Virtual Learning Series

Using Applied Geophysics to Influence Business Decisions in the Alberta Oil Patch

John Duhault

John Duhault
Advisor Risk-Mitigator Trainer-Mentor, Principal Consultant, Starbird Enterprises Inc.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 – 12:00 PM MST



Integrated geophysics has been used to reduce risk and increase profitability in the Canadian oil and gas industry for decades. In recent times the focus has been from conventional plays to unconventional reservoirs and integrated geophysics has adapted to this new environment.

Three examples of how innovative integrated geophysical applications have been applied to influence the company’s business decision will be shown. Each example will illustrate: 

  1. The business problem
  2. The workflow to address the problem
  3. The impact on the workflow and decision


Mr. Duhault is an “Advisor Risk-Mitigator Trainer-Mentor” Geoscientist who has over 40 years of industry experience including over 50,000 hours as a geoscience interpreter in Canada and internationally. He is passionate about teaching the business value of integrated geophysics through the “storytelling” of case histories and has presented papers in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. He has found significant reserves of oil and gas for senior exploration companies and numerous junior independents. He founded and led two private junior oil and gas companies. Mr. Duhault is currently the Principal Consultant for Starbird Enterprises where he specializes in conventional exploration and unconventional resource-play seismic interpretation. Mr. Duhault is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)