Geophysics SIG Meeting – October (Virtual Event)

Guest speaker: Alan Foum. Topic: An Introduction to Geodesy

28th October 2020


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Speaker: Alan Foum
Topic: An Introduction to Geodesy


Using coordinate systems effectively is a must. Using the wrong Coordinate Reference System can result in wells being drilled in the wrong place or to misinterpretation of mixed geological data leading to bad decisions costing   millions. In order to avoid these errors a basic understanding of geodesy is needed

This lecture will cover the basic principles of geodesy including the elements of a CRS (projections, datums and spheroids) and an overview of their applications.

The Werner Projection

Speaker Information

Alan Foum is a geophysicist with 26 years experience gained at BG Group. a major gas company. During his career he has been a key technical advisor on Exploration, Appraisal. Field development and production projects. He has worked on projects both, UK and International, operated and joint venture. Clastic and carbonate, oil, dry gas and condensate. He was BG’s subject matter expert on depth conversion and velocity modelling and has provided many peer reviews and assists as well as running internal technical and non-technical courses. Alan is a fluent Russian language speaker with technical translation experience. Alan Has a BSc in Geology from Imperial College, London and a MSc in Geophysics from the university of Birmingham.

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