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In-depth conversations in applied geophysics

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In-depth conversations in applied geophysics








#30: SEG Honors and Awards - Samuel Gray & Manika Prasad

One of the most important functions of a professional society is honoring those who have made significant contributions to the profession and to science. In this episode we highlight two of the 2017 Honors and Awards winners: Samuel Gray and Manika Prasad. Samuel Gray was awarded the 2017 Maurcie Ewing Medal, the highest honor given by the SEG to a person who has made distinguished contributions both to the advancement of the science and to the profession of exploration geophysics. Manika...

Duration: 00:15:58

#29: Student Leadership Symposium (SLS)

From 22 to 24 September 2017, fifty students from fifty student chapters around the world, representing twenty-seven countries, connected in Houston for the 2017 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS). In this episode, Magdalena Mita, a 2017 SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium participant, from the University of Silesia, Poland; Kathryn Elkins, SEG Student and Early Career Advisor; and other SLS students tell their stories. If you enjoy the show, please leave us a 5-star...

Duration: 00:22:36

#28: Bridge Over Troubled Waters

2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of the SEG Foundation’s Geoscientists Without Borders® program. The program uses the specialized knowledge and technical skills of geoscientists to mitigate natural hazards by connecting universities and industries with local communities. In this episode, we highlight the commitment of Professor Ron Harris, Brigham Young University, and his student, Torri Duncan, to tsunami preparedness in Java, Indonesia. Ron and Torri's Geoscientists Without Borders®...

Duration: 00:26:54

#27: Fiber-optic distributed sensing - Jonathan Ajo-Franklin

In this episode, Andrew Geary speaks with Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, editor of the special section of the December 2017 issue of The Leading Edge on geophysical applications of fiber-optic distributed sensing - Jonathan currently works as Staff Scientist in the Energy Geoscience Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as an associate editor for GEOPHYSICS from 2011-2016. If you enjoy the show, please leave us a 5-star review on...

Duration: 00:27:03

#26: Student Education Program (SEP)

In this episode, Kathryn Elkins, SEG Student and Early Career Advisor, and Vinicius Riguete, a 2017 Student Education Program (SEP) participant from Rio de Janeiro State University, discuss the 2017 program, their experiences in Houston, and the 2018 SEP application process. If you enjoy the show, please leave us a 5-star review on iTunes – your review helps others find the show. Subscribe to Seismic Soundoff on the podcast app of your choice to receive the latest episodes first. Full show...

Duration: 00:29:18

#25: Dean Clark - Basic Geophysics

In this episode, Dean Clark discusses his new book, Basic Geophysics. Co-authored with Enders Robinson, the book takes us on a journey that shows how the achievements of our predecessors have paved the way for modern exploration seismology. From the ancient Greeks through the Enlightenment to the greats of the contemporary age, the reasoning behind basic principles is explored and clarified. Visit to purchase today. SEG members save 45% off the cover price. Clark...

Duration: 00:16:34

#24: Vladimir Grechka and Werner M. Heigl - Microseismic Monitoring

In this episode, Dr. Vladimir Grechka and Dr. Werner M. Heigl discuss their new book, Microseismic Monitoring. By analyzing approaches to harvesting data from unconventional reservoirs, Microseismic Monitoring demonstrates the accuracy of the velocity model as the critical ingredient for obtaining precise source locations and interpretable moment tensors, and shows that the ray theory provides the only practical means available today for building such models. Visit

Duration: 00:30:00

#23: SEG 2017 Opening Session and Presidential Address

The Opening Session represented the official start to the 87th Annual Meeting at Houston in September 2017. Craig Beasley, the General Chair for Houston, opened the session. Bill Abriel, president of SEG, presented his State of the Society address. The keynote is given by Stephen Greenlee, President of ExxonMobil Exploration Company and Vice President of ExxonMobil Corporation. If you enjoy the show, review us on Apple Podcasts – your review helps others find the show. Subscribe to Seismic...

Duration: 01:41:23

#22: 2017 Annual Meeting Preview

This episode previews the 87th Annual Meeting in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center from 24-29 September. Register today at Andrew Geary speaks with: * 1:02 – Dorsey Morrow, SEG Executive Director * 3:55 – Craig Beasley, Annual Meeting General Chairperson * 14:40 – Teresa Dallis, SEG Exhibition and Sponsorship Sales Representative * 18:07 – Mihai Popovici, Technical Program Chairperson SEG is honored to be the first large conference to take place in Houston...

Duration: 00:28:26

#21: SEG President Bill Abriel in Conversation

Andrew Geary speaks with Bill Abriel, SEG president, on Hurricane Harvey and how the SEG community can help now and with future natural hazards. Full show notes at Statement on Hurricane Harvey (29 August 2017) Our hearts are in Houston today, and SEG is actively evaluating how the Society can be of assistance in the coming days, weeks, and months to our friends and colleagues affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent tropical storm. Whether assisting with...

Duration: 00:22:10

#20: SEG's Emerging Professionals - Johannes Douma

Andrew Geary speaks with Johannes Douma, vice-chair of the Emerging Professionals International Committee (EPIC). Johannes provides the committee's background, current focus, and how emerging professionals can get involved. EPIC is SEG’s resource for emerging professionals, those with less than 8 years in the industry. It's a global group sharing a common interest in sponsoring gatherings of emerging geoscientists to discuss and gain further understanding of their respective disciplines....

Duration: 00:14:30

#19: Gerard Schuster - Seismic Inversion

During this episode, Dr. Gerard (Jerry) Schuster discusses his new book, Seismic Inversion. Schuster's book describes the theory and practice of inverting seismic data for the subsurface rock properties of the Earth. The book will benefit scientists and advanced students in engineering, earth sciences, and physics. Visit to purchase today. Jerry is a Professor of Earth Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He is also...

Duration: 00:13:06

#18: Jeff Johnson - SEG's Competency Management System

Jeff Johnson joins Andrew Geary, Seismic Soundoff host, to discuss how SEG's Competency Management System (CMS) can benefit SEG members and improve their skills and expertise. CMS is a SEG web-based interactive tool used for self-assessment by individual geoscientists. SEG members use CMS to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and to efficiently plan practical training actions. Jeff is an Exploration and Production Geophysical & Training Consultant who worked for 15 years with...

Duration: 00:15:03

#16: Sven Treitel - Geophysical Signal Processing

Sven Treitel discusses his signal processing course, the historical transition from analog to digital, and his decades-long collaboration with Enders Robinson. Sven Treitel, along with Enders Robinson, was instrumental in the transition of exploration geophysics from analog to digital recording and data processing. Sven has published over 40 papers and has received numerous Society awards, including SEG's Reginald Fessenden award and Honorary Membership. Sven also co-authored two books...

Duration: 00:33:38

#15: The Story of Geoscientists Without Borders®

This episode explores the inspiration for Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB®) and the leaders that helped shape the program. GWB® uses the specialized knowledge and technical skills of geoscientists to mitigate natural hazards by connecting universities and industries with communities in need. These global projects involve archaeology; earthquake, landslide, volcano and tsunami preparedness; pollution mitigation; habitat management; and water management. Help us spread the word. Share...

Duration: 00:20:36

#11: Geophysical Electromagnetics - 2017 DISC

2017 Distinguished Instructor Doug Oldenburg, along with Lindsey Heagy, and Seogi Kang, join Andrew Geary to discuss the upcoming 2017 SEG DISC - Geophysical Electromagnetics Fundamentals and Applications. Dr. Doug Oldenburg is professor of Geophysics, director of the Geophysical Inversion Facility and a world leader in geophysical inversions. Throughout 2017 at locations around the world, Doug will cover applications of electromagnetic geophysics across mining, oil and gas, geotechnical,...

Duration: 00:27:45

#10: Remote sensing on Mars

Fritz Foss and Nathaniel Putzig - co-authors of January's The Leading Edge cover article - discuss "3D imaging of Mars’ polar ice caps using orbital radar data." Fritz Foss has worked in various capacities in the oil & gas exploration business for the past 23 years. He co-founded Unified GeoSystems in 2009. Nathaniel Putzig is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. He's worked 14 years with terrestrial active-source seismic data in academia and industry. Presently, he...

Duration: 00:27:14

#6: Lev Vernik - Seismic Petrophysics

Lev Vernik discusses his new book Seismic Petrophysics in Quantitative Interpretation. Learn more at Early praise for his book says it strikes "the right balance between the theory and practical application...[making] this manuscript unique among other publications (Kosia Azbel - Shell) and that Vernik "has outlined a workflow that elegantly handles the complexities of the subject while maintaining a practical point of...

Duration: 00:21:30