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Rock Fractures and Fluid Flow

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Professor Agust Gudmundsson has an MSc in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics and a PhD in Tectonophysics from Imperial College London (University of London). He holds a University of London Chair of Structural Geology. Agust's main research interests are in the physics of various geological and other natural (and some human-made) processes and structures, including volcanoes, fault zones, reservoirs of various types, and complex networks.

Dr. Saswata Hier-Majumder


Abdelsalam Elshaafi has a BSc in Geology (Macro and nannofossils of the Al Abraq Formation, Jabal Al Akhadar, NE Libya)  from Bengahzi University (formerly Garyounis University) and an MSc in Geology (Geochemistry and petrology of the basic volcanic rocks of Jabal Al Haruj Al Aswad, Central Libya) also from the same university.  He worked as geologist and data engineer in many Oil Fields in Libya from 2001 to 2007. Following this he worked as an assistant lecturer at Benghazi university until 2012 when he received a scholarship for studying a PhD, from the Libyan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.   Abdelsalam’s PhD research focuses on various aspects of the volcano tectonic processes in Neogene-Quaternary Libya’s volcanism and adjacent areas as well as the emplacement and inflation of the recent flow-fields. 

Reem Abou Shoug has a BSc in Geological Engineering, focusing on Petrophysics, from Tripoli University (formerly Alfateh), and an MSc in Petroleum Geosciences (Basin Evaluation and dynamics) from Royal Holloway University of London. She has ten-year experience of working for oil companies, in various capacities, she has also a diploma in Computer Programing and System Analysis. Reem is now undertaking a PhD which started in June 2014. Her research aims to improve our understanding of the interaction between the faults and the oil migration, the formation of traps, the generation of fault-related compartments, all of which should provide help in forecasting the likely location of other (as yet unknown) oil reservoirs.

Azizah Alshehri


Nathaniel Forbes Inskip has a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University and an MSc in Renewable Energy from Aberdeen University. Following this he worked within the project development team of an anaerobic digestion company based in Guildford between 2011-2014. Nathaniel’s PhD research focuses on unconventional oil and gas reservoirs and in particular how fracture networks may develop within layered strata with varying mechanical and elastic properties. This has implications for both induced hydraulic fracturing operations, but also in understanding what fracture networks may exist at depth for fractured reservoirs. The latter part of Nathaniel’s research will focus on how fluid may flow through fracture networks at depth and also quantifying the risks of stimulating fractures in unconventional reservoirs. Nathaniel is one of three students of the group who are sponsored through the NERC CDT in Oil and Gas programme.

Mohsen Bazargan has a background in petroleum engineering, majoring in drilling, fracturing and IOR in oil and gas reservoirs, with a minor in exploration. Since 2009 he has studied material analyses, solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and computational Geo mechanics in the case of operational safety and fracturing. During his postgraduate studies he researched fundamental mechanical engineering concepts, from continuum mechanics to fracture mechanics and the implementation of computer codes to utilize knowledge in the solution of physical problems. Mohsen also has experimental experience in the setup and running of tools to simulate physical phenomena. He is currently a PhD research student, on the area of Engineered/Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). His PhD topic is on 'Numerical Analysis and experimental investigation of optimizing geothermal resources and decreasing risks and hazards'. In his PhD he will conduct research into optimizing fracturing operations and explore novel technologies to make the fracturing process more efficient. He has a background in fossil fuel energy engineering but strongly believes that the future of our energy mix depends on renewable energy technologies such as from geothermal resources, and it is this belief that has led to him studying this PhD.

Kyriaki Drymoni


Kayode Adeoye-Akinde worked with a drilling contractor based in Aberdeen between 2014 and 2015 as an Operations Engineer, rotating through 750 HP workover rigs to 2000 HP onshore drilling rigs in Nigeria. Prior to this, he completed an MSc and a BEng (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and University of Portsmouth, respectively.
Kayode’s PhD research is sponsored by NERC CDT in Oil and Gas, titled ‘New methods for forecasting the permeability of fractured reservoirs. One of the aims of his research is to combine outcrop fracture data set (strike, dip, aperture, and strike/dip dimension) with new statistical and numerical models to provide a reliable forecast of in-situ fracture network properties (with fluid flow) and permeability. This should also help to forecast likely probability distributions of subsurface fracture attitudes, apertures and dimensions. Numerical modelling, using Finite Element Method, will help to better understand fracture penetration/deflection arrest/apertures/attitudes, etc. Area of interest is the Bristol Channel coast, characterised by limestone interbedded with shale.
He also has interests in Enhanced Oil Recovery methods, Geothermal systems and Reservoir Engineering aspects of unconventional resources such as Coalbed methane and Shale gas resources.

Paul-Ross Thomson


Affiliated members:

Alex Steele

Dr John Browning

Dr Nora Lecoeur

Dr Zoe Barnett 

Dr Tetsuzo Fukunari 


Contact: rf3@es.rhul.ac.uk


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