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The Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the science of geophysics in the Appalachian Basin.

We are an official section of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG).

Monthly meetings are generally held from September to May on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations around the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, be sure to check the event calendar as exceptions to this rule occur often.

All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

2015 GSP Scholarship Program Announced

Established in 2013 by the Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh, the purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for a junior or senior undergraduate pursuing a BS degree with emphasis in geophysics and who is planning to attend graduate school where he/she will pursue a Masters or PhD degree with an emphasis in geophysics; or a graduate student in geophysics or on a geoscience tract emphasizing geophysics. In either case the student should be attending an accredited college or university in the northeast US within the boundaries of the Appalachian basin.
    Armstrong County Community Foundation (ACCF), administers the fund.  ACCF must receive the complete 2015 application packet by March 15, but you are encouraged to review the process early so you have time to assemble the required components, including information from three (3) references.
     Get started today! Click HERE.

March 30, 2015 Geophysical Workshop in Monroeville, PA

THG Geophysics is presenting a workshop titled “Optimizing the Use of Geophysical Data” on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Comfort Inn located in Monroeville, PA. Details are attached in the following flyer. Registration forms can be found here

April 7, 2015 GSP Meeting Information

The GSP meeting will feature Dr. Mike Brudzinski of the Miami University of Ohio on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Cefalos. He will present his talk titled Earthquake Fingerprint Scanning to Help Discern Induced Seismicity”. Registration information will be available shortly after the March meeting.

May 5, 2015 GSP Meeting Information

The GSP meeting will feature Tanya Inks from IS Interpretation Services on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. ION Geophysical is sponsoring her visit where she will present her UrTEC talk titled “Comparison of Marcellus Fracturing Using Azimuthal Seismic Attributes Versus Published Data from Outcrop Studies”. Registration information will be available shortly after the April meeting. 

Upcoming events

March 3 GSP Meeting

Cefalo's, Carnegie, PA

5:00 PM

Recent Trends in Design and Acquisition

Stuart A. Wright

Dawson Geophysical Company


Recent Trends in Design and Acquisition

The convergence of new acquisition equipment and novel design concepts has produced higher quality 3D seismic surveys that are cost effective means for reducing acquisition footprint. It is generally (though not completely) accepted that acquisition footprint is caused by irregular sampling of data traces in the source-to-detector-offset domain. Even in the world of prestack depth migration READ MORE


Stuart Wright received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology/Geophysics from Northern Arizona University in 1980. From 1980 to 1987 he worked in Denver, Colorado for Cities Service Company/OXYUSA as an exploration geophysicist. From 1987 to 2003 he worked for Western Geophysical Company, also in Denver, where he worked in a number of processing and design geophysicist positions. In 2003, he joined Dawson Geophysical Company as Manager of Geophysics, responsible for 3-D survey design, parameter testing and other acquisition issues. In 2007 he was promoted to the position of Vice President – Applied Geophysics. Stuart is the author or co-author of many papers including Fundamental 3-D Seismic Survey Design”, “Seismic Data Acquisition in Mountainous Terrain” and Lodgepole 3-D Seismic: Design, Acquisition, and Processing”. He is a member of the SEG (Session Chairman 2003, 2012, 2014, and “Key Contact” for Design and Acquisition Abstracts 2003, 2014, 2015), Denver Geophysical Society (2012 President), 3D Symposium Committee, and AAPG, and has been invited to speak about 3-D topics to geophysicists, geologists and engineers at professional societies across the country.

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