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Durham University

Centre for Resources and Earth Energy Systems (CeREES)

Richard Swarbrick

Before founding GeoPressure Technology, Dr Richard Swarbrick completed a PhD in sedimentology/tectonics at Cambridge University, and subsequently worked as a petroleum geologist and exploration supervisor for Mobil for ten years from 1979. During that time he worked on both exploration and production assignments in UK and Alaska Division, USA.

In 1989 he began teaching petroleum geology and related courses at the University of Durham. Between 1994 and 2001, Dr Richard Swarbrick was the principal investigator of GeoPOP (GEOsciences Project into OverPressure), a multi-disciplinary research group funded by 17 oil/gas companies. The research led to many publications related to overpressure mechanisms, modeling pressure in basins, and the influence of overpressure on the petroleum system.

In 1997 Richard was involved as Managing Director in starting the niche software company, GeoPressure Technology, which later expanded into training courses, consultancy and multi-client pressure studies. Richard has taught pressure courses in many oil centres around the world, either as open courses or in-house training companies. He consults widely and continues to present conference papers and publish articles relating to sub-surface pressures.

In 2006 GeoPressure Technology became part of Ikon Science. In 2011 GeoPressure Technology was rebranded as Ikon GeoPressure and Richard has since become Global Director GeoPressure for the Ikon Science Group.

Left Ikon Science October 2013. Moved to Swarbrick GeoPressure Consultancy Limited as Managing Director November 2013. Working as independent consultant in Pressure Prediction as well as leading industry training courses on surface pressures and associated risk.  

Richard is a Fellow of Geological Society of London, and long-standing member of both AAPG and PESGB.