The value of outcrop studies in reducing subsurface uncertainty and risk in hydrocarbon exploration and production

Bowman, M.; Smyth, H.R.; Good, T.R.; Passey, S.R.; Hirst, J.P.P.; Jordan, C.J., eds. 2016 The value of outcrop studies in reducing subsurface uncertainty and risk in hydrocarbon exploration and production. London, UK, Geological Society of London, NP-NP, 268pp. (Geological Society Special Publication, 436, 1).

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Field studies over a range of scales have been important in the upstream oil and gas industry for decades. Advances in digital outcrop characterization and data capture, coupled with increased computational capabilities, have resulted in a resurgence in fieldwork; these field studies are required to develop depositional, stratigraphic and structural concepts and provide the data which underpin the current generation of complex, computer generated, 3D subsurface models. These models provide an informed means of benchmarking the subsurface along with a more considered view of subsurface uncertainty and management of the risks identified. The papers in this volume cover safety in the field, frontier basin petroleum system assessment, field appraisal and development including unconventional resources, applications of techniques such as LiDAR and 3D photogrammetry, and uncertainty characterization. The studies were undertaken in diverse locations such as the Faroe Islands, Italy, Algeria, India, the USA and Trinidad; they represent a range of tectonic settings and a wide geological time frame. The spectrum of papers is testament to the value and integral position that fieldwork occupies within the modern hydrocarbon industry.

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ISBN: 9781786201409
ISSN: 0305-8719
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Date made live: 06 Jan 2017 12:20 +0 (UTC)

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