The process involves shooting sound waves underground - often generating the sound with explosives or vibrating metal plates - and then measuring how those sound waves move as they echo back to the surface.
The new service includes the industry’s first microresistivity imager that produces oriented, photorealistic, core-like images of the formation in wells drilled with oil-base mud (OBM). Interpretation of the images identifies geological features and predicts reservoir trends in 3D with a high degree of certainty.
Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region's rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments.
OJSC Geocenter-Moscow, which is part of the state geological holding company Rosgeo, will prospect for shale oil deposits in the district of Ukhta in Russia’s northwestern Komi Republic, the company’s press service reported.
A pending cut in the Energy Information Administration's resource estimate for the Monterey shale reflects the complexity of the play relative to other US tight oil plays and the need for more research into its geology. EIA is expected to cut by 96% its estimate of technically recoverable resources in the massive California formation, to 600 million bbl.
The new technologies include Automatic Moment Tensor Inversion, which enables more accurate source mechanisms, in real-time; Event Editing, which is a machine-learning software that locates more microseismic events more accurately; and Anistropic Calibration which allows for faster and more accurate event locations by utilizing advanced seismic anisotropy techniques.
Research geologists just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys. The federal scientists attempted to map an earthquake fault under Seattle simply by listening for underground echoes from all the noise we humans create at the surface.
A small army of 75 geophysicists is set to converge on Mount St. Helens this weekend to begin final preparations for the equivalent of a combined ultrasound and CAT (computer-assisted tomography) scan of the famous volcano's internal plumbing.
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The energy industry is a leading consumer of supercomputing resources in the commercial space, equaled only by the financial sector in its investment in cutting-edge processing, storage and network capabilities.
Advances in drilling technology are reviving the prospects of oil companies in shallow parts of the Gulf of Mexico, helping to squeeze more from older fields while the U.S. shale bonanza lures others onshore.
There are two types of seismic waves that can be generated to illuminate deep geology – a compressional (P) wave and a shear (S) wave. The majority of seismic programs record only P waves. However, S waves have great value for detecting and estimating rock properties needed for reservoir characterization.
Oil and gas exploration and development involves building an understanding of Earth's surface and subsurface through a variety of methods, including ground survey, seismic acquisition and Earth observation techniques, especially elevation datasets.
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