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Name: Chris Friedemann
Date registered: March 14, 2011

Latest posts

  1. BHP Billiton’s Dave Rainey on Shale Geology & Geophysics — April 22, 2014
  2. Explore the Multi-Physics Frontier (#2 in a Series) — April 17, 2014
  3. Jack Is Back! — April 12, 2014
  4. See Beyond the Shale (#1 in a Series) — March 20, 2014
  5. 60 Minutes Replay: The Cleantech Crash — January 5, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Hyperspectral 101 — 6 comments
  2. Introducing Neil O’Sphere… — 6 comments
  3. Characterizing Unconventional Shale Reservoirs — 5 comments
  4. White Paper: Multi-Measurement Interpretation in Action — 3 comments
  5. Mission (Im)possible — 3 comments

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BHP Billiton’s Dave Rainey on Shale Geology & Geophysics


I ran across the following excerpt from BHP Billiton‘s President of Petroleum Exploration and Chief Geoscientist, Dave Rainey, in the March 2014 edition of World Oil.  I found it fascinating, as the regional, multi-physics approach to shale development he is advocating is highly aligned with NEOS’s multi-measurement interpretation (MMI) approach. I’ve been told that one …

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Explore the Multi-Physics Frontier (#2 in a Series)

Multi-physics Frontier

  From what we could tell at last week’s AAPG annual conference in Houston, a multi-physics approach to subsurface interpretation is on the ascent.  We had a number of highly encouraging discussions with geoscientists who are increasingly acknowledging the benefits of simultaneously interpreting all possible geophysical measurements, regardless of where the area of opportunity resides …

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Jack Is Back!

Oh let us all rejoice!  Everyone’s favorite protector of the homeland – Jack Bauer – will be back in 24 days…on the new season of 24 on Fox. In a sign that we’re all getting old and slowing down, this season of 24 only has 12 episodes.  While geoscientists work 9/80′s, I guess Jack Bauer …

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See Beyond the Shale (#1 in a Series)

Basement composition variation determined through an inversion of gravity and magnetic data (upper left).  Planes of weakness in the basement determined through Euler Deconvolution (lower right).  Approximate 2,500 sqkm area in Appalachia.

Many of our clients are coming to the realization that acoustic (seismic) data – valuable as it might be – is insufficient in many cases to adequately delineate the sweet spots in an unconventional shale play.  Sure, acoustic data can provide key insights into physical properties like fracture density, fracture orientation and brittleness.  But geophysicists …

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60 Minutes Replay: The Cleantech Crash

Score one for Big Oil!  Oo-rah for free marketeers everywhere…  

2014 Update: NEOS Corporate Slideshow (Narrated)


To learn more about NEOS and our Multi-Measurement Interpretation methodology for oil & gas exploration, appraisal, and development, click on the image below to access our latest narrated slideshow. To learn more about NEOS GeoSolutions, click here to access the Resources page on our web site.

Friday Fun: Harvard Tours Yale

Many of our middle-age Sweet Spots readers (whose kids are attending or soon to be off to college) can relate to the occasionally mundane college tour.  In the video below, some students from Harvard decide to ‘punk’ their famous rival – Yale.  After visiting the Yale bookstore to get decked out in their disguises, the infiltrators from Harvard …

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Happy Halloween

Neil O'Lantern

We’ve featured this dynamic duo of troubled souls before, but Halloween calls for them to make a cameo performance – this time, together.   Within NEOS, controversy swirls about these misunderstood misfits.   Like all the crazy ones that came before them, they push ahead, oblivious to criticism and proud of their independent thoughts.   At left, …

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Neil O’Sphere Observes a Marcellus Frac Job

Neil_Well Site

What a great time several of us had in the Greater Pittsburgh area last week (and no, it wasn’t to celebrate the first playoff appearance by the Pirates after twenty consecutive losing seasons)! After two solid days of collaborative brainstorming in an unconventional shale workshop hosted by our largest customer, a dozen of us – NEOS …

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D-J neoBASIN Program Takes Flight


The Denver-Julesburg (D-J) Basin is centered on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains and extends from south of Denver northward into southeast Wyoming, western Nebraska and western Kansas. The basin consists of a large asymmetric syncline of sedimentary rock layers that trend north to south along the east side of the Front Range. The …

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