News from SEG 2012: Las Vegas venue draws record participation
BY PRAMOD KULKARNI, Editor
LAS VEGAS – The Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ (SEG) 82nd annual meeting opened on Sunday evening with an icebreaker on the exhibition floor with as many as 8,000 attendees balancing cocktails and hors d' oeuvres around 300 exhibits. The record attendance can be attributed to the growing application of geophysical technologies in shale plays and the Las Vegas venue, which offers numerous entertainment options.
The conference actually began on Friday with continuing education courses and SEG committee meetings. On Sunday afternoon, SEG outgoing President Bob Hardage, senior research scientist with the UT Bureau of Economic Geology, spoke of the continuing globalization of the society and introduced incoming President Dave Monk, Director of Geophysics at Apache Corp. Monk said his primary goal would be to diversity SEG’s activities and seek greater collaboration with associated professional societies such as the AAPG.
After the presidential address, the SEG presented is distinguished awards. The winners included George McMechan, professor of geophysics at UT-Dallas; Yu Zhang, Deputy Global Research Manager, Processing, Imaging & Reservoir, CGGVeritas; KMS Technologies, leader in EM surveys; and the Edinburgh Anisotropy Project.
The conference continues on Monday with the presentation of technical papers, poster presentations and tradeshow exhibits. Among the general session is a panel discussion on “Corporate and Academic Social Responsibility: Engagement or Estrangement” led by Dr. Mary Lou Zoback of Stanford University.