1:50 pm – The Story of Marine Seismic Acquisition
Craig completed B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics and then joined Western Geophysical 1981. He has spent his entire 35-year career in Schlumberger companies and their antecedents serving in various technical and management positions including VP for R&D and VP, Data Processing. He has received technical and honorary awards from entities such as Litton Industries, Schlumberger and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, among them the SEG Award for Best Presentation. He has twice received honorable mention for the Best Paper in Geophysics. He is an Honorary Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG) and of the Geophysical Society of Houston, is a life member of SEAPEX and is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He has presented papers and published widely on a variety of topics ranging from prestack imaging, migration, acquisition and the connections between acquisition, processing and imaging. He pioneered Simultaneous Source technology and has recently worked in broadband seismic techniques and new methods for sparse inversion. He was the 2001-2002 SEG 1st Vice President and the 2004-2005 President of the SEG. He served as the Fall 2009 SEG Distinguished Lecturer as well as the 2000 Esso Australia Distinguished Lecturer and as 2014 EAGE Distinguished Lecturer. He was the Founding Chair of the SEG Committee for Geoscientists without Borders (GWB). In 2018, in recognition of his work in founding GWB, the SEG established the Craig J. Beasley Award for Humanitarian Geophysics. He has enjoyed postings in Singapore and Rio de Janeiro and now is in Houston, recently retired as Chief Geophysicist for WesternGeco and Schlumberger Fellow (Emeritus). In retirement, he has served as the General Chair for the 2017 SEG Annual Meeting in Houston and sits on several boards including the SEG Foundation. In 2018, he was elected President-elect for the Geophysical Society of Houston. He and Betsy are enjoying retirement and are pursuing their passion for diving, underwater photography and video. Together, they were founders and co-chairs for the first Houston Underwater Film Festival, planned for 2020 but held in 2021.