Energy and Minerals Exploration Applications


Collier Consulting’s petroleum and minerals exploration geophysicists provide extensive expertise in the application of high-resolution 2D and 3D reflection/refraction methods for small and medium sized exploration projects. A specialized capability is integrated seismic survey design and planning, logistics management, and field operations for projects in environmentally sensitive and challenging terrain regions. Our geophysical staff is well experienced designing, planning, and managing seismic data acquisition operations, data processing, and interpretation. Our expertise includes delineating oil and gas reservoirs, coal bed methane (CBM) formations, coal seams, and minerals deposits/structures in urban environments, mountainous terrain, desert areas, wetlands, jungle regions, and other difficult or challenging environments.

When faced with sensitive and/or challenging environments, Collier Consulting is experienced with planning and managing survey operations specifically designed to minimize impacts on the environment using portable instruments, small seismic crews, and alternative seismic energy source systems. When applicable, our firm has the experience to apply various other geophysical methods to energy and minerals exploration including electrical methods, gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic methods.

Exploration applications include:

  • High resolution oil & gas exploration seismic surveys
  • 2D & 3D seismic surveys over salt domes
  • 2D & 3D minerals exploration and strategic mine development
  • Reservoir characterization for gas storage, CO2 sequestration, and injection well projects
  • Geologic structure mapping – faults, fractures, and traps
  • Marine surveys for energy and mineral exploration

Geophysical methods used for exploration applications include:

  • 2D and 3D Seismic Surveys
  • 2D and 3D Electrical Resistivity for Minerals Exploration
  • Electromagnetic Surveys (FDEM and TDEM)
  • Gravity and Microgravity Surveys
  • Magnetic Surveys
  • Magneto-Telluric Surveys
  • Borehole Geophysics