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CeREES Centre for Geoenergy

Staff Profiles

Prof Neil Goulty, MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)

Professor of Applied Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42341
Room number: Rm 321

Contact Prof Neil Goulty (email at n.r.goulty@durham.ac.uk)

Biography


2001 – present —Professor of Applied Geophysics, University of Durham

1996 – 2001— Reader in Applied Geophysics, University of Durham

1992 – 1996 — Senior Lecturer in Applied Geophysics, University of Durham

1980 – 1992 — Lecturer in Geophysics, University of Durham

1978 – 1980 — Geophysicist, National Coal Board

1977 – 1978 — Research Associate, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1975 – 1976 — Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology

1974 – 1975 — Research Assistant, University of Cambridge


Career Research Highlights


Neil Goulty has industrial experience as a coal geophysicist, supervising seismic reflection surveys for planning new mines and extensions to existing mines. On appointment at Durham in 1980, he continued to work in exploration geophysics and in recent years has developed new research interests in compaction, diagenesis, overpressure and fluid flow in sedimentary basins.

  • Development of a beat-frequency laser strainmeter
  • Deducing the mechanics of creep events on the San Andreas Fault
  • Application of surface geophysical surveys in coalfield exploration, including the first time-lapse survey
  • Directional deconvolution of marine seismic reflection data
  • Development of cross-well seismic surveying techniques, including the first depth-migrated images from field data
  • Deducing the mechanics of fault development in layer-bound polygonal networks of faults found in fine-grained sediments
  • Method to estimate overpressure from porosity and the stress tensor in mudstones within the mechanical compaction regime
  • Deducing the emplacement mechanics of the Whin Sill complex
  • Reappraisal of overpressure generation in the Lower Kutai Basin 

Committee and Society Service


2007 – 2013 — Publications Officer, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers


Editorial Roles


2007 – 2013 — Chairman, Editorial Board, First Break

2007 – present — Editorial Board, Petroleum Geoscience

2006 – 2009 — Editorial Board, Applied Geophysics (Chinese Geophysical Society)


Recent & Current Grants


2012 – 2015 — GeoPOP3: Pore pressure and its prediction in clastic sedimentary rocks: 

BG–BP – Chevron – CoP – Dong – e.on – eni – Petrobras – Petronas – Statoil – Tullow 

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2006 – 2009 — Location of gypsum dissolution cavities by seismic reflection surveying: NERC 

2007 – 2010 — Hydrodynamics of the Kutai Basin: TOTAL

2008 – 2013 — Lateral Reservoir Drainage: DECC/Ikon/Maersk


Research Interests

  • Geomechanics: compaction of sediments, overpressure estimation, development of polygonal fault networks, mechanics of igneous intrusions in sedimentary basins, subsidence due to mineworkings and dissolution of evaporites
  • Geophysics: applications of seismic reflection, seismic refraction, gravity and magnetic surveys

Selected Publications

Journal papers: academic

  • Ireland, M.T., Goulty, N.R. & Davies, R.J. (2011). Influence of stratigraphic setting and simple shear on layer-bound compaction faults offshore Mauritania. Journal of Structural Geology 33(4): 487-499.
  • Ramdhan, A.M. & Goulty, N.R. (2011). Overpressure and mudrock compaction in the Lower Kutai Basin, Indonesia: a radical reappraisal. AAPG Bulletin 95(10): 1725-1744.
  • Ireland, M.T., Goulty, N.R. & Davies, R.J. (2010). Influence of pore water chemistry on silica diagenesis: evidence from the interaction of diagenetic reaction zones with polygonal fault systems. Journal of the Geological Society 167(2): 273-279.
  • Goulty, N.R. & Schofield, N. (2008). Implications of simple flexure theory for the formation of saucer-shaped sills. Journal of Structural Geology 30(7): 812-817.

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