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The Edinburgh Time-Lapse Project

The Edinburgh Time-Lapse Project (ETLP) is recognised as a mature, UK-based, university research consortium with over 16 years of experience in quantitative 4D seismic interpretation.

The consortium is in its sixth phase of research which started in June 2015 and will last until June 2018. Our particular specialisation is the integration of reservoir engineering and 4D seismic data at an in-depth and practical level which is unique to academia.

4D Seismic

The research programme includes fundamental 4D seismic interpretation, dynamic parameter estimate, links between geomechanics and 4D seismic time shifts, development of efficient close the loop workflows, reservoir simulation, feasibility of EOR monitoring using 4D seismic data, static and dynamic model updates, history matching, and seismic history matching.

Sponsor data

A key driver in ETLP research is the 4D seismic data donated from our sponsors. Previous portfolios covered clastic and chalk fields from the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, offshore Egypt, West Coast Africa, and Gulf of Mexico. Phase VI will involve a similar range of fields in addition to consideration of heavy oil and carbonates, and onshore fields.


  • Prof Colin MacBeth
  • Project Leader
  • +44 (0)131 451 3171
  • +44(0)131 451 3545

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