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Structural controls on reservoir performance - A virtual outcrop study of geometries and architecture - SAFARI

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The SAFARI Project is a major industry funded JIP which focuses on novel methods for acquiring and studying reservoir analogue data. Over the past 10 years the project has worked extensively with clastic depositional systems and the next phase of the project will include an expansion into Carbonates and Structural Geology, using the workflows and approach developed previously, especially the extensive use of Virtual Outcrop techniques pioneered by the Group.

It is well-recognised that faults and fractures contribute significantly to the heterogeneity of reservoirs, and are a critical factor in the sealing and trapping of many prospects and fields. There is already an extensive volume of knowledge available on fault systems, from outcrop, seismic and lab studies. The goals of this project are

1. Defining a standard for describing structural geology. This will be based on the scheme used by Fossen (2010) and reviewed by Fossen and Rotevatn (2016).
2. Acquisition of c. 100 virtual outcrops from classic structural localities around the world.
3. Interpret virtual outcrops to extract numerical data on fault throw, width of fault core, width of fault damage zone, lithology, heterogeneity, clay content, proximity to other structures, estimated stress field etc.
4. To summarise the geometric data on faults that is available within the published literature.
5. To define a systematic data schema to describe faults in outcrop, reservoirs and the subsurface,

The PhD student will join an active a vibrant research project which is supported by 14 Companies and involves a large group of PhD students and researchers. The study will be undertaken in collaboration with Prof Atle Rotevatn and Dr David Peacock at the University of Bergen

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in geology or a related discipline. The candidate should have a keen interest in structural geology and also petroleum geoscience. The ability to work has part of a large multi-disciplinary time is very important.

The project will involve significant amounts of field work so a willingness to travel and spend time out of the UK is necessary. A full driving licence is essential.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘SAFARI’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

Application closing date is 12:00pm (GMT) on 1 April 2019. Applications received after this time will NOT be considered. Additionally, incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• CV
• 2 References (Academic, where possible - we will not be contacting referees)

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor J Howell () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

The start date of the project is 1 October 2019

Funding Notes

A studentship fully funded by SAFARI JIP consortium covering maintenance stipends (£14,777 per annum) and tuition fees will be paid at the UK/EU rate of £4,260 (2018/2019 rates).

Applications from International students can be accepted providing they can meet the difference between UK/EU and International Tuition Fees from their own resources and for the duration of study.


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