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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.

Upcoming events

November 03, 2020 12:00 PM • Virtual Meeting

GSP September ZOOM Meeting & Technical Lecture

September 15 • 12:00 - 1:45 PM



11:50 AM Zoom meeting opens

12:00 Noon Joel Starr will begin the meeting

12:15  Lecture begins


Machine Learning and Deep Learning: Fundamentals and workflow quality assessment with some examples


Dr. William Harbert, University of Pittsburgh

Bill will give a deep dive into Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL), technologies that are changing the world.  The goal of the presentation is to allow the participant to understand the background, concepts, and workflows of DL and ML.  These technologies have a fascinating history that can be traced back to the 1940’s and now have been fused with revolutions in computational hardware, software, networks and cloud technologies.  In DL and ML the sum of these advances is much larger than their individual parts.  Selected examples will be shown to highlight the impact of DL and ML in the E&P space. 

Dr. William Harbert is a Professor of Geophysics at the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences. His work relies on theory combined with field measurements and have included DL methods to estimate per stage gas productivity from microseismic and wireline log attributes  He holds a B.S. degrees in Geophysics, Mathematics and Geology from Western Washington University.  He completed a M.S. in Exploration Geophysics and Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University and was a National Research Council Post-doc in Menlo Park CA.  He is applying DL and ML workflows to classification, attribute prediction and object detection.


Cancellation of GSP and ABGS events

March 17, 2020

The health and safety of everyone in the geophysical, exploration and production community is our top priority. Due to the rapidly escalating concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh (GSP) officers and Appalachian Basin Geophysical Symposium (ABGS) organizers have decided to cancel the remaining GSP events and delay the ABGS conference until next year, for the safety of all participants.


The decision to cancel was not taken lightly and was based on the latest scientific data being reported and guidance from regional experts. We recognize that the timing of this decision will inconvenience many of you and we apologize. However, this decision was made out of deep concern for the health and well-being of our registrants, staff, vendors, and the Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia community.


We will be offering a 100% refund to all participants for their registration and supporting fees. We will be in contact with you with more information on the refund process.


We intend to host the conference next June 2021, however, at this point in time we cannot commit to a specific set of dates. We will keep you informed regarding the timing but plan to hold the conference at the same venue.


We thank you for your support of the Geophysical Society of Pittsburgh and Appalachian Basin Geophysical Symposium. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and hope that we may continue our partnership with you in the future.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the conference organizers, Travis Duran or Bill Harbert.


Questions about refunds can be sent to Brian Lipinski.


Thank you for your understanding.

The GSP Board

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