CGE History

1967 — Central Geophysical Expedition (CGE) was set up as a science-and-production center under the former USSR Oil Industry Ministry for switching the country’s petroleum geophysics to digital recording and processing of primary seismic and well logging data.

During 1967-1974, 18 data processing centers at regional geophysical companies performing seismic and well logging data acquisition made up a powerful corporation of data processing professionals.


Geophysicists reviewing a digital section, fresh from plotter, the first at CGE (and in USSR).

1975 - This task was successfully implemented when geophysical data came all to be recorded digitally and processed at data processing centers.

Everyone’s innovative solutions or new approaches to problems came to CGE, were thoroughly discussed, converted to software programs and immediately became the asset of all. As Dr. Alexey Kashik, CGE’s General Director, put it "That was the time when we did continuous training, while being continuously trained by our trainees".

That was also a time when new generation of CGE’s proprietary software started to be created – SDS-3 system to process seismic data and ASOIGIS system to process well logging data – for installation on Russian EC Series mainframe computers.

By 1978, all geophysical companies of this country were equipped with these two data processing systems, allowing the geophysical data processing quality to be raised to levels unattainable before.

End of the 1970s saw new developments in geophysical data processing and interpretation – a direction referred to in the Russian geophysical terminology as Geological Section Prediction (GSP) an equivalent to western lithological and petrophysical interpretation of geophysical data.

1980 — the Geological Section Prediction (GSP) development was finalized as SDS-3-GSP software system, and was introduced into the petroleum industry on a broad scale. The above CGE’s software packages were in dependable operation for over 20 years not only in the former USSR, but were also licensed to companies in India, Bulgaria, German Democratic Republic (East Germany), Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Cuba.

From the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, CGE was hard at work developing new software systems. Expanded and updated releases of the main software versions came out twice a year. As ever more powerful computers appeared, more effective computing systems were configured to replace their predecessors.
Overall, CGE was a dominant organization in the country’s geophysical sector during all those years.

CGE’s international activity went in full swing when CGE was elected to be headquarters of the Coordination Center called upon to concentrate efforts of and ensure a friendly cooperative environment for COMECON scientists in the area of geophysics (COMECON – Council for Mutual Economic Assistance of the former socialist countries).

1988 - a team of leading software engineers of CGE, former GDR and Czechoslovakia were awarded USSR State Prize for the development and introduction of geophysical software systems.

1990 - his was the start time for developing and introducing new generation of UNIX OS geophysical software – SDS-5 seismic data processing system, and INPRES, INGIS and FS geophysical data interpretation systems, and others.

CGE assumed the function of a services company providing information support to Russian and international oil companies in exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons.

1993 - this was the onset of the total CGE re-equipment. Megacenter – industry’s largest geophysical data processing center in Russia – was set up at CGE featuring IBM hardware and Schlumberger application software. This was also a time when 3D data processing started at CGE in massive amounts.

With the range and amounts of services growing, CGE becomes one of the most efficient services companies in Russia – information provider for oil and gas prospecting and exploration. In 1995-96, more than half of the total amount of 3D seismic data acquired in the country was processed and interpreted at CGE.

1996 - CGE sets up GeoPetrocenter – a successor-company to MegaCenter – specialized in seismic data processing and built around a powerful IBM SP/2 scaleable parallel multiprocessor system running most versatile Omega Seismic Processing System of the then Western Geophysical. This configuration secured a multifold increase in the data processing capacity.

1997 - development of a new-generation DV-Analysis software system was started in collaboration with Petroleum Engineering and Consulting (PEC) – a CGE daughter company – based on interactive dynamic visualization of the data being handled. Innovative technologies for an integrated interpretation of geoscience data were created and introduced.

1998 - the DV-Discovery system to aid interpretation of 2D/3D seismic data was released for licensing and regular production use.

On March 1, 2000 CGE acquires a new legal status – open joint stock company – and a new name Central Geophysical Expedition Open Joint Stock Company (CGE OJSC).

Roughly about the same time, DV-Geo – a handy tool to build 3D models for hydrocarbon-productive reservoirs from exploration well data and production well data – was finalized and offered for commercial use.

2001 - CGE set up a division to be responsible for designing and monitoring of oilfield development and production. The division staff of over 30 professionals was comprised of oilfield engineers and hydrodynamic simulation specialists employed from various science centers. This has enabled CGE to become provider of a full range of services to oil companies, delivering information that would facilitate search for, development and production of hydrocarbon deposits. The services range from designing geophysical surveys, geophysical survey progress supervision, processing and interpretation of acquired data, gridded model building, estimation of reserves through to hydrodynamic simulation of reservoirs and provision of oilfield development and production design.

2002 - all 400 personal computers and workstations were networked under a high-efficiency corporate LAN.

2003 - one more modernization of the data processing center was brought about by installing a cluster of 32 Intel processor nodes. This raised the center’s overall production efficiency eightfold, with the disk space more than tripled. This is currently the basic hardware at the data processing center.

2004 - on behalf of TNK-BP Oil Company, a unique single geologic model was completed for the Russia’s largest Samotlor oilfield (over 17,000 wells and 22 producing zones).

2005 — licensing software systems of the DV family was started to end users in People’s Republic of China under long-term agreements.

2007 — CGE celebrates its 40th anniversary of accumulating professional knowledge and performing successful science and production activity!