SEG/SPE/SPWLA Workshop: From Measurement to Theory: Adventures in Rock Physics, Petrophysics, and Engineering

Honoring the Contributions of Professor Carl H. Sondergeld


27–29 March 2024
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

This workshop will celebrate the life and technical accomplishments of Dr. Carl Sondergeld. Dr. Sondergeld left an unparalleled 40+ year legacy of technical achievements in the sciences of geophysics, rock physics, petrophysics, and petroleum engineering. He was also a teacher, mentor, and friend to hundreds of geoscientists and engineers working in the world of petrophysics and rock physics. He had an unyielding belief that the fundamental properties of rocks could not be understood without observing and measuring rocks in the laboratory. His laboratory work was instrumental in developing new insights into pore-scale phenomenon in both conventional and unconventional rocks. Dr. Sondergeld, along with his industry colleagues and many students, published their results and ideas in all the major journals that serve our industry, including Geophysics (SEG), Petrophysics (SPWLA), and SPE.

The workshop program will cover a wide range of topics that were of interest to Dr. Sondergeld, ranging from measurements at the pore scale to the understanding of seismic reflection and reservoir performance. A common thread through all the sessions will be Dr. Sondergeld’s belief in the value of taking measurements on rocks and linking them to observations from logs, seismic data, and reservoir performance.

Organizing Team

Co-Chair: Ronny Hofmann, Shell
Co-Chair: Joe Comisky, Devon Energy
Co-Chair: Mark Proett, Consultant

  • Mark Curtis, University of Oklahoma
  • Nick Drenzek, Baker Hughes
  • Adam Haecker, Milestone Environmental Services
  • Kent Newsham, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Benjamin Nicot, Total Energies
  • Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines
  • Chandra Rai, University of Oklahoma
  • Mita Sengupta
  • Tad Smith, Consultant
  • Lars Wensaas, Equinor

For more information, please email Debbie Mitchell, SEG Meeting Planner, [email protected]



Early Bird through 1 February 2024
US$500 (SEG, SPE, SPWLA Members) | US$600 (Nonmember)

Standard and Onsite through 29 March 2024
US$600 (SEG, SPE, SPWLA Members) | US$700 (Nonmember)


 Thanks to a generous sponsor, students will receive registration at no cost. Before registering, contact [email protected].

Registration fee includes breakfast buffets, coffee breaks, and lunches.

Questions about registration? Contact [email protected].

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Registrations can be cancelled online. Cancellations by 1 March 2024 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus $50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 1 March 2024.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in the Thurman J. White Forum Building located on the south end of OU’s beautiful and historic campus in Norman, Oklahoma.

Forum Building Layout Map

Thurman J. White Forum Building
Conference Room A and Rooms A2,A4,A6
1704 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK 73072
campus-map.pdf (


The forum building main entrance is located on the east side of the building between the James Pappas Admin building (where arrows are pointing on the parking map.) Forum Event Parking is located on the southeast side of the building. Parking permits for display on the vehicle dashboard will be emailed to registrants prior to the workshop. Attendees in possession of an OU parking permit can use the Faculty/Staff lot just north of the Admin building and student permits just south of the Forum lot.


Fly into Will Rogers Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City and drive approximately 30 minutes to the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Printable Driving Directions to Thurman J. White Forum and Parking Map

The airport car rental center is located just a short distance north of the terminal; the bus to and from the facility takes 3–4 minutes. Taxis are located in the Transportation Plaza accessed from the baggage claim (lower) level. The TNC (Uber, Lyft) pickup area is on the upper level “Departures” roadway at the west end.


The following nearby hotels are offering a special room rate for the workshop and are within a short drive of the Thurman J. White Forum Building.

NOUN Hotel (closest/new) right by campus
542 South University Blvd, Norman, OK
1.5 miles/6 min to OU Thurman J. White Forum Building
US$159/night plus 16.75% tax. Book reservations by calling 405-701-5858 and request the “OU From Measurements to Theory” block to receive the discounted room rate. Cutoff date: 5 March 2024.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
301 Norman Center Ct, Norman, OK
4 miles/11min
US$94/night plus tax. Book reservations online by the 9 March 2024 cutoff date.

Courtyard by Marriott
770 Copperfield Drive, Norman, OK
5.2 miles/12 min
US$94/night plus tax. Book reservations online by the 9 March 2024 cutoff date.

Embassy Suites by Hilton
2501 Conference Drive, Norman, OK
5.5 miles/14 min
Complimentary parking
Book reservations online or by calling 1-800-EMBASSY to receive the discounted room rate. Cutoff date: 5:00 PM CST, 5 March 2024.

Other nearby hotels:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Norman
2500 Conference Drive, Norman, OK
5.5 miles/14 min

LaQuinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham
930 Ed Noble Drive, Norman, OK
3.1 miles/9 min

Hampton Inn & Suites
2300 Conference Center Drive, Norman, OK
5.7 miles/15 min


SEG/SPE/SPWLA Workshop Honoring the Contributions of Professor Carl H. Sondergeld
From Measurements to Theory: Adventures in Rock Physics, Petrophysics, and Engineering

In November 2022 we lost a giant in the field of experimental rock physics and petrophysics. Professor Carl H. Sondergeld made many significant technical contributions during his career (14 patents and many publications) and left behind a legacy that cannot be matched or replicated.  This workshop honors Carl’s life and legacy, as well as brings together the experts in academia and industry to have a 2.5-day discussion on state-of-the-art in petrophysics and rock physics, with a focus on experimental results in field applications.

Workshop Topics:

  • Petrophysics and Reservoir Performance
  • Rock Physics 
  • Experiments in the Time of Machine Learning
  • Anisotropy of Materials
  • Bridging Scales, From Core to Seismic
  • Sustainable Energy Developments


Detailed Program(.pdf)

Wednesday, 27 March

  • Registration and Breakfast Buffet
  • Session 1: Petrophysical Characterization
  • Lunch
  • Session 2: Rock Physics
  • Session 3: Poster Session
  • Networking Reception

Thursday, 28 March

  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Session 4: Characterization and Image Based Petrophysics
  • Lunch
  • Session 5: NMR and Measurements
  • Tour: History of Science Collections, Bizzell Memorial Library, The University of Oklahoma
  • Networking Reception

Friday, 29 March

  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Session 6: Sustainable Energy Developments
  • Closing Remarks
  • Lunch
  • Tour (optional): Integrated Core Characterization Center, petrophysics laboratory, Petroleum School

Sponsorship Opportunities

You are invited to offer your support of the 2024 SEG/SPE/SPWLA Workshop by purchasing a sponsorship from the following list of opportunities. To sign up as a Forum sponsor, please download and submit the Sponsorship Form to [email protected].

Sponsorship Levels

  • Gold – US $10,000
  • Silver – US $5,000
  • Bronze – US $1,000
  • Icebreaker Reception – US $3,000 (sole sponsor of $1,500 multi-sponsor)
  • Lunch/Coffee Break – US $3,000 (sole sponsor of $1,500 multi-sponsor)
  • Student sponsorships also available

Thank you for your support.

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Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes:
3 January 2024

Registration opens:
3 January 2024

Early Bird Registration closes:
1 February 2024


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