From Surface to Basement: Uses of seismic data beyond geosteering in the Delaware Basin

Sponsored by: Fairfield Geotechnologies

Focused on:

  • Seismic Data

Date: 7 April


Time: 4PM London/10AM Central

Seismic data is commonly used for geosteering in unconventional basins around the U.S. While this is a critical use of the data, it can be used for so much more. With any asset it is important to extract as much value as possible. Throughout our discussion we will point out innovative ways that companies active in the Permian use seismic data beyond simply steering their wells. From the surface to the basement, seismic data can add value to oil and gas exploitation operations.

Seismic data is routinely used during pre-drill planning to get in zone and stay in zone from heel to toe of the lateral wellbore. Increasingly the goal is to tie the seismic data to geology and reservoir properties. However, seismic data can be used to inform much more than this. Particularly in the Delaware Basin within the first 1,000’ of the subsurface there are karst features that present a real hazard to drilling operations. Of course at the reservoir level, getting in zone and staying in zone is important, but what if seismic data was used to predict rock mechanics in a robust way? Another important issue in unconventional operations is how to safely dispose of waste-water. Therefore, from basement faulting, to drilling hazards, to over pressured disposal horizons being drilled through, to actually landing and completing wells in reservoir, seismic data is taking a larger role in defining the complete geology from surface to basement. We will touch on all of these topics throughout the webinar.

Operators in the Permian are using seismic data in increasingly innovative ways to benefit their operations. If you or anyone in your company are interested in hearing about some of these topics and how they might pertain to your operations, please register for this webinar and be part of the conversation!

Presented by

Andrew Lewis,

Technology Manager

Andrew Lewis has 13 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He received his M.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Houston in 2012, and recently graduated with his Executive MBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business. He has focused much of his career in onshore seismic data and reservoir characterization in unconventional basins such as the Delaware Basin, Midland Basin, Appalachian Basin, Powder River Basin, and DJ Basin.

Bruce Karr,

Principal Technical Advisor

Bruce Karr has over 33 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He received his B.Sc. in Geophysical Engineering with a minor in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and began his career in field work in Saudi Arabia with GSI. He has been with Fairfield Geotechnologies for 26 years and has focused his career in onshore seismic data processing. Most recently attention has been focused on collecting and extracting better data for unconventional resources. Mr. Karr’s expertise includes 3D and 4D multi-component land processing, with particular focus on signal processing, near surface characterization, and survey design technologies. In his role as Principal Technical Advisor, he works closely with his customers to collaborate on bringing value of seismic in unconventional resource development.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Near surface seismic characterization: How to identify and avoid drilling hazards
  • Characterizing Reservoir Heterogeneity with Seismic Data
  • Waste Water Disposal: Avoiding induced seismicity


  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Exploration Manager
  • Asset Manager