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Welcome to the

Carbonate Reservoir Group

The Carbonate Reservoir Group at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering is world-renowned for its applied and fundamental research on improving the predictability of hydrocarbon recovery from carbonate reservoirs.

PhD Students and Postdocs

Saeeda Al-Ameri

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2012 - 2014: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2012 - 2015: Reservoir simulation engineer at ADCO

2009 - 2012: Reservoir engineer at ADCO

2003 - 2009: BEng in Chemical Engineering, United Arab Emirates University

Research

Saeeda is working on optimising the development of transition zones for tight carbonate reservoirs, considering static, dynamic, and engineering uncertainties.

 

Email: sa565@hw.ac.uk

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Mohamed Al-Breiki

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2014 - 2015: MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University

2011 - 2014: Senior reservoir geologist (Geomodeller) at ADCO

2008 - 2011: Reservoir geologist at ADCO

2004 - 2008: Operation geologist at ADCO

1999 - 2004: BSc in geology for petroleum and water, United Arab Emirates University

Research

Mohamed is developing new reservoir rock-typing methods to improve the static and dynamic modelling of large transition zones in carbonate reservoirs.

 

Email: mma77@hw.ac.uk 

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Fahed Al-Hashmi

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2014 - 2015: MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University

2011 - 2014: Operations geologist / Geological data integrator at ADCO

2005 - 2011 : BSc in Petroleum Geosciences, Petroleum Institute, UAE

Research

Fahed is developing and applying flow diagnostic methods to validate and rank static and dynamic models for carbonate reservoirs with large transition zones.

 

Email: fa48@hw.ac.uk 

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Adnan Al-Maqbali

Education & Biography

Since 2014: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2012 - 2013: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2009 - 2012: BEng in Petroleum Engineering, University of Manchester

Research

Adnan is working on the numerical simulation and upscaling of EOR processes in fractured carbonate reservoirs, including miscible and immiscible WAG and foam flooding.

 

Email: aa1244@hw.ac.uk

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Ali Al-Rudani

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2007 - 2015: Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate (PCLD), Ministry of Oil (MoO), Iraq
1999 - 2006: Reservoir and Field Development Directorate (RFD), Ministry of Oil (MoO), Iraq
1995 - 1998: M.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, University of Baghdad.
1990 - 1994: B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering, University of Baghdad.

 

Research

Ali is working on the upscaling of fracture-matrix transfer processes during chemical flooding induced wettability alteration.

 

Email: ama27@hw.ac.uk

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Mark Ashworth

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2014 - 2015: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College, London
2011-2014: BSc in Geophysics, Imperial College, London

 

Research

Mark is working on the numerical modelling of coupled geomechanical and hydromechanical phenomena in fractured carbonate reservoirs, including the development of new dual-continua models.

 

Email: ma174@hw.ac.uk

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Farhana Binti Jaafar Azuddin

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
Since 2016: Senior Executive Geology, Petronas
2011 - 2015: Executive Geology and Geoscience, Petronas
2009 - 2011: Researcher Geochemistry, Petronas

Research

Farhana is conductive experimental and numerical studies to analyse porosity-permeability evolution in gas-rich carbonate reservoirs during CO2 injection.

 

Email: fj8@hw.ac.uk
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Jorge Costa Gomes

Education & Biography

Since 2017: PhD Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, UK
2016 - 2017: Research Assistant, Petroleum Institute, U.A.E
2015 - 2016: Reservoir Geologist, ADMA-OPCO, U.A.E
2014 - 2015: Visiting Graduate Researcher, Petroleum Institute, U.A.E
2012 - 2014: MSc Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Institute, U.A.E
2007 - 2012: BSc Geology & Petroleum Geology, University of Aberdeen, UK

Research

Jorge is working on developing a hierarchical carbonate reservoir benchmarking case study for reservoir characterisation, uncertainty quantification and history matching.

 

Email: jc73@hw.ac.uk

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David Egya

Education & Biography

Since 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2010 - 2014: Project engineer at Saipem

2009 - 2010: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, London Southbank University

2003 - 2007: BSc in Geology and Mining, University of Jos, Nigeria

Research

David is working on the characterisation of fractured tight gas reservoirs, including developing flow diagnostic tools and analysing well-test data to estimate key reservoir parameters that control production from tight reservoirs.

 

Email: doe1@hw.ac.uk

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Herwald Elder

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2014 - 2015: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2013 - 2014: High-school maths teacher, Elder's classes, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

2012: Technical advisor, Blakes, Cassesls & Croydon, Toronto, Canada

2010: Project Coordinator, Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd., Mississauga, Canada

2009 - 2013: B.A.Sc. (Hons) in Civil Engineering and Minor in Management Science, University of Waterloo, Canada

Research

Herwald is using and implementing advanced reservoir simulation techniques to improve the modelling of fracture-matrix transfer processes to improve the inter-well and field-scale simulation of naturally fractured reservoirs.

 

Email: hme1@hw.ac.uk

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Tianshen Huang

Education & Biography

Since 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2013 - 2014: PhD Candidate in Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China

2009 - 2013: BEng in Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China

Research

Tianshen Huang is working on reconstructing multi-scale pore structures and network modelling multiphase flow, trying to bridge the gap between the pore-network (mm) and wireline (dm) scale.

 

Email: th2@hw.ac.uk

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Emmanuel Ibiam

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
2011 - 2012: Msc Petroleum Engineering, Heriot -Watt University, Edinburgh
2003 - 2008: B.Eng. Petroleum Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.

 

Research

 

Emmanuel is investigating novel methods to rank and cluster geomodels prior to commencing EOR simulations with the aim to provide more robust predictions of the feasibility of different EOR methods.

 

Email: eii4@hw.ac.uk

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Rafael March

Education & Biography

Since 2014: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2013 - 2013: Post-Graduate Degree in Petroleum Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2009 - 2011: MSc in Civil Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2004 - 2008: BSc in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Research

Rafael is working on the development of new methodologies to simulate multi-phase flow of CO2 and brine in fractured reservoirs, using novel multi-rate dual-block dual-porosity models.

 

Email: rmc1@hw.ac.uk

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Saideed Pavuluri

Education & Biography

Since 2015: Ph.D student at IPE, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

2012 – 2014: M.Sc in Water Resource Engineering and Management (WAREM), University Stuttgart, Germany

2008 – 2012: B.Tech in Civil Engineering, JNTUH, Hyderabad, India

 

Research

Saideep is working with capillary driven multiphase flows and magnifying the analysis at the lubricating film zone of flow along with analysing the trapping of phases within the pore scale models.

 

Email: sp22@hw.ac.uk

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Dmytro "Dima" Petrovskyy

Education & Biography

Since 2015: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2013 - 2014: MSc degree in Geophysics, Ivano-Franivsk Oil and Gas University, Ukraine and AGH University of Science and Technology

2012 - 2013: MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London

2008 - 2012: BSc degree in Geophysics, Ivano-Franivsk University of Oil and Gas, Ukraine

 

Research

Dima is part of the ICCR team and will be working on multi-scale pore-network modelling and upscaling pore-scale flow and transport processes to the wireline scale.

 

Email: dop1@hw.ac.uk

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Jackson Pola

Education & Biography

Since 2016: Ph.D. student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2015 - 2016: Reservoir Engineer at PT. LAPI ITB
2013 - 2015: M.Sc in Petroleum Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
2011 - 2013: Assistant Lecturer in Petroleum Engineering Dept. University of Papua
2009 - 2011: B.Eng in Petroleum Engineering, University of Proklamasi
2005 - 2008: Diploma in Engineering, University of Papua

Research

Jackson is analyzing and quantifying on parameters affecting incremental oil recovery during chemical EOR in fractured carbonate reservoirs to develop effective upscaling models for chemical EOR in fractured reservoirs

 

Email: jap3@hw.ac.uk

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Victoria Spooner

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2015 - 2016: MSc Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot Watt University
2012 - 2015: Project Leader of Mathematical Modelling, Scaled Solutions Ltd, UK
2008 - 2012: BSc Hons Mathematics, University of Edinburgh

Research

Victoria is extending existing flow diagnostic methods to accommodate dual-porosity and dual-permeability models, which are commonly used in fractured reservoir characterisation and simulation.

 

Email: ves1@hw.ac.uk

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Daniel Wong

Education & Biography

Since 2016: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2014 - 2015: PG Dip in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2011 - 2016: Mechanical Engineer at Halliburton
2007 - 2011: BEng in Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore

Research

Daniel is working on the development of novel upscaling/averaging procedures, using both theoretical and numerical studies, to build more reliable models for naturally fractured reservoirs that capture the fundamental flow processes pertinent to fractured geological formations.

 

Email: dlw1@hw.ac.uk

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Dr Julien Maes

Education & Biography

Since 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University

2012 - 2015: PhD in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London

2008 - 2011: Numerical simulation engineer, Total S.A., France

2007 - 2009: MSc in Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, France

2004 - 2007: Engineering Diploma, Ecole Polytechnique, France

 

Research

At ICCR, Julien is developing and applying direct numerical pore-scale simulation techniques to model single- and mutli-phase reactive flow with emphasis on wettability evolution in carbonate rocks.

 

Email: j.maes@hw.ac.uk
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Dr Christine Maier

Education & Biography

Since 2017: Postdoctoral research associate, Heriot-Watt University

2015 - 2017: Postdoctoral research associate, Stanford University

2010 - 2014: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

2002 - 2010: MSc in Mathematics, University of Paderborn, Germany

 

Research

Christine is developing and applying new numerical methods that enable us to simulate single and multi-phase flow processes in naturally fractured reservoirs where the fracture properties change as a function of reservoir stresses and pore pressure.

 

Email: c.maier@hw.ac.uk

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Dr Francesca Watson

Education & Biography

Since 2015: Postdoctoral research associate, Heriot-Watt University

2009 - 2015: PhD in Geophysics, Durham University

2003 - 2016: MSci in Geoscience, Durham University

 

Research

Francesca is working with Florian Doster to develop new models to approximate the movement of CO2 in subsurface formations.

 

Email: f.watson@hw.ac.uk

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Dr Stephanie Zihms

Education & Biography

Since 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University

2013 – 2014: Fluid Processes Geoscientist, British Geological Survey

2009 – 2013: PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

2005 – 2007: BSc (Hon) Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow

2002 – 2005: Undergraduate studies Geosciences, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

 

Research 

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

 

Email: s.zihms@hw.ac.uk

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Dr Zhao Zhang

Education & Biography
Since 2017: Postdoctoral research associate, Heriot-Watt University
2015 - 2017: Postdoctoral research associate, Stanford University
2010 - 2014: PhD student in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University
2002 - 2010: MSc in Mathematics, University of Paderborn, Germany

Research

Zhao is developing and implementing fast gridding techniques and flow diagnostic tools for the Rapid Reservoir Modelling project that enable us tob obtain real-time feedback on the essential static and dynamic reservoir behaviours when geological model concepts are explored.

 

Email: zhao.zhang@hw.ac.uk

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2012 - 2014: MSc in Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University