New Advances in Land Geophysical Acquisition Technologies Workshop

5–7 November 2019 | Muscat, Oman


5–7 November 2019
Muscat, Oman

Land acquisition technology has developed rapidly in the last 10 years in the form of new equipment technologies, simultaneous sources, broadband and high-density acquisition. This has required changes in data QC processes and presented new challenges for data processing. These developments are expected to continue in the near future and be adapted to different environments to improve operational effectiveness, as geophysicists strive to collect more subsurface information at an ever-reduced cost. This workshop will review and discuss ongoing developments and provide attendees a view on the direction the land acquisition industry will be taking in the near future.

The workshop will feature formal presentations by experts in their fields to share their experiences, lessons learned, and vision for future directions. Emphasis will be placed on operational integrity, cost effectiveness, efficiency, and quality through data acquisition technologies and integrated processing techniques. We encourage conceptual, transformative, and innovative submissions.

Organizing Committee

Committee Chair: Fuad Somali, Saudi Aramco
Committee Co-Chair: Yasin Charles El-Taha, Petroleum Development Oman

  • Aishah Yousef Abdullah AL-Ghareeb, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Andrew Shackleton, ARGAS
  • Bruce McFarlane, SA Exploration
  • John Quigley, WesternGeco
  • Dennis Yanchak, Apache
  • Gerrit Blacquiere, Delft University of Technology
  • Jason Criss, Inova
  • Nicolas Tellier, Sercel
  • Ted Manning, BP
  • Thomas Bianchi, CGG
  • Xander Campman, Shell
  • Zhang Mugang, BGP


Anneke de Klerk
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712710


Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during meeting), Lunches (Mon - Wed), and Icebreaker on Monday

Early Bird Registration Fee (expires 4 October 2019)
US $1,150 (members) | US $1,350 (non-members)*

Full Registration Fee (begins 5 October 2019)
US $1,250 (members) | US $1,450 (non-members)*

Student Registration Fee (maximum of 5 and available on a first-come, first-serve basis)
US $340

SEGratis Membership

Nonmembers will further connect to the world of applied geophysics thanks to the SEGratis Membership, a free gift of an annual membership with a paid nonmember registration.

(Eligible by completing the membership application form at This free membership opportunity is not automatic, you must apply for membership.)

Cancellation Policy

Please email

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, 5 November
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions

Wednesday, 6 November
Morning and afternoon sessions

Thursday, 7 November
Morning and afternoon sessions

Who should attend?

  • Operations/acquisition geophysicists from oil companies and contractors
  • General geophysicists with an interest in geophysical acquisition
  • Students and educators from academic institutions
  • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers
  • Survey design geophysicists
  • Processing geophysicists

Workshop Format

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

6 sessions (3 days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per session with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as the outlook going forward. The oral presentations are comprised of 20-minute talks followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. After each session, a 45-minute discussion session is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participants to discuss in detail and learn from each other what has worked for them and debate the issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 45 minutes.


Al Bandar Deluxe Rooms have been reserved for the following rate at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman:

  • Single occupancy – OMR95++ includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi (approx. US$ 247)
  • Double occupancy – OMR105++ includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi (approx. US$ 273)

(Above rates are subject to 17% service charge and taxes)

Reservations must be made by 4 September 2019 to receive the discounted group rate. Book your accommodation at the group rate for the workshop.

Workshop Venue

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman

Al Bandar is one of the three hotels at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman. The five-star deluxe property provides 198 sea-facing guestrooms.

The name Al Bandar translates as "The Town", a name reflected in the architecture of the hotel. Inspired by old Muscat, featuring buildings of varying heights and a variety of ornate balconies, Al Bandar is an inspiration.

Al Bandar Hotel is the resort's focal point, featuring 7 food and beverage outlets and 11 meeting rooms, as well as the spectacular Barr Al Jissah ballroom, measuring 1,056 square metres and providing banquet-style seating for up to 700 people.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Workshop participants may generate an official invitation letter from SEG. For Oman visa requirements, you can check your eligibility and apply for e-visa here. 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 to Oman.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts submission deadline: 19 June 2019

Submit your abstract to

We invite abstracts for the following technical topics, including but not limited to:

  • Survey design for integrated land acquisition and processing
  • Land acquisition system developments (cable, wireless, nodal, etc.)
  • Sensor technology (MEMS, LF sensors, fiber optics, etc.)
  • Source technology (vibrator, dynamite, impulsive, etc.)
  • Novel acquisition strategies (compressive sensing, DSA, high productivity techniques, operational planning, etc.)
  • Automation – sources and sensors
  • Advances in data QC, infield and near-field processing (e.g. deblending, DGF, etc.)
  • Impact, opportunities and challenges of new generation seismic on processing
  • Non-geophysical topics (HSE, logistics, remote sensing, etc.)
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for land acquisition

Abstract Format

Max 2 page abstract + 1 figure, single column

Abstracts should include sufficient detail for the committee to judge the quality of the paper. Abstracts should be a minimum of 1 page, text plus 1 figure (optional), with a maximum of 2 pages. Abstracts should be on 8.5x11 inch paper size, have text in Roman font, and include both text and figures. Title should be one or two-line, at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 points. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 points, and located just below the title. All text must stay 1 inch clear of the margins of the page. Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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, see the Sponsorship Packet in the Important Documents section of this page, or contact for additional information.

Important Documents

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts deadline:
19 June 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
4 October 2019

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