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SC - 03 How Engineers Make Money Using Geophysics

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Tuesday, 3 August Friday, 6 August 2021, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Who Should Attend

Ideally the students should have worked in the oil and gas industry for a least 5 years to fully benefit from the material presented. Advanced level participants will benefit from the case histories that look at the technical business problem from the engineering point of view and then see how an integrated geophysical application can provide a solution.


  • Better decision making: The students will be able to decide, with confidence, which geophysical tool is best needed to solve the project technical business problem presented
  • Improved business acumen: Their new geophysical “toolbox” will now be enhanced with specific applications the students can recommend to their asset team / senior management that will mitigate risk and increase the profitability of their oil and gas properties
  • Improved workflows: The students will have clearer processes to guide their team and their project’s next steps
  • Interpretation confidence: The students will have an improved knowledge base to discuss alternative technical solutions and interpretation options with their asset team members

Course Content

This 16 hour course follows the life cycle of an oil or gas property, from concept to abandonment, from the engineer’s point of view. Case histories are used to illustrate the geophysical tools that the engineering group would apply to solve an oil field development problem at various points in the property’s lifetime.

The course is designed to identify specific operational problems and provide an integrated geophysical tool to help solve that problem. The course will address issues such as:

  • Mis-located leases
  • Pads with high annual operating costs
  • Wells with lost circulation, staying in-zone or getting stuck
  • Difficulty in making the drill type curve
  • Underperforming the production type curve
  • Uncertainty in how effective your wells were completed
  • Uncertainty on how many perf clusters/stages are contributing to the production
  • How to increase the profitability of your legacy oil fields.
  • How to add reserves booked for your company

Workflows will be used to add clarity and to simplify the applied geophysical process.

The case histories clearly illustrate where integrated geological, geophysical and engineering data are critical to the project’s success.

The case histories will include unconventional, conventional, oil sands, and other oil and gas production settings.


Professional Members
Professional Non-Members
Class Limit
Professionals 35
Students 5
Educational Credits
1.6 IACET accredited CEU
Fee Includes
Course notes
Access to Recording



John Duhault is Principal Geoscience Consultant for Starbird Enterprises. Mr. Duhault is an “Advisor Risk-Mitigator Trainer” Geoscientist who has over 40 years of industry experience including over 50,000 hours as a geoscience interpreter in Canada and internationally. He is passionate about teaching the business value of integrated geophysics through the “storytelling” of case histories and has presented papers in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. He has found significant reserves of oil and gas for senior exploration companies and numerous junior independents. He founded and led two private junior oil and gas companies. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in Geological Engineering. Mr. Duhault is currently the Principal Consultant for Starbird Enterprises where he specializes in conventional exploration and unconventional resource-play seismic interpretation. Mr. Duhault is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)



SC - 03 How Engineers Make Money Using Geophysics
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000