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PESA QLD: Evening Technical Meeting, 26th July – Dr Kurt Marfurt

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 17:00 - 18:30

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Guest Speaker: Dr Kurt Marfurt

Kurt J. Marfurt joined The University of Oklahoma in 2007 where he serves as the Frank and Henrietta Schultz Professor of Geophysics within the ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics. Marfurt’s primary research interest is in the development and calibration of new seismic attributes to aid in seismic processing, seismic interpretation, and reservoir characterization. Recent work has focused on applying coherence, spectral decomposition, structure-oriented filtering, and volumetric curvature to mapping fractures and karst with a particular focus on resource plays. Marfurt earned a Ph.D. in applied geophysics at Columbia University’s Henry Krumb School of Mines in New York in 1978 where he also taught as an Assistant Professor for four years. He worked 18 years in a wide range of research projects at Amoco’s Tulsa Research Center after which he joined the University of Houston for 8 years as a Professor of Geophysics and the Director of the Allied Geophysics Lab. He has received the SEG best paper (for coherence), SEG best presentation (for seismic modeling), as a coauthor with Satinder Chopra best SEG poster (one on curvature, one on principal component analysis) and best AAPG technical presentation, and as a coauthor with Roderick Perez Altimar, SEG/AAPG Interpretation best paper (on brittleness) awards. Marfurt also served as the EAGE/SEG Distinguished Short Course Instructor for 2006 (on seismic attributes). In addition to teaching and research duties at OU, Marfurt leads short courses on attributes for the SEG and AAPG, and currently serves as Editor in Chief of the AAPG/SEG Journal Interpretation.

This month, PESA QLD and ASEG QLD are teaming up to bring you a presentation by SEG distinguished Lecturer, Dr Kurt Marfurt.
Dr Marfurt is travelling the globe as part of the 2018 SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC) where he will be delivering his short course (details below).  During his visit ASEG and PESA have been lucky enough to secure Dr Marfurt to present a technical evening meeting to members.

Members who are interested to know more about the Dr Marfurt’s short course, further details can be found below.

Guest Speaker:
Dr Kurt Marfurt (SEG Distinguished Lecturer)
Finding and exploiting correlations between 3D seismic, log, and engineering data using machine learning
(The future requirements of integrated E&P: Shallow learning – but deep thinking!)
Bar 127 & Bistro, 127 Charlotte Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Date & Time:
26th July 2018,    5:00pm
(Presentation Commences 5:30 pm)


Important Note:
The PESA QLD 2017 scholarship winner, Mr Peter Manchee, will present a short talk summarising his scholarship-winning research topic entitled “The Condamine Valley Transition Zone, eastern Australia” This short presentation will take place immediately before Dr Marfurt’s presentation.


Tickets for this event can be purchased below.
(ASEG and PESA Members qualify for the member pricing)


Please note:
– Ticket pricing includes technical presentation, drink tokens and a selection of canapés
– Early bird pricing will remain available up until Thursday 19th July, 12:00 Midday.



Thank you to Dr Marfurt for kindly agreeing to presenting at a PESA event
Dr Marfurt’s short course is being held the day before the PESA Technical Meeting.
This short course may also be of interest to the PESA members.
Further details of the short course are described below:

Short Course Title: Seismic Attributes as the Framework for Data Integration throughout the Oilfield Life Cycle
Short Course Date: 
Wednesday 25th July 2018
Short Course Venue: 
Christie Conference Centre, Brisbane City, QLD Australia
Course Outline:
   –   Introduction

   –   Seismic attributes and what they measure
   –   Post-migration data conditioning and image enhancement
   –   The exploration stage of the oil field life cycle
   –   The development stage of the oil field life cycle
   –   The mature stage of the oil field life cycle
   –   The rebirth stage of the oil field life cycle
   –   Data integration and a profile of the future interpreter

Short Course Cost:
ASEG members US$405
Non-members US$500

Additional Details: https://seg.org/Education/Courses/DISC/2018-DISC-Kurt-Marfurt

Short Course Registration: https://seg.org/shop/products/detail/55090956

Short Course Prerequisites:
Participants should have a basic understanding of sedimentology and structural geology and familiarity, but not necessarily expertise in 3D seismic interpretation. The accompanying textbook will include mathematical details of volumetric attribute calculation, image processing, and machine learning algorithms. The lecture will focus on fundamental assumptions, algorithm application, and analysis of the results.




PESA QLD is a wholly volunteer-supported organisation, and we are actively seeking corporate sponsorship in order to keep event costs as low as possible.
Funds raised through corporate sponsorship will contribute towards costs such as venue hire, Audio/Visual (AV) services costs, and the subsidies for student attendance.
If you are interested to sponsor PESA Events, please contact qld-president@pesa.com.au


Thursday, July 26, 2018
17:00 - 18:30


Bar 127 & Bistro
127 Charlotte Street, Brisbane QLD, Brisbane 4000 Australia
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