How Engineers Mitigate Risk and Increase Profitability Using Integrated Geophysical Applications, a course for Geoscientists and Engineers

John L.J. Duhault

Instructor: John L.J. Duhault
Date: November 6 - 7, 2019
Duration: 2 days
Members (early bird/price): CAD$ 800/1000 (plus GST)
Non-members (early bird/price): CAD$ 900/1100 (plus GST)
Location: TBA
Time: TBA


Mr. Duhault is a 40-year experienced “Hunter Finder Mentor” geoscientist with a heart who has an "oracle's" ability to predict, find and develop oil and gas reserves, mitigate drilling risks and grow companies. He especially enjoys mentoring and teaching the Value of Integrated Geophysics to all varieties of oil and gas professionals. He has worked for, consulted to, and found oil and gas for integrated senior, intermediate producers and numerous junior independents. He is an entrepreneur who has founded two private oil and gas companies. 

Mr. Duhault has presented papers and courses on the Business Value of Integrated Geophysics using Case Histories in Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

Mr. Duhault is currently the Principal Consultant for Starbird Enterprises specializing in providing strategic advice for mitigating risks and increasing profitability, in conventional exploration and unconventional resource plays, using integrated geophysical applications.

Mr. Duhault provides an energetic hands-on, fast paced, value-add course with creative stories, life experiences, and grounded case histories in a warm high energy environment.

Mr. Duhault is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG).


This two-day course is designed to inform, educate and enlighten geoscientists and engineers with many of the current geophysical applications that impact all of the upstream oil and gas engineering disciplines. The focus of this course, using case histories, is to illustrate the intrinsic value that a specific integrated geophysical application has on improving operational effectiveness, mitigating risks and increasing profitability all oil field activities.

The course starts with an introduction to applied geophysics fundamentals in order to make the case histories easier to understand for the attendees. The other sections, all case histories, are divided into the oil and gas engineering functions:

  • Drilling and Facilities
  • Completions and Production
  • Reservoir and Reserves

In this course you will learn about the appropriate integrated geophysical technology that will help you:

  1. Determine the most optimal seismic acquisition program to image your target reservoir
  2. Determine the most optimal drill pad and facilities locations
  3. Mitigate drilling risk by minimizing the impact of near surface and shallow drill hazards
  4. Determine where to land your horizontal wells, effectively and economically, so you know where to land and what to avoid
  5. Determine the most optimal completion geophysical tool(s) to maximize your completion strategy and understanding: Including fracture complexity, perf efficiencies, depletion, frac hits, reliable SRV etc.
  6. Determine work flows that will provide reliable production predictability
  7. Determine the best work flows that will provide the best inputs for reservoir modelling and field development

This course will provide project engineers and geoscientists, with the best tools to optimize their capital expenditures, production potential and EUR reserves, thereby increasing the NPV and success of their team and companies’ assets

Case histories will illustrate applications in unconventional, conventional, oil sands and offshore settings.