Seismic Characterization in the Delaware Basin

Sponsored by: Fairfield Geotechnologies

Focused on:

  • Drilling
  • Seismic
  • Geology

Date: 5 September


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Insights from rock properties

The Delaware Basin is one of the hottest unconventional plays in the U.S. There are challenges associated with both seismic imaging and reservoir characterization throughout the basin due to complex geology. This webinar describes a case study where discontinuous debris flows, which are a challenge to interpret based solely on reflection amplitudes, are made easier to identify through the use of an innovative elastic inversion technique.

The inversion technique jointly solves for elastic impedance properties and seismic lithofacies over the Bone Spring and Wolfcamp formations. This facies-based inversion methodology is an ideal tool because it does not suffer from the same pitfalls as conventional simultaneous inversion techniques. The webinar describes the inversion process and how effective integration of petrophysics, geology and geophysics is key to a high fidelity and reliable rock properties characterization.

The seismic facies and elastic rock properties predicted in this study serve as a stable foundation for detailed interpretation and reservoir characterization. Understanding the complex geology in the Delaware Basin prior to drilling can help operators safely plan well laterals and avoid costly drilling hazards and mistakes.

Register now and learn how to better utilize your seismic data to reliably predict geology, improve well placement and optimize well completions.

Presented by

Andrew Lewis,

Manager-Reservoir Services

Andrew joined Fairfield Geotechnologies in 2016 as the Manager of Reservoir Services. He specializes in Permian Basin seismic reservoir characterization specifically in the Delaware Basin. Aside from the Permian, Andrew has done a variety of reservoir characterization projects in other geological basins including the Gulf of Mexico, onshore Gulf Coast, Appalachian Basin, and Powder River Basin. Andrew received an M.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Houston in 2012. He is currently an Executive MBA candidate at Texas A&M's Mays School of Business, Class of 2020.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Accurately predict rock properties from seismic data
  • Integrate geology, geophysics and petrophysics for reservoir characterization
  • Safely and accurately plan well locations to avoid costly mistakes
  • Understand the latest and most reliable seismic inversion technology


  • Geophysicists
  • Geologists
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Exploration Manager
  • Asset Manager
  • Petrophysicists
  • Production Manager