Offshore Geoscience News - page 94

 

Big crew change now 'in full swing'

Apr 01, 2012

Staffing shortages are creating project delays at a majority of large oil & gas companies, according to new data released by management consultancy Schlumberger Business Consulting.The much-discussed ‘big crew change' – the retirement of geoscientists…

EM expectations rise on celebratory tide

Apr 01, 2012

Andrew McBarnet joins in a 10th birthday party.It is not entirely coincidental that the current market optimism discernible in the marine seismic community extends to the offshore electromagnetic (EM) survey business. The two technology applications…

Scanning at speed

Mar 03, 2012

Point cloud collection speeds of up to 30,000 points per second and a range of 150m can be achieved with Topcon Positioning Systems’ new GLS-1500 laser scanner. When the unit’s built-in 2.0 megapixel digital camera is connected to a PC and used with Topcon’s ScanMaster software…

Arctic aspirations

Mar 02, 2012

In a world where two things are certain – death and taxes – Arctic exploration does offer a certain amount of certainty: just a little bit of information can completely alter the way the industry views a specific Arctic area. Industry leaders…

A capacity to surprise

Mar 01, 2012

A rising tide of seismic demand has quite suddenly changed the conversation in the marine seismic community. Andrew McBarnet explains why.It’s amazing sometimes how quickly the clouds can clear. Just a month or two ago marine seismic companies were forecasting another flat year…

CSA International and EGS Survey Group

Feb 10, 2012

CSA International and EGS Survey Group have formed a new Houston-based joint venture company, EGS Metocean Sound Sciences (MSS), to provide metocean and acoustic monitoring services, including consultancy and the collection of high-quality data to assist in engineering…

Andrew Hurst

Feb 10, 2012

Andrew Hurst, professor of production geoscience at the University of Aberdeen, has been presented with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ 2012 Grover E Murray award for ‘distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education’.

Reservoir optimization under uncertainty

Feb 10, 2012

Norway’s SPT Group is hailing the next-generation release of its reservoir flow model optimization solution, the newly launched MEPO4, as the industry’s first model for rigorous optimization under uncertainty.Removing uncertainty is not possible…

Marine EM back on the right wavelength

Aug 01, 2011

Andrew McBarnet detects a rebuilding of industry confidence in marine controlled source electromagnetic surveys after a troubled period for the operators of the technology.It is now almost exactly 10 years since a somewhat historic scientific…

Petrobras probes beneath the pre-salt

Jul 07, 2011

The name Petrobras these days invokes thoughts of large, pre-salt discoveries, for good reason. Since announcing the Tupi pre-salt find in 2006, the Brazilian operator has made giant strides in developing and refining the technology needed to find and produce the oil hiding beneath the salt layer…

Motley crew

Apr 01, 2011

A shortage of experienced geoscientists and petroleum engineers will delay projects and could push operators to take more risks, according to a survey released 29 March 2011.The labor market for mid-career petrotechnical professionals ‘will be tight over the next three years…

How gaming has aided GPU rendering for volume visualization

Feb 02, 2011

The latest top end 3D graphics cards can now support GPU rendering for volume visualization and instantaneous processing of volume data. Paradigm's Huw James, Evgeny Ragoza and Tatyana Kostrova explain what this generation of cards makes possible…

Taking stock of new orders

Dec 31, 2010

It’s amazing how little it takes for perspective on a business to change more or less overnight and be seen through a completely fresh set of lenses. Andrew McBarnet reviews some surprising developments.A month or so ago at the annual meeting…

Counting the cost of low prices

Nov 01, 2010

Reporting from last month’s SEG annual meeting in Denver, Andrew McBarnet finds marine seismic contractors frustrated by contract bidding woes.There is no question about what was bothering the marine seismic community at last month’s well attended…

Joined up geomarketing

Jan 05, 2010

Over the last few years, Baker Hughes has invested heavily in technology R&D and the infrastructure to support the search for innovative technologies. At the same time, 2009 saw the service company change the way it endeavors to provide technology solutions to its clients…

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