UH Geosciences Professor Selected to Share Expertise at over 25 Locations Around the World


Kurt Marfurt to Teach 2006 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Distinguished Instructor Short Course

Kurt Marfurt, Professor of Geosciences, has been selected by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) as the instructor for the 2006 SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC)-an eight-hour, one-day short course on a topic of current and wide-spread interest.  Marfurt begins his lecture tour February 27, 2006, in Milan, Italy.

Sponsored by both SEG and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the DISC is presented each year at over 25 locations around the world. Selection as a DISC instructor is viewed as a major honor and recognition of excellence by SEG and EAGE, as DISC instructors are prominent geophysicists whose work and presentation appeal to a wide audience, ranging from students to professionals near the end of their careers.

The topic of  Marfurt's one-day course is "Seismic Attribute Mapping of Structure and Stratigraphy."

"Seismic data are incredibly rich in information, including amplitude, frequency, and the configuration or morphology of reflection events," says Marfurt. "Seismic attributes, which quantify ‘textures' seen in the earth's subsurface, can greatly accelerate the interpretation of newly acquired seismic 3-D surveys, as well as provide new insight into old 3-D surveys."

Participants in Marfurt's one-day course will gain an understanding of the physical basis, geologic expression, and petrophysical calibration of seismic attributes.

Marfurt joined the University of Houston in 1999 as a professor in the Department of Geosciences and as director of the Center for Applied Geosciences and Energy (CAGE), where his primary emphasis is on the development and calibration of new seismic attribute technology.

Marfurt began his geophysical career as an assistant professor, teaching mining geophysics at Columbia University's Henry Krumb School of Mines in New York.  After five years, he joined Amoco's Tulsa Research Center. Through successive reorganizations at Amoco, Marfurt obtained diverse experience in seismic modeling, migration, signal analysis, basin analysis, seismic attribute analysis, reflection tomography, seismic inversion, and multicomponent data analysis. Through Amoco, he won five patents, two in seismic coherence technology.

He is the author of several dozen articles and is coeditor of two books published by SEG.  He has received the SEG Best Presentation award for work on seismic modeling (1989) and the SEG Best Paper award for work on seismic coherence (1999).  He is a member of GSH, SEG, EAGE, AAPG, and AGU, and has served 16 years as an associate or assistant editor for GEOPHYSICS.