SEG 3D Seismic Processing Working Workshop Houston 2016- Land 3D invitation

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SEG Open Seismic Processing Working Workshop - Land 3D, August 17-20, 2016

Working Workshops as opposed to "talking workshops" are meetings where the participants work together (possibly divided into pairs or small teams) to develop new software code or to conduct computational experiments addressing a particular problem. In this workshop participants will work in small groups using their own open or proprietary software to process the same 3D land data set. Participants will share input data, processing parameters, and output data so their results can be reproduced in the future by others.


This workshop invites participants to extent the results of the 2015 SEG 3D Seismic Processing Working Workshop. The workshop report is here. Since last summer some of the archived processing templates created in the workshop were incorporated in the reproducible processing flows and new programs in Madagascar. This year we would like to:

  • Use the scripts to develop seismic processing skills.
  • Reproduce and improve these results in other proprietry or open software
  • Extend Madagascar, Seismic Unix, or other open software packages.

Participants will make a final presentation describing the programs, parameters, and data (input and output) in sufficient detail so the results can be reproduced after the workshop. The presentations, description of programs and parameters used, input data, and output data with be archived and made available after the workshop for training and research.

We plan to learn by comparing results from various software systems and archiving a set of processing templates. This is an opportunity for academics to pick up some of the "art" of seismic processing from seasoned industry processing staff. It is also an opportunity for industry to illustrate interesting problems in land processing and "set up" example scripts for university researchers to validate their theory.

Participants should download the Teapot Dome 3D data before the workshop by following the links Data includes:

  • Unprocessed prestack data with source and receiver coordinates in headers
  • Processed CDP gathers
  • Final processed volume
  • Well logs

If you are interested in using the existing reproducible Madagascar scripts you can download them

This working workshop invites research geophysicists, programmers, students, processing geophysicists and others to collaborate on a single 3D dataset. Example projects are:

  • Learn 3D land processing concepts using the reproducible processing scripts in Madagascar.
  • Process data through a single program or a partial processing sequence and compare to the previous results. Test to find better parameters.
  • Create a new program or improve an existing program and demonstrate on the dataset.
  • Identify an interesting problem in the data, work on a solution.
  • Create examples to motivate a future researcher to work on an interesting problem.
  • Create 3D land processing training material.
  • Modify/adapt/change one of the items above or come up with something completely on your own.

Participants are expected to bring laptops with the software they will use to process the seismic data during the workshop. Wifi internet access will be provided.


The workshop participation is free but requires an application. Space is limited. The application deadline is August 7, 2016. Link to the application form

Draft agenda

  • Wednesday August 17, 2016 (optional informal tutorials)
    • Want help getting your computer up to speed before the working workshop? Come for informal, one-on-one tutorials to:
      • Install/configure Linux on your computer
      • Install Seismic Unix on your computer
      • Install Madagascar on your computer.
      • Get a copy of the Teapot Dome data on your computer.

    • 9:00-12:00 Work together installing/configuring/loading (no coffee, food, nor drinks)
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (on your own)
    • 1:00-5:30 Work together installing/configuring/loading (no coffee, food, nor drinks)
    Offer to help install other software and we will expand this list.  
  • Thursday August 18, 2016 (working workshop starts)
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee (no food)
    • 9:00-10:00 Introductions, project proposals, and team formations
    • 10:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-5:30 Breakout into work teams
  • Friday August 19, 2016
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee (no food). Reform teams.
    • 9:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-5:30 Breakout into work teams
    • 6:00-8:00 Dinner
  • Saturday August 20, 2016
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee (no food) Reform teams.
    • 9:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-3:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 3:00-5:00 Final presentations

Contact us

Contact us by email at



The University of Texas at Austin
Bureau of Economic Geology
Houston Research Center

11611 West Little York Rd
Houston, Texas 77041, USA
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Supporting Organizations

TRIP.png The Rice Inversion Project

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University