David Kulikowski

David Kulikowski

Australian School of Petroleum

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


Completing a PhD (Structural Geology and Geophysics) by publication at the Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide. Research is focused on better understanding the structural history and evolution of Australia's largest onshore hydrocarbon province, the Cooper-Eromanga Basin.

Thesis entitled: Modern structural analysis of subsurface provinces: A case study on the Cooper and Eromanga basins, Australia (2017).

First author peer reviewed publications:

(1) A statistical approach to assessing depth conversion uncertainty on a regional dataset: Cooper-Eromanga Basin, Australia. ASEG-PESA-AIG Conference, 484-490. 

(2) Geomechanical modelling of fault reactivation in the Cooper Basin, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 63(3), 295-314.

(3) Combining geophysical data and calcite twin stress inversion to refine the tectonic history of subsurface and offshore provinces: A case study on the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, Australia. Tectonics, 36(3), 515-541.

(4) Constraining the distribution and relationship between overpressure, natural fracture density and temperature in the Cooper Basin, Australia. The APPEA Journal, 56, 11-28. 

(5) Basement structural architecture and hydrocarbon conduit potential of polygonal faults in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, Australia. Geophysical Prospecting, 66(2), 366-396.

(6) 3D seismic analysis investigating the relationship between stratigraphic architecture and structural activity in the intra-cratonic Cooper and Eromanga basins, Australia. Marine & Petroleum Geology, 91, 381-400.

(7) 4D modelling of fault reactivation using complete paleo-stress tensors from the Cooper and Eromanga basins, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 65(5), 661-681.

(8) Mapping permeable subsurface fracture networks: A case study on the Cooper Basin, Australia. Journal of Structural Geology, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2018.02.009.

(9) An automated cross-validation method to asses seismic time-to-depth conversion accuracy: A case study on the Cooper and Eromanga basins, Australia. Geophysical Prospecting, doi: 10.1111/1365-2478.12669.

(10) The Cooper and Eromanga basins, Australia: A comprehensive review.

+ additional co-authored papers.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 - 2017 Vacation Geologist Woodside Energy
    2015 - 2016 Vacation Geophysicist Santos Ltd
    2013 - 2015 Optimisation and Production Engineering Technical Assistant Santos Ltd
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2017 Australian School of Petroleum Australia PhD
    2013 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia Honours
    2009 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia B.Sc.
  • Research Interests

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Published in the Big Book of Petrosys Maps v6

AAPG Grants-in-Aid Foundation Scholarship

GeoFrac Research Consortium Scholarship (Santos, Beach Energy, Chevron, BG Group (QGC) and Halliburton)


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