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The Niobrara shale is located in northeastern Colorado and parts of adjacent Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. The liquids-rich play has oil reserve estimates of 2 billion barrels, but is a structurally complex reservoir with difficult topography.

Program Objectives

ION’s multicomponent seismic approach helps operators better understand the spatial variability in rock properties and often production in the target zones of interest. ResSCAN programs provide high quality structural imaging for geohazard identification and avoidance. These programs also establish which seismic and geomechanical attributes predict key reservoir characteristics, such as rock properties and natural fracture insights. Using this information, operators can:
  • Pinpoint sweet spots
  • Optimize drilling and completions decisions 
  • Maximize production


BearCreekSCAN is a 3D 3C seismic program located in southeastern Wyoming in the counties of Laramie, Platte and Goshen. The program consists of approximately 205 square miles.

BearCreekSCAN data sheet

Durham RanchSCAN

Durham RanchSCAN is a 3D 3C seismic program located in Moffat County in northwestern Colorado. The program is approximately 25 square miles.

Durham RanchSCAN data sheet