4D seismic analysis with a focus on Geomechanics


The topic of Seismic Geomechanics aims to link time-lapsed seismic data to complex geomechanical effects in the subsurface arising from hydrocarbon production. This can be used to infer risk in the overburden or productivity in the reservoir. In this project we aim to continue our previous efforts established by a long list of previous students: Hall and MacBeth (2001), Hodgson and MacBeth (2006), Corzo et al. (2010), Garcia and MacBeth (2012), and Wong et al. (2017). The challenge is to dramatically improve our current definition of the tensorial components of the stress/strain field generated by reservoir production using inversion and modelling, guided by the study of several industry datasets. This will involve investigation of post-stack time-shifts and possibly pre-stack time-shift data. It is possible that additional non-seismic data such as subsidence, 4D gravity or microseismic may be incorporated in support of geomechanical measurements.

The ETLP research team has eighteen years of experience in quantitative 4D seismic interpretation and is funded by a number of oil, energy and service companies. For more information on our activities please visit our website: www.pet.hw.ac.uk/research/etlp. You will work on innovative techniques to analyse industry data supervised by Prof Colin MacBeth and Dr Hamed Amini.


This is a full scholarship which will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of 15,400.


This scholarship is available to UK, EU and overseas candidates.

The successful candidate should have a strong interest in applied research and possess at minimum a masters and undergraduate degree in geophysics, physics, earth science, petroleum engineering or a similar field. Formally four years of university study including a minimum of one year at an advanced level are required. Programming skills are an essential requirement of this project, whilst some experience in poroeleasticity, fluid flow simulation and seismic processing is desirable. Several years of experience working in industry is also an advantage but not a necessity.

How to apply

To apply you must complete our online application form.

Please select PhD programme Petroleum Engineering and include the full project title, reference number and supervisor on your application form. You will also need to provide a CV, a supporting statement, a copy of your degree certificate and relevant transcripts and references from two academic sources.

Please contact Prof Colin MacBeth (c.macbeth@hw.ac.uk) for informal information.

You must also provide proof of your ability in the English language (if English is not your mother tongue or if you have not already studied for a degree that was taught in English). We require an IELTS certificate showing an overall score of at least 6.5 with no component scoring less than 6.0 or a TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 90 points.


The closing date for applications is 15th November 2017. Applicants must be available to start the PhD in Spring 2018 or earlier.

posted: 06 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.