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Seismic Soundoff

In-depth conversations in applied geophysics.

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20 Nov 2019

Episode 68: The Future of Data Acquisition and Seismic Surveys

Igor Kvasov, engineering manager at Google and co-founder of SeismoTrack, joins host Andrew Geary to discuss his new book, Numerical Modeling of Seismic Responses from Fractured Reservoirs by the Grid-characteristic Method. Igor and Andrew discuss just what is the grid-characteristic method and its advantages, the future of data acquisition and seismic surveys, why numerical modeling should be used more in survey planning, and Igor's challenge to the geoscience community on numerical modeling. This episode is sponsored by TGS.

06 Nov 2019

Episode 67: The business and technical value of borehole geophysics

In this insider's look at The Leading Edge, host Andrew Geary speaks with Kyle Spikes, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, to discuss TLE's November special section on borehole geophysics. Kyle and Andrew discuss the business value of borehole geophysics, the wide-ranging and practical methods highlighted by the papers, mitigating challenges presented by borehole geophysics, and more. In this conversation, get the inside look at borehole geophysics and the value this month's special section will bring your work. This episode is sponsored by TGS.

10 Oct 2019

Episode 66: The importance and relevancy of AVO inversion in 2019

In this compelling episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Edward Townend, Staff Geophysicist at Shell and Associate Editor for The Leading Edge, to discuss TLE's October special section on AVO inversion. Ed and Andrew discuss why new and experienced geophysicists should take an interest in AVO, how data science and machine learning are improving the technique, the future of AVO in the industry, and much more.

24 Sep 2019

Episode 65: The Evolution of Unconventional Play Analysis + SEG Presidential Address

In this episode of SEG's flagship podcast, we hear from the SEG President and the keynote speaker from the SEG 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Walter Guidroz serves as Program Coordinator of the Energy Resources Program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia. At the SEG, his keynote address discusses "The Evolution of Unconventional Play Analysis at the USGS." Additionally, the SEG President Rob Stewart presents the State of the Society address, summarizing the year in applied geophysics and what to expect in 2020 at the Society and in the industry. This episode is sponsored by TGS.

04 Sep 2019

Episode 64: SEG 2019 preview

In this episode, host Andrew Geary previews the 2019 International Exposition and 89th Annual Meeting. Andrew speaks with the Technical Program Co-Chair on all the educational opportunities, the General Chair on what to expect on the Exhibition Floor, and SEG's new Executive Director highlights what members and attendees can expect in San Antonio. This episode is sponsored by TGS.

27 Aug 2019

Episode 63: Helping those in harm's way – a GWB story

In 2016, Dr. Ron Harris of Brigham Young University led a Geoscientists Without Borders® team to Java, Indonesia to help prepare the community for the next tsunami. For this special Soundoff episode, we showcase Ron Harris' project in Java through a short, richly produced and narrative-driven story that captures the spirit of GWB.

08 Aug 2019

Episode 62: Anisotropy without tears featuring Heloise Lynn

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Heloise Lynn on her upcoming North American Honorary Lecturer tour starting 5 September. Andrew and Heloise discuss Leon Thomsen's famous deck of cards from SEG 1986, the controversy surrounding her recent published paper, how anisotropy can be understood by all geophysicists, what would happen if azimuthal P-P seismic measurements reached its full potential, and more. 

This interview isn't to be missed.

25 Jul 2019

Episode 61: How plate tectonics changed the geosciences

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Lynn Sykes on his new book, Plate Tectonics and Great Earthquakes: 50 Years of Earth-Shaking Events. Andrew and Lynn discuss how the theory of plate tectonics transformed earth science and the petroleum industry, how earthquakes are more damaging in the Central and Eastern parts of the United States, the role Maurice Ewing played in plate tectonics and Lynn's career, and more. 

11 Jul 2019

Episode 60: The power and limitations of machine learning and data

In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Simon Shaw and Arvind Sharma on July's The Leading Edge that highlights machine learning applications. Simon and Arvind discuss what problems machine learning successfully solves, the requirements and limitations of machine learning, what the next five years hold for the topic, and more.

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