Advances in Land Seismic Data Processing

3-5 Dec 2018 | Kuwait City, Kuwait


3-5 Dec 2018
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Over the last five decades, seismic data acquisition technology has advanced dramatically. The industry moved from acquiring 2D profiles to 3D surveys, initially in relatively sparse configurations. More recently we have seen very large channel count systems and modern vibroseis sources enabling large energy and broadband sweeps, in addition to high density, long offset and full azimuth surveys to be acquired cost effectively.

At the same time seismic data processing has moved from trying to ‘fix up’ problems in acquisition towards a significant drive in technologies that try to take advantage of a seismic wavefield that is being sampled more completely. Surface and guided wave arrivals that were previously viewed only as noise can now be used to build accurate near-surface models, as they are no longer recorded aliased or distorted by receiver arrays. Lower frequencies, generated by modern vibroseis controllers and emitted into the ground by improved vibrator mechanics and hydraulics, can now be used by full-waveform inversion algorithms to produce velocity models with spatial wavenumbers previously not seen. These models are ideal for wave equation based migration algorithms such as Reverse Time Migration that can take full advantage of such detail in the velocity model resulting in substantial enhancements to imaging products.

While many of these “new” algorithms have existed for decades in the academic world, it has only recently become practical to apply them to large and dense 3D datasets. The success with better physics is enabled by both better sampling of the wavefield and a massive increase in compute power: CPU/GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) speed, distributed computing cluster architectures, and cloud computing systems allowing the efficient use of highly parallelized software algorithms.


Hyra Dalisay
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880


Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: coffee breaks (during meeting), lunches (Monday-Wednesday) and icebreaker on Monday

Full Registration Fee
begins 3 November 2018
US $1,350 (non-members) | US $1,250 (members)

Student/Academia Registration Fee
maximum of 5 and available on a first-come, first-served basis
US $320

Cancellation Policy

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Workshop Schedule

Monday, 3 December
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions; Icebreaker

Tuesday, 4 December
Morning and afternoon sessions; Gala dinner

Wednesday, 5 December
Morning and afternoon sessions

Who should attend?

Regional and international geoscientists, reservoir geophysicists, and engineers specializing in seismic data processing, interpretation, and seismic reservoir characterization from industry and academia.

Developers of applications and solutions software for data processing, manipulation, interpretation, and visualization.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field to share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a forum for open and extended discussions on the current status and future use of modern processing technologies for seismic data in hydrocarbon exploration, development, and production.

12 sessions (3 days). One Opening Address per day with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as an outlook going forward. Oral presentations will be 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.  After each session, a 30-minute moderated discussion is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participant discussion in detail, and debate what has worked and the challenges they face during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as facilitators during the 30-minute open discussion.


Rooms have been reserved for the following rate at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait:

  • Single occupancy – KD72++
    includes breakfast, internet, and airport transfer (approx. US $238)
  • Double occupancy – KD85++
    includes breakfast, internet, and airport transfer (approx. US $281)

The above rates are per person, based on Bed & Buffet Breakfast Basis, and are subject to 15% service charge.

Reservations must be made by 30 October 2018 to receive the discounted rate. Book your accommodations here.

Workshop Venue

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait
An Idyllic Beachside Getaway

Located on the southern coast of Kuwait City, the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa ensures that you experience a comfortable and luxurious stay. Enjoy the sunshine in the Messilah beach and sample a wide array of cuisines at any of the seven restaurants. Explore the elegantly designed accommodations and wide selection of room types to suit your needs.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Workshop participants may generate an official invitation letter from SEG using the "Generate Invitation Letter" button. This form will generate a letter that you can print and use if required. For visa requirements for entering Kuwait, contact the Kuwait Embassy nearest you. Please note, 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 into Kuwait.

Technical Program

The workshop will serve as a forum for open and extended discussions on the current status and future use of modern processing technologies for seismic data in hydrocarbon exploration, development, and production.

Technical topics to be covered:

  • Big Data Processing Challenges
  • Acquisition Driven Processing Advances
  • Near Surface I and II
  • Advanced Processing Workflow I and II
  • Seismic Data Processing Results
  • Broadband and FWI
  • Imaging I and II
  • Research Topic and Future Trend I and II


Keynote Speakers coming soon

Technical Committee

Chair - Adel El-Emam, Kuwait Oil Company
Co-Chair - Mohammad Otaibi, Saudi Aramco

  • Chris Koeninger, WesternGeco
  • David Le Meur, CGG
  • Li Zhenyong, BGP
  • Mohammad J. Ali, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Omar Hassoun, Saudi Aramco
  • Rodney Johnston, BP
  • Said Abri, PDO
  • Wael Zahran, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Wafik Beydoun, Total Kuwait

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. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, see the Sponsorship Packet in the Important Documents section of this page, or contact SEG Middle East for additional information.

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