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Doing more with subsurface data

Improving production through better understanding of the subsurface
Fariha Yusoff
» , Information Management & Governance Dept.
» PETRONAS Carigali
Philip Lesslar
» Principal Consultant, Technical Assurance (full title below)

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

This conference is for people who want to find ways to improve production and recovery, through a better understanding of what is underground - based on existing data.


  • Optimising subsurface information management
  • Establishing information management competency in exploration and production business
  • Communicating geological information from the well during drilling using WITSML
  • Combining objective data analysis and subjective interpretation expertise when interpreting seismic data
This is our third conference on subsurface data management, following the first event we held in London on April 20 2011 and second event in Aberdeen on Mar 13 2012.

Our 3 events in Kuala Lumpur on October 24-25

October 24 - Doing more with with drilling data

October 25 am - Doing more with subsurface data

October 25 pm - Getting data tools implemented faster

Overview to our Kuala Lumpur 'doing more with data' events and sponsorship opportunities


9:30 Julian Pickering - Director
Digital Oilfield Solutions Ltd
Chairman's introduction

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Dr Julian Pickering has a degree in Applied Physics from Brunel University, London and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, where he was a BP scholar. He has worked for BP for 32 years and has held major posts including the Head of Digital Technology for Global Drilling and Completions and the Head of the Field of the Future Facilities Programme. He left BP in March 2010 and set up his own company, Digital Oilfield Solutions, with partners in the United States of America. He has provided consultancy services to many large Oil and Gas companies and is a consultant to the Energistics Data Standards Organisation.

Digital Oilfield Solutions Ltd
Digital Oilfield Solutions is a partnership between the UK company Digital Oilfield Solutions Ltd and the US company Digital Oilfield Solutions Inc. Through its extended network of Independent Delivery Partners it can service projects on a global basis.

Digital Oilfield Solutions is a member of Energistics (Dr Julian Pickering chaired the WITSML Executive Team in 2009 and remains a team member). The promotion of WITSML and PRODML and the quantification of associated business benefits are key objectives of their delivery.
9:40 Damla B A Aziz - Senior Manager, Subsurface Information Management Dept
Project Optimization for Subsurface Information Management

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Damla graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) with a B.Sc Physics (Geophysics) in 1986 and joined PETRONAS in 1988 as a Trainee Geophysicist.
Then in 1990, he joined PETRONAS Carigali Sdn.Bhd. (PCSB) as an Operations Geophysicist, where he was involved with seismic acquisition and processing. In 1992 he became a Geocomputing executive, and since then, has been involved in G&G applications, operating systems and data base administration for all PCSB operations. A highlight of this tenure includes the role of team leader for standardization of G&G application for PETRONAS E&P group wide. He has 24 years of industry experience with the last 20 in G&G Applicationsmanagement. His current position is Senior Manager Subsurface IM.

Outside of his work, Damla enjoys badminton and soccer.

PETRONAS was incorporated on 17 August 1974 as the national oil company of Malaysia, vested with the entire ownership and control of the petroleum resources in the country. It has since grown from merely being the manager and regulator of Malaysia's upstream sector into a fully integrated oil and gas corporation, ranked among the FORTUNE Global 500 largest corporations in the world.

PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), is the Malaysian government owned fully-integrated oil and gas corporation.
10:10 Justin Keating - geophysicist
Fugro Multi Client Services (FMCS)
Integrating other geophysical methods with 2D and 3D seismic

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Talk Description.
Case study: Tasman Frontier multiclient project - using satellite
imagery of oil seeps and electromagnetics together with 2D and 3D
Different ways to use the resulting data
Justin Keating is a Geophysicist with 20 year’s experience in the subsurface game. Attaining a Bsc Geophysics from Curtin University in Western Australia he has worked widely in the SE Asian area. Starting with Western Geophysical then moving to Gecko Prakla as a senior Geophysicist he gained varied experience with seismic data acquisition and processing. He then moved to Woodside Petroleum, managing many significant subsurface imaging projects. A move to consultant based technical project management of 3D seismic projects followed with many trips to SE-Asia involved. Experience was gained in other geophysical methods while working for Geosoft, a leading software supplier in the mineral exploration area. A move back to Petroleum Geophysics was made with a role at Japan Energy then to Fugro Multi Client Services. Fugro Multi Client Services is a leading provider of subsurface data in the region specialising in high quality 3D seismic data. Justin has had varied experience with Fugro with a general focus on developing new areas for exploration using the multiclient business model.

Fugro Multi Client Services (FMCS)
Fugro Multi Client Services (FMCS) is a leading provider of high quality non-exclusive 2D and 3D seismic data from most of the prolific basins in the world. With a high technical standard and quality of data, FMCS provides a cost effective means of reviewing exploration opportunities.
10:40 Fariha Yusoff - , Information Management & Governance Dept.
Establishing IM competency and profession in the EP business

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Talk Description.
Paper co-authored by Philip Lesslar, Petronas Carigali Information Management & Governance Dept., Technology & Information Management Division
Fariha graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance in 1997. Upon her graduation, she has been working mostly in the ICT industry. In 2010, she joined PETRONAS Carigali Sdn.Bhd (PCSB) in the Information Management Governance Department of the Technology Information Management Division. Among her main involvement since joining PCSB has been to drive Information Management agenda in PCSB. She has been involved in setting up the People Development Framework for Information Management practitioners.

Outside work, Fariha, a mother of 2, enjoys traveling and yoga.

PETRONAS was incorporated on 17 August 1974 as the national oil company of Malaysia, vested with the entire ownership and control of the petroleum resources in the country. It has since grown from merely being the manager and regulator of Malaysia's upstream sector into a fully integrated oil and gas corporation, ranked among the FORTUNE Global 500 largest corporations in the world.

PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), is the Malaysian government owned fully-integrated oil and gas corporation.
11:10 Philip Lesslar - Principal Consultant, Technical Assurance (full title below)
Introduction to the International Association for information and Data Quality, Asia Pacific

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Phillip Lesslar is principal consultant, Technical Assurance, Compliance & Technical Assurance, Group Technical Data, Project Delivery and Technology, with PETRONAS Exploration and Production.

He is from Miri in Malaysia has been working in a data management role for over 35 years. Even during his early days as a micropaleontologist working with Tertiary Foraminifera of NW Borneo, he was managing biostratigraphy databases and developing probabilistic approaches to paleo-environmental interpretations using fossil data.

He then transferred to geocomputing and information management in team lead and principal consultant roles in data and data quality management, doing various assignments in the Netherlands (The Hague, Rijswijk) and US (Houston, TX). In this capacity he has been responsible for initiating and coordinating the development of Global EP Data Standards, Data Quality Metrics and for how these will be deployed globally.

He is now responsible for Technical Assurance of Technical Data, in the Technical Data department of PETRONAS’s Petroleum Management Unit (PMU) in Kuala Lumpur.

He and his wife exercise and play badminton as much as they can. They have 2 children and travel is a priority on the family agenda.

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) is a global energy and solutions company, ranked amongst the largest corporations on Fortune Global 500®.

We seek opportunities in energy investments both in hydrocarbon and renewables across the globe and maximize value through our integrated business model. Our portfolio includes conventional and unconventional resources as well as a diverse range of fuel lubricant, and petrochemical products. This is further strengthened with a successful product delivery track record. Our customers are at the heart of everything that we do, and our businesses are anchored on meeting their needs.

Our technology is our differentiator and the key to ensuring excellence in all that we offer - energy, products, and solutions, as well as unlocking new business frontiers. Sustainability is at the core of everything that we do, as we believe in harnessing the good in energy to add quality to everyday lives. People are our strength and partners for growth. We believe in progressing with our partners in addressing the evolving needs in today's changing energy landscape.
11:15 Coffee
11:45 Samit Sengupta -
Using WITSML to Bring Geology to Your Desktop - A Case Study

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Samit Sengupta has over 30 years’ experience in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, with a degree in Civil Engineering, Samit worked in the subsurface data acquisition and analysis industry in Australasia, USA, Africa and Europe with Schlumberger, Gearhart and Halliburton, prior to creating Geologix, an international software company providing products and services for aggregation, analysis, interpretation and visualization of well data

Geologix has been a leading technology and engineering application development company since 1995, focused on providing innovative and reliable solutions for well monitoring, pipeline data management and integrated operations. We understand the benefits of agility in helping to tackle the constancy of change. Our upstream expertise, software and services will improve performance across operations, allowing you to transform behaviours and use enabling technologies more effectively.

Geologix works with over 200 customers in more than 60 countries worldwide. Our world-class, globally distributed team of geoscientists, engineers and software developers provide systems, tools and solutions to reduce cost, improve operations and streamline the flow of real-time data and information to the desktop.
Geologix provides users with a full package of technology, domain consulting, onsite handholding, knowledge transfer, maintenance and support, with geoscientists, engineers and domain experts on call twenty-four hours a day. Our offices in the UK, Houston, Jakarta and Delhi ensure on-time, bespoke support, wherever you are.

Smart Solutions for Legacy Data
Geologix's innovative approach to engineering applications' development provides significant advantages to their customers by significantly reducing effort, shortening delivery time, and lowering overall project uncertainty.

Many oil & gas organisations have had to live with technologically challenging but irreplaceable legacy data, all of which requires time-consuming, costly maintenance and upgrading. The industry has developed 'work-arounds', but this is not a viable long-term approach. Geologix, in line with their desire to streamline and improve processes to reduce cost and improve the end-user experience, has evolved a smart solution to transform legacy data without compromising on quality or integrity.

The Geologix presentation will demonstrate their live project experience in applying innovative technologies and industry domain experience to the challenges of legacy data, and put forward their solution for data transformation - from unstructured, often unusable data to a readily available, user-friendly data model, fully integrated with today's business needs.
12:15 Jonathan Henderson - Managing director
Foster Findlay Associates (ffA)
Integrating Interpretation Expertise and Objective Data Analysis in 3D Interpretation

Talk Description.
Seismic interpretation is highly dependent on the assessment of the interpreter. Due to the subjectivity this introduces and the need for efficiency many attempts have been made to develop automated interpretation tools. However, seismic data remains a non-unique, abstract and incomplete representation of the geology of the subsurface and the most efficient tool that we have for resolving the ambiguities and “filling in the gaps” is the expertise of the human interpreter. Therefore we need to find ways to effectively combine the power of visualisation and the expertise of the interpreter. One area in which this is particularly important is in being able to accurately delineate geological elements as 3D objects that can be used in the construction of a geological model.

To tackle this problem we need to understand both the power and frailties of the human visualisation system. On the positive side, we are able to discern and recognise features in very complex scenes due to our ability to adapt to wide variations in contrast and scale and because we are able to compare mentally what we see now with previous experience. Interpreters bring the knowledge and experience that are needed to imprint geological information on the data analysis and ensure that we work within the constraints of what is geologically reasonable. On the negative side, our visual system is limited as we are restricted to analysing only what we can see on the surface and, due to the abstract nature of the features that we are examining, can be quite easily “fooled”.

This talk will discuss briefly some of the common ways in which visual perception can impact on our interpretation before describing a technology for geobody delineation that allow us to work very interactively with visualisation systems to define the 3D geometry of geological features in ways that simultaneously utilise interpretation knowledge and data derived information. This technology, Adaptive Geobodies, combines sophisticated analysis of the variation in the statistics within complex multi-attribute images to drive geobody delineation. Key to the utility of the Adaptive Geobodies is that it is fast and easy to use.

The power of the Adaptive Geobodies comes from the fact that it encompasses the human observer’s ability to overcome the ambiguities inherent in seismic data but is not affected by perception issues.
Jonathan Henderson is a physicist with over 20 years of extensive experience in imaging and image analysis. His initial interests were in medical imaging, where he had worked on developing new methods for extracting and quantifying the information contained in x-rays and ultrasound scans. Since joining ffA in 2001, he has used his knowledge of medical image analysis to help the Company develop unique seismic image analysis technologies. Jonathan has been Managing Director of ffA for 5 years during which time the Company, its global customer base and its software portfolio have all expanded substantially.

Foster Findlay Associates (ffA)
Foster Findlay Associates Limited ('ffA') is a world leader in the development and commercialisation of 3D seismic image processing technology for the oil and gas industry.
ffA provides world-leading geological expression software and services to the majors, NOC's and independents worldwide
Its flagship application GeoTeric, bridges the gap between processing and 3D interpretation by directly translating geophysical data into geological information.
GeoTeric, gives the interpreter the power to make the most informed seismically driven decisions and provide the basis for increased well success across a variety of geological environments.
GeoTeric has powered 300 successful projects for more than 100 E&P companies worldwide.
ffA is a UK company with offices in Aberdeen, Houston, Newcastle upon Tyne and London.
12:45 Multiple -
Panel Discussion

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Panel Discussion
This is part of our agenda where Finding Petroleum has a panel discussion.
13:00 Lunch
Talk Description.
Followed by panel discussions session in the afternoon
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