The Thrill of Denver

Will you be spending this Halloween season visiting a creepy haunted house, or watching a horror movie? Why do people love the fear and terror of these activities? Research says it’s due to the adrenaline rush we get from being scared and the feeling of relief when it’s all said and done.

psycho-house-bates-motelWith Halloween just a few days away, some thrill seekers might want to take advantage of their free time after a packed day at the SEG Convention to discover the best haunted houses in the Mile High City.

NEOS has braved all and, for the sake of research, located the top spots for you. Warning: these are not for the faint of heart!

13th Floor Haunted House:
Voted the Scariest Haunted House in Colorado by MTV and one of the top 10 scariest in the US by the Discovery Channel.
4120 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216

Asylum Haunted House:
Named by the Travel Channel as one of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions.
6100 E. 39th Ave., Denver, CO 80207

Haunted houses a bit too spooky for you? If you like history and a good story, check out the Haunted Denver – Ghost Walks & Talks. Visit the Denver Post website for more information.

Friday Fun: Best Airline Safety Video!

Courtesy of Air New Zealand…

Talk about a cool and creative way to build your brand!


Creep on Over to NEOS at the SEG


It’s that time of year again – SEG season – and NEOS has prepared a very “spooktacular” event for this year’s show.


NEOS takes the stage! Stop by to discover how, through multi-measurement interpretation (MMI), E&P operators all over the world have gained, and continue to gain, new insights into the subsurface.

NEOS case studies & technologies explained:

  • Introduction to Multi-measurement Interpretation (MMI)
  • Case Studies: Neuquén Basin / Appalachian Basin / D-J Basin /  Eco-Assurance™
  • Imaging the Basement
  • Predictive Analytics in Exploration
  • Aquifer Delineation for E&P Operations



If you dare, attend our presentations in the SEG Technical Program

Geophysical characterization of the Precambrian basement in northwest Pennsylvania, U.S.

Soledad Velasco, Mohammed Kidwai
Monday, 27 October @ 4:25pm, Room 403

A probabilistic approach to in-place volume estimation

Emmanuel Schnetzler
Thursday, 30 October @ 2:00pm, Room 3A

Integrated interpretation – The value of connecting the multi-disciplinary dots

Craig Beasley
Thursday, 30 October @ 3:30pm, Room 3A



Don’t test your bravery each night as darkness encroaches on the Denver streets, let NEOS ‘light the way’ for you with our very own Denver City Guide to the best bars and dining establishments in the city.

SEG is coming, consider yourself summond.

It will be a frightfully good time!

Set to Take the Stage at SEG

At this year’s SEG in Denver, NEOS will join other great industry minds to share the latest case histories and technological advancements. Not only will we have a booth theater packed each day with presentations on real-world case studies and the latest innovations in MMI, but several of our geoscientists have been selected to share their knowledge on the big stage – SEG’s Technical Program.

Two of the presentations – A probabilistic approach to in-place volume estimation & Integrated interpretation – The value of connecting the multi-disciplinary dots were previously given at the SEG IQ Earth Forum this summer; and like any big hit, they were called back for an encore.

See the presentation dates and times below. And visit the NEOS SEG page for our complete SEG line-up, including the booth theater schedule.

Everyone will be talking about MMI at SEG; don’t be left in the dark.


Geophysical characterization of the Precambrian basement in northwest Pennsylvania, U.S.
Soledad Velasco, Mohammed Kidwai
Monday, 27 October | 4:25 pm
Session: Thought Provoking Applications, Room 403

A probabilistic approach to in-place volume estimation
Emmanuel Schnetzler
Thursday, 30 October | 2:00 pm
Session: The Best of the IQ Earth Forum Workshop

Integrated interpretation – The value of connecting the multi-disciplinary dots
Craig Beasley
Thursday, 30 October | 3:30 pm
Session: The Best of the IQ Earth Forum

The Coolest Denver Watering Holes

You’ve worked tirelessly on your company’s ‘plan of attack’ while at the SEG.  You’ve identified all the technical talks not-to-be-missed. You’ve called upon all your contacts, prospects, …any one you can think of. Your hotel and flight are booked. You’ve basically been on SEG mode for weeks now.

You haven’t even yet arrived in Denver and you’re already exhausted. Sounds like you need a drink!

Beer-Toast-585x352The SEG, and probably your hotel, are in downtown Denver. Mill up and down 16th street and you’ll no doubt stumble across some old favs – Paramount, Marlowes, Earls…perhaps even the Tilted Kilt. But you’ve been there, done that.  It’s time to get out and truly get into the real Denver for some real beer – it is Oktober after all. Let NEOS show you the way:

(Full disclosure – these are all in LoDo.  But trust us, its where you want to go)


  • Freshcraft – Enjoy craft beer to wash down all that delicious craft food.
  • Falling Rock Tap House – Believe it or not all the taps on the bar wall are in fact connected to a keg.  May all taste preferences be satiated!
  • Wynkoop Brewing – Denver’s finest micro-brew. Don’t forget to eat too!


  • 9th Door – Sultry interior, savory tapas and fine cocktails.
  • The Cruise Room – Denver’s first post-Prohibition bar. Need we say more?
  • Williams and Graham – I throw this non-LoDo bar on the list because its one not to be missed. Make a reservation and find yourself being ushered through the book case “portal” into another world.

And to add to this list, with the addition of a few select restaurants, behold the NEOS Denver City Guide.


Case Study: MMI to Predict BTU Content of Marcellus Wells


Out in the October AAPG Explorer – the Geophysical Review edition – an article on NEOS’ work in the Marcellus resource play over a roughly 2,500 square-mile area in northwestern Pennsylvania.

By integrating and inverting several of the non-seismic datasets, NEOS identified a high-susceptibility region within the basement, which was hypothesized to be causing differences in the rates and BTU content of Marcellus wells.

Click here (or on the image above) for the full article.

For more on NEOS’ work in the Marcellus, visit the Appalachian neoBASIN webpage.

Lifetime Earnings by College Major

Lifetime Earnings

For the full article, visit the Hamilton Project (click here).

Draining the Oceans with Satellite Gravity Data

Many thanks to our friends at Scripps and ConocoPhillips for this really terrific satellite-derived gravity image of the ocean floor! To read the article, click here.

Don’t Mess With Texas

First, to my fellow Texans, please forgive the delay in defending the Great State of Texas.  But as listed below in #14, the weather was too beautiful this weekend to be inside.

Now, not another video set to ‘elevator’ music…instead, let’s get to the facts of why Texas is the best state; the 20 points below speak for themselves (and are in no particular order).

And, as former Texas residents, how quickly CMOh! and guiri alta forgot, ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’!



Texas is the only state that’s allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the American flag.

  1. Our state was a state, then fought to be a country, then won
  2. We have our own language – Howdy, Hey Y’all, Dang
  3. Blue Bell ice cream and the way Texans are fiercely loyal to it
  4. The stunning art museums in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth
  5. Tex-Mex & BBQ
  6. Austin (and the surrounding Hill Country)
  7. Nolan Ryan
  8. Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Beyoncé, (to name a few) and many killer music festivals
  9. Dallas Cowboys (and their cheerleaders)
  10. Killer economy and no state income tax
  11. Big Bend State Park
  12. Sunrises over the Gulf
  13. NASA
  14. October in Texas almost makes up for August.
  15. State Fair and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  16. Texans are so damn charming (especially when we are bragging about our state)
  17. Dairy Queen and Whataburger
  18. River floatin’ on a hot summer day
  19. Buc-ee’s (nuff said)
  20. Texas bluebonnets

Colorado: It’s Our Nature

My colleagues in California have clearly lost their minds with their recent post extolling the virtues of their home state.  And why pick their favorite big-state rival – Texas – for the basis of comparison?  Well, makes sense, as they wouldn’t want to go up against their true rival for the hearts and minds of geoscientists everywhere: the Great State of Colorado and the home of URTeC 2014, SEG 2014 and AAPG 2015.

Here are our two videos, Ms. Guiri Alta (aka Shill for California)!


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