General basis in AVO, QI, LMR

Bill Goodway

Instructors: Bill Goodway
Date: November 4, 2020
Duration: 1 day
Members (early bird/price): CAD$ 425 (plus GST)
Non-members (early bird/price): CAD$ 500 (plus GST)
Location: TBA
Time: TBA


Bill Goodway obtained a B.Sc. in Geology from University of London and a M.Sc. in Geophysics from University of Calgary. Following the PanCanadian and AEC merger to form EnCana in 2002, Bill continued in the Frontier and New Ventures Group and finally in Canadian Gas Shales, as Advisor for Seismic Analysis. Bill retired from EnCana in 2010 to join Apache Corporation as Manager Geophysics-Advisor Senior Staff. In these positions Bill was involved in virtually all aspects of applied seismic exploration from acquisition design processing, to experimental special projects and new quantitative interpretation (QI) AVO methods.

In 2016 Bill retired from Apache and is currently an Independent Consultant and part-time sessional instructor in Geophysics at Mount Royal University in Calgary as well as an RPS course instructor for QI. Bill has presented and co-authored a number of papers at CSEG, EAGE and SEG conventions on seismic acquisition and processing, borehole geophysics, anisotropy, multicomponent recording and QI/AVO. He received four CSEG annual Best Paper Awards between 1994 and 1997, was awarded the CSEG Medal in 2008 and in 2009 was selected as the SEG’s Honorary Lecturer for North America.

The CSEG recognized Bill for his work as the honouree for the 2nd CSEG symposium and in 2016 he was presented with the Reginald Fessenden Award by the SEG for his development and promotion of lambda-rho-mu inversion technology that has become a valuable exploration tool resulting in documented cases of improved drilling success.


This course will cover the theory and basis that underlies elastic AVO and seismic petrophysical Quantitative Interpretation. These methods follow from the elastic moduli (Lambda, Mu) involved in Hooke’s law and elastic wave propagation in reflection seismology, for both isotropic and anisotropic media.

Through a mix of theory, application and case studies, this course will show that by inverting pre-stack reflectivity to various elastic moduli in terms of incompressibility l (Lambda) and shear rigidity m (Mu), offers a new understanding into elastic wave propagation and reflection seismology i.e. wave equation based AVO, to quantifiably characterize hydrocarbon reservoirs.