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Episode 212: Examining 5 Unconventional Borehole Seismic Techniques

“The challenge is to learn and be aware of new techniques and applications and apply them.”

Unconventional borehole seismic services encompass techniques that go beyond conventional seismic methods. With over eight decades of classical seismic methods shaping our understanding, Eduardo Corti introduces listeners to the newer techniques that have emerged in the past 15 years, which promise greater detail and higher resolution insights into reservoir properties.

Episode 211: Connecting the Energy Transition to Societal Engagement

“How do we move towards a greater societal understanding of what’s required to achieve the goals of decarbonization? Building a sustainable society requires everybody, all the citizens, to do a whole bunch of different things, many of which are minor.”

Murray W. Hitzman, the Director of iCRAG, highlights the energy transition and how to communicate it with the public. With Ireland’s advantageous position for harnessing wind and solar power, as well as the untapped potential of geothermal energy, Murray provides a portrait of a country that’s not only capable of making significant strides in sustainability but is also a microcosm for global change. This conversation is a powerful reminder that sustainability is a multifaceted issue that requires collaboration, innovation, and a willingness to embrace new challenges.

Episode 210: Unveiling Seismic Secrets – Inside Machine Learning’s Black Box

“It’s ​not ​like ​machine ​learning ​will ​solve ​all ​the ​problems. ​It’s ​not ​a ​magical ​tool.”

David Lubo-Robles highlights his award-winning paper that utilized novel machine learning methods to enhance interpretability in seismic volume data from the Gulf of Mexico. Listeners will gain insight into the critical role of input quality in machine learning outcomes, the importance of balancing datasets, and the necessity of geoscientific validation. The episode also addresses common misconceptions about machine learning in geophysics, emphasizing the need for critical thinking and geological knowledge to apply these advanced techniques.

Episode 209: Thinking like an algorithm – utilizing machine learning in seismic data

“The driving objective of AASPI is to try and reveal and see more patterns in the seismic data than we can see just looking at the seismic amplitude data.”

Heather Bedle, Principal Investigator at Attribute Assisted Seismic Processing and Interpretation (AASPI) at the University of Oklahoma, joins Seismic Soundoff. In this episode, you will discover how AASPI reveals hidden patterns in seismic data, pushes the boundaries of geologic interpretation, and reshapes our understanding of the Earth using cutting-edge research and technology.

Episode 208: Pioneering Seismic Imaging for Energy and Sustainability

Biondo Biondi, the Director of the Stanford Earth imaging Project (SEP), discusses SEP’s 50-year history and future outlook. Biondo reflects on SEP’s founding during the 1970s oil crisis and today as it tackles modern energy challenges. Biondo discusses how improving seismic imaging can support the future of carbon capture and geothermal energy and help build resilient cities. He also shares why he believes so many SEP alums have been guests on this podcast!

Episode 207: Advancing Geosciences – How SEG Foundation Makes a Difference

In this intriguing conversation, David Bartel, the Chair of the SEG Foundation, provides an exclusive insight into how the nonprofit organization is advancing geophysics research, supporting SEG members, and positively impacting society.

Episode 206: Arthur Cheng on His SEG Journey from Student to President

Arthur Cheng, the first Chinese president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, shares some of the highlights from his five decades of being a member and his vision for the future of SEG.

Episode 205: Managing carbon – a new frontier

Kurang Mehta discusses the November special section on carbon management in The Leading Edge.

  • Learn about the history and methods of carbon capture and storage.
  • Gain perspective on how industry experience can inform new approaches while addressing the biases geoscientists take into carbon management.
  • Discover how students drive research and the importance of working together in academia and industry.

Episode 204: Successfully navigating the energy transition

Oil and gas companies have an enormous role in transitioning to a renewable future. This episode examines how Ipieca partners with companies and organizations to support a sustainable future through emissions reduction, nature conservation, and stakeholder engagement.

  • Discover how Ipieca sets sustainability principles for members around climate, nature, and social impacts.
  • Hear why sustainability reporting allows companies to communicate their commitments to stakeholders and demonstrate progress.
  • Gain insights into how transparency and stakeholder engagement will shape the future of oil and gas companies.

Episode 203: Solving future challenges for deep exploration

In the 1920s, the first oil discovery in Seminole, Oklahoma, was made at a depth of approximately 4,000 feet. Currently, the world’s deepest oil well in Russia extends 49,000 feet into the earth’s surface. Deep exploration below existing production, complex overburden, or at the limits of geophysical resolution is critical for existing and emerging ventures. To meet these challenges, researchers and geoscientists are actively working to acquire better data and develop innovative methods to improve imaging. And in this episode, guest editors Chao Wang and Stephen Graf highlight the recent advances that improve success and extend capability in challenging deep environments.

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