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Visiting Academics

Professor Wayne Pennington

 Prof. Wayne Pennington from Michigan Tech, is visiting the Discipline of Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University as a Fullbright Senior Scholar until April 2019. He is collaborating with Prof. Boris Gurevich on research in changes to the subsurface due to production from or injection into a reservoir.

Pennington, a geophysicist, conducts research centered on the response of Earth materials to changes in physical conditions, such as stress, saturation, and temperature. The applications of this work are found in induced seismicity and oil and gas exploration and development.

He has worked in both academia and in industry and has conducted fieldwork at sites around the world. In the 1970s, he studied tectonic earthquakes in Latin America and Pakistan. In the 1980s, at the University of Texas at Austin, he studied the relationship of earthquakes to oil and gas production. Beginning in 1985, he worked at the research laboratory for Marathon Oil Company, studying and developing novel techniques to improve the identification of, and production from, oil and gas reservoirs.

Since 1994, he has been at Michigan Tech, teaching and conducting research into geophysical observations of oil and gas production.  He spent several years as the Chair of the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and became the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering in 2013, moving to the permanent position in 2014.  Retiring from active administration and teaching in 2018, he continues to be engaged in research projects involving oil and gas reservoir characterization and monitoring. He provides services including training and consulting to the industry and governmental agencies.

Pennington has served as the President of the American Geosciences Institute and as the First Vice President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.  He was a Jefferson Science Fellow at the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development.  He has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers and coauthored one book with two of his students.

Dr Cheng-hao Cao

The CRGC welcomes Dr. Cao, a Visiting Postdoc from China. He received his PhD in Geodetection and Information Technology at the School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Hohai University and his research includes Non-linear pre-stack seismic inversion for multiple parameters based on information mergence and Public welfare program for monitoring of water pollution for Kui River in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

Cheng-hao will be visiting Curtin until June this year, undertaking research under the Supervision of Prof. Boris Gurevich on “Squirt flow in the 3D complex porous medium” as well as “Transition between fluid flow with different scales”

Ms Wenhui Tan

Ms. Tan is a visiting Occupational Trainee from China, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Geological Engineering from the School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at Suzhou University. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Exploration Geophysics at Hohai University. Her research interest is in Brittleness characteristic of tight oil reservoirs, rock physics.

Wenhui will be at Curtin for a year, working under the supervision of Dr. Vassili Mikhaltsevitch to analyse the brittle characteristics of rocks to establish the relationships between rock brittleness and elastic properties for the basis of seismic inversion of rock brittleness.

Seminar: Our Evolving View of Time-Lapse Seismic Monitoring: 20 years of the same old Teal South data

by Prof Wayne Pennington, Dean and Professor Emeritus, Research Professor of Geophysical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Thursday 21st February 2019, 11AM–12PM

ABSTRACT: The first ocean-bottom time-lapse seismic studies for reservoir monitoring were conducted at Teal South in the Gulf of Mexico.  The data from this field, including one legacy streamer survey and two post-production ocean-bottom surveys have been used repeatedly to demonstrate new aspects of analysis and interpretation. This seminar will walk through that history, since 1998, with examples from recent publications.

Seminar: Recent advances in land seismic acquisition technology

by Dr Tim Dean, Research Fellow, Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University

Thursday 31 January 2019, 11AM – 12PM

ABSTRACT: Despite a downturn in the land seismic acquisition industry the pace of technical innovation has not slowed; in just the last four years there have been ten new land seismic acquisition systems introduced.  These new systems are lighter, record data for longer, and produce higher quality data than those previously available.

Advances have not been restricted to the receiver side, with new seismic sources and positioning systems being introduced.  In this presentation I outline these recent advances and will show samples of many of the new nodes that have been introduced.

Academic Promotions

CRGC researchers Roman Pevzner and Brett Harris were promoted to Professors on 1 December 2018. Academic promotions recognise the significant contribution of staff to their disciplines, students and the University.

Congratulations to Prof. Pevzner and Prof. Harris on this achievement!

EAGE Student Chapter

Students from the Disciplines of Exploration Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering at Curtin University have successfully launched a Student Chapter in collaboration with EAGE.

This marks the opening of the first EAGE Student Chapter in Australia and was established with the aim to inspire discussion, collaboration and the exchange of ideas among future Geoscientists and Engineers.

You can follow the Chapter’s journey via Facebook

Student Awards: CRGC 2018

Mr. Yongyang (Jerry) Sun has been awarded the prize for Best Student Paper at the CRGC Annual Meeting 2018 for his presentation “Solid substitution constrained by numerical simulation based on the finite element modelling”.

Votes were submitted by Sponsors of the CRGC and based on quality of content as well as presentation delivery. A cash prize of $1000 was awarded.

Student Awards: ASEG WA 2018

The CRGC extends its congratulations to PhD student Alex Costall who was awarded the ASEG WA Student Award for 2018, with his thesis topic “Dynamic Groundwater Flow and Seawater Intrusion in High Quality Coastal Acquifers”.

MSc (Geophysics) student Alejandro Sanchez was awarded the ASEG WA Branch best student presenter award at the ASEG WA Branch Student Technical Night on 28 November 2018.

2019 CRGC Annual General Meeting

A Notice for our Industry Partners

We are pleased to announce that the dates for the 2019 Annual CRGC Meeting have now been confirmed.

This year the meeting will be held on Rottnest Island on the 28th–29th of November 2019.

Further details relating to the Annual meeting will be released in due course.

2018 CRGC Annual General Meeting

Karma Rottnest Lodge, Thursday 29th and 30th of November 2018

CRGC 2018 AGM Presentations (45 downloads)

Thursday 29th November 2018

Bona, A., M. Urosevic, R. Pevzner, K. Tertyshnikov, and S. Ziramov, 2018, On-shore seismic with DAS – field examples from Australia: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Cocker J., (Phase Geo), 2018,  The importance of field trials and innovation: a review of an extensive test on Barrow Island for survey design and 4D feasibility: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Correa, J., B. Freifeld, R, Pevzner, T. Wood, M. Robertson (LBNL), K. Tertyshnikov, and S. Yavuz, 2018, Time-lapse DAS VSP monitoring using surface orbital vibrators: field trials for optimal configuration: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Correa, J., R. Pevzner, S. Popik, K. Tertyshnikov, A. Bona, and B. Freifeld (LBNL), 2018, Application of 3D VSP acquired with DAS and 3C geophones for site characterization and monitoring program design: preliminary results: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Dean, T., 2018, Recent advances in land seismic acquisition technology: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Glubokovskikh S., and R. Pevzner, 2018, Deep learning for real-time CO2 plume forecasting using permanent seismic monitoring: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Glubokovskikh, S., D. Popik, S. Popik, R. Pevzner, J. Gunning (CSIRO), C. Proud, and B. Gurevich, 2018, How accurately can 4D seismic characterize a small gas plume?: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Pethick, A., and A. Alghamdi, 2018, Feasibility of Natural Language Machine Learning for Hydrogeophysical Characterization: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Pevzner, R., A. Bona, J. Correa, K. Tertyshnikov, G. Palmer and M. McDonald (Fotech Solutions), and O. Valishin (Sercel), 2018, Optimising DAS VSP data acquisition parameters: theory and experiments at Curtin training well facility: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Pevzner, R., B. Gurevich, K. Tertyshnikov, A. Pirogova, and S. Glubokovskikh, 2018, Repeated Logging using Distributed Acoustic Sensors and Earthquakes: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Popik, S., D. Popik, and R. Pevzner, 2018, Effect of density of seismic sources on the quality of the 4D seismic data: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Urosevic, M., S. Ziramov, R. Pevzner, K. Tertyshnikov , S. Yavuz, A. Egorov, and A. Bona, 2018, CO2 storage site characterisation at Harvey, Western Australia using non-conventional seismic survey geometries: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Yavuz, S., J. Correa, S. Popik, K. Tertyshnikov, T. Wood and B. Freifeld (LBNL), and R. Pevzner, 2018, Continuous seismic monitoring with the surface geophone array and the permanent rotary sources: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Friday 30th November 2018

Gerhardt, A., H. Sidi and B. Williams (Woodside Energy), B. Gurevich, M. Lebedev, V. Mikhaltsevitch, J. Fortin (ENS), and Ian Jackson (ANU) Benchmark laboratory measurements at seismic frequencies for 4D monitoring: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Gurevich, B., M. M. Nzikou, and G. Gor (NJIT), 2018, Modelling elastic properties of partially saturated nano-porous media: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Mikhaltsevitch, V., R. Chavez (Petrobras), M. Lebedev, and B. Gurevich, 2018, Influence of creep drifts and boundary effects on dynamic moduli of sedimentary rocks at seismic frequencies: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Pirogova, A., B. Gurevich, and R. Pevzner, 2018, Study of intrinsic versus scattering attenuation of seismic waves from borehole measurements: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Sun, Y., S. Glubokovskikh, B. Gurevich, A. Squelch, and C. Arns (UNSW), 2018 Solid substitution constrained by numerical simulation based on the finite element modelling: Presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

CRGC 2018 AGM Posters (23 downloads)

Asgharzadeh, M., A. Bona, and M. Urosevic, 2018, Passive seismic imaging at BHP’s Roy Hill mine: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Bahri, M., M. Asgharzadeh, A. Bona and M. Urosevic, 2018, VSP to Surface Seismic Interferometric Migration: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Cauchefert, M., M. Lebedev, S. Vialle, and L. Esteban (CSIRO), 2018, Results of compaction experiments on synthetic shales: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Liang, J., T. Müller (CSIRO), G. Tang (China University of Petroleum), B. Gurevich and S. Glubokovskikh, 2018, Robustness of Q estimates from borehole data: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Nourifard, N., E. Mashinskii (SB RAS) and M. Lebedev, 2018, How S-wave velocity in porous media depends on its amplitude: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Nzikou, M. M., A. Yurikov, M. Lebedev and B. Gurevich, 2018, Attenuation estimation using viscoelastic full waveform inversion based on wave mode decomposition: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Sidenko E., and R. Pevzner, 2018, Application of seismic interferometry to increase the 3D VSP illumination: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)

Urosevic, M., A. Bona, S. Ziramov, R. Martin and J. Dwyer (HiSeis), and A. Foley (Gold Fields), 2018, DAS reflections seismic on salt lakes: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Vialle, S., E. Al-Khdheeawi, J. Strand and J. Bourdet (CSIRO), 2018, Integrated field, lab and modelling for containment assessment of CO2 in the multi-barrier system of the Yalogorup Mbr, South West Hub: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Yurikov, A., M. Lebedev, G. Y. Gor (NJIT) and B. Gurevich, 2018, Sorption-Induced Deformation and Elastic Weakening of Bentheim Sandstone: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018.

Ziramov, S., M. Urosevic, R. Pevzner, S. Glubokovskikh and B. Gurevich, 2018, Velocity estimate using surface seismic in Harvey, WA: Poster presented at the CRGC Annual General Meeting, November 2018. (NFP)


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