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In-depth conversations in applied geophysics from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). With new episodes monthly, Seismic Soundoff highlights industry leaders; emerging research and technology; the social contributions of geoscience; and the latest geophysical, environmental, and engineering applications.

Seismic Soundoff Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

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In-depth conversations in applied geophysics from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). With new episodes monthly, Seismic Soundoff highlights industry leaders; emerging research and technology; the social contributions of geoscience; and the latest geophysical, environmental, and engineering applications.

    73: Exploring the last 100 years of reservoir characterization

    73: Exploring the last 100 years of reservoir characterization

    In this insider's look at reservoir characterization for The Leading Edge, host Andrew Geary speaks with Ali Tura, Professor of Geophysics and Director of the Reservoir Characterization Project at Colorado School of Mines. In this conversation, Ali and Andrew discuss the historical importance of this topic, how the techniques and case studies benefit the industry, why multi-disciplinary teams are essential in today's industry, advice for current and future geophysicists, plus a look at the papers that make up this special section.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast for the complete show notes.

    Subscribers can read the full articles at https://library.seg.org/toc/leedff/39/2 and abstracts are always free.

    BIOGRAPHY
    Ali Tura is Professor of Geophysics and Director of Reservoir Characterization Project at Colorado School of Mines. His expertise is in the areas of seismic data processing, seismic analysis, time-lapse seismic, rock physics, fiber optic technology, and data analytics. He is also Chief Scientist at Tulip Geosciences, a geosciences consulting and training company. Prior to this, he was Geophysical Senior Fellow at ConocoPhillips. Ali was a founding member and COO of 4th Wave Imaging, a seismic R&D company. His other responsibilities have been leading time-lapse seismic reservoir monitoring at Chevron and Shell, and amplitude-preserving migration based AVO analysis at Elf (now Total).

    Ali received a B.Sc. degree from Istanbul University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Engineering Geosciences. Ali is active within the SEG. He served as SEG Vice-president, Vice-chairman and Chairman of the SEG Global Affairs Committee, and Chairman of the SEG Research Committee. He has been a member and Chairman of the editorial board of The Leading Edge and Associate Editor of GEOPHYSICS. He has also been a board member of SEG Global Inc. and Co-chairman of OTC Technical Committee.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

    • 19 min
    72: The present and future of seismic interpretation

    72: The present and future of seismic interpretation

    In this episode, host Andrew Geary and Xinming Wu discuss the present and future on deep learning for seismic interpretation. Xinming and Andrew discuss how deep learning can improve training data sets, the importance of open software packages, the value of understanding seismic interpretation across the workflow, and what would happen if this topic reached its full potential.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast/Post/8847 for the complete show notes.

    BIOGRAPHY
    Xinming Wu serves as a professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, where he started the Computational Interpretation Group.

    Xinming received an engineering degree (2009) in geophysics from Central South University, an M.Sc. (2012) in geophysics from Tongji University, and a Ph.D. (2016) in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines where he was a member working with Dave Hale at the Center for Wave Phenomena.

    He received SEG awards for Best Paper in GEOPHYSICS with Dave Hale in 2016, Best Student Poster Paper with Sean Bader and Sergey Fomel in 2017, and an Honorable Mention for Best Paper presented at the 2018 SEG Annual Meeting with Sergey Fomel. He also received the Shanghai excellent master thesis award in 2013.

    Xinming writes a lot of software packages for his research on seismic structural and stratigraphic interpretation, deep learning (e.g., FaultSeg), subsurface modeling, joint seismic and well-log interpretation, and geophysical inversion with geologic constraints.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

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    • 20 min
    71: New developments with carbon dioxide in the subsurface

    71: New developments with carbon dioxide in the subsurface

    In this insider's look at The Leading Edge, host Andrew Geary speaks with Laura Chiaramonte, Technical Leader in the Advanced Generation Sector Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Group at the Electric Power Research Institute. Andrew and Laura discuss TLE's January special section on carbon dioxide in the subsurface. In this engaging conversation, Laura and Andrew discuss the importance of this topic for applied geophysics, key takeaways from each paper, and what one mystery she hopes to solve as a geophysicist.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast/Post/8819 for the complete show notes.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

    • 20 min
    70: Celebrating Interpreter Sam with Don Herron

    70: Celebrating Interpreter Sam with Don Herron

    In this special episode, host Andrew Geary brings a longtime SEG member and scribe of the Interpreter Sam column - Don Herron - to the podcast to reflect on his 16 years writing for The Leading Edge. The December 2019 issue published the final Interpreter Sam column. In this back-and-forth conversation, Don shares the original idea for the column, the best feedback he received, the future of interpretation, what he's most proud of with Interpreter Sam, and so much more. This is a must-listen episode for all interpreters and geophysicists!

    For links to Don's favorite columns - including an interpreter's rendition of A Christmas Carol - visit https://seg.org/podcast/Post/8769.

    IS DON HERRON, SAM?
    One question that didn't come up in our conversation is "am I, Don Herron, Sam?" Of course, I'm the author of the column, but is the Sam character me, and are the stories I told all based on my own first-hand experience? The answer is that a majority of the stories are my own, but sometimes I was a major character and other times an innocent bystander. Another question is, who is Sam's "good friend Jack" who figures in a number of the stories? Is he a real person or simply a literary construct? I'll leave that unanswered. - Don Herron

    BIOGRAPHY
    Don Herron has enjoyed a career as a seismic interpreter at Texaco (1973–1977), Gulf (1977–1984), and most recently Sohio/BP (1984–2008). At both Gulf and Sohio/BP, he taught in-house courses in seismic interpretation and was co-instructor for the SEG public course “Seismic Interpretation in the Exploration Domain” from 1995 to 2007. He was chairman of the SEG Continuing Education Committee (1998–2001) and a member of the Editorial Board of The Leading Edge (2002–2007, chairman in 2006–2007). He is an active member of SEG, AAPG, and Sigma Xi, and he always has taken the time to observe and write about the world around him.

    EDITOR'S NOTE
    Special thanks to all the individuals that provided questions and stories for this episode. I (Andrew Geary) had the privilege to work with Don on the EVOLVE Technical Committee in 2019 as a small part of his many roles at SEG, and it was a pleasure to speak with him on this major achievement built over a decade-plus.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

    • 22 min
    69: Why seismic azimuthal anisotropy matters

    69: Why seismic azimuthal anisotropy matters

    In this episode, host Andrew Geary previews Lisa Gavin's upcoming Honorary Lecturer tour in the Pacific South on seismic azimuthal anisotropy. Lisa and Andrew discuss the 3 main reasons it's important to be aware of seismic azimuthal anisotropy, why you should account for it in 4-D seismic interpretation, who this lecture is for, and what excites her about the future of this topic.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast/Post/8762 for the complete show notes and links to her upcoming tour dates.

    BIOGRAPHY
    Lisa Gavin is a geophysicist with academic and industry experience in the oil and gas industry. She has worked as a geophysicist at Fugro Seismic Imaging, Chevron, and is currently at Woodside Energy in Perth, Australia. She has interests in seismic anisotropy, quantitative interpretation, 4D seismic, and rock physics and holds a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Western Australia.

    Credits
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

    • 12 min
    68: The Future of Data Acquisition and Seismic Surveys

    68: The Future of Data Acquisition and Seismic Surveys

    Igor Kvasov, engineering manager at Google and co-founder of SeismoTrack, joins host Andrew Geary to discuss his new book, Numerical Modeling of Seismic Responses from Fractured Reservoirs by the Grid-characteristic Method. Igor and Andrew discuss just what is the grid-characteristic method and its advantages, the future of data acquisition and seismic surveys, why numerical modeling should be used more in survey planning, and Igor's challenge to the geoscience community on numerical modeling.

    Get your copy of Numerical Modeling of Seismic Responses from Fractured Reservoirs by the Grid-characteristic Method today at https://seg.org/shop!

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast/Post/8688 for the complete show notes.

    This episode is proudly sponsored by TGS.

    BIOGRAPHY
    Igor Kvasov graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Russia, in 2008 (physics and applied mathematics). Having successfully completed his thesis on numerical simulation of wave processes in heterogeneous solid elastic bodies, Kvasov received his Ph.D. in physics and computer science from MIPT in 2011. During 2006–2015, he served as an associate professor at the MIPT Computer Science and Computational Mathematics Department. Currently, he works as an engineering manager at Google in California.

    As part of his research in the numerical simulation of wave processes, Kvasov has made significant improvements in and broadened the abilities of the grid-characteristic method (GCM), including the ability to handle hundreds of thousands of fractures, which corresponds to the conditions of real fractured reservoirs, and the ability to model such 3D fractured prospects using unstructured grids. His research on the properties of seismic responses from fractured reservoirs helps solve the problem of their direct detection.

    SPONSOR
    TGS is the global gateway to subsurface intelligence from seismic to well data. As a leading geoscience data provider to the energy industry TGS invests in onshore and offshore multi-client data projects in an array of basins worldwide - ranging from new-entry frontier markets to established, mature basins. TGS’s extensive data library portfolio services the entire upstream life cycle from exploration through the appraisal and development stage. Leveraging the breadth of this world-class library TGS enhances the exploration process through advanced analytics and analytics-ready data products. Visit https://www.tgs.com/.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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Solid podcast on why Rock Physics, QI, PPP and GeoMechanics have a significant impact on our business and how much we have to learn. This medium is great as it connect experts to scientists when the need is real. Thanks SEG

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Top-class, interesting discussions

After attending SEG's 2016 DISC course on multicomponent seismic advances, I was interested to hear the follow-up interview with the instructor as a part of the Seismic Soundoff series. It was complimentary to the course, offering extra information which was focussed on key insights and concepts which were easy to follow (even while waiting for the bus at 7 am!). Knowing the high quality of this interview, I will certainly listen to the others.

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