SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course 2008

William L. Abriel


Reservoir Geophysics: Applications


William L. Abriel William L. Abriel, internal geophysical consultant at Chevron Energy Technology Company, San Ramon, California, began his work in the industry with Chevron in New Orleans in 1978. His technical interests are mainly in application of new technology to active projects, including acquisition, processing, interpretation, and integration. He has been the geophysical lead for Chevron projects in many oil and gas basins around the world, concentrating on North America, China, Australia, South America, and Russia. He has produced publications and has given presentations explaining and advancing geophysical technology.

Abriel has participated in technical committees for many SEG meetings on international, national, research, and multidisciplinary scales. He has published in most industry journals annually and has been a member of the editorial board of THE LEADING EDGE and an associate editor of GEOPHYSICS. He also has served on numerous SEG committees, including Development, Membership, Research, Global Affairs, and Distinguished Lecture. He was the SEG Spring Distinguished Lecturer in 2004 and is a founding and current board member of the SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation (SEAM). Abriel was named a life member of SEG in 2007.

He received a B.S. in geosciences and an M.S. in geophysics, both from Pennsylvania State University, where he was a founding member of the SEG student section and earned four varsity letters in lacrosse. He still keeps a hand in coaching lacrosse. He and his wife, Vangie, an attorney who teaches at Santa Clara University School of Law in California, have three children.



The SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course is sponsored by SEG and EAGE.