Seismic with Simultaneous Sources: Where Does the Industry Stand?

Registration open! Early bird deadline: 18 October 2017


19-21 Nov 2017
Muscat, Oman

Meeting Objectives

Simultaneous source acquisition is reducing industry cost while improving quality. SimSource was pioneered in the 1990s 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 geophysicists' understanding of current and future methodologies so 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.


SEG Middle East
Telephone: +971 4 3724880
Fax: +971 4 372 4204


Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: coffee breaks (during meeting) & lunches (Sun. Mon. Tue.) | Icebreaker on Sun.

Early Bird Registration Fee (by 18 October 2017)
US $1,250 (non-members) | US $1,150 (members)

Full Registration Fee (from 19 October 2017)
US $1,350 (non-members) | US $1,250 (members)

Student Registration Fee (maximum of 10 students on a first come first serve basis)
US $340 (non-members) | US $320 (members)

Cancellation Policy

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Workshop Schedule

Sunday, 19 Nov Registration, morning and afternoon sessions; Icebreaker
Monday, 20 Nov Morning and afternoon sessions
Tuesday, 21 Nov Morning and afternoon sessions

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 and 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 include a 20-minute presentation with 5 minutes for 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 nearest you. Please note that SEG does 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.


Rooms have been reserved for the following rate at Crowne Plaza in Muscat, Oman.

City View Room
Single occupancy – OMR99.790 Net with breakfast and internet (approx. US $260)

To book your accommodation, please complete the Housing Booking Form and email to Reservations must be made on or before 29 October 2017 in order to avail the group rate.

Workshop Venue

Crowne Plaza
Muscat, Oman

The dazzling Crowne Plaza Muscat hotel looks out across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman from a lush clifftop in fashionable Qurum Heights. With a panoramic terrace, pool and private beach, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and steps from Qurum Beach with its café-lined promenade. Oman's main business and ministerial districts are 10 minutes away.

Technical Program

The workshop aims to highlight the most successful applications of simultaneous sources and knowledge 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

Technical topics to be covered:

  • Introduction - Balancing Quality and Efficiency
  • Survey Design for SimSource
  • Acquisition Implementation
  • Processing
  • Interpretability of SimSource data
  • Case studies
  • Research and Future Directions
  • Defining Ideal Workflows

Keynote Speakers

  • Salim Rawahi - Petroleum Development Oman
  • Turki Al Ghamdi - Saudi Aramco
  • Amine Ourabah - BP
  • Craig Beasley - Schlumberger, SEG Past President
  • Gerrit Blacquiere - Delft University

We will also be joined by David Monk, past president of SEG.

Technical Committee

Yasin Charles El-Taha, Petroleum Development

Roger May, CGG

Ted Manning, BP

Saeed Al-Zahrani, Saudi Aramco

Dr Xander Campman, Shell

Gerrit Blacquiere, Delft University of Technology

Thomas Bianchi, CGG

John Quigley, WesternGeco


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Important Dates

Early bird registration deadline
18 October 2017

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