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SEG Seismic Working Workshop - Python for Geophysics - August 8-11, 2018

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.


Seismic data often is in Madagascar, Seismic Unix, or SEGY format. Python and Julia can be useful to prototype and apply selected processing. The objective of this working workshop is to improve the interface between these languages and existing processing systems. We need improved interface routines, documentation, and examples reading and writing seismic data. We also need examples implementing common algorithms in Python and Julia.

Groups of two or three participants will be formed at the working workshop to improve the interface to Python or Julia. You might work on I/O functions or a processing algorithm. You might work on interfacing to Madagascar or Seismic Unix. You might want to produce examples of importing data into machine learning systems like tensor flow. Come to the workshop with an ideas or listen to idea presented by others. Create a small group and work on the project for three days. Share your project at the end of the workshop in a lightning talk (a five minute presentation). You're likely learn new skills, get some new ideas, and meet some new people that will help you in the future. The working workshop is open to beginners and professionals.

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

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


The workshop participation is free but requires an application. Space is limited. The application deadline is August 1, 2018. Link to the application form

Draft agenda

  • Wednesday afternoon August 8, 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 9, 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 10, 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 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 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.


The working workshop with be in Houston. The location has not been selected. Possible locations are the University of Houston or UT's Houston Research Center

  • Nearby hotels

Supporting Organizations



SEG Wavelets

SEG Wavelets is the University of Houston's SEG student chapter. It is devoted to promoting education in exploration geophysics. We work with professional organizations, industry professionals, University of Houston faculty, and other student organizations to bring students educational, social, and possible future employment opportunities. More details can be found on our website.

TRIP.png The Rice Inversion Project

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University