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Better Ways to Manage Seismic Data

Better ways to make seismic data easier to load, QC, analyse, retrieve, and comply with regulation
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Gareth Whiddon
» Service Operations Manager
» Interica
David Holmes
» Chief Industry Executive, Global Oil & Gas Program

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Aberdeen Treetops

Our forum on Nov 27, "Better Ways to Manage Seismic Data", showed new methods and share ideas for making seismic data easier to manage and gain value from - including data loading, QC, analysis, retrieval, compliance, long term archiving and disposal.

Our opening speaker was Jane Hodson - Head of Technical Services DataCo (formerly Lead Subsurface Technologist with Centrica Energy), on why seismic data is critical to the business - followed by a talk from Schlumberger Information Solutions on integrated seismic data management across the enterprise.

Richard Ellitt, global information services champion with Schlumberger, on integrated management of seismic data across the enterprise.

Gareth Whiddon, service operations manager with Interica talked about his company's real life experiences managing seismic data and what can be learned from them.

David Holmes, chief industry executive, with EMC's global oil and gas program, explained how to supercharge you seismic data with 'scale-out' petrotechnical computing.

Henri Blondelle, VP of global business development with CGG Data Management Services, explained how you can reduce costs and get more value from your data by keeping seismic data in the cloud.


8:30 Welcome coffee
9:15 Jane Hodson - Head of Technical Services
Why Seismic Data Management is Critical to your Business

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Talk Description.
Knowing what seismic you have is a key factor in unlocking your assets potential.
So providing an end-to-end seismic management strategy has to be the main focus… So how do you do this?
DataCo is a leading global E&P data and information management consultancy providing a comprehensive service to the upstream oil and gas industry from our European, American and Australian centres. We are software, hardware and data vendor independent. Our
9:45 Richard Ellitt - Global Information Management Services Champion
Integrated Management of Seismic Data Across the Enterprise

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Talk Description.
‘The talk will cover the best practices and approaches to integrated management of seismic data across the enterprise. From effective delivery into a corporate repository - to the project collaborative environment - for discovery, delivery and utilization by the end user in the optimal format.’
Schlumberger (SLB: NYSE) is a technology company that partners with customers to access energy. Our people, representing over 160 nationalities, are providing leading digital solutions and deploying innovative technologies to enable performance and sustainability for the global energy industry. With expertise in more than 120 countries, we collaborate to create technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all.

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10:15 Gareth Whiddon - Service Operations Manager
Real life experiences with managing seismic data

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Interica is the new force in exploration and production information management, maintaining integrity, control, access and efficiency to data owners and users in Oil and Gas across the globe.
10:45 Coffee
11:15 David Holmes - Chief Industry Executive, Global Oil & Gas Program
Supercharging Seismic using Scale-Out Petrotechnical Computing

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Talk Description.
Many companies now have seismic libraries with a book value running into billions of dollars. But budgets for managing these libraries are a tiny fraction of the cost of generating this data. Organisations often use a diverse range of fragmented and non-integrated systems to manage all of the different artifacts generated within the seismic data lifecycle. But business users are demanding dramatic reductions in the time to complete traditional data management and processing workflows. At the same time, the volume and variety of seismic data types continues to explode. In this presentation we will look at some of the new holistic techniques that are available to transform the management and processing of seismic data. In particular we will examine the role of scale-out technology and big data analytical technologies in reducing cost, improving user’s seismic experience and ensuring that appropriate levels of governance and protection are applied.
EMC specializes in mission-critical communications and content for organizations and people on the move in the most remote locations. At sea, on land and in the air, the company provides seamless, reliable connectivity and access. EMC leverages its wholly-owned and operated satellite-terrestrial-cellular broadband network with fully meshed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnected teleports. The company delivers mission-critical communications, Internet, live TV, on-demand video, voice, cellular and 3G/LTE services worldwide. EMC operates in 140 countries and runs 52 global field support centers. The established EMC team, in business for 35 years, with unprecedented infrastructure and 20+ patented technologies, delivers industry firsts time and again. EMC hires and trains its own field engineers to flexibly deploy support quickly around the world. The company tailors its services for the most demanding users of mission-critical applications for the following sectors - energy; cruise and ferries; yachts; commercial shipping; mobile network operators; government; the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and global enterprises. For more information, visit
11:45 Henri Blondelle - VP Global Business Development
CGG Data Management Services
Seismic in the cloud to reduce cost and offer more services

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Talk Description.
- Two birds with the one stone

For good and bad reasons, the O&G industry has resisted to the Cloud. But the research for cost optimization has break the wall and allows new perspective for seismic storage management.
Henri Blondelle is a geologist by education. He started is professional career in the 80’s at the early days of the workstation development with BP then with CGG-Petrosystems. In the 2000’s he developed a data management services branch within a French O&G service company named Ipedex. In 2012, he moved back to CGG in order to participate to the integration of the Data Management Services department coming from Fugro Geosciences into CGG. He is acting now as the Business Development Manager of this activity.

CGG Data Management Services
CGG ( is a global geoscience technology leader. Employing around 4,600 people worldwide, CGG provides a comprehensive range of data, products, services and equipment that supports the discovery and responsible management of the Earth's natural resources.
12:15 Panel discussion with all morning speakers
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12:45 Lunch and close
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