Vietnam SEAPEX Meeting co-sponsored by Geosoft and Hanoi University
An article in the latest issue of SEAPEX Press reported on SEAPEX’s first technical meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, co-sponsored by Geosoft, and Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG). Participants of the event, held on May 9th, 2017, included experts from PetroVietnam Exploration and Production, Vietnam Petroleum Institute, and professors and students from HUMG.
At the meeting, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Minh, head of HUMG International Cooperation, spoke to the importance of the cooperation of worldwide companies such as Geosoft, and international organizations such as SEAPEX, with HUMG's centre of training for the future explorers of Vietnam, particularly for the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Ash Johnson, Geosoft's Vice President, presented on “Efficient and Effective Approaches for the Potential Field Modelling in Oil and Gas Exploration: Voxel, Layer Based and Hybrid Modelling”. The presentation, developed by Geosoft technical analyst Gaud Pouliquen, showcased recent case studies using layered Earth modelling with GM-SYS, voxel based modelling with VOXI and a combination of the two methods. These examples spanned different exploration scales, from pay scale (e.g. Coolabah in Australia) to large frontier basin scale (e.g. offshore East Africa), to show the breadth of application that was possible. Significantly many of the studies relied on public domain data sources, showing how costs can be kept at reasonable levels.
The article noted that in challenging economic environment, potential field modelling can prove extremely useful to energy exploration, and the case studies demonstrated how oil and gas explorers can combine different approaches to optimize their modelling strategy and ultimately reduce uncertainty in their exploration workflow.