Rights, Privileges, Responsibilities and Obligations of Seismic Data Ownership

Instructor: Doug Uffen
Date: November 07, 2018
Duration: 1 day
Members (early bird/price): CAD$ 400/500 (plus GST)
Non-members (early bird/price): CAD$ 450/550 (plus GST)
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Course Description

This half day course identifies and clarifies the unwritten rules practiced in industry as it pertains to seismic data ownership.  The course will also identify and address subtle nuances where current standard industry practice is not uniform.  The attendee will develop the insight to make their own informed decisions on these matters.  The course will focus upon the rules, rights, privileges, responsibilities and obligations of seismic data ownership and their ramifications, permissions and limitations as related to specific business situations. 

A sampling of the topics discussed in this seminar includes:

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Data Quality Inspections
  • Releasing Data for Sale
  • Data Room Practices
  • Seismic Data Licensing Agreements
  • Joint Venture Operating Agreements
  • Partner Obligations and Responsibilities
  • Data Archival Obligations for Frontier Datasets
  • Third Party Data Licensing Agreements
  • Speculative Survey Transfer Fees
  • Copying Data and Maps

The seminar will also bring these rules and obligations to life for the attendee through the use of common business case scenarios involving seismic data. Some of the business context situations to be discussed will be:

  • Corporate acquisitions
  • Property divestitures
  • Farm-outs
  • Seismic review options
  • Show & tells
  • Seismic data sale transactions.    

This course is of particular interest to technologists, professionals and managers who may not work directly with seismic data but are involved in numerous business situations involving seismic data.  Land personnel, geologists, engineers, lawyers and even geophysicists will all benefit from the clarity provided about these previously unwritten rules governing seismic data in the industry.   The PowerPoint presentation is provided to attendees, printing costs to be absorbed by client.


Doug Uffen graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Geophysics with a Geology minor.  In 1984, he received his professional registration as a geophysicist to practice in the province of Alberta.  He is also registered as a professional geoscientist to practice in British Columbia.  Doug has worked for both large and small oil and gas companies in Calgary throughout his thirty (35+) year career.

Doug has extensive experience as a seismic interpreter within the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and Canada’s Frontier regions.  His experience encompasses the Canadian Foothills highly structured plays and subtle stratigraphic traps of the Plains region.  His experience has spanned the entire stratigraphic column within Western Canada.  He has also worked extensively internationally with datasets from China, India, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Syria, Tanzania, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.  Doug has a broad understanding of geophysics and its affiliated technologies and other geoscience disciplines.  Doug is comfortable working as a prospect generator in an exploratory, exploitation and development mode. 

Over the years, Doug has developed an interest and reputation for pushing the resolution limits of seismic technology to solve practical problems and mitigate business risks.  His logic and creativity are the source of his technical innovations and solutions.  His interests and experience include many aspects of Attribute Analysis and Reservoir Characterization.  He has extensive experience in Foothills styled structural regimes.  He possesses an in depth understanding of seismic data processing from an interpreter’s viewpoint and has been involved in the processing of several Pre-Stack Depth Migrations and rock physics volumes.  He has also developed an appreciation for the accuracy of databases and their value in supporting the prospecting geoscientist.  Doug is valued for his skills as a “geo-architect” regarding geological and geophysical database clean-ups and software workflow optimizations.  An accomplished speaker, Doug has won numerous awards and recognition for his public speaking from various technical societies.  He has been published in several trade journals, circulars and magazines.  He has spoken upon invitation at technical workshops focused upon sub-technologies in geophysics as a valued teacher and educator.

Doug’s business acumen, leadership and financial skills have broadened beyond the technical ranks within the industry.  Doug was Vice President of Geosciences and an Officer of a TSX Venture Exchange listed international junior oil company.  Prior to this, Doug was a senior partner and owner of a geosciences consultancy.  He is comfortable leading multi-disciplinary teams.  Doug has been an active volunteer for the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and is a Past-President of the society.    most recently he has chaired the outreach committee while fulfilling a board position for the CSEG Foundation.  He has developed expertise organizing large scale conferences for technical societies and re-engineering them from the ground up in the process.  He is a member of APEGGA, APEGBC, CSEG, CSPG, SEG, and the Calgary Petroleum Club.