Comments from the President of the Dallas Geophysical Society

President’s message for October 2015

You would never realize there was a slowdown in the oilfield by looking at the attendance at our September luncheon last month. We had an incredible turnout for Dimitri Bevc’s talk on full-waveform inversion, and I’m certain that had more to do with the consistent quality of SEG’s selected Distinguished Lecturers rather than the free lunch. The momentum will continue in October when the 2015 SEG North American Honorary Lecturer, Dan Whitmore, will be in Dallas to give his presentation on “Concepts & Applications of Imaging with Multiples and Primaries”. Please remember that the venue for October’s meeting will be at Denbury Resources in Plano rather than Brookhaven College.

In September, we asked for members to provide feedback in a short survey to help focus our efforts for the rest of the term, and we have received valuable input as well as actionable suggestions. Reassuringly, the majority of responders were satisfied with the types & frequency of events we are already offering, such as the luncheons & major social events. As expected, the lecture topic was the most compelling aspect of an event, and there was great interest in featuring more case studies and multi-disciplinary talks.  Cost was rated the least important part of an event. Typically, we strive to keep costs to our events as low as possible by partnering with sponsors and exploring ideas, such as changes in venue. However, our efforts to keep costs low for members may sometimes mean a small loss for the society. Therefore, the feedback we have received serves as valuable guidance for us to remain fiscally responsible, while not compromising on the priorities of our members.


Sarah Reed

President 2015-2016

Dallas Geophysical Society


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