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On 14 February 2007, the SEG Advanced Modeling (SEAM) Corporation was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the state of Oklahoma, with SEG as sole member, for the purpose of fiduciary, policy, and management oversight of the SEAM projects ("Phases"). SEAM is an industrial consortia dedicated to large-scale leading-edge geophysical numerical modeling.

The SEAM projects will provide the geophysical exploration community with geophysical model data for subsurface geological models at a level of complexity and size that cannot be practicably computed by any single company or small number of companies. A general introduction to the SEAM initiative can be found in TLE's June 2007 issue.

The SEAM mission is to advance the science and technology of applied geophysics through a cooperative industry effort focused on subsurface model construction and generation of synthetic data sets for geophysical problems of importance to the resource extraction industry. Data sets, after an initial two years of confidentiality, will enter the public domain.

The primary goals of SEAM are to:

  • design and generate synthetic model 3D and 2D seismic data
  • share the high cost effort of substantial model design and generation among the project participants
  • provide a forum to discuss geophysical problems of interest
  • advance the art of modeling and computation
  • provide data sets for industry benchmarks and educational purposes

SEAM Research Projects

SEAM Phase I Project 

Challenges of Sub-salt Imaging in Tertiary Basins, with Emphasis on Deepwater Gulf of Mexico


Geophysical Modeling for Studying Acquisition and Processing Methods in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico(RPSEA Subcontract No. 07121-2001, under DOE Prime Contract No. DE-AC26-07NT42677)

The goal of this project is to develop a suite of synthetic geophysical datasets that can be used by industry and the geophysical research community to improve reservoir imaging techniques. Synthetic data will be acquired over an existing SEAM Earth Model, and datasets will include acoustic and elastic seismic, CSEM, MT, and gravity.  These datasets will be used by researchers to develop best practices for acquisition and processing of geophysical imaging data in deep, complex hydrocarbon reservoirs.

SEAM Phase II Project

Land Seismic Challenges, an industry-led consortium addressing critical land seismic challenges through advanced 3D elastic modeling:

  • High channel count acquisition
  • Near surface issues
  • Fracture detection

In this Project, three models were built, and geophysical data acquired:

  • Unconventional Reservoirs Model
  • Arid Surface Model
  • Foothills Model

This project will terminate in 2Q2016, and the two-year exclusivity will commence at that time.


SEAM Pressure Prediction Project

Pressure Prediction and Hazard Avoidance through Improved Seismic Imaging

This Project will provide a collaborative forum where industry experts prioritize current challenges in the use of seismic velocity models to construct pre-drill pore pressure forecasts for well planning.

SEAM-RPSEA Pore Pressure Project


Pore Pressure Extension

In this extension, industry experts will construct a small model of time-lapse changes in the geophysical response of a reservoir, during a plausible program of production and injection. Unlike previous SEAM projects, the results will be available to SEAM itself, immediately upon completion of the project (Sept. 2016).


SEAM Life of Field Project

Time-lapse reservoir modelling

This Project will provide a collaborative forum where industry expertsdefine a large, full-physics model of time-lapse changes in the geophysical response of a reservoir, during a plausible program of production and injection. Building the model will require expertise beyond that of geophysics, including also reservoir geology, geomechanics, and engineering.