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SEG Seismic Working Workshop - Reproducible Tutorials - August 9-13, 2017

Working Workshops as opposed to "talking workshops" are meetings where the participants work in 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 to create short, reproducible, geophysical tutorials. These tutorials are inspired by The Leading Edge geophysical tutorial articles. Groups will make lightning talks (a five minute presentation) at then end of the workshop. An open repository will be created to share presentations and code after the workshop.


Groups of two or three participant were formed at the working workshop to create reproducible tutorials. The tutorial should be on a topic of interest to seismic interpreters, applied geophysicists, and general earth scientists. It should be about 1500 words, two or three figures, and code to makes the figures. Groups used any system to create and share the code that allows the tutorial figures to be reproduced by readers after the workshop. The tutorials may be candidates for publication (eg The Leading Edge geophysical tutorial articles or the software section of Geophysics). groups came up with their own ideas or read previous TLE tutorials, Geophysical Image Estimation by Example (http://sepwww.stanford.edu/sep/prof/), Seismic Unix demos, Madagascar reproducible documents, or Geophysical Society of Houston “Tutorial Nuggets”. Study, extend, or translate some of this material to another system. Collaborate and share your experience in a lightning talk (a five minute presentation).

Participants used their own laptops and software to create a tutorial during the workshop. Wifi internet access was available.

This working workshop provided a forum for geophysicist to learn, contribute, and network.

Previous tutorials from The Leading Edge can be downloaded with:

git clone https://github.com/seg/tutorials-2014
git clone https://github.com/seg/tutorials-2015
git clone https://github.com/seg/tutorials-2016
git clone https://github.com/seg/tutorials-2017

Link to the original workshop invitation is HoustonWW 2017 i

Workshop agenda

  • Wednesday afternoon August 9, 2017 3:00-6:00 PM. Optional work session to configure your computer and install open seismic software
    • Do you want help getting your computer up to speed before the working workshop? Come for informal, one-on-one assistance to:
      • Install Linux on your computer.
      • Configure Linux/OSX on your computer.
      • Install Seismic Unix on your computer
      • Install Madagascar on your computer.
      • Install Jupyter and python on your computer.
      • Install a virtual Linux system on your Windows computer that will allow you to experiment with a Linux development environment.

  • Thursday August 10, 2017 (working workshop starts)
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee
    • 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 11, 2016
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee. 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. Reform teams.
    • 9:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
    • 1:00-2:00 Finalize lightning talks
    • 1:00-3:00 Lighting talks

Contact us

If you have some ideas about working workshops, tell us about it! Send email to seismic.working.workshop@gmail.com.

Synopsis of presentations with links

John Gilstrap

John is a geophysical industry linux system administrator. He created a virtual Linux system with Madagascar and Seismic Unix for first time users of these open software packages. He ran most of a simple processing sequence on the Teapot Dome survey.processing sequence.

Mendez, Vergas, and Shukula

These undergraduate student and early career geophysicist configured their computers, installed Madagascar, and reproduced the basic processing sequence on the Teapot Dome 3D survey.
download ppt presentation

Dafni and Symes

Rice University post doctoral fellow and professor created a processing the teapot dome 3D survey with Seismic Unix. They observed traces with offset less than 2000 feet contained most of the worst bad amplitudes. They would like to continue work using surface consistent decon and scaling. They would ike to understand why sustatic applies a large constant shifts. They challenge others to recreate their processing using the sftah programs in Madagascar.
download ppt presentation
download tar file of processing scripts


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