Tech Breakfast: Borehole Seismic Sources: A Brief History, an Overview of Corresponding Wavefields and ... - Feb 9th

Complete Title:  Borehole Seismic Sources: A Brief History, an Overview of Corresponding Wavefields and Field Performance Evaluation of Scorpion and Ballard

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Speaker: Zohreh (Zoe) Souri, PhD Student, University of Houston

Borehole seismic methods have a broad range of applications such as oil and gas reservoir management, monitoring CO2 storage, assessment of geothermal areas, subsurface waste disposal planning, groundwater management, mining site characterization, and engineering site evaluation. Accurate interpretation of downhole data requires a good understanding of the characteristics of the source’s radiated energy in a borehole and its coupling to the formation. 

This talk is intended to present a brief history and overview of borehole seismic sources, examine the wavefield created by a seismic source in a borehole, and report on testing and characterization of two borehole seismic sources in a near-surface gulf coast geologic setting: Scorpion (a sparker developed by Trident research), and Ballard (a clamped axial piston developed by R.T. Clark). 

Speaker Biography: Zohreh (Zoe) Souri, PhD Student, University of Houston
Zohreh (Zoe) Souri is a geophysics Ph.D. Student at the University of Houston (UH). She holds a master’s degree in geophysics, also from UH, and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in physics. Her Ph.D. research focuses on subsurface anomalies assessment using borehole seismic methods.

During her time at UH, she has worked on numerous and various geoscience projects aside from her research. Zoe has been actively involved with geoscience-related societies such as SEG WNC, SEG Wavelets, GSH, and AWG, serving as an officer of SEG Wavelets for two consecutive years and the student representative of the other societies for the rest of the time. She has interned for Shell, OXY, and Nexen Petroleum USA, working on GoM and Permian Basin projects. She will be joining TGS in Summer 2022 as a processing intern. 

During her previous career and as a physicist she worked on magnetic shielding of spacecrafts at NASA Johnson Space Center. She was also a physics faculty at Houston Community College, teaching college and university physics for several years.

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2/9/2022 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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