The 2004 SEG Annual Meeting in Denver had over 6500 attendees, 275 companies and universities exhibiting, 908 booths, and 550 oral and 160 poster presentations. Without question the atmosphere of the convention was more upbeat than it has been in over five years. Even the seismic acquisition portion of our industry has seen a noticeable increase in activity. As Mick Lambert (moderator of the TLE Forum on Globalization of the Energy Business) stated, “the industry is in a state of optimistic uncertainty.”

The following is a summary of the 2004 technical oral program. All of the presentations are not included,...

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