Virtual Learning Series

Quantitative Interpretation of Seismic Data - A Key Component for Optimal Field Development

Carl Reine, Ph.D., P.Geoph
Chief Geophysicist, Sound QI Solutions



Structural interpretation of seismic data has been the main contribution of geophysics since its early development.  Mapping the subsurface elevation of potential reservoirs along with thickness changes and fault activity provides useful information for certain reservoir types.  However, there is much more information contained in the seismic reflections and using this information to characterize the subsurface is increasingly important in more complex reservoirs.  Quantitative interpretation (QI) provides information about the measured elastic properties of the rocks, which in turn can be directly related to geological parameters such as porosity, lithology, or fluid saturation.  In this presentation, we will look at an overview of how the quantitative information is obtained, and more importantly, how it is turned into geologically useful information, providing more insight than conventional interpretation on its own.


Carl Reine has been a geophysicist for 20 years with experience, interest, and publications in quantitative interpretation topics including rock-physics modelling, converted-wave AVO, inversion, azimuthal analysis, and attenuation.  He graduated from the University of Alberta in 2000 with a B.Sc. in geophysics and received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in 2010.  Carl has experience covering most major plays in Canada, as well as international projects, working for both Oil and Gas companies and the service industry.  Carl is currently the Chief Geophysicist at Sound QI Solutions, where he is responsible for quantitative interpretation projects.  He is an active member of the CSEG, SEG, EAGE, and is a professional member of APEGA.