Personal profile

Biography

From 1977 to 1980 I was at the Centre for Tectonophysics, Texas A&M University (experimental rock mechanics, fracture systems, upper crustal deformation). This was followed by 10 years in the US oil and gas industry (management of structurally complex fractured reservoirs, simulation of their flow). A return to academia (1991 to 1998) produced a PhD in Basin Development and Basin-scale Flow Systems at Glasgow University concurrent with and followed by a fixed-term research contact (flow in deforming fractured media) joint between Geology and Civil Engineering. I have been at Heriot-Watt University for 17 years. This time includes several years as Director of the Petroleum Geoscience MSc but has mostly been focused on Geomechanics and Geomaterials research encompassing topics from Structural Geology to Nanomaterials Science and Full Field Rock Mechanics laboratory testing to subsurface fractured and fracture-induced reservoir issues. My current research focus is 2-fold: linked geomechanics and flow in developing geological structures at the cm to the reservoir scale; and laboratory-based rock and flow system testing, particularly with embedded sensor systems. 

Research interests

Current main areas:

MechSeis 2011-18. Identification and prediction of evolved petrophysical and acoustic properties in deformed carbonate rocks via rock mechanics testing and geomechanical simulation.

Bots in Rocks 2014 -17 (with Dr Flynn). Development and use of nanosensors in deforming rocks for evolving rock and fluid property identification: a non-destructive laboratory study of rock deformation and fluid movement.  Experimental investigation of reservoir rock deformation using sensors for direct measurement (Bots in Rocks 2)

Deformation band development in sands and sandstones 2015-2019  (with Dr Charalampidou) Quantitative assessment and experimental replication of deformation band development in partially consolidated natural sands and sandstones.  A collaborative project with Universitie de Grenoble.

Numerical Diagenesis (with Drs Buckman and Jiang). Characterisation via high resolution methods of diagenesis in clastics and its digital representatation via pore architecture reprentations. 

ICCR/ BasDiHist 2011-16 (with Profs. Sebastian Geiger and Rachel Wood, Univ. of Edinburgh).  Characterisation of a dolomitised offshore carbonate reservoir using basin modelling, digital rock models and high-resolution heat-flow simulations
 

Historical research areas / projects:

Quartz Cementation Prediction Niger Delta.   Identification via linked basin modelling and petrophysics of quartz cementation initiation conditions.  Funded by the PTDF.

RFI: Robust Fracture Identification using geomechanical modelling and seismic anisotropy studies.  Funded by consortium of 9 companies plus the DTI

BMFFFS: Behaviour of Fault-Fracture Flow Systems via geomechanical and flow simulation. Funded by consortium of 9 companies plus the DTI

HYDRO-DDA - a numerical tool to soft-couple a deforming, fractured, porous framework and its fluid system, with special application to fractured topseals and folding rock systems.  EPSRC funded.  With University of Glasgow.

Geomechanical evolution of basins and their basement.  Ongoing theme from PhD project onwards investigating the geometric, kinematic, geomechanical and flow evolution of basins for petroleum and mineral rsources.

Fractured reservoirs. A long lived theme, especially fracture evolution in folding layered systems and  geomechanical assessment of effective stress evolution. 

 

Roles & Responsibilities

External

  • ICCR (International Centre for Carbonates Research) Founder Member, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities.
  • The Geological Society of London, Special Publications.  Volume Editor to 2007.
  • European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Taylor and Frances, Volume Editor in Chief, to 2014.
  • Lecturer (Annual) Geomechanics in Reservoir and Basin Systems Course.  Part of International Masters in Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Risks, Department of Civil Engineering, Universitie de Grenoble, France.
  • Member ALERT   (Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Research and Technology, an Invitation-membership EU network)  

Heriot-Watt

  • Member Postgraduate Studies Committee
  • Member Athena Swan (Women in Science) Champions Committee
  • Dean’s Representative

Former and Recent:

  • Athena SWAN Bronze Award University Committee 2007-10 and

  • Member QESC/ QSC 2008-2012

  • ELIR Preparation Staff 2010-11

  • Member Senate 2004-2012

Institute:

  • Lead IPE Athena Swan (Women in Science) Working Committee 2014-15
  • Joint Deputy Lead EGIS Athena SWAN Working Committe 2015-present

Keywords

  • QE Geology
  • Geomechanics

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Research Output 1982 2017

Analysis of geomaterials using frequency-modulated continuous wave radar in the K-band

Blanche, J., Flynn, D., Lewis, M. H., Couples, G. D. & Cheung, R. 13 Jun 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Radar
Radiation
Rocks
continuous radiation
Sensing

Analysis of Geomaterials using Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave Radar in the X-band

Blanche, J., Flynn, D., Lewis, M. H., Couples, G. D. & Cheung, R. 8 Aug 2017 2017 IEEE 26th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE). IEEE, p. 1376-1381 6 p. (IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Deionized water
Sandstone
Continuous wave radar
Phase shift
Electronic equipment

Cemented sands: from field deformation to inter-particle bonding

Soriano, I., Charalampidou, E-M. C., Lewis, M. H., Viggiani, G., Buckman, J., Ando, E. & Couples, G. D. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

sand
cement
quarry
clay
cementation

Combining basin modelling with high-resolution heat-flow simulations to investigate the key drivers for burial dolomitisation in an offshore carbonate reservoir

Mangione, A., Lewis, M. H., Geiger, S., Wood, R. A., Beavington-Penney, S., McQuilken, J. & Cortez, J. 9 May 2017 In : Petroleum Geoscience.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Flow simulation
Domes
Catchments
Salts
Heat transfer