Sclocchi Theses Award 2012

Milan, September 2012

Also in 2012 EAGE, SPE Italian Section and Assomineraria, which is the Italian Petroleum and Mining Industry Association, announce the 20th Sclocchi Theses Award. This contest is aimed to encourage and reward university and diploma graduates as well as Ph.D.’s in petroleum engineering and geosciences from Italian universities or by Italians graduating abroad. The winners will receive a prize of 2400 €.

The Award ceremony with presentations of the winning thesis will be in San Donato Milanese during December 2012.

2/5/11: SEG 2011 Spring Distinguished Lecture - Virtual Source Method for Imaging and Monitoring Below Complex Overburden

Andrey Bakulin, San Donato Milanese - may 2nd 2011



The SEG 2010 Spring distinguished lecture will be:

"Virtual Source Method for Imaging and Monitoring Below Complex Overburden"

The lecture will be held in San Donato Milanese, at eni Fifth Building, via Emilia, 1 on May 2nd 2011 from 2.30 pm at the Barbara conference Room

The participation is completely free, since the lecture is wholly supported by SEG, the SEG-EAGE Italian Section and eni.

For a more convenient organization, you are kindly requeted to communicate your participation with an e-mail to, not later than April 26th 2011.



Increasing overburden complexity can eventually destroy any type of surface imaging. While it may become intractable to unravel complex wave propagation in processing, it is always possible to capture it with measurement. The virtual source method uses surface shots with downhole receivers placed below the most complex part of the troublesome overburden. The method uses time-reversal logic to create a new downward-continued data set with virtual sources (VSs) at the geophone locations. Since redatuming is driven purely by measurements, it requires no knowledge of the velocity model between shots and receivers. Thus it enables imaging below extremely complex realistic overburden — in fact, the more complex the better. While the price to pay is high – placing geophones in the subsurface, so is the prize – seeing the unseen. Virtual sources are manufactured to our specifications so they can radiate only in the direction we need which proved extremely useful for analysis of VSPs in salt basins. Virtual sources can excite longitudinal waves with no associated shear, or vice versa, thus enabling accurate virtual P- and S-wave check shots below complex salt bodies. Virtual sources are also reproducible for 4D even if the near-surface changes or the shooting geometry is altered slightly. This leads to a variety of applications in permanent monitoring in land and marine where repeatable surveys can be achieved by only burying the receivers.


5/11/2011 - Eage Education Tour 5 : Seismic Geomechanics

dr. Jörg Herwanger, San Donato Milanese, 11th May 2011


EAGE, jointly with Eni and EAGE-SEG Italian Section, organizes a one-day lecture entitled "Seismic Geomechanics".

This is the italian  of V EAGE Education Tour.

The lecture will be held in San Donato Milanese, eni Fifth Building at the Main Conference Room room on May 11th 2011, starting from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Registration at EAGE website is requested. The fee is 75 € for EAGE members or 150 € for non members. Deadline: May 5th, 2011.


Three-dimensional geomechanical models are becoming more frequently used to assess the state of stress inside the Earth. Knowledge of the stress-state in a reservoir and the surrounding rock allows assessing the risk of reservoir compaction, wellbore failure, sanding, breach of seal integrity, fault re-activation and allows the design of mitigation for these issues. Threedimensional seismic data and inversion models can be used in building geomechanical models and time-lapse (4D) seismic data provide a means of calibrating the dynamic behavior of reservoir geomechanical models. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of currently available workflows to build and run calibrated reservoir geomechanical models maximizing the use of 3D and 4D seismic data. Rock-physics, relating the state of stress in the Earth and the propagation velocity of seismic waves, forms the link between seismic observations and the geomechanical model, and this link will be discussed both from experimental data and from a theoretical viewpoint. Attendees will learn how a combination of 3D geomechanical models, coupled to flow models, built and calibrated with 3D and 4D seismic data help in creating a deep understanding of the reservoir depletion processes and the state of stress in the reservoir and surrounding rock.


73rd EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE-EUROPEC 2011

Vienna, May 23-26 2011


The 73rd EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2010 will be held at Reed Messe in Vienna (Austria) from May 23rd to 26th 2011.

The result of EAGE and SPE collaboration is a truly multidisciplinary event with contributions both from geosciences and petroleum engineering. 

The deadline for abstracts submission is January 12th 2011. 

11/7/2011: DISC 2011 - Seismic Acquisition from Yesterday to Tomorrow

Julien Meunier, San Donato Milanese, november 7th 2011


 EAGE, jointly with SEG, the SEG-EAGE Italian Section and eni, organizes a one-day lecture entitled "Seismic acquisition from yesterday to tomorrow".  This is the Italian performance of the SEG-EAGE DISC Lecture. Further information are available at EAGE website.

The lecture will be held in San Donato Milanese, eni Fifth Building at the Main Conference Room room on november 7th 2011, starting from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

A fee is requested to participate (75€ for EAGE/SEG members, 150€ for non members) and the registration not later than October 31st at EAGE website is mandatory. 


There seems to be a very recent acceleration in the evolution of seismic acquisition. Offshore, wide-azimuth surveys have resulted in images of remarkable clarity. On land, increase in channel count has allowed the use of denser grids leading to significant noise reduction. Both onshore and offshore, the race for bandwidth extension is tenser than ever. This course presents these developments as a natural consequence of the conjunction of our need for clearer seismic images and the availability of recent technological advances. The core of the course is the relationship between acquisition parameters and seismic image quality. The main topics are: Historical overview, Elementary theoretical recap, Signal and Noise, Components of seismic acquisition, Vibroseis: a very special source, Acquisition geometry - Survey design.

11/22/2011: 5th international congress on Science for Cultural Heritage

Istanbul, 22-25 november 2011


The 5th international conference "Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin" will be held in Istanbul - Turkey - from november 22nd to 25th 2011.

Further information can be obtained from the conference official website:

The deadline for abstracts submission is may 31st 2011.

SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicist) - Deep Geothermal Exploration Section

A new SEG section for the Deep Geothermal Exploration will be grounded.

We welcome the participation of the Italian scientific community to such initiative.

Please forward your registration via e-mail to