The Southeastern Geophysical Society

Please join SGS for our February 2018 luncheon on Thursday, April 12th at 11:30am on the 1st floor of the Holiday Inn, 330 Loyola Ave.
Talks of this month:
"Ocean Bottom Node Solutions for Exploration to Reservoir Monitoring" by John Smythe, Vice President of Technical Marketing and Sales for FairfieldNodal in Sugar Land, Texas.

Reservations: Mike Schneider(

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SGS Luncheon


Ocean Bottom Node Solutions for Exploration to Reservoir Monitoring


John Smythe, Vice President of Technical Marketing and Sales for FairfieldNodal in Sugar Land, Texas.


Despite continuous improvements in seismic acquisition and processing technology, imaging under salt remains challenging, specifically because of the difficulty in updating complex salt geometries and subsalt velocity. Synthetic studies show that when certain conditions are met, full-waveform inversion (FWI) can recover very complex velocity models, including the geometry of the salt and the subsalt velocity. Unfortunately, currently available seismic field data fall short of meeting the requirements needed to replicate what can be achieved on synthetic data. We first use a wide-azimuth data set from the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to show how FWI can improve imaging in the subsalt. In addition to utilizing the diving-wave energy to derive a reliable model in the shallow sediment overburden, we use reflection FWI (RFWI) to update the velocity model in the deep area. RFWI utilizes the low-wave number components of the FWI gradient associated with waves reflected in the model, which makes it possible to circumvent the well-known penetration-depth limitation of FWI and the shortcomings of traditional tomography-based methods. This is achieved by alternately using the high-wavenumber and low-wavenumber components of the FWI gradient to update density and velocity models, respectively. We then use an ultralong-offset, full-azimuth data set from the U.S. side of the GOM to show that, with more suitable data, FWI and RFWI can be combined to recover the velocity in and around complex salt bodies, providing significant uplift to subsalt images.


John Smythe has diverse industry experience working as a geophysicist for Amoco Production Co., BP and EOG Resources. He is currently Vice President of Technical Marketing and Sales for FairfieldNodal in Sugar Land, Texas. John has a B.A. in geology from Boston University and an M.S. in geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.

Current: Super Science Saturday

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work 2 hour shifts: 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm.

We need volunteers for the dinosaur, oil field and seismograph stations.

This is a great outreach event and an opportunity to meet other geos in the community.

The stations are highly interactive, easy to grasp and fun to run

The exhibits are easy to learn, self-contained and you don’t need to be a dinosaur expert to run them.

If you are not able to volunteer please join us bringing your family, friends or telling your teachers, scouts and other groups.

Children can become a junior paleontologist. Learn about dinosaurs and geology with members of the New Orleans Geological Society (NOGS). Explore NOGS fossil collection, see life-sized dinosaur skulls, and walk in dinosaur footprints. Shake the Earth and watch the movement on a seismograph. Learn how an oil field forms. Match predators with prey in geological time, discover how the plant eating dinosaurs defended themselves from the meat eaters, and more! Complete a dino scavenger hunt and receive a real dinosaur bone fragment to keep!

Volunteers get an exclusive green SSS raptor shirt.

Please consider joining us in this fun filled event!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Lisa Kennedy
cell: 504-782-7100 (call or text) (personal) (work)
Tom Bergeon

2018 Family Fun Eat & Run


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 2018 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 2017-2018 SGS Scholarship Committee Members are:

Ellen Clark, Current SGS President (
Scott Glassman, Current SGS President (
Robin Broussard, Past SGS President (
Toby Roesler, Prior Past SGS President (
Eric Zimmerman, University Liason (

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 three scholarships.

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 the


WHEN: Thursday, March 23rd, 2016, 8:30 AM Shotgun Start

WHERE: Tchefuncta Country Club, Covington, LA

REGISTER: Fill out the registration form below & return to

PAYMENT: Online below via paypal or via check

2017 Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament & Crawfish Boil

If by check, please make payable to "Southeastern Geophysical Society" and mail to the address below:

POBOX 57141




SGS invites both organizations and individual SGS members to contribute to our annual scholarship fundraiser. 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. 

Company / Organization Sponsorship

Organizations can donate online by visiting  Click on the “Golf Tournament” tab and specify your sponsorship level under “Sponsors”.

Organization Sponsorship Levels

Platinum            $1,000

Gold                     $500

Silver                   $250

Hole                     $100

Organizations are also encouraged to donate “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. 

Individual SGS Members Wishing to Contribute to the Scholarship Fund

For members unable to participate in the golf tournament, you can still contribute to the scholarship fund!  This is a great opportunity to support geoscience education & promote SGS in the local community.  Members can donate online by visiting Click on the “Golf Tournament” tab and use the paypal “Donate” button to specify a flexible amount.    

Lastly, check out the fun we had at last year’s golf tournament!

Please direct tournament entry correspondence to the following representative:

Louis Sturgess  (504) 425-7636

Please click the pdf icon to download the gold tournament registration form.


Our membership runs from June 1st one year to May 31st the next. The current membership form can be downloaded here: 2017-2018 SGS Membership Application Form. If you played in the Golf Tournament this year you become a member through May 2018. 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 SGS Secretary to individuals with expired memberships in August. If you do not receive one, then your membership is probably up-to-date.

2017 - 2018 SGS Membership options


Download and checkout the new December 2017 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.

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

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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.