Roberto Fainstein, PhD, Rice University (1979) is a Geophysics Advisor & SEG Emeritus with more than 40 years of international experience in the oil business, mainly with Petrobras S.A., Atlantic Richfield International and Schlumberger Limited. His career in Petrobras comprised resistivity and seismic exploration in the Brazilian jungles (five years) and several years at sea during the very beginning of offshore exploration. He was Chief Geophysicist of the REMAC Project the first comprehensive survey of the entire Brazilian Continental Margin (1972–1975). At that time through his work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he published the first suite of magnetic maps for all basins offshore Brazil and a series of multi-measurement integration papers on the Equatorial Atlantic and on the Eastern Brazil Continental Margins.
Upon returning to Brazil he was responsible for the design and implementation of the 2D/3D Brazil 99/2000 regional, grid consistent, multi-client seismic programs that led to the significant deep-water discoveries both in the post-salt and pre-salt sequences, these on reservoirs of Tertiary and Upper Cretaceous turbidites and in Lower Cretaceous microbialites. Prior to this program in Brazil, Roberto was involved in many of the oil and gas discoveries in Southwest Asia, in the Northwest Java Sea, and in the East Java Sea. While with Atlantic Richfield International there were findings in Northwest Java along with the Thousand Islands trend and in the East Java Sea, particularly the Pagerungan Gas Field, the largest domestic gas provider of Indonesia.
After moving to Schlumberger (Geco-Prakla), he designed and implemented the still very marketable Southeast Asia multi-client portfolio of WesternGeco that led to discoveries in the Natuna Sea and Makassar Strait in the Sunda Shelf in addition to the wildcat giant discovery in the Arafura Sea – the Abadi large gas accumulation now under development. Roberto contributed to many publications and co-authored the Seismic Atlas of Southeast Asia and Australia.
Formerly he was geophysics faculty member at Florida Institute of Technology (1979–1981), taught in Cape Canaveral, conducted geophysics courses (1986–1991) at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), and lectured in seismic interpretation at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) regularly from 1999 to 2007. He teaches intensive courses for industry with NExT (Network of Excellence in Training) and has taught intensive seismic courses in geophysics, structure and stratigraphic seismic interpretation, and deepwater seismic interpretation. These courses have been conducted numerous times.