Gain valuable new insights into techniques for properly creating contour maps by hand, along with key methods used for computer generated contour mapping. Richard Banks, President of Scientific Computer Applications and a former Petroleum Engineer with BP, will speak on these different methods, however the majority of the time will be allocated for hands on and computer contouring exercises. These exercises and discussions will offer attendees a introductory look into optimizing contour maps for current and future oil and gas exploration. This course will be taking place Monday and Tuesday, June 16-17, 2014 and will be part of the AAPG Summer Education Conference that is being held at the Summit Conference Center in Aurora, Colorado. For more information: Subsurface Contouring – SEC

Presentation Details

Event: Summer Education Conference
Presentation: Subsurface Contouring: The Secrets to Optimizing Your Maps for Oil & Gas Exploration
Presenter(s): Richard Banks – Scientific Computer Applications Inc.
Date: June 16-17,2014 (Monday & Tuesday)
Location: The Summit Conference Center, Aurora, Colorado

Who Should Attend

Geologists, geophysicists, engineers, techs and others who make maps on the computer and/or need to assess the veracity of maps made on the computer.

By participating in this course, attendees will become proficient in:

  • Contouring simple or complex surfaces
  • Contouring groups of conformable surfaces
  • Contouring intersecting surfaces
  • Understanding computer contouring techniques
  • Understanding characteristics and results of various common computer contouring algorithms

Course Content

This course provides a fundamental understanding of hand and computer contouring methods, including Single Surface, Multi-Surface, Intersecting Surfaces and Faulted Surface maps, and it is primarily a contouring workshop. Lecture time is moderate. More time is spent on contouring exercises and comparing hand contouring with computer contouring from various common computer systems using various common contouring algorithms. In the process, attendees will:

  • Gain new insight into techniques of proper hand contouring
  • Be able to generate contour maps by hand
  • Learn the methods used by computers to generate contours

This course will compare and contrast various methods of contouring, by hand or by computer, single surface or multi surface, nonintersecting or intersecting surfaces, faulted or non-faulted. We will look at the importance of understanding and integrating the 3D nature of the volumes being contoured, either geological or geophysical. Proper methods of contouring multiple intersecting faults amount multiple surfaces will be demonstrated. We will also discuss the importance of good contouring, not only in the search for typical oil and gas reservoirs, but also in the development of resource plays.

Participants are encouraged to bring their computer contouring systems to the course on their laptop computers in order to run the various exercises on their computers using various algorithms after they have contoured them by hand.

Conference Content

2014 Summer Education Conference

The four concurrent sessions allow attendees to mix and match according to their interests and training needs. Courses for the conference may be purchased individually. These individual prices are reflected in the pricing on the course descriptions.

Course notes will be provided in digital format on CD only, so laptops with CD drives are required for all courses. If you do not have access to a laptop computer with a CD drive, please contact the AAPG Education Dept. for an alternate method to download the digital course notes.

** For registration and full event details please visit: HERE! **

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