New Advances in Marine Geophysical Acquisition Technologies

7-9 May 2018 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

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7-9 May 2018
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The workshop will feature formal presentations by experts in their fields to share their experiences, lessons learned, and visions for future directions. The workshop will serve as a forum for open and extended discussions on the current status and future use of marine geophysical acquisition technologies in hydrocarbon exploration and recovery. Emphasis will be placed on operational integrity, cost effectiveness, efficiency and quality through data acquisition technologies and processing techniques. We encourage conceptual, transformative and innovative submissions.

The workshop objectives are:

  • Sharing the latest technical developments
  • Sharing experience on practical work
  • Promoting technology and technological progress
  • Exploring the application of technology to business models
  • Exchanging geophysical theories, methods, and examples
  • Exploring the dependency between acquisition and processing and vice versa

Who should attend?

  • Geoscientists from oil companies and contractors
  • Survey design geophysicists
  • Operation geophysicists
  • Processing geophysicists
  • Students and persons from academic institutions
  • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers

Workshop Venue

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers,
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Rising majestically from its beachside setting, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers' dramatic sculptural form and spectacular design set a new standard for luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi. Jumeirah's luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi sets a new standard when it comes to our guests experiences. Staying at our suites or serviced residences is a particularly exclusive way to sample it for yourself.


Vinita Bharadwaj
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880

Technical Program

The workshop objectives are:

  1. Sharing the latest technical developments
  2. Sharing experience on practical work
  3. Promoting technology and technological progress
  4. Exploring the application of technology to business models
  5. Exchanging geophysical theories, methods, and examples
  6. Exploring the dependency between acquisition and processing and vice versa

Technical Topics

Technical topics covered included but not limited to:

  • Towed streamer marine seismic acquisition techniques (including different azimuth, offset, trace density, multiple vessels, etc.)
  • Ocean bottom seismic acquisition techniques, nodes and cables (transition zone, shallow and deep water)
  • Receiver technology
  • Source technology (marine vibrator, impulsive sources etc.)
  • New acquisition platforms (autonomous robotic vehicles, mid-water stationary cables, self-propelled nodes, drifting nodes, etc.)
  • Non-seismic acquisition (EM, CSEM, potential fields, etc.)
  • Aspects of survey evaluation and design for marine acquisition including case histories and modelling
  • Non-geophysical aspects of marine data acquisition (HSE, logistics, etc.)
  • Additional topics including marine broadband / high resolution seismic, intelligent sampling, surveillance, simultaneous sources, simultaneous operations, etc.


Opening Address 

Abdulla Alshateri, ADNOC 
Paulo Johann, Petrobras 
Saleh Al Saleh, Saudi Aramco 
Sandeep Kumar Chandola, Petronas 
USD Pandey, ONGC 

Keynote Speakers

Azizur Rahman Khan, Saudi Aramco 
David Hays, Fairfield Nodal 
Ed Hager, Polarcus 
Frans-Peter Lam, TNO 
Gerrit Blacquiére, Delft University of Technology  

Technical Committee


Waleed Omar, Saudi Aramco
Tim Brice, Schlumberger


Abdulaziz Muhaidib, Saudi Aramco
Azizur Rahman Khan, Saudi Aramco
Carl Rune Berg
Chris Walker, Seabed Geosolutions
George Ainslie Casson, ADNOC
Gerrit Blacquiere, Delft University
Jim Musser, Total E&P
Philip Fontana, Polarcus DMCC
Saif Ali Al Mesaabi, ADNOC
Ted Manning, BP

Social Activities

The Royal Yacht

There is nothing more magical than an evening cruise along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the spectacular skyline becomes even more special as the sun sets and the buildings light up. The only thing that could make this even better, would be if you could enjoy a delicious meal at the same time.

Please join us for dinner on the Royal Yacht on Monday 7 May from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Dinner and Non-Alcoholic Beverages will be included).

The Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Transport to the museum by bus and entry ticket provided - bus to leave hotel at 5:15 pm and leave from the museum at 9:30 pm 

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The museum was established on November 8th 2017. It is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government. The museum is located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. It is approximately 24,000 square metres (260,000 sq ft) in size, with 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft) of galleries, making it the largest art museum in the Arabian peninsula. The final cost of the construction is expected to be about €600 million. In addition, US$525 million was paid by Abu Dhabi to be associated with the Louvre name, and an additional US$747 million will be paid in exchange for art loans, special exhibitions and management advice.

Artworks from around the world are showcased at the museum, with particular focus placed upon bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art.

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