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5-9 January 2015:  5 Day Short Course in Seismic Inversion and Rock Physics


Dr. Mrinal K. Sen and Dr. Kyle T. Spikes

5-9 January 2015 at UT-Austin

$500/person for individuals from membership companies (Coffee, breakfast, and lunch provided daily)
$2500/person for individuals from non-membership companies

The EDGER Forum is offering a 5 day short course on the topic of integration of seismic inversion and rock physics for reservoir characterization. The rate for individuals from member companies will be $500. Limited space for individuals from potential member companies is available for $2,500 per delegate.  Coffee, breakfast, and lunch provided daily as well as catered dinner on Thursday. For more details click here
* Because a minimum number of participants will be required, we recommend waiting until after the registration deadline before booking travel and accommodation


EDGER FORUM Annual Meeting & Technical Symposium, 3 – 5 March 2014 at The University of Texas at Austin



MEMBER LINK TO 2014 Submissions to SEG 84th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO (Password required)

  • Anisotropic rock-physics modeling for the Haynesville shale Qi Ren and Kyle Spikes
  • Seismic sensitivity to variations of rock properties in the productive zone of the Marcellus Shale, WV Sharif M. Morshed, Robert H. Tatham
  • The seismic response to fracture clustering: A numerical wave propagation study Lauren E. Becker and Kyle T. Spikes
  • Direct shear wave polarization corrections across multiple offsets and anisotropic layers Jacqueline Maleski and Robert Tatham
  • Characterization of VTI media with P-SV AVO attributes Patrick J. Gustie, Robert H. Tatham and Kyle T. Spikes
  • Application of discontinuous Galerkin method in seismic wave propagation: determining effective elastic properties base on rock microstructures Han Liu, Kyle T. Spikes, and Mrinal K. Sen
  • Double plane wave reverse time migration in the frequency domain Zeyu Zhao, Mrinal K. Sen, Paul L. Stoffa
  • Double plane wave reverse time migration in the time domain Zeyu Zhao, Paul L. Stoffa, and Mrinal K. Sen
  • Case History of Acquisition and Processing of a High Resolution Shallow Water 3D Multi-cable Seismic Survey in the Gulf of Mexico Transition Zone. Thomas Hess, Tip Meckel, Nathan Bangs, Robert Tatham


Rock physics: modeling and applications

Reservoir characterization and seismic inversion

Wavefield modeling and migration

For more details, please contact Margo Grace on tel: (512)232-1920

The EDGER Forum is a consortium of industry participants sponsoring Education & Research in Exploration Geophysical Technology.


  • Continuous and evolving access and interaction with MS and PhD students providing a stream of graduates ready to be employed by industry
  • Participation in defining research directions and access to results of student, post-doc and faculty research
  • Exchange of information and a way to transfer and share technological advancements between industry and academia


A principal objective of the EDGER Forum is the education of students who have expressed interest in employment in the petroleum industry. About two-thirds of the graduate students associated with the Forum are seeking an MS degree and our graduate students commonly serve summer internships in the industry. The current enrollment of graduate students associated with the Forum is twenty one, with five (3 MS and 2 PhD) graduating in the last calendar year. Since 2000, thirty one graduate students have completed degrees (24 MS and 7 PhD).

Another principal objective of the EDGER Forum is focused research on Analysis, Imaging and Interpretation of multicomponent seismic data, including P-P and P-SV AVO. The research focus must be broad enough to fully educate the graduated students yet focused enough to provide depth in the research program. Further, with a significant number of MS level (professional) students, many of the research directions are subdivided into individual projects supporting aspects of a greater investigative initiative.

One of the major benefits of participation is, perhaps,“community activities” sponsored by the Forum. Oveall, symposia and workshops have provided a platform for exchange of ideas between industry members (contractors, equipment manufacturers and producers), academics and the graduate students. Further, the problem oriented multicomponent seismic database is now being widely used by the entire community. Discussions of research directions by industry and academic participants has led to student and faculty research projects. The EDGER Forum is in an excellent position to facilitate communication between the various elements encourage participation of the overall exploration and development of the geophysics community. As an element of the annual meeting, held in early spring of the academic year on the UT Campus, the EDGER Forum hosts an open technical symposium focused on a topic of interest to industry. This research focus has evolved to embrace Focus Areas of Application.

Focused Areas of Application include:

  • Unconventional resources such as resource plays, tight gas sands and shale production
  • Time Lapse Seismic & Reservoir Monitoring as it relates to monitoring & extraction of changes in reservoir properties
  • Numerical Simulation of seismic wave propagation, imaging and inversion

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

Contact Information

For more information,
please contact:

Margo C. Grace
Forum Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin
Dept of Geological Sciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
2275 Speedway Stop C9000
Austin, TX 78712 – 1722
Phone: (512) 232-1920

Robert H. Tatham
Phone: (512) 471-9129

Mrinal K. Sen
(512) 471-0466

Kyle T. Spikes
Phone: (512) 471-7674
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