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The growth experienced by mankind over the last 150 years would be unthinkable without the use of the energy generated by hydrocarbons. These are a source of energy for the modern world, as well as a strategic resource in the manufacture of a range of materials in different industries.

Although their importance in the modern era is particularly great, there are records which point to hydrocarbons being used over 4000 years ago in the construction of walls and towers in the mythical city of Babylon, in addition to various medicinal uses and as fuels. In more recent history, a high level of global demand and the constant need to discover and access new oil and gas reserves have made it necessary to develop and implement specific prospecting techniques such as reflection seismology.

Seismic exploration

Seismic exploration is a geophysical method of prospecting which provides in-depth knowledge of the form and layout of the different lithological units. It is achieved by detecting, reading and interpreting reflected seismic waves from the subsoil, produced by an artificial energy source installed at georeferenced depths. This seismic source is usually a high-energy compact explosive capable of generating an elastic wave which propagates through the subsoil, and which is recognizable by sensors (geophones) installed at strategic points in the field under study.
The waves generated by the seismic explosive undergo an energy partition when they come across an interface between two layers with different elastic properties, causing one part of the energy to be transmitted and the other part to be reflected. Reflected energy is of interest in this regard, since it carries information about the specific properties of the lithological layers of the subsoil. This information includes data such as amplitudes, wavelengths, phases and double times of the subsoil reflectors, which can be useful in ascertaining and interpreting the form of the bodies under exploration. This serie of techniques is widely used to locate petroleum and gas resources found in porous rocks in the subsoil.

 Preparing seismic loads (Rioseis WH and Rioseis P).

MAXAM and seismic exploration

Understanding the way the energy from explosives is transferred in the subsoil is key to ensuring the efficiency of the seismic products and solutions developed by MAXAM. Seismic explosives specially designed to optimize the transfer of energy to the earth, improve the recorded seismic image and the signal-to-noise ratio, and generate enough bandwidth and frequencies to meet the customer's expectations. These are some of MAXAM's commitments to ensure it continues to be a leading supplier of high-precision products and services for the seismic prospecting industry.
Furthermore, commitment to safety and the environment is a constant in all MAXAM's blasting solutions. In addition to being able to generate a high-pressure pulse at depths of up to 7000 m, the energy products MAXAM has specifically designed for seismic exploration are made of materials that decompose quickly after use. These energy products, along with MAXAM's complete range of electronic initiation systems, ensure it is able to offer its customers a comprehensive series of seismic exploration services.
To successfully meet these challenges, the value propositions developed by MAXAM include:

• Safe operation.
• Comprehensive series of explosives and seismic initiation systems.
• Degradable explosives.
• Environmental controls.
• Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)br />
The combination of all these factors is key to the success of seismic exploration operations.

Be sure to contact MAXAM for further information on value propositions and application solutions for seismic exploration.

Preparing seismic loads (Rioseis WH and Rioseis P).

Blasting solutions.January 2018


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