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

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2016 Working Workshop Attendees

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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.

This workshop invited participants to extent the results of the 2015 SEG 3D Seismic Processing Working Workshop. The workshop 2016 report is here. Processing templates created in that workshop were incorporated in the reproducible processing flows and new programs in Madagascar. The objective of the 2016 working workshop were:

  • 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.

The workshop was held August 17-20, 2016 at the Bureau of Economic Geology's Houston Research Center. It was attended by 21 participants from 9 organizations. The participants were Students, post docs, academic staff, and industry professionals. The meeting was sponsored by Rice University (TRIP), University of Texas at Austin (TCCS), and SEG.

Participants made final "lightning talk" presentations 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 are archived and available for training and research.

Many participants started with existing reproducible Madagascar scripts from this link. Participants brought aptops with the software they will use to process the seismic data during the workshop. We learned by comparing results from various software systems and archiving a set of processing templates. It was an opportunity for academics to pick up some of the "art" of seismic processing from seasoned industry processing staff. It was also an opportunity for industry to illustrate interesting problems in land processing and "set up" example scripts for university researchers to validate their theory.


  • Wednesday August 17, 2016 (optional informal tutorials)
    • 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.

    • 8:30-9:00 Light breakfast
    • 9:00-12:00 Work together installing/configuring/loading
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (on your own)
    • 1:00-5:00 Work together installing/configuring/loading
  • Thursday August 18, 2016 (working workshop starts)
    • 8:30-9:00 Light breakfast
    • 9:00-10:00 Self 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 Light breakfast, 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 Light breakfast, reform teams.
    • 9:00-10:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 10:00-12:00 Final presentations

Synopsis of lightning talks with links

John Gilstrap

John is a geophysical industry

Mendez, Vergas, and Shukula

Dafni and Symes

Xia, Ging, Kim, and Son

Dmitrii Merzlikin

Chuck Andrews

Supporting Organizations


TRIP.png The Rice Inversion Project

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University