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MAY 21-22 2019 | Scandic Fornebu Oslo


may 21-22 2019 | Scandic Fornebu Oslo






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The NCS has a long tradition for being in the forefront in technological improvements in exploration. This year’s conference is the third in which both service and oil companies are given the opportunity to demonstrate “state of the art”.

For whom?

All-round explorationists with a need to get updated on recent advances in exploration technology (geochemistry, geophysics, digitalization).


The constant need for improving the success ratio on the NCS requires continuous development of exploration technology. New technology will be showcased, and case histories will be presented.

NCS Future Potential: Technology is Key

The Continuous Search for the “Silver Bullet”

Incremental Improvements make a Big Difference


Early Bird fees are available up until March 31st


DIBS - Payments made easy


Please contact Ingvild Carstens, ingvild@geonova.no, for information about pricing for start-ups, students and out-of-work professionals.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be submitted by May 10th 2019.


Peter KellerAGGS
Jørnar Heggsum HubredAGR
Daria KrasovaAGR
Bente VigenAGR
Smita MallaAGR
Nora Synnestvedt JohansenAker BP ASA
Kjell T. ThonAker BP ASA
Joachim RinnaAker BP ASA
Erling RykkelidAker BP ASA
Ida Terjesen HagenAker BP ASA
Kristian HelleAker BP ASA
Benedikt LerchAker BP ASA
Tore Amund SvånåAurelia Geo AS
Lee ParkerAxxis Geo Solutions AS
Kristian ZahlAxxis Geoservices
Håvard ÅsliBGP Offshore
Nils RæstadBridge Consult AS
Carl Fredrik GyllenhammarCaMa GeoScience AS
Jan Egil FivelstadCegal As
Uli WernerCGG
Anne CamererCGG
Laila RotbergetCGG
Silje RogneCGG
Gustav ErsdalCGG
Erling FrantzenCGG
Finn StrangerCGG
Angelique BerthelotCGG
Hejie WangCGG
Vetle VinjeCGG
Risto SiliqiCGG
Marianne LefdalCGG
Fiamma GiovacchiniCGG
Carl WatkinsCGG Robertson
Egil LindChrysaor Norge AS
Rasmus NymanChrysaor Norge AS
Ole Herman FjelltunConcedo ASA
Geir LundeConcedo ASA
Per AvsethDig Science
Kristin DaleDig Science
Casper MortensenDownUnder GeoSolutions
Howard DaviesDownUnder GeoSolutions
Eirik LarsenEarth Science Analytics
Iselin AarsethEarth Science Analytics
Anne-Brit RamseEdison Norge AS
Andrea SittaEdison Norge AS
Sten RasmussenEdison Norge AS
Dag Helland-HansenEMGS ASA
Susann WieneckeEMGS ASA
Martin HansenEMGS ASA
Jan Petter MortenEMGS ASA
Dag Helland-HansenEMGS ASA
Eirik KyrkjebøEquinor ASA
Olaf ThießenEquinor ASA
Mike CoganEquinor ASA
Nicola MøllerEquinor ASA
Tor SvendsenEquinor ASA
Ben KingEquinor ASA
Alf RysethEquinor ASA
Helge LøsethEquinor ASA
Harald WesterdahlEquinor ASA
Lasse AmundsenEquinor ASA
Lisa ReboraEquinor ASA
Emin SadikhovEquinor ASA
Brahim AbbadEquinor ASA
Kjersti Breirem NeumannEquinor ASA
Marit Stustad GuttormsenEquinor ASA
Tor SømmeEquinor ASA
Jan HelgesenEquinor ASA
Erling VågnesEquinor ASA
Idar A KjørlaugExplonor
Bjørn SeelandExploro
Laura MarelloExploro
Kristian B. BrandseggExploro
Harald ØstbyExploro
Neville BarkerFoxgeo
Daniel BaltarFoxgeo Ltd
Daniel StoddartGeoEight AS
Gulnara HickmanGeoProvider
Ingvild Ryggen CarstensGeoPublishing AS
Halfdan CarstensGeoPublishing AS
Ronny SetsåGeoPublishing AS
Toril LeiteGeoPublishing AS
Cristina MoldovanGeoPublishing AS
Torunn Ryggen CarstensGeoPublishing AS
Flemming Kjeilen-EilertsenGPG
Alisa SmerdovaGPG
Tone ØksenvågIdemitsu Petroleum Norge
Kazuki HorinoIdemitsu Petroleum Norge
Klaus DittmersINPEX
Torgeir VinjeINPEX Norge AS
Rick DonoghueiSEISMIC AS
Kjell Arne BjerkhaugKadme AS
Rolando di PrimioLundin Norway
Jon Halvard PedersenLundin Norway
Per Eivind DhelieLundin Norway
Jan Erik LieLundin Norway
Idar HorstadLundin Norway
Per Helge SembMagseis Fairfield
André BjørvikMagseis Fairfield
Tor ÅkermoenMCG
Lars Ivar LeivestadMCG
Gry TeljeMime Petroleum
Ben De MolNeptune Energy
Tim AllawayNeptune Energy
Jan Åge GregerNeptune Energy
Rune MattingsdalNorwegian Petroleum Directorate
Stig-Morten KnutsenNPD
Ståle Emil JohansenNTNU
Wibecke KampOKEA
Robert MacKenzie PierpontOMV
Birger DahlPegis
Rosy ChirayathPESGB
Stephanie BestPESGB
Kjersti IsrennPetromarker AS
Prof. Evgeny LandaPetroTrace Ltd
Claudio PaleariPetroTrace Ltd
Katherine Harington-FoulkesPetroTrace Ltd
David O'DowdPGS
Nicola O'DowdPGS
Mari Skjeldsøe BergPGS
Martin WidmaierPGS
Carine RoalkvamPGS
Ruben JanssenPGS
Øystein LiePGS
Sean SteenPGS
Martin MelhuusPGS
Erik EwigPGS
Øystein KorsmoPGS
James WallacePOLARCUS
Kristofer SkantzeRex International Holding
Klaus EderSchlumberger
Anne ØvreeideSchlumberger
Caroline MartinezSchlumberger
Michelle WhymarkSchlumberger
Ronny TømmerbakkeSeabird Exploration
Jan Gunnar OpsalSearcher GEO
Anna SmithSearcher Geoservices
Rasmus PedersenSearcher Geoservices
Katherine FitzpatrickSearcher Seismic
Stephen GriceShearwater Geoservices Limited
Bengt LarssenShearwater Geoservices Norway AS
Tore HusmoSkagen44
Andrew VinallSpectrum
Graham TurnerSpectrum
Morten BerganSpirit Energy
Viggo Mide TjensvollSpirit Energy
Leif Ketil ThorsenSXICOM AS
Øystein BjørnsenSXICOM AS
Aleksander OlsenTGS
Fredrik AmundsenTGS
Amund SøiaTGS
David JargvollTGS
Bent KjølhamarTGS
Pernille TomasgaardTGS
Irfan BaigUiO
Jan Inge FaleideUiO
Magnar UllnæssVBPR
Sverre PlankeVBPR
John Millett VBPR/UofA
Filippos TsikalasVår Energi
Luigi GugliottiVår Energi
Mike BranstonWesternGeco
Emilie O'NeillWesternGeco
Sven Erik LieWesternGeco/Schlumberger
Graeme BagleyWestwood Global Energy
Balazs BadicsWintershall DEA







Day 1

Session 1


Halfdan Carstens, Editor in Chief at GeoPublishing AS

Chairman: Halfdan Carstens, GeoPublishing AS


Keynote: Leadership in the Energy Transition
Lisa Rebora, SVP Exploration at Equinor


The Most Surprising Wells – and their Relationship with the use of Advanced Technology
Stig-Morten Knutsen, Director at NPD


Exploration Challenges and Potential Contributions from Technology
Erling Vågnes, Chief Geophysicist at Equinor


Coffee Break

Session 2

Moderators: Rolando di Primio, Petroleum System Analyst, Lundin Norway; Idar Horstad, Geological Advisor, Lundin Norway & Daniel Stoddart, Exploration Geochemist, GeoEight AS


Interactive Session & Panel Discussion
Benedikt Lerch, Aker BP; Tore Amund Svånå, Aurelia Geo; Carl Watkins, CGG Robertson; Dag Helland-Hansen, EMGS; Helge Løseth, Olav Thießen & Alf Eivind Ryseth, Equinor; Jon Halvard Pedersen, Lundin Norway; Robert Mackenzie Pierpont, OMV; Jan Inge Faleide, University of Oslo



Session 3

Chairwoman: Ingvild Ryggen Carstens, General Manager at GeoPublishing


#EIP Candidates and Criteria


Finalist #1: CGG and Lundin for TopSeis
Jan Erik Lie, Chief Geophysicist at Lundin Norway


Finalist #2: EMGS, Equinor & Shell for DeepBlue
Jan Petter Morten, R&D Manager at EMGS


Finalist #3: Earth Science Analytics for EarthNET
Eirik Larsen, Founding Partner at ESA


Coffee Break

Session 4

Chairmen: Vetle Vinje, CGG & Martin Widmaier, PGS


Keynote: From Lykkeland to Artificial Intelligence: Recent Advances in Exploration Technology
Ben King, Leading Advisor at Equinor, Vetle Vinje, Principal Research Geophysicist at CGG & Martin Widmaier, Chief Geophysicist at PGS


Enabling Technology: Addressing the Imaging Challenges in the Barents Sea by Shooting over the Seismic Spread
Per Eivind Dehlie, Senior Geophysicist at Lundin Norway


25 Years of Experience with OBN - From Production to Exploration
Emin Sadikhov, Geophysicist at Equinor


Coffee Break

Evening Program


Field Trip to the Cambro-Silurian (Ordovician) Sedimentary Rocks along the Shore of the Oslo Fjord
Morten Bergan, Advisor Geologist at Spirit Energy




Exploration Innovation Prize Award Show and Dinner
Hostess: Pernille Thomasgård, Business Developer at TGS

Award Ceremony
Master of Ceremony: Bent Kjølhamar, Chief Geologist at TGS
Presenter: Morten Bergan, Advisor Geologist at Spirit Energy / Geological Society of Norway

Entertainment by "The Geo Sound"
TGS' House Band

An Exploration Technology Game - Kahoot
Kristian Brandsegg, COO at Exploro

Day 2

Session 1

Chairwoman: Ingvild Ryggen Carstens, General Manager at GeoPublishing


30 Years of Advances in Exploration Technology and Geoscience
Graeme Bagley, Head of Global Exploration & Appraisal at Westwood Global Energy


Technology Advance and Predictive Stratigraphy in Exploration
Tor Oftedal Sømme, Principal Geologist at Equinor


Coffee Break

Session 2

Chairman: Bent Kjølhamar, Chief Geologist at TGS


Injectite Play in the North Sea. Examples from the Frosk and Froskelår Main
Ida Terjesen Hagen, Geologist at Aker BP


Frosk/Bøyla: Imaging Injectites Using Multiazimuth Data and Least Squares Migration
Øystein Korsmo, Depth Imaging Manager at PGS

Session 3

Chairman: Bent Kjølhamar, Chief Geologist at TGS


The Path to Improved Exploration Predictions through CSEM Adoption: First-Hand Experiences from Pemex's Frontier Deep-Water
Daniel Baltar, Exploration Advisor at FoxGeo


Renewed Ideas on Traps in the Nordkapp Basin by Advanced Multi-Geophysical Salt Imaging with Potential to Re-Open a Large Under-Explored Basin on the NCS
Dr. Susann Wienecke, Interpretation Advisor at EMGS


Deep Crustal Imaging of the Atlantic Ridge
Ståle Emil Johansen, Professor Applied Geophysics at NTNU


Predicting Source Rocks from Seismic: State of the Art with Examples from the NCS
Helge Løseth, Geologist at Equinor



Session 4

Chairman: Idar Kjørlaug, Explonor


Structure and Prospectivity of the Outer Møre and Vøring Basins and the Western Barents Sea based on Integrated Seismic-Gravity-Magnetic Interpretation
Sverre Planke, CEO at VBPR


New Sub-basalt Processing Technology to Reveal a Hidden Prospective Geology on the Norwegian-UK Atlantic Margin
John Millett, Honorary Research Fellow at University of Aberdeen & VBPR UK Ltd


Coffee Break

Session 5

Chairman: Jan Helgesen, Vice President, Geophysical Operations at Equinor


SATLOG, the last piece in the puzzle?
Rasmus Pedersen, Chief Geophysicist & Jan Gunnar Opsal, General Manager at Searcher Geoservices


West Cable, Ivar Aasen, Hanz - filling history based on Biomarker Oil Chemistry and Reservoir Fluid Geodynamics
Joachim Rinna, Lead Geologist at Aker BP


RGB, A Software Tool for Quick Analysis and Ranking of Sedimentary Basins According to their Biogenic Generative Potential
Luigi Gugliotti, Exploration Geoscientist at Vår Energi


3D Basin Modelling used in Play-Mapping in the Barents Sea: Phase Predictions vs Results
Balazs Badics, Senior Geologist at Wintershall DEA

Program Committee

Anette Broch Mathiesen Tvedt

Petrolia NOCO / Geological Society of Norway

Bent E Kjølhamar


Berit Osnes


Dag Helland-Hansen


Daniel Stoddart


Idar Horstad

Lundin Norway

Idar Kjørlaug


Jan Helgesen


Olav Antonio Blaich

Aker BP

Rolando di Primio

Lundin Norway

Vetle Vinje


Exploration Innovation Prize

We congratulate CGG & Lundin, EMGS, Shell & Equinor, and Earth Science Analytics with a spot in the finals for the Exploration Innovation Prize 2019! 

On May 21st, the three finalists will battle it out in front of the jury and the audience. The winner is selected after the presentation and the quality and delivery of the presentation factors into the jury's final decision. 

The Exploration Innovation Prize is awarded in the Award Show the same evening.

Sponsored by



CGG and Lundin for TopSeis

TopSeis is a next-generation marine towed-streamer acquisition solution, delivering a step-change in imaging for shallow to intermediate depth targets by providing massively increased near-offset coverage from a split spread with zero offsets. It is the outcome of five years of technical collaboration between CGG and Lundin Norway AS, with additional funding from the Norwegian Research Council. The first full-scale 2000km2commercial survey over the Loppa High in the Barents Sea was acquired in 2017 with the first processing finished in 2018 providing excellent results compared to the conventional data in the area. An even larger 5000km2 Multi-Client survey over Greater Castberg in the Barents Sea is planned in the summer of 2019.

Earth Science Analytics for EarthNET

Earth Science Analytics (ESA) is developing the next generation software platform that is enabling geoscientists to use artificial intelligence and machine learning for hydrocarbon exploration.

ESA’s EarthNet platform enables faster, less expensive and more accurate prediction of subsurface rock and fluid properties compared to traditional methods.

The company was awarded Subsea Upcoming Company of the Year 2018 by GCE Subsea and has recently been announced to be a winner in the prestigious British Oil & Gas Technology Centre challenge “Can machine learning help unlock the full potential of the North Sea?"

EMGS, Equinor and Shell for DeepBlue

EMGS, Shell and Equinor have since 2012 worked on the Joint Industry Project (“Deep Blue”) to develop a new generation of controlled-source electromagnetic equipment. DEMO 2000 has also contributed to the project. In 2016 a prototype of the new equipment set was successfully tested offshore Norway. The first commercial survey was performed in July 2017. Deep Blue has been used actively in Norway throughout 2018, especially for mature basin surveys in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea.

Deep Blue increases the depth of investigation well beyond the capabilities of the conventional source systems with a general depth increase of imaging capacity of 1500 meters more than the conventional system. 4500 meters is considered the “new floor” of EM imaging capability. The new source also increases imaging confidence and resolution for targets that can be detected with the conventional source system. Deep Blue can operate in water depths up to 4,000 meters.

All data acquired with Deep Blue confirms the ability to increase sensitivity and resolution through a combination of higher source output, increased frequency bandwidth and better accuracy, which allows imaging deeper and smaller targets.



PGS and Equinor for eSeismic

eSeismic was developed by PGS in cooperation with Equinor and the Norwegian Research Council. The method reinvents seismic acquisition and processing, producing an ongoing lower-level ripple of sound, rather than the traditional series of large distinctive impulsive pops. A recent field trial confirmed the benefits of recording continuous source and receiver wavefields, including reduced environmental impact, improved efficiency and better data quality.

5 key benefits

  • Environmental: Peak sound pressure levels (SPL) are significantly reduced by distributing the emitted signals in time
  • Environmental: Sound exposure levels (SEL) integrated over time can also be reduced
  • Efficiency: There are no speed limitations since the method does not require the seismic recording or the sources to be triggered with specific spatial intervals, and no listening time is needed
  • Efficiency: Rapid coverage of the target during acquisition by operating several sources simultaneously, and increasing the spread width of the sources
  • Excellence: Continuous wavefields deliver uplifts in data quality and spatial sampling of source positions

Seismic Apparition and Equinor for signal apparition

The classic cocktail party problem — how a human can filter out a voice of interest from other voices in a crowded room – has its parallel in seismic acquisition. In a seismic survey, the Earth’s response from one seismic source can be filtered out from many seismic sources fired simultaneously. The trick is to use periodic time delays while shooting. Recorded seismic data are transformed to the spectral domain, where individual source contributions reappear in blended multiple copies at separate wavenumber locations, allowing for exact separation in an optimally wide bandwidth, according to the signal apparition technique developed by the inventors.

Signal apparition is a game-changing advance for highly cost-effective simultaneous source acquisition. It allows time and cost savings by faster acquisition, or denser sampling on the source side for improved seismic imaging. Further, the application of signal apparition gives seismic data with low-frequency content fitting for full-waveform inversion and velocity model building. To date, field projects with 2, 3 and 6 simultaneous sources have been carried out on the NCS for OBN, PRM and streamer seismic.


Planke and Berndt for P-Cable

With short offsets, dense streamer spacing in combination with a high-frequency seismic source, P-Cable 3D Seismic AS has been able to acquire dense CMP coverage with bin sizes as low as 3 m. This is a significantly better resolution than broadband-processed conventional 3D marine seismic. The P-Cable system can be used for both high-resolution 3D acquisition, as elegantly demonstrated in Jurassic fault block prospects in the Barents Sea resulting in data with extreme resolution, and 2D regional surveys where wide-azimuth illumination and high-fold lead to crisp, detailed high-resolution 2D marine seismic profiles. The unique cross-cable design also enables quick deployment of the complete spread of eighteen streamers.

OMV for Wisting Shallow Horizontal Drilling

OMVs horizontal appraisal well on the Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea is the first subsea ultra-shallow reservoir extended well. It is also the world’s shallowest horizontal well drilled from a floating drilling facility. Water depth at Wisting is 402 meters. The well started vertically and was successfully steered into a horizontal orientation within a 250 meters depth interval. The total well length is 2,354 meters and the horizontal section measures 1,402 meters. The well was spudded on January 15, 2016, by the semisubmersible rig Transocean Spitsbergen and the well- test was finalized at the end of March 2016. The well is a prime example of an innovative and courageous move to understand the reservoir in an early exploration phase.


Searcher Geoservices for SATLOG

In many wells, hydrocarbon saturations are masked due to mechanical failure of drilling or logging equipment, overbalance in the drilling mud or poorly calibrated resistivity logs. In critical cases, discoveries may have been totally overlooked. Two years ago, Searcher Geoservices AS began to develop a missed pay analysis (SATLOG) based on composite, conventional well data. The results are extraordinary. The conclusion drawn is that there are still many missed pay opportunities on the Norwegian shelf. The obvious question is then why no one has seen and grasped these before? Searcher Geoservices has since 2016 digitized all of the available analogue well data on the Norwegian shelf. Logs from over 300 wells are ready, and the total database currently represents nearly 1,200 wells. The database is available for use in any interpretation program.

TGS and Polarcus for Triple Source

Triple source in towed streamer 3D seismic acquisition has become a solution to increase spatial resolution between the streamers. In 2014, Jan Langhammer (TGS), Pete Bennion (TGS) and Phil Fontana (Polarcus) revisited the idea how to in practice utilize the concept of triple source to get 50% denser crossline sampling at no extra cost. Using three sources, while still maintaining the in-line sampling density and record length per sub-surface sampling line means that shorter shot spacing is needed with overlapping shots.
The first commercial triple source acquisition was conducted in 2015 in the TGS survey EUR15 MC3D in the Barents Sea utilizing a Polarcus vessel. Today triple source has become the preferred and standard delivery by all major seismic companies. The idea of triple source has paved the way to increase the number of sources and firing schemes of sub-arrays to increase sampling.

About the Vote

The open poll is open until midnight May 6th.
Polling results will advise the jury in the selection of the three finalists invited to present at the NCS Exploration on May 21st.
The winner is selected by the jury after the presentation and the quality of the presentation is factored into the jury's decision.

VOTE – Exploration Innovation Prize 2019 Ended

  • CGG & Lundin for TopSeis
    30% 12.6k / 41.2k
  • PGS and Equinor for eSeismic
    6% 2.5k / 41.2k
  • Seismic Apparition and Equinor for signal apparition
    3% 1.4k / 41.2k
  • Earth Science Analytics for EarthNET
    16% 6.6k / 41.2k
  • Planke and Berndt for P-Cable
    2% 1k / 41.2k
  • EMGS, Equinor and Shell for developing DeepBlue
    17% 7k / 41.2k
  • OMV for shallow horizontal well on Wisting
    10% 4.2k / 41.2k
  • Searcher Geoservices for SATLOG
    8% 3.5k / 41.2k
  • TGS and Polarcus for Triple Source
    4% 1.9k / 41.2k


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