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George R Brown Convention Center hosts first major conference since Hurricane Harvey
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Friday, September 29, 2017

SEG conferenceThe George R Brown Convention Center in Houston played host this week to its first major conference since Hurricane Harvey. The Society of Exploration Geophysicists held their annual meeting, as scheduled, in three of the five exhibition halls.

 A few weeks earlier the convention center had served as temporary shelter for over 10,000 evacuees from the flood waters of Harvey.  “It wasn’t an easy decision to come forward with our plans,” said Ms. Nancy J House, president elect SEG. “But there were a lot of people who stood to benefit from our conference.” 

There were 252 exhibition booths requiring extensive set-up and electrical needs in order to facilitate the event.  A four-hour power failure on Sunday did not derail the process. The traditional icebreaker ran without any glitches on Sunday evening.  

Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner toured the exhibition hall on Tuesday and expressed the city’s appreciation for SEG’s support of Houston in their willingness to go forward with the event. The SEG foundation elected to contribute $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank and $50,000 to the Mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.   

Just over 7,000 professionals in the field of geosciences attended the event. Attendees came from all over the world. One visitor from London  commented, “Sure, there was a flood here, but it’s the American way to get up and get going.” 

SEG is a professional organization   that promotes the advances of geoscience.  Ms. House enthusiastically explained the significance of geophysics in our changing world. “We’re kind of like the radiologists of the earth. We use remote sensing, three dimensional subsurface pictures to identify the location of resources under the earth’s surface.”

Chairman of the development foundation, Raymond Farrell, described the many ways SEG is continually advancing causes for humanity. Geoscientists Without Borders an extension of SEG contributes to furthering research in preparedness and support of environmental hardships related to natural disasters such as earthquakes, flood zones and other earth moving events.


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