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75 Years of SEG

Have you made your plans to attend this year's SEG International Exposition and Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, 6–11 November 2005? This year's meeting will have a record number of technical presentations, speakers recognized as leaders in their fields, more than 300 exhibitors occupying more than 1,100 booths, a full slate of luncheons and forums, numerous activities and celebrations to recognize SEG's 75th Anniversary, and much more. All this and you can still save money by registering in advance!

The information in this SEG Extra will give you details about all this and more. Seize the opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Message from the President
As we send this newsletter, we find our members under the threat of another potentially devastating hurricane. Today as Hurricane Rita approaches the Texas Gulf Coast it already has been measured as the third largest Atlantic storm ever. With many variables it is difficult to predict an outcome. We expect that with the time remaining before the SEG 75th Annual Meeting that Houston will be able to recover and host our convention. We will be in touch with e-mail updates as events unfold.

Craig Beasley, SEG President

Important Housing Information
Hotel representatives in the Houston area strongly encourage SEG delegates and exhibitors to make their hotel reservations immediately due to the influx of people from Hurricane Katrina. Hotel occupancy levels are high and can be expected to remain that way through the rest of 2005.

The Hilton Americas is this year's Annual Meeting headquarters hotel, with Residence Inn by Marriott the International Showcase hotel. Other SEG Official Hotels are Courtyard by Marriott, Four Seasons Hotel, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Hyatt Regency, and Inn at the Ballpark.

SEG/Houston 2005 housing information is available at the following link. If you require assistance with multiple room blocks, please e-mail or call 1-330-425-9330.

SEG 75th Houston Advance Registration
Advance Registration for the SEG International Exposition and 75th Annual Meeting, 6–11 November, closes 30 September 2005. You may register online at the address below or download the printed version to fax or mail to the SEG Business Office. Register early and save!

Exhibit Space Selling Out!
If you plan on exhibiting at this year's 75th Annual Meeting and haven't reserved space yet, time is running out rapidly. At the time of this writing, available space for exhibits is down to a mere seven booths. To check availability of booth space, click below.

Booth demand is at its highest level in years. In celebration of SEG's 75th Anniversary, this year's exhibits floor has a unique design. To view this year's floor plan or to organize your time on the exhibits floor, visit the following link.

Membership Campaign
Visit the SEG Member Services booth #1762 or the SEG Foundation booth to learn more about the Doodlebugger Society and this year's Membership Campaign, "Play Your Cards Right!

Campaign prizes include:

  • A full delegate registration to the 2007 Annual Meeting in San Antonio
  • SEG dollar vouchers or merchandise
  • A free onsite Professional Development course for company participants

Technical Program
With a record number of submissions, this year's technical program promises to be one of the best ever. Technical presentations are slated to be at the highest level in history. Contributions from all geophysical disciplines and from all parts of the world are represented in the technical program scheduled to run from Monday to Thursday.

Featured Luncheon Speaker
Rejane "Johnnie" Burton is Director of the Minerals Management Service for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Burton will speak on a timely topic related to the state of the world energy situation. To sign up for this luncheon or reserve a table of eight, see the registration form for details.

Honors & Awards Presidential Session
Recognition from one's peers is the highest and most celebrated form of honor that the SEG bestows on its members. Please join us at 4 p.m. Sunday, 6 November at the George R. Brown Convention Center as we honor those who advance the field of geophysics. Immediately afterward, Craig Beasley will give his Presidential Address in which he will discuss the state of the Society and the industry as a whole and look ahead to the years to come.

Historical Exhibits
Be sure to catch the 75th Anniversary Historical Exhibits and Theater Presentations in the SEG Pavilion near the Book Mart!

TLE Forum VI
A very distinguished panel will discuss "The Energy Supply Challenge: This Time Is It Real or Imaginary?" – a subject obviously of great importance to SEG members. The panel will include Andrew Gould, chairman and chief executive officer of Schlumberger; A.T. (Tim) Cejka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration company; and Mike Bahorich, executive vice president, Exploration and Production Technology, Apache Corporation. Thus, attendees will benefit from the perspectives on this vital subject of the top executive of the world's largest oil-field services company, the head of exploration of the world’s largest oil company, and the technology leader of a major independent oil company with worldwide operations. A question and answer session, moderated by former Houston newsman Steve Smith, will follow the individual presentations of the panelists.

Convention workshops will be offered after the technical sessions close on Thursday and continue through Friday. There are nine workshops scheduled this year, through the support of the SEG Research Committee, the SEG Development and Production Committee, the SEG Gravity and Magnetics Committee, and the SEG Interpretation Committee.

Continuing Education
Registration continues for all Continuing Education courses at the SEG 75th Annual Meeting in Houston. The complete list of courses, along with detailed descriptions, is posted on the SEG Professional Development Web site. Register online, or contact Candice Chinsethagid, Professional Development Specialist, by e-mail at or by phone at 918-497-5526

International Showcase
The International Showcase, celebrating its 10th Jubilee, invites you to meet exhibitors from over 25 countries in "The Global Meeting Place," Hall E, Exhibition.

Applied Science Education Program
One of the more exciting special features of the meeting is the Applied Science Education Program. The program will take place on the morning of Wednesday, 9 November, with a keynote address by Robert Ballard. Ballard has received worldwide recognition for locating the RMS Titanic in 1985 and discovering various life forms that thrive around thermal vents deep in the Pacific Ocean. You will not want to miss this unique opportunity to view stunning imagery of Ballard's recent work in deepwater archaeology. Ballard also will discuss the science of telepresence. This program is free to SEG meeting delegates. Space will be limited, so plan ahead.

Distinguished Instructor Short Course
Rodney Calvert presents the 2005 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course, titled "Insights and Methods for 4D Reservoir Monitoring and Characterization," on Friday, 4 November, at the SEG Annual Meeting. 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. Registration is available online; a form is also available online for registration by fax or email. Please visit the site below for an abstract, biography, and complete schedule. Registration for other venues is available through the local (host) societies.

Spouse Program
Your spouse won't want to miss this year's 75th Anniversary Spouse Program! Spouses will enjoy the hospitality suite, open daily with plenty of snacks and activities. Also included are the daily seminars, transportation to and from the Galleria on Monday and Wednesday, and the annual Spouse Luncheon featuring exciting entertainment. Sign up today!

Why Visit the SEG Foundation Booth?

  • It's a great place to meet and greet friends.
  • It's where you can learn more about Professional Development, Student Support, Youth Outreach, and Membership.
  • It's THE place to discover SEG Scholarships.
  • It's the ONLY place to get a Doodlebugger lapel pin.
  • It's home to the "Geoscientists for Tomorrow" Campaign.
  • We're conveniently located next to registration!


Third Annual Presidential Jam Session
SEG President Craig Beasley invites you come enjoy the entertainment of the Third Annual Presidential Jam Session, 8-11 p.m. Tuesday, 8 November 2005 at the Hilton Americas hotel. A wide variety of music will fill the room. Come enjoy a fun-filled evening of dancing and music! This event is free and open to all SEG members and delegates.

Distinguished Lecture Series
SEG 75th Anniversary Distinguished Lecturer Panos Kelamis will speak at a breakfast meeting on Tuesday, 9 November at the Geological Society of Houston. Sponsored by the Geophysical Society of Houston, Kelamis' talk, titled "A pragmatic view of land multiple attenuation technology," presents a series of practical strategies that target the attenuation of surface and internal multiples in a land environment. For more information, please visit the GSH Web site or SEG's Distinguished Lecture site.

Jump-start your Job Search
Visit the SEG Employment Referral booth #1758 during the Annual Meeting. Companies, come display your employment opportunities. There will be a designated room available to interview interested members. Members, bring a copy of your resume to post. We will have a copier machine to copy as many resumes as needed.

Global Forum III
"Regulations As Drivers for the International Energy Business

SEG Pre-Convention Golf Tournament
Reserve your spot today for the annual SEG Golf Tournament, held this year at the renowned Wildcat Golf Club in Houston. The tournament will be a four-man Texas scramble, starting 9 a.m. Saturday, 5 November. Space is limited and filling up fast so sign up yourself and all your friends for a great day of golf.

Student Career Planning Session
Attend this forum to hear from and interact with a panel of industry experts regarding the status and future of the geophysical exploration industry. Walt Lynn, former SEG president and current COO of Lynn Inc., will begin with a short presentation of his experience and thoughts regarding entering into the exploration industry as well as comments and opinions of future directions of the industry. This will be followed by comments from three other panelists with varying backgrounds, experience, and viewpoints. Plenty of time will be devoted to a question-and-answer session afterward. This promises to be an enjoyable and informative session.

SEG Historical Video
A video highlighting past, present, and future directions of geophysics and SEG's role in fostering it will be distributed in delegate bags at SEG/Houston 2005. The video is titled "Reflections in the Field: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the SEG." It features interviews with leading geophysicists from industry and academia. Extra copies will be available for purchase at the SEG Book Mart.

Judicious Editing: Yours and Others'
Ken Mahrer, author of the Writer's Block columns in The Leading Edge, will give this editing course for editors and writers of technical papers at SEG/Houston 2005. The course is scheduled for 8-11:30 a.m. Sunday, 6 November at the Hilton Americas Hotel. There is no fee; however, those who plan to attend are asked to notify Merrily Sanzalone via e-mail at by 9 October 2005 so that appropriate room arrangements can be made. Editors and authors of technical papers in SEG journals are encouraged to attend.

Global Affairs Committee Luncheon Meetings
Purchase your tickets in advance for these luncheons when you register!