Khalid Amrouch

Dr Khalid Amrouch

Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience

Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Khalid is a Sorbonne University Graduate (BSc, MSc and PhD).

He is a Structural Geologist with expertise in Brittle Deformation and Geomechanics, and his main interest relates to brittle tectonics, fracture characterisation, stress analyses and fluid pressure evolution. His work within these disciplines focuses on several key research questions: Reconstruction of 4D stress patterns using analyses of faults, fractures, rock mechanics and calcite twins; 4D Quantification of stress magnitudes in orogenic settings from the scale of the individual structure to the scale of the entire fold belt or foreland basin; Understanding of the kinematics of faulting and related stress field perturbations and Overpressure evolution in geological time and at a Geo-Reservoir life-time (fluid related rock mechanical behaviour).

Khalid’s recent researches has focused in integrating Geomechanical, Petrophysical and Structural techniques to better understand the evolution of the upper crust deformation and to constrain the related mechanics behind the geo-fluids migration and their mechanical effect on rocks through time and space. With key themes including understand the role of petrophysical anisotropy and rock rheology on rock deformation and fluid mechanical behavior, with the ultimate objective of constraining the SUBSURFACE GEOMECHANICAL ROCK-FLUID INTERACTIONS.

Khalid is also the Faculty's Director of Strategic Partnerships – Global. In this role he contributes at the development and delivery of the internationalisation strategy and targets, liaises with admissions and student recruitment teams; help with leading, managing and developing relations with key stakeholders in support of the Faculty's International growth strategy.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Faculty Director Strategic Partnership -Global- University of Adelaide
    2018 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2018 Lecturrer University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2012 Exploration Geologist IMG - Mining & Geological Research at BHP Billiton Escondida Ltda
    2010 - 2011 Reseach Engineer Mines ParisTech
    2007 - 2008 Assistant Lecturer Sorbonne Universités
    2005 - 2009 Structural Geologist French Institute of Petroleum
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Arabic Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Berber languages Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Sorbonne Universités France PhD
    Sorbonne Universités France Master
    Pierre and Marie Curie University France Maitrise (Equ. Honours)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Skikra, H., Amrouch, K., Soulaimani, A., Leprêtre, R., Ouabid, M., & Bodinier, J. -L. (2021). The intracontinental High Atlas belt: geological overview and pending questions. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 14(12), 1071-1-1071-40.
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    2021 Burgin, H. B., Robion, P., & Amrouch, K. (2021). Layer parallel stretching? Characterising magnetic and pore-fabric styles at a rifted continental margin: New insights from the Otway Ranges, Australia. Tectonophysics, 815, 1-21.
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    2021 Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., Pokalai, K., Mackie, S. I., Gray, M. E., & Burgin, H. B. (2021). The Cooper-Eromanga petroleum province, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 1-35.
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    2020 Tran, T. H., Gonzalez Perdomo, M., Wilk, K., Kasza, P., & Amrouch, K. (2020). Performance evaluation of synthetic and natural polymers in nitrogen foam-based fracturing fluids in the Cooper Basin, South Australia. Journal of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), 60(1), 227.
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    2019 Borazjani, S., Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., & Bedrikovetski, P. (2019). Composition changes of hydrocarbons during secondary petroleum migration (case study in Cooper Basin, Australia). Geosciences, 9(2), 78-1-78-15.
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    2019 Burgin, H., Amrouch, K., Robion, P., & Kulikowski, D. (2019). An integrated approach to determining 4D stress development at Castle Cove. The APPEA Journal, 59(1), 410-425.
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    2018 Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., & Burgin, H. B. (2018). Mapping permeable subsurface fracture networks: a case study on the Cooper Basin, Australia. Journal of Structural Geology, 114, 336-345.
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    2018 Kulikowski, D., & Amrouch, K. (2018). 3D seismic analysis investigating the relationship between stratigraphic architecture and structural activity in the intra-cratonic Cooper and Eromanga basins, Australia. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 91, 381-400.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6
    2018 Kulikowski, D., & Amrouch, K. (2018). 4D modelling of fault reactivation using complete paleostress tensors from the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 65(5), 661-681.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1
    2018 Burgin, H. B., Amrouch, K., Rajabi, M., Kulikowski, D., & Holford, S. P. (2018). Determining paleo-structural environments through natural fracture and calcite twin analyses: a case study in the Otway Basin, Australia. The APPEA Journal, 58(1), 238-254.
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    2018 Kulikowski, D., Hochwald, C., & Amrouch, K. (2018). An automated cross-validation method to assess seismic time-to-depth conversion accuracy: a case study on the Cooper and Eromanga basins, Australia. Geophysical Prospecting, 66(8), 1521-1534.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS2
    2018 Borazjani, S., Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., & Bedrikovetsky, P. (2018). Composition changes of hydrocarbons during secondary petroleum migration. The APPEA Journal, 58(2), 784-787.
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    2018 Manka, A., Buick, G., Menpes, R., Gardiner, L., Jones, C., & Amrouch, K. (2018). Effects of near surface lithology on velocity modelling and time–depth relationships in the Cooper–Eromanga–Lake Eyre Basin. The APPEA Journal, 58(1), 321-338.
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    2018 Atashbari, V., Tingay, M., & Amrouch, K. (2018). Stratigraphy, Tectonics and Hydrocarbon Habitat of the Abadan Plain Basin: A Geological Review of a Prolific Middle Eastern Hydrocarbon Province. Geosciences, 8(12), 17 pages.
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    2017 Arboit, F., Amrouch, K., Morley, C., Collins, A., & King, R. (2017). Palaeostress magnitudes in the Khao Khwang fold-thrust belt, new insights into the tectonic evolution of the Indosinian orogeny in central Thailand. Tectonophysics, 710-711, 266-276.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2017 Kulikowski, D., & Amrouch, K. (2017). 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.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10
    2017 Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., Cooke, D., & Gray, M. (2017). Basement structural architecture and hydrocarbon conduit potential of polygonal faults in the Cooper-Eromanga Basin, Australia. Geophysical Prospecting, 66(2), 366-396.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS9
    2017 Kremor, J., & Amrouch, K. (2017). Anisotropy parameter inversion from sonic and density logs in horizontally transverse isotropic media. The APPEA Journal, 57(2), 772.
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    2017 Kremor, J., Taylor, R., & Amrouch, K. (2017). Polynomial amplitude versus azimuth inversion in horizontally transverse isotropic media, as tested on fractured coal seams in the Surat Basin. The APPEA Journal, 57(2), 776.
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    2016 Arboit, F., Collins, A., Morley, C., King, R., & Amrouch, K. (2016). Detrital zircon analysis of the southwest Indochina terrane, central Thailand: unravelling the Indosinian orogeny. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 128(5-6), 1024-1043.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS33
    2016 Kulikowski, D., Cooke, D., & Amrouch, K. (2016). Constraining the distribution and relationship between overpressure, natural fracture density and temperature in the Cooper Basin, Australia. APPEA Journal, 56, 11-28.
    2016 Arboit, F., Collins, A., Morley, C., Jourdan, F., King, R., Foden, J., & Amrouch, K. (2016). Geochronological and geochemical studies of mafic and intermediate dykes from the Khao Khwang Fold–Thrust Belt: implications for petrogenesis and tectonic evolution. Gondwana Research, 36, 124-141.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS18
    2016 Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., & Cooke, D. (2016). Geomechanical modelling of fault reactivation in the Cooper Basin, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 63(3), 295-314.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2015 Arboit, F., Amrouch, K., Collins, A., King, R., & Morley, C. (2015). Determination of the tectonic evolution from fractures, faults, and calcite twins on the southwestern margin of the Indochina Block. Tectonics, 34(8), 1576-1599.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS19
    2014 Beaudoin, N., Lacombe, O., Bellahsen, N., Amrouch, K., & Daniel, J. (2014). Evolution of pore-fluid pressure during folding the basin contraction in overpressured reservoirs: insights from the Madison-Phosphoria carbonate formations in the Bighorn Basin (Wyoming, USA). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 55, 214-229.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18
    2012 Beaudoin, N., Lepretre, R., Bellahsen, N., Lacombe, O., Amrouch, K., Callot, J., . . . Daniel, J. (2012). Structural and microstructural evolution of the Rattlesnake Mountain Anticline (Wyoming, USA): new insights into the Sevier and Laramide orogenic stress build-up in the Bighorn Basin. Tectonophysics, 576-577, 20-45.
    DOI Scopus47 WoS48
    2011 Amrouch, K., Beaudoin, N., Lacombe, O., Bellahsen, N., & Daniel, J. (2011). Paleostress magnitudes in folded sedimentary rocks. Geophysical Research Letters, 38(17), L17301-1-L17301-6.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS36
    2010 Aubourg, C., Smith, B., Eshraghi, A., Lacombe, O., Authemayou, C., Amrouch, K., . . . Mouthereau, F. (2010). New magnetic fabric data and their comparison with palaeostress markers in the western Fars Arc (Zagros, Iran): tectonic implications. Geological Society Special Publication, 330(1), 97-120.
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    2010 Amrouch, K., Lacombe, O., Bellahsen, N., Daniel, J., & Callot, J. (2010). Stress and strain patterns, kinematics and deformation mechanisms in a basement-cored anticline: Sheep Mountain Anticline, Wyoming. Tectonics, 29(1), TC1005-1-TC1005-27.
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    2010 Amrouch, K., Robion, P., Callot, J., Lacombe, O., Daniel, J., Bellahsen, N., & Faure, J. (2010). Constraints on deformation mechanisms during folding provided by rock physical properties: a case study at Sheep Mountain anticline (Wyoming, USA). Geophysical Journal International, 182(3), 1105-1123.
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    2009 Lacombe, O., Malandain, J., Vilasi, N., Amrouch, K., & Roure, F. (2009). From paleostresses to paleoburial in fold-thrust belts: preliminary results from calcite twin analysis in the Outer Albanides. Tectonophysics, 475(1), 128-141.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS36
    2009 Vilasi, N., Malandain, J., Barrier, L., Callot, J., Amrouch, K., Guilhaumou, N., . . . Swennen, R. (2009). From outcrop and petrographic studies to basin-scale fluid flow modelling: the use of the Albanian natural laboratory for carbonate reservoir characterisation. Tectonophysics, 474(1-2), 367-392.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS44
    2008 Amrouch, K., Robion, P., Callot, J. -P., Lacombe, O., Daniel, J. -M., Bellahsen, N., & Faure, J. -L. (2008). improvements of physical and mechanical properties of electron beam irradiation—crosslinked eva foams. Polymers for Advanced Technologies.
    2007 Lacombe, O., Amrouch, K., Mouthereau, F., & Dissez, L. (2007). Calcite twinning constraints on late Neogene stress patterns and deformation mechanisms in the active Zagros collision belt. Geology, 35(3), 263-267.
    DOI Scopus47 WoS45
    2005 Amrouch, K., Lacombe, O., Mouthereau, F., & Dissez, L. (2005). Quantification of orientations and magnitudes of the late Cenozoic paleostresses in the Zagros folded belt from calcite twin analysis. Thust Belts and Foreland Basins, International Meeting, Rueil-Malmaison, 31-35.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2007 Mouthereau, F., Lacombe, O., Tensi, J., Bellahsen, N., Kargar, S., & Amrouch, K. (2007). Mechanical constraints on the development of the Zagros Folded Belt (Fars). In O. Lacombe, F. Roure, J. Lavé, & J. Vergés (Eds.), Thrust Belts and Foreland Basins (pp. 247-266). Springer.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Kulikowski, D., Hochwald, C., Cooke, D., & Amrouch, K. (2016). A statistical approach to assessing depth conversion uncertainty on a regional dataset: Cooper-Eromanga Basin, Australia. In Proceedings of the 25th Geophysical Conference and Exhibition: Interpreting the past, discovering the future (pp. 484-490). online: ASEG-PESA-AIG.
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    2015 Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., Al Barwani, K. H. M., Liu, W., & Cooke, D. (2015). Insights into the tectonic stress history and regional 4-D natural fracture distribution in the Australian Cooper Basin using Etchecopar's calcite twin stress inversion technique, 2-D/3-D seismic interpretation and natural fracture data from image logs and core. In Search and Discovery (pp. 41752-1-41752-14). Melbourne, Victoria: AAPG/Datapages.
    Ahechach, Y., Ouabid, M., Raji, O., Bodinier, J. -L., Amrouch, K., Ouali, H., & Soulaimani, A. (n.d.). Remote sensing characterization of transitional to alkaline igneous rocks and their potential mineralizations using ASTER data: the Moroccan Central High Atlas case study. Copernicus GmbH.
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    Skikra, H., Amrouch, K., Ahechach, Y., Ouabid, M., Soulaimani, A., Raji, O., & Bodinier, J. -L. (n.d.). Structural evolution of the Moroccan Central High Atlas Syncline-Topped Anticlinal Ridges: Insights from micro-structural analysis of Tirrhist and Anemzi ridges. Copernicus GmbH.
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  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Burgin, H., Amrouch, K., Kulikowski, D., Holford, S., & Robion, P. (2019). Geomechanical modelling and consequences for fluid-flow in complex rifted settings: A case study in the Otway Basin, Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vienna, Austria: Copernicus GmbH.
    2016 Burgin, H., Amrouch, K., & Rajabi, M. (2016). 4D fracture distribution as a signature of structural evolution in the Otway Basin. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Earth Science Convention (AESC) - Uncover Earth’s Past to Discover our Future. Adelaide, Australia: Geological Society of Australia.
    2014 Beaudoin, N., Lacombe, O., Bellahsen, N., Amrouch, K., & Daniel, J. -M. (2014). Evolution of pore-fluid pressure during folding and basin contraction in overpressured reservoirs assessed by combined fracture analysis and calcite twinning paleopiezometry. Poster session presented at the meeting of EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts. Vienna, Austria.
    2014 Beaudoin, N., Lacombe, O., Bellahsen, N., Amrouch, K., & Daniel, J. -M. (2014). Fluid pressure evolution in overpressured limestone reservoir at basin-scale: example of the Bighorn Basin (Wyoming, USA) and lessons from comparison with other reservoirs. Poster session presented at the meeting of Geophysical Research Abstracts. Vienna, Austria.
    2012 Beaudoin, N., Leprêtre, R., Bellahsen, N., Lacombe, O., Amrouch, K., Callot, J. -P., . . . Daniel, J. -M. (2012). Stress and strain evolution in foreland basins and its relation to the structural style: insights from the Bighorn Basin (Wyoming, USA). Poster session presented at the meeting of EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts. Vienna, Austria.
    2011 Daniel, J. -M., Barbier, M., Amrouch, K., Callot, J. -P., Hamon, Y., & Lacombe, O. (2011). Impact of fracturing stratigraphy on paleo-hydrodynamics, the Madison Formation case study (Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, USA).. Poster session presented at the meeting of EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts. Vienna, Austria.
    2009 Amrouch, K., Lacombe, O., Daniel, J. M., Robion, P., Callot, J. P., & Bellahsen, N. (2009). Quantification of stress and strain using calcite twins and anisotropy of physical rock properties in a folded/fractured reservoir. Poster session presented at the meeting of 1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition. Shiraz, Iran: European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE.
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    2008 Amrouch, K., Lacombe, O., & Daniel, J. (2008). 4D quantification of stress and strain tensors at Sheep Mountain Anticline (Wyoming, USA) using calcite twin analysis. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of American Geophysical Union 2008 Fall Meeting, as published in Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, California: American Geophysical Union.
    2008 Robion, P., Amrouch, K., Callot, J., Lacombe, O., Daniel, J., & Bellahsen, N. (2008). The contribution of Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS), Anisotropy of P-wave Velocity (APV) and Petrophysic analysis in the strain characterisation at Sheep Mountain Anticline (Wyoming, USA). Poster session presented at the meeting of AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. San Francisco, California: American Geophysical Union.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2003 AMROUCH, K. (2003). Etude Hydrogéologique de la vallée d’Aït Bouguemez (Haut Atlas d’Azilal, Maroc).
Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2019-2021

Secondary migration of hydrocarbons through a novel multiscale physics theory

Bedrikovetski P, Amrouch K, Zitha P, Shapiro A, Heinson G, Dagan G, Delvaux D ARC Discovery Projects $395,000.00
2016-2018 Subsurface fluid flow through fractures in sedimentary basins King R., Holford S., Amrouch K., Healy D. and Hillis R ARC Discovery Projects $230,000.00
2015-2017 Structural permeability mapping in Australia: De-risking geothermal exploration ahead of drilling Hand M., King R., Holford S., Amrouch K., Healy D. and Heinson G. ARENA $929,278.00
Mar-Dec 2015 Research Training on Drones for Environmental Applications Koh L, Buhl J, Amrouch K, Ranasinghe D Interdisciplinary Research Funding Scheme, UoA $20,000.00

Structural Geology & Geomechanics to Honours and Masters Petroleum Geoscience and Masters of Petroleum Engineering.

Structural Geology & Seismic Methods to 3rd year Petroleum Engineers.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor In-situ Stress Measurement using Deformation Rate Analysis and Acoustic Emission to Manage Coal Bursts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zulfiqar Ali
    2020 Co-Supervisor Investigating the Preconditioning to Manage Cave Backpropagation and Rock Burst Risk Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin James Powlay
    2019 Co-Supervisor Hydraulic Fracturing by Nano-assisted Foam Based Fluid in High Pressure High Temperature Reservoirs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tuan Huynh Minh Tran
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor A Multiscale Approach towards the Characterisation of Upper Crustal Deformation at Passive Continental Margins: A Case Study on the Otway Basin, Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Hugo Bonython Burgin
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Modern Structural Analysis of Subsurface Provinces: A Case Study on the Cooper and Eromanga Basins, Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time David Kulikowski
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Tectonic Evolution of Khao Khwang Fold-Thrust Belt, Central Thailand: new Insights into the Permian and Triassic Evolution of the Indosinian Orogeny in SE Asia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Francesco Arboit
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Origin of Overpressure and Pore Pressure Prediction in Carbonate Reservoirs of the Abadan Plain Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Vahid Atashbari
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2014 - ongoing Member EGU Austria
    2013 - ongoing Member PESA Australia
    2008 - ongoing Member AAPG
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Editor Arabian Journal of Geosciences Springer Germany
    2018 - ongoing Editor Geosciences Journal MDPI Switzerland
  • Position: Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience
  • Phone: 83134310
  • Email: khalid.amrouch@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4345
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Santos Petroleum Engineering, floor 1
  • Room: 1 14
  • Org Unit: Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources

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