Rock Physics provides the connections between elastic properties measured at the surface of the earth, within the borehole environment or in the laboratory with the intrinsic properties of rocks, such as mineralogy, porosity, pore shapes, pore fluids, pore pressures, permeability, viscosity, stresses and overall architecture such as laminations and fractures. Rock Physics provides the understanding and theoretical tools required to optimize all imaging and characterization solutions based on elastic data.

The present site is a collection of resources for rock physicists and those who use the results of rock physics in their work.

Latest News

Following the three successful workshops held in Golden, USA (2011), Southampton, UK (2013), and Perth, Australia (2015), t
he 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics (4IWRP) will be held in Trondheim, Norway 29 May - 2 June 2017

The workshop will be organized by Professor Rune Holt of SINTEF and NTNU. 

Workshop flyer with more information is available

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Geophysics Call for Papers

Geomechanics for heterogeneous and time-dependent rocks and its applications to unconventional reservoirs

This special section of Geophysics discusses the inherent heterogeneous and timedependent
nature of unconventional reservoir rocks, and the importance of rock fabric to
geomechanical applications. It reviews measurements of heterogeneity and rock fabric,
obtained at various scales (seismic to laboratory sample scale), and their scaling
relationships. It reviews the rock fabric of layering, lithologic interfaces, mineralized
fractures, and other weak discontinuities present in unconventional reservoirs. It reviews
time-dependent deformation (creep) and time-dependent rock/fluid interactions, for
example, associated to clay and organic content, and their increased surface area. It
integrates these to propose better models and more representative solutions to
geomechanical problems. More information click here.

Submission deadline: 30 November 2016

Rock Physics Influencers

Serge A. Shapiro is a full Professor of Geophysics at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and since 2004, Director of the PHASE (PHysics and Application of Seismic Emission) university consortium project.  His research interests include seismogenic processes, wave phenomena, seismic exploration and rock physics. Read more

Upcoming events

StartEvent NameWebsite
July 30, 2016 SC: URTeC Understanding and Adapting Rockphysics Principles for Mudrock (Shale) Reservoirs by Dr Manika Prasad 
August 1, 2016 URTeC 2016 
August 8, 2016 Course: Rock Physics for Seismic Reservoir Characterization by Prof. Tapan Mukerji 
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