Director, Centre for Exploration Geophysics
Director, Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium
WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering
Boris obtained his MSc at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1981 and began his career at the Moscow Institute of Geosystems. His early work included numerical analysis of NMR signals, application of pattern recognition to direct detection of hydrocarbons from seismic reflection data and poroelasticity. The latter subject became Boris’s long-term obsession. His first steps in this area were focused on quantification of dispersion and attenuation due to mesoscopic flow in thinly-layered poroelastic systems, which formed Boris’s PhD thesis (1988).
In 1990s, after visiting research appointments at University of Karlsruhe (Germany), Birkbeck College and Elf Geoscience Research Centre (both in London), Boris joined the Geophysical Institute of Israel, where he combined his continued interest in poroelasticity with development and application of multi-focusing imaging.
In 2001 Boris was appointed Professor of Geophysics at Curtin University (under a joint appointment with CSIRO), where his research expanded into a large variety of rock physics topics, such as effective stress laws, stress dependency of rock properties and solid/fluid layered systems. At the same time, he continued to work on the topic of wave-induced fluid flow, studying such systems as patchy saturation; flow between pores and fractures; squirt flow; and heavy oil rocks. He has also collaborated with colleagues who specialise in seismic data processing and time-lapse analysis. This collaboration led to a number of interesting studies, such as development of new algorithms for estimation of azimuthal anisotropy from vertical seismic profiles, and modelling the seismic time-lapse response of CO2 injected into a reservoir rock.
At Curtin University Boris was Head of Department of Exploration Geophysics (2010-2015) and since 2004 Director of the Curtin Reservoir Geophysics Consortium. In December 2019 he received an honorary title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor and was appointed Director of the newly formed Centre for Exploration Geophysics. In 2019 he was Society of Exploration Geophysics Honorary Lecturer for the Asia-Pacific Region. Boris has served on editorial boards of Geophysics, Journal of Seismic Exploration and Wave Motion. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and has over 100 journal publications.
Curtin Exploration Geophysics Discipline Leader
Brett is a Professor and the Discipline Lead of Exploration Geophysics at Curtin University with expertise in areas such as Electromagnetics and Hydrogeophysics. Brett has a comprehensive industry and research background focused on technologies for search, delineations and development of subsurface resources. Brett has been Program II leader in Australia’s approximately $145 million dollar 8.5 year Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) and is Principal Investigator of a MinEx CRC project involving Petrophysics for Mineral Discovery during Drilling.
Brett has established a large portfolio of research projects and is author on many research publications in high impact Journals. He supervises several research students and has coordinated undergraduate subjects including advanced electromagnetism and potential fields, environmental geophysics and seismic interpretation. Brett consistently generates quality innovative research solutions from earth science projects that may span geophysics, numerical simulation, hydrogeology, geothermal technologies, mineral exploration, aquifer replenishment, geological sequestration of CO2, well logging and well field design.
Roman is a Professor of Geophysics at Curtin University and his achievements include the “Outstanding contribution to Science” and “People’s choice award for best presentation” awarded by the 2012 CO2CRC Research Symposium; “Award of Appreciation for Outstanding contribution to the CO2CRC Stage 2C Project” and CO2CRC’s prestigious honour, the 2017 Inaugural John Tyndall Award for Excellence in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Research.
He is an expert in seismic imaging and monitoring with over twenty years of experience in the field. His recent research focuses have been in application of seismic monitoring in CO2 geosequestration, borehole seismic methods and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS). Roman’s core expertise lays in the development of methods for seismic data acquisition, development of the novel processing algorithms, with DAS being a main research topic focus of his research in recent years. He led Stage 2C of an ongoing project with CO2CRC, the first CO2 geosequestration demonstration in Australia and is currently leading the continuing stage 3 of the project.
Roman has contributed as co-inventor to two patent applications in the area of seismic exploration and has served as Associate editor for Exploration Geophysics since 2015.
Roman obtained his PhD in Geophysics from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2004 and his MSc in Geophysics in 2001. His research interests also include Exploration seismology, Time-lapse seismic, Seismic anisotropy, Seismic attenuation, Seismic data processing, analysis and imaging; and Data processing algorithms.
Maxim is a Professor of Exploration Geophysics at Curtin University with over 30 years of research experience in physics, material science and rock physics working at leading research organizations in Russia, Japan and New Zealand. Maxim obtained his MSc in Physics and Engineering in 1986 and his PhD in Physics in 1990 from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia. He joined Curtin University in 2007 and became head of the experimental rock physics program. Using innovation, Maxim built from scratch a rock physics laboratory which has become recognised as a world leading rock physics laboratory. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and is the inventor of 11 international patents. Maxim’s current research is focused on the properties of subsurface reservoir rocks and minerals, including elastic and unelastic properties of rocks at teleseismic, seismic and ultrasonic frequencies; digital rock physics; mechanical properties of rocks at micro level (nanoindentation); and direct observation of multiphase fluid.
Milovan completed his MSc in Geophysics in 1985 at University of Houston and his PhD in Geophysics at Curtin University in 2000. Milovan is now a Professor of Geophysics at Curtin where he has been a researcher for nearly 30 years. Milovan was awarded the “Demand Driven Research Leadership Award” as part of the Curtin University Research and Engagement Awards in 2018. He has extensive experience in the application of various seismic – borehole and surface – methods for exploration of mineral resources. Recently he has focused on utilising new technology in mineral exploration practices.
Milovan was founder and technical director of the Curtin Centre of Excellence, Centre for High Definition Geophysics (CHDG) and co-founder of HiSeis, a seismic company dedicated to mineral exploration which is now a world renowned leader in the application of seismic methods for discovering new mineral resources; operating worldwide on every continent. He has acted as Principal investigator in projects funded by the Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D).
Milovan has been a recognised leader in the area of the application of seismic methods for exploration of mineral resources in Australia. He has carried out intensive investigations and research works covering seismic data acquisition, processing and imaging of excessively complex geological settings that are commonly found throughout Yilgarn craton. He currently sits on the advisory board for the European research initiative, the Smart Exploration 2020 project.
Andrej is a Professor of Geophysics within the Discipline of Exploration Geophysics where he has been a researcher since 2007. His research focuses include theoretical seismology, in particular on seismic imaging and anisotropy. Andrej has co-ordinated a number of large research activities in seismic methods for mineral exploration including trials of DAS methodology.
He was the principal investigator of projects including the MinEx CRC Seismic in the Drilling Workflow; Curtin’s scope of the DET CRC Project Seismic While Drilling; DET CRC Project 3D Seismic Exploration for Hard Rock Environments and HiSeis Development of novel methods for data processing. His research interests are in theoretical seismology, with a focus on active and passive imaging of reflectors and diffractors in anisotropic media. Andrej received a MSc in Mathematical Engineering from Czech Technical University, Prague in 1997 and was awarded a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University of Calgary, Canada in 2002.
Mehdi is a Research Associate at Curtin University, where he has held a research position since 2015. He received a Bachelor’s in Mining Exploration Engineering from Sahand University of Technology in 2000, a MSc in Petroleum Geosciences (Seismic) from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2004 and his PhD in Exploration Geophysics from Curtin University in 2012.
Mehdi’s expertise is in exploration seismology and his main research interest is the application of passive seismic and full-waveform inversion methods in hard-rock environments and mineral exploration. His skills cover a broad range of topics in oil and gas exploration including fields such as; seismic reflection amplitude analysis (AVO/AVI) for subsurface lithology and fluid content; building (prospect scale) structural and property reservoir models through integrating well logs and seismic data; seismic velocity anisotropy and anisotropy parameter estimation (VTI and Orthorhombic) from borehole and surface seismic surveys; building anisotropic velocity models and processing frack related microseismic data for fracture zone delineation in unconventional shale oil/gas operations; forward modelling and Full waveform inversion of seismic data for medium elastic parameters; subsurface imaging using active/passive seismic measurements, seismic while drilling (SWD), seismic; interferometry (SI) and inverse VSP; borehole seismic methods (VSP, Walkaway VSP).
Senior Research Fellow
Stanislav is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin, where he began his career in 2014. In 2008 he received a diploma in Geophysics from Dubna International University of Nature, Society, and Man and in 2012 he was awarded a PhD from Lomonosov Moscow State University in mathematical geophysics. His research areas include theoretical, experimental and numerical rock physics and Geophysical monitoring and characterization. Stanislav’s recent research involves modelling-driven optimization of data analysis at both stages, seismic reservoir characterization and reservoir surveillance; and application of statistical learning algorithms to the data assimilation. He has significant contributions to the CO2CRC projects.
Senior Research Fellow
Vassili is a Senior Research Fellow at Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University where he has been employed for over 10 years. Vassili received a MSc in Physics in 1982 and a PhD in NQR/NMR Spectroscopy in 1997 from Kaliningrad State University. In 2018, Vassili was awarded a PhD in Geophysics from Curtin University. Vassili is the author and co-author of over 40 journal papers, 22 patents and 45 conference proceedings and led as Principal Investigator on a project involving development and construction of a low-frequency experimental apparatus for measurements of seismic dispersion and attenuation in reservoir rocks.
Senior Research Fellow
Stephanie is a Senior Lecturer at Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University. She holds a PhD in Geochemistry/Rock Physics from Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (2008) and a Master’s in Fundamental and Applied Geochemistry from University Paris VII (2002). Stephanie has a background in Applied Geochemistry and Geophysics with a focus on coupled hydrogeochemo-mechanical processes for geological, environmental and Oil & Gas related problems. Her expertise is in experimental rock physics; timelapse measurements, reactive transport modeling (PHREEQC, TOUGH/TOUGHREACT); aqueous geochemistry; imaging techniques (X-ray tomography, SEM, confocal microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy).
Andrew is a data geoscientist specialising in the development of automated geophysical software applications and immersive data visualisation. He completed his PhD in Geophysics in the field of computational geoscience at Curtin University in 2013; received a Bachelor’s with first class honours from Curtin in 2008 and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Western Australia, in 2008. He currently holds a position as Research Fellow and Honour’s and Master’s co-ordinator at Exploration Geophysics
Some of Andrew’s teaching and learning resources have been made open source and have been globally impactful. His electromagnetic tutorials have accumulated tens of thousands of views and his software has been downloaded over 20,000 times. Andrew has created software including an underlying electromagnetic algorithm which has since been adopted by Geoscience Australia within their inversion package which is used by hundreds of geoscientists working on industry and national scale problems.
Andrew is the creator of MCSEM.com, a portal to a free, lightweight, interactive Marine CSEM modelling software developed during his PhD. The software has been downloaded over 1500 times spanning 70+ countries and has been used in many prestigious institutions for training the next generation of marine electromagnetic explorers. The software performs multi-threaded execution of open source electromagnetic code and visualises electric and magnetic field behaviour using the Java OpenGL graphics library.
Konstantin has been a Research Fellow at Curtin University since 2014. Konstantin received his Diploma in Geophysics and Seismology from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2002 and his PhD in Geophysics from Curtin University in 2013. He has 16 years of combined experience in applied geophysics in both industry and academia. His expertise is focused on borehole seismic techniques and seismic data analysis. Konstantin is currently involved in a number of ongoing collaborative research projects including an ongoing project with CO2CRC that focuses on carbon dioxide geosequestration and involves multiple industry and international partners. Within this project he has led several field experiments involving international participants from France, USA, South Korea and Canada. He has also participated as a key researcher in DET CRC and MinEx CRC research projects.
Sinem is a Research Fellow with over ten years of combined experience in applied geophysics; with skills in seismic data analysis, processing and interpretation. Sinem received her MSc in Geophysical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2011 and her PhD in Exploration Geophysics at Curtin University in 2015. She contributes significantly to several collaborative research projects, including an ongoing research project with CO2CRC that focuses on carbon dioxide geosequestration and involves multiple industry and international partners. She has participated as a key researcher in DET CRC and Southwest Hub geosequestration projects funded by the Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D). Sinem has experience in providing consultancies on designs data management, analysis and processing with conventional geophones and distributed acoustic sensors.
In 1980 Andrew received his BSc in Mining Engineering from Camborne School of Mines in; in 1994 he completed his MSc in Mining and Rock Mechanics at University of the Witwatersrand; and in 1998 he received his PhD in Mining and Computing at the University of Nottingham. Andrew is a Senior Lecturer at Exploration Geophysics specialising in Computational image analysis, 3D visualisation and 3D priniting in particular of geoscience and medical image data (including 3D CT/microCT scan images). He also has expertise in rock engineering and virtual environment applications for mine safety. Andrew’s research interests include Computational image analysis; 3D visualisation of seismic data; 3D Visualisation of CT scans in particular geoscience and medical data; Virtual mineral collection and cultural heritage; Virtual Reality training simulators; Mine simulation; Rockbolt Quality Inspection Tool. He has skills and expertise in visualisation, 3D computer graphics, virtual reality, data visualisation, 3D modelling, computer vision, image processing, rock mechanics and 3D printing.
Alexey is a Research Fellow with a petroleum engineering background who has work experience in oil and gas and research and engineering companies. Alexey received a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics in 2014 from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; and in 2019 he was conferred a PhD in Exploration Geophysics from Curtin University. He completed his doctorate degree working on rock physics of shales and sandstones. Alexey has experience working with industry on CO2 injection monitoring; 2D and 3D surface seismic and VSP processing; seismic interpretation. Alexey currently contributes as a researcher to CO2CRC and MinEx CRC projects.
Sasha is a lecturer at Exploration Geophysics. His Research Areas include CO2 Geosequestration, Reservoir Characterisation and Monitoring, Minerals Exploration Geophysics, Petroleum Exploration Geophysics, Seismic Acquisition, Data Processing, Imaging and Modelling.
Hoang has been a Research Fellow at Exploration Geophysics since 2016. His areas of expertise include electrical instrumentation; embedded system and data acquisition; network routing and optimisation and sensor networks. Hoang has a PhD in Communication Engineering from Edith Cowan University, an Associate diploma in Electronics Engineering and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems.
Michael has held a position as Research Fellow at Curtin since 2015. His areas of research involve Nuclear Geophysics and Borehole instrumentation and his skills and expertise are in simulation and modelling, mathematical programming and instrumentation. In 2000 Michael received his PhD in Physics from University College Dublin which focused on gamma-ray astronomy.
Senior Technical Officer
Senior Technical Office
Robert has over 30 years of experience in the ICT industry and has been employed in both Australia and overseas during this period. Prior to this, he was employed as a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Instruments) with the Royal Australian Air Force.
He is currently responsible for the management and support of the specialist IT environment that exists within the Curtin Discipline of Exploration Geophysics. This includes the Discipline’s HPC research cluster, local servers, various specialist computing hardware and software, and all related licencing requirements.
Robert also helps maintain and develop the Discipline’s public and internal websites, provides ICT technical support to the Discipline’s staff and students, and oversees the purchase of ICT specialist hardware and software, liaising with Curtin Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) as required.