Joost van der Neut
SEG J. Clarence Karcher Award 2015
The Honors and Awards Committee unanimously recommends Joost van der Neut for the J. Clarence Karcher Award. Joost has published eight papers on interferometry and multiple removal in peer-reviewed international journals as first author and has contributed as coauthor to an additional 11 papers. Adding to this, his six papers which are currently under review yields a total of 25 journal papers. Moreover, he published and/or contributed to 76 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He not only received SEG’s award for best student presentation in 2009 but also the overall best presentation award in 2010. Receiving two prestigious awards like this two years in a row is a significant recognition of his excellent research and presentation skills.
Biography Citation for the SEG J. Clarence Karcher Award 2015
by Kees Wapenaar and Evert Slob
It is a great privilege to write this citation for Joost van der Neut, who receives the J. Clarence Karcher Award for his excellent research and presentation skills. Joost is an exceptionally talented young geophysicist who has made several impressive contributions to the field of seismic imaging and yet is very modest about his own accomplishments.
In his Ph.D. thesis, “Interferometric redatuming by multi-dimensional deconvolution” in 2012, Joost proposed a very innovative approach to seismic redatuming and imaging of data recorded in a horizontal borehole in or close to a hydrocarbon reservoir. At the time Joost started his research, the state-of-the-art approach to handle such data was the so-called virtual-source method, also known as seismic interferometry. This method transforms the sources at the surface into virtual sources in the borehole, without using a subsurface model. Joost showed that, when the overburden is complex, these virtual sources are far from perfect. He developed a new method that characterizes the imperfect radiation pattern of the virtual source in terms of a point-spread function. He also showed that the imprint of the radiation pattern can be removed by multidimensionally deconvolving the virtual-source response by the point-spread function. Like the original virtual-source method, this new method does not need a subsurface model: the point-spread function is obtained directly from the data measured in the borehole. Joost developed this method for acoustic single-component data as well as for full elastic multi-component data. His method significantly improves the quality of the virtual-source responses and makes them much better suited for imaging, characterization and monitoring of processes in the reservoir. Moreover, with his multidimensional deconvolution approach he also made an impact in ambient-noise imaging, data deblending, and multiple elimination.
Joost published his work in 20 journal papers in a wide variety of international journals and he delivered excellent presentations at international conferences, for which he received two best-presentation awards. He graduated in 2012 with the distinction cum laude, which is an honor that is awarded in the Netherlands only to candidates that are of truly remarkable quality. With his research, Joost not only impressed the scientific community, but also the seismic industry that showed much interest in his work. He got many invitations from universities and companies around the world to cooperate with them and as a result he spent a significant part of his time as a PhD student at institutes abroad. Yet, in line with his modesty, he left most of his university travel budget untouched by staying in youth hostels and living almost like a monk.
In 2013 Joost received a Veni-grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), which is one of the most prestigious awards that a young scientist can receive in the Netherlands. With this grant he is carrying out postdoctoral research in a field that can be best characterized as beyond seismic interferometry. He now creates virtual sources in the subsurface, without the need of having actual wave field recordings in a borehole. Again he is showing his highly innovative research skills and he is now also himself a mentor for younger scientists.
Receiving the J. Clarence Karcher Award is a milestone, which marks Joost's significant achievements to date and the excellent scientific career that lies ahead of him.
Biography 2011 
Joost van der Neut received an M.S. (2006) in applied geophysics from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student at the same university, working on seismic interferometry for reservoir imaging, characterization, and monitoring.
SEG Best Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting Award 2010 
Joost van der Neut, Kurang Jvalant Mehta, Jan Thorbecke, and Kees Wapenaar 2010 SEG Best Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting Award for their paper Controlled-source elastic interferometric imaging by multidimensional deconvolution with downhole receivers below a complex overburden.