The International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) is the global trade association for the geophysical and exploration industry, the cornerstone of the energy industry. Our membership includes onshore and offshore survey operators and acquisition companies, data and processing providers, exploration and production companies, equipment and software manufacturers, industry suppliers, and service providers.

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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

The IAGC works vigorously on behalf of its members to advance the industry’s freedom to operate. The IAGC engages governments and stakeholders worldwide on issues central to geophysical operations and exploration access:

  • Prioritizing timely, accessible data acquisition throughout the life of the asset;
  • Providing predictability & competition;
  • Promoting regulatory & fiscal certainty; and
  • Promulgating risk- & science-based regulations.

The IAGC supports and fosters science- and risk-based regulations consistent with existing practices that are proven to be environmentally responsible, effective and operationally feasible.

IAGC Members
The IAGC has more than 80 member companies in nearly 50 countries, led by Governing Members who steer the course for the association with their investment and leadership. 

Since 1971, the IAGC has demonstrated leadership in the geophysical and exploration industry. Our members have spurred exploration and created cutting-edge technology, bringing needed energy resources to the world.

IAGC Mission
The IAGC optimizes the business and regulatory climate and enhances public understanding to support a strong, viable geophysical and exploration industry essential to discovering and delivering the world’s energy resources.

IAGC Vision
The IAGC's vision is to be the most credible and effective voice for promoting and ensuring a safe, environmentally responsible and competitive geophysical and exploration industry.

IAGC Strategic Framework

The IAGC Strategic Framework supports a healthy exploration industry and focuses on ensuring the freedom to operate for IAGC member companies and the greater geophysical and exploration industry. View here.  

IAGC Strategies

Supported by an experienced and professional staff, the association promotes the long-term viability of the geophysical and exploration industry by:

  • Engaging government and regulatory entities with credible scientific, technical, and legal analysis to protect the environment and develop essential energy supplies.
  • Establishing strong cooperative relationships with all relevant international and national trade associations and organizations to create alignment and enhance industry unity and advocacy effectiveness.
  • Educating members on regulatory initiatives and policies affecting the geophysical and exploration industry.
  • Organizing consistent industry positions on emerging policy and regulatory issues.
  • Facilitating continuous improvement and promotion of HSSE, social responsibility, technological innovation and operations.
  • Equipping members with scientific information, regulatory compliance resources and public advocacy materials.
  • Recommending best practices, statements of principles and model contracts to promote environmental protection, safety and efficiency.

At the IAGC, competitors work on common issues, pool their resources for greater efficiencies, and develop consensus positions on industry-wide issues for collective benefit.  The IAGC consistently adds value in the areas of:

Commercial Health

  • Statements of Principles: recommends best practices regarding contracting issues
  • Access to hydrocarbon resource base
  • Human Resources
  • Annual Salary/Compensation Survey

Health, Safety, Security And Environment

  • Safety and environmental manuals and guidelines
  • Safety alerts, risk database and best practices
  • Semi-annual forums with client representatives
  • Land and Marine Environment guidelines and regulations
  • Land and Marine Operational regulations
  • Government  engagement
  • Communication and education
  • Research to fill knowledge gaps

Data Licensing

  • Defense of the non-exclusive data business model
  • Model Master Data Licensing Agreement
  • Code of Practice for licensed data usage
  • Non-exclusive data confidentiality and data release