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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.

    134: How to lower risk and operate more efficiently

    134: How to lower risk and operate more efficiently

    Thomas Finkbeiner discusses geomechanics from the November 2021 special section in The Leading Edge.

    In this episode, Thomas highlights the link between geophysics and geomechanics in developing renewable and unconventional resources, explores case studies presented in the special section, shares the current state of research on induced seismicity during CO2 injection, and illustrates how geomechanics impacts the entire life cycle of a reservoir. No matter your subject matter expertise, this conversation impacts all topics regarding the oil and gas industry.

    Thomas Finkbeiner is a Global Geomechanics Advisor at Baker Hughes RDS. He holds a Ph.D. in geophysics and seismology from Stanford University.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast to read the full show notes and all the past episodes of Seismic Soundoff.

    RELATED LINKS
    * Thomas Finkbeiner and Arpita P. Bathija, (2021), "Introduction to this special section: Geomechanics," The Leading Edge 40: 792–792. (https://doi.org/10.1190/tle40110792.1)
    * Ahmad Ramdani, Thomas Finkbeiner, Viswasanthi Chandra, Pankaj Khanna, Sherif Hanafy, and Volker Vahrenkamp, (2021), "Multiattribute probabilistic neural network for near-surface field engineering application," The Leading Edge 40: 794–804. (https://doi.org/10.1190/tle40110794.1)
    * Read the special section: Geomechanics (Geomechanics)

    SPONSOR
    This episode is brought to you by CGG.

    At CGG, we have a positive outlook for the future—an optimism that drives us to constantly push the boundaries of what’s possible.

    Blending new thinking and advanced technologies, we help you understand and solve the world’s most complex natural resource, environmental and infrastructure challenges.

    Let CGG help you to see things differently. Visit https://www.cgg.com/ to learn more.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

    You can follow the podcast to hear the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

    • 18 min
    133: The major opportunities and challenges for SEG with Anna Shaughnessy

    133: The major opportunities and challenges for SEG with Anna Shaughnessy

    SEG President Anna Shaughnessy discusses the major challenges and decisions facing the SEG and the geosciences in the years ahead.

    In this episode, Anna discusses the recently formed Strategic Options Task Force addressing possible collaboration with other societies. She also highlights the new JEDI Committee (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee), offers words of wisdom to young geoscientists, and showcases the Geophysical Sustainability Atlas and the upcoming Geoscience Sustainability Atlas. Anna also shares what it means to represent SEG in this role and offers what she thinks is the most important question facing SEG. This conversation offers an important look into the meaningful events impacting the SEG and the greater industry.

    RELATED LINKS
    * Contact the Strategic Options Task Force at sotaskforce@seg.org
    * Read Anna Shaughnessy's article in The Leading Edge (https://library.seg.org/doi/10.1190/tle40110790.1)
    * Listen to the episode on the Geophysical Sustainability Atlas (https://seg.org/podcast/Post/11307/)
    * Listen to the episode with Hendratta Ali on a geosciences' anti-racism plan (https://seg.org/podcast/Post/9062)

    BIOGRAPHY
    Anna Shaughnessy joined in 1980 and has advanced to become a seasoned volunteer leader, driving positive progress within the Society. Previously, she was vice-chair of the SEG Foundation, secretary and treasurer of SEG's Executive Committee, chair of the Finance Committee, founding member of the Women's Network Committee, and member of the Distinguished Lecture, SEG Global Inc., and SEG/SEAM Audit committees. In 2019, Shaughnessy was asked by the SEG Board to step in and serve as an interim executive director while SEG was searching for a new executive director, allowing for continuity and a smooth transition.

    Shaughnessy received her BS from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her professional career has shaped her into a well-rounded leader by merging managerial and corporate practices with an academic in-depth experience. In summary, Shaughnessy has led complex projects and multicultural teams around the world for Mobil Oil, Saudi Aramco, Texaco, and Kerr-McGee. She has held positions as manager of reservoir characterization, geostatistics, new ventures, and international exploration, to name a few. Her academic insights were developed during her six years as executive director of the Earth Resources Laboratory at her alma mater, MIT. Her combined experience of working in industry and academia has given her a unique perspective regarding key drivers, enablers, and challenges in applied geophysics.

    SPONSOR
    This episode is brought to you by CGG.

    When you’ve been a part of the geoscience community for over 90 years, you learn a few things - including the importance of sharing ideas and experiences.

    CGG is proud to support the SEG and our industry as we apply our geoscience and data science expertise to natural resource, energy transition, infrastructure, and environmental challenges.

    As the world’s energy needs continue to evolve and grow, and we face new challenges, CGG will help you see things differently.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

    You can follow the podcast to hear the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

    • 23 min
    132: The essential role of industry for long-term CO2 storage

    132: The essential role of industry for long-term CO2 storage

    Mark Zoback discusses his Honorary Lecture, "Geomechanical Issues Affecting Long-Term Storage of CO2."

    In this episode, Mark highlights how oil and gas companies are best positioned to address the needs for large-scale carbon storage. He discusses the role of depleted oil and gas reservoirs for CO2 storage, as well as the geomechanical issues that have to be considered. Mark also shares what is most essential to unlocking long-term CO2 storage and how government officials and companies can work together. This is a timely conversation that addresses real-world needs with the geophysical knowledge to solve problems.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast to find the link to listen to Mark's lecture.

    BIOGRAPHY
    Mark D. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative, and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity, and the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage. Zoback conducts research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas, and tight oil production as well as CO2 sequestration. He is the author of two textbooks and the author/co-author of approximately 400 technical papers. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award of the AAPG in 2015. He was the 2020 chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Technical Committee on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.

    SPONSOR
    This episode is brought to you by CGG.

    Question: What is key to safe, long-term CO2 storage? Answer: A good understanding of subsurface site integrity.

    Making more-informed decisions while developing your sub-surface storage calls for the kind of integrated geoscience expertise CGG can provide.

    Our multi-discipline approach delivers assessments of containment risks such a cap rock failure, fault reactivation and surface deformation.

    Our coupled reservoir, geomechanics and fracturing simulations can incorporate thermal effects and a full range of non-linear material models to ensure a rigorous assessment of injection and storage risks.

    With CGG, gain greater insight for your carbon and energy storage projects with our unique range of geoscience expertise that helps you see things differently. Visit https://www.cgg.com/ to learn more.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

    You can follow the podcast to hear the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

    • 30 min
    131: How to mine old theories for new insights

    131: How to mine old theories for new insights

    Vemund Thorkildsen discusses his paper, "Revisiting holistic migration," published in October's The Leading Edge.

    In this episode, Vemund discusses questioning the Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem, mining gaps in past research, and examining the applicability of holistic migration to seismic field data. He also shares how he connected with Enders Robinson to serve as co-author on the paper.

    Vemund Thorkildsen is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Oslo studying passive and active electromagnetics in the Barents Sea.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast to find the link to Vemund's article, as well as the rest of the special section on quantitative interpretation in October's The Leading Edge.

    RELATED LINKS
    * Vemund S. Thorkildsen, Leiv-J. Gelius, and Enders A. Robinson, (2021), "Revisiting holistic migration," The Leading Edge 40: 768–777. (https://doi.org/10.1190/tle40100768.1)
    * Read the special section: Quantitative interpretation (https://library.seg.org/toc/leedff/40/10)

    SPONSOR
    This episode is brought to you by CGG.

    At CGG, we have a positive outlook for the future - an optimism that drives us to constantly push the boundaries of what’s possible.

    Blending new thinking and advanced technologies, we help you understand and solve the world’s most complex natural resource, environmental and infrastructure challenges.

    Let CGG help you to see things differently. Visit https://www.cgg.com/ to learn more.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

    You can follow the podcast to hear the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

    • 13 min
    130: Why theory and perfect data are necessary for seismic analysis

    130: Why theory and perfect data are necessary for seismic analysis

    Michael Burianyk discusses his new book, Understanding Amplitudes: Basic seismic analysis for rock properties.

    In the book, methods and techniques used to estimate rock properties from seismic data, based on an understanding of the elastic properties of materials and rocks and how seismic reflection amplitudes change, are described. Using AVO and other techniques, we can characterize rocks and the reservoirs inside them with a degree of qualitative, and even quantitative, detail.

    In this episode, Michael explains why Newton's ideas still matter despite Einstein, how to approach machine learning with healthy skepticism, why real data can be a hindrance to learning, and why he took the time to discover who was R. Hill. This is a conversation that scientists of all experiences will benefit from and learn.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast to find links to Michael's books and past podcasts.

    RELATED LINKS
    * Check out the book, Understanding Amplitudes (https://seg.org/shop/products/detail/351710806)
    * Listen to Michael's podcast on Understanding Signals (https://seg.org/podcast/Post/7301)
    * Check out his first book, Understanding Signals (https://seg.org/shop/products/detail/114405237)

    BIOGRAPHY
    Michael Burianyk was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc in physics and geophysics, and later received from the same institution an MSc in geological sciences, writing his thesis on seismic data he helped collect on an Arctic ice station. Next, he earned a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alberta, studying the crust and lithosphere of western Canada, planning and participating in several LITHOPROBE field programs.

    After spending time in academic research, he moved to the petroleum industry where he gained expertise in amplitude vs. offset methods, seismic inversion, rock physics, and seismic petrophysics with Core Labs and later Shell Canada. He lived in The Netherlands for a decade, working with Shell’s R&D group in gravity and magnetics and later in their software development division as a geoscience subject matter expert directing the development of software applications and creating associated workflows for gravity and magnetics, EM, QI seismic, seismic balancing, surface gridding, and geodetics. Currently, he lives in France, creating geophysical educational material and pursuing other writing projects.

    SPONSOR
    This episode is brought to you by TGS.

    TGS offers a wide range of energy data and insights to meet the industry where it’s at and where it’s headed.

    TGS provides scientific data and intelligence to companies active in the energy sector. In addition to a global, extensive and diverse energy data library, TGS offers specialized services such as advanced processing and analytics alongside cloud-based data applications and solutions. Visit https://www.tgs.com/ to learn more.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

    You can follow the podcast to hear the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

    • 18 min
    129: Improving and reducing biases with a novel theory

    129: Improving and reducing biases with a novel theory

    Henning Hoeber discusses a new tool for rock physics in his recent paper published in September's The Leading Edge.

    In this episode, Henning explains the theory of omitted variable bias (OVB) and its connection to rock physics, why OVB hasn't appeared before in the geoscience literature, how OVB helps geophysicists understand biases in models, the real-world implications for improving a bias model, and how he will apply OVB to his future research.

    Visit https://seg.org/podcast to find links to Henning's article, as well as the rest of the special section for September's The Leading Edge.

    RELATED LINKS
    * Henning Hoeber, (2021), "Model misspecification and bias in the least-squares algorithm: Implications for linearized isotropic AVO," The Leading Edge 40: 646–654. (https://doi.org/10.1190/tle40090646.1)
    * Agnibha Das and Madhumita Sengupta, (2021), "Introduction to this special section: Rock physics," The Leading Edge 40: 644–644. (https://doi.org/10.1190/tle40090644.1)
    * Read the special section: Rock physics (https://library.seg.org/toc/leedff/40/9)

    BIOGRAPHY
    Henning Hoeber is Research Principal at CGG and Visiting Professor at Heriot-Watt University. He has over 20 years of experience in seismic imaging, i.e. time-lapse and reservoir physics. He works with Ph.D. students as a Visiting Professor at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh. He is the co-author of Compendium of Theoretical Physics (Springer) and 3 SEG reprint volumes on elastic wave theory and diffraction imaging.

    SPONSOR
    This episode is brought to you by TGS.

    TGS offers a wide range of energy data and insights to meet the industry where it’s at and where it’s headed.

    TGS provides scientific data and intelligence to companies active in the energy sector. In addition to a global, extensive and diverse energy data library, TGS offers specialized services such as advanced processing and analytics alongside cloud-based data applications and solutions. Visit https://www.tgs.com/ to learn more.

    CREDITS
    Original music by Zach Bridges.

    This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at 51 features, LLC. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Ted Bakamjian, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis.

    You can follow the podcast to hear the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Aillemaco ,

This is a fantastic delivery from SEG!

It's about time we have something that we can listen to on the go. The material covers a diverse range of topics under the geoscience umbrella and I believe that those of different levels of interest in this field would have the opportunity to seek breadth in learning through these podcasts. I just informed my colleagues about this. Hope they'll find it enjoyable too.

Jorge F. Concheso ,

A must-listen for any geoscientist

I started listening to Seismic Soundoff a couple of weeks ago, and I became inmediately hooked. What a great show! There is a phenomenal variety in the topics presented. It is a treat to listen to household names in the industry, like Kurt Marfurt, Jim Gaiser, Lev Vernik, among many others. And Andrew does a superb job as a host!

Congrats Andrew and Isaac, keep up the good work!

Hojat Lotfipour ,

Good Start

It is a good start! I can listen to the technical talk while I am driving or jugging! Sounds awesome! I just don't know why the order of the files are reverse with regard to time of upload? Is it the format of ITUNE?

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