Bruce Blake

Bruce Blake began his career in 1977 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a B. Sc. degree in geophysics. Working first for Houston Oil & Minerals and later Hunt Oil, he joined Maxus in 1988. Through subsequent mergers, he continued working for Repsol until 2016. This has allowed him an opportunity to work both exploration and development projects, in a wide range of geologic settings: Pleistocene to pre-Cambrian; extensional and compressional tectonics; deepwater, coastal, desert, tundra, and mountain front settings; in six continents. He’s been fortunate to be a key team member in exploration discoveries in southwest Texas, Bolivia, Morocco, and Libya. From 2014-16, he advised Repsol management on exploration projects worldwide in a quality assurance role, proposing methods to reduce geologic risk. Throughout Blake’s career, he has had a passion for mapping prospects. Many times this involved solving technical problems such as determining the accuracy of static solutions for time processing, predicting lithology from seismic, analyzing amplitude response from seismic and models, and creating velocity models for ray tracing, map migration, and depth conversion.

Blake has presented papers at numerous SEG and AAPG conferences, as well as local exploration societies, on diverse topics: interpretation of 3D seismic over a salt dome (1981), seismic exploration and interpretation techniques in fold and thrust belts (1998-99), and methods to correctly solve statics in desert settings (2010-13). In 2014, Blake toured as the SEG Honorary Lecturer for the Middle East & Africa. He’s an active member of the SEG, AAPG, EAGE, and GSH and currently serves on the SEG Global Affairs Committee and Distinguished Lecture Committee. He is a licensed geophysicist with the State of Texas (#1624).