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)!


Vastly beautiful, California

It’s no secret that Texans have pride in their state. Pride in what it stands for, pride in its size (and the size of everything in it) and pride in its vast beauty. And no knock on our Texan colleagues – but “yeah, we get it.  Texas is great!”.  However, it’s time for Texas to move over and let another state take the stage.

Feast your eyes on this time-lapse video and take pride in the immense variety and beauty that is, California – the Golden State.

The United States of Oil

US Oil InfomapIn the last 6 years, thanks to the technological advances of fracking, the USA has sky rocketed to one of the world’s largest producers of crude.  To truly comprehend what this means and how we (as a nation as well as individual states) now compare to the world’s other larger crude producers the above infographic has been drawn up.  Not too bad, USA, not – too – bad.

And in other recent and interesting news, fracking may not be to blame for well leaks after all.  What might this mean in countries or regions where the technique has been banned or at least heavily debated?

Insights into the Subsurface Below Stonehenge

StonehengeLike for most tourists, my first trip to Stonehenge was awe inspiring. The size alone is astounding but its the mystery around this formation that seals the visit as an ‘experience’ for us all.

So you can imagine my [and the rest of the world's] elation to hear the exciting news that, through subsurface imaging, an underground map has been revealed below Stonehenge.

When I came across this article on the BBC, I was just as excited about the newest unearthed secret revelations as I was about the methods taken to produce the groundbreaking “underground map”.  NEOS is all about unlocking those secrets that lay below the surface. Their approach to acquire this map seems to be something that is right up NEOS’ alley!

While some of the process may be similar, I will mention that the listed dimensions of this study are quite dwarfed by a typical NEOS neoBASIN program. For instance they imaged to a depth of 3 meters while NEOS can image to 25,000 meters. Their survey area is 12sqkm and the NEOS program in the Neuquén Basin is sized at 30,000sqkm. Clearly NEOS works on a bit of a different scale but could you imagine the range of visibility if an airborne multi-measurement interpretation study was initiated over the entire region? Oh the insights that could be unearthed!

Perhaps for phase II of “See below Stonehenge”, the University of Birmingham scientists might call upon NEOS for their imaging needs. I know it would excite more than a few of us history buffs.

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