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Dr Gregory Smith

Dr Gregory Smith Dr Gregory Smith
Position Adjunct Professor
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School Western Australian School of Mines
Department Department of Applied Geology
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 314
Phone +61 8 9266 1343

Brief Summary

Greg has over 35 years of experience in petroleum geology, geophysics and geochemistry involving research, technical and managerial positions at Exxon, ARCO, BHP, Woodside/Shell and in the Herman Research Laboratory. Initially this was focused on research into 3D modelling of basins, sediments and organic geochemistry, followed by a successful period in petroleum exploration including several major discoveries, and moving onto field development and production for many large projects.


Greg's overall research interests involve geological interpretation and geostatistical analysis of large seismic, well log, core and production datasets to build 3D computer structural and property models of sedimentary basins or petroleum fields (eg with Petrel), including scenario modelling of the most probable geology and resource/reserve estimates.

Specific interests include low T-P burial and thermal history modelling of basins, organic matter petrology and geochemistry, and property modelling of the associated sediments and their diagenesis. This work is being pursued in collaboration with Curtin Statistics and Engineering departments, the WA Organic & Isotope Geochemistry group, and will use equipment in the John de Laeter centre such as the TOF-SIMS.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Active member of AAPG, PESA, TSOP, past member of ICCP, ASA and corporate member of AusIMM, have held executive positions on GSA, PESA and APPEA.

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Employment History

1995 – 2015: Principal Geologist, Woodside Energy Ltd/Shell. Includes periods as Discipline Head; Leader R&D; Exploration, Appraisal and Field Development Australia and overseas.

1984 - 1985: BHP Petroleum. Includes periods as Divisional Geologist for all E&D and R&D, Exploration Manager, Manager Regional Studies M&A and acting GM Exploration.

1982 - 1984: ARCO. Eastern Australia Manager petroleum, coal and minerals. Regional Geologist Australasian International Oil and Gas.

1979 - 1982: Exxon. Project Geologist Exploration, Development and Research, Gippsland Basin and Rundle Oil Shale.

1975-9: SECV. Herman Research Laboratory, Brown coal to oil conversion R&D project.

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Focused on Honours, Masters and PhD supervision and training in specialised topics such as Seismic and Sedimentary Facies analysis, Hi-Res Sequence Stratigraphy and 3D Reservoir Modelling, including field based studies in the Flinders (Deep Marine-Shelf and Salt Tectonics), Sydney (fluvio-deltaic), Perth/Carnarvon and Otway and Gippsland Basins.

Expertise in seismic mapping and geological modelling in Petrel at the regional, prospect and field scales for exploration, development and production, including volumetrics and reserves estimation under uncertainty.Thesis topics supervised on the NWS, Southern Margin, Perth, Gippsland and Canning Basins.

Expertise in organic petrology, geochemistry and maturation modelling.

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Research Interests

Petroleum source rock geochemistry, the paragenesis of organic rich sediments and the evolution of the carbon and sediment cycles with earth history.

The use of Geostatistical techniques, especially for correlation of seismic attribute volumes with 3D geological and reservoir simulation models, and the use of outcrop analogues to build 3D geological models.

Current research projects include:

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