Galp, IBM develop advanced exploration tool

IBM and Galp have developed an artificial intelligence-based advisor to assist seismic interpretation related to oil and gas exploration.

AI-based advisor for seismic interpretation
AI-based advisor for seismic interpretation

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LISBON, Portugal – IBM and Galp have developed an AI-based advisor to assist seismic interpretation related to oil and gas exploration.

The tool is said to speed up the creation of enhanced geological models, risk assessment of new prospects, and determining optimal placement of new oil wells.

Through their Brazilian divisions Petrogal Brasil and IBM Research-Brazil, Galp and IBM performed a three-year research project.

This led to development of a prototype that acts as an ‘advisor’ to geoscientists in the identification and evaluation of exploration prospects and in the interpretation of seismic images.

The tool incorporates Galp’s acquired knowledge and previous seismic interpretations and experiences inBrazil’s presalt Santos basin.

It is said to continuously improve its capabilities, learning from interaction with users or from ingestion of more data, with AI-based visual comprehension used to help geoscientists sift through large 3D seismic data sets and quickly identify geological structures that could bear oil and gas.

The research prototype automates analysis of technical documents, including notes by research scientists, and provides advice and suggestions on how to interpret subsurface images.

It integrates relevant information from multiple sources, including seismic images, academic papers, notes, and reports. Using AI, it offers suggestions with supporting evidence, and the information will be built on over time, enabling transfer and retention of knowledge.

Galp’s geoscientists are currently testing the prototype, with additional capabilities under joint development.

07/26/2018

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