Hongliu Zeng is a senior research scientist for the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.S. (1982) and M.S (1985) in Geology from the Petroleum University of China and Ph.D. (1994) in Geophysics from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include seismic sedimentology, seismic chronostratigraphy, seismic interpretation, and attribute analysis.

Areas of Expertise

Seismic sedimentology; seismic geomorphology; seismic and sequence stratigraphy; Characterization of thin-bed reservoirs; seismic chrono-stratgraphy


Current Research Programs & Projects

PetroChina: Digital Outcrop Modeling and Seismic Characterization of Heterogeneous Carbonate Reservoirs in China, Co-PI X. Janson and A. Shen, PetroChina Hangzhou

PetroChina: Seismic sedimentology of nonmarine Songliao Basin, China: model and application, PetroChina, Co-PIs X. Zhu, CUP Beijing and R. Zhu, RIPED, PetroChina

BGP Inc., CNPC, China: Methodology for predicting seismically thin sandstone reservoirs by integrating geologic and 3D seismic data


Select Past Research

BGP Inc., CNPC, China: Digital outcrop modeling and seismic characterization of a paleokarst carbonate system

Honorable Mention, Best Poster Paper - SEG 2007 Annual Meeting (2008)

Co-Author, Second Place, Thomas A. Philpott Excellence of Presentation Award - GCAGS/GCSSEPM Convention in Corpus Christi (2007)

Gordon Atwater Best Poster Award - GCAGS/GCSSEPM Convention in Corpus Christi (2007)

Wallace E. Pratt Award for Best Original Article published in the AAPG Bulletin - AAPG (2005)

Associate Editor, AAPG Bulletin, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2009 - 2010)

Member, Publication Board, Bureau of Economic Geology (2004)

Member, AAPG Geophysical Integration Committee, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2004)

Member, SEG Development and Production Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2001)

Seismic inversion for high-resolution reservoir modeling: a progressive approach, presented at BEG seminar, Austin, Texas (2005)

Incised valleys from seismic geomorphology and stratal slicing, a Gulf Coast example, presented to the Austin chapter of SIPES (Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, Austin, Texas (2005)

Mapping sandstone distribution in high-frequency sequences using seismic sedimentology in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, presented at BEG seminar, Austin, Texas (2005)

Mapping sandstone distribution in fourth- and fifth-order sequences using seismic sedimentology in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas?an exploration tool, presented at DOGS soft rock seminar, Austin, Texas (2005)

Using seismic sedimentology and stratal slicing to explore for and map reservoirs in the Tertiary of the GOM, presented as GCSSEPM Short Course, Austin, Texas (2005)

Recent developments in high-resolution reservoir description using 3-D seismic data, presented at the Research Center, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), Beijing, China (2005)

Seismic frequency control on seismic stratigraphy: applications, presented at Petroleum University of China, Beijing, China (2005)

Seismic sedimentology, presented at Petroleum University of China, Dongying, China (2005)

Seismic sedimentology for high-resolution reservoir imaging, presented to Schlumberger/WesternGeco, Houston, Texas (2005)

Full spectrum, neural network seismic inversion for reservoir prediction, presented at Exploration & Production Research Institute, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, Beijing, China (2004)

Stratal slice and seismic sedimentology, presented at Research Center, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), Beijing, China (2004)

Using outcrop analog to avoid seismic pitfalls in 3-D interpretation, a Kingdom Abo field study, presented at luncheon meeting of Permian Basin Geophysical Society, Midland, Texas (2004)

Log Properties from Seismic Attributes-A Frequency Decomposing Approach, presented at Forum for Exploration and Development Geophysics Education and Research, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (2003)

Seismic frequency control on seismic stratigraphy, presented at the Petroleum University of China, Beijing, China (2003)

Seismic applied to lithology: facies imaging, attribute analysis, and inversion, presented to Pemex, Villahermosa, Mexico (2003)

From seismic stratigraphy to seismic sedimentology: a sensible transition, presented to the Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, technical session, Austin, Texas (2002)

Neural networks and seismic reservoir characterization, presented at BEG seminar, Austin, Texas (2002)

Seismic sedimentology and 3-D seismic expression of high-frequency sequence stratigraphy in Miocene, Starfak and Tiger Shoal fields, offshore Louisiana, presented at BEG seminar, Austin, Texas (2001)

From seismic stratigraphy to seismic sedimentology: a sensible transition, presented at Corpus Christi Geological Society/Coastal Bend Geophysical Society Luncheon Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas (2001)

Reducing uncertainty of attribute analysis by AVF-based detuning, presented at Society of Exploration Geophysics Development & Production Forum, Taos, New Mexico (2001)

Seismic sedimentology-applied to facies and lithology prediction, presented at Society of Exploration Geophysics Development & Production Forum, Snowmass, Colorado (2000)

Seismic sedimentology-applied to hydrocarbon exploration and reservoir characterization, presented to the University of Petroleum, Dongying, China, (1999)

Stratal slice and seismic sedimentology, presented at BEG seminar, (1999)

Stratal slicing: methodology and applications, presented at BEG seminar, (1998)

Co-lecturer of short course, Characterization of heterogeneous reservoirs, presented to the University of Petroleum, (1998)

Co-lecturer of workshop, Integrated strategies for carbonate reservoir reserve growth: an example from the Ellenburger Group, Permian Basin, West Texas, Seismic-continuity analysis of the Waha-Lockridge field area, (1998)

Seismic characterization of heterogeneous reservoirs: 3-D modeling, facies imaging and attribute analysis, short course presented to PETROBRAS, (1998)