Tulsa, OK, November 8, 2016 – The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) announced an attendance of more than 5,700 geoscience professionals at the International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting held 16-21 October in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The exhibition floor spanned 84,800 net square feet, with 251 companies exhibiting at the event, showcasing the latest in geoscience innovation to 5,773 attendees from more than 68 countries.
Two new membership benefits were featured at this year’s Annual Meeting, including SEG’s new Competency Management System and the Geofacets-SEG Millennium Edition. SEG Executive Director Dorsey Morrow said, “SEG is dedicated now more than ever to providing our members with useful tools to help them weather the current financial storm. Our new Competency Management System (CMS), especially beneficial to early-career professionals and those seeking a career shift, enables our members to assess their capabilities against a number of competency models in various geophysical job types, and then recommends an action plan to fill competency gaps. The recently introduced Geofacets-SEG Millennium Edition provides members with thousands of easily discoverable and downloadable maps published from SEG journals dating back to 2000 through to the present. And, our newly designed website makes it is easier to navigate and access SEG’s technical content. We will continue to strive to make SEG the “go-to” source for information, networking, and professional development for geoscience professionals around the world.”
The 2016 Annual Meeting technical program was the largest in SEG history, featuring 1103 presentations (720 oral, 197 poster, 186 e-presentation), 140 sessions (91 oral, 25 poster, 24 e-presentation), and eight special sessions. 1,513 abstracts were submitted. Initial results from the onsite survey conducted during the event were favorable with 90.2% of attendees rating the quality and variety of exhibitors as good/exceptional. 84.7% reported attending the event to encounter new products/services and new technology, 81.9% said the technical program was good/excellent, and 83.4% said the event was important or very important for their job.
New this year and very well received were the technical session coffee breaks held on the exhibit floor. The Near Surface Pavilion and the China Pavilion were also introduced this year, and the High Performance Computing Theatre returned, continuing to be a popular spot for attendees.