Technology-Driving Society in An Oil Town
By Xianhuai Zhu, 1st Vice President

Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) is the largest section of the SEG.  It has about 2000 members working in the Greater Houston area today.  Believe it or not, approximately more than 95% of the headquarters of US-based oil and service companies are in this oil town! 

Associated with SEG, GSH has always been a technology-driving society for its members. Technical events include Luncheons, Breakfasts, Special Interest Groups (SIG) and Continuing Education (Webinars). Also, there is an annual Spring Symposium. 

We are very excited to announce that five speakers have already confirmed for our monthly technical luncheons in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, including the SEG Distinguished Lecture on “Simultaneous and coded seismic sources: Present and upcoming technologies” by Raymond Abma from BP in October, and the SEG Honorary Lecture on “How widespread is human-induced seismicity in the United States and Canada?” by Mirko van der Baan from the University of Alberta in December.  The SEG DL and SEG HL will be presented at three locations: Downtown (Petroleum Club), Westside (Norris Center) and Northside (Southwestern Energy).  Other luncheons will be mainly conducted in Downtown and Westside only.  Sponsorship opportunities for individual luncheon events (Westside, Downtown, and Northside) are available with a vendor spotlight.

The technical breakfasts are also held monthly but at only two locations (Northside and Westside) with a variety of speakers from operators, service companies and academia. The Northside breakfast is hosted by Anadarko Petroleum with the catering generously sponsored by Lumina Reservoir Inc. on the first Tuesday of the month. The Westside breakfast is hosted by Schlumberger with the catering sponsored by WesternGeco and others (sponsorships are still
available) on the second Wednesday of the month. Both offer breakfast at 7:00 AM with the technical presentation from 7:30 AM– 8:30 AM. I encourage you to attend the one closest to your home or office as they are a great way to start your day. Please preregister at, so we can ensure we order enough breakfast for everyone. 

The Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings have been very educational and enjoyable. You don’t have to be a subject matter expert to learn something new and get something meaningful out of them.  This year Maitri Erwin, GSH 1st VP Elect, is working with each SIG leaders for their events, including Data Processing and Acquisition SIG, Microseismic SIG, Potential Fields SIG and Rock Physics SIG.  Due to the lack of support, we will not have Geoscience Computing SIG this year.