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April 1995

The New Wave

Dr. Thomas L. Davis

Increased efficiency of finding and developing hydrocarbon resources while reducing the environmental impact through geophysical technology is critical to the future of the petroleum industry. This technology must remotely determine rock-fluid property characteristics, their geometry, and changes over time. In reviewing advancements in exploration seismology, three component 3-D seismology stands…

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April 1995

3-D, 3-C Seismic Characterization of the Nisku Carbonate Reservoir, Joffre Field, South-Central Alberta

John Arestad, Bruce Mattocks, Thomas Davis and Robert Benson

The Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) at the Colorado School of Mines has pioneered research into 3-D, 3-C (multicomponent) reflection seismology for nearly a decade utilizing both P-wave and S-wave sources. Multicomponent seismic surveys provide significantly more information about petroleum reservoirs than compressional wave surveys.

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April 1995

Using Amber to Probe the Past: from DNA to Dinosaurs

Ever since Pliny the Elder concluded that amber originated from the resin of extinct trees, humans have been fascinated with the presence of life forms in this magical material. What we do know about the formation of amber will be discussed, along with the characteristics of the enclosed fossils.

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March 1995

Satellite Navigation: Present Capabilities and Future Trends

Elizabeth Cannon

he use of satellites for positioning and navigation has become an important tool for scientists and engineers concerned with locating and monitoring various features and phenomenon. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a twenty-four satellite system which provides global, all-weather, twenty-four hour a day navigation capability. The elements of the…

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March 1995

Recent Advances in Gravity Acquisition and Instrumentation – Part II

Very high quality gravity surveys have been carried out for nearly half a century now. I have personally seen small gravity survey results from the late 1940's which rival present day quality. The main reason for this lies in the care with which these surveys were acquired. It took considerable…

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February 1995

A New Prospective on Pre-stack Migration Using Equivalent Offset and Common Scatter Point (CSP) Gathers

Dr. M. Elizabeth Cannon

A new process allows prestack migration to be simplified into the three steps of trace gathering, normal moveout, and stacking. This new method has many advantages that range from reduced processing times to more accurate velocity analysis.

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February 1995

An Overview of Digital Optical Disks

Graham Irving

With the explosion of CD Audio and CD-ROM discs today, most people are aware of optical disks and very likely use some form of optical disk technology, whether it be a home CD Audio player or a 2 Terabyte optical disk jukebox. Optical disks are currently making a significant impact…

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February 1995

Data Archival, Storage, and Distribution for the 1990’s and Beyond

Garth Paterson

This article is being written in response to a growing need for data managers and explorationists to gain information regarding the storage of digital seismic field and stack data on optical disk. There are two distinct areas involved in this storage, one is the long-term archive of the data, the…

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January 1995

Swan Hills Unit #1: Adding Value with Seismic Through Reservoir Delineation and Characterization

Doug Uffen and Rick A. Wallace

The Swan Hills Unit #1 lies approximately 200 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada along the trend of several long-standing producing fields from the Swan Hills formation. Home Oil is the operator of Swan Hills Unit #1 with approximately 18% working interest. The field was discovered in 1957, two months…

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December 1994

Seismic Parameter Design: in a Nutshell

A. Easton Wren

The diverse range of modern seismic activities precludes the possibility of a "jack-of-all-trades" geophysicist. Bridging the practical and technical gaps between acquisition and processing with modelling and interpretation is more elusive than ever, even with powerful multi-purpose work stations. Competence in one area of activity may simply be the conditioner…

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December 1994

CSEG/CSPG ‘94 Exploration Update

Neil Rutherford

The opening session of the joint CSEG/CSPG Exploration Update convention held in Calgary in May consisted of three panel sessions. Prominent speakers from a variety of Calgary based companies were invited to present their views on three separate subjects. The session attracted about 1000 convention registrants eager to hear the…

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December 1994

CGU Annual Meeting

J.B. Merriam

The Canadian Geophysical Union met in Banff, Alberta for its twentieth annual meeting May 14 to 18, 1994. One hundred and seventy six papers were presented in twenty one sessions. There were several new sessions this year including porous media-rock physics, marine geophysics, and global change.

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November 1994

Lithoprobe Crustal Seismic Profiles in Central Alberta: New Reflections on the Evolution of the Albe

Gerald M. Ross, David W. Eaton, Bernd Milkereit, and Ernest R. Kanasewich

The crystalline basement beneath WCSB (Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin) is composed of crustal domains delineated on the basis of aeromagnetic signatures and U-Pb zircon geochronology of drill core recovered by the petroleum industry. Using analogies from the Canadian Shield, the mosaic of crustal domains is inferred to have formed during…

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November 1994

A Recommended Approach for Storing Field Data on CD-ROM

Lain Eng

CD-ROM technology is poised to become the worldwide medium of choice for information distribution and storage. CD-ROMs will become the floppy disks of the future. CD recorders (CD-Rs) will be as common place as an office photocopier.

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November 1994

1995 Election of Officers Candidates

1995 CSEG Executive election candidates including their bios.

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October 1994

The Seismic Wavelet, Well Ties, and the Search for Stratigraphic Traps

Anton Ziolkowski

In most mature hydrocarbon provinces it is estimated that 40 per cent of the oil is found in stratigraphic traps, which are often very difficult to identify on seismic data directly. I suggest that the difficulty is caused by three related problems; deconvolution, multiple removal - especially in marine data and well ties.…

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October 1994

Ground-Based Magnetic Horizontal Gradient Intensity and Radiometric Surveys, a Cost-Effective Hydrocarbon Exploration Tool: Three Case Histories in Western Canada

Leonard A. LeSchack

Three case histories are discussed where ground-based magnetic horizontal gradient intensity (HGI) and radiometric (RAD) exploration surveys have been used effectively in Western Canada. 

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September 1994

The Progress of Geophysical Reservoir Description at Hibernia

Gary Taylor and Denis Couturier

Hibernia is located at latitude N. 46°44', longitude W. 48° 46' on the continental margin of the North Atlantic Ocean. Water depth is 78 metres, deepening east of the field as the Grand Banks of Newfoundland descend to the abyssal plain. The local marine environment is severe with storms, 20…

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September 1994

Ricker, Ormsby, Klander, Butterworth – A Choice of Wavelets

Harold Ryan

Commercially available software used to generate synthetic seismograms gives the geophysicist a choice of up to four types of standardized wavelets as well as the option of a user-defined wavelet. This review article will summarize the characteristics of these wavelets, illustrate the shape of the wavelets and their frequency spectrum…