Dipping your Toes – Machine Learning for Geoscientists

My fellow students know this and I hope recruiters will never read this: I was never good at math in university. It was only later when it came to the application in actual geophysical problems that tensors, linear algebra, and differential equations clicked. Personally, I don’t recommend this, as it makes life unnecessarily hard. Machine […]

Getting started with the SEG Machine Learning contest

The Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) started a contest to predict facies from wireline logs via machine learning. Get your Buzzword Bingo cards ready, we’re about to dive deep. The October 2016 issue of The Leading Edge had a geophysics tutorial of a special kind. Brendon Hall explains how we can use machine learning to […]

subsurface hackathon the anouncement

The European Subsurface Hackathon – Hacking (before) the EAGE

We did it! We hi-jacked the weekend before the EAGE conference, called it the “subsurface hackathon” and the theme was games. It was the first time Matt Hall from Agile Geoscience tried it in Europe. He has some experience with these events already at the SEG, where gems like pickthis.io were created. But having a […]

5 Tips for Seismic Interpretation

Sometimes seismic interpretation seems like the Holy Grail. There are many decisions to make and many traps that may result in a dry well, costing millions. Getting some practice with pickthis.io seems like time well spent. Here are some personal tips how to become a better interpreter. 1. Don’t get fooled by the Next Big […]

Code your way to the Common Reflection Surface

Build a Common Reflection Surface Workflow in 6 easy steps

This article aims to be an in-depth article about building a workflow suited for proper use of the Common Reflection Surface. This resource is aimed at a specialist audience, however maybe this is a rare insight into the intricacies of seismic processing for some of our readers. The processing package for CRS is often regarded […]


Rethinking the Common Reflection Surface Processing Tool

I worked with the seismic processing algorithm Common Reflection Surface for the past years. During this time I have come to the following conclusion: CRS has a marketing problem. I have worked with CRS in university, at Fugro Seismic Imaging and Wester Geco, respectively Schlumberger. Its development is closely tied to advanced concepts like the […]

Seismic Image with Hydrocarbon Indicator Interpretation

The subjective science of seismic interpretation

The final step in the work with seismic data is seismic interpretation. In a scientific field called geophysics, interpretation sounds highly subjective; Very different from the usual statistics, ray and wave phenomenae. This can’t be right, right? I’d love to say it’s very clear and seismic data reveals a perfect image of the subsurface. But […]

New on StackExchange: Temporal Resolution of Seismic data

Radius of the Fresnel zone is given by [math]Rf=(v/2)(t_0/f_\mathrm{dom})^{1/2}[/math] where v: velocity of layer [math]t_0[/math]: two way travel time [math]f_\mathrm{dom}[/math] :dominant frequency in the spectrum This shows that high frequencies give better resolution than lower frequencies and resolution deteriorates with depth and increasing velocities. However I found some text in “Seismic Data Analysis- Yilmaz” which […]

Lifesavers – Two tools in my daily worklife

Today I’d like to share two tools that I have found indespensible in the course of my studies. Ironically, these have nothing to do with geophysics or seismic at all. But they’re out to save you. Git Git is a very low-key version control tool. At certain points in the process of creating you can […]