SEG debuts Business of Applied Geophysics Plenary Sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Anaheim

Sessions to focus on the business impact of applied geophysics for the oil and gas industry

Tulsa, OK, 30 August 2018 – The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is initiating a series of plenary sessions at SEG18, 15-17 October, focused on the business impact of applied geophysics for the oil and gas industry. Separate from the technical sessions and workshops, these sessions will bring together high-level leaders from operating companies, governments, service providers, educators, and consultants who will discuss the business opportunities and challenges of the economic application of geophysics in the oil and gas business.

Dan Hollis, SEG18 Steering Committee Chair, said “The Business of Applied Geophysics plenary sessions will provide attendees with valuable, non-technical insight into timely, pressing issues facing our industry. Panelists include some of the most impressive leaders in their respective fields and we are honored to hear from them at SEG18.”

Sessions include:

Southern Gulf of Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

Speakers include: Bernard Geiss, Exploration Manager, Mexico, Total; Ulises Hernández-Romano, Director of Prospective Resources, Reserves and Associations, Pemex E&P; Héctor Moreira-Rodríguez, Commissioner, National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH); Kartik Mutnuri, Exploration Manager, Mexico, Shell; Maurice Nessim, President, WesternGeco; Carlos S. de Regules-Ruiz-Funes, Executive Director, Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment (ASEA); Mark Rowan, President, Rowan Consulting, Inc.; and Read Taylor, Executive Director Upstream E&P, Sierra Oil and Gas Exploration

Digital Transformation – Business Opportunities and Challenges

Speakers include: John Etgen, Distinguished Advisor, Seismic Imaging, BP; Darryl Harris, Manager Subsurface Functional Excellence, Woodside Energy; Sha-Chelle Manning, Director, Technology Alliances and Ventures, Pioneer Natural Resources., Shashi Menon, Digital Manager, Exploration and Field Development Technologies, Schlumberger; Robert Schapiro, Ideas and Innovation Leader, ExxonMobil ; and Darryl Willis, Vice President Oil, Gas and Energy, Google Cloud

Operating in a Regulatory Industry

Speakers include: Stephen Bohlen, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; John Borkovich, Groundwater Monitoring Section Cheief, California State Water Resources Control Board;  Nikki Martin, President of IAGC; Suzanne Noble, Western States Petroleum Association; Megan Silva, Aera Energy; Christina Sistrunk, Aera Energy; Trem Smith, Berry Petroleum Corp.; and Joseph Tiago, Environmental Protection Agency

Impacting Society: Frontiers for Geophysicists

Speakers include: Seth Blumsack, Associate Department Head, Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University; John Bradford, Professor and Department Head, Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines; Rosemary Knight, The George L. Harrington Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University; Yunyue Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore; Magne Reiersgard, Executive Vice President, Marine Contracts, Petroleum Geo-Services; and Kenneth Tubman, Vice President, Subsurface, ConocoPhillips

Geophysical Return on Investment for Unconventionals

Speakers include: Peter Duncan, President and CEO, MicroSeismic; Rusty Gilbert, General Manager of Technology Deployment and Adoption, Chevron Technology Ventures; Rob Hull, Senior Staff Geophysicist, Pioneer Natural Resources; Doug Klepacki, Manager of Geophysics, Cimarex Energy Company; and Duane Dopkin, EVP Geoscience, Emerson E&P

Speakers are subject to change. Registration for SEG18 Business of Applied Geophysics Plenary Sessions is included in the registration fee for the Annual Meeting, and are also available separately for $475 for SEG members, $525 for nonmembers.

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