Michael C. Forrest, commonly known as “the father of bright spots,” was interviewed by Dolores Proubasta during Calgary 2000 as part of a continuing “Mentoring” series of articles. Forrest started work with Shell in 1955 as a geophysicist, followed by assignments as seismic party chief and offshore Gulf of Mexico geophysical project leader. In the Gulf's Louisiana shelf, Forrest played a major role in several 100-million-barrel Shell discoveries in the early to mid-1970s using “bright spot” seismic technology. In the mid 1980s he was part of the management team that leased many Gulf deepwater (2000 to 6000 ft) prospects now...

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