Physics in Search of Oil and Gas

May 4, 2006, 4:00 p.m. (CEST)

Time: 5/4/06, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lecturer: Martin Lulin, Ph.D., Schlumberger
Venue: Pfaffenwaldring 61, Raum U1.003 (MML), Universität Stuttgart
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Oil and gas are natural resources that are hidden in various deposits in the earth crust. The physical properties of oil and gas influence the material properties of the entire rock. The search for oil and gas uses different physical measurements to determine the spatial distribution of these materials with high measurement accuracy and good spatial resolution.

This presentation offers a historic review of the evolution of such measurement methods, followed by a comprehensive discussion of present measurement technologies and their impact on the oil and gas production. Directional drilling directly benefits from real-time measurements that permit to steer a horizontal well into target zones full of oil and gas up to 10 km away. Future developments foresee environmentally more responsible intervention, such as the sequestering and storage of carbon dioxide to reduce atmospheric warming.

Short Biography Martin G. Lüling obtained his Ph.D. in Princeton University with a study in theoretical elementary-particle physics. Since 1986 he works for Schlumberger as theoretical physicist on the development of measurement devices and methods as well as data-reduction and processing techniques for the oil and gas exploration. He significantly contributed to the development of electromagnetic measurements during the drilling process and their application as controls for steering in directional drilling. He developed inversion methods for tomographic surveys and some of the associated instruments. Martin lives and works nowadays in Paris with his family with two children, enjoys French cooking and wines, plays violoncello and double bass.
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