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Evolutionary Movements in Geophysics

January 09, 2018
Webinar is now available for on-demand viewing

Presented by:  
Duane Dopkin, Senior Vice President Technology
Zvi Koren, Chief Technical Officer
Duration:  43:45.  This presentation was originally delivered as a Lunch and Learn session at the Paradigm booth at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting.



Historically, advances in geophysics have come equally from inside and outside the domain of geoscience.  Many of these advances have been enabled by computer technology companies, where step changes in desktop computing, processors, graphics, operating systems, and high-performance computing have transformed the way geophysicists process, interpret, and interact with seismic data. 

Step changes in geophysics have also resulted from changes in asset focus.  While asset focus has largely been driven by advances in drilling technology, those advances in turn have resulted in geophysical technology targeted at specific reservoir types and objectives. Today, asset-dependent geophysical applications are readily available for deep water, shale plays, fractured carbonates, and conventional reservoirs.

While downturns in the oil and gas market negatively impact organizations and operations, they also present a good opportunity to reflect, refresh, and innovate based on trends both inside and outside of our industry.  This Lunch and Learn presentation will highlight those trends and their impact on Geophysics. Topics to be covered include:
  • The integration of geology and geophysics for velocity model building
  • High-resolution azimuthal imaging for natural fracture determination, shallow velocity determination, and feature detection with diffraction energy
  • Velocity model uncertainty
  • Machine learning and geophysics
  • Cloud delivery and geophysics


Duane-Dopkin_sm.jpgDuane Dopkin  is a geophysicist and Senior Vice President of Technology for Paradigm. With over twenty years of experience in managing software portfolios that advance the sciences of subsurface imaging and hydrocarbon detection, he has helped drive and align these technologies to meet the dynamic economies and needs of the oil and gas industry.  His current responsibilities combine product management with research and development to ensure the delivery of high end applications, solutions and workflows to the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Dopkin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree in Geosciences from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.  He has published numerous articles on the integration of geoscience disciplines to improve hydrocarbon detection and recovery.  He is a regular speaker and participant at professional seminars.

Zvi-Koren_new_crop_100pixel.jpgDr. Zvi Koren is the Chief Technical Officer of Paradigm.  He founded the geophysical program at Paradigm in 1990, and headed the team responsible for developing the GeoDepth® system for velocity model building, seismic modeling and depth imaging.  This system is in wide use worldwide, and has become the high-end standard for depth processing in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.  Dr. Koren also led the development of Paradigm’s EarthStudy 360 full wavefield system based on full-azimuth angle domain imaging and analysis.

Dr. Koren holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences at Tel Aviv University.  He performed post-doctoral research at the Institute Physique du Globe, Paris University, and served as a researcher on a 3D modeling project at the Geophysics Department of Hamburg University. He has won numerous research awards and fellowships, and has published over 50 articles in his fields of expertise, including seismic wave propagation, seismic imaging, and the study of the structure of the Earth's crust, in particular geophysical modeling and inversion methods.