Speaker(s): Guillaume Caumon

Date: Thursday 18th June 2020 – 11:00 am


In this talk, I briefly review some key machine learning principles and report on some recent work using convolutional networks for the structural interpretation of seismic images.

Speaker(s): Capucine Legentil

Date: Thursday 11th June 2020 – 11:00 am


This seminar is the occasion to present my PhD work on a method to robustly introduce boundaries in a triangulated geomodel, that allows the integration of new data, simulation results or geometry perturbation to reflect the subsurface uncertainties. The 2D geological model is locally updated, meaning that only a given region is modified and that the rest of the model remains identical. The area that can be modified is either specified as an input parameter or defined automatically. The input data is a triangulated surface storing the geological structure and physical properties. I will focus on the insertion of a horizon implicitly defined by an iso-value of a scalar field. The output is an updated mesh, which contains the new horizon. Distinctly from current model modification, the modifications are made to the mesh and aim to keep it valid throughout the transformations. The representation of geological structures as well as the computational support (mesh) can impact physical simulations. Once the local remeshing has been made, the impact of these updates on the model's physical behavior is evaluated thanks to the comparison of wave propagation profiles. These profiles are simulated using a Discontinuous Galerkin method.

Speaker(s): Marcus Apel

Date: Thursday 04th June 2020 – 2 :00 pm


In the Spring of 2018, a group of leading oil and gas companies met to discuss how contemporary cloud technology could be used to transform the current complex data and application environment. The Open Subsurface Data Universe™ (OSDU) Forum, a Forum of The Open Group, was created with the objective of enabling new cloud-native data-driven applications with seamless access to the full range of subsurface and wells data as well as supporting existing applications and data frameworks. The core principle of the OSDU solution is to separate data from applications. This will be achieved by developing a common data platform with standard public APIs and to involve global cloud hosting vendors to build working implementations. The focus of this presentation will be on data models and data architecture for geomodelling.

Speaker(s): Paul Cupillard

Date: Thursday 28th May 2020 - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Antoine Mazuyer

Date: Thursday 13th May 2020 - 11:00 am


Geological sequestration of CO2 in large quantity is one of the most promising methods to curb global warming. To achieve this goal, large volumes of CO2 have to be permanently stored in geological reservoirs. Modeling and simulating CO2 sequestration is a multi-disciplinary effort involving a large spectrum of physical and chemical phenomena. We focus this work on the generation of 3D structural models and meshes to support coupled numerical simulations with flow and poromechanical equations. Building such models and meshes is challenging as the poromechanical changes to stresses and strains are not limited to reservoir layers where CO2 is stored, but also in the surrounding formations (overburden, underburden, sides). Modeling surrounding rock formations is necessary to capture fault reactivation, uplifting and caprock failure issues during the injection. In this work, we propose guidelines to build such models using implicit and explicit modeling strategies and meshes. This work is supported by real field data from a depleted gas field in the Gulf of Mexico state water. This field is considered as a faithful analog to CO2 sequestration reservoirs in the regional Miocene sands.

Speaker(s): Bruno Levy

Date: Wednesday 06th May 2020 - 2:00 pm


There is a lot of scientific activity around Optimal Transport (OT for short), that has became a "buzzword". OT is at the connection between math, physics and computer science. It has also some interesting applications in AI, which attracted even more attention to it. In this presentation, I will take a completely different path: I will introduce OT with a physicist's hat on my head: My goal is to give an intuitive idea of OT, and its connections with physics. In particular, OT can be used as a component of a new class of numerical simulation methods, with interesting properties. In particular, it is possible to design a king of "moving mesh method" while exactly controlling the volume of the mesh elements. This can be used to simulate fluids, or to solve some inverse problems in astrophysics.

Speaker(s): Francois Bonneau

Date: Thursday 09th April 2020 - 4:00 pm


In this presentation, I will present the current state of my thoughts and developments related to stochastic Discrete Fracture Network simulations.



Speaker(s): Guillaume Caumon

Date: Thursday 2nd April 2020 - 4:00 pm


Loop is a collaborative project dedicated to the development of an open source platform for modeling of highly deformed geological terrains and inversion. In this seminar, I will make a brief summary of the main advances shared by the 2020 Loop meeting participants in Western Australia. Themes include the overall project architecture, map and model validation, modeling, joint geophysical inversion.

Speaker(s): Corentin Gouache

Date: Thursday 26th March 2020 - 2:00 pm


Earthquakes occur everywhere and everytime. Moreover, large earthquakes that really impact our society are sparse events. That's why statistical analysis of seismicity attended to describe the large amount of small earthquakes in order to extrapolate to the large earthquakes through scaling laws. Thus, it has been found that independent seismicity uses to follow a Poissonian law whereas the dependant events follow a time-reversal law. However, these laws have been described in California or Japan, where seismicity is strong. Regarding the low amount of data in low seismicity areas like French mainland, the adequacy of these laws can be questioned. This seminar highlights the drawbacks brought by a classical model of seismic hazard estimation when applied on low seismic activity areas. A scheme is proposed to overcome these issues.