November President’s Letter

Hello Everybody, With the outside temperatures becoming bearable, the need for mowing the lawn each week slowing down, the first part of the Louisiana elections and the GCAGS, SEG, and GSA meetings behind us (and at the same time coming up – see below), and close to the end of yet another uneventful hurricane season in the Gulf – it seems like a great winter is ahead of us!


Our October luncheon speaker, Morgan Brown from Tenax Geoscience, drew a large crowd talking about seismic velocity anisotropy in real rocks and how taking anisotropy into account – although mathematically more challenging – will yield more accurate images and seismic attributes. Just like the first talk in our season by SEG Honorary Lecturer Dan Whitmore, this was a very well delivered and received talk. Now we are looking forward to Pedro Alvarez from Rock Solid Images to enlightening us about MARS, a tool for reservoir property prediction, with some theory and two real-life example to illustrate the method.


I just made travel arrangements to attend the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union December 14-18 in San Francisco, the biggest meeting in the Earth and Space Sciences with nearly 24,000 attendees expected. It is very exciting because it brings together the entire Earth and space sciences community for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. I know that I’ll return inspired to UL with knowledge and ideas I can’t get anywhere else, hoping that I can find the time and energy to turn the ideas into action – considering the many hats that I am wearing and the commitments I already have.


In the past, our society has suffered from the lack of volunteers interested in serving on the board and making SWGLS happen. We have turned this around last year and invigorated the active participation in our society. However, we need to keep the momentum up and – as always – we are now actively looking for new board members for the 2016/2017 season.


In closing I would like to thank Freeport McMoRan again for sponsoring our UL geology students in October. They are always hungry for good food and a good talk. See you at the meeting!



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