Basins Research Group (BRG)

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Basins Research Group (BRG)

BRG webpage:
www.imperial.ac.uk/earthscienceandengineering/research/basins

Group Members


Staff


Dr Christopher Jackson


Professor Alastair Fraser


Dr Gary Hampson


Professor Howard Johnson


Dr Alex Whittaker



Research Associates (PDRA)


Dr Craig Magee (IC)


Dr Amandine Prélat (IC)


Dr Rebecca Bell (Statoil)


Dr Peter Fitch (ExxonMobil)


PhD Students


Azli Abu Bakar (PETRONAS)


Abdulaziz Al
-
Balushi (PDO)


Hayley Allen (IC)


Donatella Astratti (Self)


Johan Claringbould (Statoil)


Elisabeth Evrard (Statoil)


Yvette Flood (IC)


Nicholas Holgate (Self)


Aruna Mannie (Commonwealth)


Benoît Massart (Shell)


Matthew Lewis (IC)


Stefano Patruno (IC)


Clara Rodriguez (Self)


Thilo Wrona (IC)

Previous group members: Dr Karla Kane (PDRA 2008; now at Statoil), Dr Gavin Elliott (PDRA 2012; now at LukOil), Rachel
Kieft (PhD 2009; now at BP), Andrew McAndrew (PhD 2010; now at ExxonMobil), Faisal Alqahtani (PhD 2010; now at King
Fahd University), Paul Whipp (PhD 2010; now at Statoil), Abdullah Adli Zakaria (PhD 2010; now at PETRONAS), Evelina
Dmitrieva (PhD 2012; now at Repsol)

BRG Research Overview


This

Basin

Research

Group

(BRG)

focuses

on

the

geodynamic,

structural,

and

stratigraphic

evolution

of

sedimentary

basins



We

are

a

multidisciplinary

group

of

Earth

Scientists

who

are

committed

to

understanding

the

fundamental

geological

processes

operating

in

evolving

sedimentary

basins,

and

the

application

of

this

understanding

to

determining

the

nature,

origin

and

occurrence

of

natural

resources



We

are

involved

in

integrated

surface

and

subsurface

investigations

worldwide,

using

a

combination

of

traditional

field
-
based

methods

and

state
-
of
-
the
-
art

technologies

for

geophysical,

geological

and

geochemical

data

acquisition,

processing,

analysis

and

three
-
dimensional

visualisation

Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy


Sedimentology

and

sequence

stratigraphy

of

non
-
marine
-
to
-
shallow
-
marine

clastic

depositional

systems
:


Dip

and

strike

sedimentological

and

stratigraphic

variability


Impact

on

reservoir

modelling

and

production

performance


Combination

of

seismic

reflection,

core

and

wireline

log

analysis


Field

studies

in

Borneo,

Argentina,

South

Africa


Associated

staff

and

research

students
:

Dr

Chris

Jackson,

Prof

Howard

Johnson,

Dr

Gary

Hampson,

Dr

Amandine

Prélat

(PDRA),

Nicholas

Holgate

(PhD),

Stefano

Patruno

(PhD),

Aruna

Mannie

(PhD),

Ben

Said

(MSci)

Stratigraphic correlation through the
Vestland

and
Boknfjord

groups; from
Mannie

et al. (in review)

Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy


Deep
-
water

sedimentology

and

stratigraphy

in

structurally
-
complex

settings
:


Interaction

between

tectonics

and

sedimentary

processes

on

submarine

slopes


Characterisation

of

hybrid

event

beds


Outcrop

and

subsurface
-
based

studies

from

offshore

Norway,

offshore

UK,

Argentina,

South

Africa


Associated

staff

and

students
:

Dr

Chris

Jackson,

Prof

Howard

Johnson,

Dr

Gary

Hampson,

Dr

Amandine

Prélat

(PDRA),

Stefano

Patruno

(PhD),

Rob

Duller

(PDRA

at

Liverpool),

Jord

de

Boer

(PhD

at

Bergen)

Structural Geology


The

growth

of

normal

faults

and

fault
-
related

folding

in

extensional

settings
:


Fault

growth

via

segment

linkage


Fault
-
related

folding


Impact

of

pre
-
existing

structures

on

the

tectono
-
stratigraphic

evolution

of

rifts


Associated

staff

and

students
:

Dr

Chris

Jackson,

Dr

Rebecca

Bell

(PDRA),

Matthew

Lewis

(PhD),

Jord

de

Boer

(PhD

at

Bergen),

Anette

Tvedt

(PhD

at

UiB),

Duarte

Soares

(PhD

at

Cardiff)

Structural Geology


Salt

tectonics
:


Impact

of

stratigraphic

heterogeneity

on

salt
-
related

structural

styles


Normal

fault

growth

in

salt
-
influenced

sedimentary

basins


Geodynamic

and

thermal

impact

of

salt

deposition


Associated

staff

and

students
:

Dr

Chris

Jackson,

Professor

Alastair

Fraser,

Dr

Rebecca

Bell

(PDRA),

Matthew

Lewis

(PhD),

Hayley

Allen

(PhD),

Abdulaziz

Al
-
Balushi

(PhD),

Clara

Rodriguez

(PhD),

Donatella

Astratti

(PhD)

Dynamic Subsurface Processes


Igneous

processes

and

their

impacts

on

petroleum

system

development
:


Sill

emplacement

and

implications

for

reservoir

quality

and

trap

development


Seismic

reflection
-
based

studies

from

offshore

Australia,

offshore

UK

and

offshore

Norway


Associated

staff

and

students
:

Dr

Christopher

Jackson,

Dr

Craig

Magee

(PDRA),

Esther

Hunt
-
Stewart

(MSci)

Igneous sills and extrusive volcanic cones, Bight Basin, offshore southern Australia

Volcanic vents and associated radial and concentric fractures, Otway Basin,

offshore southern Australia (image courtesy of Nick Schofield)

Dynamic Subsurface Processes


Fluid

flow

and

sediment

remobilisation

in

sedimentary

basins
:


Remobilisation

and

injection

of

deep
-
marine

sands


Mudstone

remobilisation

and

associated

deformation


Seismic

imaging

and

borehole

calibration

of

diagenetic

boundaries

and

implications

for

fluid

flow

and

petroleum

system

development


Seismic

reflection
-

and

borehole

based

studies

from

offshore

UK

and

offshore

Norway


Associated

staff

and

students
:

Thilo

Wrona

(PhD),

Evelina

Dmitrieva

(PhD),

Oluwatobi

Olobayo

(UoM)

Funding, and software


Software
:


Petrel

(Schlumberger)

(seismic

interpretation)


Kingdom

Suite

(HIS)

(seismic

interpretation)


SViPro

(FFA)

(seismic

visualisation)


TrapTester

(Badleys

Geoscience)

(quantitative

fault

analysis)


Flex/Stretch

(Badleys

Geoscience)

(forward

and

inverse

modelling

of

basin

geodynamic

processes


Move

(Midland

Valley)

(structural

modelling)


Interactive

Petrophysics

(petrophysical

analysis)

Funding:

PhD Training Opportunities


During

the

PhD

program

the

students

will

gain

technical

skills

in
:


The

interpretation

and

visualisation

of

2
D

and

3
D

seismic

reflection

data


Modelling

and

interpretation

of

potential
-
field

data

(e
.
g
.

gravity,

magnetics)


The

quantitative

and

qualitative

interpretation

of

electrical

(wireline)

log

data


Core

description

of

clastic

sedimentary

sequences



The

student

will

also

gain

associated

skills

in
:


Teaching

via

their

involvement

in

lab
-

and

field
-
based

courses

(e
.
g
.

MSc

fieldtrips

to

Utah,

US

and

Derbyshire,

UK,

Seismic

Interpretation

Techniques)


The

petroleum

industry

via

visits

to

companies

associated

with

their

research

projects

For

more

information

please

contact
:

Dr

Christopher

Jackson

(c
.
jackson@imperial
.
ac
.
uk

or

+
44
(
0
)
2074947450
)

or

visit

the

Basins

Research

Group

(BRG)

webpage

(http
:
//www
3
.
imperial
.
ac
.
uk/earthscienc
eandengineering/research/basins)

List of current research projects


Research

Associates

(PDRA)


Dr

Craig

Magee

(IC)

-

Understanding

the

structural

emplacement

of

igneous

intrusions

to

assess

their

potential

impacts

on

sedimentary

basin

and

petroleum

system

evolution


Dr

Amandine

Prélat

(IC)

-

Interaction

between

sedimentology

and

tectonics

in

shallow

marine

environments


Dr

Rebecca

Bell

(Statoil)

-

Investigating

tectonic

history

and

fault

behaviours

using

offshore

and

onshore

geological

and

geophysical

data


Dr

Peter

Fitch

(ExxonMobil)

-

Reservoir

characterisation

and

fluid

flow

in

carbonate

reservoirs



PhD

Students


Azli

Abu

Bakar

(PETRONAS)



Structural

and

stratigraphic

evolution

of

salt
-
related

depocentres


Abdulaziz

Al
-
Balushi

(OPD)

-

Impact

of

the

Messinian

Salinity

Crisis

(MSC)

on

hydrocarbon

maturation

and

migration


Hayley

Allen

(IC)



Facies

distribution

in

a

saline

giant
:

a

seismic

reflection

and

borehole

analysis

of

the

Messinian

Salinity

Crisis


Johan

Claringbould

(Statoil)



Structural

and

Stratigraphic

Expression

of

Multiphase

Extension

in

Rift

Basins


Elisabeth

Evrard

(Statoil)

-

Facies

distribution

in

the

Zechstein

Supergroup

and

influence

on

rift

basin

structural

style

in

the

Greater

South

Viking

Graben,

Northern

North

Sea

Rift


Yvette

Flood

(IC)

-

Controls

on

fluvial

stratigraphic

architecture

in

a

large
-
scale

outcrop

dataset
:

Blackhawk

Formation,

Wasatch

Plateau,

Utah,

USA


Nicholas

Holgate

(Self)

-

A

comparative

study

of

controls

on

shoreline

trajectories

in

rift
-
margin

and

rift
-
interior

shallow

marine

systems


Aruna

Mannie

(Commonwealth)

-

Structural

controls

on

the

stratigraphic

architecture

of

net
-
transgressive

shallow
-
marine

strata,

Middle

to

Upper

Jurassic,

Norwegian

Central

Graben


Benoît

Massart

(Shell)

-

Improved

characterization

and

modelling

of

low
-
permeability

sandstone

reservoirs


Matthew

Lewis

(IC)

-

Structural

and

stratigraphic

evolution

of

extensional

fault
-
propagation

folds


Stefano

Patruno

(IC)

-

Linkage

between

shelf

and

slope

depositional

systems

along

the

margins

of

an

active

rift

basin
:

insights

from

shoreline

trajectories

analysis


Clara

Rodriguez

(Self)

-

Regional

structural

evolution

of

a

saline

giant

during

passive

margin

development
:

The

role

of

stratigraphic

heterogeneity


Thilo

Wrona

(IC)

-

Geometry

and

evolution

of

the

silica

diagenetic

fronts

on

the

Norwegian

Margin
:

a

combined

seismic,

borehole

and

geochemical

study

Completed projects


Research

Associates

(PDRA)


Dr

Gavin

Elliott

(Statoil)

-

Stratigraphic

development

of

salt
-
influenced

rift

basins

(completed

2012
)


Dr

Karla

Kane

(Statoil)

-

Salt
-
related

normal

fault

growth

in

rift

basins

(completed

2008
)



PhD

Students


Evelina

Dmitrieva

(IC)



Deposition

and

remobilisation

of

deep
-
water

sandbodies

in

the

Norwegian

North

Sea

(completed

2012
)



Paul

Whipp

(IC)



Fault

propagation

folding

and

the

growth

of

normal

faults

(completed

2011
)


Abdullah

Adli

Zakaria

(PETRONAS)

-

Sedimentology

of

Tertiary

deepwater

sandstones

in

NW

Sabah,

Malaysia
:

an

evaluation

of

the

Paleogene

(Oligocene
-
Miocene)

West

Crocker

Formation

and

the

Neogene

(Early

Pliocene)

Lingan

submarine

fan

systems

(completed

2010
)


Rachel

Kieft

(Statoil)



Sedimentology

and

sequence

stratigraphy

of

shallow

marine

sediments

in

a

syn
-
rift

setting
;

the

Hugin

Formation,

South

Viking

Graben

(completed

201


Andrew

McAndrew

(Statoil)



Occurrence

and

cause

of

syn
-
rift

erosional

unconformities

in

the

northern

North

Sea

(completed

2010
)


Faisal

Alqahtani

(King

Abdulaziz

University)

-

3
D

seismic

geomorphology

of

fluvial

systems

(completed

2010
)