The Society of Petroleum Geophysicists (SPG), India held its 3rd Conference & Exposition on Petroleum Geophysics 'New Delhi 2000' during February 23-25,2000 at New Delhi. The conference was co-sponsored by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), USA and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the Netherlands.

The theme of the Conference was Redefining Value in Exploration : Harmonising Technology, People and Processes.

The conference was inaugurated by Shri Ram Naik. Hon'ble Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India, Shri E. Ponnuswamy and Shri S. K. Gangwar, Hon'ble Ministers of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India and Shri S. Narayan, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India were the guests of honour. Shri B.C. Bora, CMD, ONGC presided the inaugural function.

In his keynote address, Shri A.S. Soni, Director (Exploration), ONGC stressed upon the challenges faced by the geoscientists in the exploration industry, in the new millennium and emphasised on the need to be innovative, technology driven and cost effective. Shri A.G. Pramanik, President, SPG briefed about the activities of the Society which, interalia, include promotion of education in geosciences, excellence in technological advancement, and growth of professionalism in India as well as across South-Asia region. Mr. Brian Russell, Vice-President Hampson-Russell Software Ltd.; Mr. E. Robein, Vice President, EAGE; Mr. Terje Nicolaysen, Vice-President & General Manager, Schiumberger; and Mr. Kharak Singh, Chief General Manager, ONGC, delivered theme addresses. The convention gold medal for life time contribution in Geophysics was awarded to Mr. T.S. Balakrishnan for his outstanding and pioneering work in the field of Petroleum Geophysics.

The exposition was inaugurated by Shri S. Narayan, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.

The conference was attended by more than 600 delegates from India and abroad. More than 25 companies and other institutions involved in E & P activities used fifty-two exhibition booths to display state-of-the- art products and technologies. Latest technologies available in seismic API, software development/improvement, data archival systems, 3D visualization packages etc. were on display. The exposition evoked enthusiastic participation on all the days. Virtual Reality center and the stalls of SEG and EAGE were major attractions.

The Technical program consisted of eleven technical sessions, two Special talk sessions. Poster session and Technical Forum. A total of 140 papers were presented, of which 30 were invited papers by international experts.

Key topics include challenges and opportunities in oil and gas exploration, risk and uncertainty in E & P, acquisition and survey design, recent trends in seismic data processing, integrated interpretation, non-seismic methods, borehole geophysics, rock physics, reservoir characterization, AVO, multi-component and exploration in frontier areas.

About 30 papers containing case histories pertaining to various sedimentary basins of India were presented in poster session.

Special talk on "Depth Imaging" and "Pre and Post Stack Migration" were delivered by Dr. Oz Yilmaz, Vice-President, Paradigm Geophysical and Dr. John C.Bancroft, Professor, University of Calgary respectively.

Technical forum was organised on the concluding day, wherein a galaxy of international experts deliberated on various emerging and futuristic technologies and critical technical issues faced by exploration industry. The session was-co-ordinated by Mr. Bill Barkhouse, President, SEG.

The best paper award for the oral and poster presentation was awarded to the paper entitled "Geostatistical modelling of porosity in Neelam Field" by Dr. S. Benjanim, ONGC, Mehsana and "Normalised Seismic attributes as an aid to delineate sand distribution trend and geometry mapping: A case study from South Kadi field, Cambay Basin, India" by N. K. Verma, R. K. Thakur, Rajiv Vig, R. P. Verma and Gautam Sen, ONGC, Dehradun, respectively. The exhibition booth of M/s Schiumberger was adjudged the best.

Pre and post conference training programmes were also organised. Executives from various E&P companies, institutes and universities viz. ONGC, OIL, HOEC, NGRI, Roorkee university and BHU attended these courses. The training programmer include SEG/EAGE's DISC programme on 'Shear wave acquisition to interpretation' by Mr.Claude Vuillermoz at N. Delhi; EAGE's training programme on '4D sesimic' by Mr.Martin Lendro at New Delhi; workshop on 'AVO and Seismic facies analysis by Mr. Brain Russel at Dehra Dun; workshop on 'STRATIMAGIC' by Mr. Michel Merot, CGG, France at Jorhat; and two training programmes by Mr. Fred Aminzadeh, President and CEO of FACT on 'Reservoir Geostatistical Characterization' and 'Seismic attributes and applications' at Mumbai and Chennai respectively.

The above courses were designed to meet the requirement of E&P companies operating in India. The intensive participation by the geoscientists and students in these programs was highly appreciated by the respective course faculty.

A press conference on the opening day of the convention was also organised which was addressed by Mr. B. C. Born, CMD, ONGC; Mr. Bill Barkhouse, President, SEG; Mr. E.Robein, Vice President, EAGE and Mr. A. G. Pramanik, President, SPG.

The first meeting of the South-Asia region of the International Affairs Committee of the SEG was organised on Feb. 24th 2000, which was attended by representatives from Industry, National Oil Companies, Professional Societies and the Universities. Wide range of issues were deliberated in the meeting for strengthening co-operation between the Society members across the geographical region.

Special tour programs for delegates and spouses, social programs and cultural evenings complemented the conference.

Cultural evenings were organised on the first two days, wherein the artists presented the glimpses of the rich Indian classical and folk music and dance.

New Delhi-2000 was a great success. We are sure that delegates have fully enjoyed the conference, both technically and socially, and have taken away new ideas, fresh insights and happy memories.