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Innovative Training in a Virtual World

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 1:20 p.m.–5:20 p.m.  |  Denver, ColoradoZoom

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Panelists from academia, industry and consulting services will individually share their perspectives and examples of virtual training during the first hour. We will then move to a facilitated discussion with the session participants to answer any questions they may have in relation to the 2020 transition to a more virtual learning environment.


Rhonika Kaplan


Vitor Abreu
ACT Geosciences

Dr Vitor Abreu is considered one of the world leaders on deep water reservoirs, proposing new deep water models with strong impact in reservoir characterization. Vitro has 28 years of experience in the oil industry in petroleum exploration, with a proven record in evaluating, risking and/ or drilling in 22 countries and 31 sedimentary basins in the 6 continents. His previous experience includes working for Petrobras, Unocal, and ExxonMobil.

As an educator, Vitor is an Adjunct Professor at Rice University, teaching the graduate course on Sequence Stratigraphy since Peter Vail’s retirement. More than 1000 students from around the globe have taken his short course on “Sequence Stratigraphy for Applied to Exploration” since the year of 2000. This course has been taught at the AAPG annual meetings, international meetings, universities, and geological societies around the world continuously since it was first offered. He is also one of the industry leaders on Sequence Stratigraphy and is the chief editor of SEPM’s book “Sequence Stratigraphy of Siliciclastic Systems”, which has sold almost 4000 copies since publication in 2010.

Vitor is the President-Elect of the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and held the position of Research Councilor also for SEPM (2004-2006). He was a Convener for the International Geological Congress held in Japan (2006) an was in the Board of Directors of STEPPE, a NSF-supported consortium (2013-2014). He was the recipient of the AAPG’s Jules Braunstein Memorial Award and was appointed AAPG’s inaugural International Distinguished Instructor in 2006.

Michael Pyrcz
UT Austin

Michael Pyrcz is an associate professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, and the Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, where he researches and teaches on the topics of subsurface, spatial data analytics, geostatistics and machine learning. Michael is also the principal investigator of the freshmen research initiative and a core faculty in the Machine Learn Laboratory in the College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, an associate editor for Computers and Geosciences and a board member for Mathematical Geosciences, the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences, and the program chair for the Petroleum Data Driven Analytics Technical Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Michael has written over 60 peer-reviewed publications, a Python package for spatial, subsurface data analytics, and coauthored a textbook on spatial data analytics, ‘Geostatistical Reservoir Modeling’. All of Michael’s university lectures are available on his YouTube channel, to support his students and working professionals. To find out more about Michael’s work and shared educational resources visit his website at

Mary Carr
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Mary M Carr is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Mary has been a member of the geologic faculty at Mines since 1996 when she joined as a Post Doc working on turbiditic systems of the Brushy Canyon formation in the Delaware Basin, West Texas. After completing her BS and MS at University of Texas at Arlington she obtained a PhD at The University of Texas at Austin studying the depositional controls on modern and ancient wet eolian systems. Her research over the past 15 years has stretched from eolian, fluvial and deep water systems, with a particular emphasis on methods for creating accurate geologic models from outcrop data. Since coming to Mines, Mary has worked with a wide range of graduate students serving on committees and supervising research. She is currently the director of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council for the Rocky Mountain region as well the Center Manager of CASERM.

Joshua Miller

Josh is currently a Geologic Advisor and Manager of Geoscience Development at Hess Corporation.

A native of New York, he received a bachelor’s degree in Geology at SUNY Geneseo and a master’s from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Josh began his career in 2001 as a biostratigrapher at Paleo-Data in New Orleans working both onshore and offshore Gulf of Mexico. In 2006 he joined ConocoPhillips in Houston as an exploration geoscientist in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. He then joined Hess in 2007 as a biostratigrapher/stratigrapher and worked the company’s global portfolio before becoming a Team Lead in 2014 for the Reservoir Analysis Group in the Technology Department. Josh continues to support biostratigraphy while assuming his current role in 2017. He is focused on sourcing and implementing geoscience development strategies that fit the ever-changing business environment at Hess.

Patricio Desjardins

Patricio Desjardins is a Senior Research Geologist and Subject Matter Expert for digital applications and unconventional reservoir characterization in Shell. His current research is focused on the geology of the Permian Basin and the development and deployment of emerging digital technologies in geosciences.

He graduated as a geologist in Argentina in 2005 and obtained his PhD on Sedimentology and Stratigraphy from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2010. He started in industry as a consultor characterizing a Cambrian sandstone reservoirs for Carbon Capture and Sequestration in Alberta. Later he was hired by Shell and moved to Houston to work on deep-water projects in Gulf of Mexico. Since 2012 he has dedicated most of his time to study unconventional reservoirs from around the globe, recognizing well performance subsurface drivers and enabling high-quality business decisions.

Laura Murray
Chevron Corporation

Laura has over 23 years of experience with Chevron, working in a variety of depositional settings and basins both onshore and offshore. She has experience with clastics/eolian, carbonates and mixed systems – both conventional and unconventional, in addition to primary, secondary and tertiary recovery. She is recognized for her leadership of multi-disciplinary teams for full-field evaluation and development planning, particularly large Major Capital Projects. Laura’s expertise is cross-functional organization and integration of large, diverse datasets to characterize and model complex reservoir systems, particularly eolian and Deepwater turbidites.


Innovative Training in a Virtual World
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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