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Thursday, 26 April 2012, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Imaging the Invisible – The Role of Seismic in Exploration & Production

Paul Sexton, Head of Seismic Imaging, Total E&P

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 26 April 2012, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



As the search for new resources means that we are forced to work in domains that are increasingly complicated, producing accurate images of our prospects and fields is becoming more and more important for Exploration & Production. The industry has made dramatic progress in the last 10 years due to a combination of better data acquisition, advanced processing algorithms and enormous computer power. These improvements allow us to correctly model much more difficult geological settings and consequently we can image structures that were previously invisible. We demonstrate this evolution and ask what the future holds as the technology continues to improve.


Paul Sexton has been head of the Seismic Imaging team within Total since 2008, responsible for Total’s operational imaging work as well as a very active Research & Development team. Paul joined Total E&P UK in 1997, first as a researcher before moving to Total’s Geophysical Operations team in Pau, France. After setting up a new imaging team in 2001, Paul moved-on to work in reservoir monitoring and in 2005 moved to Nigeria to work as an Explorationist in the Deep Offshore. Paul has a first class honours degree in Physics and a PhD in Geophysics, both from Durham University.

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