SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section

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SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Annual Meeting Activities

The SEG 2019 Annual Meeting will take place 15-20 September in San Antonio, TX.

Near Surface Technical Sessions

Monday, 16 September

Oral Session
NS 1: Dynamic Coastal Environment: Crossing the Land/Sea Interface
1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Room 217C

Oral Session
SS 2: Geoscientists Without Borders and Humanitarian Geophysics
1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Room 303B

Tuesday, 17 September

Oral Session
NS 2: Engineering Geophysics
8:30 AM - 11:50 PM
Room 217C

Oral Session
SS 3: SEG/AGU Hydrogeophysics
8:30 AM - 11:50 PM
Room 301B

Poster Session
NS P1: Machine Learning and Airborne Geophysics
8:30 AM - 11:50 PM

Oral Session
NS 3: Imaging and Modeling 1
1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Room 217C

Wednesday, 18 September

Poster Session
NS P2: Novel Methods
8:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Oral Session
NS 4: Applications for Archaeology, Void, and Target Detection
1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Room 221C

Oral Session
NS 5: Imaging and Modeling 2
1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Room 225C

Oral Session
SS 8: Surface Wave Method Applications
1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Room 304B

Poster Session
NS P3: Seismic Processing and Applications
1:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Location TBD

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Near Surface Education

Near Surface Panel Discussion
Solving Near-Surface Problems with Geophysics and Engineering
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM
Convention Center: Room 221A

Panelists: Dr. Stacey Tucker-Kulesza, K-State University; Dr. Joseph Coe, Temple University; Dr. Mark Everett, Texas A&M University; Jacob Spinsby, Terracon

Engineers and geophysicists often focus on the same near-surface problems, and in some cases collaborate on the same projects, but information can sometimes get lost in translation.  It is important that both professions utilize each other's expertise effectively so that these problems can be solved efficiently to reduce the opportunity for future failures.  This panel aims to provide students and professionals with a better understanding of how the engineering and geophysical communities are working together and how they can work together better.  Panelists will include engineering and geophysics faculty members as well as working professionals in the engineering sector to provide perspectives from research and development to practical applications.

SEG Near Surface Summit
Advances in Unmanned Airborne System (UAS) Geophysics
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Convention Center: Room 217A

This summit has been canceled.

SEG Near Surface Summit
Near-Surface Geophysics for Archaeological and Forensic Applications
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Convention Center: Room 217D

.75 CEUs

This workshop will teach participants the different geophysical methods that are commonly used for archaeological and forensic investigations; the types of targets that are commonly identified at these sites; strategies for survey design when collecting data at these sites; strategies for interpreting and/or ground-truthing the data collected; best practices for working with the broader community at these sites, and possible funding mechanisms for national and international studies.

Postconvention Workshop
W-21: Ambient Noise Imaging and Monitoring for High-resolution Spatial and Temporal Near-surface Characterization and Exploration Seismology
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Convention Center: Rooms 221-304

Organizers: Niels Grobbe, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Sjoerd de Ridder, University of Leeds

Leaders from industry and academia will present on the advancements in ambient seismic noise for high-resolution spatial, temporal near-surface characterization, and exploration seismology. The session will cover a wide range of inter-connected topics; e.g. noise correlation monitoring studies, novel sensor technologies, near-surface (e.g. groundwater) and exploration scale applications, and wavefield gradiometry using dense sensor networks.

Workshop passes include access to any or all postconvention workshops.

Near Surface Social Events

SEG Near-Surface Geophysics Technical Section Reception
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Iron Cactus Restaurant, 200 Riverwalk, Suite 100

The SEG Near-Surface Technical Section (NSTS) will conduct their annual reception on Tuesday night at the Iron Cactus from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The reception will begin with a short business meeting followed by presenting the 2019 NSTS honors and awards to the recipients. Afterward, the NSTS membership are invited to network and enjoy some light food and beverages. All attendees are asked to register to attend this event while completing their SEG registration. There will be no tickets available at the door. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

The NSTS reception is free to NSTS members, but registration is required for the event.

Upcoming Events

Fifth International Conference on Geophysics Engineering (ICEG)

21 Oct - 24 Oct 2019 | Al Ain, UAE

The success of the first four editions of the ICEG is reflected by the number of participants and the great interest shown by and feedback from both local authorities and the international geo-community working with geophysical methods applied to engineering, environmental, archaeological, geotechnical, and forensic problems.

SEG | EAGE Workshop: Geophysical Aspects of Smart Cities

10 Dec - 12 Dec 2019 | Singapore

This workshop has the ambition to influence the smart city practice in the already-built cities in Asia such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, and around the world. The main aim of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss lessons learned and progress in geophysical techniques in smart city applications and methods, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts with civil engineering and digital technologies. Hardware sensor development, software data analytics, and social impacts of technologies will be covered. 

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Q3 2019

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