Industry Funded Research Projects
RSI runs consortia to develop and improve technology for reservoir characterization between wells using well, seismic, and electromagnetic data. This work is primarily driven by our clients’ needs to reduce risk or improve exploration and development outcomes. RSI also undertakes special research projects for individual clients. We have conducted projects for clients ranging from small independents to the largest international operators.


Bolt: ongoing
The goal of project BOLT is to develop and deliver workflows and algorithms for the integrated interpretation and petrophysical joint inversion of seismic, CSEM and well log data for use by a wide range of geoscience professionals. The aim of these workflows will be to deliver volumes of lithology and fluid properties built from seismically derived attributes, and CSEM derived resistivity information determined at (as far as possible) seismic scale resolution.

ERA: 2013-2015
The electrical resistivity anisotropy (ERA) consortium investigated the trends in, and underlying controls on electrical anisotropy in the Barents Sea, using well log and CSEM data. This work has led to a better understanding of the relationship between geophysical observations and the underlying physical properties of the rocks in this area. By constraining anisotropic parameters we can enhance our interpretation of the subsurface, build better surveys, produce more accurate sensitivity studies and improve reservoir characterization.

Well Driven Integration of Seismic and EM: 2008-2011
The goal of this consortium was to develop novel methods for the integrated interpretation of seismic, controlled source electromagnetic and well log data within a rock physics framework, and to provide quantitative measurements of sub-surface rock and fluid properties, leading to improved reservoir characterization. Sponsors included the UK government, Chevron, Det Norske, DONG, Maersk, and Total.

LFP – Lithology and Fluid prediction (phases 1, 2 and 3): 2003-2011
The LFP consortium developed new and improved methods for determining reservoir lithology and fluid properties from surface seismic and well-bore data by quantifying changes in pore fluids, lithology, and porosity in low contrast sands, tight sands and other environments. Sponsors included AGIP, Anadarko Petroleum, BG Group, Brigham, Burlington, Conoco Phillips, Devon Energy, Dominion, Dong, Ecopetrol, ENI, Gaz de France, Husky, Instituto Mexicano Del Petroleo, JOGMEC (JNOC), Maersk, Newfield, Nexen Petroleum, Noreco, Norsk Hydro, Petro SA, Pioneer Natural Resources, Reliance Industries, RWE-DEA, Samson, Sanchez Oil and Gas, Saudi Aramco, Seismic Micro-Tech, Spinnaker, Statoil, Tullow, and Woodside Energy.

HyPoMap (Hydrocarbon Pocket Mapping): 2007-2009
The goal of the project was to examine approaches to CSEM acquisition and analysis for increased resolution, allowing the method to be applied more readily to step out exploration, prospect appraisal and reservoir monitoring. Sponsored by the UK government, in collaboration with BP and the UK National Oceanography Centre.

United States Department of Energy (DOE): 2004-2009
RSI, in conjunction with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), completed the following projects: Novel Use of P-wave and S-wave Seismic Attenuation for Deep Natural Gas Exploration and Development – Exploration & Production Technologies DE-FC26-04NT42243 Seismic Gas Hydrate Quantification by Cumulative Attributes (CATTs) – DOE/NETL Methane Hydrate Projects DE-FC26-06NT42961

SWOP (Shallow Water OHM Project) – 2002-2005:
The goal of this project was to extend the effective operating envelope of CSEM methods from deep water (>1km) to shallow water. The project concluded with the successful survey of the Nuggets reservoir in 2005 where water depth was 115m, shallower than previously thought possible. Sponsors included BP, Chevron, ENI, ITF, Shell, and Total.

Q (Seismic Attenuation) consortium – 1998-2003:
This consortium investigated the use of seismic attenuation for reservoir characterization. Sponsors included AGIP, Anadarko, BG, Burlington, Devon Energy, Enterprise, Marathon Oil, Mitchell Energy, Norsk Hydro, RWE, Saudi Aramco, Shell, and Total Elf.

Seismic Attribute Consortium – 1991-2003:
The goal of this project was to develop and test a range of novel post-stack seismic attributes. Sponsors included – Agip – Eni, Anadarko, Beb Erdgas, Bhp, CGG, Chevron, Chevron Texaco, Deminex, Enterprise Oil, Exxonmobil, Japex, JNOC, Marathon, Mobil, Norsk Hydro, Paradigm, Pemex, Rwe Dea, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Sonatrach, Total, Turkish Petroleum, Unocal, Wascana, and Zydeco.

Custom R&D
RSI also undertakes special research projects for individual clients. We have conducted projects for clients ranging from small independents to the largest international operators. We have conducted research and development projects on CSEM-seismic integration, 4D, pore pressure prediction, tight gas sands, methane hydrate characterization, carbonates and many others.