University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hongliu Zeng

Dr. Hongliu Zeng

Dr. Hongliu Zeng

Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, Texas 78713-8924
Telephone
512-475-6382
Fax
512-471-0140

A long time focus of my research has been seismic sedimentology and its application in seismic stratigraphy, high-frequency sequence stratigraphy, and reservoir prediction. I study seismic chronostratigraphy and seismic frequency controls on interpretation of clastic and carbonate seismic stratigraphy, and the ways a good-quality depositional systems imaging can be made. I invented the stratal slicing technique and am pushing for transfer of this technology to industry.

One recent research topic is to apply seismic lithology (90° phasing, inversion, attributes, AVO and multicomponent data) to broaden seismic geomorphology-based facies analysis on stratal slices, which makes seismic sedimentology a realistic technology for high-resolution reservoir prediction. Another theme involves seismic characterization of thin-bedded reservoirs. I do seismic modeling of outcrop and subsurface data to study optimal forms of seismic data (frequency, wavelet phase, attribute, etc.) for thin-bed interpretation.

  • Research Interests

    Seismic sedimentology and geomorphology

    Seismic chronostratigraphy

    Seismic and sequence stratigraphy

    Interpretation-oriented seismic modeling and processing 

    Characterization of thin-bed reservoirs

  • Education

    B.A., Geology, Petroleum University, Dongying, China, 1982

    M. A., Geology, Petroleum University, Dongying, China, 1985

    Ph.D., Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1994

  • Professional History

    Senior Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-present

    Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997-2012

    Advanced Geoscientist, Texaco International Exploration, Houston, Texas, 1996-1997

    Geoscientist, Texaco Exploration & Production Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, 1994-1996

    Graduate Research Assistant, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1990-1993

    Instructor, Petroleum University at Beijing, China, 1985-1989

  • Selected Publications

    Zeng, H., 2013, Frequency-dependent seismic-stratigraphic and facies interpretation: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 97, no. 2, p. 201-221.

    Zeng, H., Zhu, X., Zhu, R., and Zhang, Q., 2012, Guidelines for seismic sedimentologic study in non-marine postrift basins: Petroleum Exploration and Development, v. 39, no. 3, p. 275‒284.

    Zeng, H., Loucks, R. G., Janson, X., Wang, G., Xia, Y., Yuan, B., and Xu, L., 2011, Three-dimensional seismic geomorphology and analysis of the Ordovician paleokarst drainage system in the central Tabei Uplift, northern Tarim Basin, western China: AAPG Bulletin, v. 95, no. 12, p. 2061‬‒2083.

    Zeng, H., 2010, Geologic significance of anomalous instantaneous frequency: Geophysics, v. 75, no. 3, p. P23–P30.

    Zeng, H., Loucks, R. G., and Brown, L. F., Jr., 2007, Mapping sediment-dispersal patterns and associated systems tracts in fourth- and fifth-order sequences using seismic sedimentology: example from Corpus Christi Bay, Texas: AAPG Bulletin, v. 91, no. 7, p. 981–1003.

    Zeng, H., 2007, Seismic imaging for seismic geomorphology beyond the seabed: potentials and challenges, in Davies, R. J., Posamentier, H. W., Wood, L. J., and Cartwright, J. A., eds., Seismic geomorphology: applications to hydrocarbon exploration and production: Geolgical Society, London, Special Publications, 277, p. 15–28.

    Zeng, H., and Backus, M. M., 2005, Interpretive advantages of 90°-phase wavelets: Part 1―modeling: Geophysics, v. 70, no. 3, p. C7–C15.

    Zeng, H., and Backus, M. M., 2005, Interpretive advantages of 90°-phase wavelets: Part 2―seismic applications: Geophysics, v. 70, no. 3, p. C17–C24.

    Zeng, H., and Hentz, T. F., 2004, High-frequency sequence stratigraphy from seismic sedimentology: applied to Miocene, Vermilion Block 50, Tiger Shoal area, offshore Louisiana: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 88, no. 2, p. 153-174.

    Zeng, H., and Kerans, C., 2003, Seismic frequency control on carbonate seismic stratigraphy: a case study of the Kingdom Abo sequence, West Texas: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 87, no. 2, p. 273-293.

    Zeng H., Backus, M. M., Barrow, K. T., and Tyler, N., 1998, Stratal slicing, part I: realistic 3-D seismic model: Geophysics, v. 63, no. 2, p. 502-513.

    Zeng H., Henry, S. C., and Riola, J. P., 1998, Stratal slicing, part II: real seismic data: Geophysics, v. 63, no. 2, p. 514-522.

  • Selected Committees

    Research supervisor, supervisory committee for PhD student in UTDOGS, since 2011

    Associate Editor, Editorial Board, INTERPRETATION (a peer-reviewed SEG journal), since 2012
    Member, AAPG Geophysical Integration Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, since 2004.

    Member, SEG Development and Production Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, since 2001.

  • Awards

    Gordon Atwater Best Poster Award, GCAGS/GCSSEPM, 2007

    Wallace E. Pratt Award for Best Original Article published in the AAPG Bulletin in 2003.

    Star Quality Ambassador, 1996, Texaco Worldwide.

    National Science Award, China, 1988.