banner merged

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.

Previous Members

Simeon Agada

Biography
Current position: 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
Current position: 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
Current position: 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
Current position: 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.


Robert Annewandter

Biography
Current position: 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
Current position: 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
Current position: 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
Current position: 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
Current position: Technical Solutions Expert at Volume Graphocs
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

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
Current position: 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
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Earthsciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
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
Current position: 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.


Alessandro Mangione

Biography
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

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
Current position: 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
Current position: 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
Currently: 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
Current position: Consultant with Boston Consultancy, 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
Current position: AIMS ARETÉ Junior Chair, University of Capetown, South Africa
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
Current position: 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
Current position: Senior Researcher, Aramco Services Company, 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.