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De-risk Karsts with Permian Basin FTG Data

Airborne Full Tensor Gradiometry (FTG) and Magnetics HD survey in the Delaware Basin is largely used for mapping drilling hazards in the shallow section

An unprecedented level of resolution was achieved in this 100m spaced survey over 1000 square miles in West Texas. Operators had experienced multiple causes of hazards in the shallow section and were unable to quantify risk. It was suggested that an FTG survey might provide valuable insight and information. The suggestion was correct.

Once the data had been collected, cutting edge interpretation consultants produced a shallow hazards risk map that achieved 87% accuracy in some areas and has been the subject of several industry papers and talks by operators and drillers.

Selected images from "Detection and avoidance of karst related shallow geohazards using ultra high resolution Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry in the Delaware Basin, Texas" presented at AAPG 2018

Operators in the Permian can make use of this high definition data to accurately image shallow velocity variations and significantly de-risk operations. If you have a team in-house, processed data can be purchased, or it can be offered as a service via Bell Geospace and partners. Potential future studies could also investigate the correlation between fault maps from FTG and magnetics with induced seismicity.

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Permian FTG Data Available Now
Map shows the Permian airborne FTG data available now. It can be purchased as processed data or can be integrated with seismic data and purchased as a service

Related Papers

Shallow Velocity Modeling - This paper presents a multi-physics approach that does not suffer from velocity-depth ambiguity and provides a robust shallow velocity model - First Break 2021

Managing Drilling Losses in the Permian Using Airborne Gravity Full Tensor Gradiometry - SPE 2019

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