1. Leading Edge Geotechnology Consultants, INC.
Philip W. Johnson, Career Summary
President, Leading Edge GeoTechnology Consultants
1213 Orange Street (mail)
2011 Magazine Street (office)
New Orleans, LA 70130
An accomplished Senior Geophysicist with extensive experience in
acquisition, processing, interpretation and reservoir characterization.
Experience ranges from R&D through Seismic Data Processing to Prospect
Generation, Operations (drilling well decision making) and to Field
(Prospect) Development and Study.
Experienced in all Gulf of Mexico plays including deep water and Sub Salt.
Onshore experience in the Miocene, Wilcox, Smackover and Cotton Valley
plays. Caused the first shelf subsalt objective to be drilled in VM 356 by
depth migrating TOS and BOS via ray traced map migration using the
Sattleger ISPOO3 software.
Foreign experience includes field studies on two Miocene fields in Trinidad
Off-Shore, mapping the Bangladesh portion of the Bay of Bengal, and the
study of four large fields in the onshore Sichuan Basin of China.
2. Domestic experience includes a South Louisiana Zone One exploration
program in which I was solely responsible for acquisition design and
implementation, processing and interpretation. A successful well was drilled
as a result.
From 1963 to 1965 I was responsible for data processing on several models
of analog computer using both AM and FM field and rerecording tapes. The Sources
were both dynamite and Vibroseis. This required graphical diagramming of the
source, receiver and depth point location of every trace and the subsequent
design of a manual sorting process that used an analog “patch panel”. Static
corrections were manually computed and Normal Moveout was manually
determined by manually picking the reflection hyperbolas of the major reflections,
and building a plastic “cam” which translated the NMO into an time varying
electric current which moved the pickup head on the tape to provide a variable
time delay thereby correcting the NMO on a trace by trace basis. The traces
were plotted on photographic paper through a 1/96 inch slot producing a gather
that simulated a stacked trace. These sections were passed to the interpreter.
In 1966, I mapped several 1 inch to 4000 foot quadrangles in the Frio Trend
on unmigrated, transcorded single fold 2d data along and across the Mexican
border as a part of a very large data exchange with PEMEX. The maps were
posted and hand contoured on linen.
In 1967 I was transferred to the AMOCO General Office in Tulsa, OK to participate in
the design and implementation of the first corporate digital processing system, PESOS.
This was a database driven system and was eventually copied by commercial companies.
I was responsible for, Velocity and NMO, and Statics and later for amplitude fidelity in
From 1970-1982, I was a Senior Research Scientist, developing and testing seismic data
processing programs for implementation into the corporate processing system. I
developed, automated Velocity Analysis, Automatic Reflection Differential Picking and
Automated trim Static Computation, Amplitude compensation for Divergence,
transmission and reflection losses as a function of offset and time, a non-linear, iterative
de-reverberation technique that made no wavelet assumptions, and a method of
attenuation of deep water hard water-bottom multiples using pattern recognition and
From 1982 1988, I supervised a large group of neo Geophysicists and professional
assistants in processing huge quantities of marine seismic data both newly acquired and
reprocessed from archival data. This included the infamous Gulf-wide sale. My
responsibilities included the teaching of the new hires in the fundamentals of Petroleum
Geophysics, Data Processing, Interpretation and developing their work, data processing,
mapping, and presentation skills.
3. In 1989-1992, I supervised a large group of Earth Scientists who digitally
mapped the entire offshore GOM as a part of a regional project effort. The
resulting regional were among the first large scale digitally produced maps,
both structure and isochronal, at AMOCO. This regional project group also
produced technical projects. One successful project involved incorporating
the 100,000’s of stacking velocity surveys and the 100’s of check shot
surveys into a GOM wide average velocity model for the use of our
interpreters for time and depth conversion. Stacking velocities were
statistically calibrated to check shot velocities which effectively removed the
primary effects of Anisotropy. Another large successful regional project
involved the use of 1000 or more detailed Petro physical analyses to make
trend maps of Petro physical properties by formation.
In 1992 I joined the New Orleans Offshore Business Unit as an Operations
Geophysicist. During the next two years, I was involved in the targeting and
following of several wells in the High Island Hyalina Baltica trend mapped and
picked locations for wells drilled from the “F Platform” in the HI A572 complex
and was then assigned to the MA 622 complex. Both were large, active fields
with active drilling programs and exceptional velocity problems. All but one
“F” platform” well were economic successes. One well set the record (for that time)
for contiguous oil pay (300+ feet) and Open Hole Potential of 10,000+ BBLOPD. I
also laid out a high resolution 3D survey on AMOCO’s largest offshore GOM
property in Matagorda Island and participated in the quality control until I retired
from AMOCO in 1994.
In 1994-1996, coming out of retirement I was contracted by ENRON for 2
field studies in Trinidad, a large mapping project from paper records in the
shallow waters of Bangladesh, and a year-long study of a set of 4 fields in the
Sichuan basin of China. As a part of this project, as the Geophysicist for
ENRON in China, I was given tours of the facilities of the Sichuan section of
CNOC, and several small private companies, and presented the Geophysical
analysis of our plan to develop the 4 Sichuan Basin Fields to the top
Management of CNOC.
In 2004- 2009, I was contracted by Lafourche Realty, a large landowner in
SE LA, to complete field studies of four Miocene fields using 50 sq. miles of
proprietary 3D. I developed more than 40 drillable prospects.
4. Experienced 2-D and 3-D SMT KINGDOM and LandMark mapper. Also
familiar with SURFER mapping and Kriging. Have extensive EarthPak
experience with both digital and raster logs. Have correlated thousands of
logs and used Paleo Control where available. Made hundreds of Geologic
cross sections with annotations of Geology (cores, perfs,etc.),
Production(monthly, cums, tests, etc.), and Paleo Environments.
Extensive experience in generating synthetics and tying Geology to seismic;
time and phase balancing of 2D and 3D seismic grids, modeling seismic
responses and calibrating seismic attributes to lithology and production.
Experienced with impedance inversion and AVO inversion.
Experienced in reservoir productivity prediction, risk evaluation and estimation
of risked return on investment. Developed MS ACCESS software for purpose
of documenting prospects with graphic displays, and computations of net and
gross risked and un-risked reserves and cash flows.
Current in technology: I am competent in the use and quality control of
Time to Depth Conversion, AVO (direct hydrocarbon detection), Migration
before and after Stack ( Subsurface Imaging), Reservoir Characterization,
Complex Seismic Attributes and their application to Reservoir
Expert in Velocity and Time to Depth Conversion Technology. Two Papers
published. Have taught classes on time to depth conversion for AMOCO and
Experienced in R&D and Seismic data processing and quality control.
Experienced Corporate Trainer. Taught in-house courses and acted as a
mentor for new hires. Experienced user of Wolfram’s MATHEMATICA which I
use for derivations of useful formulas and for fancy Graphic Displays for
5. Employment History
AMOCO PRODUCTION CO.
Junior Geophysicist, 1962-1964, Corpus Christi, TX Interpretive Geophysicist,
1964-1967, Houston, TX Senior Geophysicist, Corporate Technical Staff, 1967-
1970, Tulsa, OK Senior Research Scientist, 1970-1981, Tulsa, OK Supervisor, Data
Processing, 1981-1986, New Orleans, LA Supervisor Regional Projects 1986-1989,
New Orleans, LA Consultant, Regional Technical Staff, 1989-1990, New Orleans, LA
Exploitation Geophysicist Offshore Business Unit, 1990-1994,New
LEADING EDGE GEOTECHNOLOGY CONSULTANTS
1994 - Present
Geophysical Consultant and Software Developer- New Orleans, LA
Consulting Geophysicist- New Orleans LA
VANGUARD GEOSCIENCES LLC
Prospect Generator and Sales Manager
. • Organized Geological and Geophysical data for a large land owner in South
Louisiana and managed their data room. Data consists of 3 3D seismic surveys and
nearly 300 wells with logs and well files. Tied in 20 Paleo Studies in area wide mapping
of 20 producing sands. The field studies developed over 40 prospects on their data.
. • Mapped four fields in the onshore of China for a major independent. Tied
6000 km of seismic to 20+ synthetic traces and balanced phase, time, and amplitude at
the line intersections. Made technical presentations to the Chinese National Oil
Company and the Sichuan Petroleum Corporation. Negotiated the purchase of 6000 km
of seismic data. Supervised data reprocessing for AVO attributes. Converted time to
depth using my proprietary LinFaust technique.
. • Mapped a field in the offshore of Trinidad for a major independent.
Integrated 8 wells and 6 horizons into a detailed field study. Used a proprietary
Linearized Faust depth conversion method which had a significant effect on reserves
. • Participated as an integrated team member to map HI-A573 field for a field
study in a 6 block (54 sq. mi) area characterized by large horizontal velocity gradients;
used Sattleger software to map, depth convert, and model the prospects.
6. . • Served on an integrated exploitation team assigned to produce a field
study of the Matagorda 623 field; produced field wide maps on 10 horizons, resulting in
13 new prospects. Used LINFAUST depth conversions which had a significant effect on
.• Designed and wrote velocity analysis and reflection statics programs, and
Designed a velocity database which implemented company (AMOCO) wide. Moved
that database to the work station environment and updated functionality for AMOCO.
. • Developed a simple and effective method of calibrating stacking velocities
to check shot surveys, for use in time to depth conversion. The method has been
applied worldwide and is available as a technical service.
. • Supervised seismic data processing for lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico,
and developed new processing flows that greatly improved results. Trained
approximately 50 new geophysicists in both data processing and structural mapping.
. • Supervised Seismic Stratigraphy and regional mapping groups in the Gulf
of Mexico using 15 interpreters. The initial regional mapping of salt and Sub Salt
prospects in the Gulf of Mexico was completed as a project.
. • Successfully initiated and completed the first AMOCO Sub Salt play in the
Gulf of Mexico including modeling, and map migrations. Used Johannes Satleger's
ISP003 map migration program to successfully migrate and depth convert a sub salt
. • Planned, acquired, processed and mapped seismic in Zone I play -
Louisiana Delta which resulted in subsequent acreage acquisition and a seismic
discovery drilled. Designed and supervised data acquisition and processing to solve the
severe noise and static problems peculiar to the Mississippi River Delta Zone I area.
. • Authored two US Patents on methods of acquiring 2-D and 3-D Seismic
which allow Geophysicists to design data acquisition schemes that have robust static
. • Evaluated Sierra's RAYMAP and SIVA programs for use in Sub Salt and
other velocity problem areas.
. • As operations geophysicist on a drilling wildcat, unmigrated and
remigrated maps using updated velocities from the drilling well and the ISP003 map
migration program. As a result, recommended an expensive well steering program to
save the objective from being faulted out.
. • Conducted extensive "Advanced Velocity Analysis and Depth Conversion"
training at Corporate Training Center biannually for 3 years.
7. . • Supervised the design and implementation of a Petro physical Rock
Properties data base and software that provided insight to interpreters evaluating
Amplitudes and AVO throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
. • Participated in an evaluation of a research "depth migration before stack"
software. As a result of the evaluation, extensive changes were made.
. • Developed a series of lectures and presentations to enhance technology
training for managers and Exploration training for researchers.
. • Developed and implemented a Geoscience Data model appropriate for
field studies using IBI Focus data base and report writing software. The Database was
then used for upload to the workstations. Have since transferred this technology to MS
. • Designed and executed exhaustive field tests with the AMOCO research
party, which lead to improved seismic quality in the Florida Panhandle.
. • Received several awards recognizing exceptional achievements.
• Interpreted a Wilcox prospect for a small Independent and depth
converted with a strong velocity gradient that turned the direction of dip around in going
from time to depth. The results created a prospect that was not visible on the seismic
. • Designed, implemented and installed a corporate velocity data base and
processing system for Amoco.
. • Presented papers on velocity, anisotropy and depth conversion at National
OTC and SEG conventions.
. • Authored the first corporate velocity analysis program for AMOCO and
coauthored the first corporate reflection statics program. Recommended changes to all
AMOCO Seismic Data Processing Programs to assure fidelity of amplitude output.
Developed and presented a 2 day Course for the Society of Independent
Exploration Scientists, SIPES, on the use of the Faust technique to convert time
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, Advanced Studies, Mathematics, Geophysics
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, MS Geophysics
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, BA Physics
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Southeast Geophysical Society
New Orleans Geological Society
Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES)
Board Member and singer, The Symphony Chorus Of New Orleans
Houston Symphony Chorus
Neighborhood Watch Area Organizer
Member of All Congregations Together, ACT, a community organizing group
Member of a Citizens Oversight Committee of the Orleans Parish School Board
Steering Committee Member for Target Cities Federal Drug Rehabilitation
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