SEG 3D Seismic Processing Working Workshop Houston 2015- Land 3D

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Draft of Open Seismic Processing Working Workshop 2015 - Land 3D

This is still getting firmed up. Some possible additions are:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Use box lunches so we can have presentations (keynote?) during lunch
  • Do we really want this to be free, or should we ask for a small fee to hold a spot? Charge for reservations, but free walkins if space is available? Should we limit size?

Open Seismic Processing Working Workshop 2015 - Land 3D

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 create processing results on the small, open data, 3D land project (Teapot Dome 3D). Participants may use proprietary or open software. 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, input data, and output data with be archived and made available after the workshop for training and research.

Participants are invited to 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

The idea is to bring together research geophysicist, programmers, students, and anyone else who’s interested and collaborate on a single 3D dataset. Possible projects are:

  • Process data through a complete processing sequence
  • Process data through a single program or a partial processing sequence and compare to the previous results.
  • 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 these items 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.

Draft agenda

  • Wednesday August 19, 2015 (informal tutorials)
    • Want to get up to speed on an open software package before the Working Workshop starts? Come for 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.
    Offer to help install other software and we will add them to the list.  
  • Thursday August 20, 2015 (working workshop starts)
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee/pastries
    • 9:00-10:00 Introductions, project proposals, and team formations
    • 10:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-5:30 Breakout into work teams
    • 6:00-8:00 Dinner
  • Friday August 21, 2015
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee/pastries. Reform teams.
    • 9:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-5:30 Breakout into work teams
    • 6:00-8:00 Dinner
  • Saturday August 22, 2015
    • 8:30-9:00 Coffee/pastries Reform teams.
    • 9:00-12:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 Group discussion
    • 2:00-3:00 Breakout into work teams
    • 3:00-5:00 Final presentations


Tutorial : Wednesday August 19, 2015
Working Workshop: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 20-22, 2015.



Duncan Hall, Room DH 1049
Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005-1892


The workshop participation is free but requires an application.

The application deadline was August 1, 2015.

Link? Form? Email?

Get sponsorship to attend

Funds are available for domestic or international travel for an individual or a two person team to attend the working workshop. Download the Teapot Dome dataset, create some preliminary results, make a proposal, and submit it to ????? by June 1??. The team with the best proposal will fly to Houston to participate in the workshop.