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Seismic is King?

Posted by David Bamford

09-Jan-2017

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“Seismic is King!” ... ... but are there any Princes?

Seismic technology has dominated geoscience, and thus the Exploration and Exploitation businesses, throughout my career in oil & gas. And within it there continues to be remarkable innovation, led by companies such as PGS.

Nevertheless the “all you need is 3D” mantra has run its course, especially as the businesses of exploration and exploitation turn to the onshore, in pursuit of the conventional and, increasingly, unconventional...

However, from the vast wave spectrum known to us from physics, it would be strange perhaps if sound waves were absolutely the only ones that offer us the necessary lateral and vertical resolution. Of course it is clear as soon as you dig into sonic wave theory why this resolution triumphs, over potential field measurements for example, perhaps the only limitation being that you do have to be on the earth's surface to make it work...

I contend that if we are to be successful onshore, we need to examine and prove up (or discard) technologies based on innovative physics or airborne/satellite deployment (or both).


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