SEAM People

SEAM 2014 Board of Directors


The SEG Advanced Modeling Corporation is led by a Board of Directors, each serving a three-year term.

Click on a name or scroll down to read biographies of the 2014 board members.

Board Member Biographies

Kevin Bishop, Chair

Kevin BishopKevin Bishop has over thirty-one years of professional experience. Prior to his Chevron retirement, he served nearly twenty-one years with Texaco in special seismic projects involving processing, integration, research, and development. He is an expert in all aspects of seismic processing and imaging with particular skills in refraction modeling and near surface statics. Prior to his retirement from BHP Billiton, he served over ten years designing and managing processing and imaging projects that pushed the envelopes of current technology to optimize the final products. Kevin was chairman of the ProMAX Users' Group, active member of the SMAART joint venture, and Chairman of the SEAM Phase I Management committee. He is currently a member of the SEAM Corp. Board of Directors. He is a member of SEG, EAGE, GSH, and AAAS.

William (Bill) Abriel, Vice Chair

William (Bill) AbrielWilliam (Bill) Abriel is the international geophysical advisor for Chevron Eurasia and a past Chair of the SEAM Board of Directors. He has worked as geophysical lead for Chevron in projects in exploration, development, production and research for over 35 years including extensive work in the Gulf of Mexico, Offshore Brazil, Offshore Australia, Offshore China, Offshore Russia, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea North America onshore and Kazakhstan. Bill is a past vice president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), a Life member, the Distinguished Instructor 2008, Distinguished Lecturer 2004, and author of over 30 papers on the application of geophysics to the oil and gas industry. Bill has significant experience in building, developing and executing large scale modeling consortiums for the industry. He was the principle founder of the private geophysical research consortium SMAART industry joint venture, which focused on solving grand challenges for multiples in seismic data. The JV received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the SEG in 2008 for its significant impact on the industry for advancing demultiple processing algorithms and the multi-azimuth techniques in acquisition and processing of seismic data. Bill also played a very significant role in the original founding of the SEAM research corporation and was deeply engaged in the design and execution of the Gulf of Mexico subsalt model challenge (SEAM phase I), and the successful initiation of the Phase II project.

Yaoguo Li, Treasurer

Yaoguo LiYaoguo Li received his BSc in geophysics from the Wuhan College of Geology in 1983, and his PhD in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 1992. He worked with the UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility at UBC from 1992 to 1999, first as a post-doctoral Fellow and then as a Research Associate. He is currently an Associate Professor of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines and leads the center for Gravity, Electrical, and Magnetic Studies (CGEM) and the Gravity and Magnetics Research Consortium (GMRC). His research interests include inverse theory; inversion of gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic data arising from applied geophysics; and their applications to oil, gas, and mineral explorations, environmental and geotechnical problems. He has developed or co-developed a number of program libraries for inverting different types of geophysical data, including DCIP2D, DCIP3D, GRAV3D, MAG3D, GG3D, BININV3D, and AMP3D. He is a co-recipient of the 1999 Gerald W. Hohmann Award, SERDP 2007 Project of the Year Award, and 2010 ASEG-PESA Laric Hawkins Award. He is currently a member of SEG and AGU.

Kamal Al-Yahya

al yahyaKamal Al-Yahya holds a PhD in geophysics from Stanford University. Currently, he is Senior Vice President, Regional Marketing at CGG. Prior to that, he was the CEO of South Rub Al Khali Company, an upstream gas joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Shell. He worked with Saudi Aramco for over 30 years with a career that spanned geophysical research, field operations, seismic data processing, technical services, and computer applications support. In research, Kamal tackled a number of problems including the well-known migration velocity analysis by pre-stack migration. In operations, Kamal managed Saudi Aramco's geophysical operations for several years in which some of the largest 3D seismic, aeromagnetic and aerial gravity surveys were conducted.

Roy Kligfield

Roy KligfieldRoy Kligfield has a background as both an academic research scientist and a successful serial entrepreneur. He was formerly a Research Professor in the Institut fur Geofizik of the ETH in Zurich Switzerland from 1978-1981, and a Professor of Geology at the University of Colorado from 1981-1995 where he led research, teaching and industrial consortium efforts in petroleum and structural geology and has contributed peer-reviewed numerous professional papers and talks on these subjects. He subsequently led business start-ups in Geo-Logic Systems (earth model software sold to oil and gas companies for use in seismic interpretation), SignalSoft (mobile location services for the international wireless telecommunications industry), and OpenLogic (management software to facilitate the use of open source software within enterprises). Roy is currently CEO of Wireless Seismic, a private company making a wireless network seismograph to replace the current wired systems used in oil and gas exploration. Roy led or helped lead the successful funding efforts which have collectively brought in over $190 million into these companies through a combination of private equity investment, venture capital and IPOs. He holds an M Phil degree in Geophysics and PhD in Geology from Columbia University.

Steve Danbom

steve danbomAfter working 32 years for three employers (Conoco, The University of Oklahoma, and Sun Oil Company), Steve Danbom opened Danbom Geophysics, Inc. in 2000. Through his company, he provides consulting services in both near-surface and petroleum geophysics. For the past eleven years, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth Science at Rice University where he teaches courses in applied exploration geophysics. His formal education is in Mathematics (B.S., Texas Tech University, 1966) and Geophysics (MS, Texas Tech University, 1969; PhD, University of Connecticut, 1975). He is a licensed Professional Geoscientist in the State of Texas. As a 44-year member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Danbom's involvement includes Second Vice-President, local section officer, technical program chairman (Midwest Convention), and co-editor of the SEG publication, Shear-Wave Exploration. He has been a teacher for two SEG Continuing-Education courses, The Convolutional Model of the Reflection Seismogram and Environmental Geophysics. He is a Past President of the Near Surface Geophysics Section of the SEG and is one of the authors of the SEG book entitled Near Surface Geophysics. He was an invited exchange professor at the China University of Geosciences-Beijing, where he presented the 32-hour course, "Through the Looking Glass of Applied Exploration Geophysics" during March 2008. He is a life member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Geophysical Society of Houston.

Henri Houllevigue

Henri HoullevigueHenri Houllevigue is currently Exploration Portfolio Management VP Americas, in Total E&P Research & Technology USA, LLC. He previously occupied the following positions: Vice President, Geophysics in Total E&P Research & Technology USA (2011-2013), Geophysical Operations and Technology Manager with TOTAL (2006-2011) in Pau at the Corporate Technical center, Chief Geophysicist for Total Nigeria (2002-2006) and Block 32 Exploration Manager for Total Angola (1999-2002). Houllevigue's past work experience also includes postings as Interpretation Geophysicist in Indonesia and in corporate teams, Head of Acquisition and Processing in Syria and Azimuthal Seismic R& D project manager. He received his engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines de Nancy and graduated in Geophysics in the IFP school (ENSPM).