Seismic Reflection Centennial: Mapping the Earth Beneath Our Feet

  • April 12, 2023
  • April 14, 2023
  • Hamm Institute for American Energy, Oklahoma City

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NOTE - One day registration is available on request.  For more information, please email Debbie Mitchell, SEG Meeting Planner,

On 4 June, 1921, J. Clarence Karcher and his colleagues performed the first seismic reflection experiment in Belle Isle, Oklahoma City, which successfully demonstrated the ability to image subsurface structures from seismic waves. In July and August of 1921, additional experiments were conducted at Vines Branch in the Arbuckle Mountains to correlate subsurface reflections with surface geology. In the past century seismic reflection has been widely used in the energy industry to explore and exploit the world’s petroleum reservoirs and more recently, geothermal and other resources as well. Furthermore, imaging the Earth through seismic has led to major contributions and revolutions in understanding the Earth’s history and structure, aided tectonic reconstructions, and serves societal needs related to geohazards and engineering. Processing and analysis of seismic data have also been and continue to be important drivers in the advancement of technology and computing.

This workshop will feature an historic documentary on the early events and pioneers, showcase recent developments and advances in seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation, and moreover suggest innovative pathways into the future of seismic. Because of the wide applications of the seismic method, the event will invite participations from industry, academia, and government agencies.

The three-day event will include technical presentations at the Hamm Institute for American Energy and Oklahoma State University, 300 NE 9th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  A field trip on 14 April will visit the site(s) where the first seismic reflection experiments were conducted in the Belle Isle and the Arbuckle Mountains, along with some key geologic outcrops.

To view the technical program, please download

Seismic_Reflection_Centennial_2023_Program_R4.pdf (

Please visit:  Seismic Reflection ( for further information.

The Friday field trip led by Molly Turko, Brandon Spencer, Jan Dodson and Brett Carpenter will be interesting!

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