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Business of Applied Geoscience: The Business of Geoscience in China’s Unconventional E&P and Smart City Applications

In conjunction with the China 11th Oil and Gas Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentation Conference

Monday, 27 September 2021, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.  |  Denver, ColoradoMile High Room 4 - Colorado Convention Center

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Location: In-Person – Colorado Convention Center (Speakers presenting in-person and online)

Denver: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Monday 27 September
Chengdu: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Tuesday 28 September

China’s fast-growing demand in energy and massive infrastructure modernization require active engagement of applied geophysics. The session will focus on the critical challenges and opportunities in (1) oil and gas business in China, such as exploration and development projects in challenging complex structures with complicated near-surface geology for both conventional and unconventional resources, and (2) smart city development for intelligent infrastructure design and mitigation of natural disasters. The business and employment opportunities as well as government policies regarding the above two topics will be the focus of the panel discussion. The session will serve as a platform for idea exchange between China and western organizations. We welcome all geoscience and engineering professionals and business leaders to benefit the panel discussion.

Each panelist will present a keynote for 5-10 minutes using a PowerPoint presentation and followed a question-and-answer session. The presentation can be a position or outlook statement on the business of geosciences of each panelist or its organization.

Both sessions in Chengdu and Denver will be carried out in a hybrid format, i.e., an in-person and remote presentations, which will be live streaming to Denver Convention Center, China, and worldwide.


Xuri Huang
Moderator: Chengdu
SEG China, Executive Director
Bruce Shang
Moderator: Denver
Independent Consultant
Richard Chuandong Xu
Moderator: Denver
Independent Consultant
Alfred Liaw
SEG China, Advisor
Elive Menyoli
Emerson Automation Solution, Business Development Manager Geosciences
Xiaojun Huang
Project Executive, Digital Transformation, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions


Bangliu Zhao
Chief Engineer and Vice President PetroChina
The Key Role and Challenges of Geoscientists in Solving Complex Oil and Gas Exploration Problems

Bangliu Zhao is the Chief Engineer and Vice President of PetroChina Exploration & Production Co. and is a Professor Level Senior Engineer. He graduated from Changchun Geology Institute with the major of applied geophysics and got his Ph.D. from Institute of Geology and Geophysics, China Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Zhao has ever served in the Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting (BGP), PetroChina and was engaged in the research and software development of seismic acquisition techniques. He excelled at the research and optimization of complex surface seismic acquisition and its technology development facilities.

Dr. Zhao has more than thirty years’ working experience in geophysics and is currently engaged in the technical management of geophysical prospecting. He has made great contributions to advancing the geophysical technology in various complex surface areas in China including the carbonate reservoir, complex water, desert and volcanic rocks, etc. He has published many papers and four books in geophysical techniques.

Herong Zheng
President, SINOPEC Exploration and Production Research Institute
Progress and Challenges in Sinopec's Continental Shale Oil and Gas Development

Herong Zheng, President of Sinopec Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute, Professor-level Sr. Engineers, Ph.D. in geology. Dr. Zheng has a long career in petroleum exploration and production, resource assessment, research and management. He received one Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award and five First Prizes of Provincial and Ministerial Science and Technology Progress Award. Dr. Zheng has published 3 books and 40+ articles.

Qinyong Yang
President, SINOPEC Geophysical Research Institute
The Business of Geophysics in Ultra-Deep Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

Yang Qinyong, a Professor Level Senior Engineer, is the president of SINOPEC Geophysical Research Institute. He got his PhD degree in Geophysics from Jinlin University.

Dr. Yang has nearly thirty years’ experiences in geophysics, and has made great contributions to the advances in seismic acquisition design, seismic data processing and imaging. Currently, he is in charge of the research and development of geophysical technology in SGRI.

Dr. Yang is the editor-in-chief of Geophysical Prospecting for Petroleum (in Chinese) and Journal of Geophysics and Engineering. He has published more than 20 technical papers.

Klaas Koster
Worldwide Chief Geophysicist, Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation
Impact of Modern Seismic Technology on Exploration and Field Development

Klaas Koster is the Worldwide Chief Geophysicist at Occidental. In this role, he oversees the entire international geophysical function and directs Oxy’s team of geophysical experts in acquisition, processing, and quantitative interpretation.

Klaas brings three decades of technical and management experience to his current role. Before joining Occidental in 2016, Klaas was the Forties Development Manager at Apache and later went on to build Murphy’s technical subsurface capabilities. Klaas started his career as an acquisition and processing geophysicist in 1989 at Amoco’s research center in Tulsa followed by a stint in their mid-continent business unit out of Denver. He was with Shell for 15 years as a quantitative interpretation geophysicist and time-lapse seismic specialist in The Hague, Stavanger, Perth and New Orleans offices.

Klaas holds a Doctorate in Applied Geophysics from Delft University and is the President-Elect for GSH, a past-president of both SEG and ASEG, and a life member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Jishan He
Professor and Academician, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Wide Field Electromagnetic Method and It's Applications

He Jishan, geophysicist, engineering management scientist, academician of Chinese Academy of engineering, pioneer of electromagnetic exploration in China. He Jishan has been engaged in higher education and scientific research for 60 years and has established an international leading electromagnetic exploration method and technology system including theory, method, technology, equipment and application, China's electromagnetic exploration has made great strides from introducing and applying, following and learning to leading the world. It has become a "Chinese model" for geophysical exploration. The achievements have been widely used in the exploration of oil, natural gas, coal and metal mineral resources, as well as in the investigation of engineering geological conditions and hidden dangers, which has made great contributions to the protection of energy security, resource security and people's life and property safety in China.

The China School of electromagnetic exploration led by He Jishan has led the frontier of International Geophysics. Professor H. F. Morrison, a famous American geophysicist, wrote: “Professor He is recognized worldwide for his many accomplishments in exploration geophysics and particular for his outstanding work in induced polarization and controlled source audio magnetotellurics.” According to Zhdanov of the University of Utah, also a famous geophysicist, "the most impressive thing about professor He is that he is not only committed to solving the theoretical problems, but also has made outstanding contributions in the field of detection technology and equipment, which is rare in the world.".

He Jishan is a good example. He is still working in teaching and scientific research in his eighties and continues to contribute to the implementation of China's deep exploration strategy and new energy strategy. The research results and academic thoughts are of great significance to the development of Geophysics and Engineering Management in China.

He Jishan had won 1 National Science Conference Award; 3 National Technological Invention Awards, 2 National Science and Technology Progress Awards, and 1 The Ho Leung Ho Lee Science and Technology Progress Award; He was elected the first batch of academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1994; He successively won the honors of national advanced worker and national model teacher.

Yunyue Elita Li
Professor, Purdue University
High Resolution Geophysical Monitoring of Urban Activities

Dr. Yunyue Elita Li recently joined the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at Purdue University as an associate professor in August 2021. Prior to that, she worked in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore as an assistant professor since 2016.

Elita did her postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding a joint position in the Earth Resources Laboratory and the Department of Mathematics. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2014 and 2010, respectively. She obtained her B.S. degree in Information and Computational Science from China University of Petroleum, Beijing in 2008.

Elita’s research group works on geophysical applications in urban environments for smart cities and sustainable developments. By integrating geophysical inversion techniques, ambient noise data analysis, and distributed sensor networks, her group focuses their research efforts on the development of noninvasive, high-resolution, and real-time systems to solve pressing urban challenges in space, water, security, and sustainability. Elita was the recipient of the J. Clarence Karcher Award from SEG in 2018 and nominated as the SEG South & East Asia Honorary Lecturer for 2022.


Business of Applied Geoscience: The Business of Geoscience in China’s Unconventional E&P and Smart City Applications
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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