Business of Applied Geophysics (BAG) Plenary Sessions

The SEG annual convention is the premier venue for the international applied geophysics community to showcase the latest technologies, exchange best practices and make business connections.

This year, the SEG is also initiating a series of plenary sessions focused on the business impact of applied geophysics for the oil and gas industry. Separate from the technical sessions and workshops, these plenary sessions bring together 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.

Includes: Icebreaker reception, opening general session, five BAG plenary sessions, and Exposition Hall (including poster presentations on Focus and Commercial Technology Sessions in the hall).

You can sign up for Business of Applied Geophysics Plenary Sessions and more when you register for the SEG Annual Meeting.

Southern Gulf of Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

Monday, 15 October
1:50-5:50 PM

Level 3, Ballroom B

Organizer: Sergio Chavez-Perez

Due to its rather recent opening and energy reform, Mexico is in the limelight of the oil and gas industry. The aim of this session is to listen to key representatives of the Mexican government and international leaders providing industry insights, current challenges, latest developments, commercial opportunities, and networking activity related to the Southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico.

Session Schedule

1:50 PM – 1:55 PM
Sergio Chávez-Pérez, Mexican Petroleum Institute

1:55 PM – 2:15 PM
Southern Gulf of Mexico: From Data to Discovery
Maurice Nessim, President, WesternGeco

2:15 PM – 2:35 PM
Mexico´s Upstream Energy Reform
Héctor Moreira-Rodríguez, Commissioner, National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH)

2:35 PM – 2:55 PM
Environmental Regulation in Deep Water
Speaker for ASEA*

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

3:15 PM – 3:35 PM
Mexico since the Reform was initiated. It’s Been a Busy, 3 Years! A View from Private Equity
Read Taylor, Executive Director, Upstream E&P, Sierra Oil and Gas Exploration

3:35 PM – 3:55 PM
Mexico’s Role within the Global Upstream Ecosystem: A Shell Perspective
Kartik Mutnuri, Exploration Manager - Mexico, Shell

3:55 PM – 4:15 PM
Total’s Perspectives in Exploring the Promising Mexican Offshore
Bernard Geiss, Exploration Manager - Mexico, Total

4:15 PM – 4:35 PM
New Imaging and Insights into Campeche Salt Tectonics and Contractional Deformation
Mark Rowan, President, Rowan Consulting, Inc.

4:35 PM – 5:50 PM
Open Panel Discussion with Q/A

* tentative

Digital Transformation – Business Opportunities and Challenges

Tuesday, 16 October
9:30-11:30 AM

Level 3, Ballroom B

Organizers: Dimitri Bevc, John Toldi

Exploration in the oil and gas industry has long been driven by advances in digital geophysical technologies. A combination of advances in enabling technologies such as machine learning, easy access to big data and cloud computing are transforming the way the industry acquires, processes, interprets and applies subsurface information. This interactive forum brings together leaders from NOCs, IOC, Independents, Geophysical Service providers and Digital Service providers to discuss the business opportunities and challenges presented by this transformation.


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

Operating in a Regulated Industry

Tuesday, 16 October
1:50-5:50 PM

Level 3, Ballroom B

Organizer: Bill Bartling

Oil and gas operations are regulated in every state and by the federal government. State regulations vary in their terms and operational targets which requires operators to have dedicated compliance specialists versed in the spectrum of statutes and regulations. This forum brings together high level federal and state officials with oil and gas operator and contractor management to discuss working in a regulated industry, the challenges regulators and operators face, and the intersections between them which are permitted activities.

Session Schedule

1:50 PM – 1:55 PM
Trem Smith, CEO, Berry Petroleum

1:55 PM – 2:35 PM
Industry Overview – Challenges and Impacts
Christina Sistrunk, CEO, Aera Energy

2:35 PM – 2:55 PM
Geophysical Contracting
Nikki Martin, President, International Association of Geophysical Contractors

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM
US EPA – Air and Water
Mike Montgomery, Assistant Director - Water Division, USEPA Region 9

3:15 PM – 3:35 PM
Operating in a Regulated Industry
Megan Silva, Manager - Environmental and Regulatory, Aera Energy

3:35 PM – 3:55 PM
California Regulatory Perspectives
Cameron Campbell, Inland District Deputy, California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources

3:55 PM – 4:15 PM
Operating Challenges
Tom Umenhofer, Vice President, Western States Petroleum Association

4:15 PM – 4:55 PM
Panel Discussion
Trem Smith, Cameron Campbell, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, Megan Silva, Mike Montgomery, John Borkovich

4:55 PM – 5:35 PM
Regulating and Operating in the World of Social Media, Flash Protests and General Outrage
Steve Bohlen, Program Manager - Energy and Homeland Secuirty, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

5:35 PM – 5:40 PM
Wrap Up
Trem Smith, CEO, Berry Petroleum

Impacting Society: Frontiers for Geophysicists

Wednesday, 17 October
8:30-11:30 AM

Level 3, Ballroom B

Organizer: Mike Loudin

Applied Geophysics continues to enable startling rates of economic development for billions via identification and delineation of reliable and affordable energy reserves. Yet, inadequate access to energy and fresh water plagues other billions, and accelerated urbanization often concentrates people into disaster-prone areas. What has our community already done to help provide water, identify and mitigate natural disasters, and help design more efficient cities, and how can we do it better?

Session Schedule

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM
Mike Loudin, Chair, SEG Foundation

8:35 AM – 9:05 AM
Geoscientists without Borders, Lessons from the Field: Maximizing Benefit to Local Communities with Limited Resources
John Bradford, Professor and Department Head, Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines

9:05 AM – 9:35 AM
Hydrogeophysics: Knowledge Into Action
Rosemary Knight, George L. Harrington Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University

9:35 AM – 9:50 AM
Why Do We Engage and Invest?
Magne Reiersgard, Vice President, PGS

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Geophysical Applications in Urban Environments
Yunyue Li, Assistant Professor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Fast Lanes and Speed Bumps to Reducing Global Energy Poverty
Seth Blumsack, Associate Department Head - Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Open Panel Discussion with Q/A

Geophysical Return on Investment for Unconventionals

Wednesday, 17 October
1:50-5:50 PM

Level 3, Ballroom B

Organizer: Bill Abriel

Geophysics in the oil and gas industry has a long and well documented history of value in conventional exploration, development and production. Unconventional resources (shales) now being developed have different geology, reservoir dynamics and operational challenges. This has motivated the geophysical profession to adapt and develop new applications to meet the cost, timing and subsurface information needs of unconventional operators. This plenary session brings together leaders from large and small operating companies, service providers and consultants who will discuss the business opportunities and challenges of the economic application of geophysics to unconventional development.

Session Schedule

1:50 PM – 1:55 AM
Bill Abriel, CEO, Orinda Geophysical

1:55 AM – 2:35 PM
The Future of Geophysics for Unconventionals
Rob Hull, Senior Staff Geophysicist, Pioneer Natural Resources

2:35 PM – 3:05 AM
Return on Investment of Geophysics for Unconventionals
Doug Klepacki, Manager of Geophysics, Cimarex Energy Company

3:05 PM – 3:35 PM
Characterizing Fractures and Stimulated Rock Volume
Peter Duncan, President and CEO, MicroSeismic

3:35 PM – 3:45 PM

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Driving Innovation while Adding Value to the Business
Rusty Gilbert, General Manager of Technology Deployment and Adoption, Chevron Technology Ventures

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Perspectives on Providing Services for Shale geophysics
Duane Dopkin, EVP Geoscience, Emerson E&P

4:45 PM
Panel discussion


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