SEAM People

SEAM 2015 Board of Directors


The SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation is led by a Board of Directors, each serving a three-year term.

Click on a name or scroll down to read biographies of the 2015 board members.

Board Member Biographies

William (Bill) Abriel, Chair

William (Bill) AbrielWilliam (Bill) Abriel is the international geophysical advisor for Chevron Eurasia and a past Chair of the SEAM Board of Directors. He has worked as geophysical lead for Chevron in projects in exploration, development, production and research for over 35 years including extensive work in the Gulf of Mexico, Offshore Brazil, Offshore Australia, Offshore China, Offshore Russia, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea North America onshore and Kazakhstan. Bill is a past vice president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), a Life member, the Distinguished Instructor 2008, Distinguished Lecturer 2004, and author of over 30 papers on the application of geophysics to the oil and gas industry. Bill has significant experience in building, developing and executing large scale modeling consortiums for the industry. He was the principle founder of the private geophysical research consortium SMAART industry joint venture, which focused on solving grand challenges for multiples in seismic data. The JV received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the SEG in 2008 for its significant impact on the industry for advancing demultiple processing algorithms and the multi-azimuth techniques in acquisition and processing of seismic data. Bill also played a very significant role in the original founding of the SEAM research corporation and was deeply engaged in the design and execution of the Gulf of Mexico subsalt model challenge (SEAM phase I), and the successful initiation of the Phase II project.

Robert (Bob) Corbin, Treasurer

Robert (Bob) CorbinRobert (Bob) Corbin spent 26 years working for Conoco and ConocoPhillips in research and technology development and implementation groups. His experience included projects to extend vibratory source bandwidth, develop Sh-wave exploration concepts, and facilitate the use of VPS and seismic inversion by exploration and development departments. Bob received a PhD in Atomic & Molecular Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1973 and worked on a research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research while a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri at Rolla before switching careers to the geosciences. After retiring from ConocoPhillips, he formed Corbin Geophysical in 2003, where he currently provides consulting services for seismic acquisition and processing, well ties and pre- and post-stack seismic inversion. He has been a member of SEG since 1977 and previously served on the SEAM audit/finance committee.

Kevin Bishop

Kevin BishopKevin Bishop has over thirty-one years of professional experience. Prior to his Chevron retirement, he served nearly twenty-one years with Texaco in special seismic projects involving processing, integration, research, and development. He is an expert in all aspects of seismic processing and imaging with particular skills in refraction modeling and near surface statics. Prior to his retirement from BHP Billiton, he served over ten years designing and managing processing and imaging projects that pushed the envelopes of current technology to optimize the final products. Kevin was chairman of the ProMAX Users' Group, active member of the SMAART joint venture, and Chairman of the SEAM Phase I Management committee. He is currently a member of the SEAM Corp. Board of Directors. He is a member of SEG, EAGE, GSH, and AAAS.

Kamal Al-Yahya

al yahyaKamal Al-Yahya holds a PhD in geophysics from Stanford University. Currently, he is Senior Vice President, Regional Marketing at CGG. Prior to that, he was the CEO of South Rub Al Khali Company, an upstream gas joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Shell. He worked with Saudi Aramco for over 30 years with a career that spanned geophysical research, field operations, seismic data processing, technical services, and computer applications support. In research, Kamal tackled a number of problems including the well-known migration velocity analysis by pre-stack migration. In operations, Kamal managed Saudi Aramco's geophysical operations for several years in which some of the largest 3D seismic, aeromagnetic and aerial gravity surveys were conducted.

Steve Danbom

steve danbomAfter working 32 years for three employers (Conoco, The University of Oklahoma, and Sun Oil Company), Steve Danbom opened Danbom Geophysics, Inc. in 2000. Through his company, he provides consulting services in both near-surface and petroleum geophysics. For the past eleven years, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth Science at Rice University where he teaches courses in applied exploration geophysics. His formal education is in Mathematics (B.S., Texas Tech University, 1966) and Geophysics (MS, Texas Tech University, 1969; PhD, University of Connecticut, 1975). He is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas. As a 44-year member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Danbom's involvement includes Second Vice-President, local section officer, technical program chairman (Midwest Convention), and co-editor of the SEG publication, Shear-Wave Exploration. He has been a teacher for two SEG Continuing-Education courses, The Convolutional Model of the Reflection Seismogram and Environmental Geophysics. He is a Past President of the Near Surface Geophysics Section of the SEG and is one of the authors of the SEG book entitled Near Surface Geophysics. He was an invited exchange professor at the China University of Geosciences-Beijing, where he presented the 32-hour course, "Through the Looking Glass of Applied Exploration Geophysics" during March 2008. He is a life member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Geophysical Society of Houston.

Rocky Detomo

Rocky DetomoDr. Rocco (Rocky) Detomo, Jr. received his B.Sc./M.Sc. in physics from the Ohio State University and served as a research associate until he received his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics in 1981. Rocky then joined Shell in Houston as a geophysicist supervising Land Acquisition and Seismic Processing for the onshore United States. From 1991 until 2005, Rocky was in New Orleans managing and interpreting in the Gulf of Mexico. He returned to Houston in 2005 to lead Global Deepwater Exploration Capability Deployment and serve as Shell's Gulf of Mexico Exploration Seismic Manager. In 2008, Rocky moved to Lagos, Nigeria to serve as Head of Reservoir Geophysics/Quantitative Interpretation for Shell in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rocky returned to Houston in 2012 and headed Shell's Areal Monitoring Research Teams. After retiring from Shell in 2014, Rocky formed and is CEO of Omoted Geophysical Consulting, LLC. He is the recipient of the Houston Geological Society 1997 Best Paper of the Year and co-recipient of the 1997 A.I. Levorsen Award for GCAGS Best Paper. As a 31 year member of SEG, Rocky was president of the Southeastern Geophysical Society, the Technical Program Chairman for the 2006 SEG Annual Meeting and Technical Program Co-chair of the 2015 SEG Annual Meeting, the 2012 SEG Middle East & Africa Regional Honorary Lecturer, and serves as a Trustee Associate of the SEG Foundation. He is also a member of EAGE, APS, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Who's Who in "Teaching in America."

Chuck Peng

Chuck PengChuck (Chengbin) Peng has a Bachelor degree in Geology from Beijing University and a PhD in Geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked for oil and gas industry for more than 20 years, evenly divided between oil majors (Shell International E&P and later BHP Billion Petroleum USA ) and service companies (Corelab, Nexus and Schlumberger). He has extensive publications in borehole acoustics, seismic depth migration, geomechanics and seismic guided drilling applications. His major contribution is in interpretative velocity modeling for advanced depth imaging that integrates geology and geophysics into one workflow. He was the founder and president of Nexus Geosciences Inc, and later became a part of Schlumberger Geosolutions. His current role at Schlumberger is Global Exploration Advisor. He also sits on SEG board of trustees.

Manik Talwani

Manik TalwaniManik Talwani, PhD, is the Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Advanced Studies and Research Professor of Earth Science at Rice University. Previous positions include serving as Director of the Geo-technology Research Institute at the Houston Advanced Research Center, Chief Scientist at the Gulf Research & Development Company, Director of the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, where he was a professor of geophysics, and most recently, President and CEO of Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International which provides science management of the drilling project funded by U.S.A., Japan and 20 other countries. He currently researches the feasibility of expanding use of Venezuelan heavy oil, tracing leakage of carbon dioxide sequestered in drill holes, investigates the geological structure of the San Andreas fault and the tectonic evolution of the Bay of Bengal. He arranges sessions at national meetings to assist cooperation between academia and industry. An editor of multiple books, he has more than 150 published articles and has led more than 20 ocean going research expeditions. He has received honors and awards from learned societies in India, Europe and U.S.A. He received his PhD from Columbia University and an Honorary Doctorate from Oslo University, Norway.