NEWS FROM SEG 2013: 83rd annual conference opens with record attendance
PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor
HOUSTON – The Society of Exploration Geophysicists opened Monday, September 23 morning with an attendance of 8,412 delegates, the largest in the society’s 83-year history.
General Chairman Lee Bell, who welcomed the delegates at the opening session, said the delegate count is expected to exceed 9,000 through the week. The international exposition featured 320 exhibits, the second highest in history.
“The SEG is experiencing change in a linear fashion on a log scale,” suggested SEG President David Monk, Director of Geophysics, at Apache. “Ten years ago, SEG had 18,000 members. Now the membership exceeds 32,000 with 60% members and 80% of the student chapters outside the U.S. The membership is also more diverse with more women, and more international members, including China and the Middle East.”
Special guest at the opening session was Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. Smitherman lauded the exploration technology that has helped make Texas the third leading source of oil for the United States, behind only Canada and the Persian Gulf.
The SEG 2013 conference continues until Friday, September 27. At the end of the session, Don Steeples will succeed Monk at the SEG president and Christopher Liner will take over as the president-elect.