Petroleum Seismology

Geology 7900.1 

Spring 2013

Dr. Juan M. Lorenzo
Department of Geology and Geophysics

Lectures Tuesday,Thursday
Room E213, New Howe-Russell Building  7.30-8.50 a.m.
Field trip (voluntary)
Office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment
For appointments and all correspondence
Subject:  PETSEIS
 Required textbooks

Book Cover

Introduction to Petroleum Seismology.  Investigations in Geophysics Vol 12 by Ikelle and Amundsen, 2005. First Edition


Fundamentals of mathematical physics, seismology and signal theory used to understand geological processes and structure in the earth.

Course work

One homework every 2-3 weeks, readings from the research literature and one final group project (groups of 2+ people)

Lectures will include but not be limited to topics covered by the course textbook. 

Each group will make a preliminary (15-minute) presentation of their final project in the format of a PowerPoint Presentation.

The final project will consist of an electronic document that is hyperlinked,  self-contained presentation of a seismology topic, with appropriate mathematical derivations, examples, plots and source code, on Wikipedia.  Students can choose topics covered in class and develop them to greater depth than covered in the text book.  Students will be evaluated on their course project at the midterm stage.  Student groups will be expected to present their final project orally.

All homeworks, with the exception of the final project, are due printed (not hand-written), at the start of the class on the due date (see syllabus).   There will be 4-5 homework assignments. Late homeworks will not be graded.

For each hour you are in class, you (the student) should plan to spend two hours on preparing for the next class and completing homework and laboratory work. 

Expected courses and experience Two semesters of undergraduate science major mathematics--Algebra and Calculus.  Physics with Calculus, programming experience with at least one high-level language like Excel, Matlab or Maple or Mathematica

Course Grades

Final letter grades are calculated using the results of lecture homework (50%) and class presentations (10%), and final written project (30%) -- 10% of the total grade is reserved for class participation during project presentations and discussions.  A (90-100%) , B (80-89.5%), C (60-79.5%) D (50-59.5%), F (less than 49.5%) 
Students with disabilities
Louisiana State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. The syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request. If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to register with the Disability Services (DS). DS is located in 115 Johnston Hall. Phone is 225/ 578-5919. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DS forms and meet with me at the beginning of the semester.
Code of Conduct, Alcohol policyLink1
COLOR CODES  Files can be in Powerpoint, Xcel, MSWord (BLUE),Mathematica [.nb], .pdf, and .html formats .


old homeworks examples,
lab exercises,

Past Presentations:


Tue 15 Introduction to the Course, Matlab and Mathematica We will cover Chs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 12 plus:  Interferometry.  (The instructor reserves the right to include additional chapters from the required text book as the need arises.) 
Thu 17 Review of Vectors and Indicial Notation
Ch1 & Ch2.
Tue 22
Review of Div., Grad., Curl [.nb]     (different files)

Voluntary field trip to view seismic aquisition experiment at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole
Ch1 & Ch2. PROJECT TOPICS: Applied seismic Interferometry, Migration, Linearized seismic inversion, Petrophysical Seismic Models, Love Waves, Shear-Wave Splitting, AVO, Rayleigh Waves, Anisotropy, Multiple attenuation,wavefield decomposition into P- and S-waves and upgoing and downgoing waves
Th 24 Review of  Div., Grad., Curl, Laplacian [.pdf ] Ch1 & Ch2. Choose topic and select group members
Tue 29 Review of  Div., Grad., Curl, Laplacian [.pdf ]
Review of Tensors [.pdf file]
Ch1 & Ch2. 
Th 31 idem.
Ch1 & Ch2.


Tue 5Deformation tensor (strain)
Diagonalization [.nb] Ch1 & Ch2.
Th 7Elastic Wave Propagation [.pdf]Laplacian [.nb]; Ch1 & Ch2; Homework 1 due
Tue 12
Mardi Gras-no class
Th 14  Elastic Wave Propagation [.pdf]
Ch 2  
Tue 19 idem.
Ch 2, 1-page outline and 10 references for paper due

Th 21
Elastic Wave Propagation [.pdf]
Ch 2; Homework 2 due
Group Project Presentation: 15 references and outline due
Tue 26Harmonic Plane Wave Motion [.nb ]Ch 3
Th 28 idem. Ch 3


Tue 5 Snell's Law, Ray parameter-traveltime equations Ch 3,
Th 7 Energy Partitioning at interfaces
Reflection Coefficients [.pptx]
Ch 3; 
Zoeppritz Explorer Applet [.html]
Tue 12 Vrms, hyperbolic approximation to reflection traveltime   Ch 5
Th 14 Reflection and refraction traveltimes during mode conversion Ch 3, topic 1 presentation
Tue 19 no class
no class
Th 21  Surface Waves topic 2 presentation; Homework 3 due
Tue 26 idem.
Ch. 3
Th 28 idem.
topic 3 presentation

Fri 29 no class - Spring break


Mon 8 classes resume 7.30 a.m.

Tue 9 Fourier Theory [.pptx] Ch. 4
Th 11 idem.
Ch. 4; Homework 4 due
Tue 16 idem.
Ch. 4
Th 18 Interferometry [pdf]
refs Cross-correlation notebook
Tue 23 Anisotrpy and Linear Anelasticity
Ch. 12
Th 25 idem.
Ch. 5
Tue 30 Class presentations topics 4, 5 presentations

Th 2topics 6, 7 presentations
Fri 3 Last day to submit project

4.30 p.m. Leave hardcopy in mailbox (E235 Howe-Russell) AND e-mail a digital copy by the same time.

Tue 14, Wed 16 Grades Due