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The Gulf of Mexico Imaging Experts

Supporting Mexico Exploration & Production for a Decade, Including the Recent Zama-1 Discovery

The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most complex oil and gas provinces in the world. In the southern Gulf, areas such as the Campeche Salt Basin with its structurally complex carbonates, heavy faulting, shale bodies, allochthonous salt and rugous water bottom have different processing and imaging challenges than the Perdido Fold Belt where thrust faulting, mobile shale bodies, salt and subsalt are equally difficult to define. Experience and technology are thus key to delivering an image that provides a better understanding of the subsurface.

At ION, our geoscientists are some of the most experienced in the Gulf of Mexico:

  • ~10 years imaging the Southern Gulf of Mexico
  • 20+ years imaging  the Northern Gulf of Mexico
  • 395,000 km2 of 3D imaging
  • 120,000+ km of 2D imaging

This extensive regional and basin-specific expertise in the southern Gulf of Mexico has enabled us to refine our geological understanding, advance our methodology and provide the highest quality images. This, along with our collaborative approach that leverages our clients experience and expertise, ensures the application of the right technologies to achieve our clients’ business objectives.  Technologies such as WiBand broadband deghosting, Reverse Time Migration, Full Waveform Inversion, and others have all proven valuable in these complex salt regimes and provided clients, such as Talos Energy LLC, with cost-effective solutions that maximize data quality and deliver images that improve and de-risk prospect identification.  Learn more about the historic Zama-1 discovery.

Below is an example of the uplift ION achieved in the southern Campeche salt basin.

Data processed by ION in partnership with Schlumberger, who holds data licensing rights.

ION continues to research and develop proprietary depth imaging technologies, including FWI, RFWI, Least Squares Migration, and more.  In addition to improving our algorithms, we have focused on efficiency improvements to deliver insights more quickly and cost-effectively.  The efficiency of our proprietary software enables us to turnaround larger projects faster (for example a 42,000 km2 Fast Track in the northern Campeche Basin in Mexico was completed in just 6 weeks), run at higher frequencies, such as our standard 45 Hz RTMs, and make newer technologies, such as RFWI, more affordable for our customers.  Our continued investment in hardware infrastructure complements these research and development efforts, ensuring faster turnaround time and less expensive computational costs that enable these high-end technologies to be applied as a more standard practice.