About this Training Course

This 5-day course has been designed to introduce key concepts, principles and practicalities that form the technical basis for value added seismic applications in exploration, field appraisal and reservoir management to seismic interpreters and geophysicists. It will equip participants with a practical understanding of present day processing methods and their implementation. The emphasis of the course lies in getting participants to understand seismic acquisition, processing, imaging and the technical requirements for extraction of geological and petrophysical information. Data examples, exercises and workshops are used to illustrate key concepts, practical issues and pitfalls as they affect seismic data quality and interpretation. The modular course design allows ready adaptation to shorter or longer versions and direct linkage to advanced treatment of specific topics.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Classify types of seismic methods used in E&P
  • Understand the role of seismic in the business of the reservoir cycle
  • Explain the basic principles of seismic wave propagation
  • Understand vertical and horizontal resolution of seismic data and factors that affect seismic amplitudes
  • Understand the principles of marine and land seismic acquisition
  • Explain the difference between seismic data and noise
  • Determine the basic parameters that are used in the design of 3D seismic surveys
  • Identify and understand the basic steps required to process seismic data
  • Understand critical issues to be addressed in seismic processing
  • Understand how seismic data is transformed into 3D time or depth images
  • Understand the principles and role of special seismic techniques such as inversion, attributes, AVO, multi-component seismic and 4D methods

The course will benefit geophysicists involved in the design and execution of seismic data processing, seismic interpreters and earth scientists (geologists, petrophysicists, reservoir engineers) who, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, want to familiarise themselves with this material.

Your expert course leader graduated in Physics at the University of Groningen. He joined Shell in 1969 as a research geophysicist in Rijswijk (The Netherlands) and Houston (USA). He was actively involved in the development of programmes for statics, velocity analysis, synthetic seismograms and raytracing, deconvolution, multi-component seismic, shear waves and anisotropy, AVO and migration. He acquired operational experience as processing and special studies geophysicist in Brunei and in Canada. He was Shell’s representative in international research consortia: SEP (Stanford), DELPHI (Delft University of Technology in Delft) and IFP (Institut Francais du Petrole). He also served as associate editor of Geophysical Prospecting on Migration, Modelling and Inversion. During his career in Shell, he has always lectured at both basic and advanced levels, covering a broad range of topics. He left Shell in 1999 after 30 years of service.

He is currently a lecturer at CTG (Center for Technical Geoscience) at the Delft University of Technology. He also presents courses on behalf of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and is an experienced trainer for a number of courses on Geophysics in the industry.