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SEG's 2010 Annual Meeting

By Dean Clark
The Leading Edge
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists' (SEG) International Exposition and 80th Annual Meeting will take place in Denver, Colorado, from October 17 through 22.

The organizers said that this year's numbers in key categories were striking, particularly in comparison with the 2009 event in Houston, Texas—the hub of the geophysical industry. Advance registration was 34 percent ahead of the same point a year ago, when attendance was 9,300; contracts have already been signed with 288 exhibiting companies (totaling 1,109 booths); and 1,135 abstracts have been submitted for consideration by the technical program committee, with 582 accepted for oral and 263 for poster presentation.

SEG Forum and Technical Program
The organizers explained that this year's theme will be 'Imaging our Future,' expressing the steering committee's optimism and excitement for the 2010 meeting.

'Professionals in the oil and gas industry in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region had led the way, over the past few years, in developing and implementing technology to locate and develop unconventional resources,' general chairman Nancy House said. 'Geophysical technology has evolved to highlight areas with natural fracturing and measure changes in a reservoir over time, reducing the risks of developing resources and calculating the size of the prize. The convention will showcase that technology for geophysical and nongeophysical professionals.'

The SEG Forum, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 18, will feature 'Unconventional Gas: Political and Environmental Challenges and Opportunities.' Kenneth Salazar, U.S. secretary of the interior, will be the featured speaker on the panel. Rutt Bridges, former SEG president, will moderate the forum.

'Recent advances in geophysics, completion technology, resource-play economics and development strategies have identified large natural gas resources in North America,' House said. 'The trend is spreading to all parts of the globe. The remaining challenges are political and environmental. The forum will address how unconventional tight gas/shale gas represents a huge potential worldwide resource, but the industry must appreciate and appropriately address these political and environmental issues in order to achieve the maximum benefit from it.'

The technical program committee received the second-largest number of submissions ever and accepted 845 abstracts for oral and poster presentation. SEG records indicate this number, five more presentations than at the Houston conference last year, is the largest ever for an SEG annual meeting. These presentations of cutting-edge geophysical theory and technology will be delivered during 116 sessions, the organizers said. The oral presentations will occupy 13 rooms and the posters will be displayed in adjacent hallways, making the shift from one type of presentation to the other much more convenient than in the past, they continued.

'This year's rich technical program has something for everyone,' technical program committee chairman Stewart Levin said. 'Spacious session rooms have been allocated for hot topics such as reverse time migration, full wave inversion, land and marine acquisition, and controlled-source electromagnetics. Interpretation and reservoir characterization case histories reflect the intertwined relationships of geophysical, geological and engineering technologies. The number of abstracts submitted this year was just shy of the all-time record, and their quality was so impressive that, despite adding another session room, a few truly fine abstracts had to be left out of the final program.'

The oral presentations will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday and continue through noon on Thursday, October 21. Poster presentations will be taking place from Monday through Wednesday, October 20.

Nine special sessions have been organized to address the following topics: geohazards and public safety; humanitarian and environmental applications of geophysics at the community scale; hydrogeophysics; ocean-bottom seismic nodes—the emergence and future of a novel acquisition method; recent advances and the road ahead; state-of-the-art in multidimensional electromagnetic; seismic acquisition—are we spending too much money?; the interaction between academia and industry; and waveform inversion.

The entire technical program can be viewed at www.seg.org/am/techprog.

While delegates cannot attend all of the presentations in the technical program in person, they will be able, for the first time, to listen to audio recordings of about 100 of the oral presentations, synchronized with the slides, on a DVD that will be available to attendees approximately six to eight weeks after the meeting.

Additionally, attendees can also choose to sit in on the lecture for the Applied Science Education Program, an outreach to local junior high and high school students to help introduce them to geophysical exploration. This year's speaker is Peter Cervelli of the U.S. Geological Survey, and the topic will be 'The Yellowstone Volcano: Using Geophysics to Separate Fact From Fiction.'

The exposition floor will again be the premiere showplace for state-of-the-art geophysical instrumentation and technology, a distinction that has been unrivalled for decades, conference organizers said. The early numbers of booth registrations are well ahead of projections—additional exhibit space in the Colorado Convention Center has had to be requested twice, the organizers continued.

As usual, booths from many prominent university consortia will occupy part of the exhibit floor, as will the 15th International Showcase, where national oil companies, energy ministries and technical institutes from around the world will demonstrate the latest exploration and production opportunities in their countries, the organizers said.

For more information and forms, please visit the conference website at: http://meeting.seg.org/register.

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