OHM Group Launches New Seismic Project

Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping plc and Rock Solid Images, together the OHM Group, have announced that they will launch a three-year joint industry project to investigate  ‘Well Integration with Seismic and Electromagnetics’ (WISE).

The goal of the project, sponsored by a consortium of oil companies and the OHM Group, is to develop new and innovative methods of jointly integrating and interpreting seismic, Controlled Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) and well log data -- the ultimate objective being to provide improved maps of reservoir properties, such as hydrocarbon saturation, across a field.

In addition to the OHM Group, a number of oil companies are joining the WISE consortium including; Total, Chevron and DONG Energy along with the UK governments’ Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR); the consortium has been brought together by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF).

Investigations will include establishing the optimum algorithm for remapping CSEM results into the higher resolution seismic data and developing a joint inversion methodology for seismic and CSEM data.

This ground breaking research will further assist the industry to exploit the combined strengths of each of these valuable data types, allowing application to both existing and newly acquired data.

Ultimately, the outcomes of the project aim to help further reduce exploration risk and uncertainty in reservoir production – enabling oil producers to maximise production and increase recoverable reserves.

“The aim of this project is to help industry exploit the combined strengths of CSEM, surface seismic and well data, the results of which could transform current practices of how geophysical data is processed and interpreted,” said OHM Excecutive Chairman Dave Pratt.