Paradigm Helps Operators in Unconventional Plays Obtain Better Return on Investment

Posted by Samhita Shah on Nov 19, 2014 7:06:00 PM RSS Share Post

A recap of the Paradigm activities at the 9th Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development Congress and Exhibition in Argentina.

Attendees at the 9th Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development Congress and Exhibition, organized by the Exploration and Development Committee from the Argentinean Oil and Gas Institute (IAPG), held November 3-7 in Mendoza, Argentina, welcomed new innovations from Paradigm. 

conexplo 022Paradigm experts shared how operators in unconventional plays obtain better return on their investment by developing efficient workflows for assessing reservoir quality, optimizing well spacing/completions, and overcoming development uncertainties. Paradigm solutions for seismic imaging and interpretation, shale heterogeneity analysis, and advanced microseismic data analysis are performed in an environment of true multi-disciplinary collaboration. Our unconventional solutions help customers develop unconventional assets quickly, accurately and economically. We also presented the latest version of our comprehensive Paradigm 14 release, which delivers advanced science for everyone.

Conference attendees had many opportunities to connect with Paradigm experts, including 18 live presentations on November 5-7 in the 3D Visualization Room, two papers and a workshop with the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development Congress and two oral technical paper presentations.

Dr. Bruno de Ribet, Technical Global Director for Applied Geosciences at Paradigm, presented successful sessions on “Seismic Facies Classification Scenarios: From Waveform to Rock Type.”  Seismic facies analysis and automated classification processes play an increasingly vital role in seismic stratigraphy interpretation and reservoir characterization workflows. Advances in seismic acquisition, processing and imaging are giving geoscientists access to high definition subsurface images. One approach to interpreting this data is to categorize the variation in the shape of the seismic response using pattern recognition technology. As the seismic waveform carries information such as phase, frequency and amplitude, one should expect that variations in these seismic trace characteristics will correlate to changes in reservoir porosity, lithology or fluid content. This presentation introduced an innovative, complementary new workflow to expand the traditional uses of seismic attribute data for seismic characterization. It uses classification procedures to predict lithofacies away from the wellbore and to assess uncertainty for each rock type. This innovation captures reservoir heterogeneities and detail normally not feasible in standard reservoir characterization workflows, and allows geoscientists to build or update a 3D geologic model with quantification of uncertainties.

This presentation illustrated a breakthrough in the use of Stratimagic, the pioneering computer-aided seismic facies classification system, and described how rock type prediction from seismic data enhances prospecting and field development.  Featured Technologies: Stratimagic®/SeisFacies®, Supervised Facies Prediction.

Dr. de Ribet also presented sessions on “Volume Interpretation: Go Beyond Traditional Seismi Interpretation for an Accurate 3D Geologic Model.”  These presentations demonstrated a new perspective for volume interpretation and provides a unique workflow that combines use of the Seismic Propagator to automatically track all relevant seismic events with the SKUA UVT Transform, enabling users to quickly build an accurate and high definition chronostratigraphic model.  Featured Technologies: SKUA-GOCAD™.

Jaime Yáñez, Technical Sales Advisor from Paradigm Argentina, received a five-minute standing ovation from a full house of attendees who participated in his “Geophysics for non-Geophysicists” Workshop on November 6th.

This workshop was a collaboration between Paradigm and the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development Congress, falling under the Geotechnology Sessions of the Congress.  Some of the topics covered included the formation of the acoustic wave, microseismic, and AVO analysis.  The main topics addressed were:

  • Geophysical and science

  • Geophysical methods of prospecting

  • Oil exploration

  • The seismic reflection method

  • Acquisition of seismic data

  • Processing the data

  • Interpreting the data

Aymen Haouesse, Product Manager for Modeling, did a presentation on microseismic, “Stimulation Workflow for Shale Resource Plays.”  He demonstrated how to integrate geophysical, geological and engineering data into our modeling platform, along with a workflow for visualizing, analyzing and interpreting microseismic data in order to estimate stimulated rock volume.  Featured technology was SKUA-GOCAD™.

Papers presented in the Oral Technical Sessions included “Cálculo y Procesos de Atributos Sobre Amplitud,” presented by Mario Atencio, Federico Spath (YPF) and Daniel Rendon (Paradigm), and “New Technologies and Integration for Optimizing Well Placement and Production,” presented by Bruno de Ribet.

Tags: unconventional, SKUA, Energy, Geophysics, exploration, geoscience, Microseismic