Episode 230: Celebrating Sven – A Legacy of Innovation and Mentorship in Geophysics

Seismic Soundoff · 230: Celebrating Sven – A Legacy of Innovation and Mentorship in Geophysics

“Sven showed us that the goal of a presentation is to transfer knowledge and insight, not to show people how smart you are.”

In this heartfelt episode, we honor the legacy of Sven Treitel, a beloved figure in geophysics and at SEG. Kurt Marfurt and Sam Gray join host Andrew Geary to reflect on Sven’s profound impact on their work and the field. Listeners will gain a deep appreciation for Sven’s lasting contributions to geophysics and his ability to bridge the gap between research and practical application. This episode is a tribute to a geophysical giant whose influence will be felt for generations.

Episode 229: From Barriers to Belonging – Building Strong Companies & Teams in Geophysics

Seismic Soundoff · 229: From Barriers to Belonging – Building Strong Companies & Teams in Geophysics

“Understanding the problem is sometimes more important than getting to a solution.”

In this episode, Dr. Eileen Martin, winner of the 2024 J. Clarence Karcher Award, shares actionable advice and resources to help you make a positive impact in your professional environment. Eileen elaborates on the JEDI Committee’s initiatives, including the JEDI Ambassadors program, which aims to integrate JEDI principles across various SEG committees. Listeners will learn practical steps for promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within their organizations and the broader geophysics community. This episode offers actionable advice and resources to help you make a positive impact in your professional environment.

Episode 228: Key Trends That Will Shape the Oil and Gas Industry w/ Sophie Zurquiyah

Seismic Soundoff · 228: Key Trends That Will Shape the Oil and Gas Industry w/ Sophie Zurquiyah

“Energy transition is everywhere. It is an underlying trend, and sustainability is something that we have to incorporate into every company’s strategy.”

Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO of Viridien, provides an in-depth look at CGG’s strategic rebranding to Viridien. Listeners will gain valuable insights into Viridien’s strategies for attracting and retaining top talent, the significance of technology in addressing energy security, and Sophie’s vision for the company’s future. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the evolving landscape of the oil and gas industry and the role of technology and sustainability in shaping its future.

Viridien and Bluware sponsors this episode.

Episode 227: How Experts Use Data and Technology to Navigate Subsurface Uncertainty

Seismic Soundoff · 227: How Experts Use Data and Technology to Navigate Subsurface Uncertainty

“Understanding the problem is sometimes often more important than getting to a solution.”

Madhav Vyas and Dr. David Lubo-Robles discuss June’s The Leading Edge on subsurface uncertainty. They explore the complexities of predicting subsurface outcomes and the various sources of uncertainty that geophysicists must address. The episode also covers the impact of interface rugosity on wave propagation, methods for assessing uncertainty in seismic workflows, and the benefits of using invertible neural networks. Listeners will gain insights into the challenges and solutions related to subsurface uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking in geoscience, and the potential of emerging technologies to improve subsurface predictions.

Bluware sponsors this episode.

Episode 226: Rock Physics in Focus – Historical Impact & Future Challenges

Seismic Soundoff · 226: Rock Physics in Focus – Historical Impact & Future Challenges

“The energy transition has opened many new areas, many new doors, and rock physics is really at the center of that.”

Dr. Laurent Louis delves into rock physics’ transformative impact on geophysics. He explores the development of effective medium models, the challenges of modeling anisotropy and integrating modern digital tools in rock physics. Take advantage of this deep dive into the latest trends in rock physics, its historical challenges, and why now is the perfect time to focus on rock physics.

Episode 225: How to Keep Geophysics Relevant w/ Tim Dean

Seismic Soundoff · 225: How to Keep Geophysics Relevant w/ Tim Dean

“We (geophysicists) need to look where the markets are rather than expect people to come to us. We have skills, and it’s just about finding where we can apply these in the future.”

The need for the world to transition away from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources is well established. However, the movement away from fossil fuels does open up new prospects for the seismic method’s application in areas as diverse as geothermal energy and mineral exploration. Dr. Tim Dean examines these new applications and discusses the opportunities developing for the method’s application and their likely impact on future developments. No matter where you are on your geophysics journey, this episode is a must-listen. This conversation is challenging and insightful and may just save geophysics.

Episode 224: The Physics Behind Land Seismic Noise (Christof Stork)

Seismic Soundoff · 224: The Physics Behind Land Seismic Noise (Christof Stork)

“With ​every ​new ​acquisition, ​spend ​2% ​of ​your ​budget ​to ​do ​research ​to ​understand the ​noise ​and ​signal ​drivers ​in ​your ​area. ​It ​might ​help ​any ​future ​neighboring ​acquisition, ​or ​it ​might ​just ​help ​the ​field ​in ​general, ​​which ​you ​and ​your ​career ​will ​benefit ​from.”

Dr. Christof Stork delves into the intricate world of land seismic noise. Despite the advancements in marine processing and pre-stack depth migration, land seismic methods have yet to see comparable progress. He emphasizes the need for more attention and funding in this area, highlighting how crucial it is for improving seismic data quality. Listeners will better understand why land seismic noise remains a complex problem and the potential pathways to progress.

Episode 223: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geophysics

Seismic Soundoff · 223: Innovating for a Sustainable Future with Geophysics

“In the realm of applied geophysics, we have a lot of knowledge, a lot of skills, a lot of experience in dealing with the subsurface, which translates quite well into carbon capture and storage applications.”

SEG Europe Regional Advisory Committee members discuss the 4th Net-Zero Emissions annual virtual workshop. Guests Emin Sadikov, Antony Price, and Adriana Citlali Ramírez discuss the importance of repurposing knowledge, adapting skill sets, and contributing to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology innovations. Learn about the industry’s challenges and opportunities, the economic implications, and the importance of global cooperation in addressing climate change.

Episode 222: The Seismic Approach to Mining Geophysics (Heather Schijns)

Seismic Soundoff · 222: The Seismic Approach to Mining Geophysics (Heather Schijns)

“History is telling us that we’re likely to get some new discoveries from introducing seismic into our mixture. Nobody understands mineral deposits like the geoscientists who work on them day in, day out.”

Dr. Heather Schijns explores the groundbreaking use of hard rock seismic data in mineral exploration with insights from one of the most popular papers at IMAGE 2023. Heather explains why now is the perfect time for the mining industry to embrace seismic methods, especially as the search for base metal resources deepens and conventional geophysical approaches face limitations. She also makes a compelling business case for seismic exploration, urging listeners to consider the value and risk reduction seismic data can provide.

Episode 221: The Untapped Potential of Non-Seismic Methods (Irina Filina, April 2024 TLE)

Seismic Soundoff · 221: The Untapped Potential of Non-Seismic Methods (Irina Filina)

“Non-unique does not equal non-valuable when it comes to geophysical solutions.”

Dr. Irina Filina discusses April’s special section on gravity, electrical, and magnetic methods in The Leading Edge. Irina unravels the misconceptions about non-seismic methods and advocates for their proper use and integration with seismic data. With compelling examples, this episode illustrates how these methods can significantly reduce uncertainty and costs in subsurface exploration.