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PESA VIC-TAS September Technical Meeting: Coal Seismic is not Easy

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 12:00 - 14:00


Guest Speaker: Mr Henk van Paridon

Mr Henk van Paridon is a geophysicist with over 30 years of experience and has been working as an independent consultant for the past 20 years. He studied at the University of Adelaide and the Queensland University of Technology.

He is the principal geophysicist at Energeo Pty Ltd, a geophysical consultancy providing advice to the petroleum, CSG and coal industries. He is an expert in land seismic acquisition and interpretation with broad experience across a number of basins. He has consulted widely; from companies looking at continuous gas plays at 3000m in the southern Bowen Basin to advising on seismic methods for open cut mining.

In addition to his consulting business, Henk also provides training and mentoring services. Nearly 300 students have attended his seismic workshops over the last 6 years.

He is a former president of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and former editor of its bimonthly magazine, Preview.

Seismic data from eastern Australian basins are dominated by coal reflectors. Coals are flat lying and go on forever, from an interpretation point of view what could be easier?

There is a lot of complexity in coal seams that coal geologists have known about forever, and that petroleum geologists are now coming to grips with. At the coal mine level, geologists are interested in seam geometry , whereas conventional petroleum geologists are more interested in channel sands between the coals.

This presentation will focus on the kind of information that is available from high-resolution 3D seismic for underground coal mining and compare it with the same geology at depths of over 2000m. Mining geology needs a far more detail than petroleum geology and the seismic effort required to obtain this detail is discussed. The physics of coal reflectivity will be examined but no equations will be used.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
12:00 - 14:00


Henry & The Fox
525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia


VIC-TAS Secretary
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