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    • 24 Feb 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
    • 160

    How to Quantify the Success of Multiple Suppression

    Fred Hilterman

    HSB Geophysical


    This presentation is designed to answer the question, “How do I know if multiple suppression has been successful, especially in relatively flat geology.”  At well locations, synthetics representing four different processing stages of multiple estimation and suppression are quantitatively matched to PSTM field data to assist in the processing parameterization.  No longer will the interpreter be burden without tools to validate the multiple suppression success.

    Two different methodologies are merged; both developed over 35 years ago.   The first methodology for estimating multiples from field data was suggested by Anstey in the early 1960s and later mathematically derived with inverse scattering series (ISS).  Anstey’s suggestion provides a computational savings in orders of magnitude over the conventional algorithm.   The second methodology creates four different synthetics for processing validation, based on Generalized Primaries (Hubral et al., 1980).  

    The basic principles of the two methodologies are “cartooned” without the need of “messy” equations.  Two case histories from different geologic environments compliment the cartooned principles. Each case history easily separates the short-period internal multiples from the long-period multiples and each multiple type is suppressed differently.  In numerous multiple environments, the Generalized Primaries provide an estimate of the signal potion of the propagating wavelet. This can then be used to enhance the suppression of the long-period multiples and provide the S/N properties for frequency extension of the signal portion.

    In both case histories, an emphasis is placed on the difficulty to visually separate long-period multiples from primary events without the assistance of Generalized Primary synthetics.  No blocking of the logs is permitted.


    Fred Hilterman is Chief Scientist for HSB Geophysical and is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Houston (UH). He received a Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines (CSM), worked at Mobil and then UH. In 1976, he founded the Seismic Acoustic Lab at UH which was a consortium supported by 45 oil and gas companies.  In 1981, he co-founded Geophysical Development Corporation (GDC) and was VP of Development until GDC was bought by Geokinetics in 1998. He co-founded HSB Geophysical in 2019.

    His services to the professional societies are many and include SEG DISC Instructor, Associate Editor of Geophysics, Chairman of TLE Editorial Board; and, both Technical and General Chairman of SEG Annual Meetings, SEG President, and Continuing Education lecturer since 1976.

    He has received numerous awards including SEG Best Paper and Best Presentation Awards and SEG’s highest award, the Maurice Ewing Medal. CSM awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Medal in 2005 and the van Diest Gold Medal in 1971 for the significance of his PhD work on Kirchhoff wave theory.

    Fred’s interests are in petrophysics, reservoir characterization, signal theory, and wave propagation. [email protected]

    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

    Details TBD

    • 20 Apr 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

    Factors in the Seismic Method that Distort Determination of Poisson's Ratio

    Mark S. Egan

    Consulting Geophysicist


    Perhaps a more descriptive title for this presentation would have been, “Why is it that even when the seismic data we have are of good quality, Poisson’s ratio values derived from those data don’t necessarily tie the wells?”. This was a question that was poised to me a few years ago by a major oil company. It was of serious concern in a high-profile, onshore field. I gave some opinions, and I did some limited analyses at that time.

    Over the last few years I made a more concerted effort to investigate this. The causes I focused on were not the usual topics of noise, anisotropy, and imaging. Those already received much of the industry’s attention. Instead, I looked at the pitfalls of linear inversion, as well as pitfalls of ignoring the effects of “surface angle projections”. These latter effects refer to the angles at which seismic energy enters the earth at the source, and the angles at which the energy emerges at the receivers.

    The methodology that was followed was to generate seismic gathers for 50 earth models that were constructed using well logs from all over the world. The true-amplitude gathers as well as the corresponding gathers that were perturbed by the angle effects alluded above were then inverted with linear and nonlinear inversion routines. The values of Poisson’s ratios that were then derived from the inverted results were compared with the true values. Successes and failures were then analyzed to determine the reasons why Poisson’s ratios are correctly computed in some seismic surveys, while not in others.

    The findings will be discussed in the presentation. They impact everything from survey design to final inversion.


    Mark Egan is a consulting geophysicist. He worked for Schlumberger and its heritage companies from 1975 to 2016, at which time he retired. Egan’s last position at Schlumberger was as global chief area geophysicist in the Land Unconventionals Group within the WesternGeco segment. His previous postings included chief geophysicist positions in North America, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and London.

    Egan holds a PhD degree in geophysics, an MS degree in acoustics, and a BS degree in physics and mathematics. He is a member of the SEG, the EAGE, the SPE, and various local societies. For several years, Egan has additionally been a member of the Editorial Committee for the Journal of Petroleum Technology – a publication of the SPE. He can be reached at [email protected]

    • 18 May 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

    GSOC Annual Spouse Night and Awards

    Details TBD

Past events

27 Jan 2020 2020 January Luncheon
16 Dec 2019 2019 GSOC Holiday Party
18 Nov 2019 2019 SEG Distinguished Lecturer: Heloise Lynn
22 Oct 2019 2019 GSOC Annual Golf Tournament
21 Oct 2019 2019 October Luncheon
23 Sep 2019 2019 September Luncheon: Bryan DeVault
12 Jun 2019 GSOC Annual Spouse Night and Awards
15 Apr 2019 April Luncheon
26 Mar 2019 Continuing Education and Shrimp Boil
25 Feb 2019 February Luncheon
28 Jan 2019 January Luncheon: Dr. Jyoti Behura
17 Dec 2018 GSOC Holiday Party
26 Nov 2018 November Technical Luncheon
22 Oct 2018 October Luncheon
18 Sep 2018 2018 GSOC Annual Golf Tournament
17 Sep 2018 SEG Honorary Lecture - September Luncheon
21 May 2018 2018 Annual Spouse and Awards Night
16 Apr 2018 April Technical Luncheon
20 Mar 2018 2018 Continuing Education and Shrimp Boil
26 Feb 2018 February Technical Luncheon
22 Jan 2018 January Technical Luncheon
18 Dec 2017 2017 Holiday Party
06 Nov 2017 SEG Honorary Lecturer Mirko van der Baan
24 Oct 2017 2017 GSOC Annual Golf Tournament
23 Oct 2017 October luncheon
18 Sep 2017 September luncheon: Dr. Mark Mack Sigma3
22 May 2017 2017 Annual Spouse and Awards Night
24 Apr 2017 April Seminar and Luncheon
21 Mar 2017 2017 Continuing Education and Shrimp Boil
27 Feb 2017 February Seminar and Luncheon
23 Jan 2017 January Seminar and Luncheon
15 Dec 2016 2016 Holiday Party
24 Oct 2016 October Seminar and Luncheon
13 Sep 2016 2016 GSOC Annual Golf Tournament
12 Sep 2016 September Seminar and Luncheon
23 May 2016 Annual Spouse and Awards Night
09 May 2016 Continuing Education and Shrimp Boil
11 Apr 2016 SEG Distinguished Lecturer Joe Dellinger
28 Mar 2016 March Seminar and Luncheon
22 Feb 2016 February Seminar: PSDM Case Study, Dr. Morgan Brown
25 Jan 2016 GSOC Seminar and Lunch Featuring Bob Hardage
14 Dec 2015 Holiday Party
16 Nov 2015 GSOC November Luncheon. Clint Barefoot, Eagleford Case Study
26 Oct 2015 GSOC October Luncheon. Paul Constance, Multicomponent Surface Seismic and VSP for Reservoir Characterization of the Mississippian
15 Sep 2015 GSOC Annual Golf Tournament
14 Sep 2015 GSOC September Luncheon. SEG Honorary Lecturer, Dan Whitmore
19 May 2015 Spouse and Awards Night
28 Apr 2015 Continuing Education and Shrimp Boil
16 Apr 2015 SEG Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Jean Virieux
23 Mar 2015 March Technical Seminar and Luncheon
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