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SEG Executive Committee

Nominees for 2005-2006 executive committee

The following Active Members have been selected by the SEG Committee on Nominations to run for office on the 2005-2006 executive committee:

Don W. Steeples and Leon Thomsen

First vice-president:
Bill L. Abriel and David J. Monk

Second vice-president:
Steve H. Danbom and Roger A. Young

Mariangela Capello and Terje Dahl

Frank D. Brown and Lawrence M. Gochioco

Yonghe Sun

The biographies of the candidates and their position statements will be published in the July issue of The Leading Edge. Nominations by petition may be submitted until June 1. Paper ballots will be mailed out by June 15, but members will also be given the option of voting online. Eligible voters who have a valid e-mail address on file with SEG will receive personalized pass code information in an e-mail. Voting will end on July 29. Ballots will be counted in the last half of August and the results announced in TLE's September issue. The new executive committee will begin its term at the end of this year's Annual Meeting and complete its term at the end of next year's Annual Meeting.

2005: SEG's 75th Anniversary

SEG was founded on 11 March 1930 in Houston, Texas. The Geophysical Society of Houston commemorated the occasion with a special luncheon meeting on 11 March 2005. About 200 people, including several who joined SEG in the 1940s, attended. Former SEG President Lee Lawyer, chairman of the 75th Anniversary Committee, presided over the luncheon and reviewed SEG's history. Craig Beasley, current SEG president, described the contemporary state of the society and some likely innovations in services in the immediate future. The main speaker was former Conoco executive Mike Stinson, who spent much of 2004 helping revive Iraq's oil industry.

Annual Meeting 2005

Our ongoing 75th anniversary celebration will culminate with the SEG International Exposition and Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, 6-11 November 2005. To help bring a special atmosphere to this year's meeting, the Steering Committee has several unique and exciting activities planned. Already confirmed are a luncheon talk by R.M. "Johnnie" Burton, director, Minerals Management Service, US Department of the Interior; a talk by Dr. Robert Ballard, the world's best-known deep-sea explorer and discoverer of the wreckage of the Titanic; large displays of historic geophysical museum pieces and photos; a new and unique exhibition floor plan; an exhibitor's theater on the show floor; and the SEG 75th Birthday Celebration. Registration and Housing will open 1 p.m. central daylight time on 18 July 2005.

Technical Program

The Technical Program Online is open for submissions. Technical Program Chairman Dave Monk and his committee officially invite you to submit your paper for presentation at the 75th Annual SEG Meeting. Contributions from all geophysical disciplines and from all parts of the world are welcomed. Do not miss this historic opportunity to present your work as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of SEG.

The deadline for abstract submission is 5 p.m. central daylight time on 20 April 2005.

Invitation Letter for Houston Conference

SEG is working to improve the visitor's visa invitation process to facilitate international participation in its International Exposition and Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting. Participants to the SEG Houston meeting may generate an official invitation letter using the form found on the Annual Meeting Web site (link below). This form will generate a letter that can be printed and used in obtaining a visa. This page also has links to the U.S. Department of State Web site with information that may be helpful to you.

Attendees from countries that require a visa to enter the United States are reminded that obtaining a visa may take several months. You are strongly encouraged to plan ahead.


If you are a delegate in Houston, make sure you allow extra time to see this year's exhibits. This will not be the same exposition floor of the last 75 years. We will unveil a new and unique exhibition floor plan. The large exhibiting companies will be anchoring the corners of the hall – not in the middle.

There will be exhibitors' theaters on the exhibition floor with scheduled presentations, a large number of historical displays, and much more. Exhibitors, don't miss the opportunity to be part of this unique event. Make sure you sign up early. Remember, last year's floor space sold out. For more information, contact Steve Emery at or follow the link below.


Are you looking for a way to make sure your company stands out from the crowd at the Annual Meeting? There is no better way than to sponsor an event or program. Choose from a wide range of opportunities including delegate bags, wireless cyber cafe, student reception, golf tournament, luncheons, beverage stations, and much more. For complete information and to view the Sponsorship Brochure, please click the following link.


We Can Help!

The SEG Membership Department is here to assist all members with:

  • Missing SEG journals (The Leading Edge or Geophysics)
  • Address changes
  • Assistance with paying your dues online
  • New 75th Anniversary membership card if you have paid your dues and have not received one
  • Any questions concerning your membership benefits.

Don't Miss Another Issue of TLE

Renew your membership by 15 April 2005 and receive your 2005 SEG membership directory along with your May issue of The Leading Edge.

Renew your membership at the link below or by phone at 918-497-5581.

Professional Development

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Spring 2005 Distinguished Lecturer, Greg Partyka, has kicked off his tour to rave reviews. In his lecture, titled "Spectral Decomposition," Greg explains this powerful yet simple and robust technique and its application in exploration and reservoir characterization. Partyka was awarded the 2003 Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal for developing spectral decomposition. Partyka will present his lecture throughout the United States and at several locations throughout the world. The lecture will be available online before the end of the tour. Please visit the link below for more information and an up-to-date schedule.

Distinguished Instructor Short Course

Rodney Calvert will present the 2005 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course on "Insights and Methods for 4D Reservoir Monitoring and Characterization." Calvert calls upon his many years of 3D and 4D experience to present a state-of-the-art class on time-lapse seismic and its application to integrated studies of petroleum reservoirs. His tour, which includes 28 sites around the world, starts on 10 April 2005. Please visit the site below for a complete abstract, biography, and schedule. The 2005 DISC book will be available for purchase by SEG and EAGE members by the end of April.

Education Weeks

Designed to help geophysicists advance their careers, SEG has scheduled three Education Weeks this spring in New Orleans (April 5-8), Calgary (May 10-13), and Houston (June 6-10). The 2005 SEG/EAGE DISC will be presented on June 6 as part of the Houston Education Week. Registration for all events is available at the following link or by contacting Candice Chinsethagid, Professional Development Specialist, by e-mail or phone at 918-497-5526.


Encyclopedic Dictionary Online

An online version of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, fourth edition, by Robert E. Sheriff, is online and available for use by SEG members and subscribers to the SEG Digital Library. The SEG Digital Library also now includes all SEG Expanded Abstracts published since 1982.

GeoScienceWorld Launches

GeoScienceWorld, a subscription aggregate of 30 geoscience journals by 22 publishers, launched in late February. GSW also includes and implementation of the GeoRef bibliographic database. SEG is a founding member of GSW, and The Leading Edge is among the 30 journals. TLE, thus, is on two online platforms — Scitation (SEG Digital Library) and HighWire (GSW). Access to full text of the articles in all of the journals is free during a trial period that ends on 13 April. After that date, full-text access will be available by institutional subscription only. Browsing and searching is free.

Upcoming in TLE

The April issue of The Leading Edge will contain a special section on offshore technology, and the May issue will showcase a special section on carbonates. These issues also will continue, in honor of SEG's 75th anniversary, the decade-by-decade history of SEG with articles on the 1940s and 1950s.


2005 SEG D&P Forum

"Attenuation: What's to Gain from Seismic Loss?
Austin, Texas
15-19 May 2005

Register by 15 April to receive the reduced registration fee.

The 2005 Development and Production Forum will deal with intrinsic seismic absorption (Q) in reservoir rocks, and what information useful to the reservoir engineer and the petrophysicist can be gleaned from this phenomenon.

Cairo 2005
"Imaging the Future
Cairo, Egypt
16-19 May 2005

The Cairo 2005 Second International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, sponsored by SEG, the Egyptian Geophysical Society (EGS), the Egyptian Petroleum Exploration Society (EPEX), and the Egyptian Petroleum Association (EPA), will be held 16-19 May 2005 in Cairo, Egypt. Information on the technical program, short courses, field trips, the exhibition, and sponsorship opportunities is available at the Web site below.

The Second Announcement, giving information on paper-by-paper sessions for the technical program, housing reservations, registration, field trips, short courses, and pre- and post-conference tours, is now available. Registration and Housing deadline is 1 May 2005. Deadline to sign up for for field trips, short courses, and the SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course is 15 April. To receive a copy of the Second Announcement, please send an e-mail to

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Pamela Terekhova by e-mail or telephone at (918) 497-5511.

Exhibit space is still available. For information about leasing time in the Commercial Presentation Theatre or exhibit space, contact Steve Emery by e-mail or phone at (918) 497-5539

2005 SEG Summer Research Workshop

"Problems in Modeling Heterogeneity
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA
27-30 June 2005

2005 SEG Land Seismic Forum

Manama, Bahrain
18-21 September 2005

Applications are being accepted for the 2005 Land Seismic Forum.

Topics for this session include:

  • Acquisition — Geometries and sampling, etc.
  • Acquisition — Sources and receivers, etc.
  • Near Surface
  • Land Multiples
  • Imaging and Interpretation
  • Signal Enhancement
  • Multi-Component Imaging

Bucharest 2005

"Geophysics Without Frontiers
Bucharest, Romania
9-12 October 2005

Bucharest 2005, the 4th Congress of the Balkan Geophysical Society's International Conference and Exhibition of Applied Geophysics and Earth Physics, will be organized and hosted by the Romanian Society of Geophysics in cooperation with SEG, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU), under the auspices of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). The conference will be held 9-12 October 2005 in Bucharest, Romania.

Abstracts submission is open. Abstract deadline: 30 April 2005.

9th International Congress of the Brazilian Geophysical Society

The deadline for submitting expanded abstracts has been extended to 1 May 2005.



Professional Development

10-11 May 2005
Calgary, Alberta

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