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Welcome to the peer-reviewed papers section of Oil and Gas Facilities. As you may have noticed, I open every executive summary with this sentence: Based on feedback we receive, I know that the readers of this journal value this section, but we do not take for granted that you read it. The editorial staff works hard to present interesting papers in each issue. That goal will not change in the future but, at the same time, you could help us. If you have written a paper, please submit it for peer review, and if you read an interesting paper in the proceedings of an SPE event, please encourage the author to submit it for peer review or simply bring it to our attention.
Well logs are ubiquitous common denominators in the hydrocarbon exploration and production process. At one point or another for more than the past half century, almost everyone directly involved in the search for and development of oil or natural gas, whether in the field or in the oil company office, has come into contact with a well log of some sort. Without access to the historical insights that well logs provide, exploration and development efforts would be severely hampered. The past 10 years have seen the development of digital well log repositories, which are beginning to have a dramatic impact on the geoscientific workflow. The importance of these new libraries to the exploration and production process is reflected in the reports by many domestic oil and gas producers of startling improvements in productivity and efficiency achieved by transitioning from paper-based to digital workflows.
Last year saw continued contraction in the seismic data-acquisition industry. This included both onshore and offshore operations. Most notably, WesternGeco exited land and marine data acquisition. (In the case of marine, WesternGeco sold all of its vessels, facilities, and technologies to Shearwater GeoServices.) Ironically, it was just 1 year ago when I discussed in this column the new and exciting acquisition-related advances in the industry that had been developed for the purpose of better data sampling.
With this drop in acquisition business, it is not surprising that there were fewer seismic data-acquisition papers published in SPE proceedings. Nevertheless, several excellent SPE papers covered important acquisition and processing topics. One of the papers deals with the current state of the art for addressing marine challenges. This is described with a 3D case history from the Gulf of Thailand. Another paper deals with leading-edge techniques that were used in a recent onshore 3D survey in Abu Dhabi. And a third paper showcases the application of a relatively new technology, distributed acoustic sensing (DAS). DAS is rapidly finding a home in vertical-seismic-profile surveys and in unconventional programs. Indeed, this third paper deals with a DAS study performed in the Marcellus Shale.
Offsetting the drop in the number of acquisition papers was a proportionate increase in the number of SPE papers that covered other important seismic topics. These included inversion and reservoir characterization, 4D interpretation, seismic for carbonate plays, and machine learning. (Similar to what is happening in other industries, machine learning is receiving tremendous attention now in the seismic world.) Though industry fluctuations may affect our areas of specialty, there will always be room for improvement driven by innovation.
Recommended additional reading at OnePetro: www.onepetro.org.
SPE 189888 Seismic Attributes Application for the Distributed Acoustic Sensing Data for the Marcellus Shale: New Insights to Cross-Stage Flow Communication by Payam Kavousi Ghahfarokhi, West Virginia University, et al.
SPE 192948 How Broadband, High-Density, Full-Azimuth, and Point-Source Point-Receiver Acquisition Improves Seismic Interpretation in Onshore Abu Dhabi by Sheikha Al-Naqbi, ADNOC Onshore, et al.
SPE 192956 Comparing Seismic Inversion Methods on a Carbonate Reservoir: A Case Study From the Mishrif Reservoir, Rumaila Field, Iraq by Olabode Joseph Olatoke, BP, et al.
SPE 192927 Effect of Seismic Acquisition and Processing Techniques in Challenging Subsurface Imaging, Block G11/48, Gulf of Thailand by Phansakorn Kaewprain, Mubadala
In 1957, tail fins were big on the popular, if not all, cars. A 1957 Plymouth Belvedere was placed in an underground vault as part of a time capsule in Tulsa (they could have used better seal technology). A color TV was rare, and it had a round picture tube. Even most movies were still in black and white. Oil companies still constructed new derricks to drill new wells; the drawworks were moved, but the derricks usually stayed over the wellhead. Drilling rigs that could be moved from location to location were just beginning to be used. And SPE became an independent organization. I would not be a part of the industry officially for another 11 years, but my father already had spent several years with a big oilwell cementing company, so I knew what it was like to be in the oil patch. He joined the Panhandle Section of SPE in 1958 and transferred to the Amarillo Petroleum Section when it was formed in 1964. New technology was improving exploration and production. My father was excited about new types of well logs that could do more than just measure the self-potential and natural gamma radiation of the formations. He also was excited about technology that had moved from military uses during World War II to casing-perforation technology—jet perforating. I even got to take sample jet-perforating guns to school for science class show and tell. (I would not recommend trying that today.) Technology was improving the industry, and SPE was at the forefront of sharing that knowledge. SPE's mission is "To collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence." JPT has been a main link in the dissemination and exchange of technical knowledge among petroleum engineers for more than 50 years. Before the Internet existed, JPT was the only link for many engineers and the main link for many more. SPE's online electronic library, the eLibrary, contains 150 papers that were written in 1958, the first full calendar year that SPE existed as an independent society. JPT published 86 papers in 1958. In 2006, the latest full calendar year, there were 2,251 papers added to the eLibrary. From 1958 through June 2007, 45,450 papers were made part of the permanent record of technical papers available to members and to the public through SPE. With the help of many industry experts over the years, SPE and JPT have presented important advancements in technology to engineers and other scientists.
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