2012 Honorary LecturerSponsored by Shell


Ian F. Jones

ION GX Technology, United Kingdom

From imaging to inversion


Ian Jones

Ian Jones received a joint honours BSc in Physics with Geology from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1977, an MSc in Seismology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a PhD in Geophysical Signal Processing from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1985.

After working for Inverse Theory & Applications Inc. in Canada for two years, he joined CGG, where for 15 years he was involved in R&D in the London and Paris offices. Since 2000 he has been with ION GX Technology, as a Senior Geophysical Advisor in their London office.

He has published various articles on imaging related topics, and was co-organizer of: the 1998 SEG-EAEG summer research workshop entitled Depth Imaging of Reservoir Attributes, the 2002 EAGE workshops on Kirchhoff versus Wave Equation Imaging and High Resolution Velocity Estimation, and 2010 SEG summer research workshop on Subsalt Imaging. He was the instructor of the 2004 and 2008 SPG one-day workshops on Depth Imaging, and also for the EAGE and SEG continuing education courses on Velocity Model Building.

His current interests include velocity model building and migration, and his most current activity includes writing the text book ‘An introduction to velocity model building' published by the EAGE in 2010; and co-editing the SEG Geophysics Reprints series volumes Classics of Elastic Wave Theory and Pre-Stack Depth Migration and Velocity Model Building.

He is a member of the SEG, EAGE and the PESGB; serves on the SEG editorial committee and the EAGE OGGD and technical program committees, is an associate editor for Geophysics and also Geophysical Prospecting, and was awarded the EAGE's Anstey Medal in 2003 for "contributions to the depth imaging literature", and made the SEG 2012 Honorary Lecturer for Europe, for "contributions to advancing the science and technology of geophysics".