Committees: Honors & Awards
House Long Service Award
Sandi M. Barber has over 30 years’ geological and geophysical experience in the petroleum industry, both in exploration and exploitation, as well as managing various projects in the oil and gas. Sandi is a licensed Texas Geoscientist and Certified Petroleum Geophysicist. In her most recent position, she has been employed as a trainer and mentor to IHS Kingdom software users, both domestically and internationally.
Sandi grew up in the industry. Some of her earliest memories of her father (Schlumberger sales engineer for the Texas Panhandle area) were his visits to her schools, describing rock porosity and permeability. Her earliest jobs were coloring and smudging well logs for his clients. And her father delighted in introducing Sandi to “bright spot anomaly” theory.
Sandi joined Texaco’s Bellaire Research Lab after earning her Bachelor and Master degrees in mathematics with a minor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. There she worked in developing geoscience processing software and early versions of desktop interpretation software. She began attending geological evening courses at the University of Houston, and continued after joining Union Oil of California as a geophysicist. After thirteen years, she left Unocal to work as a geophysical consultant. In 1994, she started working with geoscience interpretation software, first Landmark, then GeoQuest and Stratimagic software. Sandi spent the next seven years with SAIC managing projects and programs in the oil and gas industry, and earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2004. In 2007, Sandi joined Seismic Micro Technology as a Kingdom software trainer/mentor and currently continues in that position with IHS Kingdom. Among her more recent accomplishments is developing a course focused on using standard, but seldom-used, interpretation workflows useful for exploring and developing unconventional (and conventional) resources.
Sandi Barber joined the AAPG and the Houston Geological Society in 1980 at the suggestion of then HGS President, Peggy Rice. Sandi was elected to the AAPG House of Delegates (HoD) in 1990 and served as the 1994-95 Foreman for the Houston delegation. She also served as the 2000-2001 HoD Secretary-Editor and received the HoD Distinguished Member of the House Award in 2006.
Sandi has also served the HGS in several offices and positions, including Treasurer, Vice President, and 1998-1999 President. In 2000, Sandi and SPE Gulf Coast Director Jim Honefenger, co-founded the Houston Energy Council, to which Sandi has continuously served as HGS representative. Sandi also served on the SEG Council and on the SEG 1980 Convention Committee, as well as in several positions for the Geophysical Society of Houston.