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SEG/New Orleans 2006 abstract submissions due soon
Abstract deadline 5 p.m. CDT, 12 April 2006

The Technical Program Online module is open for expanded abstract submissions. The Technical Program Committee encourages submission of papers in all applied geophysics disciplines. Please download and read the SEG/New Orleans 2006 Abstract Kit at the link below for guidelines and specifications on abstract submission. Accepted papers will be presented at the New Orleans conference in October.

SEG/New Orleans 2006 is expected to draw attendees from more than 80 countries, and it promises to be an extremely exciting gathering of today's leaders working in the earth sciences.

SEG Technical Program Online

Hydrogeophysics Workshop
Abstract and application deadline 7 April 2006

Get your application in for the Hydrogeophysics Workshop, scheduled 31 July to 2 August 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This informative workshop will focus on the use of geophysical methods for the characterization of groundwater aquifers and long-term groundwater management.

Visit the Hydrogeophysics Workshop Web site to learn more about the meeting and download an application.

Related Link: Hydrogeophysics Workshop

Development & Production Forum
Abstract and application deadline extended to 21 April 2006

Don't delay! This year's D&P Forum, "Deep Water Challenges in Exploration, Development, and Production," is scheduled 7-11 August 2006 at the Hotel Sofitel Rio de Janeiro-Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the Sociedade Brasileira de Geofisica (SBGf), and the Latin American Geophysical Union (ULG) are teaming up to focus discussions on issues surrounding deepwater challenges.

Related Link: Development & Production Forum 2006

SEG/EAGE Summer Research Workshop
Abstract deadline 24 April 2006

The SEG/EAGE Summer Research Workshop, "Subsalt Exploration & Development: Imaging, Interpretation & Drilling. What Have We learned?" takes place 10-14 July 2006 in Snowbird, Utah, U.S.

Subsalt exploration and production is one of the grand challenges of applied geophysics. This workshop provides a forum for the professionals involved in subsalt exploration and development to discuss common problems and their solutions. Chairman Biondo Biondi invites everyone with an interest in this difficult but rewarding field to submit an abstract and to attend. Papers are currently being accepted; click below to download the Call for Papers.

Related Link: Summer Research Workshop 2006

New Orleans coming on strong

Things are looking up for the Big Easy! For up-to-the-moment information about New Orleans' spectacular rebirth, visit the following page on our Annual Meeting Web site.

Related Link: News from New Orleans

SPG/SEG 2006 Kunming International Conference

The SPG/SEG 2006 Kunming International Geophysical Conference co-sponsored by the Society of Petroleum of Geophysicists (SPG China) and SEG, will be held at the Sunshine Coast Hotel in Fuxian Lake scenic spot (about 1 hour drive to Kunming City) 27-29 October 2006. The theme of the conference is "Reservoir Geophysics: Data Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation in Mature Oil Provinces." Papers from the United States should be sent to All other papers should be sent to Niu Yuquan at

Related Link: SPG China

SEG Elections

Election of SEG officers

The following Active Members have been selected by the SEG Committee on Nominations as candidates for the 2006-2007 Executive Committee:

Fred Aminzadeh and Gérard C. Herman

First vice president
Roy E. Clark Jr. and Alan K. Faichney

Second vice president
Michael H. Powers and James W. Rector

Vice president
Shane P. Coperude and Panos G. Kelamis

Brad A. Birkelo and Ernest S. Siraki

Leon Thomsen, SEG's current president-elect, will serve as president, and Yonghe Sun will complete the second year of his two-year term as editor in 2006-2007.

In addition to the Executive Committee election, four districts are holding elections for representatives. Each district has one seat to fill except for District 3, which has three seats to fill. The nominees are:

District 3—David W. Bell, Michael A. Celata, Luc T. Ikelle, and Cung Vu
District 5—Michael A. Hall and Chris J. T. Heaver
District 6—Gorgonio Garcia-Molina and Paolo Johann
District 8—Dieter W. Ramcke
District 9—Samir Abdelmoaty
District 11—Yuelianng Guo

Nominations in writing, signed by at least 40 Active Members and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate and a brief biography, ready for publication, may be submitted prior to 1 June 2006. More information on the nominees and the election will appear in upcoming issues of The Leading Edge and on the SEG Web site.

Ballots will be sent to each member eligible to vote in the election between 1 June and 15 June. SEG is asking all members to update their member information, especially mailing address, e-mail, and SEG Section or Associated Society affiliation. A primary Section or Associated Society must be designated if you have multiple affiliations. You may update this information by logging into MySEG, sending an e-mail to, or by calling the SEG Business Office at +1-918-497-5500.

SEG presented members with the option to cast their votes either by electronic ballot or paper ballot for the first time in the 2005 election of officers. Offering an electronic ballot resulted in a 20.7% increase in participation over the 2004 election, with 56% of the votes submitted electronically. Both electronic and paper ballots will be offered again for the 2006 election of officers and district representatives.


Member-Get-a-Member 2006

SEG has more than 25,000 members in 130 countries and continues to grow! Refer a colleague today! Visit our 2006 Membership Campaign Web site at the link below.

Related Link: Member-Get-a-Member 2006


Geophysics seeks CSEM papers

SEG invites papers for publication in an upcoming special section of Geophysics on marine controlled-source electromagnetics. Although marine CSEM methods are more than two decades old, applications to hydrocarbon exploration have been developed only during the past 5–10 years. This timely topic requires a strong foundation in the peer-reviewed literature. The special section seeks to elucidate methods for the acquisition, processing, interpretation, and visualization of marine CSEM data and to prove useful to the entire exploration geophysics community.

Interested authors should submit their manuscripts for review no later than 30 April 2006. Please submit your paper via the normal online submission system for Geophysics and indicate that it is a contribution for the special section on marine CSEM. Normal page and color charges will apply. Guest editors are Michael Tompkins and Len Srnka.

Related Link: Geophysics at Manuscript Central

SEG-D comment period ends 10 April

For several years there has been talk of the need for a new revision of the SEG-D standard for seismic field data. The last revision of the standard, Revision 2, was published in 1996, and in the intervening decade there have been significant developments in acquisition and computer technologies. A new revision would bring the standard into line with current industry techniques and practices. At the SEG/Denver Annual Meeting in 2004, the SEG Technical Standards Committee decided to revive the SEG-D Format Subcommittee, with Jill Lewis of Troika International volunteering to chair the subcommittee.

The subcommittee is submitting two revisions: first Revision 2.1, now available for perusal, and later Revision 3.0, presently under discussion. Revision of the SPS format is taking place simultaneously to ensure that its compatibility with SEG-D is maintained, as the two formats often are used in conjunction with one another.

For more information or to make comments regarding the format proposal, please send e-mail to Jill Lewis no later than 10 April 2006. That date will mark the end of the public comment period, as approval of the revisions is likely to be considered by the SEG Executive Committee in late April. A collection of relevant documents and the proposed SEG SEG-D Revision 2.1 and SEG SPS Revision 2.1 can be found at the following FTP address.

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Large issues of Geophysics coming up

The next two issues of Geophysics, starting with May-June, will contain more than 60 technical papers apiece, nearly twice the usual number. A rise in the Geophysics' submissions rate coupled with an acceleration of the review process has resulted in an abundance of accepted papers, and SEG is taking steps to publish them quickly. The July-August issue will be accompanied by a supplement containing 21 papers on seismic interferometry. Geophysics papers are published online one at a time in advance of issue assembly and print publication. This is part of SEG's program to speed time from paper acceptance to publication.

Upcoming in The Leading Edge

The April issue of TLE will contain a special section on Offshore Technology. The May issue will have a large special section on Gas Hydrates, which will include an article coauthored by two winners of the Maurice Ewing Medal, Milo Backus and Bob Graebner.

Professional Development

Distinguished Lecture Series

Gary Mavko, SEG Spring 2006 Distinguished Lecturer, is more than halfway through his tour, which began on 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. A recorded version of his tour should be available online by the end of April.

Related Link: Spring 2006 DL Abstract

The SEG/AAPG Joint Fall 2005 Distinguished Lecturer, Rebecca Latimer, will present her lecture at a few more locations, including Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K., and Houston, Texas, U.S. Titled "Uses, Abuses, and Examples of Seismic-Derived Acoustic Impedance Data: What Does the Interpreter Need to Know?" her presentation demonstrates the necessity for inversion and explains its contribution to an interpretation workflow. Her tour is organized by AAPG. A recorded version of her lecture should be available on the SEG Web site by the end of April.

Related Link: Fall 2005 DL Abstract at AAPG

Distinguished Instructor Short Course

Kurt Marfurt is presenting the 2006 SEG/EAGE 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.

Related Link: SEG/EAGE DISC 2006

Continuing Education

SEG's next Education Week will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 9-12 May 2006. SEG is presenting four courses in conjunction with the CSEG Annual Meeting. Click the link below for complete details and to register.

Related Link: Continuing Education Course Listing by Date

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