Innovative Shared Earth Approaches to Enhance Energy Resource Management

Earth Science and Engineering Graduate Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Nicolas Hawie

This distinguished lecture discusses the return on experience of the latest innovations revolving around Shared Earth Approaches to predict and characterize petroleum systems elements using integrated 3D ‘Hybrid’ stratigraphic modelling applications and sensitivity analysis. As various challenges arise along the Energy Resource Management chain, we demonstrate the value of multi-disciplinary assessment of sedimentary systems on (1) the multi-scale de-risking of conventional and unconventional exploration and prospect evaluation activities, (2) the improvement of reservoir volumetric assessment as well as (3) the optimization of drilling activities through advanced Mechanical Earth Models, to enhance wellbore stability and reduce non-productive times. Traditional conceptual and stochastic geostatistical techniques appear to be insufficient in capturing the influence of interacting geological and ecological parameters on sedimentary architectures and facies variability in mixed sedimentary systems. This integrated methodology results in a stratigraphically constrained framework at seismic and sub-seismic scales and allows to overcome some of the limitations witnessed while using the traditional geostatistical methodologies in the E&P activities. Finally, such 3D Hybrid modelling approaches transcend the Oil and Gas sector and are expected to contribute more in the near future to the integrated workflows used in carbon sequestration, geothermal energy, nuclear waste storage as well as planetary studies.


Dr. Nicolas Hawie holds high distinction degrees in Petroleum Geosciences from the Imperial College of London (Msc) and Doctoral Degree from the French Institute of Petroleum (IFP) and University of La Sorbonne Paris. He was awarded the prestigious ExxonMobil Scholarship and the French National Council of Scientific Research Scholarship (CNRS) for his postgraduate studies and focused his research on innovative process based numerical modelling approaches to de-risk petroleum systems elements and to enhance mature field productions. Dr Hawie worked at prominent Oil and Gas consulting and services companies as Beicip-Franlab (IFP Energies Nouvelles subsidiary) and Halliburton as a Senior Petroleum Systems Analyst, Geoscience advisor, Project Manager and Team Leader to support prominent clients in International and National Oil Companies as well as Governmental Agencies, Energy Ministries and Academic Institutions. He is also involved in international technical committees for major O&G associations as the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers and contributes to scientific reviewing and editing with major research journals.


Dr. Nicolas Hawie

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09 Nov, 2022
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
KAUST, Bldg. 9, Level 2, Lecture Hall 2