4D Forum – Insight to Actions: A global forum on creating value, reducing cycle time and optimizing production and injection in a digital world


4–6 November 2024
Galveston, Texas

This forum addresses the global, industry-wide challenge of reservoir monitoring for optimizing resource management. It will bring together leaders, practitioners, and students from industry and academics involved in surveillance monitoring to showcase current and future technology, discuss value propositions, and review instructive case studies.

The 2 ½-day event emphasizes current acquisition, processing, reservoir property prediction and cycle time reduction, lessons learned, as well as new applications including carbon sequestration. This multi-disciplinary forum fosters learning and understanding of time lapse methods to help companies justify and adapt 4D programs and thrive in the new digital world and energy transition.

Organizing Team

Co-Chair: Adam Bucki, ExxonMobil
Co-Chair: Mariana Gherasim, PGS

  • Olav Barkved, Petoro
  • Thomas Browaeys, TotalEnergies
  • Brett Bunn, Geospace Technologies
  • Amy Borgmeyer, Occidental Petroleum
  • Samarjit Chakraborty, BP
  • Carlos Eduardo, Petrobras
  • Alexandre Emerick, Petrobras
  • Per Gunnar Folstad, ConocoPhillips
  • Diego Garcia, Petrobras
  • Mona Hanekne Andersen, Equinor
  • Tony Huang, CGG
  • Moh Hussainali, Geospace Technologies
  • Jan Kommedal, AkerBP
  • Zack Lawrence, ExxonMobil
  • Shauna Oppert, Chevron
  • Marianne Rauch, TGS
  • Corinne Sagary, Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN)
  • Jan Stammeijer, Shell
  • Bart Szydlik, SLB
  • Philip Wylie, ExxonMobil


Grand Galvez, Autograph Collection
2024 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77550
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For more information, please email Debbie Mitchell, SEG Meeting Planner, [email protected]

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: 21 June 2024

We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for the 4D Forum — Insight to Actions: A global forum on creating value, reducing cycle time, and optimizing production and injection in a digital world. The Organizing Committee invites technical submissions for oral and poster presentations.

Specific abstract topics include, but are not limited to:

  • 4D Acquisition and Processing — innovation and trends
  • 4D Interpretation and Integration — workflows and tools
  • VOI and Feasibility — setting expectations for data impact
  • Cycle Time Reduction and Automation — digital world, big data, and value of time
  • Surprises and Uncertainty — theory vs. reality in 4D applications
  • 4D Case Studies – practical experiences

Innovation and trends

We encourage contributions showing some of the amazing 4D data quality improvements that have been achieved in recent years. Do these advances enable us to open the box on rejuvenating older surveys, often characterized by non-dedicated acquisitions, bringing into view “missed” early production effects in older fields? Also, what advancements in 4D quality, cost and timing will be enabled by new technologies being developed?

4D case studies

We are particularly interested in case studies from operators of worldwide 4D projects. What insights in reservoir behavior, overburden effects, or subsurface geomechanics were gained with 4D methods and how were those insights acted on. We would like to balance contributions from well-known industry projects with those from emerging fields and basins that have not been heavily published. Case studies can be simple or complex stories, showing success or failures of practical aspects applying time-lapse surveillance to producing fields.

Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts 2–4 pages, at least 1 figure recommended.
  • SEG abstract template is available for use or reference here.
  • Abstracts should be in English and on 8.5”x 11” paper, text in Roman font size 10, and include both text and figures. The title should be one or two-lines, at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 font. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 font and located just below the title. All text must stay 1 inch clear of the margins on all sides of the page.
  • Presentation reference: Lastname, A. B., C. D. Secondname, and E. F. Thirdname, 2024, Title of abstract appears here: Presented at the 4D Forum — Insight to Actions, SEG, Galveston, TX, November 2024. 
  • Read Ethical Guidelines for SEG Publications, including guidelines for appropriate use of generative artificial-intelligence tools. 
  • All abstract files must be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
  • Submit abstract pdf file 

You will be asked to provide keywords and a short summary description for use in the 4D Forum online program.

The 4D Forum technical program with abstracts will be published in the SEG Library with author written permission.

Program Concepts and Outline

Technology & innovations: What is the current state of the art and what is the road ahead?

  • Acquisition: proven, probable, possible technologies: better or cheaper – what do we want? 4D Blending – the next step, or a Trojan horse? Faster nodes unlocking innovative sampling?
  • Processing: did we plateau out on the S-curve? Can FWI change the game? Will ML finally crack the turnaround challenge?
  • Interpretation and integration: state of the art. How to deal with the data avalanche, including prestack workflows?
  • Inversion and ML for dynamic reservoir property predictions
  • Geomechanics integration and examples
  • Feasibility studies investigating rock physics models and subsurface property changes (pressure, saturation, temperature, geomechanics)

4D Across the value chain: Workflows, management systems, and production optimization to realize the value of surveillance data.

  • VOI: what is the standard? Is there a standard?
  • Realized value examples demonstrating lessons learned and illustrating valuation of surveillance data, including field development, infill drilling, and production optimization.
  • Understanding uncertainty
  • Cycle-time reduction
  • Lowering surveillance data carbon footprint
  • Integrated technology for solving complex production problems
  • Synergy with subsea facilities, technologies, and teams

Cost-effective surveillance: Practical surveillance technology for the energy transition and times of low oil prices

  • Geophysical CCUS technologies & strategies: how to make monitoring economic onshore and offshore.
  • Fiber Optics, passive seismic, microseismic, and permanent installations – where and how can these technologies be most beneficial.

The Forum schedule will include an icebreaker on Sunday evening, full-day agendas on Monday and Tuesday, and one-half day on Wednesday. The agenda will include invited speakers, oral and presentations, panel discussions, and time for Q&A. A Coastal Sedimentological Processes tour is being planned as a field trip on Thursday.

Attendees will enjoy continental breakfasts, lunches, reception, and dinner.


Registration will open by the end of June 2024.

Forum Location

The Forum will be held at the beautiful Grand Galvez, Autograph Collection hotel on the Galveston Island seawall. Grand Galvez has pleased guests worldwide for more than 110 years. It is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast and is renowned as the Queen of the Gulf, one of the finest Galveston hotels. Besides 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches across the street, Grand Galvez is minutes from famous Galveston attractions.

A block of rooms is reserved at the Grand Galvez, Autograph Collection at the rate of US$199 per room per night plus 15% tax. The group rate will be honored Sunday–Thursday, 3–7 November 2024. Make your reservation online or by calling the Reservations Department directly at 866-455-1193 — reference SEG 4D Surveillance. Reservations cut-off date: Friday, 11 October 2024.

Valet parking is available at US$25 per night. Day parking is available at the nearby parking garage for US$15/day. Forum guests will receive complimentary bottled water, coffee, daily newspapers in the rooms, and 20% off spa services Sunday–Thursday. Onsite dining includes the Monarch restaurant, The Founders Bar, and the 1911 Espresso Bar.

It’s Island Time

Visit Galveston Free Savings Pass for 4D Forum Attendees

Galveston, Texas is a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston.  Located about an hour south of Houston and connected to the mainland by a causeway, Galveston is as easy to get to as an island can be. Travel to, from, or on the island by Uber or Lyft, shuttle, limousine, rental car, or personal vehicle.

William P Hobby Airport, the closest international airport to Galveston, is located on the southern side of Houston and only about 40 miles — and less than an hour if traffic cooperates — from the terminal to the beach.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the largest airport in Houston. It’s about 70 miles and 80+ minutes from Galveston.

Field Trip

Coastal Sedimentological Processes — Brazos River Delta to Galveston Island

Thursday, 7 November 2024 | 8:00 AM–6:00 PM


Understand the processes that transport sediment and the characteristics of the deposits in a coastal environment dominated by barrier islands that can be used as an analog for subsurface exploration and production.

Course Content

Sites ~60 miles south of Houston along ~35 miles of the SE Texas coastline provide excellent locations to observe coastal sedimentological processes and their resultant deposits. This section of the Texas coast is characterized by barrier islands separated by tidal inlets and river outlets. The larger, sand-ridge cored, prograding Galveston Island contrasts with the smaller, wash-over dominated, retreating Follets Island and is separated by the stable, long-lived San Luis Pass that exhibits well developed flood and ebb tide delta systems. The Brazos River empties into the Gulf of Mexico to the south of Follets Island and forms a wave-dominated delta system.

The Brazos River Delta has undergone significant changes due to human intervention and demonstrates the dynamic nature of sediment movement and deposition along the coast. This section of the coast provides insight into the steady lower energy background processes of sediment movement and the higher energy short term events, and the resultant reservoir characteristics of clastic coastal deposits from these different mechanisms. The understanding gained from these modern systems can be applied as an analog for subsurface exploration and production along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere.


  • 8:00 AM leave the Grand Galvez, Galveston Island
  • Drive to Bryan Beach at Freeport, Texas
    • Stops 1–4 along stretch of coast from Bryan Beach south to the Brazos River Delta
  • Lunch at the Brazos River Delta
  • Drive to Follets Island
    • Stops 5–6 on Follets Island
  • Drive to Galveston Island
    • Stops 7–9 on Galveston Island
  • 6:00 PM Return to the Grand Galvez


US$250 includes transportation, field guide, and lunch. Space is limited to 24 participants.

Field Trip Leader

Erik D. Scott is the chief geologist for Vecta Oil & Gas based in the Woodlands, Texas generating conventional prospects along the Gulf Coast and across the continental United States. Over his career, he has worked on a wide variety of exploration and production projects as a senior geoscientist and sedimentological specialist in onshore and offshore Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, offshore West Africa, Southeast Asia, North and South America, and the eastern Mediterranean. Erik is an adjunct professor at Rice University where he teaches seismic interpretation and clastic sedimentology and the Principal Geologist for E&P Geoscience, LLC, an energy industry consulting group. He received a Ph.D. in Geology from Louisiana State University, studying under Dr. Arnold H. Bouma, with whom he investigated the influence of tectonics and structure on deep water sedimentation based on the turbidite outcrops in the Karoo Basin of South Africa.

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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts Closes:
21 June 2024

Notification of Acceptance
11 July 2024

Registration Opens
21 June 2024

Early Bird Registration Closes
23 August 2024

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