Fahd University of Petroleum &Minerals
Earth Sciences Department
Seismic Exploration II
Physical properties of rocks, Seismic
velocities and densities, Elastic module, and types of waves.
Seismic reflection, Reflection coefficients,
synthetic seismograms, and Seismic wavelets.
Seismic data acquisition: (2-D and 3-D
seismic methodology, Multiples, Energy Sources, Detectors, Common-depth- point
data processing: velocity determination, Frequency and filtering,
diffraction and migration.
Earth model, and Plate Tectonics Concept.
Isosticy & subsidence.
Relationship between basin architecture and
Case histories (Seismic examples on basins).
Causes of global changes in sea level.
Subsidence and eustatic change of sea level.
Sedimentary supply & processes.
Well log correlation.
Seismic facies analysis (Clastics vs.
Chrono-stratigraphy vs. Litho-stratigraphy
Clastics sequence stratigraphy.
Carbonate sequence stratigraphy.
Seismic response of the different structures.
Arabian Gulf (Carbonate and salt)
Gulf of Mexico (Depositional environment of clastics and salt).
Two Field Trips:
3-D Seismic Acquisition crew (around Haradh
area, Ghawar Field)
3-D Seismic Data Processing (Exploration
Building at Saudi Aramco)
Major Exam I
Major Exam II
Term Paper & Trips (10%)
Five Home works (10%)
Asquith G., 1982, Basic well log analysis for geologists, American
Association of Petroleum Geologists. 216 p.
Bally A. W., 1987, Atlas of seismic stratigraphy, American Association of
Petroleum Geologists studies in geology, 3 volumes.
Jackson M. P., et al. (eds.), 1993, Salt tectonics: A global perspective,
American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Memoir 65, 554 p.
Loucks R. G. and Sarg, J. F. (eds.), 1993, Carbonate sequence
stratigraphy, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Memoir 57, 545 p.
Payton C. E. (ed.), 1977, Seismic stratigraphy: Applications to
hydrocarbon exploration, American Association of Petroleum Geologists. 516 p.
Scholle P. A. and Spearing D. (eds.), 1982, Sandstone depositional
environments, American Association of Petroleum Geologists. 216 p.
Water K. H., 1987, Reflection seismology: A tool for energy resources
exploration, A Wiley-Interscience Publication, New York, 538 p
Weimer P. and Link, M. H., 1991, Seismic Facies and sedimentary processes
of submarine fans and turbidite systems, Springer-Verlag, New York, 447 p.
Wilgus C. K., et al. (eds.), 1988, Sea-level changes: An integrated
approach, Society of Economic Paleontologist and Mineralogists, Special
publication No. 42, 407 p.
And several papers as a handout.