Special Report: POINT OF VIEW: New SEG chief helped bring vector seismics into practice

A set of techniques known as vector seismics has migrated from research to practice, changing how geophysicists study the subsurface and improving information about the physical characteristics of oil and gas reservoirs. Leon Thomsen, who becomes president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists at the group’s annual meeting this week, has helped this once-esoteric idea become a practical tool of geophysics.Twenty years ago, Thomsen wrote an article in SEG’s technical journal, Geophysics, that proved to be fundamental to vector seismics and that SEG identified last year as the most frequently cited work in the profession. Since then, the subject has developed to the point ...

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