Former Students


Simeon Agada

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral Researcher, Imperial College London
2012 – 2015: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Simeon used high-resolution numerical simulations and design of experiments to quantify IOR and EOR processes in carbonate reservoir analogues for the Arab D formation to understand how different architectural features impact flow behaviours and hydrocarbon recovery.


Mohamed Ahmed

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Senior reservoir engineer at Schlumberger Research
2010 – 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Mohamed used pore-scale, grid-block, and reservoir-scale simulations to develop more robust transfer functions for modelling fracture-matrix interactions during three-phase flow and understand how upscaling fractured reservoir models impacts our ability to forecast future hydrocarbon production from them.


Nosa Akhimiona

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Corporate Reserves Manager, Rosetta Resources Inc.
2009 – 2015: PhD (part-time) in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Nosa worked on the applying multi-phase flow upscaling techniques to improve the numerical simulation of heavy oil recovery from a highly compactible and fractured diatomite reservoir with 100 years of production.


Adnan Al-Dhahli

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Senior reservoir engineer at Petroleum Development Oman
2009 – 2013: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Adnan used pore-scale simulation to reconstruct physically consistent capillary pressure and relative permeability functions for three-phase flow, which he applied to simulate water-alternating gas injection processes in heterogeneous carbonates reservoirs with arbitrary wettability at the macro-scale.


Adnan Al-Maqbali

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Senior reservoir engineer at Petroleum Development Oman
2014 – 2018: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Adnan (the 2nd) studies foam injection processes in fractured carbonate reservoirs to understand the uncertainties, potential, and risks associated with this promising EOR technique across scales (from lab- to inter-well scale).


Robert Annewandter

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Software developer for OpenGoSim
2009 – 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Robert developed algorithms for high-resolution numerical simulations of CO2-brine migration in geologically realistically fractured porous media and used these algorithms to study residual trapping and fracture-matrix interactions of CO2.


Viswasanthi Chandra

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Research scientists at KAUST
2011 – 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Shanti has developed near-wellbore modelling workflows to build geologically consistent carbonate reservoir models that capture small-scale and high-permeability features such as dissolution seams which are typically not resolved in standard reservoir modelling workflows.


Dr Alonso Juvinao

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral Researcher, PUC Rio, Brazil.
2015 – 2016: Academic visitor at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Alsono developed and implemented numerical procedures for unstructured grids to model two-phase flow in complexly fractured porous media.


Fuzhen Chen

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Researcher at China University of Petroleum
2011 – 2012: Visiting PhD student at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Fuzhen investigated how fluid properties, well completions, and injection strategies impact hydrocarbon production in carbonate reservoir analogues. Using the CMG software suite, the ultimate he developed optimisation strategies for a geologically complex carbonate reservoir analogues.


Claudia Fricke

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Technical Solutions Expert at Volume Graphics
2008 – 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Claudia is used X-Ray computed tomography to visualise and quantify miscible and immiscible flow processes in fractured carbonate cores.


Dr Emmanuel Lecomte

Biography

2011 – 2013: ICCR Postdoctoral Researcher, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Emmanuel worked on the experimental and numerical characterisation of fault behaviours in carbonate reservoirs. He carried out a range of deformation experiments in the laboratory and used the resulting relationships to simulate the evolution of permeability and porosity in and around faults at the reservoir scale in carbonate formations.


Dr Luiz Fernando de Lima Luz Junior

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Lecturer at Federal University of Parana, Brazil
2012 – 2013: Academic visitor at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Luiz has worked on analysing and simulating reactive transport experiments at the pore-scale in carbonate rocks.


Matteo Lupi

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Bonn, Germany
2006 – 2010: PhD in Petroleum Geology, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Matteo analysed how transient permeability variations during earthquake cycles affect the large-scale fluid flow in geothermal systems in Iceland. A particular focus was on understanding the time-scales of regional fluid flow and localised permeability variations due to overpressuring.


Christine Maier

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and Total
2010 – 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Christine has developed new numerical algorithms to simulate oil recovery from fractured carbonate reservoirs. These algorithms combine discrete-fracture-and-matrix with dual-porosity approaches and use analytical solutions to model fracture-matrix fluid exchange.


Rafael March

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral researcher at Heriot-Watt University
2014 – 2018: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Rafael developed new, physics-based transfer functions to model CO2 migration in fractured formations and quantify the potential and risks of CO2 storage in naturally fractured reservoirs.


Alessandro Mangione

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Technical Solutions Expert at Volume Graphics
2012 – 2016: PhD in Petroleum Geoscience, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Alessandro worked on multi-scale basin modelling of an offshore carbonate reseroir, using classical basin modelling techniques to reconstruct the basin’s geological evolution as well as pore-scale modelling and high-resolution heatflow modelling to quantify how porosity and permeability could have evolved over time.


Dr Alireza Kazemi

Biography

2011 – 2013: ICCR Postdoctoral Researcher, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Alireza worked on the geo-modelling and calibration of highly heterogeneous carbonates as part of ICCR. In this process he developed a new modelling and rock-typing approach (“PODS”) which allows reservoir engineers to build more robust geological models for carbonate reservoirs from sparse well-data.


Grant Nicoll (Affiliated, at School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Independent geological consultant.
2007 – 2012: PhD in Geology, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Research

Grant developed an improved prediction methodology for the future modelling of CO2 migration in sedimentary basins and risk evaluation purposes by identifying, evaluating and quantifying areas of current uncertainty in existing models. The main focus was on the Utsira storage site in the North Sea.


Tannaz Pak (Affiliated, at School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Senior lecturer, Teeside University, UK
2011 – 2015: ICCR PhD Student, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

Research

Tannaz used high-resolution X-Ray CT imaging to visualise and quantify the distribution of residual oil in water- and oil-wet carbonate rocks and simulated the corresponding displacement processes using pore-network modelling tools.


Nathalia Passos

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: PhD Student in Civil Engineering PUC Rio, Brazil
2015 – 2016: Visiting scholar in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Nathalia analysed and compared numerical methodsfor simulating of two-phase flow in fractured carbonate reservoirs using unstructured grids.


Karen Schmid

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral researcher at University of Stuttgart, Germany
2008 – 2012: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Karen analysed the scaling behaviour of chemical transport during immiscible two-phase flow including capillary effects using analytical and numerical solutions, with applications to chemically enhanced oil recovery.


Daniel Stone (Affiliated, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University)

Biography

2011 – 2015: PhD in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Daniel developed and applied new time-stepping methods (asynchronous methods and exponential integrators) to enable the more efficient numerical solution of advection-diffusion-reaction problems in porous media.


Antoine Tambue (Affiliated, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University)

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral researcher at University of Bergen, Norway
2007 – 2010: PhD in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Antoine developed new time integration schemes for advection-diffusion equations with stochastic forcing and reaction terms to simulate solute transport in heterogeneous porous media more accurately.


Dean Thorpe (Affiliated, at School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)

Biography

2011 – 2014: ICCR PhD Student, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

Research

Dean worked on linking diagenetic processes at the pore-scale to reservoir quality at the basin-scale. He used geochemical data to constraint the timing, burial depth and volume of cement growth during diagenesis in different oil fields.


Dr Qing Wang

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Lecturer at the China University of Petroleum Beijing
2013 – 2014: Postdoctoral Researcher, Heriot-Watt University

Research

Qing has worked on the combined experimental and numerical analysis of thermally enhanced spontaneous imbibition in fractured reservoirs containing heavy oil.


Yan Zaretskiy

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Senior research engineer, ExxonMobil, Houston, USA.
2008 – 2012: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

Yan used direct simulations of reactive solute transport at the pore-scale to study controlled-salinity waterflooding, a promising EOR technique, in carbonate rocks. He obtained the pore geometry directly from high-resolution X-Ray CT-scans and solve the stationary Stokes equation on these, which provided the velocity profile in the porous sample for subsequent simulations of transport and reaction problems.


Dr Stephanie Zihms

Biography

First position after leaving Heriot-Watt University: Postdoctoral researcher at Lyell Centre.
2015 – 2018: ICCR Postdoctoral Researcher, Heriot-Watt University.

Research

At ICCR, Stephanie is used small-scale experimental techniques to investigate the relationship between deformation, porosity and permeability in complex carbonate rocks.