Marine Control Source Electromagnetic Consortium (CSEM)
Feasibility Study of Marine Controlled-Source Electromagnetic Surveys for Detecting Hydrocarbon Reservoirs
This is an industry-funded research consortium formed in 2003 at the Colorado School of Mines. The mandate is to study
the feasibility of the marine controlled-source electromagnetic surveys (CSEM) in detecting the presence and extent of resistive
hydrocarbon reservoirs situated in sub-sea formations. The goal of this research is to numerically simulate the marine
CSEM data over a set of geo-electrical models describing typical subsurface structures which may host one or more
hydrocarbon reservoirs of the type commonly encountered in sub-sea petroleum exploration. The simulation results
will help improve our understanding of the conditions under which the marine CSEM is capable of detecting the presence
and extent of hydrocarbon reservoirs, as well as help in survey design.
This is a collaborative project undertaken with the University
of British Columbia Geophysical Inversion Facility.
For more information on our Marine CSEM research, please see Marine Control Source