Institute of Applied Geoscience (IAG)

Geomechanics and Petrophysics

Borehole and Cliff face
A rockfall triggered by the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Taiwan on 21st March 2002

Our research falls into two main themes;

  • Engineering geology
  • Petrophysics and geomechanics

Engineering Geology

Our engineering research focuses on investigations relating to the geotechnical and geoenvironmental behaviour of the ground and groundwater. Our aim is to produce high quality research with an applied focus. We have strong collaborative links with the engineering and environmental consultancy sector, regulators and waste management companies. We also have good links with related research groups both in the UK and abroad.

We have a wide range of facilities in house for rock and soil testing; aquifer testing; bore hole logging and surface & borehole geophysical surveying. Additionally, we have well-equipped geochemistry laboratories with facilities for chemical and stable isotopic analysis of solid and fluid samples.

We are involved in teaching at undergraduate, taught postgraduate (MSc) level and have expertise in research student supervision. We run an internationally respected course in Engineering Geology at Masters level; our research activities interface with our teaching, particularly for the MSc programme. Specialist areas of expertise in Hydrogeology include hydrogeology of fractured rocks, hydrogeophysics and contaminant biodegradation, and in Engineering Geology, landslide mechanics, slope stability and weathering. We work closely with professional practice to provide challenging summer projects for MSc students with a distinct industry focus.

Petrophysics and Geomechanics

We run a number of joint industry projects utilising the specialist facilities available in the Wolfson Multiphase Flow Laboratory.  Research focuses on the petrophysical properties of low permeability rocks and development of models to predict those properties.  We also have expertise in geomechanical modelling and an interest in how geophysical indicators of stress and mechanical property distributions within reservoirs can be integrated with coupled geomechanical- fluid flow models to predict reservoir behaviour.

Current research projects include PETGAS phase 2, SHAPE and Fault Rock Petrophysics.  For more details visit the Petroleum Leeds website.