GLG Network Survey: Geophysical Services

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The GLG Surveys team interviewed 60 senior executives within the Geophysical Services industry, who discussed the current trend and outlook for these services and end markets.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The survey explored the impact of COVID-19 on the Geophysical Services industry, such as revenue levels and contracts.
  • Experts provided their views on the oil price and its resulting demand, alongside other implications for the Geophysical Services industry.
  • Lastly, the research captured respondents’ views on their interest in cloud solutions going forward.

Examples of findings:

  • When asked about the impact of the U.S government administration on the Geophysical Services industry, 56% of the respondents reported a positive impact.
  • Of the risks facing the industry, respondents rated “development of renewable energy” as the greatest threat (43%) followed closely by government regulation (40%).
  • Experts also discussed the relationship between Geophysical Services and the price of oil, with 78% of respondents answering that they ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that the price of oil and demand are correlated.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Mike Edwards, Board Member at Geopost Energy.

The standard deliverable includes:

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”), in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.


  • What impact has COVID-19 had on your company’s revenue?
  • Have any of your contracts been delayed or cancelled as a result of COVID-19?
  • Within what areas of the geophysical services industry do you see cloud services will play a role?
  • When do you estimate the oil and gas companies to start efforts again to explore for new acreage to add to their future production?
  • What impact do you expect the U.S. government administration to have on the geophysical services industry?
  • Which of the following external factors do you see as the greatest threat to the oil and gas industry?
  • To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “There is a correlation between the price of oil and industry demand for geophysical services”?
  • What effect do you expect global politics to have on the price of oil and resulting demand for geophysical services in the next 1-3 years?
  • What percentage of seismic data acquisition do you expect in the next 1-3 years for the proprietary market vs. the multi-client market?


The survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access or click the button below to inquire.

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