80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2018

Opportunities presented by the energy transition

11 - 14 June
Copenhagen, Denmark
Call for papers

Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole Geophysics


Monday 11 June 2018

Title: Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole Geophysics
Room: TBC
Convenors: J. Musser (Maersk Oil)
V. Lesnikov (Total)
M. Thompson (Statoil)
S. Soulas (BP)

Workshop Description

This workshop will provide an update on the use of fibre optic technologies in sensor design for geophysical applications, including surface and borehole seismic using discrete and distributed sensors.

Optical fibres have long been used in seismic data acquisition systems for digital data telemetry. Various technologies have been developed in recent years for fibre optic sensors, either as discrete elements or as distributed, continuous sensors, such as DAS in borehole applications. This workshop is intended as a forum for discussing recent developments in fibre optic sensors, cables and systems for surface and borehole seismic applications, as well as an opportunity to discuss best practices and ideas for other possible applications and solutions. In addition, discussions relating to aspects addressing the uptake of fibre optic technology, such as DAS deployment types, fibre integrity and long term reliability, implementation in subsea settings, high channel wetmate connectors for subsea and multi-fibre connectors for borehole applications, are also within the scope of this workshop.

The format of the workshop will feature formal presentations sharing technologies, experiences and lessons learned by invited speakers, as well as submitted papers from other participants. Following a selection of presentations, there will be round-table discussions to foster open dialogue and idea-sharing on current status and future directions for fibre optic sensing technology. Emphasis will be placed on applications to highlight the added value for proven and new methodologies and techniques.

Surface Sensors
The industry has seen a number of advances in fibre optic receiver technology in recent years. Fibre optic sensors have been developed for Ocean Bottom Seismology (OBS) and towed streamer applications and have a strong foothold in Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (PRM) systems. Fibre optic sensor designs include pressure sensors (hydrophones) and multicomponent particle velocity sensors (geophones), as well as accelerometers and displacement sensors. These all have some interesting characteristics, including advantages and disadvantages when compared to their electromechanical counterparts.

Borehole geophysical sensors
For borehole applications, various fibre optic sensor solutions have been introduced including distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) and discrete sensors for use in Vertical Seismic Profiling (VSP) and permanent monitoring in the borehole. Advances continue to be made in fibre optic cable design and interrogation systems. Fibre optic sensing is also widely used in wells for distributed temperature sensing (DTS), distributed pressure sensing, well and overburden integrity monitoring, sand influx monitoring, production profiling and new types of distributed measurements.

Future directions
Driven by the need for lower maintenance costs and more remote operations, developments in fibre optic sensing are rapidly gaining acceptance in the oil field. What other physical measurements can be made using fibre optic sensors? How can they be used to further improve operations in hazardous environments? What’s next?

Workshop Format 

The workshop format will include a combination of presentations and panel discussion.