SEG-KFUPM Student Chapter

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The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Student Chapter at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (SEG KFUPM) is situated in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, under College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences (CPG). Its goal is to support the worldwide advancement of geoscientists and geophysicists through a range of activities and webinars. Moreover, it strives to foster a friendly connection between students and professionals in the field.


The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Student Chapter at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (SEG KFUPM) is a global not-for-profit organization with a mission of connecting the world of applied geophysics.


Advancing the field of exploration geophysics. Cultivating shared scientific passions. Driving geophysical innovation forward.


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Faculty Advisor

Dr. Sherif Hanafy

Dr. Sherif Hanafy

Dr. Sherif Hanafy is currently a visiting associate professor at KFUPM, he was a senior research scientist at KAUST from 2009 until July 2018, during this time he was the founder and in charge of the geophysical field program (Seismology Lab). His research interest includes geophysical field methods, seismic interferometry, traveltime tomography, early arrival tomography, seismic modeling, seismic inversion and migration, data interpolation/extrapolation, and shallow application of resistivity and GPR methods. Also, he has been serving as a faculty advisor for the SEG KFUPM Student Chapter since 2022.


Executive Management 1 Montather Albanay President [[1]]
2 Saleh Almadani Vice-President [[2]]
3 Mansour Alkhardawi Secretary [[3]]
4 Ahmed Almubarak Treasurer [[4]]
5 Ali Altaha Content Creator [[5]]
6 Sara Kellal Student Consultant [[6]]
Planning Team 7 Wasaif Altaha Event Planning Leader [[7]]
8 Hadell Aljumaiah Event Planning [[8]]
9 Zahra Alhalal Event Planning [[9]]
MediaTeam 10 Salman Alrasheed Media Officer [[10]]
11 Sara Alqarni Social Media Officer [[11]]
12 Doa Alhajjaj Videographer [[12]]
13 Mohammed Almkainah Photographer [[13]]
14 Rahaf Aldair Graphic Designer [[14]]
Logistics Team 15 Natheer Alhabdan Project Manager [[15]]
16 Zakaria Alhassan Event Coordinator [[16]]
17 Abdulmajeed Al-aidarous Event Coordinator [[17]]
18 Saud Alquaizany Event Coordinator [[18]]
19 Yazeed Alshehri Event Coordinator [[19]]
20 Mahdi almutawa Event Coordinator [[20]]
21 Thamer Alshadidi Event Coordinator [[21]]
Active Team 22 Fauzan Akomolafe Active Member [[22]]
23 Abdulrahman Alfakih Active Member [[23]]
24 Maryam Maigana Active Member [[24]]
25 Turki Moaaf Active Member [[25]]
Closing Dinner
Study Marathon for Female Students
KFUPM Graduate Studies Seminar
Master's Degree at KFUPM Seminar
Alumni Reunion
Academic Plan Workshop
How to Use chatGPT Seminar
Saudi National Day
Geology Help Session
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What's Geophysics
Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Basics and Distributed Acoustic Sensing Applications
Fractures Detection Using Seismic Diffractions and Scattering
Challenge Bowl
Ms. Bhavana Raj Visit
Mr. Tubman Visit
Future Minerals Forum 2024
International Geomechanics Symposium 2023

SEG KFUPM Activities

The SEG KFUPM Student Chapter is renowned for its diverse and impactful activities. These include organizing technical workshops, field trips, and lectures to enhance students' geoscience knowledge. They also engage in community outreach through environmental initiatives, promoting geoscience awareness, and actively contributing to the betterment of their local community

Activities in 2023

Closing Dinner

Our "Closing Dinner" event elegantly marked the conclusion of our activities for the year 2023, serving as a celebratory gathering to reflect on the successes and milestones achieved. This special occasion brought together members, organizers, and participants of our various events, fostering a sense of community and shared accomplishment. Set in a warm and inviting atmosphere, the dinner offered an opportunity for attendees to network, exchange stories, and build stronger relationships outside the formal setting of our regular activities. The evening included a series of speeches and presentations, highlighting key achievements, acknowledging the hard work of volunteers, and expressing gratitude towards sponsors and collaborators. It was not only a time to look back at the year's accomplishments but also an occasion to discuss future plans and aspirations. The Closing Dinner encapsulated the spirit of camaraderie and dedication that characterizes our organization, leaving participants inspired and excited for what the next year holds.

Study Marathon for Female Students

Our recent event, the "Study Marathon for Female Students," was a unique and empowering initiative organized by the female members of the SEG-KFUPM. This gathering was specifically designed to create a supportive and collaborative environment for female students to study together. Held over an extended period, the marathon provided a structured and focused setting for participants to delve into their coursework, prepare for upcoming exams, or work on research projects. The event fostered a sense of community and solidarity among the female students, encouraging knowledge sharing, mutual support, and academic collaboration. In addition to the study sessions, there were opportunities for the participants to engage in brief, rejuvenating breaks where they could network, share experiences, and discuss challenges specific to women in the geosciences field. This study marathon not only enhanced the academic experience of the participants but also strengthened the bond within the female SEG community, promoting a culture of inclusivity and collective growth in the field of geosciences.

KFUPM Graduate Studies Seminar

The "KFUPM Graduate Studies Seminar," a landmark event hosted by SEG-KFUPM, marked an exceptional collaborative effort with various SEG Student Chapters around the world. This seminar was specifically tailored for international students aspiring to continue their studies at the Master's or Ph.D. level. By bringing together a global community, we aimed to provide a comprehensive insight into the opportunities, expectations, and experiences associated with graduate studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). The event featured an array of expert speakers, including faculty members, current graduate students, and alumni, who shared valuable perspectives on academic life, research opportunities, and cultural integration at KFUPM. A significant portion of the seminar was dedicated to an interactive Q&A session, where students from various countries had the opportunity to ask detailed questions about application procedures, scholarship opportunities, living accommodations, and the support structures available for international students. The seminar not only shed light on the academic excellence and rich cultural environment at KFUPM but also fostered a sense of global community and collaboration, making it a highly successful and enriching experience for all participants.

Master's Degree Seminar

How to Apply for a Master's Degree Seminar at KFUPM was a pivotal initiative aimed at demystifying the process of graduate admission for prospective students. We invited individuals interested in pursuing their Master's degree at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) to this informative session. The event featured detailed presentations on the application process, eligibility criteria, important deadlines, and the various academic programs available at KFUPM. Experienced faculty members and admissions officers were present to provide expert insights and practical tips on crafting a compelling application, including advice on statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and preparing for any required entrance examinations. One of the highlights of the event was the interactive Q&A segment, where attendees had the opportunity to have their specific questions and concerns addressed. This not only helped in clearing doubts but also in easing the anxiety that often accompanies the application process. The session was instrumental in guiding aspiring students through the complexities of applying for a Master's program, ensuring they are well-equipped with the knowledge and confidence to take this significant step in their academic careers.

Alumni Reunion

The recent "Alumni Reunion" event marked a significant milestone in bridging the gap between academia and the geoscience industry. This gathering brought together a diverse group of geoscience alumni who have made substantial strides in their professional careers. The central theme of the event was to provide current students and recent graduates with an insightful perspective on the real-world applications and challenges in the geoscience sector. Alumni shared their personal experiences, career trajectories, and the valuable lessons they learned along their journey in the industry. They touched upon various aspects, including the transition from academic life to professional environments, the skills that are most in demand, and the evolving landscape of geosciences in the context of technological advancements and environmental concerns. The event fostered a sense of community and provided a platform for networking, mentorship, and inspiration. It was not only a celebration of the achievements of our alumni but also an invaluable resource for those poised to follow in their footsteps, offering guidance, motivation, and a clearer understanding of the myriad opportunities in the geoscience field.

Academic Plan Workshop

SEG-KFUPM organized an insightful and beneficial workshop aimed at assisting students in crafting their academic plans. This workshop, a significant initiative by SEG KFUPM, was meticulously designed to address the common challenges and questions faced by students in mapping out their educational journey. Expert speakers and academic advisors were brought in to provide valuable guidance and personalized advice. The event catered to a wide array of topics, ranging from course selection and understanding degree requirements to strategizing for academic success and career alignment. The workshop was highly interactive, with sessions that allowed for student engagement, Q&A discussions, and one-on-one consultations. This initiative not only helped students in making informed decisions about their academic pathways but also emphasized the commitment of SEG KFUPM towards the academic and professional growth of its members.

How to Use chatGPT Seminar

SEG-KFUPM hosted a groundbreaking seminar titled "Leveraging the Power of ChatGPT." This seminar focused on educating participants about the advanced AI tool, ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI. Aimed at students, faculty, and industry professionals, the event featured in-depth explanations of ChatGPT's mechanics, practical demonstrations, and interactive sessions, offering a hands-on experience with the AI model. Discussions also delved into ethical considerations and potential industry applications, highlighting ChatGPT's role in fields ranging from geophysics to education. The seminar concluded with insights into the future of AI, emphasizing the importance and impact of ChatGPT in modern technological advancements. This event marked a significant step in fostering a deeper understanding of AI technologies among the academic and professional communities at KFUPM.

Saudi National Day

It's wonderful to hear about the activities organized in cooperation with the clubs CPG, SEG, and SPE for the 93rd Saudi National Day. The focus on showcasing Saudi Arabia's heritage, ancient history, and its significant role in the modern world is commendable. It's heartening to know that everyone came together to celebrate this special occasion, fostering national spirit and unity.

Geology Help Session

One of the excellent students in Our College participate in explaining the assistance session in GEOL 102 course before the major exam and under the supervision and preparation of our SEG Student Chapter, this enhances cooperation and contributes to the success of colleagues in understanding the scientific material. This indicates the superiority of male and female students at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in science and knowledge.

What's Geophysics

SEG-KFUPM organized a workshop aimed at introducing the fascinating world of geophysics to orientation students, was a resounding success, marking an essential step in sparking interest among newcomers to the field. This interactive and engaging workshop was meticulously designed to provide a comprehensive overview of geophysics, an essential branch of Earth sciences, to students at the beginning of their academic journey. The session covered fundamental concepts, the scope of geophysics, and its real-world applications, particularly in areas like natural resource exploration, environmental studies, and earthquake seismology. Experienced geophysicists and educators led the workshop, using a combination of presentations, hands-on activities, and demonstrations to illustrate how geophysical methods are employed to study the Earth's interior and surface phenomena

Fractures Detection Using Seismic Diffractions and Scattering

SEG-KGUPM seminar titled "Fractures Detection Using Seismic Diffractions and Scattering," presented by the esteemed Dr. Abdulfattah Aldajani, was a significant contribution to the field of geophysics and seismic interpretation. In this seminar, Dr. Aldajani, an authority in geosciences, shed light on the advanced techniques used in identifying fractures within the Earth's subsurface using seismic diffractions and scattering methods. His presentation meticulously covered the theoretical aspects of these techniques, explaining how seismic waves interact with subsurface fractures and the unique patterns they create on seismic recordings. Dr. Aldajani also delved into practical applications, demonstrating how these methods can be employed to enhance oil and gas exploration by providing more accurate mappings of fracture networks.

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Basics

Our recent seminar, titled "Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Basics," presented by Dr. Frantisek Stanek, was a groundbreaking event that delved deep into the innovative world of fiber optic technology. Dr. Stanek, a renowned expert in the field, provided an illuminating overview of distributed fiber optic sensing, a technology that has revolutionized data collection in various industries, including geosciences, engineering, and telecommunications. The seminar was designed to demystify the complex principles underlying this technology and explore its practical applications.

Dr. Stanek's presentation covered the fundamentals of fiber optic sensing, including its working mechanism, types of sensors, and the interpretation of data gathered through this method. He also discussed cutting-edge advancements in the field, highlighting how this technology offers unprecedented precision and efficiency in monitoring structural integrity, environmental conditions, and resource management.

Challenge Bowl

The innovative structure of the competition organized by the SEG KFUPM Student Chapter was a brilliant example of interdisciplinary collaboration, where each team was a microcosm of the broader geoscience field. Each team was composed of one expert each from petroleum, geology, and geophysics, ensuring a well-rounded approach to every challenge. The petroleum expert provided practical insights into oil and gas exploration, reservoir management, and drilling technologies. The geologist brought in-depth knowledge of rock formations, mineral resources, and earth processes, essential for understanding the physical aspects of the tasks. Meanwhile, the geophysicist contributed expertise in applying physics to explore subsurface phenomena, crucial for interpreting seismic data and understanding geophysical surveys.

This strategic team composition fostered an environment where diverse perspectives and specialized knowledge were merged, enabling teams to tackle complex challenges with a comprehensive, integrated approach, demonstrating the power of collaboration in solving multifaceted geoscience problems.

Activities in 2022

SEG Representative Visit

The SEG KFUPM's hosting of Ms. Bhavana Raj, the Point of Contact (POC) for Middle East Students' Chapters, marked a significant milestone in our chapter's journey, symbolizing a bridge between local initiatives and global geoscience communities. Ms. Raj's visit was not just a formal engagement; it was a vibrant transcontinental exchange of knowledge and perspectives, enriching for both parties. Her presence brought a wealth of experience and insights from her interactions with various student chapters across the Middle East, offering us a rare glimpse into the diverse ways in which geosciences are approached and studied in different parts of the world.

The interaction was a confluence of ideas, blending our local experiences with her broad, international perspective. This meeting was invaluable in opening our eyes to the global context of our work, fostering a deeper appreciation of how our local efforts fit into the larger geoscience narrative. The diversity of perspectives shared during her visit acted as a catalyst, sparking innovative ideas and discussions, and highlighting the importance of global connectivity in our field.

Transformation Through Innovation and Collaboration

Hosting Mr. Ken Tubman, the President of the International Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), was a defining moment for us, infusing a sense of prestige and inspiration into our gathering. His visit was not just a ceremonial appearance; it was a cornerstone event that brought invaluable insights to our community. In his address, Mr. Tubman eloquently highlighted the critical role of innovation and collaboration in the evolving landscape of geosciences. His words struck a chord, resonating with the audience like the discovery of a hidden treasure map, rich with the promise of guiding us through the complexities of our professional endeavors.

He emphasized how embracing innovative technologies and fostering collaborative networks can lead to groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in our field. His speech was more than just an address; it was a beacon that illuminated our paths, offering clarity and motivation.


Our year kicked off with a thoughtfully planned ice-breaker event, designed not just as a mere introductory session, but as a strategic platform to knit our chapter closer together. This event was marked by a series of creative and engaging exercises, meticulously crafted to break down barriers and foster a welcoming environment. As participants delved into these activities, the room buzzed with laughter and shared stories, creating an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie. This wasn't just about names and faces; the event was instrumental in building deeper connections, allowing everyone to discover and appreciate the diverse personalities and unique attributes of their peers


Future Mineral Forum 2024

Our participation in the Future Minerals Forum 2024 was a landmark moment, highlighting our commitment to shaping the future of the minerals industry. As part of the organizing team, we played a crucial role in bringing this prestigious event to life. The Forum was a global congregation of industry leaders, policymakers, investors, and academics, converging to discuss the latest trends, innovations, and challenges in the minerals sector. Our involvement ranged from logistical planning to curating content for the sessions, ensuring a seamless and impactful experience for all attendees.

We facilitated panels and discussions that focused on sustainable mining practices, technological advancements, and the role of minerals in the global economy. Our efforts in organizing the Forum also involved fostering opportunities for networking and collaboration, creating a platform where ideas could be exchanged and future partnerships formed.

International Geomechanics Symposium 2023

In 2023, our organization had the esteemed privilege of participating in the organization of the International Geomechanics Symposium, a globally recognized event in the field of geosciences. This symposium brought together leading experts, researchers, and professionals from around the world to discuss and exchange knowledge on the latest advancements and challenges in geomechanics. Our role in organizing the symposium was pivotal, involving various aspects such as coordinating with speakers, managing logistics, and facilitating workshops and technical sessions.

We focused on creating an inclusive and dynamic platform for knowledge sharing, fostering collaborations between academia and industry, and encouraging innovative discussions. Our involvement also provided an opportunity for our members to gain invaluable exposure to global trends and network with eminent figures in the geosciences community. The event was marked by a series of high-quality presentations, cutting-edge research discussions, and interactive panels, making it a highly successful and enriching experience for all participants.

Field Trips

Al-Jafurah Field

Al-Jafurah Trip

OThe field trip SEG-KFUPM undertook to the seismic site in Al-Jafurah was an extraordinary educational journey, transforming classroom theories into tangible realities in the vast expanse of the field. As we set out for Al-Jafurah, the air was thick with excitement and anticipation, each of us eager to experience firsthand the practical aspects of geophysical exploration. The site itself was a revelation, functioning as a live, open-air laboratory where the intricate tapestry of seismic work unfolded before us. It was here that the theoretical knowledge we had amassed in lectures and textbooks came to life, allowing us to observe and engage with the sophisticated equipment and techniques used in seismic data collection and interpretation. The complexities of the geophysical processes, from surveying to data acquisition, were displayed in a real-world context, offering invaluable insights into the challenges and nuances of fieldwork.

SEG KFUPM Achievements

SEG | DGS Middle East Challenge Bowl

SEG DGS Middle East Challenge Bowl

Our team's participation in the SEG | DGS Middle East Challenge Bowl was a remarkable display of skill, knowledge, and teamwork, culminating in our proud achievement of securing second place in this prestigious competition. The Challenge Bowl, known for its rigorous standards and competitive spirit, brought together some of the brightest minds from various institutions across the Middle East, all vying to showcase their expertise in geosciences. Our team, consisting of dedicated and talented members, demonstrated exceptional understanding and acumen in various aspects of geology, geophysics, and related sciences. The competition involved a series of challenging rounds, testing participants on their quick thinking, depth of knowledge, and ability to work under pressure. Our success in securing the second place is a testament to our team's hard work, thorough preparation, and profound passion for the field of geosciences.

SEG Regional Challenge Bowl

SEG Regional Challenge Bowl

The SEG KFUPM Student Chapter's remarkable victory in the SEG Regional Challenge Bowl is a testament to their dedication, knowledge, and collaborative spirit. This prestigious win is a reflection of their exceptional commitment to the field of geophysics.

Competing in the Challenge Bowl is a rigorous and intellectually demanding event, requiring in-depth knowledge and quick thinking. The fact that our student chapter secured the victory speaks volumes about the high level of expertise and preparation of our team members. Also, our student chapter has been qualified to participate in the international SEG Challenge Bowl.

International SEG Challenge Bowl

Internationla SEG Challenge Bowl

Securing the second place in the SEG International Challenge Bowl is a remarkable accomplishment that highlights our dedication and expertise in the field of geophysics. Competing on an international stage and earning such a prestigious position is a testament to the hard work and preparation of our team. Winning the second place in the SEG International Challenge Bowl is a significant milestone in our journey. It motivates us to strive for excellence, continuously improve our skills, and aim for the top position in future competitions.