SEG 2013 - Abstracts and Bios



Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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9:30 AM

Hitachi Data Systems

Bert Beals

CTO Energy Industries

HPC and Big Data, Relatives or Strangers?

Abstract

Ever wondered how Big Data relates to High Performance Computing (HPC)? Explore the dimensions of Big Data and discover how HPC technologies and techniques can be applied to address the desire for Enterprises to turn data into information that provides real business value.  In this presentation we will define the dimensions of Big Data and touch on how value can be derived using examples from exploration and production.  We will discuss the areas where commercial HPC and Big Data architectures are alike, different, and where we need to spend more time converging lessons learned from each.

Biography

Bert Beals is the Chief Technologist for Hitachi Data Systems' Energy Industries organization. 
Bert has extensive IT and industry experience with 35 years in leading positions in High Performance Computing environments, including 28 years of experience working for and with the oil and gas industry. Throughout his career he has been instrumental in setting strategic directions and pioneering new technologies.


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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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10:00 AM

Intel Corporation

Leonardo Borges

Application Engineer Energy & Technical Computing

Tuning finite differences on Xeon Phi

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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10:30 AM

UDI (Unique Digital Inc.)

Richard A. Thomas

Sr. Systems Engineer

HPC & The Cloud: Myth vs. Reality

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Richard A. Thomas is a Senior System’s Engineer with Unique Digital Inc. in Houston, Texas. Richard has been a dedicated member of UDI’s team for the past two years. He attended Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration. Richard is frequently pursuing various certifications within the industry to better meet the needs of his clients and the evolving field. Richard currently holds certifications in: RSA Systems Engineer Associate in Authentication, EMC Cloud Architect Virtualized Infrastructure Specialist, EMC Cloud Architect IT-as-a-Service Expert, Isilon Certified Systems Engineer, EMC Technology Architect Backup and Recovery Solutions Expert, EMC Technology Architect VNX Solutions Expert, and EMC Technology Architect Symmetrix Solutions Specialist.  Richard was also winner of the EMC Extreme Certification Challenge held during EMC World 2013. His latest projects include Data Center Architecture; as well as, designing and implementing HPC Solutions, Disaster Recovery Solutions and Business Continuity Solutions. His newest venture within the industry is Cloud Architecture and consulting.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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11:00 AM

Avere Systems

Brian Bashaw

Sr. Systems Engineer

Optimizing the Seismic Processing Upstream Workflow:  Accelerating Performance While Reducing Costs

Abstract

Of all the applications in the oil and gas industry's upstream workflow, those involved in seismic processing places the greatest demand on storage. Pre-stack and post-stack migration, velocity modeling, and other processing steps are challenging even the highest performance NAS systems. Use cases will be shared to illustrate how an Edge/Core architecture can deliver accelerated performance, reduced cost, and a streamlined workflow.

Biography

Brian Bashaw brings 20 years of Oil & Gas expertise to his role as Sr. Systems Engineer at Avere Systems.  Leveraging his experience in the IT roles he had at Western Geophysical and Geco-Prakla, Brian joined Enigma Data and later NetApp to assist Oil & Gas customers making technology buying decisions. Joining Avere Systems in 2010, Brian leads a team of Systems Engineers to support Oil & Gas customers in their implementation and understanding of Avere's Edge/Core architecture. Brian's knowledge of the upstream workflow computing environments of Oil & Gas customers ensures a successful transition through POC to production.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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11:30 AM

Cray Inc.

Dr. Wulf Massell

Chief Geophysicist & Energy Segment Manager

Permanent Reservoir Monitoring and the Data Integration and Analysis Challenge.

Abstract

Permanent Reservoir Monitoring is rapidly gaining acceptance and implementation by a growing number of D&P operators of large oil fields. Numerous cases of increasing field reserves and improved recovery performance follow the integration of sophisticated seismic data processing and interpretation of time-lapse seismic surveys with the integration of engineering data collected that is throughout the production and injection history of the field. One data example of a producing field includes fifteen seismic surveys recorded over a nine-year period.  As data volumes increase over the projected 25 to 50 year life of a new field, innovative data warehousing technology and data analysis techniques will go through many cycles of renewal and invention. Ultrafast and capable computers have already made rapid progress towards producing better seismic velocity functions and sophisticated elastic models requires for full waveform inversion and the high resolution depth imaging required to map and track subsurface fluid movement and structural dynamics over time. The variety of data types to be integrated are diverse and will include, seismic, well logs, cores, geologic interpretations, fluid movement, production and injection histories, etc. These and many others must be readily available for analysis, and they must be integrated and uniformly satisfy each other’s constraints as they combine  to create one reservoir model that will change over time. In today’s parlance a PRM data set is an unstructured Big-Data set.

The presentation will introduce Cray’s Hadoop technology, originally developed for the largely unstructured data types of web solutions providers and suggest that this framework might be re-purposed to perform data warehousing, processing, and querying suitable for subsurface interpretation. At a higher level of abstraction, the Cray Urika appliance with its all-to-all globally shared memory structure might also be used to perform Graph Analytics on PRM data and help discover previously undetected relationships.

Accessing and analyzing a several years of PRM data is a tractable challenge. Carrying that task forward ten, twenty, and more years in a world where technology change is constant is a daunting challenge.

Biography

Dr. Wulf Massell is Chief Geophysicist and Energy Segment Manager at Cray Inc., the Supercomputer Company. His career includes employment at Amoco, Geosource, Inc., EPIC Geophysical, and Fusion Petroleum Technologies.  Academic employment include professorships at The University of Texas at Austin, the Universidade Federal de Bahia in Salvador Brazil (1985-86), Director of the Image Processing Laboratory, University of Houston, and Principal Investigator at the Houston Advanced Research Center. In 2008 he co-founded G4 Resources, Inc., an independent exploration company. His current responsibilities at Cray include managing the business development activities for High Performance Computing in the Oil and Energy Segment of the market.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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1:00 PM

IBM Corporation

Tom McClure

WW Executive Petroleum

Compute Directions in Upstream Petroleum

Abstract

Seismic processing will drive compute requirements by 1000 times over the next ten years.  This presentation will explore what is driving this growth, what are the technical challenges, and how IBM plans to address this.

Biography

IBM Business Development Executive - Tom McClure is a Sales Executive with IBM High Performance Technical Computing responsible for the Upstream Petroleum segment. Technical Computing is a group within IBM Systems and Technology Group focusing on the specialized demands created by users of high performance computing. As this pertains to the oil industry, the focus is specific to seismic imaging and reservoir simulation. Tom is responsible for both sales on a worldwide basis within this segment and for bringing customer requirements to IBM to adjust product directions to solve these more appropriately. Prior to this, Tom has held various positions in the IBM petroleum industry sales organization, including management of all IBM sales to petroleum industry customers in the United States. Tom is based in Houston.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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1:30 PM

GeoEnergy

 

sTec

Shawn Stephens

 

David Lin

Sr. IT Administrator

 

Vertical Industry Architect

Accelerating Seismic Processing: Using SSDs at GeoEnergy

Abstract

The processing of seismic data is a critical part of exploration workflows to discover and develop oil and gas resources.   There is a relentless drive to utilize the latest computing technologies to reduce the exploration cycle time while improving the data quality of the asset under evaluation.  There is always a focus on containing costs but usually quality components will deliver a much better ROI.
At GeoEnergy, we discovered that all SSDs are not the same.   Processing workloads exposed differences in SSD resiliency and sustained performance.    We will explore these processing application and data workflows and discuss how sTec SSDs delivered a superior experience.

Biography

Shawn is a Sr. IT Administrator at GeoEnergy, Inc., joining the company over 2 years ago.  Since joining, he has grown GeoEnergy's HPC infrastructure, quadrupling its compute and storage capacity, and improving throughput.  Previously, he worked for BP, providing standards for HPC clusters and storage.  Shawn has also worked as a sales engineer for Acopia Networks (now F5), as a senior systems administrator for Cisco Systems, and as a systems administrator for Amoco and BP-Amoco.  Shawn has over 18 years in various IT roles, mostly in systems and network administration with a strong focus on HPC and storage systems.

 

David Lin is a Vertical Industry Architect at sTec, the leading supplier of enterprise class solid state storage solutions.  Since 1991 David has worked in a number of roles supporting the technical computing applications used in earth science research and Oil and Gas exploration.  Domains include the design, deployment, support, benchmarking, and optimization of infrastructure for the processing and interpretation of seismic data as well as associated data protection, management, and usability aspects.  David's focus ranges from device level technologies to operational workflows and how to integrate and optimize these components into new infrastructure solutions used by scientists and engineers.  Prior to joining sTec David has served in similar roles at Texas A&M University, EDS, Amoco, NetApp, Acopia, Schlumberger, Dell, and Panzura.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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2:00 PM

PCPC Direct, Ltd.

Mike Walsh

Account Executive

Big Data goes fast with xWAN™ from PCPC

Abstract

Data volumes are growing exponentially as new advanced technology tools and sensors are applied to solving energy problems.  Unfortunately, networks have never been efficient in moving large amounts of data to people; instead people are moved to the data.  Our case study examines the solution being implemented on some critical networks by the U.S. Department of Defense to overcome those challenges and how the same technology could transform business operations in the oil & gas industry where similar challenges exist.

Biography

Mike has dedicated his IT career to the most important industry in the world!  He has immersed himself in oil supporting the best oilfield service companies and largest downstream refiners.  He has spent decades supporting upstream seismic and reservoir applications and has customized High Performance Clustering compute systems, file systems, and custom services such as cluster management software and remote support services to his customers around the globe. He is employed by PCPC Direct, Ltd in Houston, TX as a dedicated energy expert offering bleeding edge innovations like xWAN and BlueRose technologies.  Today he will discuss how xWAN moves data to people vs. moving people to data by offering the world’s fastest transport. His background includes 16 years with IBM plus stints at EDS & Oracle and as a principal partner in an energy exploration & production software development company.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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2:30 PM

Auburn Energy

Deborah King Sacrey

Geologist/Geophysicist

Attribute Analysis Using Unsupervised Neural Networks

Abstract

The use of unsupervised neural network technology can be utilized to recognize seismic anomalies that may indicate the presence of hydrocarbons, many times when conventional techniques fall short.  The Self-Organizing Map (SOM) which is a form of Unsupervised Neural Networks (UNN) and a very powerful pattern recognition method, was developed by Professor Teuvo Kohonen of Finland.  The use of Unsupervised Neural Networks assist the interpreter in prospect evaluation by enabling the rapid comparison of large sets of seismic attributes.  This methodology is also helpful in identifying combinations of attributes which may reveal seismic anomalies related to direct hydrocarbon indicators, geological features, stratigraphic variations, etc., thus lowering drilling risk. Two Gulf Coast examples of using UNN will be presented along with well control to show the accuracy of Self-Organized Maps.  This process can be applied in both conventional and un-conventional reservoirs, but the attributes used in either case could be substantially different because of scale.

Biography

Deborah is a geologist/geophysicist with 36 years’ experience in the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent areas of the US.  She received her degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 and immediately started working for Gulf Oil in their Oklahoma City offices. In 1983 she moved to Dallas to become Chief Geologist for a small independent exploration company, Peko Oil and Gas, where she worked on several exploration joint ventures with Texaco in the Arkoma Basin. In 1988 Peko merged with Weeks Exploration, a Houston oil and gas company, and Deborah started working the East Texas Basin and Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Deborah left Weeks in 1990 and started her consulting business.  She built her first geophysical workstation using Kingdom software in 1996 and has been working with SMT/IHS for the past 16 years in developing the Kingdom Software.  She specializes in 2D and 3D interpretation for clients in the US and internationally. Deborah has been very active in the geological community.  She is past national President of SIPES (Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists), past President of the Division of Professional Affairs of AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and is currently Treasurer of AAPG.  She is also a DPA Certified Petroleum Geologist #4014 and DPA Certified Petroleum Geophysicist #2.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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3:00 PM

IBM Corporation

Tom McClure

WW Executive Petroleum

Storage Directions in Upstream Petroleum

Abstract

Seismic Imaging storage requirements will continue to explode over the next decade.  Join this discussion to review best practices to manage this data explosion.

Biography

Tom McClure IBM Business Development Executive - Tom McClure is a Sales Executive with IBM High Performance Technical Computing responsible for the Upstream Petroleum segment. Technical Computing is a group within IBM Systems and Technology Group focusing on the specialized demands created by users of high performance computing. As this pertains to the oil industry, the focus is specific to seismic imaging and reservoir simulation. Tom is responsible for both sales on a worldwide basis within this segment and for bringing customer requirements to IBM to adjust product directions to solve these more appropriately. Prior to this, Tom has held various positions in the IBM petroleum industry sales organization, including management of all IBM sales to petroleum industry customers in the United States. Tom is based in Houston.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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3:30 PM

Avere Systems

Brian Bashaw

Sr. Systems Engineer

Optimizing the Upstream Workflow:  Accelerating Performance While Reducing Costs

Abstract

In the oil and gas industry's upstream workflow, seismic processing, seismic interpretation and reservoir simulation place the greatest demands on storage. Pre-stack and post-stack migration, 3D datasets, “what if” reservoir modeling, and other upstream analysis are challenging even the highest performance NAS systems. Use cases will be shared to illustrate how an Edge/Core architecture can deliver accelerated performance, reduced cost, and a streamlined workflow.

Biography

Brian Bashaw brings 20 years of Oil & Gas expertise to his role as Sr. Systems Engineer at Avere Systems.  Leveraging his experience in the IT roles he had at Western Geophysical and Geco-Prakla, Brian joined Enigma Data and later NetApp to assist Oil & Gas customers making technology buying decisions. Joining Avere Systems in 2010, Brian leads a team of Systems Engineers to support Oil & Gas customers in their implementation and understanding of Avere's Edge/Core architecture. Brian's knowledge of the upstream workflow computing environments of Oil & Gas customers ensures a successful transition through POC to production.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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4:00 PM

PBS Works

Bill Nitzberg

CTO, PBS Works division at Altair

Altair PBS Works: Reducing Risk and Cost through Intelligent Workload Management

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Biography

Dr. Bill Nitzberg is the CTO of PBS Works at Altair Engineering, Inc. With over 25 years in the computer industry, spanning commercial software development to high-performance computing research, Dr. Nitzberg is an internationally recognized expert in parallel and distributed computing.  Dr. Nitzberg has served on the board of the Open Grid Forum, he co-architected NASA’s Information Power Grid, edited the MPI-2 I/O standard, and has published numerous papers on distributed shared memory, parallel I/O, PC clustering, job scheduling, and cloud computing. In his spare time, Bill tries to reduce his pack weight for his long-distance hiking trips.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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4:30 PM

Arista Networks

Wyatt Sullivan

Senior Systems Engineer

Network Design Considerations for Large HPC Oil and Gas Clusters

Abstract

As compute and storage scale in accordance with Moore's Law, HPC networks must keep pace by delivering performance, scale and resiliency.  And, with seismic processing jobs running 24x7, cluster downtime is unacceptable. Working with major players in the oil and gas sector, Arista has identified and solved major pain points seen in large-scale seismic processing clusters.  This presentation will cover the current state of IP-based clusters, challenges facing HPC network architects, network design alternatives, and best practices when using the Arista Ethernet switching platform and extensible LINUX operating system.

Biography

Wyatt Sullivan is a Sr. Systems Engineer at Arista Networks specializing in high performance network architectures for the oil and gas sector.  He brings over 15 years’ experience in networking and computing to the field. He is a LINUX ninja and enjoys helping clients troubleshoot and performance-optimize their HPC networks. Prior to Arista, Wyatt managed datacenters, worked as a Chief Network Architect for a cloud computing company, and designed high availability networks for financial institutions.  Wyatt has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

 

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5:00 PM

NetApp

Melinda McDade

Senior Storage Performance Engineer

Accelerated Processing Architecture for Landmark SeisSpace®/ProMAX

Abstract

With ever depleting conventional reserves, E&P asset teams are further challenged to accurately characterize more complex geological substructures that require more costly, time-critical risk assessments and adhere to ever changing regulatory, political, and environmental constraints. Seismic data is essential to defining potential equity, development costs, well planning, optimal drilling trajectory, enhanced recovery, and abandonment business risk assessments.   New seismic acquisition, processing, interpretation, and modeling technologies combined with global, multi-disciplinary asset team collaboration have caused dataset and processing requirements for precise asset characterization to grow exponentially.  Therefore, a dramatic shift in the requirements for upstream Oil &Gas data management and supporting storage infrastructure has and continues to occur.

This presentation will focus on the high I/O bandwidth required to migrate massive pre-stack seismic datasets with Landmark’s leading SeisSpace®/ProMAX® seismic processing software.  The results of recent benchmark efforts conducted in Landmark’s Denver R&D facility using a NetApp® High-Performance Storage (HPS) Rack will be disclosed.  The benefits of the NetApp HPS Lustre Rack in partnership with Terascala® with its high-performance, scalability, ease of deployment, and manageability in a preconfigured solution will be given.

Biography

Melinda McDade is a Senior Storage Performance Engineer for NetApp with current focus on optimizing Upstream Oil & Gas work flows.   She applies her vast knowledge in both software and hardware engineering to architect, integrate, and tune solutions for both changing industry requirements and ever evolving technology trends. Melinda holds bachelor degrees in both Honor's Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Computer Engineering from Southern Methodist University. Melinda’s 20 years of experience in Oil & Gas includes work in seismic modeling, processing and imaging;  real-time production SCADA deployment; economic analysis;  reservoir characterization, modeling, and simulation; 3D volume visualization and interactive interpretation;  and effective seismic data management.  She has worked with Landmark GeoProbe, OpenWorks, DecisionSpace Desktop. SeisSpace, and EDM products. Melinda also has 10 years of experience in federal government applications including real-time signal and image processing, wind tunnel testing, weather forecast and prediction, war games 2000, battle field management, aircraft design, missile and space intelligence, and FBI database optimization. She is an active member in Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDM), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).


 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

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9:30 AM

Arista Networks

Wyatt Sullivan

Senior Systems Engineer

Network Design Considerations for Large HPC Oil and Gas Clusters

Abstract

As compute and storage scale in accordance with Moore's Law, HPC networks must keep pace by delivering performance, scale and resiliency.  And, with seismic processing jobs running 24x7, cluster downtime is unacceptable. Working with major players in the oil and gas sector, Arista has identified and solved major pain points seen in large-scale seismic processing clusters.  This presentation will cover the current state of IP-based clusters, challenges facing HPC network architects, network design alternatives, and best practices when using the Arista Ethernet switching platform and extensible LINUX operating system.

Biography

Wyatt Sullivan is a Sr. Systems Engineer at Arista Networks specializing in high performance network architectures for the oil and gas sector.  He brings over 15 years’ experience in networking and computing to the field. He is a LINUX ninja and enjoys helping clients troubleshoot and performance-optimize their HPC networks. Prior to Arista, Wyatt managed datacenters, worked as a Chief Network Architect for a cloud computing company, and designed high availability networks for financial institutions.  Wyatt has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

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10:00 AM

NetApp

Melinda McDade

Senior Storage Performance Engineer

Accelerated Processing Architecture for Landmark SeisSpace®/ProMAX

Abstract

With ever depleting conventional reserves, E&P asset teams are further challenged to accurately characterize more complex geological substructures that require more costly, time-critical risk assessments and adhere to ever changing regulatory, political, and environmental constraints. Seismic data is essential to defining potential equity, development costs, well planning, optimal drilling trajectory, enhanced recovery, and abandonment business risk assessments.   New seismic acquisition, processing, interpretation, and modeling technologies combined with global, multi-disciplinary asset team collaboration have caused dataset and processing requirements for precise asset characterization to grow exponentially.  Therefore, a dramatic shift in the requirements for upstream Oil &Gas data management and supporting storage infrastructure has and continues to occur.

This presentation will focus on the high I/O bandwidth required to migrate massive pre-stack seismic datasets with Landmark’s leading SeisSpace®/ProMAX® seismic processing software.  The results of recent benchmark efforts conducted in Landmark’s Denver R&D facility using a NetApp® High-Performance Storage (HPS) Rack will be disclosed.  The benefits of the NetApp HPS Lustre Rack in partnership with Terascala® with its high-performance, scalability, ease of deployment, and manageability in a preconfigured solution will be given.

Biography

Melinda McDade is a Senior Storage Performance Engineer for NetApp with current focus on optimizing Upstream Oil & Gas work flows.   She applies her vast knowledge in both software and hardware engineering to architect, integrate, and tune solutions for both changing industry requirements and ever evolving technology trends. Melinda holds bachelor degrees in both Honor's Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Computer Engineering from Southern Methodist University. Melinda’s 20 years of experience in Oil & Gas includes work in seismic modeling, processing and imaging;  real-time production SCADA deployment; economic analysis;  reservoir characterization, modeling, and simulation; 3D volume visualization and interactive interpretation;  and effective seismic data management.  She has worked with Landmark GeoProbe, OpenWorks, DecisionSpace Desktop. SeisSpace, and EDM products. Melinda also has 10 years of experience in federal government applications including real-time signal and image processing, wind tunnel testing, weather forecast and prediction, war games 2000, battle field management, aircraft design, missile and space intelligence, and FBI database optimization. She is an active member in Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDM), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).

 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

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10:30 AM

DDN (DataDirect Networks)

Jeff Denworth

VP Marketing

Resolving Contemporary Seismic Processing Bottlenecks With Exascale Storage Concepts

Abstract

As seismic data sets grow into the hundreds of Terabytes or even multi petabyte range, researchers want, not only to run current algorithms faster, but also to test new ideas on real problems at scale and increase the resolution and complexity of new algorithms.  Older storage paradigms such as scale-out NAS and dedicated storage systems are becoming less and less viable due to performance or scaling limitations. Petascale storage concepts are being applied to enable altogether new levels in application scalability and systems efficiency.  This talk will explore the application of parallel file systems, in-storage processing, hybrid flash storage and the role of block, file and object storage in modern seismic processing workflows.

Biography

Jeff Denworth has over a decade of experience with advanced computation and massively scalable big data storage technologies. Before joining DDN in 2006, Mr. Denworth ran worldwide sales and marketing at Cluster File Systems, Inc. -  where he managed all aspects of sales & business development associated with the Lustre® file system. Prior to Cluster File Systems, he managed HPC and enterprise server memory business development at Dataram Corporation.

 


 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

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11:00 AM

Christie Digital Systems

Larry Paul

Senior Director, Technology and Visualization Solutions Management, Visual Environments

Future Direction of Visualization Technologies

Abstract

We will be showing a presentation on a wide range of display technologies relating to the demanding needs of the oil gas immersive visualization market including the latest in high resolution projectors as well as integrated display systems including current high resolution flat panels.  He will also be discussing the latest developments in solid state illumination including lasers among other integration technologies.

Biography

Larry Paul leads the technology development and project execution teams for Christie’s Visual Environments group focused on fully integrated, best-in-class visual solutions for Virtual Reality (VR) and simulation markets. In this role, he brings over 20 years’ experience that includes a keen understanding of major computer platforms, fortifying strategic relationships and introducing new products and services to the market.  Larry has been with Christie since April 2004, holding numerous positions, first starting as the Director of System Architecture for the Immersive Solutions Group; what is now known as Visual Environments.  Prior to joining Christie, Larry was director of technology at Panoram Technologies, Inc. working directly with sales and end-user customers in designing advanced custom visual solutions, as well as the technical manager for Universal Studios’ Porto Europa theme park in Wakayama City, Japan.

 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

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11:30 AM

Violin Memory

Jonathan Goldick

CTO, Software

How Flash can improve workflows in Oil & Gas

Abstract

Flash storage an emerging technology that is enabling better application performance and Violin Memory has implemented in a way that provides superior performance and reliability at a lower cost. This session is a brief introduction to Flash Storage, Violin’s unique implementation, where we are seeing adoption in Oil & Gas workflows and why you should partner with Violin Memory to implement in your Organization.

Biography

Jonathan is the Violin CTO of Software responsible for driving the data management software architecture. As the former CTO at OnStor, he set the technical direction for scale-out network attached storage (NAS) hardware and software design. After OnStor was acquired by LSI in 2009, Jonathan transitioned to the role of LSI Fellow where he was part of the company’s Corporate Strategy Office, defining the company’s strategic direction and identifying key areas ripe for technical innovation. Prior to that, Jonathan held technical leadership and key architect roles at organizations such as Zambeel, Microsoft, and IBM Transarc Labs. As an architect at Zambeel, he designed the key components of the company’s Global File System (GFS). At Microsoft, Goldick served as a key technical contributor for CIFS protocol design futures, the backup/restore framework (VSS), NTFS performance and feature enhancements, and WebDAV futures. Goldick was also Chief NT architect for the file systems group at IBM Transarc where he designed multi-protocol algorithms to bridge the Windows and UNIX worlds.
Jonathan is the author of four IEEE and USENIX publications related to mass storage and Global File Systems and holds eight patents in the field.

 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

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1:00 PM

DDN (DataDirect Networks)

Jeff Denworth

VP Marketing

Application-Defined Flash Acceleration For Today's Seismic Algorithms

Abstract

The emergence of storage class memory has created a new storage tier in the data center.  Today’s storage systems face the challenge of how best to leverage it effectively.  This task will become increasingly important as future computing architectures continue to drive more and more transactional IO. This talk will explore new approaches to combining flash and spinning disk with application-aware

intelligence; maximizing IO throughput well beyond what is possible with simple read and write caching, to faster results in a smaller energy and datacenter footprint.

Biography

Jeff Denworth has over a decade of experience with advanced computation and massively scalable big data storage technologies. Before joining DDN in 2006, Mr. Denworth ran worldwide sales and marketing at Cluster File Systems, Inc. -  where he managed all aspects of sales & business development associated with the Lustre® file system. Prior to Cluster File Systems, he managed HPC and enterprise server memory business development at Dataram Corporation.

 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

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1:30 PM

MBA Sciences, Inc.

Minesh B. Amin

Founder & CEO

Trivially Authoring/Deploying Robust HPC Workflows

Abstract

With the growth in the size of data, graphs, and scientific computing workloads, the ability to rapidly prototype and deploy robust parallel workflows is a key enabler for raising productivity and accelerating discovery. In this talk, we will review the RossetaWare(TM) runtime environment that can be used to execute massive workflows on either internal or public clouds.  We will illustrate the efficacy of our solution by reviewing how robust parallel workflows may be created with as little as 40 lines of (new) code while leveraging existing stand-alone applications to perform detailed "what-if-analysis."

Biography

Dr. Minesh B. Amin is Founder & CEO of MBA Sciences, Inc. MBA Sciences enables engineers and scientists to rapidly prototype, analyze and deploy robust parallel solutions across heterogeneous computing resources spanning servers, cores and GPUs from either data centers or  public clouds. MBA Sciences was showcased at the Emerging Companies Summit, GTC 2012 and Supercomputing 2010.

 

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Academia Session for Tuesday

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1:30 PM

Colorado School of Mines

 

 

 

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2:00 PM

University of Montana

Dr. Leonid Kalachev

Professor and chair of mathematics department and the director of Statistics and Applied Mathematics CORE (SAMC)

 

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2:30 PM

Texas Southern University

Dr. Daniel Vrinceanu

Assistant Professor Department of Physics

 

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3:00 PM

Texas Tech University

Dr. Ravi Vadapalli

Research Scientist in High Performance Computing and Adjunct Professor of Petroleum Engineering

 

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3:30 PM

Academic Panel

·   CSM (TBD)
·   Dr. Leonid Kalachev
·   Dr. Daniel Vrinceanu
·   Dr. Ravi Vadapalli

 

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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9:30 AM

Hitachi Data Systems

Bert Beals

CTO Energy Industries

HPC and Big Data, Relatives or Strangers?

Abstract

Ever wondered how Big Data relates to High Performance Computing (HPC)? Explore the dimensions of Big Data and discover how HPC technologies and techniques can be applied to address the desire for Enterprises to turn data into information that provides real business value.  In this presentation we will define the dimensions of Big Data and touch on how value can be derived using examples from exploration and production.  We will discuss the areas where commercial HPC and Big Data architectures are alike, different, and where we need to spend more time converging lessons learned from each.

Biography

Bert Beals is the Chief Technologist for Hitachi Data Systems' Energy Industries organization. 
Bert has extensive IT and industry experience with 35 years in leading positions in High Performance Computing environments, including 28 years of experience working for and with the oil and gas industry. Throughout his career he has been instrumental in setting strategic directions and pioneering new technologies.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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10:00 AM

Acceleware Ltd.

Darren Foltinek

RTM Product Manager

Optimizing RTM for Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors: Lessons Learned

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Biography

Darren is the product manager for seismic products at Acceleware. He is responsible for the successful development and launch of Acceleware seismic software used by companies world-wide. Darren has over 12 years of experience in developing commercial applications, including Acceleware’s GPU enabled Reverse Time Migration and Forward Modeling libraries. Prior to joining Acceleware Darren worked in the geophysics industry as a software consultant. Darren has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a Minor Computing Engineering from the University of Calgary.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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10:30 AM

Christie Digital Systems

Larry Paul

Senior Director, Technology and Visualization Solutions Management, Visual Environments

Future Direction of Visualization Technologies

Abstract

We will be showing a presentation on a wide range of display technologies relating to the demanding needs of the oil gas immersive visualization market including the latest in high resolution projectors as well as integrated display systems including current high resolution flat panels.  He will also be discussing the latest developments in solid state illumination including lasers among other integration technologies.

Biography

Larry Paul leads the technology development and project execution teams for Christie’s Visual Environments group focused on fully integrated, best-in-class visual solutions for Virtual Reality (VR) and simulation markets. In this role, he brings over 20 years’ experience that includes a keen understanding of major computer platforms, fortifying strategic relationships and introducing new products and services to the market.  Larry has been with Christie since April 2004, holding numerous positions, first starting as the Director of System Architecture for the Immersive Solutions Group; what is now known as Visual Environments.  Prior to joining Christie, Larry was director of technology at Panoram Technologies, Inc. working directly with sales and end-user customers in designing advanced custom visual solutions, as well as the technical manager for Universal Studios’ Porto Europa theme park in Wakayama City, Japan.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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11:00 AM

MBA Sciences, Inc.

Minesh B. Amin

Founder & CEO

Trivially Authoring/Deploying Robust HPC Workflows

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With the growth in the size of data, graphs, and scientific computing workloads, the ability to rapidly prototype and deploy robust parallel workflows is a key enabler for raising productivity and accelerating discovery. In this talk, we will review the RossetaWare(TM) runtime environment that can be used to execute massive workflows on either internal or public clouds.  We will illustrate the efficacy of our solution by reviewing how robust parallel workflows may be created with as little as 40 lines of (new) code while leveraging existing stand-alone applications to perform detailed "what-if-analysis."

Biography

Dr. Minesh B. Amin is Founder & CEO of MBA Sciences, Inc. MBA Sciences enables engineers and scientists to rapidly prototype, analyze and deploy robust parallel solutions across heterogeneous computing resources spanning servers, cores and GPUs from either data centers or  public clouds. MBA Sciences was showcased at the Emerging Companies Summit, GTC 2012 and Supercomputing 2010.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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11:30 AM

PCPC Direct, Ltd.

Mike Walsh

Account Executive

Big Data goes fast with xWAN™ from PCPC

Abstract

Data volumes are growing exponentially as new advanced technology tools and sensors are applied to solving energy problems.  Unfortunately, networks have never been efficient in moving large amounts of data to people; instead people are moved to the data.  Our case study examines the solution being implemented on some critical networks by the U.S. Department of Defense to overcome those challenges and how the same technology could transform business operations in the oil & gas industry where similar challenges exist.

Biography

Mike has dedicated his IT career to the most important industry in the world!  He has immersed himself in oil supporting the best oilfield service companies and largest downstream refiners.  He has spent decades supporting upstream seismic and reservoir applications and has customized High Performance Clustering compute systems, file systems, and custom services such as cluster management software and remote support services to his customers around the globe. He is employed by PCPC Direct, Ltd in Houston, TX as a dedicated energy expert offering bleeding edge innovations like xWAN and BlueRose technologies.  Today he will discuss how xWAN moves data to people vs. moving people to data by offering the world’s fastest transport. His background includes 16 years with IBM plus stints at EDS & Oracle and as a principal partner in an energy exploration & production software development company.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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1:00 PM

Adaptive Computing

R.J. Kelley

 Senior Sales Engineer

Implementing a High Availability HPC or Cloud Environment for Oil & Gas

Abstract

Organizations with aggressive up-time goals depend on High Availability (HA) mechanisms in their software. Adaptive Computing’s Moab Cloud Suite (MCS) and Moab HPC Suite (MHS) support several configurations to address this need. This presentation describes the possibilities, identifies considerations that favor one over another, and gives specific implementation recipes.

Biography

Mr. R.J. Kelley has a diverse professional background and extensive experiences in the field of Information Technology.  For nearly two decades, R.J. has provided valuable business knowledge across Customer Support, Software Development, Technical Management, Professional Services and Sales organizations in support of many leading enterprises in North America. Mr. Kelley’s technical background spans the disciplines of IT Operations, Scientific Applications Programming, Operating Systems Programming, Customer Support, Software Development, Product Quality Assurance Testing and Professional Services. Mr. Kelley has worked for several industry leading vendors designing IT infrastructure topology solutions comprised of a variety of hardware and software products from companies such as Adaptive Computing, Cleversafe, Hitachi Data Systems, BlueArc, EMC, Isilon, Network Appliance, HP, Dell, Cisco, Brocade, Symantec, Oracle, VMware and CommVault.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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1:30 PM

PBS Works

Bill Nitzberg

CTO, PBS Works division at Altair

Altair PBS Works: Reducing Risk and Cost through Intelligent Workload Management

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Dr. Bill Nitzberg is the CTO of PBS Works at Altair Engineering, Inc. With over 25 years in the computer industry, spanning commercial software development to high-performance computing research, Dr. Nitzberg is an internationally recognized expert in parallel and distributed computing.  Dr. Nitzberg has served on the board of the Open Grid Forum, he co-architected NASA’s Information Power Grid, edited the MPI-2 I/O standard, and has published numerous papers on distributed shared memory, parallel I/O, PC clustering, job scheduling, and cloud computing. In his spare time, Bill tries to reduce his pack weight for his long-distance hiking trips.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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2:00 PM

UDI (Unique Digital Inc.)

Richard A. Thomas

Sr. Systems Engineer

HPC & The Cloud: Myth vs. Reality

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Richard A. Thomas is a Senior System’s Engineer with Unique Digital Inc. in Houston, Texas. Richard has been a dedicated member of UDI’s team for the past two years. He attended Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration. Richard is frequently pursuing various certifications within the industry to better meet the needs of his clients and the evolving field. Richard currently holds certifications in: RSA Systems Engineer Associate in Authentication, EMC Cloud Architect Virtualized Infrastructure Specialist, EMC Cloud Architect IT-as-a-Service Expert, Isilon Certified Systems Engineer, EMC Technology Architect Backup and Recovery Solutions Expert, EMC Technology Architect VNX Solutions Expert, and EMC Technology Architect Symmetrix Solutions Specialist.  Richard was also winner of the EMC Extreme Certification Challenge held during EMC World 2013. His latest projects include Data Center Architecture; as well as, designing and implementing HPC Solutions, Disaster Recovery Solutions and Business Continuity Solutions. His newest venture within the industry is Cloud Architecture and consulting.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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2:30 PM

Cray Inc.

Dr. Wulf Massell

Chief Geophysicist & Energy Segment Manager

Permanent Reservoir Monitoring and the Data Integration and Analysis Challenge.

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Permanent Reservoir Monitoring is rapidly gaining acceptance and implementation by a growing number of D&P operators of large oil fields. Numerous cases of increasing field reserves and improved recovery performance follow the integration of sophisticated seismic data processing and interpretation of time-lapse seismic surveys with the integration of engineering data collected that is throughout the production and injection history of the field. One data example of a producing field includes fifteen seismic surveys recorded over a nine-year period.  As data volumes increase over the projected 25 to 50 year life of a new field, innovative data warehousing technology and data analysis techniques will go through many cycles of renewal and invention.

Ultrafast and capable computers have already made rapid progress towards producing better seismic velocity functions and sophisticated elastic models requires for full waveform inversion and the high resolution depth imaging required to map and track subsurface fluid movement and structural dynamics over time. The variety of data types to be integrated are diverse and will include, seismic, well logs, cores, geologic interpretations, fluid movement, production and injection histories, etc. These and many others must be readily available for analysis, and they must be integrated and uniformly satisfy each other’s constraints as they combine  to create one reservoir model that will change over time. In today’s parlance a PRM data set is an unstructured Big-Data set.

The presentation will introduce Cray’s Hadoop technology, originally developed for the largely unstructured data types of web solutions providers and suggest that this framework might be re-purposed to perform data warehousing, processing, and querying suitable for subsurface interpretation. At a higher level of abstraction, the Cray Urika appliance with its all-to-all globally shared memory structure might also be used to perform Graph Analytics on PRM data and help discover previously undetected relationships.

Accessing and analyzing a several years of PRM data is a tractable challenge. Carrying that task forward ten, twenty, and more years in a world where technology change is constant is a daunting challenge.

Biography

Dr. Wulf Massell is Chief Geophysicist and Energy Segment Manager at Cray Inc., the Supercomputer Company. His career includes employment at Amoco, Geosource, Inc., EPIC Geophysical, and Fusion Petroleum Technologies.  Academic employment include professorships at The University of Texas at Austin, the Universidade Federal de Bahia in Salvador Brazil (1985-86), Director of the Image Processing Laboratory, University of Houston, and Principal Investigator at the Houston Advanced Research Center. In 2008 he co-founded G4 Resources, Inc., an independent exploration company. His current responsibilities at Cray include managing the business development activities for High Performance Computing in the Oil and Energy Segment of the market.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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3:00 PM

ION Geophysical Corporation

Bill Menger

Director, High Performance Computing

Managing Upwards

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In this talk we discuss the use of monitoring and statistics gathering software to assist HPC department managers in providing upper management and line of business executives with insight into the value HPC is providing to the business. We will show an aggregation product called DecisionHPC that collects raw data from a variety of HPC cluster sources such as Ganglia, Nagios, Torque or Slurm queuing/job scheduling systems and presents that data in a usable format for decision-making. With this new method of monitoring, measuring, and analyzing HPC data, it will be much less time consuming for technical managers to demonstrate the value that the HPC department provides to the business.

Biography

Bill Menger – Director of HPC for ION/GXT: Bill holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Geophysics from Texas A&M University and is a certified nuclear engineer from his time in the US Navy Submarine fleet.  Bill spent 24 years in two stints with Conoco/ConocoPhillips  working in magnetotellurics, multi-component seismic, seismic processing system development, data management, and HPC. Bill worked at Applied Geophysical Software as a software developer for multiple suppression, model-building, tomography, and depth migration. After rejoining Conoco he supervised a software and HPC group and was instrumental in obtaining open source licensing for CPS (a processing system: http://cpseis.org), and for GeoCraft (a framework for general purpose geophysical software : http://geocraft.org).  Bill is co-founder and Past President of the Society of HPC Professionals.  He has worked at Fusion and Global Geophysical before joining ION in 2013.

 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

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3:30 PM

Rocky Ridge Resources, Inc.

Rocky Roden

Found & CEO

How Self Organizing Maps Can Amplify Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators,  A Case Study

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Self-Organizing Maps (SOM’s) are a data visualization methodology within Unsupervised Neural Networks (UNNs), which transform multi-dimensional data into usually one or two dimensions (Kohonen, 1990).  This is accomplished through an iterative process that eventually groups similarities in the data.  Those materials which are inconsistent with their surroundings cannot be “categorized” by a SOM and are thereby exposed as “anomalies”.  This paper presents a case study illustrating how SOM technology can be used to expose seismic anomalies and amplify Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators (DHIs) at a producing Field on the continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S.A. Applying the DHI methodology with the SOM analysis using various sets of seismic attributes can dramatically reduce uncertainty in the interpretation, thereby decreasing exploration risks in these geological settings.

Biography

Rocky has owned his own consulting company, Rocky Ridge Resources, Inc., for the last ten years and works with numerous oil companies around the world on interpretation technical issues, prospect generation, risk analysis evaluations, and reserve/resource calculations.  He is a principal in the Rose and Associates DHI Risk Analysis Consortium which has involved over 40 oil companies since 2001, developing a seismic amplitude risk analysis program and worldwide prospect database.  He has also worked with Seismic Microtechnology, Geophysical Insights, and Rock Solid Images on the integration of advanced geophysical technology in software applications.  He is a proven oil finder (38 years in the industry) with extensive knowledge of modern geoscience technical approaches (past Chairman-The Leading Edge Editorial Board). As Chief Geophysicist and Director of Applied Technology for Repsol-YPF (retired 2001), his role comprised advising corporate officers, geoscientists, and managers on interpretation, strategy and technical analysis for exploration and development in offices in U.S., Argentina, Spain, Egypt, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He has been involved in the technical and economic evaluation of Gulf of Mexico lease sales, farmouts worldwide, and bid rounds in South America, Europe, and the Far East.  Previous work experience includes exploration and development at Maxus Energy, Pogo Producing, Decca Survey, and Texaco.  He holds a BS in Oceanographic Technology-Geology from Lamar University and a MS in Geological and Geophysical Oceanography from Texas A&M University.

 


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