Editor's Note: The first SEG Continuing Education course offered at BGP headquarters in Zhouzhou, Hebei, China, will be “Fundamentals of 3D Seismic Survey Design” by Gijs Vermeer, 6–10 September 2004.

As the world's largest land geophysical service company, BGP, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is a force to contend with when competing for contracts in the international arena. BGP's metamorphosis from a strictly government entity to one of the most competitive players in the international geophysical market has extended its field of operations beyond China and into exploration projects in Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Yemen, Iran,...

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