LONDON – Ikon Science has joined the consortium for the SEG Advanced Modeling (SEAM) program and will work on the third phase of this initiative to evaluate and advance the current methodologies for pre-drill pressures and hazard predictions.
SEAM is a partnership begun in 2007 between industry and SEG designed to “advance geophysical science and technology through the construction of subsurface models and generation of synthetic data sets.”
Phase I investigated subsalt imaging in tertiary basins, with an emphasis on deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Phase II addressed core challenge themes in land seismic. These projects yielded data sets and models that are available to the public.
For Phase III, the research consortium will provide a collaborative forum where industry experts prioritize current challenges in the use of seismic velocity models to construct pre-drill pore pressure forecasts for well planning. These will be used to design a comprehensive earth model and to acquire, through computer simulation benchmark data sets for quantifying risk and uncertainty associated with velocity models derived from current and future technologies in seismic acquisition, processing, and imaging.
Though the focus will be deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the resultant advances in pressure prediction technology and methodology will likely be relevant to tertiary hydrocarbon delta systems worldwide. Phase III SEAM Pressure Prediction research began in September and is expected to last three years.