Robert J. Garotta is considered to be one of the fathers of multicomponent seismic acquisition. Mr. Garotta was awarded SEG Honorary Membership in 2001 for his many accomplishments.
Biography for the SEG Distinguished Lecturer Series
Robert J. Garotta graduated from the Faculté des Sciences in Paris and began his career in the geophysical department of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he conducted work in the magnetotelluric method. He spent 37 years at CGG, first in the gravity method, then as a seismologist in field operations.
Later he joined the General Geophysics Division as an area geophysicist in charge of quality control and technical assistance to operations. His solid technical background, combined with his permanent involvement in field operations, gave him the experience to successfully address the most complex geophysical problems. He concluded his career at CGG as senior vice president of geophysical methods. He is now advising the CGG group in the area of multicomponent seismic data from acquisition to interpretation. He has made significant contributions in various fields of research and development such as vibroseis, velocity analysis, static corrections and 3-D survey design, and is the author of numerous technical papers. He was one of the key promoters of shear wave acquisition, processing and interpretation in our industry. His pioneering work on the use of converted shear waves led him from the first experiments in France to active participation in the Colorado School of Mines projects. A longstanding member of the SEG and of the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE), he was the co-recipient of the Conrad Schlumberger award in 1965.
Mr. Garotta has two children and five grandchildren and he spends a lot of time in his vineyard in the South of France.