The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Advanced Modeling Corporation (SEAM), serving as the research arm of SEG, is an industry-co-operative organization dedicated to large-scale leading-edge geophysical numerical modeling.
Over the last 17 years, SEAM has completed major projects for challenges in seismic imaging providing benefits such as:
- Access to non-proprietary benchmark data to develop algorithms and workflows, comparison of results to known ground truth, uncertainty quantification, and testing of acquisition designs (spatial and frequency)
- Training data availability for interpretation
- Serves as a learning tool for interdisciplinary collaboration (“flight simulator” for reservoir engineering)
At SEAM, our mission is to advance the boundaries of geophysical research and contribute valuable insights to scientific understanding. Committed to fostering innovation and excellence, we operate as a not-for-profit research entity, orchestrating collaborative projects between sponsoring stakeholders dedicated to advancing geophysical research in both industry and academia. Through rigorous research, cutting-edge simulations, state-of-the-art technology, and a dedication to environmental stewardship, our goal is to establish SEAM products as a global standard in geophysics, working towards a sustainable and informed future.
The SEAM Story
SEAM was organized in 2004 following in the footsteps of successful industry co-operatives including the SEG/EAGE salt model and the private SMAART joint venture. SEG volunteer scientists designed the organizational and self-supporting SEAM business model which gained the support of the SEG leadership. SEAM was then incorporated as an independent non-proﬁt corporation in February 2007, classiﬁed as a 501(c)(6) and solely owned by SEG. SEAM is governed by a Board of Directors with ﬁscal and operational accountability.
Following incorporation, 24 companies joined the ﬁrst initiative (Phase I – Salt Tectonics). This project proved the value of industry cooperation in addressing very large and complicated numerical simulations of geophysics in complex geology. Later, the Phase I subsequently attracted signiﬁcant additional funding from the United States government to further progress the aims of the eﬀort. The project required signiﬁcant breakthroughs in both model building and numerical simulation, advancing the state-of-the-art throughout the industry. Models and data from this project have since become the international standard by which geophysicists worldwide benchmark their capabilities of seismic structural imaging.
Following this ﬁrst project, SEAM has addressed additional challenges in land geophysics, pore pressure, time lapse reservoir monitoring, life of field, and artiﬁcial intelligence. Over 80 companies have partnered with SEAM in these projects, which have advanced the industry capabilities in large scale integration of geologic and geophysical modeling.
The role of numerical modeling signiﬁcantly impacts not only the processing and interpretation of seismic data in the oil and gas industry, but also the direct integration of modeling results into reservoir management workﬂows.
SEAM simulates numerical benchmark data sets for long-term utilization at a fraction of the cost of ﬁeld experiments. The research on models tackling challenges of interest to the industry enables the research community to apply results and observations from a common model to analogues, and then apply them to directly impact decisions about improving reservoir performance.
Generic data in model form overcomes the restrictive nature of access to “real” data, which data owners often are reluctant to release for various reasons, and instances in which complete subsurface details are inferred rather than known.
SEAM Board of Directors
Meet the leaders who are driving SEAM’s mission and ensuring our projects address challenges to the geophysical community.
Aria Abubakar (Chair)
Head of Data Science, SLB
Jim Hollis (Vice-chair)
President & COO of Geothermal Technologies Inc.
Rick Cieslewicz (Treasurer)
Senior Vice President, T5 Data Centers
Senior Geophysicist, SCA LLC
Senior Product Manager, Halliburton
Staff Geophysicist, ConocoPhillips
Chief Scientific Advisor, Halliburton
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