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The Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the science of geophysics in the Appalachian Basin. We are an official section of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG).

Monthly meetings are generally held from September to May on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations around the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, be sure to check the event calendar as exceptions to this rule occur often. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming events

November 02, 2021 11:30 AM • Cefalo's Banquet & Event Center, 428 Washington Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106

November 2 GSP Luncheon Meeting

Cefalo’s Restaurant, Carnegie, PA

11:15 to 11:45 Social Half-Hour

11:45 pm Lunch Buffet

12:00 pm Lecture

Revealing the forgotten conventional prospects of "shale 3D": The Knox Unconformity play of Ohio


Presented by:

Randy Hunt, Hunt Geophysical (huntgeop.com)

In the past decade, thousands of square miles of high-quality multi-client 3d seismic data have been acquired on behalf of large operators developing Appalachia’s well-known Marcellus and Utica unconventional plays.   Rarely has this data resource been exploited for the development of conventional prospects, since large shale operators typically lack interest in conventional drilling, while smaller operators are hesitant to risk significant $ on exploratory 3d.   The author, through a collaboration with TGS, has done detailed mapping/interpretation on the Knox Unconformity (Beekmantown subcrop), which reveals dozens of virgin, low-risk erosional remnant prospects, suggesting a substantial eastward extension of the proven Knox Unconformity producing trend.   Systematic unconformity amplitude variations appear to give clues for predicting the best karst-enhanced drilling locations.

Mr. Randall Hunt: Randy currently works for Battelle Memorial Institute on CCS projects, and does oil/gas consulting via Hunt Geophysical.  He has 34 years of worldwide E&P experience as a geoscientist, including the past 11 in Appalachia.  His current passion is in unlocking the forgotten conventional prospects that lie hidden in the massive multi-client "shale 3D" seismic surveys of the region.  He completed his B.S. in Geology at Marietta College, and a M.S. in Geoscience at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He also attended the University of Utah supported by a Chevron Fellowship.  His earlier work as a Senor Exploration Geophysicist included working in the Santos Basin where, as primary geoscientist, he was responsible for the Atlanta discovery, a 250 MMBOR Eocene turbidite field.


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