Shivaji Dasgupta

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Shivaji Dasgupta
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Membership Life Member

Shiv Dasgupta has many professional accomplishments and has made many signifi cant contributions to SEG. He has been instrumental in carrying the SEG mission to many countries in the Middle East and India. He has also been credited for building a bridge between the geophysical and petroleum/reservoir engineering communities. He has been an SEG member for 37 years. In 2008, as SEG Honorary Lecturer for Africa-Middle East, he presented in 28 locations and was very well received. He also organized a regional Challenge Bowl for students in the local universities. He served as the SEG Global Aff airs Committee Middle East Regional Coordinator for fi ve years. Th anks to his eff orts, the membership in Gulf countries doubled during this time. He is currently a member of the SEG Global Aff airs Committee, Research Committee, and the Distinguished Lecture Committee. He has also served several terms on the executive committee of SEG-affl iated Dhahran Geoscience Society.

Biography Citation for SEG Life Membership 2011

Contributed by Kurt-Martin Strack


I feel honored to write this citation for Life Membership for Shiv Dasgupta. I fi rst met Shiv about 18 years ago in Bahrain when he was pushing advanced modeling techniques by incorporating multidisciplinary measurements. His work bridged disciplines; the results have proven effective in accurate delineation of subsurface. He always is where new technologies are hitting the applications.

Shiv received his undergraduate geophysics education at the Indian School of Mines, and pursued graduate work in St. Louis University and Washington University, St Louis, followed by an MBA degree from Illinois University. He began his industry career with Conoco where he made an early impact by working on multicomponent seismology effort for lithology prediction. This was followed by tenure at Amoco where he worked on exploration projects to acquire, process, and interpret multicomponent seismic data. He served as a champion of shear-wave exploration at Amoco. After spending eight years with Conoco, Amoco, and Mitchell Energy he joined Saudi Aramco where he stayed for over 28 years. Throughout his career Shiv has contributed with many pioneering and noteworthy innovations in geophysics.

At Aramco he worked on various aspects of seismic exploration and interpretation and built subsurface models that culminated in the discovery of a major new exploration and development system in the Arabian Gulf. In the Ghawar Field of Saudi Arabia, his innovative workfl ows produced interpretation models that generated phenomenal drilling success. Subsequently, he developed computerized integrated workfl ows that combined seismic interpretation with geosteering application. He authored a patent on a seismic while drilling application. During his entire career, he pioneered many successful technologies. He led the microseismic monitoring project for Arab-D reservoir water-fl ood monitoring and in setting up a technology test site facility in the Ghawar Field. Every time something new needed to be pushed past established minds, Shiv was willing to help. In addition to this Shiv has spent a signifi cant part of his career mentoring and educating his colleagues through courses and lecture. Even today he is working on a book on geophysics for non-geophysicists.

All of these lead automatically to a high level of professional society work in which he increasingly bridged the gap between petroleum engineering and geophysics. Shiv organized many workshops inside and outside of his company in support of this effort. It is not unusual to get a call from Shiv late at night wanting to discuss the application of geophysics to reservoir problems. Shiv has been actively involved with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for many years; he has served on several SEG committees with great passion and enthusiasm. His outlook has always been global. As an active member of the Global Affairs Committee and Regional Coordinator he has been instrumental in developing SEG into a truly international organization. It gives me great deal of pleasure and satisfaction that SEG bestows this well-deserved honor upon him in recognition for his accomplishments.

Today, Shiv, his wife Rumki call Houston their new home. His stays engaged in geophysics by consulting and helping many of his colleagues.