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Advanced AVO And Seismic Attributes for Reservoir Characterization


February 17 - 21, 2019

Instructor : Tom J. Temples, Ph.D


Geologists, Geophysicist, Explorationist, Petrophysicist and Reservoir Engineers.


This course is designed for geoscientists who are engaged in seismic data analysis seeking an understanding of the key principles, analyses, and practical applications of AVO, Seismic Attributes, and Inversion for seismic interpretation and reservoir characterization to broaden the background and knowledge base of participants on the nature of seismic patterns and anomalies and patterns associated with the presence of hydrocarbons. It covers seismic technologies for a more effective interpretation of seismic images, avoiding pitfalls in interpretation, and a better understanding of rock properties.

The course offers numerous hands on exercises and discussions in a workshop format to demonstrate and practice the concepts and methods taught. The course is designed to address and reinforce solutions to the technical problems the participants have related to their ongoing projects. Various case studies and examples are provided for determining the hydrocarbon probability of an exploration venture as well as reservoir characterization. Two books will be used to give additional information on the methods and techniques taught in this course.

This course is intended to provide an understanding of the current state of the technology. Topics are reinforced by exercises that gives the participants practical methods of integrating the course material into their work. A personal computer is necessary for this module


  • Introduction
  • Fundamentals
  • Seismic wavelets and resolution
  • Well ties
  • AVO and rock properties
  • Seismic processing issues
  • Amplitude and AVO interpretation
  • Rock physics analysis
  • Seismic inversion
  • Reservoir characterization
  • Prospect evaluation

Workshop will use a dataset to develop models and determine the appropriate AVO response and identify on seismic dataset. Recommendations will be made and presented to class.

To Provide a understanding of basic and advanced concepts in quantitative seismic using AVO, seismic attributes and well-to-seismic calibration and inversion techniques. Participants will consolidate their understanding of modern technology with recent field study examples and practical workshop exercises.

Learning outcomes: To Provide an understanding of basic and advanced concepts in quantitative seismic interpretation using AVO, seismic attributes well-to-seismic calibration and inversion techniques. Participants will reinforce their understanding of modern techniques using exercises, examples and practical workshop exercises.

By the end of the course, each topic will have been defined and discussed and related to general workflows with examples. Improved understanding of best practices and important workflows

Computer requirements: Windows based laptop.

Course setting: Clients' offices or mutually agreed outside venue

Exercises: Several on each main topic with an integrated probabilistic volumetric study. Exercises are intended to reinforce concepts and practical application. Client customization with data is possible with appropriate preparation time or on an ad hoc basis during or after the course time.

Prerequisites: Practical experience interpretation of seismic data. Openness to seeing basic mathematical theory which is shown in places. Concepts are explained and illustrated.


First day will be held at Holiday Inn (Former Sofitel Hotel), in Cairo. The participants will fly the next day to Hurghada. The course will be continued in Hurghada.


Inclusive of refreshment and lunch at the Holiday Inn (Former Sofitel Hotel). Air Ticket Cairo/Hurghada return and accommodation in Hurghada.


1996: Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of South Carolina

1978: M.S., Geology, University of Georgia

1976: BS, Geology, Clemson University


2015-present: Consultant- Chauga Resources, LLC, owner, Petroleum exploration geology and geophysics perform prospect review, economics evaluations; develop prospects for drilling, economic minerals exploration and development, venture capital, Competency Assessment and Management. Design and deliver post graduate training to professionals.

2011-2017:Geology Disipline Manager, PetroSkills, Inc

2008-Present:Instructor, PetroSkills, Inc. - Prepare and deliver oil and gas training courses in advanced seismic attribute analysis, AVO and seismic interpretation, Prospect Play Assessment and Sequence Stratigraphy

1991-2011: Consulting Geologist- Co-Owner, Advanced Environmental Solutions, LLC

2006-2008: Vice President-Consultant to Wentworth Energy, Inc. Supervise and manage an exploration and development program in east Texas, develop budget/business plan in conjunction with a forward strategic plan, train and mentor the exploration staff, coordinate with partners in operational matters (Marathon), prepare and implement a comprehensive risk management program, supervise the acquisition and interpretation of multiple 3-D seismic programs, review and approve locations for drilling, review prospects and proposed joint ventures.

1999 -2006: Director, Center for Water Research and Policy and Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and Resources Institute, University of South Carolina,

1994 - 1999: Senior Geotechnical Advisor- Senior Program Manager: United States Department of Energy.

1991 - 1994: Senior Environmental Scientist, Geoscience Program Director and Groundwater Manager, United States Department of Energy.

1988 - 1991: Exploration Manager, Peko Oil USA, Dallas, Texas.

1978 - 1988: Texaco- Denver, Colorado, Exploration/Project Leader Teaching Experience: Instructor, PetroSkills

2008-present: AVO, Inversion, and Attributes: Principles and Applications