The Southeastern Geophysical Society

SGS & NOGS are looking for enthusiastic women geology role models for the Girl Scouts Louisiana East B.I.G. - Believe In Girls event at Southeastern University in Hammond Saturday September 24th.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lisa Kennedy or Tom Bergeron to be placed on the schedule by emailing or Volunteers are needed in 2 shifts:

  • 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • 12:30pm - 3:30pm

SGS Monthly Technical Luncheon

Please join SGS for our October 2016 SGS luncheon on Thursday, October 13th at 11:30am at Bayou Ballroom on the 8th floor in Holiday Inn, 330 Loyola Ave. This month’s talk will be given by Scott Michell, BP America, and is titled "Subsalt Imaging: Snapshots in Time, Reflections, and Next Steps”. If you’d like to attend, kindly RSVP via email to Mike Schneider( by noon on Tuesday, October 11th.

October 2016 SGS Technical Luncheon


Subsalt Imaging: Snapshots in Time, Reflections, and Next Steps


Scott Michell, BP America


Many individuals, companies, consortia, and joint ventures have contributed to the current industry capabilities in subsalt imaging. The lecture will focus on the thought processes, business needs, and technologies that led to BP sponsoring two significant field trials of wide-azimuth acquisition technologies in 2005–2006 and how BP and the industry have responded since that time. Seismic acquisition is a necessary but not sufficient condition to achieving the subsalt image. Time processing, imaging algorithms, and the velocity model also are required to achieve a high-quality image and, as such, I will discuss some key enablers in the journey toward the industry’s current capabilities.

In the early 1990s, there were legitimate concerns about how and if we would be able to solve the subsalt imaging challenge. Evolution of acquisition design, signal processing, imaging algorithms, and velocity determination were and are required to deliver significant improvements. Developments in velocity-model building, depth imaging, and demultiple helped but not enough to develop deep water subsalt Gulf of Mexico (GoM) discoveries and to progress large investments in leases to drillable exploration prospects.

Significant effort over a sustained period of time on the impact that acquisition has on the image yielded two alternative designs, Wide-azimuth Towed Streamer (WATS) and Wide-azimuth Ocean-bottom Node (OBN) recording, to address the imaging challenges. Finite-difference modeling set the basic parameters that needed to be achieved in the field. Learnings from previous acquisition systems design efforts (Amoco SGR’s, Valhall permanent OBC, and other design efforts) and incorporating new technologies facilitated the application of the first WATS and commercial deep water OBN surveys in 2005–2006 at the Mad Dog and Atlantis fields in the GoM. Both surveys were a success, but there were some surprises, and gaps in the image remained. New acquisition techniques led to additional processing innovations, improved application of existing technologies, and significant demands on computational resources.

Wide-azimuth Towed Streamer and OBN acquisitions have had broad take-up since their introduction. The technologies have evolved allowing for more efficient, wider azimuth, and longer offset acquisition. The application of these designs and their impact, along with 3D VSPs, to fill in imaging gaps will be the subject of the lecture, including some recent 4D results. Significant progress has been made, but many challenges remain.


Scott Michell joined Conoco in Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1991 where he spent a great deal of time learning the craft of seismic processing and the link between seismic acquisition and the final image. While at Conoco, Michell was fortunate to see the industry move from one that was predominantly 2D to 3D data. He worked closely with the R&D teams and the processing teams to deliver high-end land and marine images with a variety of challenges including permafrost and other complex near-surface issues, multiples, anisotropy, and the challenge of moving from time imaging to depth imaging.

Upon joining BP Exploration in 1997, Michell took up the challenge of understanding acquisition footprint on TZ data and subsalt imaging. He was involved in designing and implementing a unique joint venture of five oil companies called SMAART, which was formed in 1998. As the BP technical representative, Michell worked with the SMAART Joint Venture to investigate and apply strategies for removing multiples from beneath salt and later to investigate impact of acquisition on subsalt imaging. The SMAART JV was awarded the SEG Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008. After his involvement with the SMAART JV ended, Michell went back to the depth-imaging problem examining strategies to build complex salt models and incorporating multiple data sets. He was part of the BP team that developed, designed, and implemented both the WATS technology and the OBN applications in the Deep Water GoM campaign. After the OBN and WATS surveys, Michell managed a team of leading scientists in BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Flagship group. He also has been the seismic delivery manager for North America Gas and Alaska. He is currently the seismic delivery manager for the Gulf of Mexico region, which has just completed an extensive 4D OBN campaign and two very large 3D VSPs.


SGS & NOGS are looking for enthusiastic women geology role models for the Girl Scouts Louisiana East B.I.G. - Believe In Girls event at Southeastern University in Hammond Saturday September 24th.

Volunteers are needed for 3 hour shifts. This is a fun filled learning experience where the girls will learn about the properties of oil, its presence in rocks and how oil fields are created. We will be joined by The Southeastern Geophysical Society and The Society of Petroleum Engineers Delta Chapter. The event is STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) focused with over 30 science industry careers and 1,400 inquisitive girl scouts.

Please join this fun filled event!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lisa Kennedy to be placed on the schedule. 504-782-7100 call or text . Volunteers are needed in 2 shifts:
9:30am - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 3:30pm

You are also welcome to join me all day if you would like!


New Time for Winter Social: February 26th


August 18th, 19th & 20th 2015

Hilton Riverside New Orleans

Geoscience Opening Seminar, August 18

“The Temporal and Spatial Evolution of Reservoirs and Traps, Northern Deep Water Gulf of Mexico” with Paul Weimer, University of Colorado

This course will summarize the temporal and spatial evolution of the reservoirs for the 220 fields in the northern Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Lectures and exercises will address the key components of each of the major reservoirs by age. The trap types for all of the fields are reviewed and placed within their regional context and exploration province type.

Tickets for the Geoscience Seminar are $225.00 and can be purchased along with your DWTS registration at


Download an SGS Scholarship Application form to apply. Scholarships are made possible by corporate donations and member sponsorship of our Golf Tournament Fundraiser held in the Spring.

Don't forget scholarship applications are due April 30th! As a reminder, children and grandchildren of all current SGS members that are entering college or currently attending college or graduate school can apply for an SGS scholarship - regardless of their child/grandchild's major!

Applications are reviewed and awarded by the SGS Scholarship Committee based on academic achievement, community service and/or employment history, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Applications will not be considered unless the required transcripts and letters of recommendation are received by the Committee by the deadline. The form and supporting documents must be received by the Scholarship Committee by April 30th. Note - It is also the responsibility of the SGS sponsor to keep their membership current. If you are an SGS member sponsoring a scholarship applicant, but are unsure if your membership is current, please contact Pamela Bucher ( to determine your membership status.

Scholarship Application Process:
1. Ensure your SGS membership is current and that your child/grandchild meets the eligibility requirements (see below)
2. Complete the scholarship application form
3. Gather the required supporting documents (a list of the required documents for each educational level is provided in Section Two on the attached scholarship application form).
4. Deliver the application form and supporting documents to a member of the Scholarship Committee via hand delivery, email or mail-in. The 2015-2016 SGS Scholarship Committee Members are:
Robin Broussard, Current SGS President (
Toby Roesler, Past SGS President (
Julius Doruelo, Prior Past SGS President (
5. Mail-in forms and documents can be sent to the following mailing address and must be post-marked April 30th for consideration: SGS Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 57141, New Orleans, LA 70157

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicant is enrolled or planning to enroll in college for the next academic year.
Applicant is one of the following:
High school senior planning to attend college next fall
Undergraduate or graduate college student
Applicant has not been a previous recipient of an SGS Scholarship award.
Applicant is a daughter/granddaughter or son/grandson of a current SGS member.

If you are unable to participate in the SGS Fundraising Golf Tournament, but would like to donate personally to the Scholarship Fund, you can do so by check, cash or online payment via credit card. To donate funds to the SGS Scholarship Fund online, click the donate button below:

The SGS thanks you all for supporting local university students and the children of SGS Members. Due to the success of our annual golf tournament/scholarship fundraiser, this year we were able to fund four scholarships.

Congratulations to the Bill Blair Scholarship Award 2015 Recipients:

Congratulations to the University Earth Science Award 2015 Recipients:

In addition to and independent of the SGS Scholarship, our parent society SEG also runs a Scholarship Program. If you have any questions in regard to the SEG Scholarship please e-mail


The Southeastern Geophysical Society proudly announce that the 2016 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT & CRAWFISH BOIL will be held on March 24th (Thursday) at Tchefuncta Country Club, 2 Country Club Park, Covington, LA with an 8:30 AM Shotgun Start.

Each year, SGS awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students majoring in the earth sciences, and our spring golf tournament is the primary source of scholarship funding. These scholarships are an important contribution to the promotion of scholastic excellence, and your participation in the golf tournament will support this worthy cause. This year, we are providing donation options for both organizations and individual members.

If you are unable to participate in the SGS Fundraising Golf Tournament, but would like to donate personally to the Scholarship Fund, you can do so by check, cash or online payment via credit card. To donate funds to the SGS Scholarship Fund online, click the donate button below:


Registration and Sponsorship Options are in the table below:

Register Sponsor
2016 SGS golf tournament and membership
Foursome names if known
2016 SGS Golf Tournament Sponsorship Options and Rates
Company Name

Not ready to sign up on line: download the 2016 SGS Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser announcement flyer with entry form here.

Companies are also encouraged to provide "Ditty Bag Fillers" such as golf balls, golf towels, t-shirts with logos, tees, ball markers, convention exhibit booth give away items with logos, snacks, and "in kind" donations such as gift certificates.

Check out the photographs in April 2015's Reflections to see some Earth Scientists enjoying the outdoors, camaraderie and, as always, good times whilst raising funds to support our Scholarships. The funds raised are allocated by the Scholarship Committee to High School and University Students and awarded at our luncheon in May.

A big thank you as always to all our sponsors.


Our membership runs from June 1st one year to May 31st the next. The current membership form can be downloaded here: 2016-17 SGS Membership Application Form. If you played in the Golf Tournament this year you become a member through May 2016. If you didn't then you will need to send in or bring your $25 with next year's application form filled out to one of our events.

SGS membership renewal requests will soon be emailed by the 2016-2017 SGS Secretary to individuals with expired memberships in August. If you do not receive one, then your membership is probably up-to-date.

2016 - 2017 SGS Membership options


Download and checkout the new April 2016 Reflections newsletter here. Archive editions of Reflections can be found here.

Contact our editor, Arslan Tashmukhambetov, with submissions for the newsletter and/or to place an advertisement.

  • Support the geophysical community and geophysics in South East Louisiana
  • Exposure to major oil companies and independents working onshore as well at the Gulf of Mexico
  • Advertisements are published monthly (September-June) in the society newsletter
  • Advertisements to be published in the membership directory
  • Logos for full page advertisers are displayed on the SGS website along with a link to the advertisers' own websites
SGS Reflections Ads Sizes and Rates
Company Name


  • A calendar of our activities or events to be aware of.

OCS Bulletin Board

  • Since 1995 the first Internet Website providing critical information on the Gulf of Mexico - OCS BBS.

SGS 2016-2017 Goals & Objectives:

  • To be the most successful local Geophysical society in America
  • To provide a service to the membership, local companies, and the region
  • Focus on Education, Technology, Social and Community
  • General Meetings Monthly
  • Executive Committee Meetings Quarterly face-to-face
  • Be a force for good in the local community
  • Provide multiple opportunities for the professional and social development of the membership

  • Finances:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Aim to reduce volatility on savings

Local Jobs

Local job announcements can be posted in the Reflections newsletter. Contact 2015-2016 SGS Editor, Arslan Tashmukhambetov [Arslan Tashmukhambetov] to post in the Reflections newsletter, starting with the next edition coming up in September.