New Website

It is not really a new website, just different content. The site is now focussed very clearly on the services that we offer, business development, account management and training and coaching. We have much less emphasis on any products and services that we sell on behalf of other companies.

We have also tried to make the site easier to navigate around so please let us know if you cannot find what you are looking for.


Hoolock Consulting had a great time at the EAGE last week, meeting lots of old friends and new contacts. We have a presentation every day on the Geophysical Insights booth, demonstrating the use of Paradise on North Sea data. The slides can be viewed here. However, they may not make much sense without the any dialogue so if you want to know more, please get in touch.

The presentation also included three videos which have been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed here:

Penguin Field

Buzzard Field 1

Buzzard Field 2

Finding Petroleum

Hoolock Consulting is presenting at Finding Petroleum on Tuesday 30th April. The Meeting topic is New Geophysical Approaches;

I’ll be talking about how can machine learning improve geophysical interpretation, using examples from Paradise to illustrate the results that can be achieved using machine learning.

The video of my talk can be found here: Video and Slides

Seismic 2019

Hoolock Consulting will be presenting a Tech Byte at the Seismic 2019 conference in Aberdeen in May. Go to for more information about the event. We will be presenting “Reduce risk and cost by using multi-attribute seismic analysis and machine learning”. This is our accepted abstract.

The generation of seismic attributes, such as amplitude, dip, frequency, phase and polarity, has enabled geoscientists to interpret more geological features in their seismic data.  The combination of attributes, with the proper input parameters, can produce even more meaningful results and help reduce risk in prospects and projects.

Much work has been done to understand how to combine multiple attributes into volumes that can be used to define more geology and improve seismic interpretations. With increased computer power and machine learning, self-organizing maps (SOM), a form of unsupervised neural networks, has proven to be an excellent method to do this. SOM analysis works by clustering samples based on their attribute values and has been beneficial in defining stratigraphy, seismic facies, DHI features etc.  Recent work utilizing SOM, along with principal component analysis (PCA), has revealed geologic features that previously were not identified or easily interpreted from the data.

The presentation will show how self-organising maps work and provide examples of how they have been used to develop a deeper understanding of the subsurface than can be seen on standard seismic displays.

Petex III

Petex is now less than a week away and I am both excited and nervous. Excited because getting out and meeting new clients is always good fun, nervous because of both the paper that I am giving and because I have invested a lot of time and money in the event. I am also giving away a free day of training / consulting for one company if they come to discuss their objectives with me.

My talk is at 3pm on Wednesday 28th November in the Main Auditorium. I hope to see you there!


We are going to have quite a presence at Petex this year.  We have booked a booth so will be exhibiting in the main hall.  I am also presenting  a paper, BIG DATA!  Can multiple seismic attributes and machine learning lead to better interpretation results?  An example from the North Sea.  We'll post more information about Petex as it gets closer.

EAGE Copenhagen

Hoolock Consulting will be attending the EAGE in Copenhagen from 11-14 June,  We will primarily be on the Geophysical Insights booth, number 1670.  

We look forward to seeing you there.

Seismic 2018

I enjoyed being at Seismic 2018 this week.  Lots of interesting presentations and discussions with oil companies.  It was a shame that not more of them were represented there.  only 51 out of 122 participants were from oil companies and 29 of those were from BP, Shell and Spirit Energy.  It would have been nice to see a few more represented there.

If you are interested to see the Hoolock Consulting techbyte, you can access the slides here