26th Annual convention and Seminar on Exploration Geophysics

Special Theme : Deep Water Exploration

8-10 November, 2000
Goa, India

The 26th Annual convention and the seminar on Exploration Geophysics with a special theme Deep Water Exploration was organized during November 8-10, 2000 at Goa, the famous tourist centre known for beautiful beaches in India. The seminar was well attended by over 250 delegates from India and 15 delegates from overseas representing various government, public and private organizations involved in earth sciences. The seminar was jointly organized by Directorate General of Hydrocarbons and National Institute of Oceanography .

Essay Competitions

To promote earth sciences and create an awareness about geoscience among school going children, the AEG has been organizing essay writing competitions coinciding with its annual conventions. This year on Oct.28, 2000, AEG organized essay competitions to expose the students to the importance of groundwater and environment .The response from the student community for these activities has been overwhelming and it is heartening to see that an equal number of boys and girls totalling more than 200 participating in this event. The essays written by students show their ability of in depth analysis of the subject and the seriousness with which they approached the problem. The prizes were distributed by Hon’ble Minister Shri.Ram Naik, Govt. of India.

Popular lectures

AEG started organizing popular lectures for the benefit of the school children since 1998. This year nearly 500 students from various schools in and around Goa attended the lectures. Prof. Y. Sreedhar Murthy gave an introductory lecture on geophysics. Prof.Colin Reeves of International Institute for Aerospace Surveys and Earth Sciences, Delft, The Netherlands, presented a computer animation on continental drift which excited the children.

Press Conference

A press conference prior to the seminar was organized. Dr.Avinash Chandra,DG, DGH, and President, AEG, Prof.Y.Sreedhar Murthy, Secretary, AEG and Dr.E.Desa, Director, NIO addressed the journalists highlighting the importance of Earth Sciences for the progress of the Country and the activities of AEG in that direction.

Exhibition

More and more Companies dealing with geophysical instruments are getting attracted to exhibit their latest instruments in AEG Convention. In response to their keeness, AEG organized an exhibition of Geophysical Instruments by Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, which was inaugurated on the morning of November 8, at 9.00 AM. About 20 exhibitors from India and abroad participated in the exhibition. The organizations exhibited the state of art technologies in both software and hardware.

About the seminar

The seminar was inaugurated by Shri.Ram Naik, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India on the morning of November 8, 2000 at Goa Marriot Resort, Goa. Shri Digambar Kamat, Minister for Power, Govt. of Goa and Shri Bikas C.Bora, CMD, ONGC were the guests of honour. Shri Bikash C. Bora, CMD, ONGC , was felicitated on this occasion for his distinguished services in particular to the development of Oil Industry in India. Dr.Avinash Chandra, Director General,DGH and President, AEG presided over the inaugural function. A Souvenir containing invited articles, abstracts of papers received during the seminar was released during the inaugural function.

In his inaugural address, Shri Ram Naik, Hon’ble minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, called upon the geologists to work hard in a planned manner to boost indigenous Hydrocarbon production, in order to cut down the hefty import bill of Petroleum products. He dwelt on Hydrocarbon Vision 2025 that outlines a long-term strategy for integrated exploration program. Prof.Y.Sreedhar Murthy, Secretary, AEG briefed about the activities of the association which include the promotion of education in geosciences and employment opportunities focussed for geoscientists, excellence in technological advancement. In his Presidential address Dr. Avinash Chandra, presenting a scientific paper giving details of onshore producing fields and the shallow offshore areas adjacent to deep-water regions off the east and west coasts of India.

AEG Honours & Awards

Dr. S.K.Acharyya,Director General, Geological Survey of India,was felicitated for his contribution to the development of earth sciences in India.

Plenary Session

After the inauguration, key note addresses were delivered by the convenors of various themes: Marine Geosciences – World Scenario by Prof. Manik Talwani, Airborne Geophysics – World Scenario by Prof. Colin V. Reeves, World Oil Scenario and Research Perspectives by Dr. Hari Narain, Role of Surface Geophysics in E & P Industries by Kharak Singh, Future Trends and Technologies by V.K. Sibal

Technical sessions

Besides the key note addresses, there were thirteen technical sessions covering a wide spectrum of important topics. Deep Water Exploration was the special theme for this convention. Sixty technical papers were presented with the themes on Marine geophysics, Remote sensing and airborne Geophysics, Groundwater studies and Environmental studies, Signal processing, computing and Modelling, future trends and technologies.

Cultural Programme

In addition to plenary and technical sessions, special tour programs for delegates and spouses, social programmes and cultural evenings complemented the seminar. Cultural evenings were organized on the first two days, wherein the artists presented the glimpses of Goan classical and folk music and dance.

Brainstroming Session

On the suggestion of the Chief Guest in his inaugural address, in view of the increasing National concern for energy security, AEG organized a brain storming session on 09 November 2000. Delegates from premier organizations representing oil and gas, mineral industries, academia and research institutions participated in the deliberation.

General Body Meeting

The general body meeting was organized on November 8,2000 after the Plenary session with Dr.Avinash Chadra, President AEG in the chair. Prof. Y.Sreedhar Murthy, Secretary & Treasurer, AEG has explained in detail its activities and achievements and its future plans and presented the budget report for the year 1999-2000. Several members lauded the achievements of the Association and gave few suggestions to improve the financial commitments for bringing out journal regularly, like requesting all the members to contribute liberally to meet the postal charges of the journal.

Valedictory Function

The valedictory function of the seminar was organized on November 10, 2000. His Excellency Mohammad Fazal, Governor of Goa graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr.Hari Narain, former Director of NGRI presided over the function. H.E. Mohammad Fazal presented the MBR Rao Gold Medal for the best paper to Mr.S.N.Singh for the paper ‘Surface And Volume based attribute analysis revealed a possible paleo-river channel from 3D seismic data- A case study from Upper Assam’. The P.K.Bhattacharya award for the second best paper was awarded to Dr.M.V.Ramana, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa for the paper ‘Marine geophysical studies off East Antartica - A suggestion for an area of thrust’. Mr. V.K.Sibal ,OIL presented a report on the brain storming session on the ‘National concern for energy security’. Besides giving thrust to the welcome document “Hydrocarbon Vision 2025” by Govt. of India, there is a need for a holistic and aggressive exploration programme for Hydrocarbon minerals and Groundwater to meet the challenges arising out of challenging global economic scenerio, and formation of a National Geoscientific Data Repository.

The delegates of Goa Convention expressed their deep satisfaction with the efforts of AEG in bringing so may delegates to a common platform to project the recent developments in earth sciences and related fields. While proposing a vote of thanks Prof. Y. Sreedhar Murthy, Secretary & treasurer AEG appealed to the elite delegates representing various leading organizations for their continued support to the cause of the Earthscience in general and geophysics in particular. He also announced the decision of the Executive Committee to organize the seminars bi-annually and the venue will be decided in the next Executive Committee meeting.

Glimpses of the Seminar