2019 SEG Geophysics for Smart City Development Workshop

29–31 July 2019 | Beijing, China


29-31 July 2019
Beijing, China

The goals of a smart city are to ensure economic and environmental stability and to provide its citizens with an improved quality of life. The critical components to this initiative are to understand subsurface geologic and hydrologic systems to minimize the cost of new infrastructure development, assess geohazards risks, and sustainably utilize natural resources. The goal of this workshop is to incorporate new initiatives, methodologies, imaging approaches, and case studies toward understanding soil, fluid, and rock properties that lie within the subsurface urban economic zone. Geophysical approaches toward optimizing infrastructure development (tunnel and utility), resource management (groundwater quantity and quality), energy production or extraction (direct use geothermal, for space heating and/or heat pump), and hazard mitigation (landslide, earthquake, tsunami) are all welcome. We encourage contributions that apply to both new smart city initiatives and to retrofitting existing urban centers that are looking to manage assets and resources more efficiently. Future directions will also be investigated, with the aim of improving the integration and understanding of subsurface properties, resources, and natural hazards for smart city development.


Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
School of Geophysics and Information Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing)


Workshop Schedule

Monday, 29 July 2019
Onsite Registration

Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Opening Ceremony and Technical Sessions

Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Technical Ceremony and Closing Ceremony

Registration Categories

Early Bird Registration Fee
Expires after 29 June 2019

US$515 (SEG Non-Members) | US$456 (SEG Members)

US$294 (SEG Student Non-Members) | US$265 (SEG Student Members)

Full Registration Fee
Begins 30 June 2019

US$559 (SEG Non-Members) | US$500 (SEG Members)

US$353 (SEG Student Non-Members) | US$324 (SEG Student Members)


Geosciences International Conference Center
No. 29 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District
Beijing, China
Rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate

Business Single/Double Room – RMB500yuan per night/room

Chinese Style Single Room – RMB538yuan per night/room

One free breakfast is included with the reservation (50yuan for the second person). 

Contact the SEG China office to book your hotel room:
Ms. Fan, Marketing and Event Manager, SEG China Office
Tel: +86 10 5820 5048-802
Email: [email protected].

Zhongyou Hotel (Haidian Branch)
Address: No. 20, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Contact Person: Ms. Liu
Tel: +86-13146526776 / +86-010-83599015

(Please mention "SEG Workshop Reservation")

Xijiao Hotel
Address: 18 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: +86-010-62322288

Room reservations at this rate are available on a first come, first serve basis, and cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, it is important to secure your hotel room reservation with the hotel as soon as possible.

Refund/Cancellation Policies

Cancellations must be received via email to [email protected] before 29 June 2019 for a refund, minus a US $50.00 service fee. No refunds will be processed after this date.

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Participants in the workshop 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 China, contact the China 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 to China.

Technical Program

Technical Topics

The Smart City subsurface framework in global wide:

  • Characterization of soil and rock properties
  • Geohazard characterization, surveillance, detection, and mitigation
  • Big data integration, surface and borehole
  • Groundwater resources detection and management
  • Subsurface fluid monitoring and rock interaction
  • Geothermal resources detection, development, and applications
  • Gravity and magnetic methods for subsurface framework
  • Electrical and electromagnetic techniques applications
  • Seismic surveys using active and passive seismic sources

Who should attend the workshop?

  • Geophysicists
  • Geologists
  • Civil engineers
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Urban and city planners
  • Hydrogeologists
  • Geomorphologists
  • Drillers
  • Geothermal scientists

Technical Co-chairs

Organizing Chairman:
Prof. Rongyi Qian, School of Geophysics and Information Technology,China University of Geosciences

Esben Auken, Aarhus University, Denmark
Peng Han, Southern China University of Sciences and Technology, China
Zhanxiang He, Southern China University of Sciences and Technology, China
Lee Liberty, Boise State University, USA
Huaifeng Sun, Shandong University, China
Koya Suto, Terra Australis Geophysica Pty Ltd.
Chi Zhang, University of Kansas, USA

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. To become a sponsor, contact [email protected]

Important Dates

Early Bird Registration closes:
29 June 2019

Call for abstracts closed:
31 March 2019

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