SEG Extra
Vol 1, No 2June 2003
The SEG Extra is a bimonthly publication of SEG to inform members worldwide about SEG programs and opportunities.
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Continuing Education

SEG has begun what we hope is a long-lived tradition, SEG Education Week. The first SEG Education Week, scheduled for July 21-24, 2003, in Houston, comprises four two-day Continuing Education courses. We expect to hold SEG Education Week three times a year in various cities to supplement the courses offered at the SEG Annual Meeting.

SEG is offering the following courses for the first week.

July 21-22, 2003

  • Exploration Vertical Seismic Profile by Richard Kuzmiski and Ronald Hinds
  • Pore Pressure Prediction in Practice by Martin Traugott

July 23-24, 2003

  • 3D Seismic Attributes for Prospect Identification and Reservoir Characterization by Kurt Marfurt
  • Practical Interpretation Concepts by Don Herron and Timothy Smith

SEG is also offering courses at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette on July 17-18, 2003:

  • Application and Interpretation of Converted Waves by Robert Stewart and James Gaiser
  • The Role of Geophysics in Risk Assessment by William Brumbaugh and Laura Kay Ethetton

All SEG Continuing Education courses have minimum and maximum enrollments. We must decide whether to hold each course three weeks in advance. Register early to guarantee your spot in the course of your choice.

Registration is open for SEG Education Week and other SEG Continuing Education courses. Access our online registration form, or download the registration form and mail or fax it to:

Meta Peters, CE Coordinator
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
P.O. Box 702740
Tulsa, OK 74170-2470
Fax: 918-497-5557

Industry News

After September 1, 2003, all applicants for licenses to practice geoscience in Texas must take an examination, regardless of previous experience. The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, created to regulate the practice of geoscience in Texas, has established a grandfather period covering the interim, during which time examinations will not be required. Licenses will be required by September 2003.


8th SAGA Biennial Technical Meeting and Exhibition - South Africa, October 7-10, 2003

The South African Geophysical Association, in affiliation with the SEG and EAGE, will be holding the eighth edition of its Biennial Technical Meeting and Exhibition in South Africa's scenic Pilanesberg National Park (malaria free). Call for papers deadline has been extended to July 15, 2003. For more information, please visit the SAGA Web site or contact the conference organizer at (tel) +27 12 420 5012, (fax) +27 12 362 5285, or by email to

Moscow 2003 International Geophysical Conference and Exposition, September 1-4, 2003

Don't miss! Sponsored by SEG/EAGO/EAGE, this conference will be held in Moscow's famous World Trade Center. For a copy of the First Announcement, plus registration, hotel, and visa forms (available after June 6), please visit the Moscow 2003 Web site or email


SEG Annual Meeting 2003

The International Exposition and Seventy-Third Annual Meeting will take place in Dallas, Texas October 26-31, 2003. SEG has received more than 700 papers for review by the Technical Program Committee. The committee is currently in the review process. Notices to authors of acceptance or rejection will be sent in late June. The Technical Program will be published online in late August.

Important dates to remember:

  • July 1 - Registration & Housing opens
  • July 3 - Annual Meeting Announcement scheduled for mailing
  • July 15 - Annual Meeting Announcement placed on the web
  • Sept. 22 - Registration & Housing closes

A special attraction for the Dallas Convention will be the TLE Forum IV: The Future of the Upstream Petroleum Industry. The forum will be held on Monday, October 27, 2003, at 9 a.m. in the Dallas Convention Center. The elite panel will include:

  • Dalton Boutte, President of Western/Geco
  • Steve Farris, President & CEO of Apache Corporation
  • Peter Gaffney, Gaffney & Cline, former President of SPE and International Consultant
  • John Gibson, President and CEO, Halliburton Energy Services
  • Raoul Restucci, CEO, Shell E&P Americas
  • Peter Rose, Senior Partner of Rose & Associates, Geologic Risk Analysis Consultant

Bob Tippee, Editor of the Oil & Gas Journal and one of the most knowledgeable journalists in the industry, will be the moderator.

Also, find out what space looks like to a geoscientist. On the afternoon of Monday, October 27, 2003, geophysicist and astronaut James F. Reilly II will describe his nine years in the U.S. space program, which includes two orbital missions and three spacewalks.

For more information about the SEG Annual Meeting, visit the Annual Meeting Web site. These pages will be continually updated.

Development and Production Forum

Old Oil, New Geophysics: Rejuvenating and Extending Field Life
July 20-25, 2003
Big Sky, Montana

The focus of this year's forum will be on the application of geophysical data for adding economic value to existing fields by improving recovery, targeting bypassed oil, and identifying incremental additions and field extensions. Visit the D&P Forum Web site to download the Call for Participation.

Summer Research Workshop

Quantifying Uncertainty in Reservoir Properties Prediction
August 24-29, 2003
Galveston, Texas

The 2003 workshop focuses on quantifying uncertainty in predicted values of reservoir properties. For further information please visit the SRW Web site for the Call for Papers.

The June issue of The Leading Edge will have a special section on mining geophysics which, as John Sumner points out in the President's Page, represents a small percentage of SEG's membership but is a major fraction in some important countries (e.g., Canada and Australia). Also, the June issue will contain an almost certainly controversial article on the "New Geophysics" in which Stuart Crampin of the University of Edinburgh proposes using shear-waves, instead of compressional waves, as the basic source of seismic data.

Geophysics recently passed one year of operation with its online peer review and tracking system. The new system has speeded cycle time and has been praised for its ease of use by those who use it regularly. If you have a paper for Geophysics, submit it online.


Mapping Your Horizons!
2003 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign

Refer potential SEG members and be a winner in 2003!

Recruiting new members has never been easier. You simply use our Online Referral Form providing the names and contact information for colleagues you feel would benefit from an SEG membership. SEG will send each potential member a personalized invitation to join the Society. You do nothing else — we will notify you when the invitation has been sent and when your referrals join the Society.

Refer your colleagues online today!