Dr. Mohammed S. Alfarhan

Tel: +966 (013) 860-3652
Fax: +966 (013) 860-8663

Location: DTV Bldg. 248 (PEGTC), Rm. 226

Dr. Mohammed S. Alfarhan

Remote Sensing & Digital Services – Director (A), Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Dr. Mohammed Alfarhan has over 20 years of research and development experience. Before joining RSL at CPG team in February 2018, he was the Manager of National Center of Remote Sensing Technology at King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology (KACST); he worked at Oil and Gas Research Institute, National Center for Environmental Technology, and Natural Resources and Environment Research Institute at KACST. His responsibilities included operations management, Management of receiving and distributing satellite images. He established airborne LiDAR and hyperspectral-mapping division at KACST.

He is heavily involved in research include the development of the use of LiDAR and photogrammetry for building 3D photorealistic virtual models of geology and manmade features and integrating them in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for visualization and analysis.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 2010
  • M.S., Geospatial Information Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 2008
  • Graduate Diploma Certificate, Remote Sensing, University of Texas at Dallas, 2005
  • M.S., Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 2003
  • Graduate Diploma Certificate, Fundamentals of GIS design, implementation and analysis, University of Texas at Dallas, 2002
  • B.S., Geology, King Saud University, 1995

Research Interests

  • Ground and Airborne LiDAR Technology.
  • Building, Visualizing, and Analyzing 3D Virtual Models.
  • Remote Sensing and GIS Application.

Selected Publications

  • Qiu, Fang, Li, Bin, Chastain, Bryan, Alfarhan, Mohammed, 2008, A GIS based spatially explicit model of dispersal agent behavior, Forest Ecology and Management, Vol. 254, Issue 3, P. 524-537.
  • Youssef, Ahmed Mohamed, Abdelsalam, Mohamed G., Arafat, Sayed M., Alfarhan, Mohammed, 2008, The Rise and Demise of the New Lakes of Sahara, Geosphere e- Journal, April 2008; v. 4; no. 2; p. 375-386; DOI: 10.1130/GES00142.1
  • Alfarhan, Mohammed, White, Lionel, Tuck, Dean, Aiken, Carlos, 2008, Laser Rangefinders And Arcgis Combined With 3D Photorealistic Modeling For Mapping Outcrops In The Slick Hills, Oklahoma, Geosphere e- Journal; June 2008; v. 4; no. 3; p. 576–587; DOI: 10.1130/GES00130.1.
  • Valcik, N., Aiken C.L.V., Xu, X., Alfarhan, Mohammed S., 2009, Cutting Edge Information and Virtual Technologies for Homeland Security in the 21st Century, to  International Perspectives On Crime And Justice (Book 733 pages), Chapter Twenty One,  Edited by K. Jaishankar Ph.D.Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Carlos Aiken, Mohamed Alfarhan, Lionel White and Mohamed Abdelsalam, 2010, Three-Dimensional Globally-Accessed Monuments Experiment (3D-GAME): The UT Dallas – Missouri S&T Effort, p. 119-129 “Heritage in the Digital Era”, Multi-Science Publishers, London.
  • Deng, R. Aguilera, M. Alfarhan, L.S. White, J.S. Oldow, and C.L. Aiken, , 2011, “Reservoir Characterization and Flow Simulation of a Low-Permeability Gas Reservoir: An Integrated Approach for Modelling the Tommy Lakes Gas Field”, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology; May  2011; v. 50; no. 5; p. 33–47; DOI: 10.2118/137507-PA
  • Yuhong Zhou, Fang Qiu, Ali A. Al-Dosari, and Mohammed S. Alfarhan, 2015, ICESat waveform-based land-cover classification using a curve matching approach, nternational Journal of Remote Sensing, 2015, Vol. 36, No. 1, 36–60, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2014.99064
  • Zhou*, F. Qiu+ , F. Ni, C. Zhang, M. Alfarhan, and A. Al-Dosari, 2016, Curve matching approaches to waveform classification: a case study using ICESat data. GIScience & Remote Sensing. Vol. 53(6), 739-758. DOI:10.1080/15481603.2016.1232147
  • Alhumimidi, S., Alfarhan, M.S., Cline, J.R. et al., Application of a 3D photorealistic model for the geological analysis of the Permian carbonates (Khuff Formation) in Saudi Arabia, Arab J Geosci (2017) 10: 112. doi:10.1007/s12517-017-2874-7
  • Osman, Mutasim; Abdullatif, Osman; Al-Farhan, Mohammed; Workflow of integration of digital outcrop modeling and sedimentology of the Early Triassic Upper Khartam Member of Khuff Formation, central Saudi Arabia; Arab J Geosci (2017); issn: 1866-7538; doi: 10.1007/s12517-017-3082-1
  • Mansour S. Alhumimidi; Hussein M. Harbi; Mohammed S. Alfarhan; Kamal Abdelrahman; Carlos L.V. Aiken; Imaging fracture distributions of the Al-Khuff Formationoutcrops using GPR and ERT geophysical techniques, Al-Qassimarea, Saudi Arabia, Arab J Geosci (2017) 10:306 doi: 10.1007/s12517-017-3059-0

Awards & Honors

  • 17th Annual South Central Arc User Group (SCAUG) Student Competition Award, UT Dallas Geosciences Ph.D. Student Mohammed S. Alfarhan Wins the 2007 SCAUG Student Competition, http://www.utdallas.edu/geosciences/news/2007/alfarhan.html, 11-13 April 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • R.M. Butler Memorial 1st Runner-Up Award for “LiDAR Technology as a Means of Improving Geologic, Geophysical and Reservoir Engineering Evaluations: From Rocks to Realistic Fluid Flow Models” as a best paper presented at Canadian International Petroleum Conference (CIPC) 2009.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4772

Location: PEGTC - Rm. 227 (DTV-248)

Jarvis R. Cline

Assistant Director for Remote Sensing & Digital Services, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Jarvis Cline is privileged to hold a mid-level leadership position within the Remote Sensing & Digital Services team at CPG.  Coming from a technical background in software development, Jarvis has spent most of his career in 3D data capture and analysis as applied to surface geology and aerial survey.  Coming from experiences at two startup companies, Jarvis has learned the necessity of striving to be a proactive member of a team as well as the personal lesson of failing towards success.  He believes that organizations should aspire to excellence through the collective and cross‑disciplinary efforts of their team members, thus he is especially gratified to be part of such an innovative institution as CPG.  The integration of an engineering discipline and a science discipline create an environment which he views as rife with potential and positive impact, and the vision at CPG to pursue these cuts across supporting students, performing research, innovating in educational delivery, fostering a spin-off and entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing services within the public sector, partnering with industry, and promoting efficiency and professional development within the organization.  Thus, Jarvis is more than honored with his promotion after two years with the College, in September 2020, to a position of responsibility as Assistant Director for Remote Sensing & Digital Services, a unit which is unique in the world but which has the opportunity to execute on all of the above opportunities.  Jarvis is consistently inspired by the talent and esprit of the personnel he is privileged to work with, and he believes that leadership opportunities are present everywhere and that these opportunities are realized wherever strong work ethic, attention to detail, assertive communication, and teamsmanship and spirit of service intersect.  Jarvis continually fails towards better success in these regards, and he looks forward to earnestly serving you. 

Jarvis Cline considers himself a resource and is delighted to be consulted regarding digital outcrops as well as technologies such as photogrammetry, GPS equipment, or aerial survey by drone.  You might also encounter him in remote sensing and geospatial projects, where he can be consulted regarding the availability of data as well as on the research & development side, and he is always excited by opportunities for the development of in-house or prototype software.  As part of the Remote Sensing & Digital Services team, Jarvis is also part of an ecosystem within the College that serves students with their IT, software, and learning-platform related needs as well as supports them to use cutting edge technologies in their studies and research. 

Educational Qualification

  • B.S. Software Engineering, The University of Texas at Dallas (2012)

Research Interests

  • Photorealistic digital outcrop models
  • 3D data capture (laser scanning, photogrammetry)
  • Visualization and analysis software development
  • Remote sensing / GIS
  • Aerial survey

Selected Publications

  • Alhumimidi, M. S., Alfarhan, M. S., Cline, J. R., & Aiken, C. L. V. (2017). Application of a 3D photorealistic model for the geological analysis of the Permian carbonates (Khuff Formation) in Saudi Arabia. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 10(5). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12517-017-2874-7
  • White, L., Aiken, C., Alfarhan, M., & Cline, J. (2010). GeoAnalysis Tools – ArcScene Extension for the Analysis of 3D Geological Outcrop Models. In 72nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition – Workshops and Fieldtrips. EAGE Publications BV. https://doi.org/10.3997/2214-4609.20149966

Awards & Honors

  • National Merit Scholar (2002), nationally awarded for outstanding academic excellence during high school career and college-entrance exams
  • Representing UT-Dallas with Matthew Dempsky and Michelle Berger, team achieved 2nd place in Association for Computing and Machinery (ACM)-sponsored Intercollegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) in North America – South Central region (2005)
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4849
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1062

Mushabbab Q. Al Raqdi

Lab. Technician, Supervisor, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

His core knowledge was long honed out through years of persistent lab operations. Since employed by King Saud University, Geology Dept. in 1988 Mushabbab was tasked with a wide spectrum of lab tasks like Thin Section Preparation, Rock Cutting, and Microphotography. When retained in 1997 by CPT, KFUPM he furthered his lab passion by fulfilling and supervising numerous CPG research support assignments and other instrumental tasks related.

Educational Qualification

  • BS, Business Administration, Dammam University, KSA, 2016.
  • Tech. Diploma, Geology, King Abdul Aziz University, 1987.

Research Interests

  • Geology and Environmental Sciences.
  • Graduate student thesis.

Awards & Honors

  • The Distinguished staff for technician and support at KFUPM – 2011.

Tel: +966 (013) 860-2551
Fax: +966 (013) 860-3989

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1060

Abdulrahman Y. Al Ghamdi

Assistant Researcher, Supervisor, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Since Sept. 21, 1997 Al Ghamdi has been assuming the role of research assistant and now is handling several tasks of projects funded by oil companies for geological analysis of surface and subsurface rock samples for different reservoirs, including thin section preparation for rock samples and more than 18,000 thin sections for Saudi Aramco and other major oil companies. His scope of work extends to sample cleansing, lab handling, field and office land survey, operating and supervising machines e.g. spectral ptrothin, multivolume pycnometer and mercury porosimeter.

Educational Qualification

  • B.Sc., Geology
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4459

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1070

Abdulmalek Ali Alsanounah

Operational Health & Safety Supervisor, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Educational Qualification

  • B.Sc. in Geology, 1991, KFUPM.

Research Interests

  • Geology
  • Petrophysics

Selected Publications

  • Saner S, Cagatay M.N, and Al-Sanounah A.A, “Relationship Between Shale Content and Grain-Size Parameters in the Safaniyah Sandstone reservoir, NE Saudi Arabia”, Journal of Petroleum Geology, vol. 19(3), 1996, pp. 305-320.
  • Sahin A, Ali A.Z, Ghori S.G, Elsahn H, Hassan M, and Al-Sanounah A.A, “Geological Controls of Variograms in a Complex Carbonate Reservoir, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia”, Mathematical Geology, vol. 30,No. 3, 1998, pp. 309-322.

Awards & Honors

  • Received Prince Mohammed ben Fahd ben Abdulaziz Award for the year 1997.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-8618
Fax: +966 (013) 860-8663

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1213

Fidaa Saeed Al-Ghamdi

IT Acting Supervisor, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor Business Administration, University of Imam Abdurahman bin Fisal.
  • Diploma IT Technical Support (Network), TOP (The Oxford Partnership) in Al-Khobar Female College.

Secondary Email: e-learning@kfupm.edu.sa 

Awards & Honors

  • Cisco Certificate of Cybersecurity
  • Canada Excellent Course (Digital Marketing and SEO)
  • Social media contents management
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2317
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: PEGTC, Rm. 117

Ali Fouad Al Alwan

Flow Loop Safety Officer, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Ali joined our Petroleum department in 2016. He is an upbeat, self-motivated team player with excellent communication skills. He is currently working as a Safety Officer, for the college of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences.

Educational Qualification

  • B.Sc., Petroleum Engineering – KFUPM – 2011.

Awards & Honors

  • Graduated with Honors degree.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-2167/94459

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 6108

Mahmoud A. Mohamdin

Safety Officer, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Mahmoud joined Petroleum Department in 2019. He is Knowledgeable about potentially hazardous materials or practices. He has outstanding organizational skills, excellent communication skills with the ability to present and explain health and safety topics. He is currently working as a Safety Officer, for the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences.

Educational Qualification

  • B.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering – KFUPM – 2013
  • Certified from International Association of Safety Professionals – IASP – 2018
Tel: + 966 (013) 860-92381

Location: Bldg. 78, Rm. 1061

Nasser Quriyan AlHajri

Safety Engineer, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Educational Qualification

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue University Northwest (PNW), Indiana, USA. (2018)

Research Interests

  • Oil & gas exploration field services industry, drilling etc.
  • Automotive vehicles for the diesel & gasoline of heavy equipment & small cars include its design & manufacturers.
  • Civil 3D, SAP Software System, Primavera P6, SolidWorks, 3D-Printing & PLC.
  • Preventive & Planning/Control Maintenance.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-7806
Fax: +966 (013) 860-8663

Location: DTV 02, Rm. 227 [Cluster 01]

Mohammed Idrees A. Farooqui

Remote Sensing Specialist, Laboratory Technical Support & Services

Mr. Farooqui is an Electronics Graduate. He has 26 Years of Teaching, Research and Development Experience in Remote Sensing & GIS. Before joining College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences (CPG) he worked as Remote Sensing and GIS Analyst for 22 Years at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

His expertise is in Remote Sensing, GIS, 3D Modelling, Laser scanning, Geological and Geophysical Investigations using Ground Penetrating Radars (GPR). At KACST he was involved in many Remote Sensing and GIS projects like Earth Surface distortion mapping due to Sink Holes, Volcanos and Earth Quakes, Oil Spill Mapping, Mineral Mapping in Sabkhas, Archeological site investigations, Soil and Water Contamination Studies due to UST leakage, Environmental, Geological and Hydrological Studies, Coastal and Marine habitat mapping etc.

Educational Qualification

  • B.Sc. (Electronics), Osmania University, India.
  • Holds 31 Diplomas in  Remote Sensing, GIS, 3D Modelling, Geophysical Equipment, 3D Laser scanning and IT

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing & GIS: Satellite data processing, Multispectral, Hyperspectral, Radar Interferometry and Ground Penetrating Radar Interpretation, LiDAR, Laser Scanning and 3D Modeling
  • Environment and Earth Sciences: Mineral Exploration, Earth Surface distortion and subsidence mapping; Faults, Sinkholes, Geological and Geomorphological mapping; Hydrological Studies, Water and Soil Pollution studies; Desertification and Sabkha Studies; Air quality and Visibility Mapping; Agriculture, Mangrove and Forest Mapping; Landuse, Coastal and Marine studies, Archeological Studies.

Selected Publications

  • Paper “Air Pollution Concentration Modeling by GIS in Riyadh” published in 14th Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Information Technology Proceedings 2012.
  • Paper “Environmental GIS of Wadi Hanifa” published in 6th Annual ESRI Middle East & Africa User Conference Proceedings 2002.

Awards & Honors

  • Awarded Arc/Info software in a competition conducted by Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI), USA, for the best map produced in Arc/Info at ESRI users conference 1998.
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Technical Support rendered to Saudi – Japanese Joint Research Project, R4-2 Project  Building Landuse and Vegetation Biomass Database using Remote Sensing and GIS.
  • Received Certificate of Excellence for providing Training in Remote Sensing and GIS software to Saudi Center for Remote Sensing Group, KACST
  • Received Certificate of Excellence for developing and managing Spatial Data and Numerical Analysis Laboratory at NCET, KACST.
  • Certificate of Appreciation as organizer and contributing to the success of 2nd Saudi International Environmental
  • Technologies Conference 2014, Riyadh Saudi Arabia. 10th – 12 the November, 2014.