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

This episode is sponsored by TGS

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.

  • Rob Stewart – 1:45
  • Walter Guidroz – 38:49
  • Q&A – 1:04:30


Walter Guidroz serves as Program Coordinator of the Energy Resources Program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia. He has 38 years’ experience in the energy industry, having worked at Amoco, Enron and BP in multiple geoscience and management roles prior to joining the USGS in 2016. Dr. Guidroz has worked as a geoscientist in a variety of locations including the offshore Gulf of Mexico and Wind River Basins in the U.S., western Siberia in the Russian Federation, and the Campos and Santos Basins offshore Brazil. In his present role, Dr. Guidroz leads energy-related research and assessment work at the USGS that helps to underpin U.S. energy policy and ensure U.S. energy security, occasionally testifying before Congress and addressing the media on critical energy issues that impact the nation.

Dr. Guidroz holds a B.S in geology from Nicholls State University, an M.S. in geology from the University of Mississippi, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in geological oceanography from Louisiana State University. Dr. Guidroz also presently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi.


TGS is the global gateway to subsurface intelligence from seismic to well data. As a leading geoscience data provider to the energy industry TGS invests in onshore and offshore multi-client data projects in an array of basins worldwide – ranging from new-entry frontier markets to established, mature basins. TGS’ extensive data library portfolio services the entire upstream life cycle from exploration through the appraisal and development stage. Leveraging the breadth of this world-class library TGS enhances the exploration process through advanced analytics and analytics-ready data products.


Original music by Zach Bridges.

This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary. Thank you to the SEG podcast team: Jennifer Crockett, Ally McGinnis, and Mick Swiney. Special thanks to Rhianna Collier for setting up this recording.

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