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Practical Seismic Interpretation with Petrel

The main objective of this course is to provide E&P professionals with the opportunity to develop hands-on experience of various Seismic Interpretation techniques using the PETREL software package. The course will cover the essential Geological and Geophysical information necessary to visualize and interpret seismic data. The participants will gain a solid understanding of the applications and role of the seismic interpreter in studies that involve post-stack seismic attributes, AVO, seismic sequence stratigraphy, seismic geomorphology, 4D time-lapse seismic, and multidisciplinary integration.

A significant percentage of the course is dedicated to reinforcement and advancement of interpretation techniques using practical exercises – both on the PETREL software and by hand. This will guide the participants in the understanding that the integration of all available data into the seismic model will add value in the needed coherent and successful seismic predictions that result from an interpretation.

Day 1


Course Overview and Objective – Geological Basics – Contour mapping exercise – Geophysical Basics – Central frequency and tuning exercise – Rock Physics – Synthetic Seismogram Generation Exercise - Interpretation Basics – Wedge Model Exercise – Depth Conversion Overview – Mapping and Depth Conversion exercise (walk-through of results)

Day 2


Depth Conversion Overview (continued) – Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy and Facies Analysis – Seismic Stratigraphy Exercise – Seismic Geomorphology – Stratal Slicing Exercise.

Day 3


Seismic Attributes – Spectral Attributes Relative Acoustic Impedance Supervised Classification Exercise – Spectral Decomposition – Reservoir Thickness Estimate and Spectral Attributes Exercise – Carbonate Case Study (with Exercise)

Day 4


Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators (DHI) – Fractured Reservoirs and Fault Analysis -

Automated Fault Mapping and Fault Attributes Exercise (Preconditioning for Ant Tracking) – Amplitude versus Offset (AVO) – AVO Slope and Intercept Exercise

Day 5


Inversion – Interpreting Seismic and Acoustic Impedance Exercise – Multi-Attributes – Generation of 3D Facies Cube by Unsupervised Classification Exercise.

Learning activity mix

Exploration and Production Professionals who are involved in seismic interpretation (or deal with results of the interpretation of seismic data), who wish to improve their understanding and practical interpretation skills on diverse datasets

Geology and Geophysics Basics

Rock Physics

Seismic interpretation Basics

Overview of Mapping and Depth Conversion

Seismic Sequence Stratigraphy and Facies Determination

Seismic Geomorphology

Seismic Attributes

Spectral Decomposition

Carbonate Case Study

Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators

Fractured Reservoir Characterization

Amplitude versus Offset (AVO)



Petrel Fundamentals.

Knowledge of basic Seismic Interpretation techniques

Petrel Geophysics is recommended but not essential

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