New Advances in Seismic Interpretation Workshop

15–17 April 2019 | Muscat, Oman

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15–17 April 2019
Muscat, Oman

The primary aim of this workshop is to showcase state-of-the-art workflows and recent innovations in structural, stratigraphic, geomechanical, and petrophysical interpretation of seismic data. It will highlight the increasing role of seismic interpretation as a platform for integration of all subsurface information throughout all stages of exploration, development, and production – from initial play-based analysis to monitoring the entire lifecycle of a field.

Additionally, the workshop will be an excellent opportunity to review and discuss recent advances in interpretation methodologies, visualization, quantitative tools, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other ways to apply innovative techniques to both the legacy and latest generation of seismic data.

Finally, the workshop will aim to highlight case studies of improved seismic interpretation resulting from advances in data imaging (PSDM, FWI, etc.), data conditioning, qualitative, and quantitative analysis.  Forward modeling, seismic sequence stratigraphy, and data integration workflows will also be an essential part of the technical program.


Anneke de Klerk
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712710

Workshop Schedule:

Monday, 15 April
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions, Icebreaker

Tuesday, 16 April
Morning and afternoon sessions

Wednesday, 17 April
Morning and afternoon sessions

Who should attend?

Geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum engineers involved in interpretation, seismic acquisition and imaging, sequence stratigraphy, reservoir modeling, and seismic reservoir characterization from the E&P industry and academia.

Workshop Format

8 sessions (3 days). Keynote speakers will present. The 20-minute, oral presentations will be 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, learn from each other what has worked effectively, and debate the issues and challenges faced during daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 20 minutes.


Rooms have been reserved for the following rates at Crowne Plaza in Muscat, Oman:


  • Single occupancy – OMR 105.00 Net with breakfast and Wi-Fi (approx. US $273)
  • Double occupancy – OMR 115.00 Net with breakfast and Wi-Fi (approx. US $299)


Room rates also include access to our recreational facilities (swimming pool, gymnasium, private beach, etc.) Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.

Reservations must be confirmed by 14 March 2019 to receive the discounted group rate. Bookings received past the due date will be offered the best available rate.

Workshop Venue

Crowne Plaza, Muscat, Oman

The dazzling Crowne Plaza Muscat hotel looks out across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman from a lush clifftop in fashionable Qurum Heights. With a panoramic terrace, pool, and private beach, the hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Muscat International Airport and steps from Qurum Beach with its café-lined promenade. Oman's main business and ministerial districts are 10 minutes away.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Workshop participants may generate an official invitation letter from SEG. This form will generate a letter that you can print and use if required. For Visa requirements for entering Muscat, contact the Oman embassy  nearest you. 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 Oman.

Technical Program

The primary aim of this workshop is to showcase state-of-the-art workflows and recent innovations in structural, stratigraphic and quantitative interpretation of seismic data as well as the increasing and crucial role of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. It will highlight the increasing role of seismic interpretation as a platform for integration of all subsurface information throughout all stages of exploration, development, and production – from initial play-based analysis to monitoring the entire lifecycle of a field.

Technical topics to be covered:

  • Recent advances in interpretation methodologies and workflows
  • Advances in spectral analysis
  • Structural and stratigraphic interpretation
  • Recent advances in processing techniques for improved interpretation
  • Uncertainty quantification in seismic interpretation
  • Seismic reservoir characterization and quantitative interpretation
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning: Impact on seismic interpretation, current status and projected development going forward
  • Case studies


Opening Speakers

  • Hisham Al Siyabi, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Mohammad I. Faqira, Saudi Aramco

Keynote Speakers

  • Behzad Alaei, Earth Science Analytics AS
  • Gerard Schuster, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Ghassan AlRegib, Georgia Technical University (USA)
  • Greg Partyka, OpenGeoSolutions
  • Mark Hollanders, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Michael Jervis, Saudi Aramco
  • Saleh Dossary, Saudi Aramco
  • Stephane Gesbert, Shell Global Solutions International

Technical Committee

Committee Chair: Luis Giroldi, Saudi Aramco
Committee Co-Chair: Uzma Ghulam, Petroleum Development Oman

  • Abdullah Gahaffi, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Abdullah Theyab, Saudi Aramco
  • Ahmed Sabry, Schlumberger
  • Beth Rees, CGG
  • Bill Ayres, Independent Consultant
  • Christian Nabulele Oviawe, ADNOC
  • Juan Zunino, Saudi Aramco
  • Kristofer Engenes, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Maitham Ebrahim, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Victor Aarre, Schlumberger

Field Trip

Geology of Muscat Field Trip

Field Trip Leader: Husam Al Rawahi

Date: 14 April 2019

Meeting Point: Crown Plaza, Muscat at 12:00 PM

Duration: Half day (12:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

Cost: $185

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Muscat Area exposes a number of tectonostratigraphic units, including the Oman Ophiolite, siliciclastic and carbonate rocks that range in age from retaceous to Quaternary. The Oman Ophiolite was thrusted over the northern margin of Oman during the late Cretaceous orogenic event, resulting in the development of new sedimentation patterns, faults, and fractures. Eocene fluvial channel complex sequence was deposited unconformably on top of the ophiolite. The main folding and faulting took place during the Micocene deformation event. During this field trip, we will aim to visit representative outcrops of these units. Our discussion will be focused on the reservoir characteristics, seal potential, and tectonostratigraphic evolution of this part of Oman.

This field trip will cover four main stops in Muscat area:

Stop 1 (Wataya Shows room): Late Paleocene-Eocene fluvial Channel Complex Sequence

Stop 2 (Wataya Jabir Bin Zaid School): Folding and faulting of the Miocene deformation events

Stop 3 (The Cave Restaurant Complex): Overview of the Oman Ophiolite, contact with the late Paleocene-Eocene section

Stop 4 (Darsait coast): Oman Ophiolite

Field Trip Requirements: GSO will facilitate the transportation and provide water and drinks, hard hats, yellow jackets, and field guides. 

For the delegates, a proper field gear is the only requirement:

  • Comfortable field shoes
  • Sun protection to protect from intense exposure at high altitude – high SPF sun screen, sun glasses, hat or cap to protect the head, long-sleeved shirts and trousers
  • 2 T-shirts for layering due to fast-changing weather conditions.
  • A sweater to protect from A/C in cars and buildings

Operated by: Geological Society of Oman

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