Key Researcher(s):  A. J. Calvert

Project ID(s):  2007-N004

Key Research Organization(s):  Simon Fraser University

Project Location:  Nechako Basin

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Geoscience BC's Nechako Seismic Project focused on the Nechako Basin west of Quesnel, in the heart of the Mountain Pine Beetle affected area of interior BC.Nechako Seismic Project Area

This project included a $2.5 million survey, totaling approximately 350 line-kilometres of new seismic data acquisition. It was funded with $2 million from Geoscience BC and $0.5 million from the Northern Development Initiative Trust Pine Beetle Recovery Account.

This project represents a major component of Geoscience BC's interior basins oil and gas geoscience program originally funded in April 2005 with a $5 million grant to Geoscience BC from the Provincial government. The area of the survey is largely contained within the Nazko First Nation's Traditional Territory, and CGGVeritas provided training and employment opportunities to some members of the Nazko FN.

Seismic surveys use sound waves to produce images of the rock formations below the earth's surface. These images provide critical data needed to identify formations and structures with the potential to host oil and gas deposits. Vibroseis surveys create sounds waves using vibrator plates mounted on the base of a series of large trucks.

This survey complemented ongoing seismic monitoring, geophysical and geological studies of the Nechako Basin being supported by Geoscience BC in partnership with Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Natural Resources Canada.


2005-060: Southern Nechako Seismic and Gravity Data Reprocessing, Interpretation and Marketing - ARCIS
2006-002: Reprocessing of Regional Seismic Data to Delineate Oil and Gas Plays in the Nechako Basin - Andy Calvert, Simon Fraser University
2006-004: 3-D Seismic Survey in the Nechako Basin of BC utilizing Passive Seismic Transmission Tomography - Chris Neale, Microseismic Inc.
2006-014: Stratigraphic Analysis of Cretaceous Strata Flanking the Sourthern Nechako Basin: Constraining Basin Architecture and Reservoir Potential - Peter Mustard, Simon Fraser University
2006-016: Magnetotelluric Profiles of the Nechako Basin - Jim Craven, Natural Resources Canada
2006-028: Mapping the Structure of the Nechako Basin Using Passive Source Seismology - John Cassidy, Natural Resources Canada
2007-005: Integrated Interpretation and First Arrival Tomography of Reflection Surveys in Nechako Basin - Andy Calvert, Simon Fraser University
2007-024: Enhanced Velocity structure from Waveform Tomography of Seismic First-Arrival Data: Application the the Nechako Basin - Ronald Clowes, University of British Columbia
2009-041: Gravity and Magnetic Inversion Modeling: Nechako Basin, BC, Canada - Nigel Phillips, Mira Geoscience
2009-043: 2D Land Joint Inversion of Seismic, Magnetotelluric and Gravity for Pre-Stack DEPTH Migration Imaging, Nechako Basin, BC - Maurizio Sfolciaghi, WesternGeCo SDI
2009-044: Modeling and Investigation of Airborne Electromagnetic Data, and Reprocessing of Vibroseis Data, from Nechako Basin, BC, Guided by Magnetotelluric Results - Colin Farquharson, Memorial University of Newfoundland
2009-046: Nature, Distribution, Thickness and Regional Structural Framework of Eocene Volcanic Centres in Nechako Basin, south-central British Columbia - Craig Hart, MDRU, UBC