2019 Symposium Speakers

This year the CSEG Symposium will feature the following invited speakers, who have been chosen by the Symposium Committee from a collection of talk proposals submitted by open invitation. Most talks contain new material of a value oriented, case study nature. It is with great enthusiasm that we present the list of speakers. Please note that the presentation speaker order will be subject to change.

Weimin Zhang

The effects of seismic data conditioning on density estimates from PP-PS joint pre-stack inversion: An example from the Athabasca oil sands

Weimin Zhang, Jinling Zhang, Rosalind Damer
Devon Energy Corporation

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Education:
BSc from China 1992 MSc from UBC in 1996.
Work experience:
PanCanadian/EnCana/Cenovus: May 1996-Feb, 2018 worked with Bill Goodway on LMR log analysis and seismic inversion for the first two years at Geophysics COE, then seismic interpretation on southern Alberta conventional plays and norther Alberta bitumen reservoirs
Devon Canada: March 2018-present, full time consultant geophysicist on oil sands reservoir characterization

Eric Keyser

Azimuthal Anisotropy Prediction of Frac Effectiveness

Eric Keyser

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G. Eric Keyser joined Modern Resources where he is utilizing seismic to produce accurate depth images to help steer the bit. A combination of well control and seismic result in a prediction within four metersalong the well bore. Azimuthal 3D seismic and volumetric curvature are used to predict geomechanical stress properties for all wells drilled by Modern. Drilling perpendicular to stress results in increased stimulated rockvolume,and double the production has been achieved on numerous wells. Keyser earned a BSc.in Mathematics and Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario in 1971,while working as a computer adviser. He worked for 28 years for Amoco in a wide range of interpreter and technical group projects in Calgary, Tulsa, New Orleans, Denver, Chicago, Houston and London. His most noteworthy contributions have been: (1) the prediction of an oil leg on Shell’s Cognac fieldin the Gulf Coast (1975), (2) recommended the Blackstone discovery whichset the Alberta record for both rate and volume (1977, 336 Bcf),and (3) part of a North Sea team that convinced management to drill down dip from the wet 22/9-1 to discover the 4 Tcf Everest trend (1982). He worked for 14 years at EnCana and, in partnership with Anadarko and ConocoPhillips, discovered the fourth largest onshore gas field on the Mackenzie Delta (Umiak, 2004). In addition to working as a seismic interpreter, Keyser has taught CSEG Doodletrain short courses on SEGY and scripting for Oil and Gas Data Manipulation. Eric is a member of SEG and CSEG societies.

Pippa M. Murphy

Integration of multi-scale seismic datasets to better understand completion efficiency of the Montney at Gold Creek

Andrew S. Iverson, Marco A. Perez, Pippa M. Murphy
Velvet Energy

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Pippa Murphy has a degree in geology from Kingston university, London. She worked at Schlumberger in various technical positions in the UK, Italy and Canada from 2005 to 2015 where she focused mainly on integration and geomodelling. Pippa has been with Velvet Energy for 3 years where she spends most of her time building models for the Montney formation across the Gold Creek and Karr areas.

Craig Coulombe

Rock Physics Analysis and 3D Seismic Interpretation: Examples from the Mannville, Deep-Basin, Alberta

Craig Coulombe
Vermillion Energy

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Craig Coulombe graduated from U of C with a B.Sc. (1990) and M.Sc in Geophysics (1992). Graduate research was focused on joint P-P P-SV inversion and interpretation of walkway VSP data. He began his career at Chevron Canada, and spent time at several junior companies before landing at Vermilion Energy in 2010. He has spent most of his career as a seismic interpreter, applying prestack inversion and advanced interpretation techniques to lowering risk and reducing uncertainty in exploration and exploitation prospects. He is a member of the CSEG, SEG, and APEGA. Beyond the workstation, he’s active volunteering as ayouth hockey coach, coordinating the outdoor rink crew, playing hockey, lacrosse, snow skiing and competitive waterskiing.

Brian Russell

Roy Lindseth and the evolution of seismic inversion

Brian Russell
CGG GeoSoftware

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Brian Russell holds a B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan (1975), a M.Sc.from Durham University, U.K. (1978), and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary (2004), all in geophysics. He joined Chevron in Calgary as an exploration geophysicist in 1975 and subsequently worked for Teknica and Veritas before co-founding Hampson-Russell Software with Dan Hampson in 1987. Hampson-Russell is now a subsidiary of CGG, where BrianisVice President, GeoSoftware, and a CGG Fellow.

Brian is involved in the research of new AVO, rock physics, inversion and seismic attribute techniques as well as giving presentations on seismic theory and software throughout the world. He is a Past-President of both the SEG and CSEG and has received Honorary Membership from both societies, as well as the Cecil Green Enterprise Award from SEG (jointly with Dan Hampson) and the 1999 CSEG Medal.

Brian is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary and is registered as a Professional Geophysicist (P.Geoph.) in Alberta. He is also currently on the Board of the program M.Sc in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences (IPG) at the University of Alberta.

Susan R. Eaton

On the Shoulders of Giants: A Geoscientist’s Journey from Antarctica to the Arctic (keynote speaker)

Susan R. Eaton

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A geoscientist, journalist and explorer, Susan R. Eaton studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions.

A Fellow International of the Explorers Club and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Susan explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers comingle.

In 2018, Ocean Geographic named Susan one of the “Ocean’s Best” 18 most influential women leaders in ocean conservation.

On Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, Susan was honoured to be included in the book by Paulina Cameron, entitled “Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions and Luminaries.”

In 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society named Susan one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers. A year later, the same organization named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers.

Susan is the founder and leader of the multi-year Sedna Epic Expedition, which is comprised of women ocean explorers, scientists, artists, educators and scuba divers from around the world. Founded in 2014, the Sedna Epic Expedition’s sea women scout, document and record disappearing sea ice in the Arctic. In consultation with Inuit team members and Inuit advisors, Sedna’s sea women deliver hands-on, ocean knowledge mobilization programs to Inuit youth, girls and Elders in Labrador, Nunavut and Greenland. To date, Susan has led three all-women dive and snorkel expeditions to the Arctic.

Ranging in age from 16 to 65, Sedna’s international team of sea women have delivered an innovative ocean knowledge sharing and mobilization program—via mobile aquariums which temporarily house sea critters, underwater-robot building workshops and snorkel safaris—to more than 1,000 Inuit youths, girls and Elders in remote northern communities.

An active volunteer in the conversation sector since 1990, Susan is passionate about protecting Canada’s endangered ecosystems and the animals who call them home. She currently sits on the board of directors of Nature Canada—the oldest nature conservation charity in Canada—whose mandate is protecting parks and wildlife areas and creating citizen science and urban nature initiatives. Susan is a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature, a collaborative partnership of 150 women of influence who champion nature and inspire young leaders for nature.

A senior advisor in the Canadian and international energy sector, Susan provides technical, financial and strategic due diligence to oil and gas, legal and equity finance companies. Susan’s strong financial background was honed while working, as Vice-President of Exploration, with several publicly-traded and privately-held junior oil and gas companies. She is an expert witness in oil and gas litigation and regulatory hearings.

Susan holds a B.Sc. Hon. degree in geology and biology from Dalhousie University and a M.Sc. in petroleum geology (geophysics specialization) from Imperial College’s Royal School of Mines, University of London.

Matt Ng

The Modern Geophysicist: Using Geophysics the Geophysicist to Add Value and Influence Business Decisions

Matt Ng

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Matt Ng received his B.Sc. in Geophysics at the University of Calgary, before beginning his career at Shell Canada where assignments included onshore imaging and seismic interpretation on an unconventional light oil asset. Matt currently works at Painted Pony Energy as an Asset Team Lead, and focuses on the integration of technical disciplines within energy resource development, ranging from seismic interpretation to full development modeling, optimizing completions designs, well operations/execution and analysis of subsurface productivity drivers.

Matt is an active member of the CSEG and its programs – his contributions include CSEG GIFT co-founder, CSEG Doodlespiel Past Chairman, CSEG Mentorship mentor, CSEG Chief Geophysicists Forum vice-Chair.

Away from the office, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, curling, watching sports and living an active lifestyle.

Don Lawton

Advances in seismic monitoring using distributed acoustic sensing (DAS)

Don Lawton
University of Calgary and CMC Research Institutes Inc

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Don Lawton is a Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He has been at the UofC for close to 40 years during which he has instructed a wide range of applied geophysics classes and has supervised 18 Ph.D and 57 M.Sc graduate students (several of whom have already retired). He served as the Department Head (1997-2002) and Chair in Exploration Geophysics (2004-2009) and is an Associate Director of CREWES. His research interests include acquisition, processing and interpretation ofmulticomponent seismic data, seismic anisotropy, integrated geophysical and geological studies in complex structuralsettings, and in advancing secure geological storage of CO2. In 2013 he was appointed Director of the Containment and Monitoring Institute (CaMI) for research into monitoring secure carbon storage and has led the development of a comprehensive field research station in southern Alberta for surface and subsurface monitoring technology development. He is honored to have been awarded the CSEG Medal in 2000 and Honorary Membership in the Society in 2014

Ana Krueger

Deep Learning in Exploration

Ana Krueger

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Dr. Ana Krueger is a geoscientist with over 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. With a passion for the earth sciences at an early age, Dr. Krueger was determined to decipher the Earth's problems in a holistic. She brought her passion and expertise to several energy companies, working primarily in exploration with conventional (onshore and offshore) and unconventional reservoirs. In Africa she has worked Devon Energy’s projects in Angola and Nigeria, and most recently Namibia at HRT and Murphy Oil. Her onshore exploration experience includes the Parnaiba and Solimoes (Brazil) in addition to the Barnett and Woodford (US). Her offshore exploration experience also includesthe Gulf of Mexico, the Brazilian Equatorial margin as well as the Campos Basin (pre-salt and post-salt) and within the Campos Basin, Dr. Krueger has worked extensively with a combination of carbonates and marine sandstones in the Polvo field. Her career goal is to use technology to solve some of the Earth’s most complex geologic problems.

Rob Stewart

Targets, technology, and training in the 2020s: Where is exploration geophysics going?

Rob Stewart
University of Houston

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Paul Thacker has a BSc in Geophysics from Exeter University, UK. He began his geophysical career as a Junior Observer on a Teledyne vibroseis crew in Israel in 1976, before moving to the Israeli Geophysical Institute as a geophysicist. He joined BP in London in 1982, and worked in seismic operations in UAE, Offshore UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Yemen, and Indonesia before moving to Colombia as Manager of Seismic Operations from 1992-1997. After leaving BP he worked as a Seismic Acquisition Specialist for Repsol-YPF based in Madrid, Spain until 2001, and then accepted a position as GeoSupport Manager with WesternGeco in Calgary. After WesternGeco closed their North American land operations, he joined RPS Energy in Calgary as a Consultant through to 2010. He joined Talisman in 2010, where he was Seismic Operations Manager before retiring in 2014. Since 2014 he has consulted with Explor in Calgary.

 

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