The Southeastern Geophysical Society

SGS Monthly Technical Luncheon

Please join SGS for our December 2016 SGS luncheon on Thursday, December 8th at 11:30am at Bayou Ballroom on the 8th floor in Holiday Inn, 330 Loyola Ave. This month’s talk will be given by Dr. Yingping Li, Senior Staff Geophysicist and Borehole Geophysics Lead for Shell, and is titled "Velocity Analysis and Update with 3D DAS-VSP to Improve Borehole/Surface Seismic Images”. If you’d like to attend, kindly RSVP via email to Mike Schneider(sgsluncheon@gmail.com) by noon on Tuesday, December 6th.

 
December 2016 SGS Luncheon
 

Title

Velocity Analysis and Update with 3D DAS-VSP to Improve Borehole/Surface Seismic Images

Speaker

Dr. Yingping Li

Abstract

Shell conducted its first dual-well 3D DAS-VSP survey concurrently with an OBS survey in a deep water environment in the Gulf of Mexico in 2012. This survey produced about 40M picks of the first arrival times (FAT) which were used to diagnose and update velocity models for improvement of both borehole and surface seismic images of subsurface structures. We developed a procedure to use the VSP-FAT to diagnose the velocity models derived from surface seismic surveys and monitor the velocity updating process. The method first was used for selecting a suitable initial velocity model. After the travel-time tomography inversion of FAT, this diagnosis approach was applied again to the updated VTI-inversion model to ensure the velocity updating effort is on the right track. We used the Absolute and Relative Misfits (AM & RM) and apparent velocities to quantify the velocity model uncertainties as functions of depth, azimuth, and offset. Both DAS-VSP data at two wells and OBS data were migrated with the initial VTI velocity model and the updated VTI-inversion model. It is found that both borehole and surface seismic images generated with the VTI-inversion model are improved from those obtained with the VTI-initial model, especially for the seismic amplitudes at a target event.

Bio

Dr. Yingping Li has worked for Shell Exploration and Production Company since 2005. He is a Senior Staff Geophysicist and Borehole Geophysics Lead, in charge of Shell Marine VSP programs in North and South America. He is also Shell global SME (Subject Matter Expert) for VSP Design and Operation. From 1997-2005, he worked as a geophysicist and then a geosciences advisor at Baker Hughes on various VSP projects around world. He was a post-doctor and then a research scientist at MIT from 1992-1997, working on micro-seismic and earthquake seismology. He obtained his PhD (1992) in Geophysics at New York Stony Brook University, USA. He received an M. S. (1984) in Seismology from Institute of Geophysics, Beijing, China, and B.S. (1982) in Geophysics at University of Science and Technology, China. He is currently a member of AGU, EAGE, and SEG.


 
 
 
 


Current

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 lisadwyerkennedy@gmail.com . 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!

Past

Education

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 http://www.deepwaternola.org

Scholarships

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 (Pamela.Bucher@shell.com) 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 (robin.broussard@shell.com)
Toby Roesler, Past SGS President (RoeslerTA@StoneEnergy.com)
Julius Doruelo, Prior Past SGS President (J.Doruelo@shell.com)
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 scholarships@seg.org.

2016 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING GOLF TOURNAMENT & CRAWFISH BOIL

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 October 2016's Reflections for information on the Fall 2016 SGS social.

A big thank you as always to all our sponsors.

Membership

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

Reflections

Download and checkout the new October 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.
Benefits:

  • 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

Calendars

  • 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.