Dr. Nabil Saraih

Instructor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Nabil Saraih is an instructor at the Department of Geosciences. He has more than 10 years of experience in the petroleum and academic sectors. Dr. Saraih’s professional journey includes working as a geoscientist engineer with Schlumberger and later with TOTAL Energie, where he built integrated models (static and dynamic) for Kharir Biyad reservoir. Returning to Schlumberger, he served as a Geologist and Geophysics Software Engineer in Yemen and Pakistan, supporting client companies in solving subsurface-related problems. In addition to his industry roles, Dr. Saraih has taught several courses at local universities in Yemen and more recently at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He is proficient in industry-leading software tools such as Petrel, GIS, Techlog, Omega, Petromod, Reflex, Voxeler, and Eclipse. Dr. Saraih’s current research focuses on carbonate sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, reservoir quality controls, outcrop and subsurface modeling, and fracture characterization.

Educational Qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geology, Jan. 2024 – King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Master in Subterranean Reservoirs of Energy: Hydrodynamics, Geology, and Modelling, ENSG, Lorraine University, Oct. 2013 – Nancy, France
  • Bachelor in Geophysics and Hydrogeology, Aug. 2008 – Sana’a University, Yemen

Research Interests

  • Subsurface and outcrop Modeling (static and dynamic simulation models)
  • Carbonate sedimentology
  • Pore system characterization
  • Fracture characterization and modeling
  • Reservoir quality controls

Selected Publications

  • Saraih, Nabil A., Hassan A. Eltom, Robert H. Goldstein, Scott A. Whattam, Ammar El-Husseiny, Sherif Hanafy, and John Humphrey. “Bioturbated Strata in the Upper Cretaceous Aruma Formation, Central Saudi Arabia: An Analog for Aquifers and Hydrocarbon Reservoirs with Large Burrows.” Marine and Petroleum Geology 157, no. September (2023): 106489. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2023.106489.
  • Eltom, Hassan A., Nabil A. Saraih, Oliver G. Esteva, Lundi Kusuma, Saleh Ahmed, and Mohamed A. Yassin. “Three-Dimensional Modeling and Fluid Flow Simulation for the Quantitative Description of Permeability Anisotropy in Tidal Flat Carbonate.” Energies 13, no. 21 (2020). https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215557.C
  • Saraih, Nabil A.*, Hassan A. Eltom, Robert H. Goldstein, Ammar El-Husseiny, Sherif Hanafy, Scott A. Whattam,  ,John Humphrey, and Moaz Salih. “Controls on fracture propagation in bioturbated carbonate rocks: Insights from the Aruma Formation, central Saudi Arabia.” Marine and Petroleum Geology
  • Saraih, Nabil A.*, Sherif Hanafy, Hassan A. Eltom, , Ammar El-Husseiny, Robert H. Goldstein, Scott A. Whattam,  and John Humphrey. “Characterizing the attributes of large burrows in the Upper Cretaceous Aruma Formation: Insights from ground penetrating radar.” IEEE- Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing
  • Saraih, Nabil A., Hassan A. Eltom, Robert H. Goldstein, Scott A. Whattam, Ammar El-Husseiny, John Humphrey, and  Sherif Hanafy. “Understanding reservoir zones with biogenically influenced flow media, Aruma Formation, central Saudi Arabia.” AAPG ICE 2023.
  • Khogali, Abid, Rika Syahputra, Nabil Saraih, and Hassan Eltom. “Controls on Reservoir Sand-Body Architecture: Modelling and Fluid Flow Simulation of Modern Analog, East Sudan.” International Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2022, 2022. https://doi.org/10.2523/IPTC-21869-EA.

Extended Publications (+)

Al-Hajri, Sameer, Syed M. Mahmood, Ahmed Abdulrahman, Hesham Abdulelah, Saeed Akbari, and Nabil Saraih. “An Experimental Study on Hydrodynamic Retention of Low and High Molecular Weight Sulfonated Polyacrylamide Polymer.” Polymers 11, no. 9 (2019): 10–16. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11091453.

Al-Hajri, Sameer, Syed M. Mahmood, Saeed Akbari, Hesham Abdulelah, Nurudeen Yekeen, and Nabil Saraih. “Experimental Investigation and Development of Correlation for Static and Dynamic Polymer Adsorption in Porous Media.” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 189, no. December 2019 (2020): 106864. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2019.106864.

Awards & Honors

  • Achieved first place in my bachelor’s degree.
  • Graduated with an A grade in my Master’s program.
  • Graduated from KFUPM with a GPA of 3.9/4 in January 2024.
  • Served as Acting Site Manager for WesternGeco-Schlumberger in 2011.
  • Held the position of Vice President of the SPE Student Chapter at Lorraine University, France, in 2013.
  • Received the Distinguished Award from the President of Yemen in 2008 during my bachelor’s degree.