List of Instructors
Yucel Akkutlu is Rob L. Adams ’40 Professor in Petroleum Engineering and William Keeler faculty fellow at Texas A&M University in USA. He is a chemical engineer and received Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in reservoir engineering and petrophysics, and has chaired more than 40 graduate-level committees. His research focuses on characterization and exploitation of unconventional oil and gas resources and on oilfield chemistry with application on IOR/EOR.
He has written more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, six book chapters, and has three patents. He is the author of “Nano-confined Petroleum Recovery from Source Rocks,” which will be published in 2020. He has received over $3 million in external research funding from sources such as the Department of Energy and unconventional oil and gas industry. He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He was executive editor of the SPE Journal 2013-2016. He was 2014-15 SPE distinguished lecturer. He has received 2017 TAMU-Association of Former Students teaching award, 2016 TAMU-Association of Former Students distinguished achievement award, and 2015 AIME Rossiter W. Raymond memorial award. Akkutlu served in various SPE, EAGE, and NSERC (Canada) committees.
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.
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.
He is currently Professor at ENSG School, IFP School and also teaches with Total Professor Associates classes covering “Pressures, Seals and Traps”. He was President of the EAGE Board from June 2017 to June 2019. He retired in April 2019 and now continues to serve as a teacher.
Marc Bond (MSc Geophysics, Colorado School of Mines) is an Associate with Rose & Associates specializing in exploration and appraisal assessments. He is actively involved in ensuring that the technical work underpinning an evaluation has appropriately reflected the opportunity and captures both the uncertainty and risk, leading to effective decision-making. He has over 35 years’ international experience in the oil and gas industry. Previously he worked for BG Group and Tenneco Oil where he held a variety of management and technical assignments, with his most recent roles including: Chief Geophysicist; Subsurface Assurance Manager for conventional and unconventional exploration, appraisal and development projects; and Exploration Manager Bolivia.
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.
Mr Allan Campbell graduated in 1984 from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton with a diploma in Earth Resources Technology and, after a spell in Dresser Atlas, graduated in 1990 from the University of Calgary with a BSc., majoring in Geophysics. In 1990, Campbell started his 25-year career at Schlumberger in Calgary. Skills were developed in borehole seismic processing starting from basic check-shots up to the most complex 3D VSPs.
In 1997, he moved to Houston, Texas, to open a new borehole seismic processing center. The center rapidly evolved into a global center of excellence for VSP processing. He helped Schlumberger fully develop 3D VSP processing capabilities.
2010 to 2015 saw the development of many innovative techniques. The integration of borehole seismic data into the processing of surface seismic, to improve the resolution and depth control in seismic images, was finally realized. VSP is now routinely used to detect and characterize fractures, to estimation of the elastic properties of rocks, and to monitor the changes in reservoirs due to both enhanced recovery methods and storage of CO2.
From 2016 to the present, Campbell has been working as a geophysical consultant with VSP Consultants LLC. Projects have included work for major operators and service companies, supervising VSP processing projects. Interesting work is also being done on drill bit seismic in hard rock mining environments. VSP Consultants is also offering borehole seismic training courses to the oil and gas industry.
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 Anstey award at the EAGE in London and the 2017 EAGE Conrad Schlumberger award in Paris. Carcione published more than 280 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 been a member of the commission (GEV04) for evaluation of Italian research in the field of Earth Sciences (ANVUR) in the periods 2004-2010 and 2011-2014. Carcione has an H-index: 53, according to Google Scholar.
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.
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.
Prof Vasily Demyanov of Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), lectures geostatistics and leads industry and government funded research in Geo Data Science and uncertainty quantification for reservoir prediction modelling. He has over 20 years of experience in geostatistics and has published over 100 publications. Vasily has co-authored a number books: Challenges and Solutions in Stochastic Reservoir Modelling – Geostatistics, Machine Learning, and Uncertainty Predictions with EAGE (2018); Geostatistics: Theory and Practice (Nauka, 2010, in Russian). Vasily Demyanov is an Associate editor for Computers and Geosciences Elsevier journal and a guest editor for Mathematical Geosciences Springer Journal special issue on Data Science in Geoscience due in 2019. Vasily Demyanov is an Associate editor for Computers and Geosciences Elsevier journal.
Vasily’s research interests lie broadly across spatial statistics, machine learning and uncertainty. In particular his research is focused on uncertainty quantification in prediction modelling, inverse modelling for history matching, stochastic optimisation, Bayesian inference, and the problem of integration of reservoir knowledge and relevant data into statistical modelling workflows with machine learning and data analytics approaches.
Vasily Demyanov obtained the 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.
Jo Eidsvik is Professor of Statistics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. He has a MSc in applied mathematics from the University of Oslo (1997) and a PhD in Statistics from NTNU (2003). He has industry work experience from the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (1998-1999) and from Statoil (2003-2006). He has been a visiting professor at the Statistics and applied mathematical sciences institute (SAMSI) in 2009-2010 and at Stanford University in 2014-2015.
Eidsvik has teaching experience in a variety of statistics courses at the university level, including Statistics, Probability, Applied regresssion analysis, Stochastic processes, Spatial statistics, Computational statistics.
He has been head of the graduate study program in Industrial Mathematics (~50 students every year), and he is currently head of the undergratuate program in physics and mathematics (~100 students every year). He has supervised 27 MSc students and 3 PhD students (currently supervising 2 more MSc and 4 more PhD). He has written about 40 papers in statistical and earth sciences journals.
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.
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.
Laura Galluccio is one of Badley Ashton's UK-based senior carbonate reservoir geologists with an interest in carbonate petrography and sedimentology. She specialises in sedimentology, diagenesis and reservoir quality characterization of limestones and dolomites in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. She has wide experience in the Middle East, the USA, Europe and Africa. The projects she has been involved in cover a wide range of depositional environments from shallow to deeper water carbonates. Laura received his BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of Naples (Italy), with her PhD conducted in conjunction with Shell Italy. As an effective communicator and with a proven track record of excellent client care, past roles include Team Leader of the Carbonate Group, and local Business Manager and Consultant Geologist based in PDO's offices, Muscat. Since her appointment as Regional Manager in August 2017, Laura oversees business activity in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, supported by regional Operations and Portfolio Managers. Laura's other research interests include sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of ancient and recent carbonate platforms and the characterization of diagenetic processes affecting carbonate sediments with integration into the regional framework and influence on the pore system. She is currently involved in research on the diagenesis and pore volume assessment of Hyamm Formation in Oman in collaboration with the Ferrara University and Sultan Quaboos University, as well as a project focused on the role of hydrocarbons emplacement for calcite precipitation, in collaboration with Newcastle University. Laura has undertaken teaching of geological mapping, petroleum geology and reservoir quality evaluation at both BSc and MSc levels, while co-supervising a variety of BSc and MSc carbonate research projects.
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 an associate professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. He received a MS in Mathematics at University of Pavia (Italy) in 2005, a MS in Applied Mathematics at University of Milano Bicocca (Italy) in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics at Stanford University in 2013. He worked four years at Eni Exploration and Production in Milan. He joined the University of Wyoming in 2013. He is coauthor of the book ‘Seismic Reflections of Rock Properties’, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. He is the recipient of the 2017 EAGE Van Weelden Award, the 2016 SEG Karcher Award, and the 2015 Best Paper Award in Mathematical Geosciences. His main research interests are rock physics, seismic reservoir characterization, geostatistics, data-assimilation and inverse problems for subsurface 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.
Prof. Dr. Hasiuk is an expert in carbonate geology and 3D printing. His dissertation from the University of Michigan involved understanding the secular variation of seawater chemistry and temperature from marine carbonate chemistry. He worked at ExxonMobil Upstream Research for four years where he developed a deep appreciation for carbonate petrophysics while working on a variety of projects including a global synthesis of carbonate microporosity. Since joining Iowa State University, the mission of his "GeoFabLab" has been to better understand the chemistry and petrophysics of rocks by using 3D-printed rock models as well as man-made rocks, like concrete and asphalt.
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.
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-)
Saad Ibrahim, P.Eng., an independent consultant and president of Petro Management Group Ltd., established in Calgary (1994). Graduated from the University of Alexandria (Egypt) with B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1973. He also completed a post-graduate program with the University of Calgary, Canada, in Chemical and petroleum engineering in 1983.
Mr. Ibrahim has over 35 years of reservoir/production engineering experience in Western Canada (with Amoco, BP and Husky) and internationally in Yemen (with Nexen Petroleum International Ltd.), Algeria, Libya, Tanzania, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The focus of Mr. Ibrahim’s experience lies in the area of reservoir management and well-test planning/analysis.
Mr. Ibrahim has lectured regularly for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), in Calgary, Moscow and Muscat (Oman). Also Mr. Ibrahim has offered numerous public and in-house training course worldwide. Mr. Ibrahim published recently a technical paper titled “Performance Evaluation of Multi-stage Frac of Horizontal Wells MFHW’s”, for the Oil and Gas Expo & Conference in Calgary – June 2011. Mr. Ibrahim was on the Reserve Panel of the 4th International Conference in Calgary on Horizontal Well Technology. Mr. Ibrahim is a member with the APEGA and SPE.
Creties Jenkins (P.E., P.G.) is a Partner with Rose and Associates specializing in the characterization of unconventional reservoirs. Over the last 15 years he has conducted integrated studies, project reviews, and resource evaluations for 50+ companies and taught 100+ industry courses and workshops. He has served as a technical editor, distinguished lecturer, distinguished author for SPE, and is a past president of the Energy Minerals Division of AAPG. Creties has 30+ years of experience having previously worked at Tenneco, ARCO, and DeGolyer & MacNaughton. He holds a BSc in Geological Engineering and a MSc in Geology from the South Dakota School of Mines.
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 F. 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, latterly as manager of the depth imaging research group. Since 2000 he has been with ION GX Technology, as a Senior Geophysical Advisor in their London office.
His interests include velocity model building and migration, and his most recent activity includes writing the text books: ‘Velocities, Imaging, and Waveform Inversion: the evolution of characterising the Earth’s subsurface’ published by the EAGE in 2018; ‘An Introduction to Velocity Model Building’ published by the EAGE in 2010; and co-editing the SEG Geophysics Reprints series volumes ‘Classics of Elastic Wave Theory’ and also ‘Pre-Stack Depth Migration and Velocity Model Building’, as well as contributing the chapter on model building to the new SEG online encyclopaedia.
He is an associate editor for the journals ‘Geophysics’ and ‘Geophysical Prospecting’, and teaches the EAGE/PESGB/SEG continuing education course on ‘Velocity Model Building’ and is an external lecturer at the University of Leeds and Imperial College London. Ian was awarded the EAGE’s Anstey Medal in 2003 for contributions to the depth imaging literature, made the SEG European Honorary Lecturer in 2012, conducted the 2018-2019 EAGE international Education Tour, and was made an Honorary Life Member by the EAGE in 2018.
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).
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).
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), and Director of OPERA (Applied Geophysical Research Group) in Pau (France) (2002-2014) 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, 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.
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.
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).
Alexei V. Milkov is Full Professor and Director of Potential Gas Agency at Colorado School of Mines and a consultant to oil and gas industry. After receiving PhD from Texas A&M University, Dr. Milkov worked for BP, Sasol and Murphy Oil as geoscientist and senior manager. He explored for conventional and unconventional oil and gas in over 30 basins on six continents and participated in the discovery of more than 4 Billion BOE of petroleum resources. He also worked on several appraisal and production projects. Dr. Milkov has deep expertise in oil and gas geochemistry, petroleum systems modeling, exploration risk analysis, resource assessments and portfolio management. He published 50 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Milkov received several industry awards including J.C. “Cam” Sproule Memorial Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for the best contribution to petroleum geology and Pieter Schenck Award from the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG) for a major contribution to organic geochemistry.
Basic Geophysical Data Acquisition & Processing
Advanced Seismic Data Acquisition & Processing
A Gentle Introduction to Electromagnetics (EM) in Geophysics
Introduction to Machine Learning (ML) for Geophysics
Jaap Mondt acquired a MA Bachelor’s degree in Geology (University of Leiden), Master’s degree in Geophysics (University of Utrecht), PhD in Utrecht on “Full wave theory and the structure of the lower mantle”. He then joined Shell Research to develop methods for Quantitative Interpretation. Subsequently he worked in Shell Expro in London where he was actively involved in acquiring, processing and interpreting Offshore Well Seismic data. After his return to the Netherlands he headed a team for the development of 3D interpretation methods using multi-attribute statistical and pattern recognition methods. After a period of Quality Assurance of “Contractor” software for seismic processing, Jaap became responsible for Geophysics in the Shell Learning Centre. During that time, he was also 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) for detecting oil and gas. Finally, he became a champion on the use of EM methods and became involved in designing acquisition, processing and interpretation methods for Marine Controlled Source EM (CSEM). After his retirement, he founded Breakaway, providing courses on acquisition, processing and interpretation of geophysical data (seismic, gravity, magnetic and electromagnetic data).
In the last couple of years, Jaap developed a keen interest in the use of Machine Learning for Geophysical Applications and developed a practical Machine Learning course for Geophysicists and Interpreters.
Dr. Bernard Montaron is CEO of Fraimwork SAS, Paris, France, and CTO of Cenozai Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Two start-ups, created in mid-2017, that are specialized in the application of Artificial Intelligence to various domains, and provide services to oil and gas companies for exploration and production. In 2015-2017 he was Chief Geoscientist of BeicipTecsol in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to this, Bernard Montaron worked 30 years for Schlumberger where he held a number of positions in R&D and Marketing. He has worked for the oil and gas industry in Europe, in the United States, in the Middle East, in China, and Malaysia. Bernard was General Manager of the Schlumberger Riboud Product Center in Paris - Clamart, France (2002-2003) and he was VP Marketing of Schlumberger Middle East and Schlumberger Europe-Africa-Russia regions (2000-2001). Bernard holds a MSc degree in Physics from ESPCI, Paris, France, and a PhD in Mathematics from University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. He also has a Machine Learning certificate from Andrew Ng's course (Stanford Univ./Coursera). Bernard Montaron received the best oral presentation award at the APGCE 2017 conference for his paper on "Deep Learning Technology for Pattern Recognition in Seismic Data – A Practical Approach".
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. He is based in The Hague, The Netherlands. His main interests include seismic imaging, asymptotic methods, seismic reservoir characterization, diffraction and geothermal exploration. 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 Publication Committee and EAGE's Oil Gas & Geoscience Division Committee. He is a member of SEG and MAA and honorary member of EAGE.
Tapan Mukerji is a Professor (Research) at Stanford University where he got his Ph.D. (1995) in Geophysics. Tapan co-directs the Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting (SCERF), Stanford Rock Physics and Borehole Geophysics (SRB) and the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (BPSM) projects at Stanford University. His research interests include rock physics, spatial statistics, wave propagation, and stochastic methods for quantitative reservoir characterization and time-lapse reservoir monitoring. Tapan combines experience in conducting leading edge research, teaching, and directing graduate student research. He was awarded the Karcher Award in 2000 by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and received the ENI award in 2014. He is an associate editor for Geophysics, journal of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and Computers and Geosciences. In addition to numerous journal publications, Tapan has co-authored The Rock Physics Handbook, Quantitative Seismic Interpretation, and The Value of Information in the Earth Sciences, all published by Cambridge University Press. He has been an invited keynote speaker and instructor for numerous short courses on rock physics and geostatistics, in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.
He has an MSc and PhD in Geophysics (Exploration Seismology) from the University of Tehran and a BSc in Physics from the University of Isfahan. Whilst studying for his PhD, Ehsan was a lecturer in Geophysics at the University of Isfahan.
Ehsan is the Chief Product Officer at Earth Science Analytics and is leading the development of EarthNET, a petroleum geoscience platform based and AI, machine learning and cloud technology while working at the intersection of sales, marketing, client support and service project execution. Prior to joining Earth Science Analytics, Ehsan was VP Research & Development at Ikon Science. He has also been research geophysicist and senior researcher at CGG.
He has taught ML courses to various groupings sponsored by AAPG, SEG, Royal Geological Society and at Mines.
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.
Prof. Dr Michael C. Poppelreiter, Shell Kuwait Exploration and Production BV. 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.
Dean Powell acquired a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science from the Queensland University of Technology at the end of the 1960s. He then began his geophysical career with a Chevron affiliate in West Australia, gaining extensive experience in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic data. Subsequently, he worked as a Perth-based geophysical consultant for many years, providing project management as well as technical services on exploration and development projects in Vietnam, New Zealand and in many of Australia's sedimentary basins.
During the first decade of this century Dean was employed as a Principal Geophysicist with Origin Energy. In this capacity he supervised 2D and 3D seismic acquisition and processing projects, although his main responsibility was the interpretation and mapping of seismic data. Dean provided regional and prospect-scale mapping for exploration in many onshore and offshore regions in Western Australia and other parts of Australia, as well as in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Vietnam.
In 2013 Dean resumed his consultancy role, and has been engaged in the provision of seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation services relating to conventional and unconventional prospect generation as well as field development in a number of Australian basins and in the Timor Sea.
Much of Dean's experience has been in poorer data quality areas, enabling Dean to develop particular expertise in the interpretation of poor quality datasets. Over the years, drilling on the basis of Dean's prospect mapping has, to date, resulted in more than a dozen commercially successful wildcat and near-field oil and gas discoveries.
With more than 20 years industry experience principally with Schlumberger, Paul Ras has worked in land seismic acquisition, survey evaluation & design, data processing, inversion & reservoir characterization. He is currently a geophysical consultant based in the Netherlands, teaching and consulting for Schlumberger NExT and working with geophysics startups.
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 until 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. Jon R. Rotzien is President of Basin Dynamics, LLC and Adjunct Professor at University of Houston. His expertise is the sedimentology and stratigraphy of deep-water depositional systems, source-to-sink sediment transfer, and basin analysis. Jon addresses global challenges in the exploration and production of petroleum, including reservoir presence and quality forecasting in frontier to mature basins, and reservoir connectivity and deliverability. Prior to his present position at Basin Dynamics, he was an exploration and appraisal geoscientist at BP. 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, and he teaches petroleum reservoir courses in North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. He is a Distinguished Award winner of GCSSEPM (2018), associate editor of the Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology and co-founder of the Houston Explorers Club. Mr. Rotzien received a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University and a B.A. degree in Geology from Colorado College.
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.
Dr. Ali Shafiei is currently an Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering in Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. He obtained his PhD (March 2013) in “Thermal Heavy Oil Recovery and Petroleum Reservoir Geomechanics” from the University of Waterloo in Canada with a dissertation on: “Mathematical and Statistical Investigation of Steamflooding in Naturally Fractured Carbonate Heavy Oil Reservoirs”. The focus of his PhD research project was on developing mathematical and statistical tools to predict performance of steamflooding in naturally fractured heavy oil reservoirs as one of the very challenging classes of reservoirs in terms of reservoir behavior considering the complex production mechanisms involved and the interaction between the rock matrix and the fracture network. Shafiei is a specialist in reservoir characterization and formation evaluation, heavy oil recovery from complex reservoir systems, EOR, and petroleum geomechanics. Shafiei has over a decade of Canadian and international research, graduate supervision, teaching, training, and consulting/industry experience in the E&P industry. He was a scientific adviser to the Alberta Department of Energy (Alberta, Canada) in 2014 served as a member of the Innovative Energy Technology Program (IETP 2014) to review progress reports on various full field scale trials that the Alberta DoE was involved with various oil and gas companies in Canada on heavy oil recovery and geological CO2 sequestration. Shafiei is also a long time active member of the EAGE, SPE, and AAPG. As of today, his professional and academic experience has resulted in over 40 refereed journal papers, vetted conference proceedings, chapters in books and monographs in petroleum geosciences and engineering and reservoir geomechanics.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
This broad experience over many years has enabled Dr Wynn to understand the key issues for people working in naturally fractured reservoirs including biases in interpretation, inappropriate modelling techniques and understanding potential mitigations during the development and management of naturally fractured reservoirs. Tim is a member of the EAGE, SPE, Geological Society, London and PESGB and has published a number of papers since 1995 on structural geology, naturally fractured reservoirs and geomechanics. He is also a technical peer reviewer for the EAGE and SPE.
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