December 2008

Vol 6, Issue 12
Annual Meeting review

The SEG Annual Meeting held in November in Las Vegas, USA, was a huge success with 8064 delegates, 1187 booths, and 292 exhibitors. Even if you couldn't make it to Las Vegas, you can still check out the highlights, complete with photo galleries, at our Annual Meeting coverage page.

Fund-raising goal surpassed
Foundation campaignAt last year's Annual Meeting in San Antonio, USA, SEG president Leon Thomsen announced the SEG Foundation's ambitious US$15 million Advancing Geophysics Today – Inspiring Geoscientists for Tomorrow fund-raising campaign. One year later, the Foundation has raised $17 115 908. View the full article and photo gallery.

The questions of global warming
Eric BarronEric J. Barron, director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, delivered the keynote address at the Applied Science Education Program on the topic of global warming. “It is not just a science question,” said Barron. “It’s a human question that depends on how we value things.” View the full article and photo gallery.

2008 Challenge Bowl finals
Challenge Bowl winnersThis year’s final event was truly the culmination of a worldwide competition. Twelve teams competed after advancing through regional competitions. Venues for the regional competitions included Russia, China, South America, Italy, Canada, and several sites in the United States. Find out who won and more on the Annual Meeting coverage page.

SEG and SPG India to open
SEG India office

Mumbai office signing SEG president Fred Aminzadeh and SPG India president Apurba Saha signed a memorandum of agreement between the two societies for the establishment of a jointly operated program office, SEG India, to be located in Mumbai. Find out more.

Beijing 2009 conference
CPS/SEG Beijing 2009, “Geophysics: Challenges and Opportunities," will be held 24–27 April 2009 at Beijing International Convention Center (BICC) in Beijing, China. Papers will be accepted 3 December 2008 through 14 January 2009.

2009 SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education ProgramSEP_Logo
Students, get ready for the 2009 SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program, coming to a continent near you! Applications are available online.

SLS travel grants
SLS logo SEG Student Section officers are invited to apply for travel grants to participate in the 2009 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium, which will be held at the 2009 SEG Annual Meeting in Houston, USA. Students will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, meet other student leaders from all over the world, and receive professional leadership coaching. Applications are available online.

DL tour moves on to California, New Mexico, and Virginia
DL tour
SEG/AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Peter Duncan goes to California, New Mexico, and Virginia. Go online to view Duncan's abstract and schedule for his presentation, "Aggressively passive: Microseismic opportunities over an oilfield's life." Contact the local sections for locations and times.

December TLE: Permanent monitoring/
Smart oil fields

TLE December 2008 The December issue of The Leading Edge features articles covering permanent monitoring, smart oil fields, and reservoir surveillance. In Interpreter’s Corner, Alamsyah et al. describe seismic reservoir characterization of Indonesia’s Southwest Betara Field.

4D gravity monitoring in Geophysics
The November-December 2008 issue of Geophysics includes a special section on 4D gravity monitoring that presents a diverse sampling of applications and new technologies and captures the state of the art in 4D gravity at a time when new reservoir-monitoring applications are maturing into operational status.

2009 D&P Forum in Bahrain
2009 DP forumApplications for the 2009 Development and Production Forum on the subject of carbonate reservoirs are being accepted until 9 December. "Reservoir characterization and monitoring in carbonates" is scheduled 10–15 April 2009 in Manama, Bahrain.

New publications unveiled
book cover Four new SEG publications were hot sellers at the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and now they are available to everyone through the online SEG Book Mart. Consider the value to you of the following titles:

My SEG logins only access for Digital Library
SEG member access to full text of articles within the SEG Digital Library will be by My SEG login only after 31 December 2008. Scitation logins no longer will be used to provide SEG member access. They will remain active for MyScitation personalization features: MyPublications, MyArticles, and MySubscriptions. Questions about SEG member access should be e-mailed to Member Services. SEG members can create My SEG logins from the login area available on most SEG Web pages.

Free membership for graduates
SEG provides graduating Student Members a free, one-year Associate/Global membership the year following their graduation! As a graduating Student Member, you may transfer your membership to an Associate/Global membership by simply notifying SEG Member Services that you have graduated.

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In this issue
Annual Meeting review
SEG to open India office
Beijing call for papers
2009 SEP applications
SLS student travel grants
DL tour continues
December TLE
Geophysics: 4D gravity monitoring
2009 D&P Forum
New publications unveiled
Digital Library access changing
Free membership for graduates
Geophysics call for papers
Azimuth forum in California
Honors & Awards nominations
3D seismic course in Munich

Geophysics call for papers
SEG invites papers on the topic of “Advances in seismic inversion and imaging” for publication in an upcoming special section of Geophysics. Authors should submit their manuscripts for review no later than 31 December 2008. For more information read our call for papers.

2009 SEG Forum
in California

Extra_NapaValleyLogoThe New Angles on Azimuth SEG Forum will take place 30 March–3 April 2009 in Napa, California, USA. This forum will gather experts in an open and relaxed atmosphere to discuss the state of the art of as it relates to innovative approaches to multiazimuth seismic surveys.

2009 Honors and Awards nominations
One of SEG’s great traditions is the special recognition of individuals and organizations for their contributions to geophysics and to the Society. The deadline for submitting nominations for deserving recipients to be honored at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Houston, USA, is 1 January 2009. Read more about how to submit your nomination.

Discover oil at NAPE!
NAPE logoThe 2009 NAPE Expo will be held 5–6 February in Houston, USA. A record 17 000 people and 1700 exhibit booths are expected at this 17th annual NAPE Expo. Visit the NAPE Web site for more information and registration forms, or register online today.

Course in Munich
SEG and GeoNeurale present “3D Seismic Attributes for Prospect Identification and Reservoir Characterization” by Dr. Kurt Marfurt in Munich, Germany, on 12–14 January 2009. Download this brochure for more information about the course and how to register.

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3–5 December
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
International Petroleum Technology Conference

15–19 December
San Francisco, USA
AGU Fall Meeting

16–17 February
San Antonio, USA
Pore Pressure, Monitoring,
and Wellbore Stability

24–27 February
Beijing, China
CPS/SEG Beijing 2009

4–7 May
Houston, USA
Offshore Technology Conference

Pubs bulletSEG publications

Reservoir Geophysics: Applications
by William L. Abriel

3D Seismic Imaging
by B. Biondi

Seismic Attributes for Prospect Identification and Reservoir Characterization
by S. Chopra and K. J. Marfurt

Classics of Elastic Wave Theory
 edited by Michael A. Pelissier, Henning Hoeber, Norbert van de Coevering, and Ian F. Jones


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