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Wayne H. Ritcheson

Wayne H. Ritcheson

Wayne H. Ritcheson
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Wayne H. Ritcheson joined DeGolyer and MacNaughton in 1997 as a geophysicist. As an interpreting geophysicist, he has worked on projects all over the world in a wide variety of geological settings. Ritcheson’s interpretation skills have been utilized in prospect evaluation and identification of areas of upside exploration opportunities.

Before joining D&M, Ritcheson worked for Western Geophysical, accumulating extensive experience in seismic data acquisition and becoming an expert in Ocean Bottom Cable operations. Ritcheson was promoted to a geophysicist for Western Hemisphere Marine Operations Geophysical Support in the Houston office.

Ritcheson received a bachelor’s degree in geology with a geophysics option from the University of Texas at Austin in December 1991. He is licensed by the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, Geophysics. He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Dallas Geophysical Society, and the Dallas Geological Society.

Geographical Experience

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Mexico
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • North Sea
  • Peru
  • Republic of Congo
  • Russia
  • Thailand

Topical Areas of Expertise

  • 2–D and 3–D seismic interpretation and AVO analysis
  • Structural and stratigraphic interpretation
  • Pre-stack and post-stack seismic attribute analysis
  • Geologic modeling
  • Reserves classification and estimation
  • Risk analysis
  • Depth conversion and velocity modeling
  • Interpretation of seismic inversion data
  • Seismic data acquisition and survey design
  • Geophysical data management
  • C-shell, korn shell, sed, and awk scripts
  • Excel macros (Visual Basic)
  • Petrel workflows
  • Prospective resources analysis
  • Prospect evaluation and identification of areas of upside exploration opportunities
  • Equity studies

Major Projects

  •  Seismic interpretation in a variety of geological settings: carbonate platforms, carbonate reefs, pinnacle reefs, clastics and fractured carbonates in thrust zones, shallow marine and fluvial deltaics, deepwater, syn-rift basins, and passive margins.
  • Seismic interpretation of several large fields in Algeria.
  • Seismic interpretation of deepwater fields (offshore India, East and West Coast Africa).
  • Geophysical interpretation for dozens of reserves studies throughout the world.
  • Evaluation of exploration areas for bid rounds in Mexico, including regional seismic interpretation, prospect mapping, risk analysis, and identification of exploration opportunities and upside.