Developing the fearless explorers of the future


SEG EVOLVE participants and mentors at SEG 2018 in Anaheim, CA, USA. Photo courtesy of Patsy Alexander.

The EVOLVE program offers students direct experience in conducting multidisciplinary subsurface integration projects using real-world seismic, wireline, core, production, and other data. Using iEnergy® the Halliburton Landmark DecisionSpace Platform, and local software (Petrel and IHS Kingdom), students utilize modern technology through experiential learning to find the best investment opportunity.

Project management, teamwork skills, and business values are honed within the context of exploration, reservoir appraisal, field development planning, and production enhancement scenarios. The program also links experienced mentors to student teams, empowering the participants to solve the types of realistic challenges the students will encounter when they start working.

Meet the 2019 teams

The global footprint of EVOLVE 2019.

Become a 2019 Team Sponsor

The SEG and the SEG Foundation are seeking additional individual and industry partners to financially support EVOLVE, guide it, and ensure the program continues to succeed. To become a Team Sponsor and make a lasting impact on the next generation of geoscientists, please contact Katie Burk, development and stewardship officer, at foundation@seg.org.

What is EVOLVE?

EVOLVE consists of open-ended exercises that have no prepared answers. The emphasis for students is not on the “right answers” but on using available data to think carefully and ask the right questions. Students, regardless of their level at the start, can expect to be continuously challenged and to see significant improvement in their:

  • Technical insight
  • Understanding of modern workflows
  • Skills in applying modern workflows

The goal of EVOLVE

EVOLVE prepares participants to launch and advance their careers in the rapidly developing and multidisciplinary geophysics profession by building their confidence and bringing them closer to the goal of becoming fearless explorers. The program incorporates the industry’s long established values by encouraging thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and stewardship of investors’ funds while maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity. EVOLVE establishes a noncompetitive team environment that fosters collaboration and global participation. Read “SEG EVOLVE: Developing the fearless explorers of the future” in December’s The Leading Edge.

Call to action for mentors

SEG EVOLVE welcomes volunteers and mentors to help guide the 2019 participants. Serve in various roles in technical and operational capacities. Sign up today to support the EVOLVE global teams in 2019.

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Sponsors and Supporters

Founding Sponsor

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Team Sponsors

Mike Forrest


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Rose and Associates
IHS Markit

“The SEG EVOLVE program has broken all stereotypes of what well-rounded explorationist training should look like. This is a multidisciplinary collaboration tool for future oil and gas professionals. It is a first of its kind in the degree of professionalism, technical challenge, real-life situations, noncompetitive learning environment, and peer and mentor support that it offers. I believe that EVOLVE is a rising star among diverse SEG programs. It brings value to both students and employers alike. By offering unique skill-building and recruitment opportunities, EVOLVE has helped give back to the oil and gas community. Simply put, EVOLVE is yet another reason to be involved with SEG.”

Olga Nedorub, Geophysicist at Apache Corporation, SEG EVOLVE Technical Committee chair

“The value of EVOLVE to participating students is immense. They gain exposure to real-world data, top-class mentors, industry-leading software, and critique and direction that no other industry/academia consortium can provide. There is no pressure or competition between teams to worry about, just learning and collaboration with team members and experienced industry consultants just a phone call or email away. This phenomenal learning experience is unmatched in any earth sciences industry program.”

Dean Mento, P.G. Senior Petroleum Geophysicist, IHRDC

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