Interpretation workflows and the toolbox for a solid seismic interpretation

Instructor(s): Dr. Rainer Tonn
Date: October 26 – 29
Duration: 4 half-days
Location: WEBINAR
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm each day

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Course Description

This two-day course will touch on all the main aspects of seismic interpretation which will enable the Geoscientist to deliver a solid evaluation of seismic data. Supported by examples, interpretation workflows and interpretation pitfalls will be discussed. The concepts of well ties, depth conversion, and AVO analysis will be integrated into this course. A special emphasize will be put on various inversion workflows and inversion interpretation techniques. Within a two-day course the time is limited for a detailed theoretical discussion, therefore, the practical application is put into the foreground. The course agenda has some flexibility depending on the auditorium, but in principal the following agenda can be anticipated:


  • The basics of the seismic response
  •  Interpretation domain
  • Scale
  • Resolution/Detection

Interpretation Workflows - PostStack

  • Input and QC
  • Well Ties
  • Structural/Fault interpretation
  • Depth conversion
  • PSDM and 'conventional' DC
  • DHI-s
  • PostStack Inversion

Interpretation Workflows - PreStack

  • Input and QC
  • PreStack well ties
  • AVO
  • PreStack Inversion workflows
  • RPT

Case Studies

  • Oil sand reservoir example
  • Conventional reservoir examples

Target Audience

Geophysicists with 5+ years experience


Dr. Rainer Tonn is a ‘Leading Geophysicist’ with Equinor Canada Ltd. After finishing his Diploma and Doctorate at the University of Kiel in Germany he joined Wintershall in 1989. After four years of exploring for hydrocarbons in Germany and North Africa, Rainer moved to Calgary to work on Wintershall’s conventional assets in Alberta. From 1998 to 2000 Rainer joined Wintershall’s team in Argentina developing a significant offshore discovery. In 2000 he started working for Pan Canadian, later EnCana, and explored for six years the Canadian East Coast. Before he began interpreting oilsands projects for Statoil in 2009, Rainer enjoyed three years of North Sea Exploration with Oilexco. In 2012 he moved to Norway, where he was responsible for Statoil’s global geophysical work processes. Since 2015 Rainer is located in St. John’s. Rainer’s special interest is the reduction of exploration/development risk with advanced seismic interpretation techniques.