Introduction to Seismic Reservoir Characterization

Patrick Connolly

Instructor: Patrick Connolly
Date: November 05 - 06, 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


Patrick Connolly is a consultant geophysicist specializing in seismic reservoir characterization.  He retired from BP in 2015 as Senior Advisor for Geophysical Analysis. His primary occupation now is providing training courses for the industry.  He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds, UK.

Patrick has over 40 years industry experience, including 15 years in research in both technology management and R&D project leadership, 10 years as an analyst/interpreter in exploration and appraisal teams in the North Sea/West of Shetlands, Gulf-of-Mexico and offshore West Africa, 10 years programming and 3 years as a data processor.  He was awarded the 2001 SEG Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal for the development of elastic impedance.  He was an EAGE Distinguished Lecturer in 2007, an SEG Distinguished Lecturer in 2010 and his presentation Probabilistic seismic inversion using pseudo-wells was awarded the 2017 SEG Best Paper at the Annual Meeting.


This course will provide participants with an introduction to modern approaches to seismic reservoir characterization using established best-practice and emerging technology.  The course covers AVO theory and practice in both the reflectivity and impedance domain including elastic and extended elastic impedance, and inversion including coloured inversion, seismic net pay and deterministic and probabilistic methods.

This is a two-day classroom based course using examples, laptop based exercises and discussion.   The course will be delivered at a basic level.  Participants should have a working knowledge of the seismic method, including acquisition and processing. The subject matter of this course, AVO and inversion, is covered from basic principles.