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					Exploration Geophysics
  Interim Report
          of
The EDGER Forum
          at
    UT-Austin
                       Nurturing Education and
  Robert H. Tatham     Research for Tomorrow’s
                       Technology Needs at the
  Robert J. Ferguson   Edge of Knowledge.


    Mrinal K. Sen
    Exploration Geophysics
          Forum
             for
Exploration and Development
 Geophysics Education and
          Research
       The EDGER Forum
              at
           UT-Austin     Nurturing Education and
                         Research for Tomorrow’s
                         Technology Needs at the
                         Edge of Knowledge.
       Exploration Geophysics
The Exploration Geophysics Program
Leverage Industry support in the overall
Exploration Geophysics Program.
 • Industry Supported Program--EDGER Forum
 • Foundation and Jackson School Support
 • JSG and Department Support (T/A and other)
 • Other Student Support (e.g. Scholarships, National
       Oil Companies)
 • Other Research Contracts
    - Government and Research Support Agencies
    - Focused Industry Supported Projects (e.g., ERL)
      Exploration Geophysics
Jackson School of Geosciences
 •Dept of Geological Sciences (DoGs)
 •Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG)
 •UT Institute for Geophysics (UTIG)
 •An ‘independent’ school, led by dean
     Eric Barron reporting to the
     Provost
    Exploration Geophysics
          Forum
             for
Exploration and Development
 Geophysics Education and
          Research
       The EDGER Forum
              at
           UT-Austin     Nurturing Education and
                         Research for Tomorrow’s
                         Technology Needs at the
                         Edge of Knowledge.
        Exploration Geophysics
                Forum
                  for
Exploration and Development Geophysics
        Education and Research
• Emphasizes Education (as well as Research)
• Graduate Students employable by industry
• Two-thirds of Grad. Students seeking MS
        Exploration Geophysics
                Forum
                  for
Exploration and Development Geophysics
        Education and Research
• Focused Research an important element
• MS Thesis projects coordinated to support
     larger research directions
• Sponsors coordination on MS Research
     Projects
• Address including significant Post-Doc Fellows
        Exploration Geophysics
                Forum
                  for
Exploration and Development Geophysics
        Education and Research
Third-party (Academic) Forum to coordinate
technical activities between Industry Producers,
Industry Contractors and Academia.
• Focused Technical Symposia
• Interactive problem-focused workshops
• Develop and Maintain Objective Ordered DB.
Members:
Current Members of EDGER Forum

   Dawson Geophysical (Permanent Member)
   ConocoPhillips (plus Directed Fellowship)
   Anadarko
   Dominion
   Chevron
  Benefits of Participation
Students
    Professional MS and Research PhD students
    • Graduates employable by Industry
Research
 Research Focus on Inversion, Imaging, Analysis and
 Interpretation of Multi-component Seismic Data
     • Provide direction to Research Projects
     • Access to Research Results
Forum
    • Annual Technical Symposium
    • Problem-oriented Workshops
    • Objective-Oriented M/C Inter. Data Base
    • Support Exploration Geophysics Community
  Benefits of Participation
Students
     Professional MS and Research PhD students
     • Access to the Students themselves
          (Graduates employable by Industry)
     • Sustainable supply of graduates
          (Requires on-going support)

Target: 18 grad. Students in Exploration Geophysics
         Six advanced degree graduates per year.
   Students—Exploration Geoph. Focus
               Students Graduated:
Helena Zirczy MS 2000      Chandan Kumar PhD 2006
Chau Ao BS 2001
Fernando Cerda MS 2002     Jason Gumble PhD 2006
Patricia Montoya MS 2002   Eric Lyons MS 2006
Chengshu Wang PhD 2003     Matt McDonalr MS 2006
Matt Morris MS 2003
Jason Stine MS 2004        Kathryn Young MS 2006
Carmen Gomez MS 2005       *Kevin Bain MS 2007
Sharon Goehring MS 2005    *Russ Young MS 2007
Kim Kumar MS 2006
  Students—Exploration Geoph. Focus
Current Graduate Students:

Kevin Bain (MS)                Emily Pangborn (MS)
Nedra Bonal (PhD Cand.)        Engin Alkan (MS)
Samarjit Chakraborty (MS)      Samik Sil (PhD)
Bansal Reeshidev (PhD Cand.)   Ali AlJadhar (MS)
Christopher Sine (MS)          Abdul AlMuhadib (MS)
Tiancong Hong (PhD)            Kylara Martin (PhD)
Jason Stevens (MS)             Anisa Perez (MS)
G. Russell Young (MS)          Daniel Smith (MS)
William Burnett (MS)           Alireza Shahin (PhD)
                  12 MS, 6 PhD.
 Students—Exploration Geoph. Focus
Summary of Student Activities:
Academic    UGrad      New         Degrees          No.
  Year      (F / S)   Grad.      (MS/PhD)           Interns
’99 – ’00   14 / 14      --          -                1
’00 – ’01   21 / 22      3          1/0               2
’01 – ’02   26 / 22      2          2/0               3
’02 – ’03   20 / 24      3          1/1               4
’03 – ’04   27 / 26      6          1/0               2
’04 – ’05   29 / 31      3          3/0               9
’05 – ’06   31 / 30      3          3*/ 2*            6
’06 – ’07   23 / 21      6          2 +/ 0 +          -
                              * Fall ’06   +   Spr. ‘07
  Students
Students in the Dept of Geol. Sci.
               US    Visa   Total
    Undergrad: 209    12     221
        Grad: 103     52     155
       Total: 312     62     376


Spring ‘07
  Benefits of Participation
Research
  Research Focus on Imaging, Analysis and
  Interpretation of Multi-component Seismic Data
     This includes addressing problems with possible
     solutions in P- and S-wave data applications and
     P-P and P-SV AVO analysis.
• Provide direction to Research Projects
• Access to Research Results
• Participate in Research Projects
Benefits of Participation
         Research Topic Areas:
•   Interpretation of Multicomponent data
•   Direct Shear vs. P-SV data comparisons
•   Effects of Fluids on Seismic Response
•   Direct Inversion of P-P and P-SV data
•   Imaging—with the flexibility to focus on
         anisotropy and P-SV data
•   Reservoir Modeling
•   Other topics
  Benefits of Participation
Earlier Research:
 • Vp/Vs interpretations for Lithology
  • Time-Lapse Vp/Vs to monitor gas
        expansion in reservoir
  • AVO vs. Azimuth, Fracture parameter
        estimation.
  • Full elastic inversion of P-P and P-SV data (PhD)
  • P-P and P-SV AVO Coefficients (MS)
  • P-P (Biot) and sensitivity to Fluids (viscosity)
      Benefits of Participation
17 Pubs. Year to Date:                                   (12 published, 5 submitted)
Gomez, C. T., and Tatham, R. H., 2007,                 Kumar, C., Sen, M K., and Ferguson, R. J., 2006,
 Geophysics, Vol. 72, No. 3, p. (In Press.)             Jour. of Exploration Geophysics, v. XX, p. 119-131
Gumble, J. E., Tatham, R. H.. Lyons, E..S.             Kumar, K. M, Ferguson, R. J., Ebrom, D. A., and
 & Murray, P. E., 2007, Geophysics, in rev.             Heppard, P, 2006 , Exp. Abstracts, , SEG, New
Bansal, R., and Sen, M. K., 2007, Geophysical           Orleans p. 1550-1553.
                                                       Kumar, C., Sen, M. K, and Ferguson, R. J., 2006,
   Prospecting, Submitted.
                                                        Extended Abstracts, EAGE, Vienna (P181).
Young, K. T, and Tatham, R. H, 2007, Geol.   Conf.     Tatham, R. H., 2006, Expanded Abstracts,
  Caribbean Exploration Jun, 2007 – Port of Spain,      76th SEG, New Orleans, p. 586-589.
 Trinidad, Submitted.
                                                       Lyons, E. S., Gumble, J. E. and Tatham, R. H., 2006,
Van der Neut, J., Sen, M. K. and Wapenaar, C. P. A.,
                                                        Expanded Abstracts, SEG., New Orleans, p. 1213-1216.
 2007, EAGE, London, submitted.
                                                       Van der Noot, J., Sen, M. K. and Wapenaar, C. P., 2006,,
Van der Neut, J., Sen, M. K. and Wapenaar, C. P. A.,
                                                        expanded abstract: Jakarta 2006 Convention, SEG.
 2007, EAGE London, submitted.
Ferguson, R. J., and Margrave, G. F., 2006,            Tatham, R. H., 2006,, Extended Abstract, 68th EAGE, ]
                                                        Vienna (A001).
  Geophysical Journal Int., v. 165, p 259-271          Tatham, R. H., Montoya, P., Fisher, W., Steel, R., and Hudec,
Ferguson, R. J., 2006, Geophysics, vol. 71, n. 6,
                                                        M., 2006,, Extended Abstract, 68th EAGE, Vienna (C008).
 p. U67-U76
Gumble, J. E, and Gaiser, J. E., 2006, Geophysics,
 v. 71, n. 5, p. 171-182.
  Benefits of Participation
Year to Date Research:

Interpretation of Multicomponent Data
          Paper at EAGE & SEG Meetings
  Benefits of Participation
Year to Date Research:
Comparisons of Direct Shear-wave and mode-
converted (or C-wave) data.
     Jason Gumble’s PhD thesis
          Direct comparison of controlled source
          9-C data and 3-C and 4-C data.
          (Includes funding by the PRF)
     Eric Lyons MS thesis
          Distortion of polarization of
          direct shear-wave reflections in
          typical in 3D acquisition
  Benefits of Participation
Year to Date Research:
Effects of Fluids on Seismic Response
     Carmen Gomez MS Thesis-Sensitivity to
           Partial Gas Saturation (in press)

     Kevin Bain MS Thesis (Final Draft)
         Sensitivity of P-P and P-SV Reflectivity
         to Viscosity

     Kim Kumar MS Thesis (May ‘06)
         Vp and Vs response to overpressure
  Benefits of Participation
Year to Date Research:
Direct Inversion of P-P and P-SV Data
     Russ Young MS Thesis (Final Draft)
     Full Waveform Inversion of mulit-
          offset P-P data.
     Chandan Kumar (PhD Dissertation)
          Inversion for Seismic Anisotropy
          Parameters
  Benefits of Participation
Year to Date Research:
Imaging with a focus on anisotropy and P-SV Data
    Prof. Rob Ferguson Faculty Research on
    Imaging in anisotropic settings, regularization
    of data and hybrid imaging methods for
    improved and cost-effective imaging.

     Will Burnett commencing MS research on
     non-stationary convolution operators.
  Benefits of Participation
Year to Date Research:

Reservoir Characterization
     Kathryn Young MS Thesis
      False Pos. Bright Spots and AVO Analysis
 Benefits of Participation
Forum Activities
 • Annual Technical Symposium
 • Objective-Oriented and Geographically
        Project-Oriented M/C Interpretive Data
        Bases
 • UT-Austin is the depository for the 4C 4D Teal
        South4C 4D data set from Texaco and
        the ERCH group.
 • UT-Austin will display GSH and O. S. Petty
        Museum Artifacts in Dawson
        Geophysical Training Center.
 Benefits of Participation
Forum Activities
Annual Technical Symposium
1999- 2000 – Future of Exploration Geophysics
2000- 2001 – Assessment of Stratagraphic Seals
2001- 2002 – New Directions in AVO
2002 - 2003 – Seismic Attributes
2003 - 2004 – Successful Applications of M/C
2004 - 2005 – Partial Gas Saturation
2005 - 2006 – Seismic Response to Fluid Properties
2006 – 2007 – Problems in Land Applications
       Exploration Geophysics
The Exploration Geophysics Program
Leverage Industry support in the overall
Exploration Geophysics Program.
 • Industry Supported Program--EDGER Forum
 • Foundation and Jackson School Support
 • JSG and Department Support (T/A and other)
 • Other Student Support (e.g. Scholarships, National
       Oil Companies)
 • Other Research Contracts
    - Government and Research Support Agencies
    - Focused Industry Supported Projects (e.g., ERL)
  Benefits of Participation
Students
    Professional MS and Research PhD students
    • Graduates employable by Industry
Research
 Research Focus on Inversion, Imaging, Analysis and
 Interpretation of Multi-component Seismic Data
     • Provide direction to Research Projects
     • Access to Research Results
Forum
    •   Annual Technical Symposium
    •   Problem-oriented Workshops
    •   Objective-Oriented M/C Inter. Data Base
    •   Support Exploration Geophysics Community

				
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