February 8th Luncheon

  • February 08, 2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Baxter's InterUrban Grill and online option


  • In-person attendance at Baxter's available for TGS members at GST member price.

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February 8th   -   Baxter's Interurban Grill Event

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Presentation

        Online link  https://meet.google.com/caz-ycax-mas

Title:    Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry – Oil Exploration and Production Tool

Author:     George Buzan, Bell Geospace


Gravity Gradiometry has a long history in natural resource exploration; dating back to the early 1900’s.  Early gradiometers measured only horizontal components of the gravity vector.  Instruments to measure all the gravity gradient components began development in the 1980’s.  NASA and the Defense Department funded to a large extent the development, motivated to develop a better representation of the gravity geoid, for satellite navigation, and for augmenting the stealth characteristics of nuclear submarines. 

Bell Geospace took the instrument that was developed and mounted it in a modified DC-3 and began flying gradiometry surveys in 1996.  Initially, surveys acquired data for traditional gravity objectives; i.e reconnaissance for planning seismic acquisition, sedimentary basin definition, salt thickness definition, salt dome definition, etc.  Recently the technique has been used to identify near surface hazards and optimal directions for drilling. It has also been  used to define areas suitable for carbon capture and storage as well as storage for gases such as methane and hydrogen. 

Salient aspects of full tensor gradiometry will be presented as well as examples showing its use, both past and present.


At Princeton, I acquired, processed and interpreted gravity data in northern Venezuela to complete my BSE in Geological Engineering.  After two years of graduate study in geophysics at Texas A&M and the University of Houston, I started work in industry as a seismic data processor.  Following two years of processing data, I began a long career as an acquisition geophysicist/geoscientist.  Besides land and marine seismic data, i have acquired land, marine and airborne magnetics and gravity.  Along with the geophysical acquisition, I have supervised the acquisition of geochemical, micropaleontological, archeological and baseline environmental data sometimes required as an adjunct to surveys.

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