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Seismic Interpretation Workshop

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Seismic Interpretation Workshop

Seismic Interpretation Workshop - A 3-day program for geologists and geophysicists

This course is an absolute must for anyone new to the interpretation of seismic data, both 2-D and 3-D. A highly practical program, delegates will learn the skills necessary to accurately interpret seismic data, loop-tie seismic data for interpretation validation, generate fault and horizon maps and much more.

A practical, real-world interpretation workshop

The workshop is not your typical lecture class. Learners are engaged in hands-on interpretation of seismic data and the construction of various maps from the interpreted data. After a short introduction the project area and data, the participants will dive into the hands-on interpretation of 2-D seismic lines, and integrate well log fault and formation tops to the seismic interpretation. The objective is to introduce the participants to the fundamentals of hands-on interpretation of seismic data, the seismic tie to well log data, and the generation of various maps based on both seismic and well data.

The project

The project is conducted in a lease block that exists in an extensional tectonic basin with an abundance of normal growth faults, non-growth faults and hanging wall anticlines. The complex geology in the project area will challenge the participants in their interpretation of both the geological and geophysical data.  Delegates will gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation of mapping by hand, putting interpretation skills to real use. Delegates will generate and integrate horizon and fault maps, integrating horizon(s) with faults by hand, position fault polygons, understand and map fault vertical separation, and generate structure maps in faulted areas. These are crucially important methods for both the exploration and development of prospects and wells.

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Who should attend?

This Seismic Interpretation Workshop is designed for geologists and geophysicists holding a university in geology, geophysics or related science field, with a limited amount of actual work experience interpreting seismic data (0-2 years).

Continuing Education Units

This workshop is work 2.4 CEUs

To learn more about course suitability, please request information here

Training content

This Seismic Interpretation Workshop covers a range of different training topics, including:

  • Geologic Background of the area
  • Pick and mark a major fault on all seismic lines
  • Loop tie fault and horizon picks
  • Pick points along the fault surface (plane) on seismic lines
  • Tie synthetic trace to seismic reflections and mark at least three horizons
  • Pick a horizon, starting with a line close to a well. 
  • Interpret and correlate a specific horizon and jump correlate across the main fault wherever necessary
  • Generate a fault surface map in time
  • Post the fault cut data from the wells on a base map
  • Convert the time fault surface map to depth using the time map as a guide, the well control and TD chart
  • Contour a horizon in time using a 10ms contour interval
  • Contour the horizon in depth using a 25-50ft contour interval
  • Review  picks, conversions, contouring, and apply changes to interpretation and maps
  • Integrate the fault and structure maps in depth and define the upthrown and downthrown fault traces
  • Make a short presentation on your interpretation, maps and overall project
  • Review of SCA’s interpretation and maps for comparison 


The cost of this Seismic Interpretation Workshop in Houston is $2,575 USD

On-site Training

All SCA programs and workshops are available to be conducted as company-specific training, customized to fit the needs of your organization. Contact SCA to receive a quote for tailor-made training and discuss options for bringing this program in-house for your company.

Certification / Credits

Upon completion of this 3-day program, participants will be prepared to:

  • Understand appropriate data for hands-on interpretation.
  • Tie well log data to seismic sections.
  • Describe the correlation of synthetics with seismic data to establish geologic horizons on seismic data.
  • Interpret and mark faults and horizons on seismic lines.
  • Generate time and depth structure maps from seismic data.
  • Generate fault surface maps and integrate fault maps with horizon data to generate integrated structure maps.

Continuing Education Units

This program is worth 2.4 CEUS


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Buba S.
13 Nov 2014

Very polite instructor, highly knowledgeable and willing to assist.

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10700 Richmond Ave., Suite 325
Texas 77042 Houston

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