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The Biennial Geophysical Seminar 2024
Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand,Vestre Strandgate 7, Kristiansand, 4610, Norway Norsk Petroleumsforening
The Biennial Geophysical Seminar 2024_2024-03-13 11:30:00
13. to 15. Mar 2024

The Biennial Geophysical Seminar 2024


The Biennial Geophysical Seminar 2024 

“Sustaining Progress – Powering the Future”


The Norwegian Petroleum Society is happy to once again invite the geo-community both in Norway and abroad to it’s geophysical seminar, 13–15 March 2024 at Hotel Caledonien, Kristiansand.

The Biennial Geophysical Seminar is a popular technology and networking event where recent achievements, case studies, industry trend and new developments in geophysical techniques are presented.

We are living in a world of geopolitical tensions and environmental concerns with an increased focus on energy security. The war in Ukraine led to a crunch in natural gas supplies to Europe, making Norway its largest supplier, keeping lights and heat on and  powering the industry through the winter of 2023.

To meet the energy security challenge the geophysical community is expected to constantly deliver ever better products and services to obtain valuable information of the subsurface, fast and at a low cost. In the years to come we will probably see an increase in the demand of these services, not only for oil and gas exploration and development, but also for a wide range of new applications such as carbon storage, geothermal prospecting, mineral exploration, windfarm prospecting, landslides, avalanches, and water resource mapping.


Main Sponsor:


Confirmed keynotes: 

European energy security – The role of Norwegian resources
Torgeir Stordal, General Director, NOD 
Trends and challenges for the geophysical industry, a personal view
Jan Erik Lie, Geophysical Advisor, Aker BP
Is full waveform inversion imaging a game changer?
Hossein Mehdi Zadeh,
Geophysicist, Equinor 
Geophysics for offshore windfarms
Victoria Adestål, Lead Geophysicist, Equinor
Nuclear energy in the fossil age and energy transition
Sunniva Rose, Chef Communications Officer, Norsk Kjernekraft


Abstracts Submissions

The deadline for submissions has now been passed. 

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an abstract and for your interest in attending the seminar in March.  We have received significantly more high-quality abstracts than we can fit into the program. The selection process is currently ongoing and we will by the end of December present the program for the seminar.

In the original abstract invitation, we particularly encouraged real case studies from Norwegian waters where new technology has been applied, such as hi-res seismic acquisition, processing, and imaging tools, OBS, machine learning, neural networks, AI, and new/innovative ways of interpreting a complex diversity of data. We were also interested in abstracts with examples of geophysical methods used outside the oil & gas area, such as for CCS, mining, engineering, or monitoring of natural systems. We received a surprisingly high number of contributions from a diverse mix of oil companies, service companies, and universities/institutes.

NPF and the programme committee with chairman Vetle Vinje


We look forward welcoming students to Geophysical Seminar! 

The quota for this year’s conference is full. If applying you will be put on a waiting list.

Thank you to TotalEnergies and ConocoPhillips that have sponsored student participation this year! We welcome students to apply for admission to our popular Biennial Geophysical Seminar.

Students, senior year / Master / PhD can apply for free admission to the conference. To be applicable you must be a student at a Norwegian university or university college. The free admission includes conference participation, conference dinner, get-together and accommodation if needed.
Applications can be sent to 

Student sponsors: 


Wednesday 13. March



From 10.30 - 12.00 hrs.


Grenseløs restaurant, Caledonien Hotel

Welcome and introduction

Vetle Vinje, CGG

European energy security – The role of Norwegian resources

KEYNOTE: Torgeir Stordal, NOD

Seeing through gas clouds in 4D at Eldfisk using reverse time migrated pseudo-offset gathers

Leila Bencherif-Soerensen, ConocoPhillips & Kate Mccluskey, CGG

Breidablikk: Reducing reservoir uncertainties during field development by improving seismic imaging

Hamit Akalin, Equinor

Ormen Lange: Gravity & 4D Close the Loop – integrating Gravity & 4D derived dSw levels as input to History Matching 

Øystein Sømme, Shell

Coffee & Networking


Trends and challenges for the geophysical industry, a personal view

KEYNOTE: Jan Erik Lie, Aker BP

From advanced high-resolution 3D exploration seismic surveys to new energy applications

Carine Roalkvam, PGS

Marine vibrators: seismic data processing implications of new survey designs

Sergio Grion, Shearwater

Improved 4D seismic quality and CCS monitoring by broadband surface seismic processing on Snøhvit Field 

Monika Wilk-Lopes, SLB

Coffee & Networking


Opportunistic 4D using a regional non-repeated 4D monitor, an Ærfugl case study

Stepan Marinets, PGS

Increasing efficiency, quality, and driving down cost of Ocean Bottom Seismic data

Per Eivind Dhelie, Aker BP

Satellite-Based Seep Studies: Exploration on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

Geoffrey Thiemann, CGG

Exploration-scale dense OBN surveys – Changing our understanding of the sub-surface

Sindre Jansen, TGS

End of conference day 1


Get-Together with finger food (light meal) and drinks

Skybar - Caledonien Hotel, Kristiansand

Thursday 14. March


Coffee & Networking


Welcome day 2


Is full waveform inversion imaging a game changer?

KEYNOTE: Hossein Mehdi Zadeh, Equinor

4D FWI at Ivar Aasen

Paul Fallon, CGG

High-frequency elastic FWI with automated decision making – improving sub-chalk imaging in the Norwegian North Sea

Olivia Lewis, SLB

Neural network driven Full Waveform Inversion - CO2 monitoring applications from lab to field

Bhargav Boddupalli & Peder Eliasson, SINTEF

Coffee Break


Language Models in Seismic Tasks: A comparative Study of Pretraining Approaches

Aina Bugge, Aker BP

Monitoring injection and depletion using time-lapse time shift and time strain attributes at Ekofisk

Jörg Herwanger, Sharp Reflections

Integrated prospect characterisation with a virtual asset team

Matthew Ledger, CGG

Improved data quality over Slagugle discovery through multi-azimuth acquisition and processing

Kristian Svarva Helgebostad, PGS



Experiences from iterative (evolving) seismic processing projects

Are Osen, Aker BP

Seismic reservoir characterization of a new proven Eocene-Paleocene play in the Lomre Terrace

Thomas Hope, DNO Norge

Seeing detail through the gas cloud: Improved imaging through reprocessing of an ocean bottom cable PP/PS dataset

Juan Aviles, SLB

Acquisition and use of surface distributed acoustic sensing for seismic imaging and monitoring

Espen Birger Raknes, Aker BP

Coffee Break


Using rock physics to predict burial-consistent seismic signatures away from well control – A Norwegian Sea demonstration

Åsmund Drottning, Dig Science

Dual-azimuth streamer and sparse nodes, enriched azimuth content for enhancing near-field exploration in the Northern Viking Graben area

Federico Buriola & Olivier Hermant, CGG

Beyond RTM: Rapid high-frequency OBC wave migration to improve imaging and resolution on the gas cloud affected Tommeliten Alpha field

Christopher Kent & Jens Martin Hvid, PGNiG

Seismic structure search using a neural network trained with self-supervised learning

Anders U. Waldeland, Norwegian Computing Center

End of conference day 2



Friday 15. March


Coffee Break


Welcome day 3


Geophysics for Offshore Windfarms

KEYNOTE: Victoria Adestål, Equinor

Enabling rapid offshore wind growth with 3D Seismic Data and Processing

Luca Limonta, PGS

Source-over-spread high-resolution FWI-based shallow hazard imaging in Barents Sea

Hung Dinh, CGG

Combined High-resolution 3D mini-streamer and OBN acquisition, velocity model building and Imaging over the CCS Sleipner field

Sandrine David, TGS

Coffee Break


Processing considerations of seabed distributed acoustic sensing data

Shruti Gupta, SLB

CO2 plume imaging on Sleipner using full-waveform inversion

Ricardo Martinez, NTNU

Seismic Monitoring of Northern Lights CCS

Catalina Acuna, Northern Lights JV

Nuclear energy in the fossil age and energy transition

KEYNOTE: Sunniva Rose, Norsk Kjernekraft

Closing remarks and best paper award


End of Conference & Lunch

Have a safe trip home

Practical information

Members of Conference Committee:

  • Vetle Vinje, CGG Norge (Chair of Committee)
  • Grunde Rønholt, PGS
  • Ben King, Equinor
  • Øystein Sømme, Norske Shell
  • Lars Gunder Klefstad, Norwegian Offshore Directorate
  • Adriana Citlali Ramirez, TGS
  • Espen Harris Nilsen, AkerBP
  • Geir Apeland, SLB
  • Leila Bencherif-Sørensen, ConocoPhillips
  • Ståle Høgden, Vår Energi
  • Berengere Savary Sismondini, Longboat Energy
  • Cameron Hamilton, TotalEnergies


Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Vestre Strandgate 7, 4610 KRISTIANSAND

Conference fee:

NPF personal members NOK 9.900,- plus 25% VAT
Non-npf-members NOK 11.400,- plus 25 % VAT

Payment can be done upon registration by credit card (Master Card/Visa/AmEx) or by invoice. If the invoice needs to be changed due to wrong or missing information there will added a fee of NOK 150 to the total amount. All international payments must be approved before the conference starts.

The conference fee includes:

  • Get-together on Wednesday evening, 13th of March (tapas + two beverages)
  • Exended Abastract/ Conference papers
  • Coffee/tea
  • Lunches

Conference Dinner:

Dinner is not included in the conference fee and must be chosen separately when registering.

Fee is NOK 980,- plus 25% VAT.  The price includes: 3-course dinner, aperitiff and three unit of drinks.


Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel, Vestre Strandgate 7, 4610 KRISTIANSAND
Price per night (incl. breakfast): NOK 1,590 for single room. / NOK 1,790 incl. VAT  for double room.  Hotel is not included in the conference fee.

Please book your room through this link:

NPF is not responsible for no-shows




Special Offer for Young Professionals:

Bring a colleague under 30 for half price! Participant no. 2 or more under the age of 30 from the same employer receives a 50% discount on the conference fee. Contact the project manager for registration.


Company discounts:

Pay a full fee for the first six participants. Numbers seven and above will receive 50% off.

Membership of the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)

We offer conference participants to purchase membership of NPF together with registration and payment for the conference. 1 year membership for conference participants is NOK 1,000.


Cancellations must be received in writing by 28th February 2024, and will be subject to a cancellation fee NOK 2.000 unless a substitute delegate is offered. After this date, the full registration fee will apply, however, substitutions will still be accepted. Substitutions for registered delegates may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification.

In case of cancellation of the conference by the Norwegian Petroleum Society, (NPF), the participant will be refunded the conference fee and/or the exhibition fee. Other expenses the participants may have are not refunded, and is not the responsibility of NPF.

Force majeure
Events beyond the control of the NPF – for example, but not limited to, extreme weather conditions, acts of war, terrorism, transportation shut-down (strikes or accidents), government regulation or advisory including travel warnings, serious illness or epidemics that makes it impossible to fulfill the obligations of conducting the conference entitle NPF to cancel the event without liability.

Programme changes:

It is sometimes necessary to change timing of the programme. The conference organiser will not be liable for any such unavoidable changes.


For further information please contact:
Norwegian Petroleum Society
Tove Danielsson 
Project Manager
tel. +47 452 48 348