Wide Azimuth Data: Does It Really Pay Back?

6-8 February 2018 | Muscat, Oman

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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?

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 Venue

Crowne Plaza
Muscat, Oman

The dazzling Crowne Plaza Muscat hotel looks out across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman from a lush clifftop in fashionable Qurum Heights. With a panoramic terrace, pool and private beach, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and steps from Qurum Beach with its café-lined promenade. Oman's main business and ministerial districts are 10 minutes away. Visit hotel website


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Technical Program

The workshop discussed 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, had the opportunity to exchange their technical knowledge and expertise.

We walked 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 addressed the trends and future quests the industry is anticipating, including drawing some conclusions on lessons learned and pitfalls.

Technical Topics covered

  • Improved Imaging for Structural and Stratigraphic Definition
  • Detection and Characterization of Rock Deformation, Faults and Fractures
  • Fluid & Lithology Discrimination
  • Multi-attributes, Visualization and Reservoir Characterization
  • Current, Future Trends & Research Topics


Opening Address

Nicholas Feast, Petroleum Development Oman
Saleh Al-Saleh, Saudi Aramco

Keynote Speakers

Adel El-Emam, Kuwait Oil Company
Fernando Neves, ADNOC
Marcus Hollanders, Petroleum Development Oman
Mohammed Al-Otaibi, Saudi Aramco
Peter Mesdag, CGG
Tariq Alkhalifa, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
Turki Al Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco
Younes Elouair, Saudi Aramco

Technical Committee

Chairman - Khalid Hawas, Saudi Aramco
Co-Chairman - Chris Koeninger, Schlumberger

Abdullatif Al-Shuhail, KFUPM
Ali Naamani, Petroleum Development Oman
Anna Glushchenko, WesternGeco
Ayman Suleiman, Saudi Aramco
Bader Al-Ajmi, Kuwait Oil Company
Bertrand Six, CGG
Jose Edgardo Vargas, ADCO
Li Jianlin, BGP
Mahmoud Hedefa, Saudi Aramco
Peter Szafian, GeoTeric

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