How Engineers Make Money Using Geophysics

Instructors: John L. J. Duhault
Date: November 3 - 6, 2020
Duration: 4 half-days Afternoon
Members (early bird/price): CAD$ 850 (plus GST)
Non-members (early bird/price): CAD$ 1000 (plus GST)
Location: TBA
Time: TBA


The course is ideal for Asset Teams: Geoscientists and Engineers. It is also recommended for Management and Team Leaders as the case histories give a qualitative learning experience without the need to understand all of the technical details.

Course Description

This two-day course follows the life cycle of an oil or gas property, from concept to abandonment, from the engineer’s point of view. Case histories are used to illustrate the geophysical tools that the engineering group would apply to solve an oil field development problem at various points in the property’s lifetime.

The course is designed to identify specific operational problems and provide an integrated geophysical tool to help solve that problem. The course will address issues such as:

  • Mis-located leases
  • Pads with high annual operating costs
  • Wells encountering karst, lost circulation, staying in-zone or getting stuck
  • Difficulty in making the drill type curve
  • Underperforming the production type curve
  • Uncertainty in how effective your wells were completed
  • Uncertainty on how many perf clusters/stages are contributing to the production
  • How to increase the profitability of your legacy oil fields.
  • How to be effective in getting additional reserves booked for your company

Workflows will be used to add clarity and to simplify the applied geophysical process.

The case histories clearly illustrate where integrated geological, geophysical and engineering data are critical to the project’s success.

The case histories will include unconventional, conventional, oil sands, and other oil and gas production settings.


John L. J. Duhault is an “Advisor Risk-Mitigator Trainer” Geoscientist who has over 40 years of industry experience including over 50,000 hours as a geoscience interpreter in Canada and internationally. He is passionate about teaching the business value of integrated geophysics through the “storytelling” of case histories and has presented papers in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. He has found significant reserves of oil and gas for senior exploration companies and numerous junior independents. He has founded and led two private junior oil and gas companies. Mr. Duhault is currently the Principal Consultant for Starbird Enterprises where he specializes in conventional exploration and unconventional resource-play seismic interpretation. Mr. Duhault is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)