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Dr Khalid Amrouch

Khalid Amrouch
Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience
Australian School of Petroleum
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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Dr Khalid Amrouch

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

Khalid is a Structural Geologist with expertise in Brittle Deformation. 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 paleostress patterns using analyses of faults, fractures and calcite twins; 4D Quantification of stress magnitudes in orogenic settings from the scale of the individual compressional structure to the scale of the entire fold belt or foreland basin; Understanding of the kinematics of faulting and related stress field perturbations.

Khalid’s recent researches since joining the Australian School of Petroleum has focussed on: the integration of Geomechanical, Petrophysical and Structural techniques to better understand the growth and evolution of natural and stimulated fractures; Applying a new stress quantification approach on the sedimentary basins of Australia, such as the Cooper-Eromanga, Officer and Otway basins, as natural laboratories. With key themes including understand the role of petrophysical anisotropy and rock rheology on fracture development, with the ultimate objective of relating the structural permeability of a sedimentary sequence to its geological history.

Since 2013 Khalid is an active member of the Stress, Structure and Seismic Research Group, one of the largest Geoscience research groups at the University of Adelaide. This group has received continuous ARC support since 1997, with a research income of ~$1M/year.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
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 Pierre and Marie Curie University
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
Pierre and Marie Curie University France PhD
Pierre and Marie Curie University France Master
Pierre and Marie Curie University France Maitrise (Equ. Honours)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Kulikowski, D., Amrouch, K., & Burgin, H. (2018). Mapping permeable subsurface fracture networks: A case study on the Cooper Basin, Australia. Journal of Structural Geology, 114, 336-345.
DOI Scopus1
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 Scopus2
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
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.
DOI Scopus1
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 Scopus7 WoS5
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 Scopus5 WoS3
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), 1-31.
DOI Scopus3 WoS1
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.
DOI
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.
DOI
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 Scopus15 WoS13
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 Scopus6 WoS7
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 Scopus6 WoS4
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 Scopus12 WoS9
2014 Beaudoin, N., Lacombe, O., Bellahsen, N., Amrouch, K., & Daniel, J. M. (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 Scopus10 WoS8
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 Scopus36 WoS33
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 Scopus29 WoS25
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.
DOI Scopus24
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.
DOI Scopus55 WoS53
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.
DOI Scopus26 WoS24
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 Scopus22 WoS19
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 Scopus27 WoS28
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 Scopus39 WoS36
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

Conference Papers

Conference Items

Year Citation
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.
DOI
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
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
         

Structural Geology & Geomechanics to Honours and Masters Petroleum Geoscience.

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

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2016 Principal Supervisor The Structural History of the Otway Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Hugo Bonython Burgin

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
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 Mr Vahid Atashbari

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2013 - ongoing Member PESA Australia
2008 - ongoing Member AAPG
Position
Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience
Phone
83134310
Fax
8313 4345
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Santos Petroleum Engineering, floor 1
Room Number
1 14
Org Unit
Australian School of Petroleum

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