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Deep learning for seismic interpretation

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
10 AM (Beijing)
11 AM (Beijing)


Format: Virtual Webinar. 45 min. presentation followed by 15 min. Q&A

Please note that two sessions will be given at different dates listed below.

Session 1, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10 am to 11 am Beijing time Register Here

Session 2, Thursday, April 16, 2020, 9 am to 10 am IST time (India) Register Here



Seismic interpretation involves detecting and extracting structural information, stratigraphic features, and geobodies from seismic images. Although numerous automatic methods have been proposed, seismic interpretation today remains a highly time-consuming task which still requires significant human efforts. The conventional seismic interpretation methods or workflows are not automated or intelligent enough to efficiently or accurately interpret the rapidly increasing seismic data sets, which leaves significantly more data uninterpreted than interpreted.

We improve automatic seismic interpretation by using CNNs (convolutional neural networks) which recently have shown the best performance in detecting and extracting useful image features and objects. One main limitation of applying CNNs in seismic interpretation is the preparation of many training data sets and especially the corresponding geologic labels. Manually labeling geologic features in a seismic image is highly time-consuming and subjective, which often results in incompletely or inaccurately labeled training images. To solve this problem, we propose a workflow to automatically build diverse geologic models with geologically realistic features. Based on these models with known geologic information, we further automatically create numerous synthetic seismic images and the corresponding ground truth of geologic labels to train CNNs for geologic interpretation in field seismic images. Accurate interpretation results in multiple field seismic images show that the proposed workflow simulates realistic and generalized geologic models from which the CNNs effectively learn to recognize real geologic features in field images.

In this lecture, I would like the share you with our research experience on the following topics:

Automatic preparation of training data sets and labels;

CNN for fault detection, fault orientation estimation, and fault surface construction;

CNN for relative geologic time and seismic horizons;

CNN for seismic geobody tracking;

CNN-based multitask learning in seismic interpretation.

Advances in Marine Seismic Data Acquisition Workshop

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2-day workshop on 2 - 3 December 2020.

The workshop will bring together all aspects of marine seismic acquisition, highlighting advances in technologies and methodologies. It will focus on the science of data acquisition covering a broad range of topics, from advances in survey design to developments in seismic source, streamer and Ocean Bottom Seismic technology and its configurations, in order to address both exploration and development objectives. Workshop attendees will have a valuable opportunity to discuss among experts the future vision in domains such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotization.

GEM 2019 Xi'an: International Workshop on Gravity, Electrical, & Magnetic Methods and Their Applications

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Chinese Geophysical Society will jointly organize:

GEM 2019 Xi'an: International Workshop on Gravity, Electrical, & Magnetic Methods and Their Applications

May 19-22, 2019

Xi'an, China

The Workshop will be held at Chang’an University, located in the heart of the ancient city of Xi’an. Here is the Workshop homepage:

It contains updated and new information. When you prepare your abstract, please follow carefully the instructions under section “Call for Abstracts”.

Abstract submissions to “GEM 2019 Xi’an” will open on 1 October 2018 and close on 30 November 2018. All abstracts need to be submitted by email to: We sincerely invite you, your co-workers, and your friends to submit abstracts.

Science and Technology Australia: Professional Scientist Remuneration Survey

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The 2018 Professional Scientist Remuneration Survey (conducted by Professionals Australia in conjunction with Science & Technology Australia) is currently underway and open to all science professionals.

Please take a few minutes to assist the scientific community by completing the questionnaire. All survey participants have the opportunity to enter the survey competition to win one of two $500 JB-HiFi vouchers. To enter, complete the entry form available once you complete the survey.

The answers will be aggregated to compile a major report on prevailing market rates and workplace conditions for employees in positions requiring qualifications in a branch of science.

A summary of the survey results will be available on the Professionals Australia website later in the year.

The closing date for the submission of completed survey questionnaires is the 24th of June, 2018. No identifying details are required. All responses are confidential and will be handled in accordance with Professionals Australia's privacy policy.

The survey can be completed here.

5th international Workshop on Induced Polarization

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

5th International Workshop on Induced Polarization, October 3-5, Newark, NJ, USA

Invited speakers for the 5th International Workshop on Induced Polarization are now confirmed. Five experts in different aspects of induced polarization will give overview talks that will be followed by poster sessions. The invited speakers/sessions are 

  1. Matthias Halisch [Leibniz Institute of Applied Geophysics, Germany] - Petrophysics;
  2. Sarah Glaven [Naval Research Laboratory, USA] - Biogeophysical studies;
  3. Matthias Bücker [Universität Bonn, Germany] - Modeling;
  4. Torleif Dahlin [Lund University, Sweden] - Field applications; 
  5. Douglas Oldenburg [University of British Columbia, Canada] - Data processing and inversion. 

The abstract submission deadline for the 5th International Workshop on Induced Polarization is July 1.

Registration will open no later than July 15 with an early-bird deadline of September 1.

Short (250 word) abstract submissions are invited in the following areas of Induced Polarization research:

  1. Petrophysics
  2. Biogeophysical studies
  3. Modeling
  4. Field applications
  5. Instrumentation
  6. Data processing and inversion

Submission of a short 250 word abstract by the deadline is required to secure a presentation at this workshop.

The workshop will take place from October 3-5, 2018 at Rutgers University Newark, located approximately 10 miles outside of New York City. The workshop will include invited keynote talks on each of the above areas, poster sessions and round-table discussions. Industry sponsors will showcase their most recent IP-related products. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we expect to offer a low registration fee of approximately $200 [$150 for students]. The registration fee will include a conference dinner, a dinner/river cruise around Manhattan, lunches, an ice-breaker and a happy hour. Two local hotels will provide discounted rates from $109-$169 per room per night (details to be announced shortly).


More information here.

13th SEGJ Symposium

Monday, November 12, 2018

The SEGJ advises of their 13th SEGJ International Symposium being held from 12 to 14 November, 2018 in Tokyo.

The theme of the 13th symposium encompasses the role of applied geophysics in the sustainable development of human societies. All interested scientists and engineers are invited to join a diverse group of specialists for stimulating discussions in face-to-face meetings. They welcome the contribution of younger colleagues.

Travel Support Program to Young Researchers

The organization committee would like to encourage young researchers coming from overseas to participate in this symposium. A young researchers' paper competition will be  conducted in advance to the due date of the extended abstract submission, and the winners will be granted a small amount of travel support. Participants whose ages are under or equal to 35 may submit an application to this support program at the time of their abstract submissions. The number of winners and the amount of support will be due to financial
conditions. The detailed procedure for this competition will be announced later.

Technical sessions
1. Acquisition and Sensor Technologies
2. Seismic Technologies
3. GPR Technologies
4. DC / EM / NMR Technologies
5. Geodetic Technologies
6. Gravity / Magnetics
7. Borehole Geophysics
8. Passive Seismic / Microseismic
9. Monitoring Technologies
10. Rock Physics / Interpretation (Case studies)
11. Near Surface Geophysics
12. Safely/Sustainability/Environmental Applications
13. Disaster Mitigation Application
SS 1. Geophysical application of Data science
SS 2. Unmanned and Airborne Geophysical Survey
SS 3. Geophysical challenges in the Middle-East area

SEGJ 13th Symposium in Tokyo 2018

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I have a reminder for those interested in submitting an abstract for the SEGJ symposium in November 2018. Abstract submission deadline extended until 30 April 2018! Please also see flyer attached to this email.

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Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract submission: 30 April 2018
Call for Extended Abstracts open: 31 May 2018
Deadline for Extended Abstract submission: 30 June 2018
Registration open: 1 June 2018
Deadline for Pre-registration: 10 September 2018
13th SEGJ International Symposium
On-site registration: 12 - 14 November 2018

Geoscientists Day

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The AGC remind us that International Geoscientists Day (originating from INternational Geologists Day) is celebrated in 01 April.

Geologists Day is a professional holiday of geologists, geophysicists and geochemists. It is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday of April. The establishment of this holiday was initiated by a group of prominent Soviet geologists headed by academician Alexander Yanshin. Following their initiative, the Geologists Day was established by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on March 31, 1966 to commemorate the achievements of Soviet geologists after discovery of the West Siberian petroleum province.

The timing of the holiday, the first Sunday in April, was chosen because it marks the end of winter and beginning of preparation for summer field work and expeditions.

Geologists Day is traditionally celebrated in almost all geological and mining organizations of the former Soviet Union with festivities starting at the end of preceding week. With tens of thousands of geologists from the former Soviet Union working around the world, the tradition of celebrating the Geologists Day is becoming more international.

In addition to geologists, many others involved in related fields also consider this day as their professional holiday and celebrate it.

EAGE Annual Convention

Monday, June 11, 2018

Registration is now open for the EAGE Annual 2018, the 80th Conference & Exhibition and the world's largest and most comprehensive multi-disciplinary geoscience and engineering event.

With an in-depth technical programme (boasting its highest ever number of submissions), short courses, workshops, field trips, a fantastic social programme, and capped off by an extensive exhibition of the world's largest and most innovative companies in energy, geoscience and engineering, the EAGE Annual has something to offer everyone in the field.

Join us in Copenhagen (11-14 June) and take part in the conversations that will define the future of geoscience.

Workshops Programme

Do you want to actively participate in our Workshop Programme during the EAGE Annual 2018? Now is your chance to do so!

Several of our workshops have an open Call for Abstracts. Check the workshop descriptions for further details on how to submit. 

  • WS01: Seismic Imaging with Ray and Waves - Where do we stand? Part I: Velocity EstimationDeadline: 15 February
  • WS02: Data Integration in Geoscience - Perspectives for Computational MethodsDeadline: 15 February
  • WS07: Seismic Imaging with Ray and Waves - Where do we stand? Part II: ImagingDeadline: 15 February
  • WS08: Fibre Optic Sensors in Surface and Borehole GeophysicsDeadline: 16 February 
  • WS09: Improving the use of seismic data for reservoir model definition and updateDeadline: 12 February
  • WS14: The Effect of Seismic Surveys on the Marine EnvironmentDeadline: 15 February 
  • WS15: Risk and Uncertainty in Petroleum ExplorationDeadline: 21 February 


Resources for Future Generations

Saturday, June 16, 2018

RFG2018 is the first IUGS event to be held between Quadrennial IUGS International Geological Congresses, and the first to be focused on a specific topic. The conference will examine the critical natural resources that led to the development of the human race over the last 10,000 years, and remain fundamental to our existence – Energy, Minerals and Water. These themes will be looked at from the perspective of the Earth and the knowledge that underpins the future availability and responsible use of resources. Sessions will focus on the interplay among earth science, human ingenuity, new technologies, and environmental and human challenges, in the context of a world that is changing dramatically and unpredictably. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a conference with implications for a sustainable future.

The AGCC 2018 is partnering with the RFG2018 Conference.

The RFG2018 Conference website is here. Submissions for abstracts close 12 February, 2018.