SEI was founded in 1975 by P. C. Havens in New Orleans, Louisiana. SEI was one of the pioneers in the seismic data brokerage industry, which had its origins in convincing oil and gas companies to share their once highly proprietary seismic data via data licensing. The vision of the SEI management team was to move from brokering seismic data owned by others to growing and brokering SEI’s own library of speculative seismic data.

During the 1980’s we began to build our library of speculative seismic data by participating in and managing 2D seismic data acquisition programs. Over the next 30 years, we advanced this vision by making strategic 2D and 3D seismic library purchases from many of the major and larger indepenent  oil and gas companies and by conducting and managing numerous 2D and 3D seismic acquisition programs. Always focusing on obtaining high quality seismic data located in key exploration areas, we have grown our seismic data library exponentially since 1995:

  • From 35,000 miles of 2D data to approximately 1,650,000 miles (nearly a 50 fold increase)
  • From 500 square miles of 3D data to approximately 55,000 square miles (nearly a 100 fold increase)

Through our strategic vision to grow the SEI seismic library, we have cultivated three core business specialties for which our team has a passion:

  • Seismic Data Marketing

    "Let us help you find one!” is the motto of our marketing team, and they mean it. Our marketers have an expansive library of seismic data at their fingertips and the experience to structure the perfect deal for you.

  • Seismic Licensing and Client Services

    By assimilating over 100 seismic data purchases into our library, our staff developed an industry respected expertise in organizing and managing seismic data, tracking and maintaining license history, and getting licensed data delivered to our clients quickly and reliably.

  • Field Acquisition Management Services

    By growing our seismic library through internally managed data acquisition programs, we have put together a team of professionals who are experts in managing seismic acquisition programs, from permitting to processing, on time and on budget.