SEG | KOC Workshop: Seismic Multiples – The Challenges and the Way Forward

3–5 December 2019 | Kuwait City, Kuwait

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3–5 December 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait

In December 2014, SEG and Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) held a joint workshop to advance the understanding of seismic multiples, both as signal and noise, and to provide answers to the challenges posed by seismic multiples in processing and interpretation. While some progress has been made to our understanding and in the development of new ideas and methodologies, a complete and practical solution to all multiple problems, onshore and offshore, still evades us. Hence, we believe that it is the right time to re-assess where we are, what the industry and academia have achieved in the last five years, and what still needs to be tackled. How can we get closer to our ultimate goal of multiple-free seismic images with improved attributes and QI products?

The workshop will focus on emerging technologies with a broad range of topics covering research and case studies, with data examples from onshore and offshore for both surface and interbed multiples.

Organizing Committee

Committee Chair: Adel El-Emam, Kuwait Oil Company
Committee Co-Chair: Said Al-Abri, Petroleum Development Oman

  • Frederico Xavier de Melo, WesternGeco
  • Guillaume Cambois, ADNOC
  • Halis Bayri, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Khaled Al Dulaijan, Saudi Aramco
  • Muneera Fahad Ahmed Al-Awadhi, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Myrna Staring, Delft Technical University
  • Pierre Hugonnet, CGG
  • Rodney Johnston, BP
  • Tariq AlKhalifa, KAUST
  • Yang Yong, BGP

Hyra Dalisay
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880
[email protected]


Registration Categories

Registration fee includes:

  • Coffee breaks (during meeting)
  • Lunches (Tuesday–Thursday)
  • Gala Dinner on Tuesday

Early Bird Registration Fee (expired 2 November 2019)
US $1,150 (member) | US $1,350 (non-member)

Full Registration Fee (began 3 November 2019)
US $1,250 (member) | US $1,450 (non-member)

Student/Academia Registration Fee
US $340 (maximum of 5 available, with priority given to speakers. Academia please email Hyra Dalisay for registration.)

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received by 2 November 2019 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus US $50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 2 November 2019. Substitutions are permissible with written approval by the workshop organizers. Email Hyra Dalisay immediately to request a substitution.

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, 3 December
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions, Gala Dinner

Wednesday, 4 December
Morning and afternoon sessions

Thursday, 5 December
Morning and afternoon sessions

Who should attend?

Geoscientists from industry and academia to present and discuss recent research and case histories on this important subject.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field who will share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants.

6 sessions (3 days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per session with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as the outlook going forward. The oral presentations are comprised of 20-minute talks followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. After each session, a 30-minute discussion session is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participants to discuss in detail and learn from each other what has worked for them and debate the issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 30 minutes.

Workshop Venue

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait


Rooms have been reserved for the following rate at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait:

  • Single occupancy – KD72++ with breakfast, internet and airport transfer (approx. US$238)
  • Double occupancy – KD85++ with breakfast, internet and airport transfer (approx. US$281)

(Above rates are per person, based on Bed & Buffet Breakfast Basis, and are subject to 15% service charge.)

Reservations must be made by 4 November 2019 to receive the discounted group rate. Book your accommodation at the group rate for the workshop.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Workshop participants may generate an official invitation letter from SEG. For Kuwait visa requirements, you can check your eligibility and apply for an e-visa . Please note, 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 Kuwait.

Technical Program

The workshop will focus on emerging technologies with a broad range of topics covering research and case studies, with data examples from onshore and offshore for both surface and interbed multiples.

Technical Topics

  • Understanding the multiples and the role of acquisition
  • Case Studies I
  • Multiple Prediction
  • Multiple prediction with  Marchenko Method
  • Developments in adaptive subtraction
  • Case Studies II – Marine
  • Using multiples for subsurface imaging
  • Multiples and near-surface
  • Case Studies III - Land
  • FWI, Multiples and Model Building

Opening Address

Adel El-Emam, Kuwait Oil Company


  • Antonio Pica, CGG
  • Arthur B Weglein, University of Houston
  • Benxi Ke, BGP
  • Clement Kostov Schlumberger
  • Eric Verschuur, Delft University of Technology
  • Fons ten Kroode Shell Global Solutions International
  • Gerard Schuster, KAUST

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