ST Conference PreviewSociety of Exploration Geophysicists Exposition and 81st Annual Meeting
Consistently high oil prices and rapidly developing technologies have combined to set the stage for another Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) annual meeting.
This year’s event, SEG’s International Exposition and 81st Annual Meeting, will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, from Sunday, September 18, to Friday, September 23. For some delegates, the meeting will actually be longer because of related events.
On September 16, the Distinguished Instructor Short Course, one of SEG’s most popular offerings, will feature the topic, “Seismic Acquisition from Yesterday to Tomorrow.” The first of SEG’s 16 continuing education courses will begin on September 16.
SEG’s Technical Program offers more than 850 presentations, which the Technical Program committee and 650 volunteer reviewers selected from more than 1,150 submissions, the second highest total for the meeting.
Approximately 620 oral presentations will be made in 13 simultaneous sessions running from Monday afternoon through Thursday morning, and 240 poster presentations will be on display through Wednesday. The Technical Program will be complemented by many other events, such as technical luncheons, topical luncheons and 18 postconvention workshops, which begin at noon Thursday and run through Friday.
A major change to this year’s meeting is that the International Showcase and Global Theatre have merged with the Technical Program. This year’s program will feature two global sessions that will explore the opportunities and challenges in North America, including Canada and Mexico, as well as the Caribbean.
The SEG Forum will be held on Monday morning. This year’s theme is “Exploration Frontiers: Geography, Technology, and Business Models.” The panel includes several major figures in the energy industry from around the world: Tim Dodson, executive vice president for Statoil’s (Stavanger, Norway) exploration business area; Susan Cunningham, senior vice president of Noble Energy Inc. (Houston, Texas) and the 2011 chairman of the Offshore Technology Conference’s board of directors; David Lawrence, Shell Oil Co.’s (Houston) executive vice president of exploration and commercial; and Carl Trowell, president of WesternGeco (London, England). The moderator will be Hank Hamilton, chairman of the board of TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Co. (Asker, Norway).
The exposition floor will showcase geophysical technology and instrumentation from more than 300 companies, many of which are relatively new. Geophysical companies have been popping up in recent years due to the boom of geophysical technology in many applications. These companies primarily develop equipment and methods to handle the enormous amounts of data now available to geophysical interpreters.
The exhibit floor will first open during Sunday evening’s icebreaker and exposition preview, which will be the unofficial start of the meeting’s social agenda. The major social event this year will be “Viva! Old Mexico Meets Texas” on Wednesday night.
Events for Students
Students can participate in many events during the conference along with the exposition and Technical Program. There will be a career placement area to visit with recruiters and a student career panel to explore opportunities in the field of geophysics. A student networking event will provide an opportunity for students to meet one another. This year’s applied science education program, which is aimed at high school students and teachers, will feature the Suarez siblings, two sisters from San Antonio who had a newly established dinosaur species named in their honor in February.
The SEG meeting will also sponsor a golf tournament and a field trip to study the geology and history of San Antonio and its Spanish missions.
Registration can be completed online at www.seg.org/am, by fax at 918-497-5565 or regular mail. The registration fee covers admission to all technical program sessions, admission to the exhibit floor (including the icebreaker event), the honors and awards ceremony, and the SEG Forum.