About this Training Course 

This course provides an understanding of the evolving role of seismic petrophysics through the use of amplitude variations with offset or angle (AVO/AVA), attributes, and inversion techniques.  Understanding rock physics and the behavior of the propagating seismic waves represents an integral part of the course, especially in the context of specific applications including enhanced seismic interpretation, rock and fluid characterization, including hydrocarbon identification and quantification, fracture identification, and stress/geomechanical analysis.

Course concepts are enhanced by numerous practical exercises and case studies.

By attending, participants will learn the following:

  • The fundamentals of seismic wave propagation and specific attributes of seismic measurements toward enhanced interpretation and petrophysics;
  • The benefits and cons of various attributes in various facets of investigation, including stratigraphy/sedimentology, structural geology and geomechanics, and seismic petrophysics;
  • How to determine elastic properties from AVO/AVA analysis for fluid and lithologic discrimination;
  • How to integrate well data through seismic inversion techniques; and
  • The role of seismic attribute analysis and related techniques in understanding risk elements from exploration, drilling and completion, and development stages.

Your expert course leader received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from the now University of Louisiana Lafayette in 1989 and 1990, respectively, and his Ph.D. as a National Science Foundation fellow at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 1993. From 1994-1996, he studied planetary tectonics as a NASA funded postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University. In 1996, he returned to UL-Lafayette, where he was awarded in 1997 the Hensarling- Chapman Endowed Professorship in Geology. He is a Professional Geologist, registered with the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists. The trainer has been the editor and publisher (both volunteer efforts) for the Lafayette Geological Society since 2002.

He has been an active researcher, receiving several million dollars in grants from federal, state and industry sources, has presented numerous talks and has published on a diversity of geoscience topics. In particular, as an undergraduate student, he developed a 4D quantitative well bore guidance theory, including the concept of positive versus negative thickness (sign indicating the direction of drilling section), that predated availability of key real-time data. As an independent trainer and consultant for Baker Hughes INTEQ for the last year and a half, it has been particularly exciting to see just how far the reality of LWD technology, especially azimuthal imaging, has since advanced.

Learn what past participants have said about PetroEdge training courses

It was great to learn the principles of attributes and AVO and relate it with geology.

Senior Geoscientist, PETRONAS Carigali

Excellent deliverables, knowledgeable speaker.

Geophysicist, Petroliam Nasional Berhad

The excellent instructor was able to explain seismic equations relationship to geology.

Geophysicist, Murphy Oil

Brilliant presentation flow and focused on fundamentals.

Geoscientist, Lundin Malaysia

Overall is a very good course. The trainer is good and knows what he is talking about.

Senior Production Seismologist, Sarawak Shell