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Short courses offered by CWP Faculty

CWP faculty members frequently teach short courses and workshops off campus at various industry and academic venues. To learn more about hosting a short course or workshop, please contact the CWP faculty member directly.


Title Wavefield seismic imaging
Instructor Paul Sava Course contact/questions


The Wavefield Seismic Imaging course provides a survey of current seismic imaging methods designed for acoustic wavefield data. Wavefield seismic imaging (also known as wave-equation migration) is presented in a unified theoretical framework in connection with related topics, including migration velocity analysis (MVA) and amplitude versus angle analysis (AVA). The main target audience for this course are graduate students engaged in seismic imaging research and practicing geophysicists with a basic understanding of seismic data processing and imaging who wish to get familiar with modern imaging techniques available to the industry. Geologists and reservoir engineers can also benefit from a short version of this course, by familiarizing with the underlying concepts behind practical imaging techniques, their applicability and limitations.


Title The Art of Science
Instructor Roel Snieder Course contact/questions


Prof. Roel Snieder offers a short version of his graduate course "The Art of Science." In this short course he presents elements of his full course that help young researchers develop effective research methods and work habits. Possible topics include choosing a research topic; making a workplan; the ethics of research; using scientific literature; perfecting oral and written communication; publishing papers; writing proposals; managing time effectively; and planning the scientific career. There is much freedom in the selection of topics for the short course because of the wide scope of the material that he uses for his graduate course. He has taught this short course at numerous institutions including Stanford University, Tohoku University, Utrecht University, the Australian National University, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). This course is well-suited for industrial research environments as well; Roel Snieder has taught this course for ExxonMobil, Shell, and Saudi Aramco.


Title Seismic anisotropy: Basic theory and applications in exploration and reservoir characterization
Instructor Ilya Tsvankin Course contact/questions
Co-instructor Vladimir Grechka (Marathon Oil)


Elastic anisotropy, widely recognized as a typical feature of sedimentary formations, can have a strong influence on seismic data. For example, the difference between the stacking and vertical velocity in anisotropic media is the most common reason for misties in time-to-depth conversion. This course provides the necessary background information about anisotropic wave propagation and discusses modeling, inversion and processing of seismic reflection data in the presence of anisotropy. The main emphasis of the course is on practical parameter-estimation methods for transversely isotropic and orthorhombic subsurface models.




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