CPG

Dr. Abdullah A. Alshuhail

Tel: +966 (013) 860-2538
Fax: +966 (013) 860-2595

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2215

Dr. Abdullah A. Alshuhail

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Educational Qualification

  • Visiting Scholar at the Geophysics Department, Stanford University, USA, 2012-2013.
  • Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Calgary, USA, 2011. Dissertation title: CO2 Sequestration Site Characterization and Time-lapse Monitoring Using Reflection Seismic Methods
  • M.S., Geophysics, University of Calgary, USA, 2006. Dissertation title: Integration of 3-D Electrical Resistivity Imaging and Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys in Characterizing Near-Surface Fluvial Environment
  • B.S., Geophysics, KFUPM, KSA, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Climate change education, adaptation, and mitigation.
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS).
  • Qualitative and quantitative interpretation of seismic data.
  • Environmental and engineering geophysics.

Selected Publications

  • Alshuhail, A.; Lawton, D. and Isaac, H., 2010, Geophysical characterization of the Devonian Nisku Formation for the Wabamun Area CO2 Sequestration Project (WASP), Alberta: Energy Procedia.
  • Lawton, D; Alshuhail, A.; Coueslan, M. and Chabot, L., 2008, Seismic monitoring at the Penn West Pembina Cardium CO2-EOR pilot, Alberta, Canada – lessons learned: Energy Procedia.
  • SanLinn I. Kaka, Juan M. Reyes-Montes, Abdullah Al-Shuhail, Abdullatif A. Al-Shuhail and Michael Jervis, 2016, Analysis of Microseismic Events during a Multi-stage Hydraulic Stimulation Experiment at a Shale Gas Reservoir: Seismological Research Letters.
  • Abdullatif  Al-Shuhail, Abdullah Alshuhail, et al., 2019, KFUPM Ghawar digital viscoelastic seismic model: Arabian Journal of Geosciences
  • Abdullatif  Al-Shuhail, Abdullah Alshuhail, et al., 2020, Digital viscoelastic seismic models and data sets of central Saudi Arabia in the presence of near-surface karst features: Journal of Seismic Exploration.
Tel: + 966 (013) 860-2848

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2239

Dr. Ardiansyah Ibnu Koeshidayatullah

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Ardiansyah Koeshidayatullah is an Assistant Professor in the Geosciences Department, College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences (CPG), KFUPM. His primary research interests focus on (i) integrated carbonate reservoir characterization, including stratigraphic modelling and novel geochemistry; and (ii) Artificial Intelligence in Geosciences. He was a Presidential Doctoral Scholar at the University of Manchester, UK and a visiting research student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, USA. Before joining KFUPM, he was a joint postdoctoral research fellow at the Paleobiology and Basin Petroleum System Modeling (BPSM) Group, Stanford University, USA.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Basin and Petroleum Geosciences, University of Manchester, UK (2019)
  • M.S., Earth Sciences, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia (2015)
  • B.S., Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (2011)

Research Interests

  • Integrated outcrop and stratigraphic forward modeling
  • Isotope geochemistry and quantitative geochemical modelling
  • Structurally-controlled diagenesis and dolomitization
  • Machine learning for visual recognition in geosciences
  • From Machine learning to Explainable AI in geosciences

Selected Publications

  • Koeshidayatullah, A., Trower, E., Mukerji, T., Li, X., Lehrmann, D.J., Morsilli, M., Al-Ramadan, K. and Payne, J.L., 2021. Can secular trends in ooid size be used to constrain ancient climate and ocean chemistry? Insights from Deep Learning, Monte Carlo Simulation and Physics-based modelling. Submitted to Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
  • Koeshidayatullah, A., Corlett, H. and Hollis, C., 2021. An overview of structurally-controlled dolostone-limestone transitions in the stratigraphic record. Earth-Science Reviews, p.103751.
  • Stacey, J., Corlett, H., Holland, G., Koeshidayatullah, A., Cao, C., Swart, P., Crowley, S. and Hollis, C., 2020. Regional fault-controlled shallow dolomitization of the Middle Cambrian Cathedral Formation by hydrothermal fluids fluxed through a basal clastic aquifer. GSA Bulletin.
  • Koeshidayatullah, A., Morsilli, M., Lehrmann, D.J., Al-Ramadan, K. and Payne, J.L., 2020. Fully automated carbonate petrography using deep convolutional neural networks. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 122, p.104687.
  • Stacey, J., Hollis, C., Corlett, H. and Koeshidayatullah, A., Burial dolomitization driven by modified seawater and basal aquifer‐sourced brines: Insights from the Middle and Upper Devonian of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Basin Research, 33(1), pp.648-680.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Koeshidayatullah, A., Corlett, H., Stacey, J., Swart, P.K., Boyce, A. and Hollis, C., 2020. Origin and evolution of fault-controlled hydrothermal dolomitization fronts: A new insight. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 541, p.116291.B
  • Koeshidayatullah, A., Corlett, H., Stacey, J., Swart, P.K., Boyce, A., Robertson, H., Whitaker, F. and Hollis, C., 2020. Evaluating new fault‐controlled hydrothermal dolomitization models: Insights from the Cambrian Dolomite, Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Sedimentology, 67(6), pp.2945-2973.
  • Al-Ramadan, K., Koeshidayatullah, A., Cantrell, D. and Swart, P.K., 2020. Impact of basin architecture on diagenesis and dolomitization in a fault-bounded carbonate platform: outcrop analogue of a pre-salt carbonate reservoir, Red Sea rift, NW Saudi Arabia. Petroleum Geoscience, 26(3), pp.448-461.
  • Koeshidayatullah, A., Al-Ramadan, K., Collier, R. and Hughes, G.W., 2016. Variations in architecture and cyclicity in fault-bounded carbonate platforms: Early Miocene Red Sea Rift, NW Saudi Arabia. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 70, pp.77-92

Awards & Honors

  • Presidential Doctoral Scholar (2016-2019)
  • 1ST place in Middle East and 3rd place in global competition, AAPG Imperial Barrel Awards (2015)
  • Best Graduate Student, KFUPM (2014)
  • Dean’s List award (2008-2011)
Tel: + 966 (013) 860-2626

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2140

Dr. Israa S. Abu-Mahfouz

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr Israa S. Abu-Mahfouz is an Assistant Professor of Structural Geology at the Department of Geosciences, College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences (CPG). She is the first female faculty member in the CPG-KFUPM. Dr Abu-Mahfouz is specialist in naturally fractured reservoirs, unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs, geomechanics, fracture geochemistry, and reservoir modelling. She received her PhD degree in Petroleum/Structural Geology from the University of Oxford (UK), and she holds B.Sc. degree in Geology & Environment (2007) and M.Sc. degree in Applied Geology (2009) from the Hashemite University (Jordan).

Her work experience spans more than 13 years, where she fulfilled a wide variety of roles in the oil/gas industry and in research and academia. Main roles she held include Senior Geoscientist at Shell/Jordan, two Postdoctoral Fellowships (at Oxford University, UK and KAUST, KSA), Tutor at Oxford University, and a Research Scientist role at KAUST. She is an active member of different professional organizations (AAPG, GSL, OUGG, and JGA). Dr Abu-Mahfouz served as a committee member, chair, and organizer of different international conferences and workshops.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Geology (Structural Geology), University of Oxford, UK
  • M.S. in Applied Geology, Hashemite University, Jordan
  • B.S. in Geology and Environment, Hashemite University, Jordan

Research Interests

  • Structural geology
  • Characterization of carbonate/mudrock unconventional source rocks/ reservoirs, including structural characterization, rock physical/mechanical properties, organic/inorganic geochemistry, and petrography.
  • Mechanical stratigraphy, diagenesis, hydrocarbon migration and maturation             
  • Characterization of naturally fractured reservoirs: geostatistical analysis, fracture geochemistry.
  • Reservoir modelling and heterogeneity

Selected Publications

  • I.S. Abu-Mahfouz, J. Cartwright, E. Idiz, J.N. Hooker, S. Robinson. 2020. Silica diagenesis promotes early primary hydrocarbon migration. Geology 48 (5), 483–487. https://doi.org/10.1130/G47023.1.
  • I.S. Abu-Mahfouz, J. Cartwright, E. Idiz, J.N. Hooker, S. Robinson, S.H.J.M. van den Boorn. 2019. Genesis and role of bitumen in fracture development during early catagenesis. Petroleum Geoscience, 26, 4. DOI:10.1144/petgeo2018-179
  • J.N. Hooker, I.S. Abu-Mahfouz, Q. Meng, J. Cartwright. 2019. Fractures in mudrocks: Advances in constraining timing and understanding mechanisms. Journal of Structural Geology, 125, 166-173. DOI:10.1016/j.jsg.2018.04.020
  • I.S. Abu-Mahfouz, A. Al-Malabeh, S. Rababeh. 2016. Geo-engineering evaluation of Harrat Irbid Basaltic Rocks, Irbid District—North Jordan. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9, 5, 1-11. DOI:10.1007/s12517-016-2428-4

Extended Publications (+)

  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Gaus, G., Grohmann, S., Klaver, J., Cartwright, J., Idiz, E., Littke, R., Patzek, T., Urai, J., S., Vahrenkamp, V. 2022. Improved Understanding Of Hydrocarbon Expulsion And Associated Fracturing During Successive Stages Of Maturation: Insights from the Artificial Maturation of Organic-rich, Immature to Early Mature Source Rocks. 2022. International Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition (IPTC 2022). Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabi. IPTC-21895-MS
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Ardila, M., Podlaha, O., Vahrenkamp, V., Geochemical and Petrographic Characterization of Lithofacies and Organofacies in Upper Cretaceous organic-rich Source Rocks from Jordan. 2022. International Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition (IPTC 2022). Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabi. IPTC-21914-MS
  • S. Grohmann, G. Gaus, J. Klaver, I.S. Abu Mahfouz, V. Vahrenkamp, T. Patzek, J. Urai, R. Littke. 2021. Hydrous Pyrolysis of Source Rock Plugs: Geochemical and Visual Investigations and Implications for Primary Migration. European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers. DOI:10.3997/2214-4609.202134153
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S, Iakusheva, R., Finkbeiner, T., Cartwright, J., Santamarina, C. Vahrenkamp, V., 2021, Impact of rock composition and lithofacies variation on mechanical properties of organic-rich carbonate mudrocks: the Upper Cretaceous Muwaqqer Formation, Jordan, ARMA/DGS/SEG: 2nd International Geomechanics Symposium – conference presentation
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Cartwright, J., Idiz, E., Hooker, J.N. Robinson, S. 2020. Silica diagenesis promotes early primary hydrocarbon migration. Geology 48 (5), 483–487. https://doi.org/10.1130/G47023.1
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Cartwright, J., Vahrenkamp, V., Patzek, T., Littke, R., 2020. Fracture Development in Unconventional Reservoirs & its Role in Hydrocarbon Migration & Expulsion. Conference paper. AAPG Search and Discovery. Houston, USA
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S. Cartwright, J., Idiz, E., Hooker, J.N., Robinson, S., van den Boorn, S.H.J.M. 2019. Genesis and role of bitumen in fracture development during early catagenesis. Petroleum Geoscience, 26, 4. DOI:10.1144/petgeo2018-179
  • Hooker, J.N., Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Meng, Q., Cartwright, G. 2019. Fractures in mudrocks: Advances in constraining timing and understanding mechanisms. Journal of Structural Geology, 125, 166-173. DOI:10.1016/j.jsg.2018.04.020
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Cartwright, J., Hooker, J.N., Gross, M.R., 2018. Natural Fracture Systems in Mudrocks (Upper Cretaceous-Eocene), Jordan. The Geology of Fractured Reservoirs, the Geological Society of London. London, UK
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Cartwright, J., 2016. Fracture development due to the growth of displacive concretions, Sicily, Italy
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Al-Barahmieh, M., 2014. Introduction to Lithofacies and Structures, for the Study of Mudrocks and their Formations, Jordan International Oil Shale Symposium, Dead Sea, Jordan
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S., Geo-Engineering and Geochemical Evaluation of Basalt Rocks, N Jordan, The 10th International Conference of Jordanian Geologists Association and the 7th International Symposium on Middle East Geology, Amman, Jordan
  • Abu-Mahfouz, I.S, Al-Malabeh, A., Rababeh, Sh. 2016. Geo-engineering evaluation of Harrat Irbid Basaltic Rocks, Irbid District—North Jordan. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9, 5, 1-11. DOI:10.1007/s12517-016-2428-4

Awards & Honors

  • 2018: Burdett-Coutts Research Award, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, UK
  • 2017: St Peter’s College Research Award, Oxford University, UK
  • 2017: AAPG Foundation Geoscience Research Award (Donald F. Towse Memorial Grant), US
  • 2016: St Peter’s College Graduate Award, Oxford University, UK
  • 2014: Shell-Oxford Fully-Funded Scholarship (4-year PhD project in Earth Sciences at Oxford University), UK
  • 2008: Excellence Award (MSc. Degree), Hashemite University, Jordan

Professional Membership:

  • Member, Oxford Geology Group, OGG, OUGG (2016-Present).
  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, AAPG (2015-Present).
  • Member, the Geological Society of London, GSL (2015-Present).
  • Science Ambassador at Science Oxford (2014-2018).
  • Member, Jordan Geologists Association, JGA (2008-Present).
Tel: +966 (013) 860 2698

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2159

Dr. Korhan Ayranci

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Ayranci completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the Geological Engineering Dept., Akdeniz University, Turkey. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Earth Science Department, Simon Fraser University, Canada. Following his Ph.D. he joined the research group of Dr. Nick Harris at the University of Alberta, Canada, as a Post-doctoral fellow and later became a Research Associate at the same department. He focuses on sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and forward stratigraphic modeling of unconventional reservoirs.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Sedimentology and Stratigraphy / Earth Sciences Department, Simon Fraser University, Canada (2009-2014)
  • M.S., Sedimentology / Geological Engineering Department, Akdeniz University, Turkey (2006-2009)
  • B.S. (honors), Geological Engineering Department, Akdeniz University, Turkey (2002-2006)

Research Interests

  • Sedimentological and ichnological characterization of deep- and shallow-water deltaic settings
  • Mudstone depositional environments
  • High-resolution sequence stratigraphic applications in unconventional reservoirs
  • Applications of forward stratigraphic modeling in unconventional reservoirs and deltaic settings

Selected Publications

  • Ayranci, K. and Dashtgard, S.E., 2020. Deep-Water Renewal Events; Insights into Deep Water Sediment Transport Mechanisms. Scientific Reports, 10(1): 6139.
  • Ayranci, K., Harris, N. and Dong, T., 2018. Sedimentological and ichnological characterization of the Middle to Upper Devonian Horn River Group, British Columbia, Canada: Insights into mudstone depositional conditions and processes below storm wave base. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 88(1): 1-23.
  • Ayranci, K., Harris, N.B. and Dong, T., 2018. High resolution sequence stratigraphic reconstruction of mud-dominated systems below storm wave base; A case study from the Middle to Upper Devonian Horn River Group, British Columbia, Canada. Sedimentary Geology, 373: 239-253.
  • Dong, T., Harris, N.B., Ayranci, K., Twemlow, C.E. and Nassichuk, B.R., 2017. The impact of composition on pore throat size and permeability in high maturity shales: Middle and Upper Devonian Horn River Group, northeastern British Columbia, Canada. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 81: 220-236.
  • Ayranci, K. and Dashtgard, S.E., 2016. Asymmetrical deltas below wave base: Insights from the Fraser River Delta, Canada. Sedimentology, 63(3): 761-779.
  • Ayranci, K., Dashtgard, S.E. and MacEachern, J.A., 2014. A quantitative assessment of the neoichnology and biology of a delta front and prodelta, and implications for delta ichnology. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 409(0): 114-134.
  • Ayranci, K., Lintern, D.G., Hill, P.R. and Dashtgard, S.E., 2012. Tide-supported gravity flows on the upper delta front, Fraser River delta, Canada. Marine Geology, 326–328(0): 166–170.

Awards & Honors

  • President’s Ph.D. Scholarship, Simon Fraser University (2013).
  • Best Poster Award, the Third International Congress on Ichnology (Ichnia 2012).
  • CSPG University Student Event Grant (2012).
  • Travel Grant, International Ichnological Association (IIA, 2012).
  • Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University (2012, 2011).
  • Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University (2009).
  • Second position in intern student report competition, Turkey (2004).
Tel: +966 (013) 860-3265

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2217

Dr. Hassan Eltom

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Eltom is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geosciences. His research focuses on carbonate sedimentology, chemostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, and diagenesis, the processes that control the quality of hydrocarbon reservoirs. His major area of interest is to understand pore system in carbonate reservoirs, particularly carbonate with complex large pores (cavern, vuggy, breccia, and burrow porosity). Dr. Eltom interdisciplinary research integrates geological, geophysical, petrophysical, geostatistical, and reservoir simulation data to quantitatively address questions regarding controls on flow properties of carbonate with large pores. Dr. Eltom has several publications in refereed journals and conferences. He worked with Schlumberger overseas as a geologist for four years (2006 – 2010), with KFUPM as lecturer and researcher for four years (2010 – 2014), and with Kansas Interdisciplinary Carbonates Consortium (KICC) – the University of Kansas as Post-doc for five years (2014 – 2019).

Educational Qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Geology, 2013 – King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Geology, 2007 – King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Geology and Chemistry, 2001 – University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

Research Interests

  • Understanding flow properties in carbonates with complex pore systems.

Selected Publications

  • Eltom, H.A., Limitation of laboratory measurements in evaluating rock properties of bioturbated strata: A case study of the Upper Jubaila Member in Central Saudi Arabia, 20 December, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2019.105573 
  • Eltom, H.A., Rankey, E.C., Hasiotis, S.T., and Barati, R., 2019. Effect of bioturbation on petrophysical properties: Insights from geostatistical and flow simulation modeling. Marine and Petroleum Geology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.03.019
  • Eltom H.A., and Hasiotis S.T., 2019. Lateral and vertical trends of preferred flow pathways associated with bioturbated carbonate: examples from Middle to Upper Jurassic strata, central Saudi Arabia. In McNeill D, Harris PM, Rankey E, Hsieh J (Editors). Carbonate Pore Systems: New Developments and Case Studies, Special Publication 112: SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, Oklahoma. DOI: 10.2110/sepmsp.112.05
  • Eltom, H.A., Gonzalez, L.A., Hasiotis, S.T., Rankey, E.C., and Cantrell, D.L., 2018, Paleogeographic and paleo-oceanographic influences on carbon isotope signatures: Implications for global and regional correlation, Middle-Upper Jurassic of Saudi Arabia: Sedimentary Geology, v. 364, p. 89-102.
  • Eltom, H.A., Rankey, E.C., Hasiotis, S.T., Gonzalez, L.A., and Cantrell, D.L., 2017, Impact of upwelling on heterozoan, biosiliceous, and organic-rich deposits: Jurassic (Oxfordian) Hanifa Formation, Saudi Arabia: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 87, p. 1235-1258.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., and Babalola, L.O., 2017, The elemental geochemistry of Lower Triassic shallow-marine carbonates from central Saudi Arabia: Implications for redox conditions in the immediate aftermath of the latest Permian mass extinction: Journal of African Earth Sciences. v. 139, p. 283-306.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., and Babalola, L.O., 2017, Redox conditions through the Permian-Triassic transition in the upper Khuff Formation, Saudi Arabia: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 472, p. 203-215.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., Babalola, L.O., Bashari, M.A., Yassin, M., Osman, M.S., and Abdulraziq, A.M., 2017, Integration of facies architecture, ooid granulometry and morphology for prediction of reservoir quality, Lower Triassic Khuff Formation, Saudi Arabia: Petroleum Geoscience, v. 23, p. 177-189.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., Makkawi, M.H., and Eltoum, I.-E.A., 2017, Rare earth element geochemistry of shallow carbonate outcropping strata in Saudi Arabia: Application for depositional environments prediction: Sedimentary Geology, v. 348, p. 51-68.
  • Eltom, H.A., Kubur, A.K., Abdulraziq, A.M., Babalola, L.O., Makkawi, M.H., and Abdullatif, O.M., 2017, Three-dimensional outcrop reservoir analog model: A case study of the Upper Khuff Formation oolitic carbonates, central Saudi Arabia: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, v. 150, p. 115-127.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., Babalola, L., Bashari, M., Yassin, M., Osman, M., and Abdulraziq, A., 2016, Geochemical characterization of the Permian–Triassic transition at outcrop, central Saudi Arabia: Journal of Petroleum Geology, v. 39, p. 95-113.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M.., Makkawi, M., Al-Ramadan, K., and Abdulraziq, A., 2015, Porosity evolution within high-resolution sequence stratigraphy and diagenesis framework: outcrop analog of the upper Jurassic Arab-D reservoir, Central Saudi Arabia: Arabian Journal of Geosciences, v. 8, p. 1669-1690.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., Makkawi, M., and Abdulraziq, A., 2014, Characterizing and modeling the Upper Jurassic Arab-D reservoir using outcrop data from Central Saudi Arabia: GeoArabia, v. 19, p. 53-84.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., Makkawi, M., and Abdulraziq, A., 2013, Microporosity in The Upper Jurassic Arab‐D carbonate reservoir, central Saudi Arabia: An outcrop analogue study: Journal of Petroleum Geology, v. 36, p. 281-297.
  • Eltom, H.A., Abdullatif, O.M., Makkawi, M., and Yasin, M., 2013, Integration of spectral gamma-ray and geochemical analyses for the characterization of the upper Jurassic Arab-D carbonate reservoir: outcrop analogue approach, central Saudi Arabia: Petroleum Geoscience, v. 19, p. 399-415.
  • Eltom, H.A., Makkawi, M., Abdullatif, O.M., and Alramadan, K., 2013, High-resolution facies and porosity models of the upper Jurassic Arab-D carbonate reservoir using an outcrop analogue, central Saudi Arabia: Arabian Journal of Geosciences, v. 6, p. 4323-4335

Awards & Honors

  • Best graduate student (2013). Earth Science Department KFUPM
Tel: + 966 (013) 860-2621

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 2137

Dr. Wei Zhou

Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Dr. Zhou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geosciences of CPG. Before joining KFUPM, he was a research associate at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas from 2018 to 2020, and was a researcher at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Univ. Grenoble Alpes in France from 2020 to 2022. His research interest includes seismic data processing and imaging, full waveform modeling and inversion, time-lapse (4D) seismic monitoring, machine learning and high-performance computing.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Geophysics, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France, 2016.
  • M.E., Geophysics, Univ. Chinese Academy of Sciences, IGGCAS, China, 2012.
  • B.E., Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Beijing Normal University, China, 2009

Research Interests

  • Seismic data processing, Seismic imaging
  • Full wavefield modeling and inversion, FWI
  • Time-lapse (4D) seismic monitoring
  • Machine learning, Neural networks
  • High-performance computing

Selected Publications

  • Zhou W. and D. Lumley. Non-repeatability Effects on Time-Lapse 4D Seismic Full Waveform Inversion for Ocean-Bottom Node Data. Geophysics, 86(4):1–60, 2021.
  • Zhou W. and D. Lumley. Central-difference time-lapse 4D seismic full-waveform inversion. Geophysics, 86(2):R161–R172, 2021.
  • Zhou W., R. Brossier, S. Operto, J. Virieux, and P. Yang. Velocity model building by waveform inversion of early arrivals and reflections: A 2D case study with gas-cloud effects. Geophysics, 83(2):R141–R157, 2018.
  • Virieux J., A. Asnaashari, R. Brossier, L. Métivier, A. Ribodetti, and W. Zhou. An introduction to full waveform inversion. In Encyclopedia of exploration geophysics, pages R1–1. Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2017.
  • Zhou W., R. Brossier, S. Operto, and J. Virieux. Full waveform inversion of diving & reflected waves for velocity model building with impedance inversion based on scale separation. Geophysical Journal International, 202(3):1535–1554, 2015
Dr-Bashirul-Haq
Tel: +966 (013) 860-​8359
Fax: +966 (013) 860-4447

Location: Bldg.76, Rm. 2211

Dr. Bashirul Haq

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Haq is employed as an Assistant Professor at The Department of Petroleum Engineering. His association with the University began in 2008 when he took on a part-time Lecturers role and this was in place for 3 years.

Dr. Haq has spent a number of years working in Australia and this involved being an Associate Lecturer at The School of Oil and Gas Engineering, The University of Western Australia from 2006-08. He then became a Consultant with Chevron and Western Australian Energy Research Alliance from 2010-15.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, The University of Western Australia, Australia, 2013.

Research Interests

  • Green Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Dynamic Reservoir Characterization
  • Production Health Analysis
  • Production Optimization

Selected Publications

  • GOLDSCHMIDT, P., HAQ, B., CRAWLEY, C., PALANISAMY, S., 2013, “ARTAM-WH Early Predictive Well Health (WH) Meta Monitoring Tool”, APPEA 2014 Journal.
  • SERFATY, J.L., POGSON, M. AND HAQ, B. 2011 “Western Australia’s First Underground Gas Storage Field: Specific Failure Modes” APPEA  2011 Journal
  • LI, J., LIU, J., TREFRY, M.G., PARK, J., LIU, K., HAQ, B., JOHNSTON, C.D., CLENNELL, B., VOLK, H. 2011, “Impact of Rock Heterogeneity on Interactions of Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes”,Journal of Transport in Porous Media, 92, pp. 373-396.
  • LI, J., LIU, J., TREFRY, M.G., PARK, J., LIU, K., HAQ, B., JOHNSTON, C.D., CLENNELL, B., VOLK, H. 2010, “Interactions of Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes”, Journal of Transport in Porous Media, 87(1) pp. 77-104.
  • HAQ, M.B. AND RAHMAN, M.K., 2008 “A Comparative Study of Three Methods for Estimating Initial Gas In Place Applied to Gas Fields in Bangladesh” Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology, 26, pp. 532-544.
  • HAQ, M.B., GOMES, E., TAMIM, M., 2005 “Production Optimization Study of Saldanadi Gas Field” Journal of Chemical Engineering. Published by Chemical Engineering Division, The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh. Vol. ChE 23, No. 1, ISSN: 0379-4318, December, 2005.

Awards & Honors

  • Western Australia CSIRO-University Postgraduate Scholarship (WACUPS)
  • Scholarship for International Research Fees (SIRF)
Tel: +966 (013) 860-​2688

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1256

Dr. Murtada Al-Jawad

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2018
  • M.S., in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • B.S., in Chemical Engineering, KFUPM University, 2011

Research Interests

  • Acid Fracturing
  • Matrix Acidizing
  • Temperature Modeling

Selected Publications

  • Aljawad, M. S., Zhu, D., and Hill, A. D. 2016. Modeling Study of Acid Fracture Fluid System Performance. Paper SPE 179109 presented at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, 9-11 February
  • Aljawad, M. S., Zhu, D., and Hill, A. D. 2018. Temperature and Geometry Effects on the Fracture Surfaces Dissolution Patterns in Acid Fracturing. Paper SPE 190819 presented at the SPE Europec featured at 80th EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark, 11-14 June.
  • Aljawad, M. S., Schwalbert, M. P., Zhu, D., and Hill, A. D. 2018. Guidelines for Optimizing Acid Fracture Design Using an Integrated Acid Fracture and Productivity Model. Paper SPE 191423 to be presented at the SPE IHFTC, Oman, Muscat, 14-16 October

Awards & Honors

  • A Prince Muhammad bin Fahd Award for Academic Excellence, Oct 2011
Tel: +966 (013) 860-8716

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1255

Dr. Sulaiman A. Alarifi

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Alarifi is an Assistant professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at KFUPM. He has been with KFUPM since 2013 when he joined as a Graduate Assistant. He has taught courses in Petroleum Economics, Reservoir Description and Unconventional Resources Evaluation.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA, 2020.
  • Minor Degree, Mineral and Energy Economics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA, 2020.
  • M.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA. 2016.
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, KFUPM, Dhahran, KSA, 2012.

Research Interests

  • Petroleum reserves estimation
  • Production and well performance analysis
  • Development of unconventional reservoirs
  • Flow assurance
  • Applications of data analytics and machine learning in Petroleum Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Alarifi, S. A. (2022). Workflow to predict wellhead choke performance during multiphase flow using machine learning. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 214, 110563. doi:10.1016/j.petrol.2022.110563.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Abdel Rahman, S., & Al-Ajmi, M. (2022). Feasibility study formulation for the applicability of rigless temporary esps. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 12(9), 2493-2509. doi:10.1007/s13202-022-01499-w.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Al-Ofi, S., & Mahmoud, M. (2022). Laboratory dielectric measurements to evaluate the conductivity change in the presence of chelating agent with different brines. Scientific Reports, 12(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-022-23964-6.
  • Murtaza, M., Alarifi, S. A., Rasm, M. Y., Kamal, M. S., Mahmoud, M., & Al-Ajmi, M. (2022). Single step calcium sulfate scale removal at high temperature using tetrapotassium ethylenediaminetetraacetate with potassium carbonate. Scientific Reports, 12(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-022-14385-6.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Mustafa, A., Omarov, K., Baig, A. R., Tariq, Z., & Mahmoud, M. (2022). A review of enzyme-induced calcium carbonate precipitation applicability in the oil and gas industry. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 10. doi:10.3389/fbioe.2022.900881.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Alarifi, S. A., & Miskimins, J. (2021). A new approach to estimating ultimate recovery for multistage hydraulically fractured horizontal wells by utilizing completion parameters using machine learning. SPE Production & Operations, 36(03), 468-483. doi:10.2118/204470-pa.
  • Murtaza, M., Alarifi, S. A., Abozuhairah, A., Mahmoud, M., Onaizi, S. A., & Al-Ajmi, M. (2021). Optimum selection of H2S scavenger in light-weight and heavy-weight water-based drilling fluids. ACS Omega, 6(38), 24919-24930. doi:10.1021/acsomega.1c03792.
  • Altowilib, A., AlSaihati, A., Alhamood, H., Alafnan, S., & Alarifi, S. (2020). Reserves estimation for Coalbed Methane Reservoirs: A Review. Sustainability, 12(24), 10621. doi:10.3390/su122410621.
  • Alarifi, S. A., Mahmoud, M. A., & Kamal, M. S. (2018). Interactions of DTPA chelating agent with sandstone rocks during EOR: Rock surface charge study. Fuel, 232, 684-692. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2018.06.003.
Tel: +966 (013) 860-4970

Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1252

Dr. Mustafa Al-Ramadan

Assistant Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Al Ramadan joined the Department of Petroleum Engineering at KFUPM as a graduate assistant in 2011, and he is currently an Assistant Professor. He has more than 9 years of experience in academia and research.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA, 2020
  • M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA, 2014
  • B.SC. in Petroleum Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, KSA, 2011

Research Interests

  • Cementing
  • Gas Migration
  • Well Integrity
  • Conformance Control

Selected Publications

  • Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., Kwatia, G., Ezeakacha, C., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Experimental investigation of well integrity: Annular gas migration in cement column. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 179, 126-135
  • Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., Ezeakacha, C., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Analytical and Experimental Investigation of the Critical Length in Casing–Liner Overlap. Sustainability, 11(23), 6861
  • Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Robust Leakage Modeling for Plug and Abandonment Applications. In ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection
  • Kwatia, G., Al Ramadan, M., Salehi, S., & Teodoriu, C. (2019). Enhanced cement composition for preventing annular gas migration. In ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection
  • Phi, T., Elgaddafi, R., Al Ramadan, M., Ahmed, R., & Teodoriu, C. (2019, November). Well Integrity Issues: Extreme High-Pressure High-Temperature Wells and Geothermal Wells a Review. In SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium. Society of Petroleum Engineers.
  • Imqam, A., Bai, B., Al Ramadan, M., Wei, M., Delshad, M., and Sepehrnoori, K. (2015). Preformed-Particle-Gel Extrusion Through Open Conduits During Conformance-Control Treatments, SPE Journal, 20:5, 1083-1093

Awards & Honors

  • Imperial Barrel Award (IBA), AAPG, 2012
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