CC-BY Loren Kerns

SEG-Y sucks! Or does it?

Many a times I have been cursing, when I got a new seismic file. Be it a 2D line, 3D cubes or pre-stack data, the standard is seldomly adhered to by most companies. The Standard SEGY as defined by the standard is now in revision 2. Most standards will likely be rev1 in these days. […]

Mid Oceanic Ridge

Geophysical Assumptions

If you assume you make an ASS of yoU and ME. That may be true in personal connections, but assumptions are necessary in physics. Particularly, geophysics needs all the assumptions it can get. The subsurface isn’t exactly nice, giving us data. We can only look from one side (mostly). The Earth itself filters our signal, […]

CC-BY-SA Pablormier DE

Making Full-Waveform Inversion Uncool again

You know what’s hype? Full-waveform inversion. If you’re in geophysics specifically involved in some sort of inversion, you want to be doing FWI. It’s what the cool kids do. You know what’s the problem? Cool kids really like to be an exclusive club. The same thing is happening in Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Fast.ai […]

Noise CC-BY Kevin Dooley

What’s with the noise?

We often only look at reflection data in a stack. But, along the way a lot of “noise” has been processed out of the seismic data to chisel out the “signal”. It’s all about signal against noise. However, one person’s noise may just be another person’s signal. Let me elaborate. If you’ve been around during […]

ASEG and Satellites – A Week in 4D

This week in 4D seismic we have contributions from ASEG extended abstracts and Geophysical prospecting. We also have two special appearances on a statoil publication and bei Marieke van Hout – de Groot of OpenDTect marketing a premium tool on linkedin. Let’s start with Statoil. They published a multi-scale, multi-phase flow upscaling workflow. I don’t […]

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 […]

Ideas

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 […]