Near-Surface Modeling and Imaging Workshop

27–29 September 2022 | Muscat, Oman


27–29 September 2022
Muscat, Oman

Workshop Description

The modeling of the near-surface continues to play a significant role on the sub-surface imaging, reservoir characterization, and monitoring. Geoscientists from around the world attended the previous three editions of the Near Surface Modeling and Imaging Workshop in 2014, 2016, and 2019 to address the near-surface challenges. A broad range of near-surface disciplines were represented from academia and industry covering aspects of engineering and hydrocarbon exploration. The previous workshops explored emerging and underdeveloped techniques including artificial intelligence, non-seismic integrated methods, full-waveform inversion, joint inversions, and new acquisition techniques. The need for further understanding of full wavefield, anisotropy, velocities, and the creation of an inclusive near-surface model was identified. The workshops also led to a greater understanding of the importance of knowledge sharing among various disciplines in the modeling and imaging of the near surface.

The objective of the upcoming 2022 workshop is to share new insights and methods as well as address persistent challenges including: acquisition design limitations, waveform inversion, amplitude integrity, high-resolution near-surface modeling, and maximizing the integration of seismic and non-seismic data. In addition, it aims to leverage the advancements of digital transformation and sustainability as it applies to the near surface.

Technical Committee

Committee Chair: Moosa Al-Jahdhami, Petroleum Development Oman
Committee Co-Chair: Abdullatif A. Al-Shuhail, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)

  • Abdelrauof Badawi, ARGAS
  • Abdulrahman Alshuhail, Saudi Aramco
  • Ali Al-Haddabi, Oxy
  • Daniele Colombo, Saudi Aramco
  • Diego Carotti, CGG
  • Ghada Almoulani, Tatweer Petroleum
  • Hannan Al Hassan, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Jack Levell, Shell
  • Kamel Belaid, BGP
  • Kashif Shaukat, Emerson
  • Michele Buia, ENI
  • Mohammed Farfour, Sultan Qaboos University
  • Omaima Al-Droushi, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Sherif M. Hanafy, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
  • Tristram Burley, ION Geophysical


Anneke de Klerk
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712710
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), Lunches (Tuesday-Thursday) and Ice Breaker Reception (Tuesday)

Super Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 26 July 2022)
US$1,250 (member) | US$1,490 (non-member)

Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 25 August 2022)
US$1,400 (member) | US$1,640 (non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins from 26 August onwards 2022)
US$1,610 (member) | US$1,850 (non-member) 

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

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

Add One-Day Course to your Workshop Registration
US$500 (member) | US$600 (non-member) | US$150 (student)

Cancelation Policy

Written notice received by 26 August 2022 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus US$50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 26 August 2022. Substitutions are permissible with written approval by the event organizers. Notify Anneke de Klerk ([email protected]) immediately to request a substitution.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be of significant interest to geoscientists, engineers, research institutes, and academia.

Workshop Format

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

Workshop Venue

All sessions and events will take place at the Crowne Plaza Muscat, Qurum. Kindly contact the property directly to book your accommodation. The below room rates are valid until 31 August 2022 - to reserve, please complete attached reservation form and send to [email protected] and [email protected]

Please click on the link to view the location or proceed to their website for more information on the property.


Please note that per SEG policy, travel expenses, visa and registration for the workshop will be the speaker’s responsibility.

  • Single Occupancy – OMR 65 (incl of Tax)
  • Double Occupancy – OMR 70 (incl of Tax)

The above rate is inclusive of bed and breakfast.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Workshop participants 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 Muscat, contact the Oman embassy nearest you or go to the Royal Oman Police Website to apply for an e-visa. Please note that 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 Oman.

Technical Program

The objective of the upcoming 2022 workshop is to share new insights and methods as well as addressing persistent challenges including: acquisition design limitations, waveform inversion, amplitude integrity, high-resolution near-surface modeling, and maximizing the integration of seismic and non-seismic data. In addition, it aims to leverage the advancements of digital transformation and sustainability as it applies to the near surface.

Opening Address

  • Saeed Al Yarubi, Petroleum Development Oman

Keynote Presenters

  • Gilles Lambare - CGG
  • Tariq Alkhalifah – KAUST

Technical Sessions

  • Data analytics and digitalization and its applications in geophysics
  • Near surface considerations during seismic design and acquisition
  • High Resolution Techniques
  • Impact of near surface on amplitude integrity
  • Advancements in FWI, Interferometry (passive seismic etc.)
  • Elastic data technology implementation
  • Building high-resolution near-surface modeling and its impact on the sub-surface imaging - part 1 & part 2
  • Utilizing coherent noise and multiples for near-surface modeling
  • Advancements in non-seismic technologies and their integration with seismic data

Pre-Workshop Course

Register for only the one day Pre-Workshop Course!

Course Details

Near-surface Interferometry

Instructor: Sherif M. Hanafy
Date: 26 September 2022
Location: Muscat, Oman
Time: 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Registration Rates:
Pre-Workshop Course (1 day)
US$685 (member) | US$785 (non-member) | US$150 (student)                                                                   

Registration Includes: Coffee Breaks & Lunch

To register for course: please contact Anneke de Klerk at [email protected]

Course Overview

Near-surface interferometry is commonly used to enhance the far-offset traces that suffers from low signal-to-noise ratio. The technique has been, successfully, used in many field examples. There are two main advantages of enhancing the far-offset traces, (1) Enhance the refraction events, which will increase the accuracy of refraction picking, and (2) increase the maximum penetration depth of the final velocity model. On the other hand, parsimonious interferometry has been used to decrease the number of shot gathers recorded in the field, which saves a lot of field time, then generate virtual first break travel times to fill the missing travel times due to the skipped shot gathers. The accuracy of the virtual travel times is very high, and the time saved in the field is more than 80% of the original acquisition time. 

In this course, the basics of the interferometry, super-refraction and parsimonious interferometry will be explained in case of refraction, reflection, and surface waves. Then the techniques will be discussed using synthetic and field examples. The advantages and limitations of each technique will, also, be discussed. The common applications are shallow geology, engineering, and environmental applications. It is also used to generate better velocity model for static corrections.    

Learner Outcomes

  • Increase the signal-to-noise ratio of refraction waves at far-offset traces
  • Generate virtual refraction travel times using parsimonious interferometry technique
  • Apply super-virtual and parsimonious interferometry on synthetic and field data
  • Distinguish between successful and failure application of near-surface interferometry 

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 ends:
26 July 2022

Early Bird Registration ends:
25 August 2022

Call for Abstracts closed:
1 June 2022

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