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SIPES Seminar: Effective Utilization of “Off-the-Shelf” Seismic Data for Identifying Oil and Gas Prospects

February 4, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm CST


Effective Utilization of “Off-the-Shelf” Seismic Data for Identifying Oil and Gas Prospects

This is the first in a series of SIPES Continuing Education Seminars

“Making the Most of Your Technical Assets”

This Seminar focuses on “Affordable and Timely” ways to mine your existing seismic library to find new plays and reduce prospect risk profiles without costly reprocessing and complex data analysis.

Seminar Outline

  1. Richard Willingham: “Maximizing Seismic Data Value to Survive Covid 19 (and the Next) Downturn”
  2. John Castagna: “Hi-Res Inversion and Rock Properties from Off-The-Shelf Seismic”
  3. Nanne Hemstra: “Maximizing Seismic Data Value with Easy to Use Interpretation Workflows”
  4. Kirby Barry JD: Ethics Talk: “Seismic Contracts – The Black, The White, and The Gray”

Date: Thursday, February 4th, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Program will qualify for Continuing Education Credit

Cost will be: $10

Pre-registration is required


Godswill Nwankwo, MBA: Godswill currently works with his team and affiliates to build and deploy sustainable operational and financial strategies that are geared towards growing value in the short and long term. He built and successfully ran oilfield companies and provides contract (turnkey) drilling, operational, financial and management advisory services with integrated reservoir asset development and management, reservoir economics and valuation (fairness opinion). Godswill had previously worked for Schlumberger as a Drilling Services Engineer (DSE). He also worked for Halliburton and Baker Hughes INTEQ where he travelled and lived all over the United States. From the Appalachian to the Williston Basin and Elk Hills of the San Joaquin Valley to the Gulf of Mexico, he has led and managed teams from diverse backgrounds on several oil and gas drilling projects. He is also a knowledge expert on advanced subsurface formation data interpretation. Godswill has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). He also has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Computer Science with specialization in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence. He obtained an MBA degree in Finance with specialization in Private Equity and Investments.


Dr. John Castagna: John Castagna holds the Sheriff Chair in Geophysics at the University of Houston and is a Director of Lumina Technologies, Inc. Prior to 25 years as a Professor, he worked for 16 years in a variety of technical and management positions in research, technical services, exploration, and field development for various Atlantic-Richfield companies. His main interest is in quantitative interpretation of seismic data.

Richard Willingham: Richard is a Geophysical consultant and Manager of CR Willingham & Assoc LLC. Throughout his 40 plus year career, he has focused on risk profile reduction through application of advanced seismic processing, analysis, and quantitative interpretation of seismic data. His clients have ranged from “majors” to small independents. He has also practiced forensic geophysics as a principal investigator in long term nuclear reactor site safety programs meeting the rigorous federal requirement of “Latest and Best” technologies.  One of his long term objectives had been making these technologies available and practicable for the small independent.

Kirby Barry JD: He has a BS in Geology with a minor in Mathematics and received his law degree from LSU. He joined Gulf Oil Corporation in 1977 and in 1983 he moved to Kaneb Services, Inc. In 1987 he joined TOTAL SA as the General Counsel, Vice President, Land and Corporate Secretary of its wholly owned United States affiliate Total Minatome. After dissolution of the latter he went into private practice and in 2006 joined Burleson Cooke LLP and helped it grow to over 150 person staff with offices in six cities and four states. Subsequently he founded Barry Conge Harris LLP in 2016. His primary emphasis has been in oil and gas law.

Nanne Hemstra: Nanne is the CEO of dGB Earth Sciences and one of the founders of OpendTect. As a senior geo-scientific software engineer he has been involved in OpendTect developments since he started working for dGB in 2001. He is responsible for many innovations and developed in sequence stratigraphic functionalities, resulting in over 20 publications in this expertise. OpendTect, in its basic form is one of the most highly developed “free-ware” seismic interpretation packages on the market.


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February 4, 2021
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm CST
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Online – ZOOM
Houston, TX United States


Jeffrey Allen