Land and Shallow Water Acquisition

20–22 June 2022 | Dubai, UAE

In view of the current COVID situation and the travel restrictions enforced by the Kuwait Government, the workshop has been moved to Dubai, UAE from 20–22 June 2022.


20–22 June 2022
Dubai, UAE

The past few decades witnessed several developments and advances in onshore acquisition technologies such as the implementation of long offset full azimuth, simultaneous blended broadband sources, point source point receiver, wireless and nodal data collection, distributed acoustic sensors (DAS), permanent monitoring, etc. All of which improved our understanding of the subsurface while introducing new inherent challenges related to handling large data volumes and the need to optimize seismic processing methods and workflows for maximum value extraction.

Shallow marine or shallow water acquisition on the other hand, are generally more operationally challenging than land or deep-water marine acquisition. Coastal areas require different equipment, techniques, and operational logistics than those used onshore.

Variations in sea-bottom sediments, tidal effects, and bathymetry normally call for special data acquisition equipment and sophisticated fit-for-purpose processing sequences to ensure continuity of seismic information tying onshore to shallow water marine.

The establishment of accurate ties between various modes of seismic surveys (land, shallow marine, and marine) should be carefully considered during survey design and data acquisition as well as processing phases to achieve optimal integrated results.

This workshop will review and discuss ongoing challenges, developments, and best practices covering onshore and shallow water acquisition as well as advances in the related data processing. It will also provide insights and a forward look into industry directions.

Workshop Overview

The workshop will feature formal presentations by experts in their fields to share experiences, best practices, lessons learned, and visions for future directions. The workshop will serve as a forum for open and extended discussions on current practices and future development and advances of land and shallow water acquisition. In addition, it will also cover the role these technologies and methods play in optimizing hydrocarbon exploration, development, and production. Emphasis will be placed on operational and cost efficacy, data quality, survey merging, and integrated processing techniques. We encourage conceptual, transformative, and innovative subjects.

Technical Committee

Committee Co-Chair: Adel El-Emam, Kuwait Oil Company
Committee Co-Chair: Saif Messabi, ADNOC

  • Abdelrauof Badawi, ARGAS
  • Abderrezak Ghida, WesternGeco
  • Ali Al-Enezi, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Amine Ourabah, STRYDE
  • Chris Walker, BGP
  • David Arnold, ADNOC
  • David Le Meur, CGG
  • Francois Hermal, ARGAS
  • He Guanhui, CNPC
  • Keith Millis, OXY
  • Khalid Mansoor, TotalEnergies
  • Luo Fei, BGP
  • Mohamed Mahgoub, ADNOC
  • Nicolas Tellier, Sercel
  • Shotaro Nakayama, INPEX
  • Taimur Wadhahi, Petroleum Development Oman


Adrienne Maxine Lara
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712856
Email: [email protected]


Registration Fees

For Student Registrations (please note, all student non-members must submit a copy of their student ID to [email protected] to register for the event)

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during meeting) and Lunches (Tuesday-Thursday)

Super Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 30 March 2022)
US$1250 (member) | US$1490 (non-member)

Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 18 May 2022)
US$1400 (member) | US$1640 (non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins 19 May 2022)
US$1610 (member) | US$1850 (non-member) 

Academia Registration Fee
US$500 (member) | US$700 (non-member)

Student Registration Fee
US$250 (member) | US$350 (non-member)

Cancelation Policy

Written notice received by 19 May 2022 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus US$50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 19 May 2022. Substitutions are permissible with written approval by the event organizers. Notify Adrienne Maxine Lara immediately to request a substitution.

Who Should Attend?

  • Operations/acquisition personnel from oil companies and contractors
  • Geoscientists and engineers with interest in geophysical acquisition and processing
  • Students and staff from academic institutions
  • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers
  • Survey design specialists, data processors, and interpreters

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field. It will serve as a unique opportunity for open and extended discussions among the participants.

The three-day workshop will have eight (8) technical sessions, it will feature 20-minute presentation delivered by keynote and invited speakers on the subject matters. Each session will have a 30 mins moderated discussion before each session ends. Moderated discussions will be conducted to allow participants to debate and comment on issues and challenges they encounter during their daily workflows. Session chairs will serve as discussion leaders during the 30 mins.

The workshop will conclude with an important panel session bringing together the industry leaders to share their insights on the current practices and the way forward.

Workshop Venue

Address Dubai Marina

One of the most exceptional venues in Dubai, overlooking the world’s largest man-made marina & waterfront development. Address Dubai Marina lies at the heart of new Dubai, connected to Dubai Marina Mall.


Discounted hotel rooms have been reserved for the attendees of the workshop.

For reservations, you may book directly at – Address Dubai Marina Reservations 

Visa Information

Participants in the workshop may generate an official invitation letter from SEG. This form will generate a letter that you can print and use if required. For Visa requirements for entering Dubai, contact the nearest U.A.E embassy. 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 UAE.

Guidelines for travelers to Dubai, UAE

Dubai is open to all travelers and ready to welcome you.

Please check the following before you undergo any travel to Dubai:

  1. Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check if you need a visa here
  2. As of 26 February 2022, all passengers arriving to Dubai from any point of origin (including GCC countries) must fulfil one of three requirements:
    • VACCINATED: Hold a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code proving they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the UAE
    • UNVACCINATED: Hold a negative PCR test with a QR code, issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection to the flight time by an approved health service provider 
    • Hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate with a QR code issued by relevant authorities that shows they have recovered from COVID‑19 within a month prior to the date of arrival. For further details, please visit: Dubai Airports | Emirates.
  3. All certificates must be printed in English or Arabic; certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station (the date and time of the test must be detailed). The printed certificate must have a valid QR code. No hand written, SMS or digital certificates will be accepted.
  4. Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling
  5. If you are travelling with Emirates airline or FlyDubai and have purchased your ticket after 1 December 2020, you will automatically benefit from additional multi-risk travel insurance provided by AIG Travel or NEXtCARE. Please see the following links for more information: Emirates airline | FlyDubai

Before travel, all guests are advised to check with their airline for specific details relevant to their destination as requirements may change at short notice.

Find out about the procedures to keep you safe while travelling to and across the emirate:

Technical Program

Workshop Objectives

  • Sharing the latest and novel technical developments
  • Sharing experience on the operational level
  • Promoting technology and technological progress
  • Exploring the application of technologies for cost-effective business models
  • Exchanging geophysical theories, geometries, methods, and examples
  • Exploiting the integrated approach of survey design, acquisition, processing, and imaging
  • Addressing geophysical and operational challenges associated with land and shallow water acquisition
  • Discuss the HSE aspects of shallow water operations

Technical Program Highlights include:

Opening Address 

Hani Nehaid, ADNOC

Keynote Presenters

  • Dave Monk
  • Shi Jicheng, BGP
  • Shotaro Nakayama, INPEX

Technical Sessions

  • Survey Evaluation and Design
  • Source Technologies
  • Receiver Technologies
  • Nodal Seismic Acquisition
  • Advances in Data Processing
  • Field Data QC
  • Future Directions

Roundtable Discussion

The workshop will conclude with an important panel Roundtable Discussion bringing together the technical committee members to share their insights on the current practices and the way forward.

Post Workshop Course

Course Details

Survey Design and Seismic Acquisition for Land, Marine, and In-between in Light of New Technology and Techniques

Instructor: Dave Monk
Date: 23 June 2022
Location: Dubai, UAE
Time: 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Registration Rates:
Post-Workshop Course (1 day)
US$450 (member) | US$545 (non-member) | US$100 (student)                                                                   

Registration Includes: Course Book, Coffee Breaks & Lunch

Register for course.

Course Overview

Seismic surveys are subject to many different design criteria, but often the parameters are established based on an outdated view of how data can be acquired, and how it will be processed. This course is designed to highlight what is possible using modern methods, and how they impact seismic survey design.

Survey designs are subject to a limited set of operational and geophysical considerations. What frequencies do we require (in the source), and what will or can we detect? What geometry will be utilized, and what record length will be recorded?

However, new techniques and processing methods require that we understand and answer a new and different set of questions:

  • Are classic survey geometries outdated? What geometry is optimum given almost limitless availability of channels, and how are these best deployed if they are not constrained to be connected together?
  • How do you QC data from a system that doesn’t permit real time views of data?
  • How do compressive sensing methodologies fit into classical geometry requirements, and can these significantly impact how data is acquired and processed? Is random “optimum” and is optimum unique?
  • Do offset and sampling requirements change if processing will utilize FWI and/or least squares migration?
  • Can very low frequencies be generated, detected and used for improved inversion?
  • How should simultaneous sources be utilized, and can subsequent data be separated from the continuous records that will be required if this technique is used? If two sources are better than one, are four better than two?
  • What should we expect of seismic data five or ten years from now?

This course is designed to cover some of the fundamentals of survey design but will highlight the changes in technology that we have seen in the past five years, and those that are likely to develop in the next five years with a view to allowing seismic surveys to be designed and acquired to optimize technology efficiencies and interpretation requirements in light of new technology.


This course will not describe specific survey designs for particular geologic objectives, but after attending this course, the participant should:

  • Understand the basic geophysical requirements of a seismic survey, based on geologic objectives
  • Have a much-improved knowledge of the differences between classic survey design, and what is required for modern high-end processing techniques including FWI 
  • Understand the concepts of simultaneous sources, compressive sensing, node acquisition, and broadband data, and see how these fit into survey design techniques
  • Understand that there is a relationship between acquisition parameters and seismic image quality
  • Understand how the basic requirements tied to modern acquisition and processing ideas can fundamentally change the data that is presented to an interpreter, and why final data volumes can look significantly different from legacy data

Who should attend?

All those interested in seismic surveys should attend. Geophysicists involved in acquisition may discover new techniques and concepts which with they are unfamiliar. Geophysicists involved in processing seismic data will better understand the shortcomings of the data that they are given to process, and better understand what techniques will, and will not, work for a particular survey. The interpreter may better understand the difference between modern seismic volumes presented for interpretation, and the legacy data that he is accustomed to interpreting. For those directly involved in survey design, the concepts will open up the potential for acquiring better images of the subsurface more efficiently, and at less cost.

The course does not require extensive mathematical knowledge or background. Concepts will be explained in a way that the layman or manager can understand. Students will be able to follow and understand the course from the basics to the level of asking knowledgeable questions of those actually involved in seismic acquisition and processing.

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 with specific target audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities, and benefits, please refer to the form located under 'Important Documents' or contact us at [email protected].

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Important Dates

Super Early Bird Registration closes:
30 March 2022

Early Bird Registration closes:
18 May 2022

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