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CGG sells its GeoSoftware business to Topicus.com and Vela Software

CGG S.A. and Topicus.com Inc. announced that CGG has entered into an agreement with Topicus and Vela Software, for the sale of CGG’s GeoSoftware business. The closing of this transaction remains subject to mutually agreed closing conditions.

CGG’s Sercel tallies first major GPR300 seabed nodal solution sale

The sale includes 18,000 nodes that will be deployed in Q4 2021 on a large-scale, long-term, multi-vessel operation in the Middle East region.

Subsurface trend analysis in the Gulf of Mexico

Jared Ciferno, Kelly Rose, NETL; Mackenzie Mark-Moser, Leidos Research Support Team

The Subsurface Trend Analysis (STA) method is a data-driven approach, in which deductive geologic methods are integrated with spatiotemporal statistical autocorrelative methods. NETL has developed STA to better understand subsurface systems and predict their properties.

Exxon walks away from stake in deepwater Ghana block

Exxon Mobil is pulling out of a deep-water oil prospect in Ghana just two years after the west African nation ratified an exploration and production agreement with the U.S. oil titan.

Ikon Science launches Curate, enabling enterprise-wide data access and collaboration to reduce risk

Ikon Science, a 20-year global provider of geoprediction and knowledge management software and services, announced the launch of Curate, a scalable, cloud-enabled knowledge management solution designed to provide cost efficiencies along with faster and more accurate decision making.

Halliburton, TGS team up to bring advanced seismic imaging to fiber optic sensing

“This solution enables enhanced reservoir understanding for our customers with a lower total cost of ownership relative to conventional 4D seismic,” said Jan Schoolmeesters, executive vice president of TGS Operations and New Energy Solutions.

CGG and dCarbonX sign strategic agreement for decarbonization exploration

CGG has signed a strategic agreement to support dCarbonX in the subsurface assessment of its operated clean energy projects offshore Ireland and the UK, which include geothermal energy and storage sites for CO2, hydrogen and ammonia.

Machine learning for predicting stochastic fluid and mineral volumes in complex unconventional reservoirs

Fred Jenson, Chiranjith Ranganathan, Shi Xiuping, Ted Holden, CGG

A machine learning workflow can quickly, and accurately, predict mineralogy, porosity and saturation in multiple wells to better understand productive layers in unconventional oil reservoirs.

TGS to reprocess 9,024 km2 cross-border survey for offshore Timor-Leste and Australia license rounds

TGS anticipates significant uplift in quality beyond the original PSTM data which was acquired in 2012. Utilization of modern imaging techniques, including full waveform inversion, will enable a significantly enhanced evaluation of the prospectivity of the area.

CGG wins three new offshore imaging projects for BP

CGG has been awarded three major seismic imaging projects by BP, two from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and one from offshore Trinidad & Tobago. These projects will start in Q1/Q2 this year and complete with cloud delivery of the data no later than Q4 of 2021.

Solid-state GWD system provides step-change in wellbore placement accuracy, collision risk mitigation

Fraser Cowie, Steve Thompson, Greg Belbin, Stephen Forrester, Gyrodata

A first-of-its-kind innovation in wellbore surveying—a true solid-state GWD system—is achieving optimized reservoir placement and wellbore collision risk mitigation in several regions globally.

Sercel equips 3D mega-crew seismic survey in North Africa

The crew is operating with an 80,000-channel 508XT land acquisition system, with QuietSeis digital sensors and ten Nomad 90 Neo broadband vibrators in challenging desert terrain.

Stratagraph names Ashby Pettigrew as new company president

Stratagraph, a pioneer in providing geological services to the global oil and gas industry for the past six decades, has named Ashby Pettigrew as its new company president.

SEG appoints Jim C. White as its new Executive Director

White’s professional career spans the geophysical industry with experience in executive management, business development, strategic planning, risk analysis, program management, and financial strategies.

Definitive dynamic surveys: A long-awaited engineering innovation

Ross Lowdon, Shadi Altayeb Mussa, Schlumberger

A survey-while-drilling service performs definitive dynamic analysis as the BHA rotates, providing significant rig-time savings compared to conventional static MWD surveys. The ability to see continuous real-time borehole conditions optimizes drilling, reduces risks and eliminates survey-related NPT.

CGG signs multi-client airborne gravity gradient survey agreement with SNPC in Congo

CGG is mobilizing to acquire the industry’s first-ever multi-client airborne gravity and magnetic survey of the onshore Congo Cuvette Basin in the Republic of Congo after signing an agreement with the SNPC and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons.

Integrated diagnostics data advance infill development

Zachary Crowley, Mike Davies, Erica Coenen, Reveal Energy Services

Large-scale data accumulation is becoming more common in shale development. However, the industry struggles with a data dilemma. On the one hand, operators know that they have to gather data to learn and improve. On the other hand, the learning and analysis require so much manpower that often the collected data are left unexplored.

Combining borehole images with deep shear wave imaging technology

Stefan Schimschal, Dr. Stephen Fayers, Nicklas Ritzmann, Martin Cox, Baker Hughes; Iain White, Tullow Oil

Integrating imaging methods reveals sub-seismic features in the reservoir section and leads to a more accurate structural model of the subsurface.

Explor, Halliburton and AWS collaborate on cloud-based seismic data processing

"This outcome will drive a step-change in seismic data processing and is a key stepping-stone in the digital transformation of the global seismic industry. By reducing both timelines and the CAPEX burden on seismic data processors, the industry will be able to scale on demand as we acquire ever-increasing seismic trace densities," said Allan Châtenay, President of Explor.

CGG GeoSoftware and Alibaba Cloud collaborate to support the E&P industry with cloud geoscience technologies

Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, is the third largest cloud service provider in the world, and holds the number one market share position in Asia Pacific, according to Gartner, a leading research and advisory company.