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CGG is committed to pursuing excellence in innovation and aims to be a driving force in the technological advancement of the geoscience industry. We believe that our industry is on the brink of a profound transformation and we intend to drive it.


For more than 80 years we have been imaging the subsurface to help our clients locate its natural resources. Our passion for geoscience resonates in the constant innovations we make to better image the Earth’s complexity.
We have consistently led the way in the geosciences as our teams improve geologic understanding through innovative technology and techniques. We are pioneers, delivering advances throughout the geoscience chain, from equipment through acquisition and imaging to interpretation technologies.

We fuel the potential of our teams with an impressive commitment to R&D. Each year, we invest about 5% of our overall revenue in R&D with a global network of over 600 employees dedicated to R&D. Our researchers are regularly recognized with prestigious international awards for their outstanding technical contributions to the industry. As an illustration of this intense R&D activity, more than 250 patents were granted to CGG in 2014.


CGG is the only true geoscience pure-player.


Our focus on deep geologic understanding brings innovation in data analysis, evaluation and interpretation.

We have the most extensive library of gravity, magnetic, seismic and petroleum system data in the world. With our unparalleled range of geoscience experience we can invent and perfect technology and techniques like no other geoscience company.

Multi-physics and seismic data measure the same target: the subsurface. Although it may seem obvious to correlate these measurements to enhance our understanding of the Earth, in practice, there is still much to be done to master this process.

CGG is the only true geoscience pure-player with the capability to drive these innovations.

For 30 years after its creation in 1931, CGG lived through the extraordinary age of the pioneers, when every survey assignment was an adventure.


We operate anywhere in the world, including remote, frontier and urban areas.

acquisition processing

We have been at the forefront of geophysical data acquisition, using Sercel equipment,  as well as processing innovation since we conducted our first onshore seismic survey in 1932.

Our offshore crews deliver unmatched broadband, long-offset, full-azimuth, deghosted data with the latest StagSeis solution. Our land seismic crews collect ultra-high-channel-count data in cabled, cableless and hybrid configurations with UltraSeis.

Our 4D time-lapse solutions reveal reservoir dynamics, allowing clients to optimize recovery. Our subsurface imaging centers are internationally acclaimed. We introduced the world’s first gravity gradiometer designed specifically for airborne operations and analyze satellite measurements with our NPA solution. We operate anywhere in the world, including remote, frontier and urban areas.


Our petrophysical and reservoir characterization workflows improve reservoir understanding.


We were early innovators in seismic inversion, employing complex algorithms and neural network analysis.

By capitalizing on our integrated model, we drive acquisition and processing improvements, taking advantage of broader bandwidth and higher resolution. We believe that tomorrow’s reservoir characterization solutions will be based on new types of equipment and acquisition and data processing methods to monitor and better understand reservoir dynamics.


Our data management services provide the most advanced approach to data transformation, intelligent storage and data access.

data managementData is at the heart of our best-in-class expertise in equipment, acquisition and imaging. As in many other areas of human activity, we generate petabytes of data that need to be managed, analyzed and correlated to fully exploit them.


We imagine innovative solutions that bring technological step-changes.

status quo?

With integration at the heart of CGG’s strategy, our teams are able to look to the future to imagine innovative solutions that bring technological step-changes.

We develop these solutions in association with a network of technology, academic and client partners. The R&D partnership we launched with Saudi Aramco in 2012 to develop new autonomous marine solutions for conducting surveys across vast distances and in extreme conditions, and the collaboration we launched with BP in 2014 for the development of marine vibrators, are recent examples of our forward-thinking strategy.

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