SEG Life Membership 2017
Bangliu Zhao is awarded Life Membership for his tremendous contributions to the Society by serving on the SEG Chinese Steering Committee and many other committees for more than a decade. He has helped to expand SEG business and promote applications of SEG high-end technologies in China.
Biography Citation for SEG Life Membership 2017 
It is most appropriate for SEG to recognize Bangliu Zhao with Life Membership for his volunteering services and technical contributions to professional societies.
As a volunteer, he certainly has done a lot for SEG in China. Beginning in 2004, Zhao served 12 terms as a member of the Organizing and Technical Program Committee of SPE/SEG. In the same year, he began to propel and consistently support the Chinese Annual SEG Student Forums while promoting technology exchange activities. From 2007 to 2016, he repeatedly led delegations from CNPC to SEG International Expositions and Annual Meetings held in Houston, New Orleans, San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Dallas. He was a member of the Academic Committee of the CPS/SEG Beijing International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in 2009.
In 2011, Zhao served with the Academic Committee of the SPG/SEG Shenzhen International Geophysical Conference. During the same year, he became a member of the SEG Chinese Steering Committee, providing advice and guidance to the SEG business in China. He was the vice president of the Organizing Committee of the CPS/SEG Beijing International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition in 2014. During the next year, Zhao served as an executive chairman of the SEG Depth Model Building and Imaging Workshop and was a member of the Academic Committee of SEG’s Depth Model Building and Full Waveform Inversion Workshop.
In 2016, he became the vice president of the Organizing Committee of the SPG/SEG Beijing International Geophysical Conference; gave a presentation titled “Borehole seismic: Yesterday, today and tomorrow” at the SEG Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics Workshop in China; presented “Geophysical challenges and requirement in China” at the SEG/Aramco Technical Forum of Geophysics Challenges; and gave a keynote speech titled “Progresses and challenges in oil and gas exploration in China” for the Chinese Forum at the SEG Annual Meeting in Dallas. This year, Zhao cochaired the Technical Program Committee of the SEG/Sinopec Foothill Exploration Technical Forum in Nanjing.
As one of the key business leaders who oversees oil and gas geophysical exploration and exploitation in China, he is committed to the popularization and application of SEG technology standards in China; combining with China’s local situations he continuously improves the development of the standard. He is devoted to introducing, digesting, absorbing, and developing advanced techniques in seismic acquisition, processing and imaging, and integrated interpretation as well as software development and project management.
Zhao worked in the field with a Chinese seismic crew and completed the first 3D seismic acquisition project in China. He popularized 3D seismic technologies in loess tableland, river networks, cities, and desert terrains in China, and developed the first real-time oriented software for 3D seismic data acquisition in China.
He was in charge of field experiments and applications of 3D high-resolution exploration technology in the Songliao, Tarim, Bohai Bay, Junggar, and Sichuan basins. He promoted the application of second-generation 3D seismic technology in secondary exploration technology in various regions. He also organized and invited many well-established companies and experts from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Israel to tackle key technical problems of seismic data imaging in complicated near-surface areas such as mountains with rugged topography, desert, and loess plateaus and problems associated with reservoir predictions of complex formations such as carbonate rocks, tight sandstone, and volcanic rocks.
Zhao promoted the application of prestack time and depth migration techniques in complex structures and complex fault blocks, which enabled the rapid development of the seismic imaging technology of complex mountains. He also promoted the research and application of multicomponent seismic exploration techniques, which played an important role in detecting complicated gas reservoirs in the Erdos and Sichuan basins.
More recently, he promoted the field experiment and applications of broadband, wide-azimuth, high-density, and high-sensitivity single-sensor seismic data acquisition techniques, leading to important technical breakthrough in oil and gas exploration in China. He promoted the research and test of down-hole seismic techniques, including multiwell walkaway vertical seismic profile (VSP), the combination of VSP and surface seismic acquisition and processing, and 3D VSP and crosswell surveys, which played an important role in complex structural imaging and reservoir characterization.
In addition, Zhao has authored four books, including Multi-Component Seismic Exploration Technology and Practice, Typical Examples of Oil Geophysical Prospecting in China, Key Techniques in the Low Permeable Thin Reservoir Seismic Exploration, and Reefs Geological Characteristics and Geophysical Recognition. He also has published 15 papers about gravity-magnetic-electric prospecting, multicomponent seismic exploration, borehole seismic, seismic imaging, reservoirs prediction, and comprehensive research and development strategies.
Zhao’s volunteering services and technical contributions to professional societies are now recognized through SEG Life Membership.
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