Geophysical award 2018 given to Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl

The Norwegian Geophysical Award 2018 was awarded to Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl at the Biennial Geophysical Seminar.


The Geophysical Award is given to one or more persons which are closely associated with Norwegian companies or institutions. The award was given for the first time in 1985, and there has been 23 previous winners. It is sponsored and organised by WG.


From left: Terje Dahl (Statoil), Grunde Rønholt (PGS) – on behalf of Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl – and Trond Skjerven (WesternGeco)

This years committee has consisted of Trond Skjerven (WesternGeco), Gunhild Myhr (PGS), Martin Landrø (NTNU) and Terje Dahl (Statoil), leader

The 2018 winner

Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl graduated from NTNU in 1997 within geology and applied geophysics. His main advisor then was Professor Bjørn Ursin. He then did an internship with Amoco which he claims was important for his career.

Sverre continued with his PhD at Colorado School of Mines under supervision by Maarten V. de Hoop and finalised his thesis on Imaging-Inversion and Migration Velocity Analysis in the Scattering-Angle/Azimuth Domain in 2001.

He was in BP from 2001 to 2007. Then he among many other things worked on imaging, FWI and BP’s first LOFS 4D, and WATS.

In 2007 he started in PGS, and from then until 2013 he was section and department manager for Processing and Imaging R&D. He was a key contributor to complete a new toolkit for PGS’ imaging business. This included the hyperBeam platform, SWIM, FWI and the world’s first industrial implementation of 3D angle gathers from RTM.

In 2013, Sverre became global chief geophysicist for imaging and engineering, still at PGS. Responsible for implementing processes and systems to ensure globally consistent service-delivery and geophysical quality, now also including software and computer technology.

Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl has a long history in developing and implementing geophysical technology, and he has many international publications and presentations.

Unfortunately Sverre was not able to be present in person to receive the award. However, he delivered his acceptance speech by video. His colleague in PGS, Grunde Rønholt, accepted the award on Sverre’s behalf at the conference.

Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl’s acceptance speech by video.

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