Prof Neil Goulty, MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)
2001 – 2014 —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
- 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
- Explaining how layer-bound polygonal networks of faults develop 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
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 –Total– Tullow
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
- Geomechanics: compaction of sediments, overpressure estimation, development of polygonal fault networks, mechanics of igneous intrusions in sedimentary basins, mining subsidence
- Ramdhan, A.M. & Goulty, N.R. (2014), Overpressure in the shelfal area of the Lower Kutai Basin, Proceedings Indonesian Petroleum Association Thirty-Eighth Annual Convention & Exhibition. IPA14-G-357.
- Robertson, J., Goulty, N.R. & Swarbrick, R.E. (2013). Overpressure distributions in Palaeogene reservoirs of the UK Central North Sea and implications for lateral and vertical fluid flow. Petroleum Geoscience 19(3): 223-236.
- 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.