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This page contains lecture notes for the lecture Exploration with ElectroMagnetic Methods  by Dr. Kurt Strack.

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                    Lecture links

Overview                                                   FULL

Summary introduction:

    Advanced in EM                                      FULL           SUM   PDF

Background physics & methods

    History of surface EM methods                   FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
    Electrical properties of rocks                      FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
    Summary of logging tools & methods              FULL  COM  SUM  PDF

    Electromagnetic methods 

        Physics & instruments                          FULL  COM  SUM  PDF

    Data processing                                      FULL  COM  SUM  PDF

Special topics:



    Feasibility studies                                          
from 1D to complex studies               FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
Monitoring & permanent sensors         FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
    Case histories                                         FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
Case histories
Sub-salt imaging: Wedehof        FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
Geothermal                            FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
Resolving resistive layer                     FULL  COM  SUM  PDF
-TCSEM™ case histories
Sub-basalt imaging                   FULL  COM  SUM  PDF

Handout study materials:



Nekut, A.G., and Spies, B.R., 1989, Petroleum exploration using controlled source electromagnetic methods, Proc. IEEE, 77, 338-362.


Passlacqua, H., 1983, Electromagnetic field due to a thin resistive layer, Geophysical prospecting, 31, 945-976.


Strack, K.-M. , 1992, Exploration with Deep Transient Electromagnetics - Introduction and Indexes: Elsevier Science Publishers B. V., Amsterdam.

Introduction    Chapter 1    Chapter 2    Chapter 3    Chapter 4    Chapter 5    Chapter 6    Chapter 7    Chapter 8     Chapter 9  Appendices: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7

Strack, K.-M., Hanstein, T. H., and Eilenz, H. N., 1989, LOTEM data processing for areas with high cultural noise levels: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interior, 53, 261-269.

Strack, K.-M., Hanstein, T., Lebrocq, K., Moss, D. C., Petry, H., Vozoff, K., and Wolfgram, P. A., 1989, Case histories of LOTEM surveys in hydrocarbon prospective areas: First Break, 7, 467-477.

Strack, K.-M., Lueschen, E., Koetz, A. W., 1990, Long-offset transient electromagnetic (LOTEM) depth soundings applied to crustal studies in the Black Forest and Swabian Alb, FRG: Geophysics, 55, 834-842.

Strack, K.-M., and Pandey, P. B., 2007, Exploration with controlled-source electromagnetics under basalt cover in India: The Leading Edge, 26, Issue 360-363.


Strack., K.M., and Petrov, A.A., 2007, Marine time domain controlled source electromagnetics (tCSEM™): another way to illuminate marine,  reservoirs, Proc. 8th China International Geo-Electromagnetic Workshop, Jingzhou, China, paper 3, 9-14.


Strack, K.-M.,  and Vozoff, K., 1996, Integrating long-offset transient electromagnetics (LOTEM) with seismics in an exploration environment: Geophysical Prospecting, 44, 99-101.


Van Ditzhuijzen, P, 1994, Petrophysics – in touch with the reservoir, Shell Selected Paper


Schon, J. H., 1996, Electrical Properties of Rocks, in Schon, J. H., 1996, Physical Properties of Rocks: Fundamentals and Principles of Petrophysics

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