Seismic with Simultaneous Sources: Where Does the Industry Stand?

Call for Abstracts deadline extended to 7 June 2017


19-22 Nov 2017
Muscat, Oman

Meeting Objectives

Simultaneous source acquisition is reducing industry cost while improving quality. SimSource was pioneered in the 1990’s and while take-up was initially slow, in recent years we have seen an increasing number of operators assuming the technology as best practice, to increase productivity for efficiency and create superior data quality gains. The take-up of SimSource technology has been slowed to some extent by the huge variety of methodologies available, with each operator, contractor or in many cases individual geophysicists having their preferred method. The goal of this workshop is to support and align industry geophysicist’s understanding of current and future methodologies such that they may select the most suitable method for their own future challenges.

The workshop will discuss current SimSource practice and give geophysicists unfamiliar with all the methodologies an opportunity to form an opinion about the applicability of SimSources for their particular challenges. The workshop will cover both Land and Marine applications.

Starting with a definition of what Simultaneous Source actually means, we will move on to discuss the various methods being employed. Following that, we expect to highlight questions such as what efficiency increases can be gained, what improvements in data quality are or are not made, and whether there are implications for the interpretation geophysicist. Furthermore, we hope to assess whether the use of SimSources improves or reduces the ability to extract physical properties from the final processed deliverables. Finally, we will move on to discuss future directions.

The workshop aims to highlight the most successful applications of simultaneous sources and any learnings in hydrocarbon exploration and recovery, and to address the following:

  1. Recently developed simultaneous source methodologies
  2. Advances in algorithms used in the blending/splitting of simultaneous source data
  3. Case studies of simultaneous source surveys
  4. Discussions around the value of simultaneous sources, in terms of efficiency gains and improvements or otherwise of seismic data
  5. Current research topics

Organizing Committee

Yasin Charles El-Taha, Petroleum Development Oman (Chairman)
Roger May, CGG (Co-Chairman)
Ted Manning, BP
Saeed Al-Zahrani, Saudi Aramco
Dr Xander Campman, Shell
Gerrit Blacquiere, Delft University of Technology
Thomas Bianchi, CGG
John Quigley, WesternGeco


SEG Middle East
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Who should attend?

This workshop is for geophysicists from industry and academia specializing in Acquisition Design, Seismic Processing and Imaging, Seismic Interpretation, and Seismic Quantitative Interpretation. Instrument engineers specializing in the design & manufacture of recording equipment are expected to attend, as well as specialists in both Land and Marine.

Workshop format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited experts in their field to share their experiences and lessons learned. The workshop will serve as a forum to have open and extended discussion. Emphasis will be placed on applications to highlight the added value provided by the integration of different technologies.

The workshop will consist of 6 sessions (3 days). We will aim for one key speaker per session with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as a summary and outlook going forward. The oral sessions are made up of 20 minutes and 5 minutes questions. After each session, a 60-minute discussion session will be planned. The objective of this session is to allow participants to discuss in detail and share what has worked for them, as well as to debate issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will serve as discussion leaders during the 60 minutes.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Participants in the workshop may generate an official invitation letter from SEG using the "Generate Invitation Letter" button. This form will generate a letter which you can print and use if required. For Visa requirements for entering Muscat, contact the Oman embassy for nearest you. Please note that SEG do not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to Oman.

Call for Abstracts

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Call for Abstracts submission deadline: 7 June 2017

The Call for Abstracts shall include the following topics:

  1. Introduction - Balancing quality & efficiency
    • Why bother
    • Perceived benefits
    • Industry concerns
    • Barriers to implementation
  2. Survey design for SimSource
    • Source and receiver geometry
    • Balancing the sources and receiver progress
    • Source-receiver reciprocity
    • Source code/rules
  3. Acquisition implementation
    • Sources and related crew configuration
    • Continuous recording
    • Enabling hardware
    • Field QC
    • Environmental concerns
  4. Processing
    • Pre-processing
    • Direct processing
    • Deblending algorithms
    • Data volume/management
  5. Interpretability of SimSource data
    • Signal quality
    • Blending noise
    • Pre and post-stack QI concerns
    • 4D concerns
  6. Case studies
    • Successful implementations and lessons learned
    • Sharing experiments
  7. Research & future directions
    • Fundamentals of SimSources
    • Implications for future crew configuration
    • Opportunities for radical changes in approach
  8. Defining ideal workflows

Abstract: Max 2 page abstract + 1 figure, single column

Abstracts should include sufficient detail for the committee to judge the quality of the paper. Abstracts should be a minimum of 1 page, text plus 1 figure (optional), with a maximum of 2 pages. Abstracts should be on 8.5 x 11 inch paper size, have text in Roman font, and include both text and figures. Title should be one or two-line, at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 points. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 points, and located just below the title. All text must stay 1 inch clear of the margins of the page. Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts submission deadline
7 June 2017

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