New Advances in Land Geophysical Acquisition Technologies Workshop

5–7 November 2019 | Muscat, Oman

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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. 

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
Email: [email protected]


Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during meeting), Lunches (Tues–Thurs), and Icebreaker on Tuesday

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

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

Student/Academia Registration Fee
US $340 (maximum of 10 and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Academia please contact [email protected] for registration.)

Cancellation Policy

Please email [email protected]

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.

12 sessions (3 days). The oral presentations are comprised of 20-minute and after each session, a 30-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 30 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 20 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.

Technical Program

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

  • Survey design for integrated land acquisition and processing
  • Land acquisition system developments
  • Sensor technology
  • Conventional sources
  • Specialized sources
  • Novel acquisition strategies
  • Advances in data QC, infield and near-field processing
  • Impact, opportunities and challenges of new generation seismic on processing
  • Non-geophysical topics
  • Automation and machine learning for land acquisition

Opening Speakers

  • Hafez Al Shammari, Saudi Aramco
  • Hisham Siyabi, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Keynote Speakers

  • Amine Ourabah, BP
  • Constantine Tsingas, Saudi Aramco
  • Gilles Ollivrin, Sercel
  • Richard Degner, Geophysical Technology Inc.
  • Samuel Valla, Sercel
  • Ted Manning, BP
  • Xander Campman, Shell
  • Zhouhong Wei, Inova

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