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Our research

Curtin University is widely recognised for its achievements in applied research that is firmly focused on solving real-world problems.

Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally.

Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium

CRGC research project areas

The Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium (CRGC) is a partnership between industry and academia. It undertakes research into acquisition, processing and quantitative interpretation of geophysical data with an emphasis on Australian petroleum exploration and production problems.

The CRGC’s mission is to conduct geophysical research and develop new technologies for the benefit of the petroleum industry, and to train students in geophysical methods and research relevant to the needs of our sponsors.

The research is structured around the concept of improved seismic imaging of reservoirs, methods of signal analysis, which will enhance the data processing of existing data, the potential offered when using multi-component processing to understand the effects of anisotropy, and obtaining a comprehensive knowledge of the effects that variations in rock physics have on transmitted and reflected seismic energy.

  • Theoretical and experimental rock physics
  • Seismic processing and imaging
  • Reservoir characterisation and monitoring
  • Sea-bed electromagnetics

Membership Benefits

  • Access to computer algorithms and codes
    developed by CRGC staff and students
  • Early access to any non-confidential
    results of projects sponsored by
    third parties
  • The CRGC reports (based on
    postgraduate student theses)
  • Access to preprints of all papers
    submitted to scientific conferences
    and journals
  • Participation in the Annual General
    Meeting.

Our Research Groups

Theoretical and Experimental Rock Physics

Seismic Imaging and Characterisation

Geophysical Instrumentation

Geophysical Computing

Mining and Groundwater Geophysics

Seismic research in hard-rock environments for mining

  • Seismic-While-Drilling, passive seismic
  • Robust seismic processing workflows
  • Seismic imaging algorithms
  • Joint VSP-surface seismic analysis
  • Full wavefield analysis
  • 3D visualisation of ore bodies
  • Seismic attribute characterisation
  • Multi-attribute analysis for joint seismic/EM interpretation

Participant in: Deep Exploration Technologies CRC

Geophysical Instrumentation

  • New technology for downhole seismic velocity measurements
  • Nuclear technology for borehole logging tools
  • Magnetic susceptibility and resistivity measurements
  • Data acquisition and sensor development
  • Detector simulations and algorithm development
  • Rock classification from geophysical measurements

Hydrogeophysics Research

Development of geophysical technologies for:

  • Managed aquifer recharge and aquifer storage and recharge
    (e.g. 3D seismic reflection, wire-line logging)
  • Basin scale flow and transport model development
    (e.g. Airborne EM and seismic methods)
  • Time-lapse mapping the saline water interface at coastal and estuary margins (e.g. ERI)
  • Surface and in-hole time-lapse mapping spatial and temporal changes in ground water chemistry (e.g. time-lapse induction logging)
  • Surface and in-hole mapping the unsaturated zone
    (e.g. GPR and time-lapse crosswell radar)
  • Mapping large scale fault compartmentalisation
    (e.g. high-resolution MT and seismic methods)

Oil and Gas, and CO2 Sequestration Geophysics

Seismic for site characterisation and monitoring of CO2 sequestration

  • Seismic reservoir characterisation
  • Design of monitoring strategies and geophysical surveys
  • Time-lapse seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation
  • Modelling of seismic response of injected CO2
  • Measurements of properties of CO2-saturated rocks

Participant in: CO2CRC Otway Project (Victoria, Australia) South West Hub (Western Australia)
National Geosequestration Laboratory (Australia)

Imaging and characterisation

Seismic anisotropy/attenuation

  • Estimation from borehole and surface seismic data
  • Analysis of causes and mechanisms
  • Applications for seismic imaging and monitoring
  • AVO in anisotropic media

Advanced imaging and modelling

  • Prestack imaging algorithms
  • Diffraction imaging
  • Algorithms for geophysical forward modelling
  • Passive seismic imaging
  • VSP processing and analysis
  • Surface wave analysis
  • CSEM Modelling

Rock Physics

Experimental

  • Measurements of elastic rock properties (seismic to
    ultrasonic frequencies) at reservoir conditions
  • Lab measurements of anisotropy under stress with
    Laser Doppler Interferometry
  • Study of rock microstructure with X-ray micro-CT
  • Analysis of grain property distribution and evolution using nano-indentation

Theoretical

  • Elastic properties of fractured reservoirs
  • Properties of rocks saturated with heavy oil
  • Velocity-stress relationships
  • Seismic signatures of patchy saturation