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Annual Meeting 2006

News from New Orleans

The 2006 SEG International Exhibition and 76th Annual Meeting is set to take place 1-6 October 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Annual Meeting Steering Committee extends an invitation to attend and experience New Orleans.

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, home to some of the greatest restaurants in the world, and an oasis of history and charm on the Mississippi. Join delegates representing more than 85 countries for an enjoyable and educational experience.

Conference attendees will be interested in general information about the areas that will be used by our meeting attendees. The convention center, the French Quarter, the Garden District, and the Warehouse District were left mostly undamaged by last year's storms. New Orleans is hosting many large conferences besides our own over the next year.

To keep up with New Orleans city events, visit the following link. This page will be updated regularly.

Related Link: News from New Orleans

Technical Program

The Technical Program Committee invites you to submit a paper proposal for this year's technical program featuring more than 350 presentations, posters, luncheons and panel sessions. If you would like to share your technical advancement, new method, case study, or practical application with your colleagues from around the globe, join us in New Orleans, LA, 1-6 October 2006. Obtain information about submitting your paper proposal online at the link below.

Signup opens 9 a.m. 15 March 2006 and runs through 5 p.m. 12 April 2006 (all times central standard).

Related Link: SEG/New Orleans Technical Program

Professional Development

Distinguished Lecture Series

The SEG/AAPG Joint Fall 2005 Distinguished Lecturer, Rebecca Latimer, has finished the fall portion of her tour and is scheduled for several presentations in the spring of 2006. Her presentation, entitled "Uses, abuses, and examples of seismic-derived acoustic impedance data: What does the interpreter need to know?", demonstrates the necessity for inversion and explains its contribution to an interpretation workflow. Latimer shows how scale differences can effect the results, how the interpreter analyzes the rock properties and uses these with inverted data, how to spot pitfalls in the overuse of impedance data, and examines both the strengths and drawbacks of using inversion as compared with the original rock data. Her tour is organized by AAPG.

Gary Mavko, SEG Spring 2006 Distinguished Lecturer, will begin his tour 2 February 2006. His talk, "Rock Physics Strategies for Facies and Fluids Mapping," discusses how depositional and post-depositional processes in various geologic settings can be related to velocity, density, and Vp/Vs ratio. Mavko will visit 23 sections and universities. His tour schedule is available on the SEG Web site.

Related Link: Spring 2006 Distinguished Lecturer Itinerary

Distinguished Instructor Short Course

Kurt Marfurt will present the 2006 DISC titled "Seismic Attribute Mapping of Structure and Stratigraphy." In this course, based in part on his highly successful 3D Attributes short course, Marfurt discusses the state of the art of mapping seismic attributes to determine the structure and stratigraphy, primarily of reservoir rocks. Including both theory and practice, this course is a presentation of the state of the art from one of the foremost geophysicists in the field. Beginning at the end of February, Marfurt is scheduled to present his course at 28 locations around the world. Please visit the SEG Professional Development site for a complete abstract and schedule.

Related Link: DISC 2006 Abstract

Continuing Education

There's still time to register for the Education Week scheduled for Houston 27 February to 2 March 2006. Among the courses offered is a new course on controlled source electromagnetics for subsea exploration presented by Steve Constable. Courses are also set for Education Weeks in Calgary for May 2006 and Lafayette, Louisiana in April 2006 (moved from New Orleans). Please visit the SEG Professional Development site for complete details and to register.

Related Link: Current SEG Continuing Education Offerings


SEG Advanced Modelling Consortium

SEG announces the SEG Advanced Modelling (SEAM) project to advance understanding of subsurface seismology. This industry-funded consortium, with advice from the SEG Research Committee, will create advanced model datasets for use by the geophysical academic and research community. At this initial stage, the organizers are looking for superior modelling methods and/or code that simulates wave propagation in variable density acoustic media. Contact if you feel you can contribute.


Spring Break Expo 2006

Student members shouldn't miss the AAPG/SEG Spring Break Student Expo in Norman, Oklahoma, 9-11 March 2006. For more information, please visit the OU School of Geology and Geophysics site below or contact the SEG Student Affairs Coordinator.

Related Link: OU School of Geology and Geophysics


SEG/EAGE Summer Research Workshop

"Subsalt Exploration & Development: Imaging, Interpretation & Drilling. What have we learned?
10-14 July 2006
Snowbird, Utah
Chairman: Biondo Biondi

Related Link: SEG/EAGE SRW 2006


Best Paper in Geophysics nominations

SEG Editor Yonghe Sun requests nominations for the Best Paper in Geophysics from among the papers published in 2005. An index listing all papers and authors published in 2005 is included in the November-December issue.

SEG members should e-mail nominations to the Editor at by 12 March 2006.

The Leading Edge

The February issue of TLE contains a special section on Attenuation and Spectral Decomposition. The March issue will recap the 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Houston and have a special section on Geophysics and Public Safety.

Related Link: TLE Non-Technical Articles
TLE on Scitation
TLE at GeoScienceWorld

New publications available

SEG has published several new books and disc products. These all are available for purchase through the SEG Online Book Mart:


Bronze Membership

Each year, SEG proudly honors geophysicists for continuous membership in the Society with a 60-year lapel pin and a Life Paid Membership to 60-year members, Gold Certificates to 50-year members, and Silver Certificates for 25-year members. In 2005, SEG added a Bronze Certificate for 10-year members. The purpose is to recognize our members and encourage them to retain their membership.


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2006 membership renewals

Renew now and continue receiving:

  • The Leading Edge for 2006
  • Online access to SEG journals
  • Discounts on SEG publications

These membership benefits, along with many others, will expire unless you renew now! Renew your membership online at the following link or by phone at (918) 497-5554.

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