New Advances in Marine Geophysical Acquisition Technologies

7-9 May 2018 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Call for Papers submission deadline: 15 January 2018


7-9 May 2018
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The workshop will feature formal presentations by experts in their fields to share their experiences, lessons learned, and visions for future directions. The workshop will serve as a forum for open and extended discussions on the current status and future use of marine geophysical acquisition technologies in hydrocarbon exploration and recovery. Emphasis will be placed on operational integrity, cost effectiveness, efficiency and quality through data acquisition technologies and processing techniques. We encourage conceptual, transformative and innovative submissions.

The workshop objectives are:

  • Sharing the latest technical developments
  • Sharing experience on practical work
  • Promoting technology and technological progress
  • Exploring the application of technology to business models
  • Exchanging geophysical theories, methods, and examples
  • Exploring the dependency between acquisition and processing and vice versa

Organizing Committee

  • Waleed Omar, Saudi Aramco (Co-Chairman)
  • Tim Brice, Schlumberger (Co-Chairman)
  • Abdulaziz Muhaidib, Saudi Aramco
  • Azizur Rahman Khan, Saudi Aramco
  • Carl Rune Berg, Magseis 
  • Chris Walker, Seabed Geosolutions
  • George Ainslie Casson, ADNOC
  • Gerrit Blacquiere, Delft University
  • Jim Musser, Maersk Oil
  • Philip Fontana, Polarcus DMCC
  • Saif Ali Al Mesaabi, ADNOC
  • Ted Manning, BP


Vinita Bharadwaj
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880


Who should attend?

  • Operations/acquisition geophysicists from oil companies and contractors
  • General geophysicists with an interest in geophysical acquisition
  • Students and persons from academic institutions
  • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers
  • Survey design geophysicists
  • Processing geophysicists

Workshop format

The three-day workshop will hold a number of technical sessions, each of which will feature 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions delivered by keynote speakers on the subject matters. Each session will have break-out group discussions. Group-discussion sessions will be conducted to allow participants to debate and comment on issues and challenges they come across during their daily work.

Session chairs will serve as discussion leaders during the break-out sessions. As a recap, at the end of the workshop, a closing session will be conducted to discuss the current practice and the way forward.

Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts deadline: 15 January 2018

Submit your abstract to Vinita Bharadwaj

We invite abstracts for the following technical topics, they include but are not limited to:

  • Towed streamer marine seismic acquisition techniques (including different azimuth, offset, trace density, multiple vessels, etc.)
  • Ocean bottom seismic acquisition techniques, nodes and cables (transition zone, shallow and deep water)
  • Receiver technology
  • Source technology (marine vibrator, impulsive sources etc.)
  • New acquisition platforms (autonomous robotic vehicles, submarines, mid-water stationary cables, self-propelled nodes, drifting nodes, etc.)
  • Non-seismic acquisition (EM, MT, CSEM, potential fields, etc.)
  • Aspects of survey evaluation and design for marine acquisition including case histories and modelling
  • Non-geophysical aspects of marine data acquisition (HSE, logistics, etc.)
  • Additional topics including marine broadband / high resolution seismic, intelligent sampling, surveillance, simultaneous sources, simultaneous operations, etc.

Abstract Format

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 x11 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets that target specific audiences for optimum return on investment. Contact Hyra Dalisay for additional information.

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