Our Competitive Advantage
- Advanced physical model for rock characterisation at high temperature and high pressure capable of tackling problems from the laboratory to reservoir scales.
- Unique physics-based approach aiming at forward predicting instabilities such as fracture network formation, fault reactivation and sand production.
- Tightly coupled parallelised numerical framework running on supercomputers.
- Next generation geomechanical modelling and analysis.
- Use of custom developed in-situ scattering and imaging techniques to measure representative samples interacting with physical and chemical vectors gaining multiscale modelling data
Recent Research Projects
- UNSW strategic funding on this unique advanced capability in Australia through a 5-year SPF01 funding to Prof. Klaus Regenauer-Lieb.
- Two active Australian Research Centre Discovery Projects, three ARC Linkage and one ARC LIEF grant to further develop the technology.
- Modelling sand production at reservoir scale in collaboration with OilSearch to optimise production and minimise sand production risk in Papua New Guinea.
- Improved models of rock behaviour at high temperatures and pressures for deep drilling and understanding of reservoir formation and production, in collaboration with CSIRO.
Facilities & Infrastructure
- Advanced multiscale characterisation laboratory for quantification of thermo-mechanical rock properties.
- 4-D X-Ray Microscopy laboratory