June 18, 2011

73rd EAGE Conference & Exhibition

From May 23 to May 26, the beautiful capital of Austria, Vienna, and main sponsor OMV hosted the 73rd EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC. And I was there, too. For those of you who are not familiar with the term EAGE - the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE) is a professional association for people who are involved in geophysics, petroleum exploration, geology, reservoir engineering, mining and civil engineering.

Viennese State Opera House

 Reed Exhibitions Vienna Entrance Hall

This year's EAGE conference was my first ever EAGE event. I became an EAGE student member earlier this year and I'm especially satisfied about how things turned out because I successfully motivated six of my fellow students to become EAGE student members and attend the conference as well. All in all, it was my second international conference after the SEG Annual Meeting in Denver last year and even though Denver will always be something special to me, Vienna was a wonderful experience. We had a great time there and enjoyed many interesting technical presentations, discussions and conversations with other students and industry professionals from all over the world. I'm truly happy to see that at least some fellow students take the opportunities which are out there waiting for everyone willing to invest something.

2010-2011 EAGE President Davide Calcagni @ Opening Ceremony

Beside the actual conference, I decided to invest some money and participate in two EAGE Workshops and the SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course 2011. The experience was worth the money.

The first workshop on Sunday May 22 was about seismic data: New Representations of Seismic Data - Aiming at Increased Information Density at Less Cost. It was a truly interesting workshop because the list of speakers combined the who's who of seismic acquisition and imaging: Guus Berkhout (TU Delft), Craig Beasley (WesternGeco), Panos Kelamis (Saudi Aramco), Sergey Fomel (University of Texas at Austin), Felix Herrmann (University of British Columbia) and Mauricio Sacchi (University of Alberta) just to name some of them. If you're a geophysicist and don't know these people by now, you better google them and find out about them because you have to know about them and their works. I'm fully convinced that improved seismic data management, seismic acquisition and simultaneous source technologies in particular will be among the most important fields of development in the E&P business in coming years and decades. Therefore, every student and young professional should be well-informed about them.

The second workshop on Monday May 23 dealt with numerics and imaging: Numerical Methods for Geophysical Imaging. Even though I'm really interested in that field of studies, the workshop turned out to be a huge disappointment because of the poor quality of most of the talks. Unfortunately, some of the speakers even seemed not to be prepared at all. The overall quality of this workshop might be expressed best by the fact that almost half of the audience left before lunch time.

On Thursday May 26, I attended the SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course 2011: Seismic Acquisition from Yesterday to Tomorrow by Julien Meunier (CGGVeritas). Vienna marked one stop of 30 overall on his year-long tour all around the world and it was a real pleasure to listen to his lecture. As I said before, seismic acquisition will be one of the most important fields of geophysics in terms of new ideas and technologies in future. Therefore, it was an amazing experience to receive a historical overview and a refreshing introduction into the bascis of seismic acquisition from one of the most experienced industry professionals in seismic land acquisition.

EAGE Student Evening on Danube Island

The 74th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC will be hosted by Maersk Oil in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 4-7. I'm definitely going to be there. What about you?