Podcast Tag: TLE

Episode 221: The Untapped Potential of Non-Seismic Methods (Irina Filina, April 2024 TLE)

“Non-unique does not equal non-valuable when it comes to geophysical solutions.”

Dr. Irina Filina discusses April’s special section on gravity, electrical, and magnetic methods in The Leading Edge. Irina unravels the misconceptions about non-seismic methods and advocates for their proper use and integration with seismic data. With compelling examples, this episode illustrates how these methods can significantly reduce uncertainty and costs in subsurface exploration.

Episode 218: Innovations in Fault and Fracture Imaging (Molly Turko)

“Faults and fractures are not necessarily good or bad, but it’s important to really understand them.”

Dr. Molly Turko discusses March’s special section on imaging faults and fractures in The Leading Edge. Molly sheds light on the crucial role of imaging these hidden networks in understanding their impact on production, injection, and completions. With a clear message that faults and fractures are neither inherently good nor bad, this conversation challenges common misconceptions and emphasizes the importance of detailed imaging to gauge their significance.

Episode 217: Advancing Subsurface Knowledge Through Microseismic Insights (Joël Le Calvez)

“The value is not in the measurement per se. It is in the ability to integrate this measurement with everything else that we have access to.”

Dr. Joël Le Calvez discusses January’s special section in The Leading Edge on microseismic monitoring. Joël shares how recent technological advancements and pressing societal concerns, like climate change and sustainability, are pushing microseismic monitoring to the forefront of geophysical research. This episode will help you reflect on the next frontier in microseismic monitoring and how it will shape our understanding of the subsurface.

Episode 216: Rethinking Data – Geophysics in the Era of Change (Lindsey Heagy)

“There’s so much high-quality data, and more and more is being made publicly available. By shifting to open source, we’re choosing that the value proposition is the people.”

Dr. Lindsey Heagy discusses February’s special section in The Leading Edge on the future of applied geophysics. She shares her insights on the power of open-source software to democratize science, allowing a broader community to engage in problem-solving and innovation. This episode is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, education, and research. And it highlights how the open-source movement is redefining the value of scientific contributions.

Episode 213: Hidden Hazards – The Orphaned Well Dilemma

“With the magnetic method, you can say with some certainty that it will locate more than 90% of the existing wells. The grand challenge for locating abandoned wells are these wells where the casing has been pulled.”

Richard Hammack discusses the December special section in The Leading Edge – orphaned and abandoned wells. The episode offers a fascinating exploration of innovative detection methods, from airborne magnetic sensors to the precision of drone technology, revealing how over 90% of steel-cased wells can be located. In contrast, wooden-cased and casing-removed wells present a formidable challenge.

Episode 205: Managing carbon – a new frontier

Kurang Mehta discusses the November special section on carbon management in The Leading Edge.

  • Learn about the history and methods of carbon capture and storage.
  • Gain perspective on how industry experience can inform new approaches while addressing the biases geoscientists take into carbon management.
  • Discover how students drive research and the importance of working together in academia and industry.

Episode 203: Solving future challenges for deep exploration

In the 1920s, the first oil discovery in Seminole, Oklahoma, was made at a depth of approximately 4,000 feet. Currently, the world’s deepest oil well in Russia extends 49,000 feet into the earth’s surface. Deep exploration below existing production, complex overburden, or at the limits of geophysical resolution is critical for existing and emerging ventures. To meet these challenges, researchers and geoscientists are actively working to acquire better data and develop innovative methods to improve imaging. And in this episode, guest editors Chao Wang and Stephen Graf highlight the recent advances that improve success and extend capability in challenging deep environments.

Episode 202: The next revolution in seismic interpretation

Steven Lynch discusses his article in The Leading Edge, “High visual resolution interpretation: The case for virtual seismic reality.” Steve lays out the case for why the seismic you have is better than you think. He argues that the industry needs to undergo a complete change of mindset regarding visualization. Steve hopes to convince you that there’s a tremendous amount that you’re not seeing. And that most of the information acquired in seismic has yet to be observed or interpreted. This episode will give you much to think about – and maybe help you unlock new oil in old places.

Episode 198: How to chart a successful career in 2023 w/ Kurt Marfurt

Kurt Marfurt reflects on his career and the recent award of SEG’s highest honor, the Maurice Ewing Medal. He offers his major takeaways from various career stops along his path and how his volunteer roles at the SEG advanced his career. Kurt provides wisdom on what’s changed and hasn’t changed in building a successful geophysical career and what he’s most proud of when looking back at his accomplishments. It’s a privilege to hear from geophysicists at the top of their profession, and Kurt provides actionable advice with a fun and insightful look back at his long career.

Episode 196: The sound of seismic

Paolo Dell’Aversana highlights his article in The Leading Edge, discussing a dual-sensory approach to understanding seismic. Based on concepts well-established in cognitive sciences, Paolo introduces the idea of expanded imaging in geophysics, using a dual-sensory (audiovisual) perception of a data set. In this episode, Paolo explains the basic principles of multimodal seismic data analysis using augmented imaging theory. He shares the advantages and limitations of converting seismic data into an auditory format and outlines how geophysicists can start with this approach today. This episode unlocks secret information hiding in your seismic data waiting to be discovered.

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