Houston 2011

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Workshop - Open Software Tools for Reproducible Computational Geophysics
Sponsored by PTTC Texas/SE New Mexico Region



Day 1: Thursday, June 16
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Welcome (Karl Schleicher)
9:30-10:00 A Comparison of Open Source Seismic Processing Software (Mihai Popovici)
10:00-10:30 The Mines Java Toolkit and Multicore Computing (Dave Hale)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 JavaSeis (Chuck Mosher)
11:15-11:45 Scientific Python (Eric Jones)
11:45-12:15 FreeDDS and FreeUSP (Richard Clark)
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:45 BotoSeis (German Garabito)
1:45-2:15 Open Seismic Data with Scripts for Processing with Open Software (Karl Schleicher)
2:15-2:30 break
2:30-3:00 CPSeis -- Open-Source Seismic Processing - How it is Used, Lessons Learned (Bill Menger)
3:00-4:00 Discussion

Open Q&A session of the first day's presentations. Work on install the open source software and problem solving. Please bring your laptop computer with Linux installed to participate.

5:00-8:00 Dinner


Day 2: Friday, June 17
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Welcome (Karl Schleicher)
9:30-10:00 Open-source software usage in a geophysical software and services company (Nick Vlad)
10:00-10:30 SEPlib (Yang Zhang)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Madagascar Open Source Project (Sergey Fomel)
11:15-11:45 A simple way to add interactivity to Madagascar (Joe Dellinger)
11:45-12:15 SeaSeis: A simple open-source seismic data processing system (Bjorn Olofsson)
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-1:45 OpendTect: driving the open source model into the world of oil and gas (Renee Bourque)
1:45-2:15 Android apps for geoscience in oil and gas (Matt Hall)
2:15-3:15 Discussion

Open Q&A session of the presentations. Work on install the open source software and problem solving. Please bring your laptop computer with Linux installed to participate. After the scheduled program participants are welcome to use the meeting room for informal work sessions.



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


Dinner Location

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
10499 Katy Freeway, Houston - (713) 722-0221

Speaker biographies

  • Joe Dellinger graduated with a PhD in Geophysics from the Stanford Exploration Project in 1991 and currently works for BP in Houston, specializing in anisotropy and multicomponent seismology. Joe has often provided advice to the SEG (much of it unsolicited) on how they should best advance into the brave new online/digital world, for which he was awarded Life Membership in 2001. Joe currently is the editor of the Software and Algorithms section of GEOPHYSICS, and maintains the accompanying software and data website. http://software.seg.org
  • Sergey Fomel has been working at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin since 2002 and currently has an Associate Professor appointment, jointly with the Department of Geological Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2001 and worked previously at the Institute of Geophysics in Novosibirsk, Russia, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Sergey started work on Madagascar (at that time named RSF for Regularly Sampled Format) in 2003. http://www.beg.utexas.edu/fomel/
  • Dave Hale received a B.S. in physics from Texas A&M University in 1977 and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University in 1983. At Stanford, he studied with the Stanford Exploration Project. He has worked as a field seismologist and research geophysicist for Western Geophysical, as a senior research geophysicist for Chevron, as an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines, as a chief geophysicist and software developer for Advance Geophysical, and as a senior research fellow for Landmark Graphics. While at Mines, he worked with the Center for Wave Phenomena. In 2005, he returned to Mines as the C.H. Green Professor of Exploration Geophysics.
  • Matt Hall is a geoscientist based in Nova Scotia. A sedimentologist who found geophysics later in his career, Matt has worked at Statoil in Stavanger, Landmark and ConocoPhillips in Calgary, and is now happily self-employed - - running his company from his world HQ: A small shed conveniently located in his back garden.
  • Bill Menger - Houston HPC Manager for Weinman Geoscience: Bill holds BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Geophysics from Texas A&M University. He was a nuclear engineer in the US Navy Submarine force for five years, joined Conoco R&D doing work in magnetotellurics, multi-component seismic, and development of a seismic processing system for the Cray X-MP. He moved to Houston with Conoco's Advance Exploration group, building a worldwide database of all its oil and gas data using a distributed database. After a stint in Lafayette as data management supervisor, he left Conoco to join Applied Geophysical Software, where he wrote software for multiple suppression, model-building, tomography, and depth migration. Bill rejoined Conoco in 1998 and assisted with the rewrite of CPS, the seismic processing system for Conoco. From the ConocoPhillips merger in 2002 until March 2009 he supervised a software and HPC group. At ConocoPhillips, Bill was instrumental in obtaining open source licensing for CPS (http://cpseis.org), and for GeoCraft (http://geocraft.org), a framework for general purpose geophysical software. Bill is President of the Society of HPC Professionals.
  • Karl Schleicher received a B.S. In Mathematics from the University of Houston in 1974 and an MS in Management from the University of Texas at Dallas n 1988. He has worked in data processing, software testing, and research for GSI, Halliburton Geophysical, Western Geophysical, GDC, PGS and AGS. He is interested in the practical development, implementation, and commercialization of seismic processing technology. He is now retired and works part time as a Senior Research Fellow at University of Texas at Austin
  • Ioan (Nick) Vlad received an Engineer degree in geophysics (2000) from the University of Bucharest and a M.Sc. degree in geophysics (2002) from Stanford University. After three more years of research at Stanford and an internship with ConocoPhillips, he joined Statoil. He did imaging and velocity analysis R&D for Statoil for five years -- four at the Trondheim Research Center, and one as a Visiting Scientist with Colorado School of Mines. He is currently a Senior Research Geophysicist with Fusion Petroleum, Inc. He is a member of the SEG, EAGE, IEEE Computer Society, FSF and the Linux Foundation. He has been a participant in the Madagascar project since 2006.