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 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.

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 Mahmoud, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
  • Tristram Burley ION


Anneke de Klerk
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712710
Email: [email protected]


Who Should Attend?

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

Workshop Overview and 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.

12 sessions (3 days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per session with closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as outlook going forward. The Oral presentations are made up of 20 min talk for each keynote and 15 min for speakers. After each session 30 minutes discussion session will be planned. The objective of this session is allow participants to discuss in details and learn from each what has worked for them and debate on issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 30 minutes.

Poster Presentations are also welcome to give ample time to the delegates to discuss the poster topic with the author(s). Posters will be in displayed in the workshop room available for viewing during coffee breaks and afternoon free time after each session.

Call for Abstracts

Technical topics addressing the value of geophysics including but not limited to:

  1. Near surface considerations during seismic design and acquisition
  2. Advancements in FWI, Interferometry (passive seismic etc.)
  3. Impact of near surface on amplitude integrity
  4. Building high-resolution near-surface modeling and its impact on the reservoirs in the sub-surface
  5. Utilizing coherent noise and multiples for near-surface modeling
  6. Joint inversion techniques
  7. Advancements in non-seismic technologies and their integration with seismic data
  8. Elastic data technology implementation
  9. Data analytics and digitalization and its applications in geophysics
  10. Identification of shallow drilling hazards

Abstract Format Guideline 

Max 2 page abstract + 1 figure, single column

Abstracts should include sufficient details for the committee to judge the quality of the submitted work. Abstracts should be a minimum of 1 page, text plus 1 figure, with a maximum of 2 pages. Abstracts should be on 8.5 x 11 inch paper size, text in Roman font, and include both text and figures. Title should be one or two lines, at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 point. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 point, and located just below the title. All text must stay 1 inch clear of the margins of the page. Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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

Call for Abstracts closes:
1 June 2022

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