A unified approach to subsurface complexity
PAETORO's director has 20 plus years experience in the global resource exploration and production industry.
Structural complexity & the big picture
A key focus is structural complexity. Areas considered "too hard" in the past are more likely to retain under-explored opportunity that new technologies and workflows can unlock. Onshore fold and thrust belts, rift basin fault compartments, and salt structure complexities are not always easy to decipher, but frequently hold rewards for those that manage to do so.
Before tackling complexity, organising the database and understanding the big picture are necessary. Workflows to facilitate this geological "context" - i.e. integrated regional review bringing in the wealth of knowledge from every discipline, is a strength of PAETORO.
Changing paradigms - data and technology
The way the world conducts exploitation of energy and mineral resources is changing. New sensitivities, new competition, and new technologies are taking subsurface exploration into challenging and exciting uncharted terrain. When appropriate, PAETORO is interested in holistic approaches, tackling hydrocarbon, geothermal, and strategic mineral potential together - to maximise efficiencies in cost and risk sharing. This is most relevant in developing economies where applying 21st century technologies across multiple subsurface industries is a very real option.
Data analysis is also breaking radical new territory. PAETORO is keeping close watch on the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning scene to investigate new applications in the geoscience arena. The use of non-seismic technologies in onshore exploration - where seismically deliverable information is limited - is also a key area of research. Ironically, onshore areas where hydrocarbons were first discovered may also be one of the final frontiers - due to difficulties in seismic resolution. As areas where drilling costs are typically lower than offshore - they are increasingly coming back into play. Structural geology and non-seismic geophysical techniques are key to progressing there.
Attack mode - getting stuck in
PAETORO knows that geological prizes don't come without taking the time and effort to fully integrate databases, or without looking at the latest technologies available. One size does not fit all - old workflows need to be constantly reappraised. That said, technology is no substitute for time spent looking at the data and thinking carefully - good old fashioned analysis, with or without the latest tools, goes a long way towards problem solving. In our approach we take pride in technical integrity, telling it how it is to the client, without embellishment. Paetoro is of the view that a reputation for honest evaluation is of greater longer term value than short term gain. The subsurface resource industry has often been accused of overstating resource - one of the drivers of the boom and bust cycles of the past - getting carried away in the good times and eroding credibility in the bad. We are keen to play our role in breaking that pattern and rebuilding trust with the investment community.
Tools & Workflows
On the software front PAETORO is familiar with Petrel, Kingdom, ODM, GeoX, Rose, ArcGIS, and various industry software packages for basin modelling, structural restoration, volumetrics and fault seal. PAETORO has acquired experience in over 30 specialist G&G software packages.
Our own software enables us to tackle GIS, well, seismic, basin modelling and volumetric analysis. PAETORO utilises its own commercial ArcGIS 10.5 & ArcGIS pro licence for integrated map based analysis & review in resource exploitation industries. Zetalog, Petromod, OpendTect. RE Toolkit, and Crystal Ball allow a full workflow of opportunity evaluation to be undertaken in house.
Exploration workflows in general, particularly in challenging onshore environments where seismic is of limited use - are a key area of interest. "Exploration on a shoe string" - how to do the fundamentals, for as little cost as possible, is a focus.
Paetoro's experience allows synthesis of data in any new basin globally. PAETORO is always ready to take on new areas for clients, but areas of historical and ongoing interest include:
- The North Sea and Atlantic Margin of NW Europe
- Onshore UK & Ireland, including geothermal potential.
- SE Europe/Eastern Mediterranean.
- Iran (with or without sanctions).
- Onshore fold and thrust belts and rift basins of Central Asia.
- Northeast Latin America & Caribbean.
- The frontier deep water basins of New Zealand.
PAETORO is always actively building industry and research relationships. Key clients include Adrok Ltd., Ardent Oil, and Petrostars SPX Ltd.
I'm a geoscientist with 25 years of G&G experience around the globe. You can see a fuller description of my experience and interests from linked-in. In roles as both a senior geoscientist and team leader I have worked closely with a diverse range of corporate cultures, from global majors and Middle Eastern NOC’s to intermediates, utilities and privately funded companies.
Past employers have included Rio Tinto, Shell, E.On, RWE, Idemitsu, Enterprise, and Endeavour. I hold a Ph.D in Geology from Cambridge University U.K., and a B.Sc (Hons) in Geology and Maths from Victoria University, in my native New Zealand. Client work has included offshore Denmark, electromagnetic exploration techniques, onshore UK, Trinidad, and Greece-Albania.
Particular interests include structural geology, fault geometry and seal, salt tectonics, fold and thrust belts, geostatistics, and probabilistic resource estimation. I have worked the full range of tectonic settings in my career - extension, contraction, strike-slip, and salt. I know what these look like and what to expect when the seismic is ambiguous.
As subsurface resource exploration and exploitation evolves to meet 21st century requirements and concerns, I remain personally committed to the flexibility, technical versatility and integrity this requires.