Seismic Geomorphology and Seismic Stratigraphy
Extracting Geologic Insights from 3D Seismic Data
Henry W. Posamentier
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The application of seismic geomorphology and seismic stratigraphy to exploration and field development is a natural consequence of the advent of high-quality and increasingly more affordable and widespread 3D seismic data currently available. Integrating analyses of plan view (geomorphologic) and section view (stratigraphic) images can significantly enhance predictions of the spatial and temporal distribution of subsurface lithology (reservoir, source, and seal), compartmentalization, and stratigraphic trapping capabilities, as well as enhanced understanding of process sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy.
This course is designed to enhance interpretation skill sets with regard to geologic interpretation of seismic data. The overall objective is to present methods for reducing risk with regard to prediction of lithology, reservoir compartmentalization, and stratigraphic trapping potential in exploration and production. Specifically, the participant will be shown:
- workflows designed to facilitate extraction of stratigraphic insights from 3D seismic data
- techniques for 3D seismic geomorphologic/stratigraphic analyses
- numerous seismic examples of various depositional systems in various depositional settings
Participants in the course will be exposed to seismic geomorphologic/stratigraphic workflows, which involve 1) initial reconnaissance through 3D volumes with various slicing techniques using a variety of different seismic attribute volumes, and 2) subsequently focus on features of geologic interest and further investigate through a combination of detailed interrogation techniques.
Speaker Henry Posamentier
Henry W. Posamentier is a Geological Consultant recently retired from Chevron Energy Technology Company. He currently consults for numerous companies worldwide, focusing on lithofacies prediction risk issues. Prior to joining Chevron in 2007, he was with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation where he served as Chief Geologist. Earlier he was with the ...
Henry W. Posamentier is a Geological Consultant recently retired from Chevron Energy Technology Company. He currently consults for numerous companies worldwide, focusing on lithofacies prediction risk issues. Prior to joining Chevron in 2007, he was with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation where he served as Chief Geologist. Earlier he was with the Atlantic Richfield Co. (1991-2000), Exxon Production Research Co. and Esso Resources Canada, Ltd. (1979-1991), and at Rider University, Assistant Professor of Geology (1974-1979).
Dr. Posamentier's research interests have been in the fields of sequence stratigraphy, seismic stratigraphy, seismic geomorphology, and depositional systems analysis, where he has published widely. Most recently, he has employed an interdisciplinary approach to the predication of lithofacies distribution through time and space by integrating stratigraphy, geomorphology, and depositional systems analysis, using 3D seismic visualization integrated with borehole data. In 1971-1972, Dr. Posamentier was a Fulbright Fellow to Austria. He has served as an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer to the United States (1991-1992), an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer to the former Soviet Union (1996-1997), an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer to the Middle East (1998-1999), and an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer to Europe (2005-2006). Most recently (2008) he was awarded the Pettijohn Medal for excellence in sedimentology from the Society for Sedimentary geology (SEPM), the William Smith Medal (2010) for contributions to applied and economic aspects of geology from the Geological Society of London, and the Robert R. Berg award for outstanding research from AAPG (2012).