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Geophysics Expertise Highlighted at SEG 2016



Ernesto Sandoval Curiel of Saudi Aramco gives an in-booth presentation on software modeling for near-surface imaging.

Aramco's team of geoscientists and researchers had a strong global presence at the 2016 Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting.  It was held Oct. 16-21 in Dallas, Texas.

The conference drew approximately 5,000 attendees from more than 70 countries.  In the opening general session, SEG President John Bradford addressed the industry marketplace, emphasizing that technology innovation and creativity were the driving forces for resiliency. 

Our team members were involved in the development and presentation of close to 20 technical papers at this year's gathering.  The SEG Technical Program Committee reported that it had received more than 1,500 abstracts for consideration – a near-record number.  

The nexus of science and art
Geophysicists play an important role in the successful exploration and recovery of resources.  In collaboration with other geoscientists, they are responsible for developing a clear, reliable picture of the Earth's subsurface – which is critical to ensure accuracy before the first turn of the drill bit.

They are using advanced imaging tools to draw a detailed canvass – one that tells the story of a reservoir's characteristics, such as the location of large hydrocarbon deposits and properties of the underground rocks.

Global presence at SEG
Representatives from Saudi Aramco and its global organizations talked about a variety of breakthroughs in the field of applied geophysics.  Topics centered on advances in seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation; new modeling techniques to study rock physics; geosteering enhancements to improve horizontal well navigation, and more.

Speakers included Pavel Golikov of Saudi Aramco who presented the paper "Application of supergrouping to large seismic data in a desert environment," Weichang Li of the Aramco Research Center – Houston who addressed "Signal distortion versus noise suppression in seismic data denoising," and Yan Wu of the Aramco Research Center – Beijing who presented "Full traveltime inversion."

Additionally, Mikhail Belonosov of Aramco Overseas Co. B.V. contributed his expertise in exploration seismology with the paper, "3D elastic frequency-domain iterative solver for full-wave form inversion," and Omar Afif of Saudi Aramco presented the case study:  "Building a rock physics model for a carbonate reservoir in Saudi Arabia."

Terry Hagiwara of Aramco Services Co. presented a paper on geosteering advances to improve navigation of high-angled horizontal wells.  The paper was titled, "Direct determination of dip and anisotropy using triaxial electric dipole logging."

At the Aramco exhibit booth, Ernesto Sandoval Curiel of Saudi Aramco presented a couple of times on new software modeling for near-surface imaging.  The presentation was titled "Surface-consistent refraction method for automatic analysis of the near surface (pQC)."

Aramco's booth drew a steady flow of visitors who were interested in learning more about the company's technology breakthroughs, strategic expansion plans, and career opportunities.

Saudi Aramco was a Titanium Level sponsor at this year's event.

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