News & Events - 2012
December 14 - PhD hooding ceremony for Yong Ma and Xiaoxiang Wang
November 13 CWP visit - Bruce VerWest, CGG
Thanks for joining us at the CWP Semi-Annual Meeting
CWP thanks all meeting attendees who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the CWP Semi-Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 during the SEG annual meeting in Las Vegas. Meeting attendees enjoyed catching up with CWP faculty, students and staff over refreshments and appetizers, as well as browsing mini-posters that showcased CWP students' research.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) published the third edition of Ilya Tsvankin's book, Seismic signatures and analysis of reflection data in anisotropic media. Prof. Tsvankin conducted a book signing session on November 6, 2012 during the SEG annual meeting in Las Vegas.
(Photos #2-8 provided courtesy of SEG and Barchfeld Photography)
Xiaoxiang Wang successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis
On October 31, 2012, Xiaoxiang Wang successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Colorado School of Mines. His thesis is titled "Multiparameter TTI tomography of P-wave reflection and VSP data." Xiaoxiang joined CWP in August 2006 and he conducted his Ph.D. research with the guidance of Prof. Ilya Tsvankin, his advisor. He has been working at Shell Exploration and Production Company in New Orleans, Louisiana since Fall 2012. Congratulations, Xiaoxiang!
Yong Ma successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis
On October 26, 2012, Yong Ma successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Colorado School of Mines. His thesis is titled "Waveform-based velocity estimation from reflection seismic data." Yong joined CWP in August 2007 and completed both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. research under his advisor, Prof. Dave Hale. During the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011, he interned at ConocoPhillips in Houston, Texas. Congratulations, Yong!
Fall 2012 editions available: CWP Newsletter and CWP Faculty, Students and Staff Booklet
Clément Fleury successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis
On September 5, 2012, Clément Fleury successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Colorado School of Mines. His thesis is titled "Wave propagation in complex media, scattering theory and application to seismic imaging." Clément joined CWP in Fall 2009 as a Ph.D. candidate under Professor Roel Snieder. During the summer of 2011, he interned at Schlumberger Cambridge Research in England. Félicitations, Clément!
CWP Semi-Annual Meeting at 2012 SEG
CWP looks forward to seeing our sponsors and friends at our Semi-Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. Click on the Quick Link in the left navigation menu or follow this link to view more information about CWP presentations, activities and events during the SEG annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ashley Fish successfully defends her M.Sc. thesis
On August 24, 2012, Ashley Fish successfully defended her Master of Science thesis at the Colorado School of Mines. Her thesis is titled "Microseismic velocity inversion and event location using reverse time imaging." Ashley graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering and a minor in the McBride Honors Public Affairs program. She will begin working for Cimarex Energy in Denver, Colorado starting this fall. Congratulations, Ash!
CWP welcomes six new students in Fall 2012
Six new graduate students joined the Center for Wave Phenomena in Fall 2012. Welcome to all new students and all the best with your research endeavors! The new students are:
Two A-Team papers to be featured on Earth Emphasis website
The Earth Emphasis website will soon feature two research papers produced by Prof. Ilya Tsvankin's Anisotropy-Team at CWP: Mamoru Takanashi and Ilya Tsvankin's paper "Moveout analysis of wide-azimuth data in the presence of lateral velocity variation" (click here for PDF of paper abstract) recently published in Geophysics, as well as Bharath Shekar and Ilya Tsvankin's paper "Anisotropic attenuation analysis of crosshole data generated during hydraulic fracturing" (click here for PDF of paper abstract) recently published in The Leading Edge. The Earth Emphasis website selects "breaking journal articles considered to represent the best in Earth Science and Environmental Studies."
2012 CWP Annual Project Review Meeting files now available
CWP thanks all Consortium Sponsors for generously supporting our research. We are pleased to make available publicly the documents provided to attendees of the 2012 project review meeting of the Consortium Project on Seismic Inverse Methods for Complex Structures, May 14-17, 2012 in Breckenridge, Colorado. Go to the CWP Annual Project Review Meeting files page and click on the "2012 CWP Project Review Meeting" link to view and/or download the documents.
SEG to present three CWP alumni with prestigious J. Clarence Karcher Awards for 2012
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) will present the prestigious J. Clarence Karcher Award to three CWP alumni: Jyoti Behura, Pawan Dewangan and Alison Malcolm.
Drs. Behura (2009 graduate), Dewangan (2004 graduate) and Malcolm (2005 graduate) will be recognized and presented with their awards during SEG's 2012 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 4-8.
The Karcher Award - given only with the unanimous decision of the SEG Honors and Awards Committee as well as the SEG Executive Committee - is awarded in recognition of significant contributions to the science and technology of exploration geophysics by a young geophysicist of outstanding abilities.
Paul Sava elected to serve two-year term on EAGE Board
Paul Sava, CWP faculty and Colorado School of Mines associate professor of geophysics, was elected to serve on the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Board. He will commence his term from June 2012 for two years, ending in June 2014. Sava's responsibilities as the EAGE Education Officer will focus on directing and shaping EAGE's educational activities, including but not limited to: courses, lectures and student programs.
EAGE, founded in 1951, is a professional association for geoscientists and engineers. It is an organization with a worldwide membership providing a global network of commercial and academic professionals. The multi-disciplinary and international association consists of members who are professionally involved in, or studying, geophysics, petroleum exploration, geology, reservoir engineering, mining and civil engineering.
CWP making waves at 2012 EAGE meeting in Copenhagen
As in previous years, CWP faculty and students once again presented their research at the 74th EAGE Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. The annual EAGE meeting - an event composed of both a conference and exhibition - showcases cutting-edge developments in the areas of geophysics, geology and reservoir/petroleum engineering and is often recognized as the largest geoscience event in the world.
Oscar and Gerardo discuss seismic modeling codes
CWP faculty and students welcome Alfonso and Gerardo
Thank you for joining us - 2012 Project Review meeting, May 14-17
The Center for Wave Phenomena thanks all representatives from our Consortium sponsor companies who attended the 2012 Project Review meeting of the Consortium Project on Seismic Inverse Methods for Complex Structures. CWP welcomed over 100 representatives from all over the globe during our May 14-17 meeting. Thank you all for your continued support of CWP research. Sponsor representatives may contact Shingo Sean Ishida, CWP Communications Specialist, if they require any copies of resources or materials distributed during the meeting. Alternatively, sponsors may click here and use the same Username/Password distributed at the meeting.
On May 16, 2012, Conrad Newton successfully defended his Master's thesis at the Colorado School of Mines. His thesis is titled "Estimating intrinsic attenuation from seismic interferometry and time reversal." Conrad joined CWP in the summer of 2010 and worked on estimating attenuation using deconvolution interferometry and time reversal, with Prof. Roel Snieder, his CWP advisor. After graduation, he has been working at MicroSeismic Inc., a geophysical services company in Denver, Colorado. Congratulations, Conrad!
Welcome! Two new Consortium sponsors - Cimarex Energy and Devon Energy
The Center for Wave Phenomena is very pleased to announce that two new companies recently joined the Consortium Project on Seismic Inverse Methods for Complex Structures. The new sponsors are (in alphabetical order): Cimarex Energy Company and Devon Energy Corporation.
March 16 Spring Seminar - Tariq Alkhalifah, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Nature Magazine and AGU Journal of Geophysical Research highlight Nakata and Snieder's research on near-surface shear wave velocities in Japan
The occurrence of earthquakes and even heavy rainfall reduce the near-surface velocity of a type of seismic wave responsible for the worst damage during earthquakes. Nori Nakata and Roel Snieder studied "shear" waves using seismic interferometry, which measures how the waves propagate from depth to the surface. The authors analysed the average velocities of shear waves in nearly 112,000 quakes — most of them minor — recorded between 2000 and 2010 by KiK-net, Japan's network of seismic stations. They found that, three months after major earthquakes, wave velocities recorded at nearby stations were 3–4% lower than normal. Follow these links to see more about Nakata and Snieder's research in Nature and the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Update: Behura to lead CWP Tutorial at May 2012 Project Review Meeting
The CWP is pleased to announce that Jyoti Behura, formerly of BP and current CWP post-doctoral fellow, will lead this year's CWP tutorial on May 14, 2012. Jyoti's tutorial is titled, "Attenuation anisotropy: Analysis and estimation." The tutorial will address basic aspects of seismic wave propagation in the presence of attenuation anisotropy and discuss methodologies for estimating the attenuation anisotropy parameters from field data. To attend the tutorial, send an RSVP to Pam Kraus, CWP program assistant. See more information about the project review meeting here.
E&P Magazine highlights Tsvankin's fracture characterization research
The February 2012 edition of Hart Energy's E&P Magazine features Ilya Tsvankin and his Anisotropy-Team's research on seismic fracture characterization. The article, by E&P senior editor Rhonda Duey, discusses the role of geophysical methods in "unconventional" shale oil and gas plays. Mapping areas of high fracture density from seismic data helps identify "sweet spots" of increased production in many shale reservoirs. Tsvankin's group is developing seismic inversion and fracture-detection methods based on realistic azimuthally anisotropic models of fractured formations.
Click on the image to download the PDF of the E&P article.
Snieder teaches a workshop on career skills to academics in Saudi Arabia
Roel Snieder was invited as a guest presenter to lead a workshop on January 23-25, 2012 at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prof. Snieder will lead a workshop called "Career Skills for Academics" for KAUST faculty, post-doctorate students and teaching assistants. His workshop will focus on providing scientists with practical skills needed in a successful research career, as well as developing effective research habits and teaching skills. His workshop will also integrate lessons and perspectives found in his book, "The Art of Being a Scientist."
Click on the image of the workshop poster to download the PDF version.
Save the Date: 2012 CWP Project Review Meeting
Save the date on your calendars for the 2012 annual meeting of the Consortium Project on Seismic Inverse Methods for Complex Structures.
Date: May 14-17, 2012
Venue: Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
Additional details are forthcoming. Stay tuned!