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In-depth conversations in applied geophysics.

 
     

15 Jun 2022

Episode 154: How to sustainably develop on reclaimed lands

Yanlong Niu discusses his paper, "In-situ physical properties of reclaimed lands in Singapore," from the May issue of The Leading Edge. Yanlong explores the value of multichannel analysis of surface waves to investigate these lands and shares what they discovered with these pioneering tests. These in-situ measurements are crucial for civil engineering constructions and the redevelopment of reclaimed lands in the future. So he also offers tips on how other geophysicists can build upon this study in their communities.

15 Jun 2022

Episode 153: Why integration is the future of oil and gas

Scott Singleton discusses why you should attend the 2022 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in Houston, TX. Scott breaks down why every geophysicist should attend. Additionally, he highlights the value and knowledge engineers bring to land-based oil and gas exploration and why the multidisciplinary nature of this conference is the future of the industry.

01 Jun 2022

Episode 152: How and why DAS succeeds

Ariel Lellouch discusses his upcoming Middle East and Africa Honorary Lecture, "Applications of fiber-optic sensing to borehole seismology." In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Ariel makes a case for geophysicists to utilize Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) data in their work and why it's essential to look at data without any pre-made ideas. He also outlines the significant benefits of vertical DAS arrays and how to know when to use vertical or horizontal DAS. This is an excellent primer on DAS and a convincing case for why every geophysicist would benefit from engaging with this technology.

18 May 2022

Episode 151: The transformation of SEG

SEG President-Elect Ken Tubman discusses the outcome of the Strategic Options Task Force. Ken provides an inside look at the decision-making of the SEG Strategic Options Task Force. He shares his reasons for voting to keep SEG independent, highlights the feedback from the focus groups, and previews the SEG Transformation Task Force. He also offers insight into why he looks to the gaming industry for inspiration and the best way introverts can benefit from networking.

11 May 2022

150: Consequences of contemporary stress in the earth’s crust

Mojtaba Rajabi discusses his upcoming Pacific South Honorary Lecture, "Present-Day Crustal Stress Across Spatial Scales." Mojtaba shares why it's necessary to understand the present-day crustal in-situ stress field, the impact of investigating crustal stress at different scales, and the causes and consequences of contemporary stress in the earth’s crust. He also goes over the concept of stress mapping and what his years of experience studying basins have taught him. 

04 May 2022

Episode 149: How to get the most from any seismic investment

Peter Rowbotham discusses his paper, "Investment in North Sea seismic leading to new opportunities," from the April issue of The Leading Edge. Peter makes the case for why it's wise to invest in seismic data. He also shares why the beginning of a project is the most important and the context where seismic projects deliver the most value. 

20 Apr 2022

Episode 148: Unlocking the next generation of geophysicists

Warren Neff and Luke Gallery discuss exposing high school students to geophysics and how to incorporate the field into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. Warren also discusses how to recruit mentors for students and why shooting rockets in hallways is the best way to teach quadratics. Luke shares how he went from never hearing of geophysics to publishing papers and considering it for his major. Additionally, Warren highlights why keeping it real is the best way to teach students any subject.

13 Apr 2022

Episode 147: Living with uncertainty - using near-surface in urban settings

Yunyue Elita Li discusses her upcoming South & East Asia Honorary Lecture, "Listening to Singapore: Harvesting urban noise for space, water, and hazard mitigation." Elita shares how she designed novel signal processing techniques that turn urban hum into rich information about the urban system, both above and below the surface. She also outlines what public officials, citizens, and engineers should understand about geophysics to support sustainable practices and growth in urban environments. This episode is full of communication tips and scientific insights to improve life in our cities.

05 Apr 2022

Episode 146: Safety is not a priority (and other rules for the field)

Kevin Bohacs discusses his upcoming course, "Introduction to Field Safety Leadership." In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Kevin shares why safety is not a priority, why hardships are a nuisance, and the most dangerous aspect of all fieldwork. Kevin also addresses specific geophysical field concerns and his one rule to rule all rules.  

21 Mar 2022

Episode 145: How to successfully interrogate the ground in noisy environments

Chester Weiss discusses the latest research to successfully use geophysical tools at well sites. Chester shares the impact of well infrastructure on geophysical assessment, how to use EM successfully, the challenges of using near-surface, and the applicability of this research in other cluttered environments. Along with our conversation in episode 141 on the life cycle of a well, this episode will help provide the full geophysical picture of working at a well.

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