Advances in Geophysical Solutions for Complex Geological Settings


2–4 July 2024
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Workshop Overview

Complex geological settings for oil and gas exploration, and development and production on land, marine, or transition zone environments may vary in terms of their tectonic regime and lithologies that define the play type. These complex geological settings can be associated with carbonate build up, salt tectonic, igneous intrusion (volcanic sill/dyke), complex structural conditions such as thrust fault, highly faulted clastic settings, fractured basement, shallow gas layer, or a combination of the above.

Complex geological settings affect the way seismic waves propagate due to their interaction with the lithology and sub-surface physical properties, and how they are recorded at the surface or in simple terms, ‘illuminate’ the sub-surface, eventually affecting the signal processing and imaging.

Challenges in terms of complex waves propagation (multi-pathing and multi-arrival), absorption and illumination are inevitable, hence geophysical solutions are required to tackle the challenges in terms of seismic and non-seismic data acquisition, processing, imaging, and inversion.

Organizing Committee

  • Committee Co-Chair: M Shah Sulaiman, PETRONAS
  • Committee Co-Chair: Shivaji Maitra, SLB

Committee Members

  • Aria Abubakar, SLB
  • Aiman Amdan, DUG
  • Ahmad Kamal Azmi, Shearwater
  • Anurag Pandey, ExxonMobil
  • Araya Chansane, PTTEP
  • Chris Walker, BGP
  • Carine Roalkvan, PGS
  • Fabio Mancini, Blue Ocean Seismic
  • James Wallace, BGP Offshore
  • Jeromy DePledge, Woodside
  • Lau Eng Chuan, PETRONAS
  • Nurul NadzirahA Rahman, PETRONAS
  • Shahir Adnan, ConocoPhillips
  • Shu’aib Kamaludin, Brunei Shell
  • Syahzelen Ghani, Hess
    Subodh Notiyal, TGS
  • Suyang Chen, SLB
  • Teng Keat Huat, CGG
  • WenYiHam, Sarawak Shell
  • Yi He, Aramco Asia
  • Zita Zain, RocOil


Roshna Fathima
SEG Asia Pacific
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Email: [email protected]

Technical Program

Day 1: Tuesday, 2 July

Opening Address: Ahmad Faisal Bakar, Head of Malaysia Exploration, PETRONAS Carigali      

Session 1: Setting The Scene

  • Geological Complexities in Malaysia, Sandeep Kumar Chandola (PETRONAS)
  • Seismic Processing & Inversion Tariq Alkhalifah (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
  • Artificial Intelligence-based Workflow for Generating Horizon Volume from Seismic Post Stack Images, Aria Abubakar (SLB)

Session 2: Advances In Acquisition Technology

  • Broadband Active Seismology: The Challenge of Sourcing and Receiving Low Frequency Signal
  • Julien Large (SERCEL)
  • A Low-Frequency Source in Challenging Geology, Edward Hager (Shearwater)
  • Seismic Survey Design Optimization for Frontier Exploration in Cyprus Salt Basins, Chris Tapie (ExxonMobil)

Session 3: Survey Design Solutions

  • Redefining High Resolution Towed Streamer Acquisition for Complex Geological Settings, Carine Roalkvam (PGS)
  • The search for fit-for-purpose acquisition method for CCS Monitoring in carbonate storage offshore Malaysia, Low Zoann (PETRONAS)
  • Survey Design for Subsalt Imaging Using Ray-Based Wavefront Modeling, Brandon Mattox (Acteq)
  • Ergodic Geophysical Survey Design to Improve Resolution With Fixed Budget, Mengli Zhang (Colorado School of Mines)

Day 2: Wednesday, 3 July

Session 4: Advances in FWI Technology

  • Elastic Full-Waveform Inversion in Challenging Geology with OBN Data, Denes Vigh (SLB)
  • Elastic Full Wavefield Inversion, a Tool for De-Risking Exploration Targets in Complex Geological Setting, Soumya Nayak (ExxonMobil)
  • Maximizing Legacy Data Through Multi-Parameter FWI Imaging, Tom Rayment (DUG)
  • A Leap Forward in Seismic Imaging: Least-squares Full-waveform Inversion Derived Reflectivity, Xin Cheng (SLB)

Session 5: Field Focused Imaging

  • Improving Carbonate Imaging in Southwest Luconia, Malaysia, Tan Jit Heang (CGG)
  • Borehole-driven 3D surface seismic data processing using DAS-VSP data, Gang Yu (BGP)
  • DAS End-to-End Successful Paradigm: Recent Development for Effective Field Understanding – from Modeling to Deliverables, Pierre Bettinelli (SLB)

Session 6: Advances in Demultiple Technology

  • The Role of Field Focused Processing in Delineating Complex Geology in the Sultanate of Oman Land Data, Mohammed Al Balushi (Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)
  • Multiples in south Oman: Challenges and Advances in Land Seismic Data, Mohammed Amur Al-Ismaili (Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)
  • An automated Cost-Effective 3D SRME Workflow, Zhimei Yan (SLB)

Session 7: Miscellaneous Applications

  • Seismic-Driven Mud Weight Prediction: An Autoencoder Approach, Georgy Peshkov (Aramco Innovations)
  • Penyu Basin – Some Insightful Observations and Ideas to Unveil the Subsurface, Ching Tu (SLB)
  • 2D Imaging In Shallow Water: Where Are We At And Where Might We Be Going? Some Initial Insights From A Technology Study Using Data From Offshore Northern Territory, Australia, Robert Eliott-Lockhart (Woodside Energy Limited)

Day 3: Thursday, 4 July

Session 8: Machine Learning and Quantitative Interpretation

  • Trends in Seismic Data Imaging for a Complex Subsurface, Gavin Menzel-Jones (Schlumberger)
  • Efficient And Robust 4D Monitoring With Deep Learning, Wenyi Hu (Schlumberger)
  • QI, Amri B Amdan (PETRONAS)
  • A Deep Learning Workflow for Quantitative Interpretation ,Tao Zhao (Schlumberger)

Session 9: Advances in Imaging

  • Visco-Acoustic Inversion And Imaging Based On Multi-Parameter FWI In Complex Geology, Jyoti Kumar (PGS)
  • Unlocking Structurally Complex Reservoir Beneath Shallow Gas Zone Through The Evolution Of Seismic Imaging: A Chronicle Of Streamer, Multicomponent OBN, And FWI Imaging, Nor Afiqah Mohamad Radzi (Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (KPOC)
  • Achieving High-Quality Seismic Imaging Through Joint Full Waveform Inversion of Velocity and Impedance, Zhang Yu (BGP)

Closing Discussion by Committee Co-Chairs followed by a Young Professional (YP) Technical Event


Who Should Attend

We would like to invite experts and individuals in the fields of:

  • Exploration, development, and production geoscientists. Geophysical acquisition, processing, imaging, and inversion practitioners.
  • Academia and University Consortia.
  • New energy geoscientists – for CCS, geothermal, mining and other applications.
  • Geophysical equipment manufacturers – seismic, son-seismic, and borehole. Delegates will be able to present their latest findings in this valuable forum as well as network with key individuals and organizations in this field.

Registration Fees

(Includes: Coffee breaks, lunches (3 days) and 1 day network reception)

Early Bird Registration Fee (Must be registered and paid for by 3 June)
US$1,200 (Member) | US$1,300 (*Non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins 4 June onwards)
US$1,300 (Member) | US$1,400 (*Non-member)

Group Registration of 5 or more (rate per person)

Academia/Research Institute Fee
US$400 (Member) | US$475 (*Non-member)

Student Registration Fee
US$350 (Member) | US$425 (*Non-member)

(For academia and student registration please contact [email protected] or [email protected])

Workshop Format

This three-day workshop will hold several technical sessions, which will feature 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions on the presentations.


All sessions and events will take place at the Pavilion Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


All sessions and events will take place at the Pavilion Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Reservation details are below. Kindly book directly with the hotel at: [email protected] and inform on the event date. Please note the rooms are subject to availability and no rooms have been blocked.

City Oasis King / Twin

MYR 600.00+/MYR 678.00nett per room per night

MYR 600.00+/MYR 678.00nett per room per night

Courtyard Oasis King / Twin

MYR 640.00+/MYR 691.20nett per room per night

MYR 670.00+ / MYR 723.60nett per room per night

Grand Oasis King

MYR 670.00+ / MYR 723.60nett per room per night

MYR 700.00+ / MYR 756.00nett per room per night

Young Professional (YP) Technical Event

To continue engaging the YP community, there is an idea to invite the YP community for the last day of the workshop for a half day YP event. The program is to allow the YPs to form teams in advance and choose a topic to prepare and present as a group to promote the study and practice of geoscience with the underlying theme of: “Sustainability for Geoscience”

Program Plan

Organizations will be approached in advance to sponsor the event and the 3 winning projects to be executed within the coming year and results presented at a similar event next year. Sponsoring companies can also assign a mentor to the teams to guide and monitor progress.

The participating teams can put up their idea as a poster which will be displayed during the workshop at the foyer/ entrance area so that all the workshop participants can read and vote on ideas during the workshop.

To participate, kindly contact [email protected] or [email protected] to submit your application to join the YP Event or for more information.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with target specific audiences for optimum return on investment. To become a sponsor, contact [email protected] or [email protected] for additional information.

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Important Dates

Early Bird savings end:
4 June 2024

Call for Abstracts closed:
18 March 2024

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