In the interests of greater efficiency, lower costs and enhanced reach, IOGP’s Geomatics Committee held its first webinar on 10 March, hosted by Walter Jardine, chair of the Geophysical Operations Sub-committee. The virtual event attracted 60 E&P Operator participants from around the world, drawn by presentations from Andy Hill of BP and Tony Blackburn, who recently retired from a senior position in the E&P Operator domain.
Andy’s session focused on recent updates to the 2011 Guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys (IOGP report 373-18-1) and the new Technical Notes, which he explained, provide more detailed guidance. This material includes supporting technical information and background theory on the various equipment, planning, acquisition, processing and interpretation techniques used in a site survey project.
Tony spoke about significant updates to the seismic navigation data formats (P1, P2 and P6) of which the Geomatics Committee is the custodian. Following a thorough review of these between 2009 and 2011, IOGP reissued them as P1/11, P2/11 and P6/11, replacing formats that were 20-25 years old. Subsequently, the legacy formats were deprecated and revision 1.1 of the P1/11 and P2/11 formats was issued. As Tony explained in the webinar, this revision incorporates improvements suggested by the user community. The new formats should be stable for the foreseeable future, he added, and are more suitable than the legacy formats, for the myriad of seismic techniques now available in the industry, including 3D, 4D and 4C marine tow and OBC/OBN and also land seismic.
For those who missed the live webinar, the material presented is available here.