These courses have all
evolved from the 5th SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course, offered by
Dr. Thomsen at 28 locations around the world in 2002. The material has been
updated and parsed variously for differing client needs.
Six courses are described
here, with a complete synopsis for each. All are supported by the book,
Understanding Seismic Anisotropy in Exploration and Exploitation, by Leon
Thomsen, published in 2002 by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, as the
2002 SEG/EAGE DISCourse, with a 2nd
Edition printed in 2014. They are not “methods courses”, but rather are
“concept courses”, familiarizing the students with essential concepts, enabling
them to ask the right questions in future conversations, rather than to operate
particular software packages.
The six courses are:
- Anisotropy for Executives A one-hour
seminar, designed to explain to technical
managers what they need to know about seismic anisotropy, when their own
technical experts are recommending acquisition, processing, imaging, or
interpretation of data affected by anisotropy.
- Anisotropy for Interpreters A
two-hour course, designed to explain to interpreters of seismic
images what they need to know about seismic anisotropy, and how it can
affect those images.
- Anisotropy 1 A one-day course, covering
seismic P-wave anisotropy, updated from the 2002 SEG/EAGE DISCourse.
- Anisotropy 2 A two-day course, covering
all areas of seismic anisotropy, updated from the 2002 SEG/EAGE DISCourse, with class exercises. If translation from
English is advisable (for full benefit to participants), then 3 days should
be allocated for this course.
- Anisotropy 3 A one-day course, covering vector-wave
(shear and converted) anisotropy, with class exercises, and ample time for
full discussion. Essential points of this course are that
of us need to understand vector waves, even though most of us work,
today, mostly with P-waves.
is essential to understanding vector waves, whereas isotropy forms
an adequate basis for elementary understanding of P-waves.
- Anisotropy 4 A four-day course, covering
all areas of seismic anisotropy, updated from the 2002 SEG/EAGE DISCourse, with class exercises, and ample time for
full discussion. If translation from English is advisable (for full
benefit to participants), then 5 days should be allocated for this course.