“If the model doesn’t look like the outcrop, then the model isn’t right”

 A good, realistic geomodel can provide valuable insight into the nature of a reservoir, with ramifications for volumetrics, well planning, completions, production simulation and more. The trick is building a good model.

I have expertise and experience in constructing geomodels in Schlumberger`s Petrel that incorporate all available data, from seismic to core, to well logs to outcrop analogues, dipmeter to the latest discussions in the scientific literature, which provide realistic models that honour the data. All of the data. If the model doesn’t look like the outcrop, then the model isn’t right. Want to model how your fluvial-estuarine point bar will behave under production, but your seismic cannot resolve the internal reservoir architecture? We can construct the internal stratigraphic architecture from dipmeter, and distribute properties based on outcrop analogues on a sub seismic scale to help you better place your wells and maximize recovery. Need to build a permeability models but you don’t have much data? We can combine your existing data with other core measurements to enhance your understanding of the subsurface. In short, we can build an accurate, realistic model of your reservoir.

An example from Findlay et al. 2014

Dr Duncan Findlay has 6 years of Petrel experience working for industry and has modeled and published on depositional and diagenetic environments ranging between fluvial estuarine point bars and incised valley systems with large calcite concretions, to shore face sand systems and shale reservoirs. To build these models realistically requires integrating a deep knowledge of many facets of geology. Duncan has a PhD in reconstructing the palaeoenvironment using geochemistry, sedimentaology, macropalaeontology and modern analogues and an MSc degree in micropalaeontology. He has lectured 2nd and 3rd year structural geology as well as 1st year geology at 2 universities, and received 3 years of training at Exxonmobil. A further 3 years were spent at a small startup oil company where he gained first-hand experience of almost every aspect of the industry. He is expert in analyzing large datasets, extracting previously unobserved trends and incorporating this into realistic geomodels. It is this background that allows the construction of realistic geomodels that integrate all available data and give the best possible understanding of the subsurface.

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Duncan Findlay PhD PGeo 

Head Geoscientist

If you came to this page wanting to learn about me, then this is the section you have been looking for. I am a geology enthusiast, obviously, and I love teaching. I also love to play music, so I volunteer at the national music center's guitar club, teaching youngsters how to rock. I`m not happy unless i am solving problems. My career objective is to be a well-respected geoscientist who does good work. Isn't everyone's?

As I freaking love geology, it is a hobby of mine to collect geological specimens and fossils of interest. I’m always looking for interesting specimens while hiking, skiing or mountain biking. In fact the background for this webpage came from a recent backcountry ski tour near the Kananaskis Lakes. Check out the hinge lines. I also enjoy volunteering activities and have helped out with charity events, such as helping out to organize events run by Brock University and the University of Aberdeen, in addition to my work with Oxfam at the Glastonbury Festival (2002).  Other activities include running for good causes, such as the 2006 Run for Retina Research (finished 4th in my age group), the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Run for the Cure, and the 2013 and 2014 Underwear Affair, where in 2013 I was one of the top 10 fundraisers. I also was involved in organizing a woman’s shelter benefit concert (Steel Refrains in 2007), and since April 2014 I have volunteered at the National Music Centre in Calgary, working with at risk high school students who want to learn to rock.

This seems like a good segue to talk about music. I have been a guitarist since I was 15, and currently own 9 guitars, basses and ukuleles. I have played in many bands over the years as either a guitarist or a bass player, and continue to write music today. I am becoming a competent ukulele player, but that is one small fret board!

When I’m not doing all that, I am walking the dog or out on my motorbike exploring the Rockies and other parts of North America. I have ridden as far north as Yellowknife and as far south as Yellowstone, but the year is young, and I’m going to go many other places.

Duncan

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