SEG | AAPG Workshop: Impact of Technological Advancements on Sequence Stratigraphy

18–20 October 2022 | Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia


18–20 October 2022
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

The period of time between 1940s and 1950s saw debate in the geology community surrounding Stratigraphy. Led by Sloss and his students, there was a movement toward thinking of stratigraphy in natural packages rather than fossil based chronostratigraphic units. Around that time, the bulk of the contribution to the debate was from geologists who were guided by surface geology from outcrops. The following decades had geophysical breakthroughs contributing to the discussion around stratigraphy and what seismic reflections represent in stratigraphy. The summary of which was published in the 1970s in efforts led by Peter Vail. Peter proved that seismic reflections represent stratigraphic timelines, which can be correlated with sea-level changes. This shows how geoscientists when enabled by technological breakthroughs, were capable of expanding the capabilities of understanding the subsurface. 

The process of understanding the subsurface can be imagined as a pipeline: starting with looking at the rock itself in outcrop or core, interpreting the packages, and correlating them using subsurface data such as wireline logs and seismic. All the work would then be put together to create a comprehensive story for the subsurface unit. Such a process shows how much integration between many disciplines is required to reach the goal.

The development of technology for each discipline is therefore critical to expand geoscientists’ understanding of the subsurface. Currently, we are living through a period of massive development in geoscience technologies. The use of machine learning, supercomputers, simultaneous shooting, and big data are active areas of development and application in the industry. One can only imagine the other possible technologies yet to be identified that can be the future technologies of subsurface imaging.

Through this workshop, we aim to provide a venue for a fruitful exchange of ideas about the methods and challenges of all disciplines that relate to seismic sequence stratigraphy. It will serve as a forum for open and extended discussions on current practices, future development and advances on Sequence Stratigraphy. We encourage conceptual, transformative and innovative subjects.

Technical Committee

Committee Chair: Yazeed Al-Nuaim, Saudi Aramco
Committee Co-Chair: Mohammed Khalid Al Mershed, Kuwait Oil Company

  • Abdullah Alshuhail, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
  • Beth Rees, Geosoftware
  • Rajeev Kumar, Schlumberger
  • Salem Nasser Al Hammami, ADNOC
  • Sebastien Lacaze, Eliis
  • Shraddha Chatterjee, GeoSoftware
  • Yaqoub Al Sayed, Kuwait University


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


Who should attend?

This workshop welcomes geoscientists (geologist, geophysicist, geomechanics), petrophysicist, reservoir engineers, and other technical staff who want to develop additional expertise in the latest techniques on sequence stratigraphy and its impact on exploration and development as well as the greater energy transition such as carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations via general abstracts, a Keynote, and invited experts in their fields. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants.

The three-day workshop will hold a number of technical sessions, each of which will feature 20-minute presentations. Each session will have break-out group moderated discussions. Group discussion sessions will be conducted to allow participants to debate and comment on issues and challenges they encounter during their daily work. Session chairs will serve as discussion leaders during the break-out sessions. At the end of the workshop, a closing session will be conducted to discuss the current practice and the way forward.

Call for Abstracts

The aim of this workshop is to provide a venue for a fruitful exchange of expertise on technological advancements in all disciplines that relate to sequence stratigraphy. We aim to achieve this through the below objectives:

  • Sharing current and developing technologies used to maximize information seen on datasets used for sequence stratigraphy (seismic processing, acquisition, imaging, non-seismic, borehole data, core imagery,...)
  • Sharing current and developing technologies used for interpretation of datasets
  • Illustrate applications of sequence stratigraphy in exploration and production
  • Sharing case studies of sequence stratigraphy on exploration and production fields throughout the globe
  • Putting sequence stratigraphy’s impact in business perspective and its role in the energy transition (CCS, new energies,…)

We invite abstracts for the following technical topics:

  1. Seismic exploration technologies
    • Acquisition
    • Processing
    • Imaging
  2. Seismic interpretation techniques
    • Quantitative interpretation
    • Automated interpretation
    • Fascies prediction
  3. Borehole data and rock physics
  4. Non-seismic methods
  5. Modelling (computational, physical, conceptual, etc.)
  6. Applied sequence stratigraphy in exploration and production
    • Risk assessment in sequence stratigraphy (seal, reservoir properties, etc.)
    • Stratigraphic geometries (prediction of traps etc.)
  7. Case studies
    • Integrated approaches
    • Carbonate sequence stratigraphy
    • Clastic sequence stratigraphy
  8. Future implications
    • Energy transition (CCS, geothermal etc.)

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:
20 June 2022

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