SEG | AGU Advances in Distributed Sensing for Geophysics Workshop

8-9 February 2021 | Virtual Workshop


8-9 February 2021
Virtual Workshop

Geophysical data acquisition is currently undergoing a quiet revolution driven by new advances in distributed sensing approaches based on fiber optics, inexpensive nodal systems, and ubiquitous sensors embedded in the Internet of Things. The commonality between these approaches is the capacity to economically conduct ultra-high-density measurements at scales above 1000 sensing locations, providing an unaliased view of seismic wavefields as well as other measurands including strain and temperature. Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DxS) and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) in particular are moving from specialized tools for vertical seismic profiling to broadly utilized approaches deployed in boreholes, on the surface, and now on the seafloor with application domains in seismology, hydrogeology, and oceanography, as well as applied geophysics. With this rapid growth in measurement density have come new challenges in data management and analysis requiring focused development of approaches for identifying patterns and extracting information from these massive datasets, potentially exploiting machine learning methodologies.

This workshop seeks to bring together researchers from industry, academia, and the public sector involved in exploiting these recent sensing advances with the broader geoscience community to explore both the underlying technologies as well as new domains for distributed sensor deployment. The format of the workshop is intended to foster lively discussion and interaction, and includes an evening poster session to facilitate longer debates.

Organizing Committee

  • Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, Co-chair, Rice University
  • Chris Sherman, Co-chair, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Verónica Rodríguez Tribaldos, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Ge Jin, Colorado School of Mines
  • Biondo Biondi, Stanford University
  • Scott Tyler, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Albena Mateeva, Shell
  • Mark Willis, Halliburton
  • Bjorn Olofsson, ExxonMobil
  • Philippe Jousset, GFZ Potsdam


Kristi Casey
[email protected]


Registration Information

Members $250 USD
Non-members $350 USD
Students $100 USD

Workshop Schedule

Workshop will begin at 9:30am Central Standard Time daily and conclude at 3:30pm Central Standard Time with a 30 minute mid Workshop Break.

Monday, 8 February 2021

  • Session 1: Distributed Sensing & Fractured Systems
     Welcome and Introduction
    • Presentations
      • Ariel Lellouch, Integrated Analysis of DAS Recordings for Unconventional Reservoir Characterization
      • Veronica Rodriguez Tribaldos, Low-frequency Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) for Monitoring of Hydraulic Fracturing at the EGS Collab Experiment Testbed
      • Milad Bader, Elastic Full Waveform Inversion of Guided Waves in Shale Reservoir Recorded by DAS


  • Session 2: Advances in DTS & DSS
    • Presentations
      • Ziqiu Xue, A Case Study of Hybrid Fiber Optic Sensing for Distributed Strain and Temperature Measurements during CO2 Injection
      • John Selker, Opportunities and Limitations of Distributed Temperature Sensing for Lake and Near Shore Applications
      • Agatha Podrasky, Detection of Groundwater Inflow for Characterizing Contaminant Transport Using Distributed Temperature Sensing


  • Session 3: Lightning Talks 1: Community Initiatives
    • Presentations
      • Herb Wang, Developing a Research Coordinating Network Around DAS for Geoscience and Engineering
      • Christopher Kratt, CTEMPs, a National Science Foundation-funded Instrument Facility supporting Distributed Temperature Sensing (STS) Research Projects Since 2005
      • Jerry Carter, DAS Related Initiatives at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
  • Session 4: DAS VSP and Borehole Fiber-Optic Sensing
    • Presentations
      • Yuting Duan, 3D Salt-boundary Imaging with Transmitted Waves in DAS VSP Data Acquired in Salt
      • Julia Correa, Optimization of Surface Orbital Vibrators (SOV) for Continuous Offset VSP Monitoring Using Distributed Acoustic Sensing
      • Junzo Kasahara, DAS and DTS Measurements in the Hot Borehole at the Medipolis Geothermal Field
      • Scott Taylor, Novel Wavefront Processing Applied to Distributed Acoustic Vertical Seismic Profile Data Acquired from a Standard Multi-Mode Fiber Wireline Intervention Cable
      • Vladimir Kazei, DAS Inversion Using Energy Conservation Principles
    • Discussion and Wrap-up

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

  • Session 5: Acquisition Advances for Distributed Sensing
    • Presentations
      • Ge Jin, Distributed Fiber-optic Sensing Based Production Logging Investigation: Flowloop Experiments
      • Harold Merry, Fiber Optic Test Well for Controlled Experiments on DAS Acquisition
      • Andres Chavarria, Resolution in Distributed Sensing Measurements- Strain and Seismic Considerations
  • Session 6: Understanding DAS Using Modeling Approaches
    • Presentations
      • Robert Mellors, Understanding and Modeling the Response of Fiber Optic Distributed Seismic Sensors
      • Takashi Mizuno, Development of DAS Geophysics by Simulating DAS Data Using Geophone Data
      • Scott Leaney, Anisotropic Ray Theory Simulation of DAS Data


  • Session 7: Lightning Talks 2
    • Presentations
      • Patrick Timlick & David Lumley, Passive Seismic DAS Recorded in an Open Hole Horizontal Production Well
      • Bin Luo, Near-field Strain in DAS-based Microseismic Observation
      • Avinash Nayak, Mixed-Component Ambient Noise Cross-Correlations Using Distributed Acoustic Sensing Arrays and Single Point Inertial Seismic Sensors


  • Session 8: Data Processing Challenges in Distributed Sensing: The Edge, Compression, and ML
    • Presentations
      • Frank Sepulveda, Exploring the Edge: An Edge-Based Solution for Geoscience Applications
      • Vincent Dumont, Deep Learning Exploration with Distributed Acoustic Sensing Data
      • Eileen Martin, Analyzing Massive, Passive DAS Data in Wavelet-compressed Form
  • Session 9: Advances in Dark Fiber
    • Presentations
      • Feng Cheng, Exploiting Ambient Noise Recorded on Ocean Bottom Fiber Optic Cables: Towards Fault Zone Characterization Using Direct and Scattered Surface Waves
      • Tieyuan Zhu, Fiber Optic Seismic Monitoring Experiement at Pennsylvania State University
      • Thomas Coleman, Advances in Distributed Acoustic Sensing for Long Range Measurements
    • Conclusion

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts closed on 2 March 2020


  • Frontiers in instrumentation and acquisition for distributed sensing: New techniques, measurands, and targets for distributed sensing
  • Distributed sensing at the human interface: Applications in urban, agricultural, and infrastructure settings
  • At the end of the technology “funnel”: End-user perspectives, application case histories, and cross-disciplinary collaborations in distributed sensing
  • Distributed sensing beyond energy: Experiments in hydrogeology, seismology, volcanology, and the cryosphere
  • Using distributed sensing to understand subsurface reservoirs in time and space
  • Data management, analysis, and pattern discovery for massive distributed sensing datasets
  • Unique processing and inversion approaches for distributed sensing datasets

Abstract Format

Maximum two page abstract including figures and references. Abstracts should provide sufficient detail for the committee to judge the quality of the paper. Abstracts should be a minimum of one page of text, plus one figure (optional), with a maximum of two pages. Abstracts should be on 8.5 x 11 inch document, text in Roman font, size 10 point. The title should be one or two lines, at the top of the page, in bold Roman font, size 12 point. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 point, and located just below the title. All text must stay one-inch clear of the margins on all sides of the page. Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and Word format. Abstracts should specify whether a poster or oral presentation is preferred, but the organizing committee may switch presentation categories based on availability.

Presentation Format

Oral presentation will be 20 minutes in duration. A panel discussion including Q&A will take place at the end of each session. The poster session will be 1.5 hours and include refreshments.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship recognition opportunities are available for the SEG/AGU Advances in Distributed Sensing Workshop. For questions or more information on how to become a sponsor email Kristi Casey.

Gold — US$5,000 and up

  • Company logo on website and select marketing collateral
  • Company logo included on welcome slide at event
  • Company logo on program
  • Word of thanks by the chairman at the event
  • Two complimentary workshop registrations

Silver — US$4,999-3,500

  • Company logo on website and select marketing collateral
  • Company logo included on welcome slide at event
  • Company logo on program
  • Word of thanks by the chairman at the event
  • One complimentary workshop registration

Bronze — US$3,499-1,000

  • Company logo on website and select marketing collateral
  • Company logo included on welcome slide at event
  • Company logo on program
  • Company logo on signage
  • Word of thanks by the chairman at the event

Student Support — US$1,000 Multiple Available

  • Receives all benefits of appropriate sponsorship level

General Sponsorship — US$1,000 Multiple Available

  • Receives all benefits of appropriate sponsorship level

All sponsorship forms and payments must be received by 15 January 2021.

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closed:
2 March 2020

Registration Opens:
30 November 2020

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