EET 13: Velocities, Imaging, and Waveform Inversion - The Evolution of Characterizing the Earth's Subsurface

Instructor: Dr Ian Frederick Jones (ION, UK)

Level: Intermediate

CPD Points: 3

Duration: 6 hours 

Format: Self Paced Course, 7 video lectures recorded in a classroom delivery

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Brief course description

This video series will deal with velocities, imaging and waveform inversion, thereby concentrating on the origin and nature of the geological complexities that give rise to imaging problems, as well as a physical (rather than mathematical) understanding of the principles behind subsurface parameter estimation techniques, and will also look at some possible future directions. 

Course Material

All delegates will receive a copy of the e-book via email shortly after enrolling in the course.

This book is part of Ian Jones’ EAGE Education Tour and will be a fusion of practical industrial elements, concentrating on the origin and nature of the geological complexities that give rise to imaging problems, as well as a physical (rather than mathematical) understanding of subsurface parameter estimation, and will also look at some possible future directions.

Participant profile

The course is designed for practising geoscientists and geoscience students who desire to better understand the principles and limitations of both current and emerging technologies involved in subsurface parameter estimation and imaging, and geoscience students.


A general knowledge of geophysics.

About the instructor

Ian F. Jones received a joint honours BSc in Physics with Geology from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1977, an MSc in Seismology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a PhD in Geophysical Signal Processing from the University of British Columbia, Canada. After working for ‘Inverse Theory & Applications Inc.’ in Canada for two years, he joined CGG, where for 15 years he was involved in R&D in the London and Paris offices, latterly as manager of the depth imaging research group. Since 2000 he has been with ION GX Technology, as a Senior Geophysical Advisor in their London office.

His interests include velocity model building and migration, and his most recent activity includes writing the text books: ‘Velocities, Imaging, and Waveform Inversion: the evolution of characterising the Earth’s subsurface’ published by the EAGE in 2018; ‘An Introduction to Velocity Model Building’ published by the EAGE in 2010; and co-editing the SEG Geophysics Reprints series volumes ‘Classics of Elastic Wave Theory’ and also ‘Pre-Stack Depth Migration and Velocity Model Building’, as well as contributing the chapter on model building to the new SEG online encyclopaedia.

He is an associate editor for the journals ‘Geophysics’ and ‘Geophysical Prospecting’, and teaches the EAGE/PESGB/SEG continuing education course on ‘Velocity Model Building’ and is an external lecturer at the University of Leeds and Imperial College London. Ian was awarded the EAGE’s Anstey Medal in 2003 for contributions to the depth imaging literature, made the SEG European Honorary Lecturer in 2012, conducted the 2018-2019 EAGE international Education Tour, and was made an Honorary Life Member by the EAGE in 2018.