Episode 85: The next Copernican Revolution and the future of reservoir monitoring

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with David Johnston on reservoir monitoring, the featured special section in July’s The Leading Edge.

This conversation covers a great deal of valuable information in a short time. David shares why reservoir monitoring is the specialization for generalists, the future and value of carbon sequestration, and why he believes there is another Copernican Revolution coming. He also breaks down reservoir monitoring in an easy-to-understand way by relating it to how we control the temperature in our home.

Seismic Soundoff · 85: The next Copernican Revolution and the future of reservoir monitoring

If you are considering specializing in reservoir monitoring, want to learn how to work better with other disciplines, or simply want to hear a great preview of July’s The Leading Edge, this episode will meet your goals.

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David H. Johnston is Managing Director of Differential Seismic, LLC, a geophysics consultancy. Dr. Johnston retired from ExxonMobil in 2017 after a 38-year career in research, exploration, and production. He was responsible for the development and commercialization of 4D seismic technology in ExxonMobil and was Geophysics Coordinator for ExxonMobil Production Company, where he provided technical and business stewardship of ExxonMobil’s global production geophysics activity.

Dr. Johnston earned a Bachelor of Science degree in earth sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and a Ph.D. in geophysics in 1978, also from MIT. Dr. Johnston has received numerous awards from the SEG and in 2013 he served as the SEG Distinguished Short Course Instructor.


Original music by Zach Bridges.

This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary.

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