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Looking ahead of the bit while drilling: from vision to reality

Evening Lecture

Looking ahead of the bit while drilling: from vision to reality

Presenter – Monica Vik Constable, Statoil

A vision in the oil industry for decades is becoming a reality. Finally, we are able to react proactively to formation resistivity properties several meters ahead of the drill bit, instead of reacting to measurements behind the bit. Through a collaboration between an operator and service company, a technology for measuring resistivity contrasts ahead of the bit in real time to reduce cost and risk during drilling operations was developed.

Monica Vik Constable started working in the oil industry in 1997 as a wireline field engineer for Schlumberger before moving into Petrophysics. She joined Statoil as a Senior Petrophysicist in 2005, and was a Leading Advisor in Petrophysics in Statoil from 2009 – 2014. She is now a Specialist in Petrophysics and coordinates the Logging Technology Group in Statoil. She has amongst others been overseeing the implementation of extra deep and look ahead resistivity logging in Statoil.

The talk will be followed by a presentation about Vertical motions from ancient buried landscapes given by Gaia Stucky De Quay, PhD student at Imperial.

Ancient buried terrestrial landscapes contain records of vertical motions which can be used to probe histories of geodynamical processes. In the North Atlantic Ocean, sedimentary basins contain excellent evidence that the continental shelf experienced staged subaerial exposure. For example, now buried landscapes were uplifted, rapidly eroded, and drowned close to the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. We use commercial wells and three-dimensional seismic data to reconstruct a 57-55 Ma landscape now buried ~1.5 km beneath the seabed in the Bressay area of the northern North Sea.

Gaia is currently a PhD student at Imperial College London researching uplift and erosion histories in the northern North Sea, with a studentship from NERC DTP’s Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP). She completed her MSci in Earth Sciences at University College of London (UCL) and University of Texas at Austin (UT). Gaia’s main areas of research are geomorphology, surface processes, geodynamics, and planetary sciences. The LPS helped to fund core laboratory/geochemical aspects of her project, to determine whether the landscape was terrestrial or marine.

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Monica Vik Constable & Gaia Para Moutinho Stucky De Quay

Tuesday, 4th April
6:30pm, The Geological Society

Wine & Savouries included


The Geological Society
Burlington House
London W1J 0BG

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