Vol. 12, No. 4

This edition of GEO ExPro Magazine focuses on Frontier Exploration, South East Asia and New Technologies.

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5 Editorial

6 Market Update

8 Regional Update

10 Update

16 Licensing Opportunities

18 A Minute to Read

52 GEO Media: ‘Strata’ Smith Enters the Digital Age

54 GEO Profile: Reg Nelson – A True Explorer

68 GEO Tourism: The Active Volcanoes of Hawai‘i

74 History of Oil: A Golden Celebration for Silver Seas

86 Recent Advances in Technology: Gas Hydrates in Outer Space (2)

90 What I Do: The Stratigrapher

92 Exploration Update

94 GEO Media: The Morality of a Zealot

96 Q&A: Putting Science into Policy

98 Hot Spot: Sarawak Discoveries Boost Malaysia

100 Global Resource Management


22 Cover Story: North Korea – Hydrocarbon Exploration and Potential

28 New Technologies: Smart Fields – People, Processes and Technology

32 Industry Issues: Walking an Arctic Tightrope

36 Seismic Foldout: Offshore Mauritania and Senegal

42 Technology Explained: Simplifying Digital Rock Physics Workflows

46 Exploration: Waking up to Papua New Guinea

58 Seismic Foldout: Driven to Success on the Seismic Superhighway

64 Reservoir Management: The Pain and Sorrow of Reservoir Modeling

80 Seismic Foldout: Gulf of Mexico – Post Well Analysis


GEO Physics Worldwide

Little and Large

Seismic supply companies are helping operators face the downturn by providing cost-effective enhancements to existing product portfolios.

Q&A Worldwide

Applying Innovations in Geophysics to the Hydrocarbon Industry

Regular GEO ExPro contributor Martin Landrø is Professor of Applied Geophysics at the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Here he discusses some of the more important innovations in the science of geophysics when applied to the hydrocarbon industry.

Q&A North America

Putting Science into Policy

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) set up the Geoscience and Energy Policy Office in Washington, D.C. in 2005. Edith Allison, Director of the Office since 2012, explains its role.

Seismic Foldouts Africa

Offshore Mauritania and Senegal

Revisiting a 2D regional seismic dataset and integrating information from recent significant discoveries.

What I Do Worldwide

The Stratigrapher

Dr. Phil Copestake explains how stratigraphy fits into the cycle of petroleum exploration and why he enjoys his work.

Exploration Australasia

Waking up to Papua New Guinea

Perched on the edge of a subduction zone, Papua New Guinea bears little resemblance to most of the world’s petroleum terranes. But the small Pacific nation is suddenly on the radar of the global petroleum industry and major players are racing to secure a position.

Exploration Worldwide

The Need For New Frontier Exploration

Over the last years offshore exploration activity has been at a historic high, without any significant corresponding discoveries. The result is a considerable increase in the global average discovery cost.

Market Update Worldwide

Seismic to Simulation… and Beyond

Emerson Process Management has recently increased its full reservoir lifecycle capabilities through the acquisition of flow assurance and production optimization software company Yggdrasil and the incorporation of its solutions within the Roxar reservoir management software portfolio.

GEO Tourism North America

The Active Volcanoes of Hawai‘i

Breathtaking views, surreal landscapes, and the chance to come face to face with an active volcano, the Island of Hawai‘i offers the geotourist encounters of a lifetime, and scientists a window into a volcano’s inner workings.