UTCS Colloquium: Eric Schoen Schlumberger (FoCS) What Oil Companies Want to Know: Inside Oilfield Data Interpretation ACES 2.402 Tuesday September 11 2007 at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Sep 11, 2007 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Type of Talk: UTCS Corporate Connection & Mixer
Speaker Name/Affiliation: Dr. Eric Schoen Schlumberger Information S

olutions

Date/Time: Tuesday September 11 2007 4:30 p.m. - Talk 5:3

0-6:30 p.m. Mixer

Location: ACES 2.402

Host: FoCS

T

alk Title:
What Oil Companies Want to Know: Inside Oilfield Data Inter

pretation

Talk Abstract:
One of my favorite Richard Hamming quote

s %93The purpose of
computing is insight not numbers %94 perfectly des

cribes
the goals underlying oilfield data interpretation systems.
Th

e oilfield is drowning in numbers%97terabytes of seismic
surface data an

d megabytes of borehole measurements%97but
fundamentally the question th

at oil company exploration
departments need to answer is simple: Where s

hould we drill?
This talk will begin with an introduction to oilfield da

ta
interpretation exploring the nature of data and information
that

influences exploration decision making. Next I will show
some examples

of data interpretation systems in use today.
Finally I will delve into

the interesting challenges for
computer science%97data volume fusion v

isualization and
management%97that these systems exemplify.

There
will be 5 questions for the audience following our talk.
Whoever answe

rs these questions correctly will be entered
into the drawing for a Nin

tendo WII console.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Eric Schoen is Technical Advi

sor and Chief Architect Geoscience and Simulation with Schlumberger Inform

ation Solutions