What Broadband Land Seismic Technology Means to Your Project’s Success

Live Date: June 5, 2013 Time: 9 a.m. CDT Cost: $0


E&P companies are seeking solutions to understand geologic subsurface formations that are often deeper and more complex than ever before. Whether in shale, oil sands or even shifting salt formations, it is the job of geologists and geophysicists to locate, tap and extract the last of every reservoir to maximize the large investments their companies have made. In order to support these efforts, technologies that produce higher data quality and richer characterization of the earth’s surface are in need.

Featured Speakers:

  • Zhouhong “John” Wei, with
    INOVA Geophysical
  • Andy Bull, with
    INOVA Geophysical

There is increased demand for land seismic surveys that record a wider range of frequencies than found in conventional seismic exploration; that are wide azimuth, tightly sampled and achieve the highest productivity possible, often referred to as broadband. While low frequencies are key for imaging deeper structures, improving the accuracy of the seismic inversion to the acoustic impedance process, and enabling waveform inversion for velocity model determination or refinement, high frequencies are also beneficial for enhancing spatial and temporal resolutions. Broadband frequencies also add more octaves to substantially improve processing and interpretation techniques such as full waveform inversion which ultimately deliver the highest quality results needed by oil companies to assess the potential of their expensive assets.

What’s required to capture broadband data? From a land equipment perspective, delivering broadband data from a seismic survey requires that all technology components, such as the source, recording system and sensors work together with the same end goal.

What You Will Learn:

This discussion will examine these challenges and show how advances in all aspects of acquisition technology are providing operators with the tools they need to acquire high quality broadband data in a cost-effective manner.

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Featured Speakers Details:

Zhouhong “John” Wei, Principal Scientist Research and Development, INOVA Geophysical

John WeiBased in the INOVA headquarters in Stafford, Texas, John currently serves as a principal scientist for INOVA Geophysical. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1991 and a Masters in Mechanical Control Engineering in 1994 from Gansu University of Technology, in Lanzhou, China. In 2001, John received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa, in the United States. He has published over fifty papers in major industry journals and international conferences, and earned ten patents related to the seismic field. He also serves as a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Research Committee. John’s work focuses on seismic vibrator design, control system design for seismic vibrators, servo hydraulic systems and vibrator-ground modeling.

Andy Bull, Vice President of Product Development, Emerging Technologies, INOVA Geophysical

Andy BullBased in Edinburgh (UK), Andy began his career in the seismic industry in 1988 with Concept Systems, an organization who were early pioneers of integrated navigation and positioning software for the marine seismic survey market. As a Product Manager, Andy led several development teams specializing in real-time Streamer, OBC and QC applications. In 2004, after ION Geophysical acquired Concept Systems, Andy’s focus turned to land seismic where he contributed to the design and development of operational planning and field crew management software for cable-less acquisition systems. In 2010, INOVA Geophysical was formed, as a joint venture between ION and BGP. Within this timeframe, Andy was instrumental in helping INOVA introduce a brand new portfolio of acquisition products within 18 months into the market. His current focus is on the development of next generation technologies for the land seismic market.


Rhonda Duey, Executive Editor of E&P, Hart Energy

Rhonda DueyRhonda Duey has worked at Hart for 16 years and has been the exploration editor for E&P for 12 years. She has extensive journalism experience and has won several trade industry writing awards. She is a member of SEG and serves on the advisory board for the Reservoir Characterization Project, an industry-funded consortium at the Colorado School of Mines.

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