Geophysical Applications for Exploration & Development in Shallow Water and Transition Zones


11–12 July 2023
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Workshop Overview

The workshop focuses on geophysical applications in exploration and development, highlighting technological advances and improved workflows. It will focus on various geophysical methods covering a broad range of topics, from advances in survey design to developments in data processing and data integration in addressing exploration and development objectives. The potential adaptation of these technologies for use in onshore and deep-water settings will also be discussed. In addition, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the impact of emerging trends such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotization, and alternative business models.

Organizing Committee

  • Committee Co-Chair: Ahmad Faisal Bakar, PETRONAS
  • Committee Co-Chair: Martin Widmaier, PGS
  • Workshop Advisor: Sandeep Kumar Chandola, PETRONAS

Committee Members

  • Abdulrahman Al-Shuhail, Saudi Aramco
  • Carine Roalkvan, PGS
  • Craig Walker, SAExploration
  • Chris Walker, BGP Offshore
  • Garry Malo-Paul, PETRONAS
  • Haziq Raziqin Noorazhari, Iraya Energies
  • Irving Tan, PETRONAS
  • Irnnie Riduan, Brunei Shell
  • James Wallace, PX Geo
  • Julianne Sharples, Bell Geospace Limited
  • Lam Choong Chee, CGG
  • Maziah Adura Majid, PETRONAS
  • Roy Kittrell, Bell Geospace Limited
  • Simone Baudo, ENI
  • Subodh Notiyal, TGS
  • Suyang Chen, SLB


Suba Jaganathan
SEG Asia Pacific
Telephone: +6014 323 8107
Email: [email protected]


Who should attend?

Geoscientists, acquisition specialists, exploration venture managers, and academics who have an interest in new advancements in geophysical applications for exploration and development.

Workshop Overview and Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field and share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have an open and extended discussions among the participants.

6 sessions (2 days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per day with closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as outlook going forward. The Oral presentations are made up of 30 min talk for each keynote and 20 minutes for speakers. After each session 30 minutes discussion session will be planned. The objective of this session is allow participants to discuss in details and learn from each what has worked for them and debate on issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 30 minutes.

Poster Presentations are also welcome to give ample time to the delegates to discuss the poster topic with the author(s). Posters will be in displayed in the workshop room.

Workshop Venue

Pavillion Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

An Urban Sanctuary in The Heart Of Kuala Lumpur

Located in Kuala Lumpur’s central Bukit Bintang area, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur is right in the middle of a buzzing business and entertainment district, with the best attractions, restaurants, and shopping at its doorstep. Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur offers an understated warmth, impeccable service, and unrivalled experience in this tropical metropolis.


All sessions and events will take place at the Pavilion Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Reservation details as attached. Kindly book directly with the hotel at: [email protected] and inform on the event date.

Room RateSingle/Double Rate with Breakfast
City OasisMYR 530.00+/MYR 561.80nett per room per night
Courtyard OasisMYR 570.00+/MYR 604.20nett per room per night

With this special rate, your group will be entitled to:

  • One (1) or two (2) Daily Buffet Breakfast(s) in The Courtyard at level 8
  • Complimentary High-Speed Internet access in room
  • Room rates quoted are non-commissionable

Traveling to Malaysia

For Visa requirements, attendees can apply for an e-visa here. Please find here the Visa requirements needed according to your respective country. Please note that SEG does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to Malaysia.

Technical Program

Panel Sessions

Details to be shared shortly.

Day 1

  • Welcome by the Committee by Martin Widmaier (PGS) & Ahmad Faisal Bakar (PETRONAS)
  • Opening Address by Azmir Zamri, Head of MPM Resource Exploration
  • Greetings by SEG Board Member – Dr. Arthur Cheng

Session 1: Acquisition Technologies and Applications Part 1

  • Recent Advances and Lessons Learned with Wide-Tow Multi-Sources in Shallow Water Environment
    Speaker: Martin Widmaier (PGS)
  • An Innovative Technology for Seafloor Seismic Acquisition
    Speaker: Halah Alasmari (Saudi Aramco)
  • How To Image Deep, Low Frequency Targets Without Loss Of High Resolution In The Shallow: A Review Of The Toolbox At Hand
    Speaker: Susanne Rentsch-Smith (Shearwater)
  • An Efficient MAZ Towed Multisensor Streamer Seismic Solution For Advanced Imaging And Reservoir Properties Estimation
    Speaker: Cyrille Reiser (PGS)

Session 2: Processing Technologies and Applications Part 1

  • Feasibility Study for Shallow Water Survey
    Speaker: Adriana Citlali Ramirez (TGS)
  • Internal Multiples In Thin-Layered Media – Notes On Wave-Equation Methods Capabilities And Efficacy For Ultra-Shallow Water OBN Scenarios
    Speaker: Frederico Xavier de Melo (SLB)
  • Characterizing Thin Bedded Reservoir In Tight Sandstone Through PP And Joint PP-PS Deterministic And Stochastic Seismic Inversion: A Case Study From Offshore Vietnam
    Speaker: Ching Ling Yong (SLB)

Session 3: Development And Monitoring Of Carbon Sequestration

  • Case History Of A Hybrid Streamer/OBN Seismic Acquisition Including Bathy-Morphological Survey For CCUS Project In Liverpool Bay (UK)
    Speaker: Simone Baudo (ENI Natural Resources)
  • Unmanned Mapping of Ultra-Shallow Water Environment in The Framework of CCS Project in Liverpool Bay
    Speaker: Salvatore Lamuraglia (ENI Natural Resources)
  • Moderated Discussion
  • Post Networking Session

Day 2

Session 4: Geomechanics/Geohazards

  • Geohazards in Brunei Shallow Water
    Speaker: Mohd Sukarni Samad (Brunei Shell Petroleum)
  • Adding Value to Shallow Geohazard Assessment with Least-Squares Wave Equation Multiple Migration for Shallow Water Seismic Surveys
    Speaker: Li Xiaobo (CGG)
  • Characterization Of Sediments, Pore Pressure/Geomechanics, And Geohazard Mapping
    Speaker: Matteo Fornari (ENI Natural Resources)

Session 5: Non-Seismic Solutions

  • Advancements In Remote Sensing, Geodesy, And Gravity Methods
    Speaker: Matteo Fornari (ENI Natural Resources)
  • The Value Of Multiphysics Acquisition And Interpretation In Transition Zone Settings
    Speaker: Lucy Macgregor (PETRONAS)

Session 6: Acquisition Technologies and Applications Part 2

  • Revisiting a Shallow Water Case Study using Autonomous Technology
    Speaker: James Wallace (PX Geo)
  • An Integrated Seismic Acquisition Solution For A Complex Multi-Terrain Project From Shallow Water To Transition Zone
    Speaker: Cao Ming Qiang (BGP)
  • Combining wide-tow multi sources with a non-uniform streamer configuration – A novel case study from the Sarawak Basin
    Speaker: Martin Widmaier (PGS)

Session 7: Processing Technologies and Applications Part 2

  • Resolving Complex Geology In Offshore Brunei With Time-Shift And Full Waveform Inversion
    Speaker: Irnnie Riduan (Brunei Shell Petroleum)
  • Improved Seismic Image Resolution through Advanced Reprocessing Techniques: A Case Study on Legacy 2016 Data in Offshore Vietnam
    Speaker: Tuan Le (Zarubezhneft Vietnam)
  • Moderated Discussion
  • Closing Remarks by the Committee Co-Chairs

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 specific target audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, email [email protected].

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closed

Early Bird Registration ends:
12 June 2023

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