Inversion)
- --> DELPHI-AP (DELPHI Acquisition and Preprocessing Programme)
The DELPHI A&P project's goal is the creation of a design package for optimum acquisition geometries in 3-D, based on economics and image quality. Current research centers on optimization of source and receiver beams, decomposition of 4-C measurements, and the CFP approach to statics.
- --> DELPHI-CS (DELPHI Dynamic Reservoir Characterization & Flow Simulation)
Key topics are time-lapse reflectivity analysis, multi-scale seismic-to-well matching, improved rock-property models, synthetic seismograms, dynamic reservoir simulation and integrated inversion of time-lapse seismic data and production history data.
- --> DELPHI-MI (DELPHI Multiple Removal & Structural Imaging)
The multiple removal and imaging project consists of the following research topics: 2-D and 3-D surface-related and internal multiple removal, 2-D and 3-D focusing operator estimation and structural imaging, and tomographic focusing operator inversion to find the 3D velocity model.
- --> CU (University of Colorado, Boulder)
- --> Curtin University of Technology
Department of Exploration Geophysics
- --> CHDC (Centre for High Definition Geophysics)
The CGDG investigates how seismic technologies can detect and delineate mineral resources such as gold, base metals, and coal, and also locate underground water resources.
- --> CRGC (Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium)
CRGC undertakes research in acquisition, processing, and qualitative interpretation of geophysical data with an emphasis on Australian petroleum and production problems.
- --> Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
- --> ENSMP (Ecole des Mines de Paris)
- MIT (Massachussets Institute of Technology)
--> ERL (Earth Resources Lab)
ERL is primarily concerned with applied geophysics as it relates to tectonophysics, seismology (especially seismic exploration), environmental engineering, and parallel computing.
- University of South Carolina
--> ESRI (Earth Sciences and Resources Institute)
ESRI performs applied research in petroleum and environmental earth sciences, conducting field and laboratory research in shallow subsurface imaging for the purpose of solving environmental and engineering problems. ESRI also maintains a major oil and gas fields database and an online geological data catalog.
- --> Free University of Berlin
Department of Geophysics
- --> University of Hamburg Geophysical Institute
- --> WIT (Wave Inversion Technology Consortium Project)
Our goal is to create algorithms for performing accurate and efficient target-oriented modeling and imaging using seismic and acoustic methods, with an emphasis on characterizing and extrapolating the fine-grain properties of targets. We are particularly dedicated to (1) forward and inverse scattering in disordered media and composite materials, (2) true-amplitude imaging, migration and inversion, (3) seismic and acoustic methods for porous media, and (4) data-driven imaging and inversion (common-reflection-surface (CRS) stack) and estimation of velocity models by means of CRS-stack-based reflection tomography.
- --> UH (University of Houston)
- --> AGL (Allied Geophysical Laboratories)
AGL uses state-of-the-art physical modeling and cluster computing as tools to extract new information from currently underutilized types of seismic data. Our current effort addresses issues in vector seismic analysis, extraction of more information from the long-offset component of seismic data that is usually muted, and the integrated analysis of multiple 3-D seismic attribute cubes.
- --> M-OSRP (Mission-Oriented Seismic Research Program)
M-OSRP investigates innovative methods of using the wave equation and inverse theory to solve fundamental unsolved problems of seismic imaging. For example, we are developing a method for imaging reflectors correctly in depth beneath complex media without the necessity of an accurate velocity model. We are also developing methods for inverting for earth properties in areas where traditional AVO's simplifying assumptions fail or are inadequate, in particular in structurally complex areas. These advanced mathematical techniques can make greater demands on our seismic data than traditional ones. For this reason, we are also pursuing new methods of wavelet estimation, deghosting, and data extrapolation.
- --> ICL (Imperial College London)
Department of Earth Science and Engineering
- --> CRG (Centre for Reservoir Geophysics)
We research waveform tomography, prestack seismic inversion, seismic multiple attenuation, and reservoir characterisation.
- --> IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)
Department of Seismology
- --> University of Leeds
- --> Memorial University of Newfoundland
- --> Nancy School of Geology
- --> University of Nevada at Reno
- --> CEMAT (Consortium for Economic Migration and Tomography)
Applying advanced methods in migration and tomography, CEMAT creates research products that will enhance members' ability to cost-effectively generate and develop economic mineral and energy prospects, or to evaluate and mitigate potential seismic hazards.
- --> University of Nice
GeoAzur research institute
- --> SEISCOPE
The SEISCOPE project focuses on adapting seismic-imaging methods to multicomponent global-offset data, for the purpose of addressing seismic-imaging challenges such as macromodel building for PSDM, sub-basalt imaging, imaging in deep offshore environments, and imaging of complex structures such as foothills. Methods will include first-arrival traveltime tomography, full-waveform modeling using finite-difference and finite-volume approaches, and frequency-domain full-waveform inversion for anisotropic visco-acoustic and visco-elastic media.
- --> University of Oklahoma
- --> OU Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering
Center for Rock Physics
- --> AASPI (Attribute-Assisted Seismic Processing and Interpretation)
AASPI focuses on the development, calibration, and application of 3D seismic poststack and prestack attributes for exploration and resource exploitation. The current focus is on workflows to calibrate attributes to problems of production interest, including mapping of fractures and correlation of flow rates and frac-job success to seismic data.
- --> IC3RPC (The OU Integrated Core Characterization Center Rock Physics Consortium)
The OU Integrated Core Characterization Center Rock Physics Consortium develops and populates a database of petrophysical measurements, which is made available to consortium members over the internet.
- --> Charles University (Prague, the Czech Republic)
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
- --> Rice University
- --> TRIP (The Rice Inversion Project)
The Rice Inversion Project studies mathematical and computational problems arising in reflection seismic data processing. Current projects include: velocity estimation directly from waveform data (without traveltime picking) from inaccurate initial estimates; calibration of source wavelet and directivity as part of inversion; multiparameter inversion (aka model-based AVO processing) in the presence of attenuation; new numerical methods for various tasks, including viscoelastic simulation and traveltime and amplitude computation; and design of numerical software using OOP technology (C++) and various styles of parallelism.
- University of Miami
--> RSMAS (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science)
Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics
The Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics of RSMAS conducts research and graduate instruction in marine geology, geophysics and geochemistry. The programs range from purely laboratory studies to applied field work.
- UCSD (University of California at San Diego)
--> Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- --> SEMC (Seafloor Electromagnetic Methods Consortium)
SEMC seeks to develop electromagnetic methods for the purpose of offshore petroleum exploration. Electrical conductivity mapping is a useful complement to seismic and potential-field techniques for basin reconnaissance, and for volcanic, carbonate or evaporite terrains where seismic methods perform poorly.
- --> Stanford (Leland Stanford Junior University)
Department of Geophysics
- --> SCRF (Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting)
The goal of SCRF (the Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting) is the development and integration of geological, geophysical and petroleum engineering techniques for forecasting reservoir performance. Our program is widely open to oil companies, geophysical services companies, research institutes and consultants who wish to support and provide advice to our research line.
- --> SEP (Stanford Exploration Project)
The Stanford Exploration Project (SEP) is an industry-funded academic consortium conducting fundamental research in reflection seismology. SEP pioneered in migration imaging, velocity estimation, and dip moveout and slant stack. Today the focus is on 3-D seismic applications such as azimuthal moveout, 3-D signal-noise separation, 4-D (time-lapse) reservoir monitoring, and practical inversion. SEP emphasizes extracting information from the Earth's interior with novel data processing concepts, software design, high-performance supercomputing, and field-data bulletproofing. Reproducible research results are transferred to industry and the public via interactive books and PhD theses on CDROM.
- --> SRB (Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics Project)
The Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics Project studies the properties of and processes in rocks as related to geophysical exploration, crustal studies, and tectonic and borehole processes.
- --> Syracuse University Department of Earth Sciences
- --> LRBRP (Lacustrine Rift Basin Research Program)
Our current research projects are focused on paleoclimates of tropical Africa, the basin evolution of the large rift valley lakes of East Africa, and on the Quaternary evolution of lakes in the northeastern United States.
- --> TAMU (Texas A&M University)
- --> TEES (Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Petroleum Engineering Division)
Our objective is to increase the proven reserves and production capacity of the state of Texas for oil and gas, mining, and alternative energy sources. Research emphasis is on hydraulic fracturing, reservoir description, artificial intelligence, reservoir management, well control, drilling design and analysis, and artificial lift.
- --> UBC (The University of British Columbia)
- --> CDSST (Consortium for the Development of Specialized Seismic Techniques at UBC)
At CDSST our basic research interests are in time series, spectral analysis, and inverse methods. We are particularly interested in the application of these concepts to the processing and interpretation of realistic seismic data, with missing traces, survey gaps, and limited aperture. One of our current research projects is focused on the development of aperture-compensated transforms for high-resolution velocity processing, multiple attenuation and 2-D filtering.
- --> SINBAD (Seismic Imaging by Next-generation BAsis function Decomposition)
SINBAD explored the use of curvelets for efficiently representing and processing seismic data and images.
- --> SLIM (Seismic Laboratory for Imaging and Modeling)
SLIM applies compressive sensing in exploration seismology.
- --> UBC-GIF (UBC Geophysical Inversion Facility)
UBC-GIF is devoted to developing inversion methodologies and applying these techniques to solve practical problems. Areas of application include exploration for natural resources, environmental and geotechnical problems, and delineating large-scale earth structure.
- --> UCL (University College London)
Department of Geological Sciences
- --> RIPL (Rock and Ice Physics Laboratory)
We study the physical behaviour of minerals and rocks that make up the surface and interior of the Earth, and other solid bodies in the solar system, so as to constrain the dynamic, tectonic and environmental processes of planetary evolution.
- --> UCSC (University of California Santa Cruz)
Department of Earth Sciences
- --> UT (The University of Texas at Austin)
- --> BEG (The University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology)
We conduct research in advanced geotechnology; oil and gas discovery and recovery optimization; geophysics; environmental, waste-disposal, and hydrogeologic studies; coastal processes; and coal and mineral resources, both domestically and abroad.
- UT-DoGS (The University of Texas Department of Geological Sciences)
- --> UTIG (The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics)
UTIG conducts geophysical and geological investigations of the history, structure, and dynamics of the earth's crust, and of earthquake phenomena.
- --> GBDS (Gulf Basin Depositional Synthesis)
The GBDS project intends to perform a detailed, comprehensive and integrated synthesis of the Gulf of Mexico basin as a whole. The results will be distributed as a completely digital database, leading to major new contributions to the understanding of the geologic history of the Gulf of Mexico Basin.
- --> PLATES
PLATES is a program of research into plate-tectonic and geologic reconstructions, supported by a consortium of oil companies.
- --> University of Utah
- --> EGI (Energy and Geoscience Institute)
EGI is a university-based, applied earth-science research and training organization that develops and carries out multidisciplinary, multi-institutional projects worldwide. The Institute undertakes a broad range of projects.
- University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics
- --> CEMI (Consortium for Electromagnetic Modeling and Inversion)
CEMI is a research and educational program in applied geophysical electromagnetics based at the University of Utah. We are interested in electromagnetic modeling and inversion methods for accurate and efficient electromagnetic data analysis in regions with complex structure.
- --> UTAM (Utah Tomography and Modeling/Migration Consortium)
Our goal is to develop innovative modeling and inversion algorithms for seismic data, including applications to CDP, crosswell, VSP and single-well imaging. Some current projects include 3D pre-stack migration by a Quasi-Monte Carlo method, least squares migration, traveltime+waveform inversion of crosswell data, tomographic velocity analysis in the common image gather domain, 2-D and 3-D statics by refraction tomography, and adaptive grid viscoelastic modeling of single well data.
- --> UTD (University of Texas at Dallas)
- --> UTD Geophysical Consortium
The UTD Geophysical Consortium supports applied research in exploration and reservoir seismology. It emphasizes seismic modeling, migration, and inversion applications to reservoir characterization, wide-aperture and AVO analysis, and 3-D seismic algorithms.
Governmental Geophysical Consortia
Industrial Geophysical Consortia
- --> ITF (The Industry Technology Facilitator)
ITF is a not for profit organisation supported by major oil and gas operating and service companies. ITF's subsurface and production technology managers focus on the creation of joint industry projects that research and develop future technology requirements.
- --> OPERA (Organisme Pétrolier de Recherche Appliquée -- Applied Geophysical Research Group)
The missions of Opera are to develop, test compare and maintain research software prototypes in the fields of geophysiscs applied to oil industry in order to improve the know-how and the associated methods with the support of TOTAL and the scientific skills of the University of Pau.
Other Geophysical Consortia
- --> Energistics
Our mission is to establish, maintain, and promote data and specifications for the sharing and interoperability of petrotechnical information.
- --> Ocean Margins LINK programme
This UK programme will focus on research that helps the oil industry overcome the challenges of developing deep-water oil fields. In particular, it will study: 1) deep structure and rifting processes, 2) sedimentary processes, sediment movement and slope stability, and 3) fluid flow into and out of the seabed, including its relationship with and effect on deep-water faunas.
- --> iSIMM (integrated Seismic Imaging and Modeling of Margins)
Our goal is to tackle two major problems facing hydrocarbon explorationists on volcanically dominated margins: 1) the inability of conventional seismic reflection methods to image through basalt layers overlying sediments, and 2) the failure of current models and software to model properly the stretching, subsidence and thermal history of rifted continental margins.
- --> PPDM (Public Petroleum Data Model Association)
The PPDM Association is a non-profit organization through which members world-wide cooperate to develop an open standard data model as the foundation for managing information as an essential asset in the global business of oil and gas exploration and production.
- Sintef group
--> Sintef petroleum research
We perform research in reservoir geology, basin modeling, seismic methods, well drilling technology, and formation physics.
- --> Sintef Seismic
We develop new methods for processing seismic data, based on the theory of wave propagation in acoustic and elastic media. The main activities are OBS (Ocean Bottom Seismic), depth migration, AVO, inversion, and seismic modelling.
- --> VRGEO (Geophysical visualization research)
VRGEO develops visualization technology for geoscience applications in virtual environments.
Other sources of information
- The National Geophysical Data Center includes digital regional aeromagnetic, gravity, and topographic data.
- The USGS Publications and Data Products page lists digital and printed geophysical information available from the USGS.
- The NASA Global Change Master Directory mostly covers things like climate, oceans, rivers, ground water, pollution, etc, but there are also a few databases of interest to exploration Geophysicists included in here as well.
- The Minerals Management Service library contains pointers to information (mostly with a legal / regulatory focus) related to exploiting geological resources on US gov't properties, especially offshore (notably Gulf of Mexico and Alaska). They also maintain a good list of links to governmental, oil and mineral industry, and environmental advocacy group sites. The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation also maintains an excellent list of natural resources information sources and organizations on the internet.
- The US census bureau's Tiger mapping service can produce maps at various scales for anywhere in the United States.
- The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection contains public-domain raster maps covering the world.
- For SEG and EAEG publications, a good free search engine is the SEG Digital Library.
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