This month's First Break issue starts off with EAGE News and Industry News. There are three interesting Technical Articles, devoted to different issues: Evidence of faulting contradicts a quiescent northern Barents Shelf during the Triassic, Tutorial: the seismic response to strong vertical velocity change, Salt tectonics in the Sivas Basin, Turkey: outstanding seismic analogues from outcrops. The Special Topic of this month focuses on Changing Frontiers. Last but not least, there's a Feature to read on one of our newest EAGE publications.
Len Srnka, EAGE president 2012–13, highlights some of the developments in another year of growth for the Association.
I am delighted to report that 2012– 13 continued the string of successful years for EAGE. The year delivered a technically strong and diverse programme of topical and timely conferences, workshops, short courses, lecture series, and a suite of educational and student activities. Taken as a whole, these resulted in a good financial performance for the Association. In some cases, negative financial results were accepted in order to deliver a key workshop or other activity in a new location or on a new subject. The yearly cycle of activities concludes with our 75th Annual Conference being held at the ExCel Centre in London, which marks the return to the United Kingdom’s capital after a six year absence. With almost 7000 delegates, more exhibition space than ever, a Technical Programme with nearly 1400 oral and poster presentations, and an expanded set of 16 workshops, the 2013 Annual Conference will be our largest and most successful to date.
Bruce Levell, chairman of the Local Advisory Committee, introduces next year’s Annual Meeting.
If you want to ‘Experience the Energy’ there is no better way than coming to Amsterdam in June for our Annual Meeting. Adopting this theme for EAGE’s 76th Conference & Exhibition is an invitation to meet fellow professionals, catch up with old friends, share experiences, and at the same time appreciate and learn from the breadth and depth of geoscience and engineering activities around the world. And what location could be more convivial than Amsterdam, one of our most popular venues. Aptly described as the Venice of the North, the city is an experience in itself, steeped in history and culture, an architectural wonder of centuries-old buildings interlaced with over 100 km of canals and 1500 bridges waiting to be explored.
Tijmen Jan Moser, editor-in-chief of Geophysical Prospecting, reflects on 60 years of the journal and its role today.
A special issue of Geophysical Prospecting (GP) with some 30 papers is being published in June to celebrate 60 years of the journal. If we were royal, this would be our diamond anniversary. What we can say is that today the journal is a shining light both for the EAGE and the geoscience profession in general.
On every measure, we are in the best position we have ever been. Our impact factor of 1.772 in 2009, was a record not just for GP but for exploration journals in general. It continues to be high and indeed above our immediate competitors.
Falklands Oil and Gas (FOGL), the oil and gas exploration company focused on its extensive licence areas to the south and east of the Falkland Islands, reports that a 3D seismic survey over the Diomedea Fan has been completed. The PGS Ramform Sterling undertook the 3D seismic survey over the mid Cretaceous Diomedia fan complex within the southern area licences. A total of 5235 km2 of full fold seismic data was acquired in the survey operated by Noble Energy on behalf of the joint venture, which includes Edison International Spa and FOGL.
INOVA Geophysical has launched G3i Digital, a new high-capacity, cable-based land seismic acquisition system that captures higher resolution, multi-component data for enhanced imaging and improved characterization of the subsurface.
Built to handle the world’s most rugged terrains, INOVA says G3i Digital leverages the best of the analogue version launched in 2012 with proven, reliable architecture, user-friendly operation and rugged casing to provide contractors with efficient field productivity. G3i Digital features digital multi-component sensor support, and when combined with G3i NetLink and Shot Pro II Remote Encoder to communicate across obstacle-ridden terrains, provides a flexible cable-based seismic data acquisition system.
In his new book for EAGE Publications, Paolo Dell’Aversana argues that the geosciences can contribute to illuminate some unsolved problems of epistemology and cognition. Conversely, epistemology and cognitive sciences can inspire approaches and solutions for practical problems in the Earth sciences. Some of the concepts are summarized in this introduction.
The work of geoscientists is usually focused on solving practical problems, for instance, finding new hydrocarbon reservoirs or studying volcanoes. However, during some 25 years of practice in geology and geophysics, my interest has been captured by a different, unusual feature of the geosciences. My idea is that our activity can contribute also to illuminate fundamental aspects of epistemology and cognition.