Dr Mark Bunch

Mark Bunch
Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience
Australian School of Petroleum
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience at the Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide. His present research activities are concerned with formation evaluation and seismic geomorphology. Prior to his present role, he spent seven years with the CO2CRC as a Research Associate in reservoir characterisation, during which he worked on geological carbon storage site selection, capacity estimation and geological modelling projects in the onshore Canterbury Basin (NZ), the Gippsland and Otway basins of Victoria, the Surat Basin of Queensland, and the Darling Basin of NSW. Mark spent a period of time as acting head of geomodelling for the CO2CRC Otway Basin Pilot Project and led CO2CRC storage research projects for five years. Mark has also worked for the North Sea Palaeolandscapes Project and as a developer of shallow groundwater flow models to guide gravel excavation planning.

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Dr Mark Bunch

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience at the Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide. His present research activities are concerned with formation evaluation and seismic geomorphology. Prior to his present role, he spent seven years with the CO2CRC as a Research Associate in reservoir characterisation, during which he worked on geological carbon storage site selection, capacity estimation and geological modelling projects in the onshore Canterbury Basin (NZ), the Gippsland and Otway basins of Victoria, the Surat Basin of Queensland, and the Darling Basin of NSW. Mark spent a period of time as acting head of geomodelling for the CO2CRC Otway Basin Pilot Project and led CO2CRC storage research projects for five years. Mark has also worked for the North Sea Palaeolandscapes Project and as a developer of shallow groundwater flow models to guide gravel excavation planning.

Past research themes:

  • Demonstration of complex resistivity signatures for deformation band material hosted within mature reservoir sandstone
  • Characterization of palaeolandscape processes via forward stratigraphic simulation of the redistribution of terrestrial sediments by water and wind currents over geological timescales
  • Characterization and modelling of subsurface CO2 storage systems

Current research themes:

  • Seismic geomorphology - digital rendering of past landscapes and landscape features preserved within the subsurface by use of seismic attribute analysis to elucidate controls on the development of stratigraphy
  • Detecting cemented zones within siliciclastic stratigraphy - using subtle expressions within legacy exploration datasets, namely wireline log and 3D seismic survey data, to automatically delineate the occurrence of discrete cemented zones within sandstone reservoir units
  • Discriminating sources for natural accumulations of CO2 - using spatial analysis of stable isotope distributions to determine the contributions made by biological processes and mantle degassing to subsurface natural gas accumulations containing CO2

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience University of Adelaide
2008 - 2014 Senior Research Associate in CCS (CO2CRC) University of Adelaide
2006 - 2007 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Birmingham
2003 - 2004 Research Assistant University of Birmingham

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2001 - 2006 University of Birmingham United Kingdom PhD
2000 - 2001 University of Birmingham United Kingdom MSc
1997 - 2000 Durham University United Kingdom BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education University of Adelaide Australia

Journals

Year Citation
2016 Keaney, M., Holford, S. & Bunch, M. (2016). Constraining Late Cretaceous exhumation in the Eromanga Basin using sonic velocity data. Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Journal, 56, 101-126.
2015 Qu, D., Bunch, M. & Kaldi, J. (2015). CO₂ storage capacity estimation for a deep saline formation by static reservoir modelling: the Cretaceous Paaratte Formation, offshore Otway Basin, Victoria. S. Mackie (Ed.). The APPEA Journal, 55, 283-290.
2013 Field, B., Bachu, S., Basava-Reddi, M., Bunch, M., Funnell, R., Holloway, S. & Richardson, R. (2013). Interaction of CO₂ with subsurface resources. Energy Procedia, 37, 7741-7746. 10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.720
2013 Bunch, M. (2013). Gauging geological characterisation for CO2 storage: the Australasian experience so far.... Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60, 1, 5-21. 10.1080/08120099.2012.737371
2013 Michael, K., Bunch, M. & Varma, S. (2013). Simulation of the cumulative impacts of CO2 geological storage and petroleum production on aquifer pressures in the offshore gippsland basin. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 19, 310-321. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.09.009
2012 Forbes, C., Giles, D., Jourdan, F., Sato, K., Omori, S. & Bunch, M. (2012). Cooling and exhumation history of the northeastern Gawler Craton, South Australia. Precambrian Research, 200-203, 209-238. 10.1016/j.precamres.2011.11.003
2011 Bu Ali, A., Alali, M., Alzaid, M., Bunch, M. & Menacherry, S. (2011). Numerical simulation model of geological storage of carbon dioxide in onshore Gippsland Basin, Victoria. Society of Petroleum Engineers - 9th European Formation Damage Conference 2011, 2, 796-812.
2004 Bunch, M., Mackay, R., Tellam, J. & Turner, P. (2004). A model for simulating the deposition of water-lain sediments in dryland environments. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8, 2, 122-134. 10.5194/hess-8-122-2004

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2014 Paterson, L., Boreham, C., Bunch, M. A., Dance, T., Ennis-King, J., Freifeld, B. ... Stalker, L. (2014). CO2CRC Otway Stage 2B Residual Saturation and Dissolution Test. In P. Cook (Ed.), Geologically Storing Carbon: Learning from the Otway Project Experience (pp. 329-360). Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO PUBLISHING.
2007 Fitch, S., Gaffney, V., Thomson, K., Briggs, K., Bunch, M. & Holford, S. (2007). An atlas of the palaeolandscapes of the Southern North Sea. In V. Gaffney, K. Thomson & S. Finch (Eds.), Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea (pp. 67-92). England, UK: Archaeopress.
2007 Bunch, M., Gaffney, V. & Thomson, K. (2007). Coordinating Marine Survey Data Sources. In V. Gaffney, K. Thomson & S. Finch (Eds.), Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea (pp. 11-21). England, UK: Archaeopress.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2014 Bunch, M. (2014). A live test of automated facies prediction at wells for CO2 storage projects. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). T. Dixon, H. Herzog & S. Twinning (Eds.) Austin, TX. 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.372
2013 Paterson, L., Boreham, C., Bunch, M., Dance, T., Ennis-King, J., Freifeld, B. ... Zhang, Y. (2013). Overview of the CO2CRC Otway residual saturation and dissolution test. International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). T. Dixon & K. Yamaji (Eds.) Kyoto, Japan. 10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.543
2012 Bunch, M., Lawrence, M., Dance, T., Daniel, R., Menacherry, S., Browne, G. & Arnot, M. (2012). Multi-scale characterisation of the Paaratte Formation, Otway Basin, for CO2 injection and storage. AAPG International Conference and Exhibition. Singpaore.
2011 Bunch, M., Backe, G. & Kaldi, J. (2011). Geological appraisal of an onshore CO2 storage prospect. International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT). Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.422

I teach the following courses or technical themes as part of both Petroleum Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering curricula within the Australian School of Petroleum:

  • Wireline logging: principles, acquisition, and interpretation
  • Image log analysis
  • Reservoir characterization
  • Geostatistics
  • Fundamentals of seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation
  • Standard seismic interpretation
  • Advanced seismic interpretation
  • Subsurface mapping

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2013 - ongoing Treasurer Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia - South Australia Branch Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia Australia
Position
Senior Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience
Phone
83134292
Fax
8313 8026
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Santos Petroleum Engineering Building
Room Number
2 16
Org Unit
Australian School of Petroleum

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