List of Instructors
Dr. Behzad Alaei is geophysicist and co-founder of Earth Science Analytics AS. He has PhD in exploration seismology from University of Bergen, Norway. He has 25 years of industry and research experience focused on seismic exploration, forward modelling of complex structures, seismic imaging, seismic attributes, and machine learning applications in geoscience. He carried out several seismic attribute studies over different sedimentary basins from Asia to Norwegian continental shelf and Gulf of Mexico. In the recent years, he has been involved in the integration of seismic fault attributes with structural geological investigations of faults as well as development of machine learning techniques in geoscience.
He is a member of EAGE, SEG, and CSEG.
Tariq A. Alkhalifah is a professor of geophysics in the division of Physical Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST). He assumed his duties there in June 2009. Prior to joining KAUST, Tariq was a research professor and director of the Oil and Gas Research Institute at King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST). He has also been associate research professor, assistant research professor and research assistant at KACST. From 1996 to 1998, Tariq served as a postdoctoral researcher for the Stanford Exploration Project at Stanford University, USA. He received the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in 1998 and the Conrad Schlumberger Award from the European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) in 2003. He is a member of SEG and EAGE. Tariq received his doctoral degree in geophysics (1997) and master's degree (1993) in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, USA. He holds a bachelor's degree (1988) in geophysics from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.
Per Avseth is a geophysical advisor at Tullow Oil in Oslo, Norway, and adjunct professor in geophysics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Per received his M.Sc. in Applied Petroleum Geosciences from NTNU in 1994, and his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University, California, in 2000. Per worked as a research geophysicist at Norsk Hydro in Bergen, 2001-2006. Per’s research interests include applied rock physics and AVO analysis, for quantitative seismic exploration and reservoir characterization.
Olav Inge Barkved graduated with a Geophysics degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1983. He spent the first part of his career with Geco, as a Research Scientist, working a variety of aspects related to seismic reservoir characterization, interpretation technology and processing. In 1992 Olav joined Amoco, and remained through the merger with BP in 1998. He has been supporting the development of the Valhall field in Norway as a geophysicist, technology coordinator and team lead and had a role as a global Advisor in Geophysics. Since 2003 Olav was the project leader of the Valhall Life of Field Seismic delivery program, and in 2006 he received the Norwegian Geophysical Award for his technical contribution and ability to identify and implement emerging technologies to support business objectives in support of field development. BP’s Valhall Life of Field Seismic Project has been recognized by the industry by receiving the Norwegian Petroleum Directorates Improved Recovery award, the ONS innovation award and OTC’s Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013 Olav joined Petoro AS as a senior advisor. Petoro is a company that manage the Norwegian State's large holdings in oil and gas licences on the Norwegian continental shelf. Olav has also together with his colleagues received The EAGE best paper award in 1997 and in 2009, the Louis Canard Award in 2008 and TLE best paper award in 2008. Olav is a member of NGF, NPF, EAGE and SEG and served as an EAGE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010.
Eric Barrier is a senior Research Geologist at the French CNRS. He currently works at the University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris, France) He graduated from this University in 1979 where he specialized in brittle tectonic analysis. His research interests include regional tectonic evolution, palinspastic reconstruction and seismotectonic. He conducts researches in Southeast Asia, Middle America and since the 1980's in North Africa, Near East, Middle East and Central Asia. Between 2001 and 2007, he was co-leader of the Middle East Basins Evolution Programme, and then leader of the DARIUS Programme (2009-2014), both international consortiums sponsored by Oil companies and research organizations. In 2008 he published an atlas of Palaeotectonic maps of the Middle East. In 2016, under the DARIUS Programme, he completed an atlas of 20 palaeotectonic and palinspastic maps (from Middle Permian to Pliocene) covering a large area extending from NE Africa-Hellenides-Balkanides to the west to Central Asia to the East.
Mark Bentley has spent most of his career working in or leading integrated study teams, initially with Shell and subsequently with TRACS (now part of AGR) where he currently designs and runs courses and directs the TRACS Training programme. His specialist fields of expertise are 3D reservoir modelling and scenario-based approaches to handling subsurface uncertainty and risk. Mark has served as a distinguished lecturer for the SPE and the EAGE, and has delivered training courses on every continent, except Antarctica.
George Bertram is a geoscientist who has worked in the oil industry for over thirty years. During his career he has been involved in world-wide exploration with Exxon, Britoil and BP. In BP he ran the Stratigraphic Studies group and was responsible for modernising and teaching the in-house seismic stratigraphy course. After a spell as Technology Manager for Exploration he left BP in 1994 to set up Stratigraphic Research International. Since then he has built and run in-house core courses and workshops for many individual oil companies as well as teaching on behalf of JAPEC in London, I.P.A. in Jakarta, NCPGG and A.M.F. in Australia and the Nautilus Geotechnical Training Alliance in UK & US. He is currently an Associate Professor at I.F.P. in Paris and an Hon. Research Fellow at Glasgow University. His publications include articles on North Sea Geology, Trap Styles and Carbonate Development in the Maldives. He was co-editor with John Van Wagoner of AAPG Memoir 64 on Sequence Stratigraphy in Foreland Basin Deposits and he was also a co-author of the textbook “Sequence Stratigraphy”. He recently contributed the chapter on Seismic and Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis in the Roberts and Bally publication “Principles of Geological Analysis”. In addition to teaching and organising “designer” workshops, he regularly consults for oil companies world-wide, project managing and assisting in interpretation, acreage evaluation, farm-in assessments and supplying advice on a range of general exploration matters.
Jack Bouska graduated with a Geophysics degree from the University of Alberta (1980), working at Seiscom-Delta (1981) then Western Geophysical (1983), before joining Dome Petroleum in 1985 and continuing through the Dome-Amoco-BP mergers of 1988 & 1998. He has lived in; London U.K., Muscat Oman, and Calgary Alberta, tackling a wide variety of projects spanning across five continents. He initially started by revitalizing cost effective exploration in Canada using his invention of Sparse-3D, later expanding into the S. American Andes, with some of the world’s largest Heli-portable 3D’s. His innovation continued with novel acquisition techniques for Seabed OBC-3D’s in the North Sea, Caspian Sea, Gulf of Suez, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia and West of Shetlands. While in the UK, Jack also acted as team Leader for the upstream technology Reservoir Management team, prior to moving to Oman as the Middle East region Seismic Delivery Manager, where he instigated several ultra-high speed Vibroseis surveys made possible by his invention of Distance Separated Simultaneous Sweeping (DS3). In 2013 he moved back to Calgary to manage BP’s Oil Sands and Canadian offshore seismic programs, before retiring in 2015. Jack's innovations in acquisition design and processing have been recognized by numerous geophysical societies; including the CSEG with the Best Theme Paper award in 1995, Best of Session papers in 1997 & 98 and best technical luncheon talk of 2014. The SEG also awarded Jack the Best Paper in the Leading Edge 2005, and Honorable Mention in Best Paper category, 2005 National convention. Jack has served as an EAGE Distinguished Lecturer for 2007-2008 and in 2009, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists selected him as the spring SEG Distinguished Lecturer in Geophysics. The SEG lecture was delivered at more than 40 venues, in 30 cities, across 15 countries, spanning five continents reaching approximately 2500 geophysicists world-wide during 2009. Jack is a member of the EAGE, SEG, CSEG, and APEGA.
Mike Branston manages WestenGeco's Solution Design and Modeling activities across the Eastern Hemisphere. He has been based in Norway, Malaysia and the UK. Mike holds both a BSc and a PhD in geophysics and was awarded Chartered Geologist status by the Geological Society of London in 2006.
Since 2014 he has volunteered his time and expertise to assist the PESGB (Petroleum Society of Great Britain) in the organisation of their biannual petroleum exploration conference (PETEX); initially as a member of the technical committee and more recently as chairman of that committee.
Dave L. Cantrell has over 35 years of worldwide geologic industrial and academic experience. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with an MSc in Geology in 1982, and from the University of Manchester with a PhD in Geology in 2004. Dave began his industry career in 1982 with Exxon where he conducted numerous reservoir characterization and geological modeling studies on reservoirs in the Middle East; the Permian, Powder River, Williston, and Gulf of Mexico Basins of the USA; and the Maracaibo and Barinas Basins of Venezuela; among others. After moving to Saudi Arabia in 1997, he conducted studies on several large carbonate fields there, and lead geologic R&D for Saudi Aramco from 2000-2008; he also served as a professor and Associate Director for the College of Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences at King Fahd Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) from 2015-2017. He is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and an adjunct professor at Stanford University; he has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and holds one patent.
José M. Carcione has the degrees “Licenciado in Ciencias Físicas” (Buenos Aires University), “Dottore in Fisica” (Milan University) and Ph.D. in Geophysics (Tel-Aviv University). From 1978 to 1980 he worked at the “Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica” at Buenos Aires. From 1981 to 1987 he was employed as a research geophysicist at YPF (national oil company of Argentina). Presently, he is Director of Research at OGS. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt scholarship for a post-doc at Hamburg University (1987-1989). In 2007, he received the EAGE Anstey award in London. He published more than 230 journal articles on acoustic and electromagnetic numerical modeling, with applications to oil exploration and environmental geophysics. He is the author of the books “Wave fields in Real Media — Theory and numerical simulation of wave propagation in anisotropic, anelastic, porous and electromagnetic media” (see (Elsevier, 2015, 3rd edition), and “Seismic Exploration of Hydrocarbons in Heterogeneous Reservoirs” (Elsevier, 2015) He has been editor of “Geophysics” since 1999. He has coordinated many projects funded by the EU and private companies. Carcione has an H-index: 49, according to Google Scholar. In 2017 he received the EAGE Conrad Schlumberger award.
Anatoly Cherepovski received an MSc in Geophysics from Moscow State University in 1980. He joined OZGEO overseas geological exploration company (Moscow) and carried out seismic data processing including almost two years at the field data processing centre in Yemen. In 1991 he obtained a PhD at VNII Geofizika Research Institute (Moscow) with a dissertation titled Improving Efficiency of Vibroseis Investigations in Frontier Areas.
In 1995 he joined Petrosystems division of CGG (Moscow) as a project manager. From 1998 to 2004 he worked for Green Mountain Geophysics (GMG), later I/O GMG, where he was involved in 3D survey design, refraction statics determination, and benchmark data processing. He presented courses on seismic survey design and refraction statics to numerous companies in Russia and CIS. In 2004 he joined I/O full-wave team and was involved in 3D/3C model-based survey design, ray-trace and finite-difference modeling. From 2008 to 2016 he served as regional geophysicist for Sercel, Moscow office, and provided consultancy on multicomponent equipment and survey design, high-density single-sensor and single-source seismic, broadband seismic, and high-productivity vibroseis techniques. From 2017 he works as seismic expert for NewTech Services company, Moscow office, and provides consultancy on cableless recording systems and high-density 3D surveys.
Anatoly is a member of EAGE, SEG, and EAGS (EurAsian Geophysical Society). He is the author of English-Russian and Russian-English Dictionary of Exploration Geophysics, EAGE, 2008.
Asbjorn Norlund Christensen is owner of Nordic Geoscience Pty. Ltd., consulting world-wide on ground and airborne geophysics. Working for BHP Billiton in the late 1990’s Asbjorn was actively involved in the initial development and deployment of the FALCON AGG system. He was worked on minerals exploration projects in Australia, Asia and Africa, and has managed research teams and technology companies. bHis areas of interest are: geophysical technology development and deployment, potential fields, and the integrated interpretation of geophysical data for minerals and petroleum exploration. He has an MSc in Geophysics from University of Aarhus, Denmark and a PhD in Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines, USA. He is a member of EAGE, SEG, PESA and he is the Victoria Branch President of the ASEG. He is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Akhil Datta-Gupta is Professor and holder of LeSuer Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M U. in College Station, TX (USA). He is well-known throughout the industry for his contributions to fast flow simulation methods and dynamic data integration into high-resolution geologic models. He is the recipient of the 2003 Lester C. Uren Award of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for significant technical contributions in petroleum reservoir characterization and streamline-based flow simulation. He is an SPE distinguished member (elected, 2001), distinguished lecturer (1999-2000), distinguished author (2000) and was selected as an outstanding technical editor (1996). He also received the SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Certificate for the best peer-approved paper (2000 and 2006). In addition to his SPE awards, he is a recipient of the AIME Rossitter W. Raymond award (1992), TAMU Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award (1997) and served as a member of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences (2001-2004). His research program is funded by NSF, DOE and oil companies worldwide.
Jan de Bruin has 29 years experience as a geophysicist with Shell and has covered the full range of geophysical jobs from new recruit to Chief Geophysicist, and from software development to processing to quantitative interpretation to seismic acquisition. From 1999 until 2015 he has been accountable for the successful initiation and completion of many geophysical surveys.
Jan de Bruin has a MSc Physics degree from Delft University in the Netherlands. He has also completed the Henley MBA. He joined Shell in 1986 and has worked for Shell in 9 different countries. He left Shell in 2015 when the opportunity arose to make a change, helped by the drop in oil price, and has used 2016 and part of 2017 to develop this course and to become involved in several interesting projects.
Dr Vasily Demyanov is an Associate professor at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh). He lectures geostatistics and leads research in machine learning and uncertainty quantification in reservoir modelling. He has over 20 years of experience in geostatistics and has published over 100 publications. Vasily is a co-author of the books: Geostatistics: Theory and Practice (Nauka, 2010, in Russian) and Advanced Mapping of Environmental Data — Geostatistics, Machine Learning and Bayesian Maximum Entropy (Wiley, 2008). Vasily Demyanov is an Associate editor for Computers and Geosciences Elsevier journal. Vasily has delivered short courses at EAGE Education Days and has organised a number of workshops on spatial statistics and reservoir modelling.Vasily Demyanov has obtained his first degree in physics from Moscow State University (1994) and a PhD in physics and mathematics from Russian Academy of Sciences (1998) with a thesis on radioactive pollution modelling with geostatistics and artificial neural networks. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt in 2003 he worked with the University of St. Andrews (2000-2002) and Nuclear Safety Institute, Moscow (1994-2000).
Professor Mike Dentith is Professor of Geophysics at The University of Western Australia, located in Perth, Western Australia. He has more than 25 years experience in teaching, research and consulting in petroleum and mineral exploration geophysics.
Professor Dentith is a senior and foundation researcher at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, a minerals industry-funded research centre developing new exploration methods for the mining sector, where he leads the geophysical research theme. Current research projects include geophysical signatures of mineral deposits, hard-rock petrophysics, magnetotelluric and seismic methods applied to mineral exploration and using geophysical methods for assessing regional-scale prospectivity. This research is funded by industry and government.
Professor Dentith is co-author of the award winning textbook, Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist, and editor of two case study volumes on the geophysical signatures of Australian mineral deposits. He has run numerous professional courses for industry, government and professional societies in Australia, South American, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Philippe Doyen, formerly VP R&D for the GeoConsulting business line of CGG, is now working as an independent consultant with worldwide responsibility for technology development in reservoir characterization. Prior to joining CGG in 2003, Philippe was Research Director for Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS). He has also worked for more than 10 years with Western Geophysical / Western Atlas where he was R&D manager for reservoir geophysics.
Philippe holds MS and PhD degrees in geophysics from Stanford University. He also holds a Mining Engineering degree (1st class) from the University of Louvain, Belgium. Philippe has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway, from 2006 to 2012. He was also part-time Geophysics Professor in the Mining Engineering department of the University of Louvain from 1989 to 1992.
Philippe has over 25 years R&D, consulting and teaching experience in seismic reservoir characterization, geostatistics, geological modelling and rock physics. He has developed several patented methods for multi data integration and uncertainty quantification in reservoir modelling.
Olivier Dubrule obtained a PhD Degree in Petroleum Geostatistics at Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1981. He then worked for Sohio Petroleum Company in the USA (1982-1986), Shell International in The Netherlands (1986-1991) and, since 1991, he has been with Elf and Total, working in France, the UK and Qatar. Dubrule was Manager of the Total Geoscience Research Centre in Aberdeen (UK) (2004-2008) and of the Total Research Centre Qatar (2008-2011). He was VP Geoscience Training and Technical Image in Pau (France) (2012-2014). Dubrule is currently seconded by Total as Visiting Professor at Imperial College London (UK). Olivier Dubrule has authored many papers in the field of geostatistics and earth modelling. In 1991, he received the President's prize of the International Association of Mathematical Geology, for "Outstanding Contribution to Mathematical Geology by an individual 35 years or younger". He organized and chaired a number of events organized by SPE, EAGE, SEG or AAPG. Dubrule is the author of AAPG Course Notes Series #38 "Geostatistics in Petroleum Geology", and editor (with E. Damsleth) of "Petroleum Geostatistics" a Special Issue of EAGE's Petroleum Geoscience Journal, published in 2001.He was the SEG/EAGE DISC (Distinguished Instructor Short Course) in 2003 and President of EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) in 2004-2005. His book “Geostatistics for Seismic Data Integration in 3-D Earth Models” was translated in Russian and Farsi.
Leo Eisner obtained his MSc. degree in Physics at the Charles University of Prague and Ph.D. in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and his M.S in Geophysics from the Charles University in Prague. He spent six years as a Senior Research Scientist with Cambridge Schlumberger Research. He then moved to MicroSeismic, Inc. in 2008 and since 2009 till 2010 he was the Chief Geophysicist. In 2010 he moved to Prague to become Purkyne Fellow at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He worked in the Academy of Sciences until 2017. He founded and he is currently the President of a consulting company Seismik s.r.o. His papers and extended abstracts cover a broad range of subjects, including the seismic ray method, finite-difference methods, seismological investigations of local and regional earthquakes and microearthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing, etc. He has lead/advised three Ph.D.s and six MSc. theses.
Cedric Fayemendy is currently working with in Statoil with reservoir monitoring. He holds a master degree in Geophysics (1998) from University of Paris VI. He joined Statoil in 2010 after spending 12 years in the oil industry working with Schlumberger and ConocoPhillips.
Dr Alessio Ferrari is research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) since 2009. He earned an MSc in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. He was appointed as a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellow at the EPFL and at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain). His current main research interests are in geomechanics for man-made and natural systems (thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical behaviour of geomaterials, development of advanced testing facilities, pore scale testing, and natural hazard assessment). He is lecturer of the course in “Experimental Geomechanics” at the EPFL.
Alessandro Ferretti graduated in electronic engineering in 1993 at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI). He then received his MSc in information technology from CEFRIEL (1994) and his PhD in electrical engineering from POLIMI (1997). Since 1994 his research efforts have been focused on radar data processing, SAR interferometry and the use of remote sensing information for oil&gas and Civil Protection applications. He is co-inventor of the “Permanent Scatterer Technique” (PSInSAR™) and its advanced version: SqueeSAR™, a technology providing millimetre accuracy surface deformation measurements from satellite radar data.
In 2000 he founded the company “Tele-Rilevamento Europa” (TRE), offering high-quality surface deformation data for many different applications, from oil/gas reservoir surveillance, to landslide monitoring. Since 2008, he has been acting as Chairman of the Board of TRE Canada Inc. In June 2012, Alessandro Ferretti, together with Prof. Fabio Rocca, was awarded the “ENI Award 2012” for the potential impact of the PSInSAR™ technology on the oil&gas sector. TRE is now TRE ALTAMIRA, after the integration with Altamira Information in 2016. Alessandro Ferretti is currently CEO of the TRE ALTAMIRA group, having offices in Milan, Barcelona and Vancouver (BC). He coauthored more than 100 technical publications in international journals.
Klaus C. Fischer has spent more than 30 years in the industry. Currently he is Principal Geologist and heading the seismic interpretation team within the internal G&G services department with Wintershall Holding GmbH in Kassel, Germany. Since 1999 he carried out evaluations in the North and South Caspian Basin, Western Siberia, North Africa, Middle East, Brazil, Romania, Norway, and Northern Germany. Before he worked with Prakla-Seismos in the German and Austrian Molasse Basin, Northern Germany, Turkey, Middle East, North Africa. Later on he worked for Schlumberger GeoQuest in Germany, Middle East, North Africa, Romania, Caspian Region, and Mexico with a special focus on seismic stratigraphy. Klaus is a lecturer on Seismic Stratigraphy at the Montan University of Leoben, Austria, and at Tuebingen University. He is a member of EAGE, AAPG, and SEG.
Anthony has provided integrated rock physics, AVO, inversion and interpretation studies to the oil and gas sector since the mid 1990's. He obtained his first degree in Geophysics (Geological) from the University of Leicester (UK) and his PhD in Geophysics from the University of Leeds (UK) where he was sponsored by British Coal. Anthony has an oil company background working as an explorationist in the UK North Sea for Amoco UK Exploration Ltd and as a QI consultant for Statoil ASA in Norway. He also spent a period working on and offshore undertaking wireline logging operations. For the last twenty years he has led geoscience teams in the provision of bespoke rock physics studies for private, national and multi-national corporations in basins across the globe. He has presented many technical papers and case studies at industry conferences and in journals and he has taught a variety of courses in the geosciences, including the industry renowned Hampson-Russell courses. He has given EAGE courses since 2012 and lectured to non-geoscience organisations, schools, universities and adult learning colleges promoting greater understanding of geology and geophysics by the general public.
Piet Gerritsma (1942) graduated in physics at the University of Groningen. He joined Shell in 1969 as a research geophysicist in Rijswijk (The Netherlands) and Houston (USA). He was actively involved in the development of programs for statics, velocity analysis, synthetic seismograms and raytracing, deconvolution, multi-component seismic, shear waves and anisotropy, AVO and migration. He acquired operational experience as processing and special studies geophysicist in Brunei and in Canada. He was Shell’s representative in international research consortia: SEP (Stanford), DELPHI (Delft University of Technology) and IFP (Institut Francais du Petrole); he also served as associate editor of Geophysical Prospecting on Migration, Modeling and Inversion. During his Shell career he has always lectured at both basic as well as advanced level covering a broad range of topics. He left Shell in 1999 after 30 years of service. Since that time he is a lecturer at CTG (Center for Technical Geoscience) at the Delft University of Technology. He also teaches regularly courses for national and international oil companies and service companies, both as an independent teacher as well as on behalf of geoscience training alliances. He has presented this course several times on behalf of the EAGE and CSEG.
Prof. Dr Dries Gisolf graduated from the Delft University of Technology in 1971 and obtained his PhD at the University of Utrecht in 1975. In 1976 he joined Shell International Research Co. in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, as a seismic data processing geophysicist. Between 1980-2000 he held various positions for Shell in Oman, The Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia and Nigeria. Throughout his career with Shell he was involved in acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic data, with an emphasis on quantitative prediction of reservoir properties. In September 2000 he was nominated as Professor of Acoustical Imaging and Sound Control at the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Delft University of Technology. After retiring from TU Delft in 2010, he co-founded Delft Inversion in 2012, a service company providing high-resolution reservoir oriented inversion services to the oil and gas industry.
Dario Grana is assistant professor of rock physics and reservoir characterization at University of Wyoming, in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. He graduated in Mathematics at University of Pavia (Italy) in 2005 and in Applied Mathematics at University of Milano Bicocca (Italy) in 2006. He has worked four years on reservoir characterization at Eni Exploration and Production in Milan. He then completed his PhD in Geophysics at Stanford University during the summer 2013. His main research interests are rock physics, seismic reservoir characterization, geostatistics and inverse problems for reservoir modeling.
Vladimir Grechka received his MS degree (1984) in geophysical exploration from Novosibirsk State University, Russia, and a PhD (1990) in geophysics from the Institute of Geophysics, Novosibirsk, Russia. He worked in the same Institute from 1984 to 1994 as a Research Scientist. He was a graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1994 to 1995. Then Vladimir joined the Department of Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines, where he was an Associate Research Professor and a co-leader of the Center for Wave Phenomena. From 2001 to 2012 he worked as a Senior Geophysicist at Shell Exploration & Production company. Currently, Vladimir is a Geoscience Consultant with Marathon Oil Company. Vladimir's research is focused on theory of seismic wave propagation in anisotropic media, velocity analysis, fracture characterization, and microseismic. Vladimir received J. Clarence Karcher Award from the SEG in 1997 and the East European Award from the European Geophysical Society in 1992. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Geophysics from 2009 to 2011. Vladimir is a member of the SEG and EAGE.
Gary Hampson is a Reader in Sedimentary Geology at Imperial College. He received a BA Honours degree from the University of Cambridge (England) in 1991, and a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (England) in 1995. After undertaking post-doctoral research at the University of Würzburg (Germany) and Imperial College (London, England), Gary was appointed to a lectureship at Imperial College (London, England) in 2000. Gary has over 20 years of experience in applying sequence stratigraphic methods and models to a wide variety of outcrop and subsurface examples. He teaches undergraduate, post-graduate and CPD courses in sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and petroleum geology to geoscientists, geophysicists and petroleum engineers, and is currently Director of the internationally renowned Petroleum Geoscience MSc course at Imperial College (since 2013). His research interests lie in the understanding of siliciclastic fluvial, coastal and shallow-marine depositional systems and their preserved stratigraphy, and in applying this knowledge to reservoir characterisation and modelling. He has supervised 20 PhD students (14 successfully graduated, 6 in progress), and is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed technical papers.
Jorg Herwanger is a Director at MPGeomechanics, a geomechanics consulting and software company he co-founded in July 2016. His work combines experimental observations and the development of mathematical models and workflows in seismic, rock physics and reservoir geomechanics. Working closely with clients and his team, he carries out 3D and 4D geomechanical projects, integrating 1D geomechanical models, seismic inversion methods, rock physics and pore pressure predictions into reservoir flow and geomechanical models. Previous companies he worked for included Ikon Science and Schlumberger. Before working in the upstream oil and gas industry, Jorg's interest was in the development and computer implementation of tomographic methods to determine anisotropic electrical properties from observed crosswell data. He combined these newly developed techniques with anisotropic velocity tomography to detect and evaluate fractures. Jorg is a member of EAGE, SPE and SEG. He served as an EAGE Distinguished Lecturer from 2007-2009, and EAGE Education Tour (EET-5) Lecturer in 2011-2012, and is currently the EAGE Education Officer on the EAGE Board. For the EET-5, Jorg wrote the eponymous book on “Seismic Geomechanics”. Jorg holds a Diplom degree from Technische Universitat Clausthal, Germany and a PhD from Imperial College, London, U.K., both in Geophysics.
Bruce Hobbs is Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh and is co-founder, with Anton Ziolkowski, David Wright and Leon Walker, of the company MTEM Ltd. He is currently Director of Pentland Geophysics. Bruce graduated from Exeter University with B.Sc (1965) and Ph.D (1968) in mathematics and his 41 years of research have mainly involved electromagnetic induction studies, inversion theory and near surface geophysics. Academic positions include faculty positions at Laurentian University, Ontario and The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, a research fellowship at Cambridge University and sabbaticals at Scripps Institute of Oceanography as a Green Scholar, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona (twice) as Adjunct Professor and the University of Paris (twice) as Visiting Professor. Bruce has held posts as Geophysical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society, London; Chairman, Joint Association for Geophysics, UK; Chairman, Working Group 3, Division 1 of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy and has organised and run many workshops on electromagnetic induction and resistivity.
Sebastian Hörning heads the Spatio-Temporal Reservoir Analytics group in the Centre for Geoscience Computing at the University of Queensland. His research covers spatial statistics problems over a range of scales; he has worked on basin scale spatial dependence and on the spatial models from micro CT images. In all cases he has found compelling evidence indicating that linear spatial dependence is rare. Tests for linear dependence are simple, even with conventional geostatistical software. However new techniques had to be developed to estimate spatial variables with more complex spatial dependence structures. Dr Hörning joined the University of Queensland in 2016 from the University of Stuttgart where he worked with Professor Andras Bardossy on the development of non-linear geostatistics.
PhD Strasbourg University, France (1978)
Post doc Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA (1978-1979)
Research Associate at the Applied Geology Department, Orleans University (1979-1981) then at IFP New Energies
Head of the Geochemistry Department, IFP New energies, France (1990-2000)
Director of the Exploration Department at IFP School (2000-2004)
Director of the Exploration Department at IFP School (2000-2004)
Expert Director at IFP New energies (2004-2013)
Research Director Emeritus at UPMC (2013-)
Ian Jack is a physics honours graduate from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He began his geophysical career in 1968 by spending four years in the Middle East as an electronics field engineer in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan, and later as a seismic processor in Beirut, before moving to software development in Dallas, Texas. He joined the Technical Service Division of BP Exploration in London in 1978, and became manager of their worldwide geophysical operations in 1982. Other assignments included subsurface R&D manager, and eventually as BP's so-called “Distinguished Advisor” on geophysics, he was responsible for new technology and subsurface technology strategy during and subsequent to the Amoco and Arco acquisitions. He was the instigator of BP's first “Life of Field Seismic” project at Valhall in Norway. He has also campaigned for years for fundamental changes in land seismic systems (e.g. moving from cable systems to nodes) which are now beginning to take place. He retired from BP at the end of 2002. Ian is an honorary member of SEG and is a member of EAGE and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain. He was Vice-President of the SEG in 1992-93 (the first European to hold this role). He has chaired the Advisory Committee of the EAGE and served as a member of the UK's Earth Science & Technology Board of NERC. He was the SEG's inaugural Distinguished Instructor in 1998 with the course entitled “Time Lapse Seismic in Reservoir Management” which was taught to over 2000 geoscientists worldwide during that year. He teaches updated versions of this course four or five times a year, including for the EAGE and SEG Continuing Education programs. His interests are in most aspects of geophysics and he has contributed papers to SEG, EAGE, AAPG, and OTC on topics such as 4-D seismic, the downgoing vibroseis wavelet and marine seismic interference as well as several workshop and review papers. In “retirement”, in addition to his teaching assignments, he consults widely around the industry in (for example) reviews of major companies’ technology programs and as co-organiser of workshops. His relaxations (in addition to geophysics) include music, theatre, skiing, and mountain trekking.
Tor Arne Johansen is a full professor in Reservoir Geophysics at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, and a scientific advisor for NORSAR. He received his PhD in Geophysics in 1990 from Bergen University. His research interests cover remote sensing techniques, rock physics, seismic modelling and processing.
Ian Jones received a joint honours BSc in Physics with Geology from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1977, an MSc in Seismology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a PhD in Geophysical Signal Processing from the University of British Columbia, Canada. After working for ‘Inverse Theory & Applications Inc’. in Canada for two years, he joined CGG, where for 15 years he was involved in R&D in the London and Paris offices. Since 2000 he has been with GX Technology, as a Senior Geophysical Advisor in their London office. He has published various articles on imaging related topics, and was co-organizer of the 1998 SEG-EAGE summer research workshop entitled ‘Depth Imaging of Reservoir Attributes’, the 2002 EAGE workshop on ‘Kirchhoff versus Wave Equation Imaging’, and the 2002 EAGE workshop on ‘High Resolution Velocity Estimation’. He was the organizer & instructor of the 2004 & 2008 SPG one-day workshops on Depth Imaging. Ian Jones' current interests include velocity model building and migration, and his most current activity included co-editing the SEG Geophysics Reprints series volumes ‘Classics of Elastic Wave Theory’ and ‘Pre-Stack Depth Migration and Velocity Model Building’. He is a member of the SEG, EAGE and the PESGB and serves on the SEG editorial board and the EAGE technical program committee. Ian Jones is a well recognised geoscientist and he received numerous awards including EAGE’s Anstey Medal in 2003 for contributions to the depth imaging literature.
After completing a PhD in theoretical statistical physics from Cambridge University in 1982 Professor Peter King spent 17 years with BP at their technology centre in Sunbury-on-Thames where he worked on a wide variety of subjects applying methods of mathematical physics to reservoir characterisation and modelling. In particular he developed a real space renormalisation approach to both single and two phase upscaling. In collaboration with the members of the Department of Physics at Boston University he has used percolation theory to estimate connectivity of sands as well as uncertainties in production from low to intermediate net-to-gross systems. He had also developed network models of pore scale flow and viscous fingering, object based methods for characterising reservoir heterogeneities. Again in conjunction with Boston University he worked on segregation in avalanches in granular materials as an explanation for the formation of crossbeds in Aeolian systems. Recently he has worked on applying stochastic search algorithms (simulated annealing and genetic algorithms) to optimising business decisions with particular interest to decision making in the presence of uncertainty. He joined the Department of Earth Science & Engineering at Imperial College in 2000. Professor King is a Fellow of both the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (having served on its Governing Council from 1991-1994).
Mark Knackstedt is Director of Technology for FEI/Lithicon and Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Australian National University. He is a current and past (2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2012-2013) SPWLA distinguished speaker, a 2015-2016 SPE Distinguished Lecturer and was awarded the George C. Matson Memorial Award from the AAPG in 2009 and the ENI award for New Frontiers in Hydrocarbon Research in 2010.
Prof. Dr Theo Kortekaas graduated in 1975 from the University of Amsterdam with cum laude MSc and PhD degrees in Mathematics and Physics. He joined Shell Exploration and Production in 1977 after having served as officer in the Dutch Army. Until 1985 he worked in Shell’s EP Laboratories in increasingly senior positions on a wide variety of Research Topics in Physics, Geology and Reservoir Engineering. After one year in Shells Global Study team he spent 6 years in Shell Expro, where he held a sequence of jobs in increasingly senior positions. In 1988 and 1989 he headed the Brent Full Field Simulation Studies investigating the various development scenarios for the Brent and Statfjord reservoirs including depressurisation. In 1992 he moved to Brunei Shell Petroleum to take up the position of Head of Reservoir Engineering and Head of Reservoir Studies. In 1995 he moved back to the Netherlands where he became responsible for Shell’s Research, Technology Development, Software Infrastructure, Consultancy, Advice and Training in the areas of Dynamic Reservoir Modelling and Hydrocarbon Recovery Optimisation. In 1999 he became Shell’s Global Skillpool Manager for Petroleum Engineering. In addition to his Shell activities he has been Technical Programme Officer for the EAGE, served as member of numerous other steering and advisory committees for EAGE and SPE conferences and workshops and is technical editor for Petroleum Geoscience. He has also been external examiner at Heriot-Watt University for both the M.Sc. Reservoir Characterisation and the M. Eng Petroleum Engineering courses. In 2004 he joined the Board of EAGE in the Presidential cycle of Vice-President-Elect, Vice President and President. To enable him to carry out his various external activities Shell created a special position for him as Senior Consultant Petroleum Engineering, a position he held until his retirement in 2009. Early 2008 he received an honorary professorship from Heriot-Watt University.
Andreas Laake is Geophysical Advisor at WesternGeco. He holds a diploma degree in physics and geology and a PhD degree in physics and geosciences from the University of Kiel, Germany. He held a research position at the Max-Planck-Institute for Hydrodynamic Research in Goettingen (Germany). Andreas’ industrial career began in 1988 as a hydroacoustic scientist with Prakla-Seismos in Germany. At Geco-Prakla in 1993, he started the geophysical design work for single sensor seismic technology which is now known as Q-Land technology. Since 2002, with WesternGeco, he has worked on remote sensing techniques and their integration into the seismic and reservoir workflow. In cooperation with the European Space Agency he developed a technique for characterization and modelling of the near-surface by merging satellite data with geological and geophysical data, which allows the prediction of noise features and the generation of synthetic seismic data prior to seismic data acquisition. This technology is also integrated with geographic information system (GIS) software and reservoir modelling (Petrel).
Dr Lyesse Laloui is chair professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Lausanne. He is also adjunct professor at Duke University, USA. Prior to joining EPFL, he was post-doctoral fellow at Ecole Centrale Paris. He was visiting professor in France, Germany, Australia, Italy, USA (including the MTS Distinguished Visiting Professorship, University of Minnesota). He published 6 books and more than 230 papers including 98 journal papers, 15 chapters in books, 114 conference proceedings papers. He was a guest editor for 6 special journal issues and one ASCE GSP (Geotechnical Special Publication). Following Scopus, his work is cited more than 700 times. He gave keynote and invited lectures at a number of conferences and he is responsible for $7.6 million in research funding. He was the vice-director of the European Alert Geomaterials network and is a member of the Editorial board of five international journals. He is the recipient of the Excellent Contributions Award of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG, 2008, and the 2012 Vardoulakis Lecture. Dr. Laloui’s main research interests are in Geomechanics (Constitutive modelling and numerical multiphysical coupling processes, laboratory advanced testing), and Environmental and Energy Sustainability (Nuclear waste underground storage, Petroleum Geomechanics, CO2 Geological Sequestration, Geothermal Energy).
Evgeny Landa obtained his MSc degree in geophysics at Novosibirsk University (1972) and PhD degree in geophysics at Tel Aviv University (1986). He started his carrier in the former Soviet Union, Novosibirsk as a researcher, and senior geophysicist at the Siberian Geophysical Expedition. After immigrating to Israel, he worked at the Geophysical Institute of Israel as a researcher, Head of the R&D group and Head of the Seismic Department (1981—2002). During 2002-2014 he worked as Director of OPERA (Applied Geophysical Research Group) in Pau (France) where he was involved in different aspects of seismic data processing, velocity model building and time and depth imaging. His work on velocity model building by coherency inversion has had a strong impact on today’s seismic depth imaging workflows and forms an important part of the GeoDepth (Paradigm) software package. Recently he is a professor of Tell Aviv University. His research interest involves using non-reflecting energy for increasing seismic resolution and imaging without precise velocity information. He has published more than 60 papers in international journals and his book ‘Beyond Conventional Seismic Imaging’. He is a member of EAGE and SEG, from which he received the Awards of Best Paper (SEG, Honorary Mentioned, 2005) and the EAGE Eotvos Award (2007 and 2009)
Prof. Dr Martin Landrø received an M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) in physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. From 1986 to 1989, he worked at SERES. From 1989 to 1996, he was employed at IKU Petroleum Research as a research geophysicist and manager. From 1996 to 1998, he worked as a specialist at Statoil’s research center in Trondheim. Since 1998, Landrø has been a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics. He received the Norman Falcon award from EAGE in 2000 and the award for best paper in GEOPHYSICS in 2001. In 2004 he received the Norwegian Geophysical award, and in 2007 Statoil’s researcher prize. He received the SINTEF award for outstanding pedagogical activity in 2009. In 2010 he received the Louis Cagniard award from EAGE and in 2011 the Eni award (New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons). In 2012 Landrø received the Conrad Schlumberger award from EAGE. Landrø’s research interests include seismic inversion, marine seismic acquisition, and 4D and 4C seismic. In 2012Landrøreceived the IOR award from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. He is a member of EAGE, SEG, The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences and The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters.
Yaoguo Li received his B.Sc. in geophysics from the Wuhan College of Geology (currently China University of Geosciences) in 1983, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in 1992. He worked with the UBC-Geophysical Inversion Facility at UBC from 1992 to 1999, first as a Post-doctoral Fellow and then as a Research Associate. He is currently an Associate Professor of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines and leads the Center for Gravity, Electrical, and Magnetic Studies (CGEM) and the Gravity and Magnetics Research Consortium (GMRC). He is a co-recipient of the 1999 Gerald W. Hohmann Award, SERDP 2007 Project of the Year Award, and 2010 ASEG-PESA Laric Hawkins Award. His research interests include inverse theory; inversion of gravity, magnetic, and electrical & EM data arising from applied geophysics; and their application to resource exploration, environmental, and geotechnical problems. He has been doing research in these areas and has developed or co-developed a number of program libraries for inverting different types of geophysical data. These include DCIP2D, DCIP3D, GRAV3D, MAG3D, GG3D, BININV3D, and AMP3D.
Prof. Liner received his BSc at the University of Arkansas in 1978, an MSc at the University of Tulsa in 1980. He worked with Western Geophysical in London during 1980-1, then spent 6 years as an exploration geophysicist for Conoco in Oklahoma City. Liner earned a PhD at the Colorado School of Mines in 1989, working with the Center for Wave Phenomena. From 1989 to 1990 Liner was a geophysicist with Golden Geophysical, and from 1990-2004 was on the faculty of the University of Tulsa. From 2005 to 2007 he was a research geophysicist with Saudi Aramco, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. From 2008 through 2012, Liner was a professor at the University of Houston. In late 2012, Liner joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas.
Prof. Liner served as 2012 SEG DISC instructor and 2014-5 SEG President. He holds Maurice F. Storm Endowed Chair in Petroleum Geology in the Department of Geosciences, with research interest in carbonate outcrop and near-surface characterization, advanced seismic interpretation methods, seismic data analysis and processing, anisotropy, and seismic-wave propagation.
Dr Enru Liu has over twenty-five years of experience working in rock physics, poroelasticity, seismic anisotropy, multicomponent seismology, fracture modelling/characterisation, modelling wave propagation in complex media, seismic attribute analysis and interpretation. He received a BSc in geophysics from the Changchun Geological Institute (now part of the Jilin University, China) and a PhD in geophysics from the University of Edinburgh (UK). He was a Principal Research Scientist at the British Geological Survey (BGS) until March 2007 when he joined ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (EMURC). While at BGS, he was the principal researcher of the Edinburgh Anisotropy Project — an industry sponsored research consortium since 1988 and was the Principal Investigator of several industry and UK research council funded projects including the NERC Micro-to-Macro programme. He is currently a research associate in the Geophysics Division of EMURC. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals on the subject covered in this course. He was an honorary/visiting professor at the China University of Mining and Technology (2003-2007), an honorary fellow of the University of Edinburgh (2005-2008) and a member of the Peer Review College of the UK Natural Environment Research Council (2006-2007). He is a member of the SEG Research Committee, the SEG Development & Production Committee, the EAGE Research Committee and a member of the Editorial Boards of Geophysical Prospecting (2000-2011) and Journal of Seismic Exploration (since 2008). He was the co-recipient of the Cagniard Award from EAGE in 2007 and received an honourable mention of a co-authored paper published in The Leading Edge in 2007.
Peter Lloyd received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Natural Sciences, Geology, from the University of Cambridge, England. He has since enjoyed a 38 year international career with BP, Deminex, and Schlumberger where he worked in a series of technical, marketing and business management positions in exploration and production geology, as well as research and engineering. Peter has lived and worked in Europe, the United States, Latin America and both the Middle and Far East, and also lectures in Africa and the Former Soviet Union. He was Business manager of Schlumberger's NExT initiative for both the Middle and Far East and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas, a Visiting Professor at Brunei University and an Honorary Professor at Heriot Watt University. He also lectures for Shell's Open University program. Peter has presented more than 30 technical papers and given over 125 industry schools to young professionals. He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) and for the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) on the topic of education and training, and has been a panel member and co-chair of various Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) education and training initiatives. He is a co-author of Schlumberger's competency assessment program. Peter has served on the Board of the SPWLA as Regional Director for the Far East and as President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Asia/Pacific Region. He was elected Vice President of the AAPG in 2002. He has received an SPWLA Award of Appreciation and an AAPG Distinguished Service Award. In 2008 he received Honorary Membership of the AAPG.
Kurt J. Marfurt joined The University of Oklahoma in 2007 where he serves as the Frank and Henrietta Schultz Professor of Geophysics within the ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics. Marfurt’s primary research interest is in the development and calibration of new seismic attributes to aid in seismic processing, seismic interpretation, and reservoir characterization. Recent work has focused on applying coherence, spectral decomposition, structure-oriented filtering, and volumetric curvature to mapping fractures and karst as well as attribute-assisted processing. Marfurt earned a Ph.D. in applied geophysics at Columbia University’s Henry Krumb School of Mines in New York in 1978 where he also taught as an Assistant Professor for 4 years. He worked 18 years in a wide range of research projects at Amoco’s Tulsa Research Center after which he joined the University of Houston for 8 years as a Professor of Geophysics and the Director of the Applied Geophysics Lab. He has received best paper (for coherence) best presentation (for seismic modeling) and as a co-author best poster (for curvature) awards from the SEG, as co-author best technical presentation for the AAPG, and served as the EAGE/SEG Distinguished Short Course Instructor for 2006 (on seismic attributes). In addition to teaching and research duties at OU, Marfurt leads short courses on attributes for the SEG and AAPG.
Ruben D. Martinez is a Petroleum Geoscience Consultant and instructor with Reservoir Geoscience, LLC. He has been active in the seismic industry for 40 years.
Martinez was associated with Geophysical Service Inc. (GSI) as R&D Reservoir Geophysicist, Halliburton Geophysical Services (HGS) and Western Geophysical as Senior Research Geophysicist, AGI as director of Seismic Reservoir Characterization and Petroleum GeoServices (PGS) as Manager Signal Processing R&D, VP Processing R&D, VP Seismic Processing Technology, Global Chief Geophysicist I&E and Chief Geophysicist I&E NSA. His responsibilities in PGS included directing global R&D and software commercialization of processing and imaging technologies. As Chief Geophysicist, he was responsible for the supervision and quality assurance of depth imaging projects, customer liaison, the promotion of best practices and the commercialization and use of high-end technology.
Martinez is author and co-author of more than 70 technical papers published and/or presented at international conferences and 12 patents on seismic data acquisition, processing and imaging. He has also made numerous technical presentations at international conferences and has taught numerous courses and conducted seminars and workshops on seismic processing and imaging. In 2005, he was invited to present the annual Milton B. Dobrin lecture at the University of Houston. He is currently an instructor of the Continuing Education Program of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He is a member of the SEG Board of Directors as Director at Large.
Martinez was the recipient of the 2014 Mexican Association of Exploration Geophysicists (AMGE) geophysics award for life-long achievements to geophysics.
He earned a BSc in Geophysics from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (Mexico), MSc in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines and a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.
He is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophyscists (SEG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Asociacion Mexicana de Geofisicos de Exploracion (AMGE).
Dr Jaap C. Mondt obtained a Bachelors degree in Geology at the University of Leiden followed by a Masters degree in Theoretical Geophysics and a PhD on “Full wave theory and the structure of the lower mantle” at the University of Utrecht. Dr Mondt then joined Shell Research in The Netherlands to develop methods to predict lithology and pore-fluid based on seismic, petrophysical and geological data. Subsequently he worked at Shell Expro in London to interpret seismic data from the Central North Sea Graben. After his return to The Netherlands, he headed a team for the development of 3D interpretation methods using multi-attribute statistical and pattern recognition analysis on workstations. After a period of Quality Assurance of “Contractor” software for seismic processing, he became responsible for Geophysics in the Shell Learning Centre. During that time he was in addition part-time professor in Applied Geophysics at the University of Utrecht. From 2001 till 2005 he worked on the development of Potential Field Methods (Gravity, Magnetics) and EM methods (CSEM) for detecting oil and gas. After his retirement from Shell, he founded his own company (Breakaway), specialised in courses on acquisition, processing and interpretation of geophysical data (seismic, gravity, magnetic and electromagnetic data). In addition to providing support to the Shell Learning Centre, he gives his own courses to International as well as National energy companies.
Tijmen Jan Moser has a PhD from Utrecht University and has worked as a geophysical consultant for a number of companies and institutes (Amoco, Institut Français du Pétrole, Karlsruhe University, Bergen University, Statoil/Hydro, Geophysical Institute of Israel, Fugro-Jason, Horizon Energy Partners). For the last few years he has been working independently with associations with ZTerra, SGS-Horizon and others. His main interests include seismic imaging, asymptotic methods, seismic reservoir characterization and diffractions. He has authored many influential papers on ray theory and ray methods, Born inversion and modeling, macro-model independent imaging, and diffraction imaging, several of which have received Best Paper awards (SEG, 2005 Honorary mention, EAGE 2007 and 2009, Eotvos Award). He is Editor-in-Chief of Geophysical Prospecting and is serving on SEG's Geoscientists without Borders and Publication Committee and EAGE's Oil Gas & Geoscience Division Committee. He is a member of SEG and MAA and honorary member of EAGE.
Ernst Niederleithinger is a senior scientist at BAM and a lecturer at RWTH Aachen. He has a >25 year background in engineering geophysics and non-destructive testing in civil engineering, including 11 years at a geophysical contractor. He has lead a national research project on the evaluation of geophysical techniques for river embankment investigations and is co-author of the corresponding handbook. He has as well contributed to the International Levee Handbook.
Conduits and Seals in Hydrocarbon Reservoirs: A Geomechanical Approach
Natural Fracture Systems and Fractured Hydrocarbon Accumulations, Mechanics and Management
Top Seals and Fault Seals in Clastic and Carbonate Reservoirs: A Practical Approach
Dr Nieuwland has 34 years of experience as a geologist of which 30 years in oil and gas exploration and production. He has published numerous papers in this field and edited two books in the Special Publication series of the Geological Society of London. One of NewTec's recent geo-mechanical field models resulted in adding 600 million bbls of oil to the reserves and accurate predictions of open fracture location and orientation, in-situ stresses and reservoir quality. Other models have successfully guided exploration, appraisal and development in complex geological settings.
Richard Oxlade is an oil and gas industry business advisor with a petroleum/reservoir engineering background. He worked for BP in a range of technical, commercial and leadership roles and at AGR has taught and consulted in the areas of reservoir engineering and development concept selection. He is recognised as a strong analytical thinker who can cover strategic issues and is respected for providing business advice at all levels of organisations up to CEO level. He has a track record of bringing multi-disciplinary teams together, complemented by enthusiasm for developing others through coaching and training.
Kenneth Peters is Science Advisor for Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) where he uses geochemistry and numerical modeling to study petroleum systems. He has more than 33 years of experience working for Chevron, Mobil, ExxonMobil, USGS, and Schlumberger and has taught petroleum geochemistry and basin modeling at Chevron, Mobil, ExxonMobil, Oil & Gas Consultants International, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. Ken is principal author of The Biomarker Guide (2005, Cambridge U. Press) and Consulting Professor in the Geological & Environmental Sciences Department at Stanford University where he leads the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Industrial Affiliates Program. He was Chair of the AAPG Research Committee (2007-2010), AAPG Distinguished Lecturer for 2009 and 2010, and editor for the 2009 AAPG compact disk “Getting Started in Basin and Petroleum System Modeling”. He is Associate Editor for AAPG Bulletin and Organic Geochemistry. In 2009, he received the Schlumberger Henri Doll Prize for Innovation and the Alfred E. Treibs Award presented on behalf of the Organic Geochemistry Division of the Geochemical Society to scientists who have had a major impact on the field of organic geochemistry through long-standing contributions. Ken has B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from UCSB and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from UCLA.
Dr. Richard A. Plumb is principal consultant at Plumb Geomechanics, LLC and a visiting scholar at Tufts University. He is a globally recognized geoscientist with over 45 years of geomechanics experience worldwide. Previously he worked 29 years for Schlumberger, where he spent 15 years in research helping to develop the science and borehole measurements used to characterize earth stress and rock mechanical properties. For the next 14 years he led the geomechanics consulting business and the geomechanics technical domain at Schlumberger.
Recent work includes: developing geomechanical models supporting planning and drilling of exploration wells in tectonically active regions of Iraq and Peru; mentoring Ph.D. students at M.I.T. and Tufts University and teaching geomechanics courses.
Current interests include: understanding how mineral composition and texture affects the rheology of mudrocks and carbonates and factors that govern the variations of contemporary stress in sedimentary basins.
Dr. Plumb holds a B.A. in Physics and Geology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. in Geology from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Columbia University. He holds 6 U.S. patents and has over 70 publications in academic and industry journals. He is an active member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Rock Mechanics Association and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts.
Prof. Dr Michael C. Poppelreiter, Director of the South East Asian Carbonate Research Lab (SEACaRL), Shell Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Department of Geosciences, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). Area of expertise: Shell Subject Matter Expert for carbonate geology, Outcrop and Regional Geological Studies (focus Middle East), Conceptual Modelling, Reservoir Modelling and 3D Digital Modelling, Project management, CO2 in carbonate, Technical Assurance & Capability (TA-2), 25 publications and 2 books on borehole image logs and reservoir geology.
With more than 20 years industry experience principally with Schlumberger, Paul has worked in land seismic acquisition, survey evaluation & design, data processing, inversion & reservoir geophysics. He is currently a geophysical consultant based in the Netherlands, developing and teaching a land seismic technology and survey design course for Schlumberger NExT. Paul began his career at TNO Institute of Applied Geoscience and Delft Geophysical in the Netherlands, working in software development and as a seismologist on field crews. He then worked in various roles for Geco-Prakla, on crews and in the survey evaluation and design group. After a three year secondment at Saudi Aramco followed by starting up WesternGeco's data processing center in Saudi Arabia, he moved to inversion and reservoir services working for Schlumberger's DCS segment based in Cairo. Then came various technical and project management roles mainly involving new technology like the land UniQ acquisition system, land demultiple processing and seismic guided drilling. From 2013 till 2015 he worked as a land area geophysicist for WesternGeco based in the UK. Paul is a graduate in Applied Geophysics from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Dr Cyrille Reiser holds a Ph.D in 1998 from Lyon’s Ecole Normale with the title “Automatic recognition of genetic sequence and sedimentary bodies by wireline log shape analysis”. He worked for 10 years with CGG prior to join and develop in end of 2008, the Reservoir Characterisation Group in PGS Reservoir. He is presently the Reservoir Characterisation Director for PGS Reservoir.
Philip Ringrose is a Specialist in Petroleum Geoscience at Statoil. He has over 30 years of experience in reservoir modelling and field development projects. He is also Adjunct Professor in CO2 storage at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He has published widely on geology and flow in rock media and is Co-Editor of Petroleum Geoscience. Philip was elected as EAGE President in 2014/2015 and is active in the global development of applied geoscience and low-carbon energy solutions.
Etienne Robein graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Aéronautique et Espace and Ecole Nationale Supérieure Pétrole et Moteurs / IFP in Paris in 1973. He started his career with Shell in the Hague, before joining Elf, now Total, where he has worked on operational, research and managerial assignments in France, Italy, the UK and Azerbaijan. His professional experience covers seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation. His last position with Total was R&D programme manager in Geology and Geophysics. Etienne now works as a freelance tutor in Geophysics, having set-up his own Company “ERT”. Etienne is the author or co-author of several presentations in International Conferences, including the SEG, EAGE, WPC, AAPG, and Petroleum Geology Conference and he contributed to the EAGE’s “Distinguished Lecture Programme” and “Education days”. In 2003, he published a text book on “Velocities, Time-imaging and Depth-imaging in Reflection Seismics,” which became a best-seller EAGE Edition. Etienne was President of EAGE in 2000. He was also Chairman of EAGE’s Research Committee, member of the EAGE Awards Committee and Europe’s representative at the SEG Council.
Dr Sagar Ronghe specialises in Quantitative Interpretation integrating wireline and seismic data. He has over 20 years of experience in seismic reservoir characterisation. Sagar is a Geoscience Manager with DownUnder GeoSolutions, based in Perth, Australia. His educational qualifications comprise a Bachelors in Geological Oceanography from the University College of North Wales, UK, a Masters Distinction in Petroleum Geology and a PhD in Geophysics, both from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He began his career in 1996 as a Lecturer in Geophysics at the University Brunei Darussalam. In 2002, he joined Fugro Jason as a Project Geoscientist based in Kuala Lumpur, relocated to Perth in 2007 and was appointed Regional Technical Manager for Fugro Jason in 2012. Sagar has been with DownUnder GeoSolutions since 2013.
Dr. Jon R. Rotzien is President of Basin Dynamics, LLC. His expertise is the sedimentology and stratigraphy of deep-water depositional systems, source-to-sink sediment transfer, and basin analysis. Jon aims to address global challenges in the exploration and production of petroleum, including reservoir presence and quality forecasting in frontier basins, and reservoir connectivity and deliverability. Prior to his present position at Basin Dynamics, he was an exploration and appraisal geoscientist at BP. He received a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University and a B.A. degree in Geology from Colorado College. While pursuing his Ph.D., he earned the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships awarded to young scientists. He has published peer-reviewed research papers and scientific conference proceedings pertaining to petroleum geology, reservoir quality, reservoir characterization, sequence stratigraphy, process sedimentology, basin analysis, and geophysics.
Colin Sayers is a Scientific Advisor in the Schlumberger Seismic for Unconventionals Center of Excellence in Houston, providing consultancy in geophysics, rock physics, drilling and reservoir geomechanics and the characterization of fractured reservoirs. He entered the oil industry to join Shell's Exploration and Production Laboratory in Rijswijk, The Netherlands in 1986, and moved to Schlumberger in 1991. His technical interests include geophysics, rock physics, drilling and reservoir geomechanics, pore pressure prediction, wellbore stability analysis, analysis of production-induced reservoir stress changes, subsidence, fault reactivation, 3D mechanical earth modelling, sanding, fractured reservoir evaluation, borehole/seismic integration, stress-dependent acoustics, advanced sonic logging, AVAZ, fluid flow in fractured reservoirs. He is a member of the AGU, EAGE, GSH, HGS, SEG, SPE and SPWLA, and the SEG Research Committee. He has served on the editorial board of Geophysical Prospecting, the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Science, and The Leading Edge. He has a B.A. in Physics from the University of Lancaster, U.K., a D.I.C. in Mathematical Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics from Imperial College, London, U.K. He has published numerous papers and holds several patents in the areas covered by this course. He was the 2010 chair of the editorial board of The Leading Edge, and presented the 2010 SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Short Course on “Geophysics under stress: Geomechanical applications of seismic and borehole waves”. In 2013 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Geophysical Society of Houston “In Recognition and Appreciation of Distinguished Contributions to the Geophysical Profession”. He was awarded 2013 Best Paper in The Leading Edge, Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Gerard T. Schuster received his M.Sc. in 1982 and his Ph.D in 1984 from Columbia University, both in Geophysics. From 1984-1985 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, after which he assumed a faculty position in Geophysics at University of Utah from 1985 to 2009. In that time he won several teaching and research awards, founded and directed the UTAM consortium, was chief editor of Geophysics for several years, and supervised more than fifty students to their graduate degrees. He was given EAGE's Eotvos award in 2007, awarded SEG's Kauffman gold medal in 2010, and is the 2013 SEG Distinguished Lecturer for spring 2013. In the summer of 2009 he moved to KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) as a Professor of Earth Science just north of Jeddah. He holds a joint appointment with both Universities, except he is now an adjunct Professor of Geophysics at University of Utah. His primary interests are in seismic migration and modeling, interferometry, waveform inversion, and a fondness for solving geological problems with modest-sized seismic experiments.
Serge A. Shapiro has been Professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany since 1999, and since 2004, Director of the PHASE (PHysics and Application of Seismic Emission) university consortium project. From 2001 till 2008 he was one of Coordinator of the German Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB). He was one of PIs of the 3rd KTB long-term fluid-induced seismicity experiment. His research interests include seismogenic processes, wave phenomena, exploration seismology, and rock physics. He received the SEG Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal in 2013 for his pioneering research on fluid-induced seismicity and rock physics, and in 2004 was elected a Fellow of The Institute of Physics (UK).
Roel Snieder holds since 2000 the Keck Foundation Endowed Chair of Basic Exploration Science at the Colorado School of Mines. He received in 1984 a Master’s degree in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University, and in 1987 a PhD in seismology from Utrecht University. In 1993 he was appointed as professor of seismology at Utrecht University, where from 1997-2000 he was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences. From 2007-2010 he served as director of the Center for Wave Phenomena. Roel served on the editorial boards of Geophysical Journal International, Inverse Problems, Reviews of Geophysics, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the European Journal of Physics. In 2000 he was elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union for important contributions to geophysical inverse theory, seismic tomography, and the theory of surface waves. He is author of the textbooks “A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences” and “The Art of Being a Scientist” that are published by Cambridge University Press. Roel is a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011 he was elected as Honorary Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Since 2000 he is a firefighter in Genesee Fire Rescue.
Laura Valentina Socco (1966), is presently Assistant Professor in Applied Geophysics at the Politecnico di Torino (Technical University of Turin), where she took her PhD. Her research work is focused on near surface problems with particular attention to surface wave methods. She is author of about 60 scientific publications in the field of Applied Geophysics in international and national journals and in the proceedings of national and international scientific conferences. She is member of EAGE Research Committee and Educational Committee and is Associate Editor of “Geophysics” and “Near Surface Geophysics”. She is vice-director of the Doctorate School of the Politecnico di Torino. She teaches Applied Geophysics for Petroleum Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and Geophysical Prospecting at University of Turin. She has been member of the High Quality Laboratory DIPLAB (Disaster Planning Laboratory), of Politecnico di Torino since 2002. She is principal investigator for many research projects financed by national and international institutions and by private and public companies. Convenor of the workshop on “Surface Wave Methods for near surface characterisation”, EAGE (Stavanger 2003), she has been designated Guest Editor of a special issue of “Near Surface Geophysics” which was published in 2004.
Robert Soubaras received an Engineering Degree in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Signal Processing in 1987, both from Télécom ParisTech, Paris, France. He worked at the radar division of Thomson-CSF in Paris for two years before joining CGG in 1989, where he has conducted various research projects in topics like deconvolution, noise attenuation, multi- component processing, wave-equation migration, velocity model building, broadband acquisition and processing. He is presently Chief Scientist in the Subsurface Imaging Division, located in Massy, France.
Professor Stow is a leading specialist and internationally renowned expert in deepwater sedimentary systems, with 40 years experience in modern, ancient and subsurface sediments. He has a particular interest in deepwater hydrocarbons, including numerous joint research projects with industry, individual consultancies, short course and field course organisation. His extensive record of scientific publications includes over 250 scientific papers and reports, numerous books and edited volumes. He is currently engaged on a major research initiative with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program that drilled west of the Gibraltar gateway in the Atlantic Ocean, and writing a book on Deepwater Sedimentary Systems. Professor Stow is a lively, interesting and highly informed instructor. He is a seasoned presenter to audiences large and small, specialist and generalist. He is able to draw upon a great wealth of experience and examples to fully illustrate his presentations, and utilizes short course exercises for further instruction. His teaching and instruction has been highly acclaimed at all levels. His recent text Sedimentary Rocks in the Field (Manson, 2005) is a must-have for students and professional geologists alike, while Oceans: An Illustrated Reference (Oxford University Press and University of Chicago Press, 2004) and Vanished Ocean (OUP 2010) represent a venture into popular science. He is currently Head of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering and Professor of Petroleum Geoscience at Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, UK). Professor Stow has been an enthusiastic lecturer and speaker throughout the world, on everything from deep-sea turbidites to the Lost Tethys Ocean. He has worked with many different oil and gas companies in the provision of in-house or collective courses, field and core workshops, and in collaborative research projects. Companies have included: Anadarko, AGACO, BP, Britoil, Chevron, Elf, ETAP, Maersk, Mobil, NExT Schlumberger, Nexen, Petrobras, Petronas, Repsol, Shell, and UNI.
Professor Richard Swarbrick is currently an independent consultant for the oil and gas industry specialising in sub-surface pressures, whilst retaining research and teaching interests at Durham University. After completing a BSc in Geology from Durham and PhD in sedimentology/tectonics at Cambridge University Richard worked as a petroleum geologist and exploration supervisor for Mobil for ten years from 1979. During that time he worked on both exploration and production assignments in UK and Alaska Division, USA. In 1989 he moved back to academia, and began teaching petroleum geology, basin studies and related courses at Durham. Developing a research interest in subsurface pressures, from 1994 to 2001 Richard was the principal investigator of GeoPOP (GEOsciences Project into OverPressure), a multi-disciplinary research group funded by 17 oil/gas companies. The research led to many publications related to overpressure mechanisms, pore pressure prediction methods, modeling pressure through time in basins, and the influence of overpressure on the petroleum system. He was involved in GeoPOP3 at Durham University from 2011-2015. In 1997 Richard had founded the university spin-out company, GeoPressure Technology, producing niche software, later expanded into training, consultancy and multi-client pressure studies. From a back office in the Geological Sciences department the company grew to employ more than 20 geoscientists, and is now part of the Ikon Science Group. Richard left the company in 2013, but continues to teach pressure courses in many oil centres around the world, either as open courses or in-house training companies. He consults widely and continues to present conference papers and publish articles relating to sub-surface pressures. Richard is a Fellow of Geological Society of London since 1982, and member of EAGE, AAPG and PESGB.
Mr Mark Thompson is currently the leader for Permanent Reservoir Monitoring in Statoil. He completed his Master's degree in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics from Imperial College, London, in 1989. He joined Statoil R&D in 1997, and has since worked with reservoir imaging and monitoring.
Leon Thomsen holds titles of Chief Scientist at Delta Geophysics, Research Professor at the University of Houston, and Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds a B.S. in geophysics from California Institute of Technology (Pasadena), and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Columbia University (New York). He held postdoctoral positions at Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris), International Business Machines (Palo Alto), and Caltech. He was Assistant, then Associate Professor at the State University of New York (Binghamton), with sabbatical positions at Goddard Institute for Space Studies (New York) and the Australian National University (Canberra). Leon’s industrial career began in 1980, at Amoco’s famous research center in Tulsa, where he was the Amoco inventor of what we now call seismic AVO. He led significant revisions to the exploration seismic paradigm, helping to establish the basic ideas of polar anisotropy and azimuthal anisotropy. His 1986 paper, establishing the modern field of seismic anisotropy, is the single-most-cited paper in the history of Geophysics; a Google search of the term ‘Thomsen parameter’ returns over 300,000 hits. In 1995, he moved to Amoco’s Worldwide Exploration Group in Houston, where his 1997 paper established the modern field of converted-wave exploration, defining such concepts as “C-waves”, “registration”, “gamma effective”, “diodic velocity”, etc. In 2008, Leon retired from BP, and established the consultancy Delta Geophysics (cf.deltageophysics.net). Leon has served the Society of Exploration Geophysics as Distinguished Lecturer, Vice-President, and President (2006-07). He served as SEG/EAGE DISC Instructor in 2002. He holds the SEG’s Fessenden Award, and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences’ Kapitsa Medal. He is an Honorary Member of the Geophysical Society of Houston, and of the EAGE, and is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
Steve Tyson is the Chair Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the Universiti Teknolig Brunei. Previously he was Chair of Subsurface Modeling at the Centre for Coal Seam Gas and Director of the Centre for Geoscience Computing in the School of Earth Sciences. He has worked in reservoir characterization and modeling in the oil industry for more than 30 years in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. His current research interests are in model validation, verification and acceptance criteria for both static and dynamic models, upscaling, uncertainty modeling and non-linear geostatistics and spatio-temporal reservoir analytics
Current position: Assistant Professor Utrecht University (guest); independent consultant (Morfodynamica); associate ENRES International.
* River and estuarine morphology and sediment transport
1968-1973 Research assistant Dept. of Physical Geography, Utrecht Univ., Netherlands
1974-1980 Lecturer at the Geology Dept., Utrecht Univ.
1980-1986 Project engineer Rijkswaterstaat-Deltadienst, Ministry of Public Works, Zierikzee, Netherlands
1986-1988 Scientific member of staff Rijkswaterstaat-Dir. Zeeland, Ministry of Public Works, Middelburg, Netherlands
1988- 2007 Assistant Professor Dept. of Physical Geography Utrecht University, Netherlands
1989-1996 Employee of Svasek B.V. Coastal and Harbour Engineering Consultants, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2006- Director Morphodynamics (consultant), Zeist, Netherlands
2007- Guest lecturer Dept. of Physical Geography Utrecht University, Netherlands
2009- Associate ENRES International, Huis ter Heide, Netherlands
Dirk J. (Eric) Verschuur received his M.Sc. degree in 1986 and his Ph. D degree (honors) in 1991 from the Delft University of Technology (DUT), both in applied physics. From 1992 - 1997 he worked under a senior research fellowship from the Royal Dutch Academy of Art and Sciences (KNAW). In 1997 he became assistant professor and since 1999 he is an associate professor at the DUT at the laboratory of Acoustical Imaging and Sound Control. He is the project leader of the DELPHI research consortium in the area of Multiple Removal and Structural Imaging. His main interests are seismic modeling, processing and migration techniques. In 1997 he received SEG's J. Clarence Karcher award. He is a member of SEG and EAGE.
Dr. David Wiprut has been working on geomechanics problems in the oil and gas industry since 1996. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2000 studying the state of stress, wellbore stability, and fault leakage in the northern North Sea. Dr. Wiprut has continued to work on similar issues with GMI and subsequently Baker Hughes since earning his degree, and has accumulated extensive experience working on geomechanics problems throughout the world. Dr. Wiprut oversees external training activities world-wide for Baker Hughes Geomechanics Services, advises on technical issues for geomechanics consulting projects, and manages the geomechanics competency and career progression program.
Dr Bjorn Wygrala graduated from Cologne University in Germany in 1980 and started his professional career as a sedimentologist in minerals exploration for several years in Australia, before moving into the field of petroleum geology. He completed a PhD thesis in petroleum geology in 1989 in a partnership with Eni-Agip in Italy, together with the KFA Research Center and IES Integrated Exploration Systems in Germany. He then joined IES and has been closely involved in the development and application of petroleum systems modelling, and now has more than 30 years of experience in basin analysis and the application of simulation technologies for exploration risk and resource assessments for petroleum E&P companies in more than 40 countries. Following the acquisition of IES by Schlumberger in 2008, his present position and affiliation is PetroMod Business Development Manager with the Schlumberger Aachen Technology Center (AaTC) in Aachen, Germany.
Tim Wynn is a reservoir geologist with 21 years experience in the geological and geomechanical aspects of fractured reservoir characterisation and modelling. With a PhD in structural geology at Imperial College, London he joined GeoScience Limited in 1994 and spent 6 years working on fractured reservoir characterisation projects for the nuclear and oil industries. He then joined ICE Energy working on wellbore stability problems until the merger of ICE Energy with TRACS International in 2001. Since then, Tim has worked on a wide variety of international consultancy and training projects with TRACS, including geocellular modelling and in-situ stress characterisation of fractured reservoirs. In 2008 TRACS became AGR-TRACS after being acquired by AGR Petroleum. Tim is a member of the EAGE, SPE, Geological Society London, PESGB and AGU.
The instructor has 29 years experiences in the oil industry and academic institutions (teaching and research). As a senior member of SPE and EAGE, he was the head of well testing Group and a Senior Lecturer on the subject in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University, where He taught MSc well testing course in China (China University of Petroleum, CUP), Malaysia (University Technology of Petronas, UTP), Edinburgh Scotland and Dubai for over 300 MSc students annually from 2005 -2010. At the same time, he taught and graduated 90 students with Heriot-Watt MSc Degree in CUP China from 2005 — 2008 as the Course Director. He was the well testing research project manager (PRIME Project) at Heriot-Watt, with which he graduated three PhD students and won the industry funding for current four PhD students still working on the subject areas of well testing. He was the well testing short course instructor for SPWLA in 2008, SPE Asia Pacific Co-Chair for the SPE Applied Technology Workshop (ATW) on well testing in 2010. He is also the author of SPE “well testing best practice” and pioneered numerical well testing through multi-discipline integration during his PhD study at Heriot-Watt in early 90s. Following his 17 years’ successful career in Heriot-Watt, he was appointed as professor of petroleum engineering by London South Bank University in October, 2010, to take the leadership in research and teaching their UG and MSc petroleum programs. Currently, he is the EAGE Award Committee member and the Board member of the SPE London Section as well as a technical editor for two journals on petroleum engineering.
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