Business of Applied Geophysics (BAG) Plenary Sessions

The SEG Annual Meeting is the premier venue for the international applied geophysics community to showcase the latest technologies, exchange best practices and make business connections.

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Challenges and Solutions in Developing Resource Plays

Monday, 16 September
10:15–11:45 AM

Level 3, Stars at Night Ballroom B1

Organizers: Kevin Woller and Glenn Winters

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Speakers will compare and contrast resource play development with conventional play development. Problems and solutions unique to resource plays will be reviewed that may include topics such as well permitting, frac water sourcing, water disposal, natural gas production, pipeline constraints, investment and financing considerations, hydraulic fracturing techniques, technical challenges and goal, technology gaps, regulations, and personnel needs.

Putting Diversity to Work

Monday, 16 September
1:50–3:50 PM

Level 3, Stars at Night Ballroom B1

Organizers: Mike Loudin and Maitri Erwin

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Until recently, diversity and inclusion have been narrowly viewed in terms of increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the workforce. As the demographics of the workforce change, so does its global nature, as well as the imperative to integrate between many interrelated disciplines. Thus, members of the workforce often find themselves in a profoundly diverse working environment. This is a challenge but also a resource, and this forum will examine how some organizations thrive in this brave new world.

Digital Transformation in Petroleum Geophysics: What Impacts Are We Seeing?

Tuesday, 17 September
8:30–10:30 AM

Level 3, Stars at Night Ballroom B1

Organizers: Dimitri Bevc and John Toldi

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A touted characteristic of digital transformation is that it is agile, that change is rapid and disruptive in a positive sense. As an industry, we’ve now been solidly down this path for a couple of years. Last year at SEG we had a BAG plenary session that was visionary and forward looking, describing and discussing what are the business opportunities and challenges, and how can the business transform. For the most part, the industry has bought into this vision and is executing on digital transformation, so this year’s session will ask “what do we have to show for it?” How have the business practices of geophysics been transformed, and what business impacts are we seeing? Has the form and degree of impact varied by business segment, e.g. deepwater conventionals vs. unconventionals?

Latin America and the Caribbean: Business Opportunities and Challenges

Tuesday, 17 September
1:50–4:15 PM

Level 3, Stars at Night Ballroom B1

Organizers: Sergio Chavez-Perez and Ana Curcio

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The aim of this session is to listen to, and interact with, key representatives and international leaders providing overviews on industry insights, current challenges, latest developments, commercial opportunities, and networking activity related to oil, gas, and mineral exploration activities in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Improving the Business Model of Land Seismic and Processing in the US: Technology, Quality, Economics

Wednesday, 18 September
8:30–10:30 AM

Level 3, Stars at Night Ballroom B1

Organizers: David Monk and Joe Reilly

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Recent worldwide advances in land acquisition and processing technology has resulted in a step change in data quality and productivity in those regions where these practices are being aggressively applied. In mainland USA the challenges of market conditions, environment, culture, asset type, funding, and transfer of knowledge have resulted in a relatively slower pace of adoption. This panel will present and discuss examples of worldwide successes of higher effort/advanced technology programs. They will then explore business models that could be supported in the US market, as well as describe and outline other barriers that need to be overcome in order for the industry to move forward technically while providing positive cash flow for the suppliers.

The Changing Business Climate of Marine Geophysics: Roadmap to the Future

Wednesday, 18 September
1:50–4:10 PM

Level 3, Stars at Night Ballroom B1

Organizers: Bill Abriel and Joe Reilly

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Recent events in the marine seismic industry have resulted in key providers moving to an “asset light” model, the global fleet of seismic streamer vessels being reduced and consolidated with fewer providers, and a historically low rate of equipment refresh. At the same time, the node market is growing with demand likely to exceed current vendor capacity and equipment supply. Finally, the process for permitting these surveys is becoming increasingly complex. The panel will present and discuss the substantial changes in global marine geophysics, trends, and consequences of equipment supply and availability, international government policy, regulating, and permitting.

  • Call for Abstracts closed
    1 April 2019 at 5:00 PM CT
  • Early Bird Registration closes
    30 July 2019

SEG San Antonio 2019

15-20 September 2019
Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: 918-497-4644
Email: registration@seg.org

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