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.


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NOW CALL FOR ABSTRACT Deadline for submission is 31 January 2017

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The 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics will take place in Trondheim, Norway 29 May – 2 June 2017. This is a follow-up of three successful workshops, held in Golden, USA (2011), Southampton, UK (2013), and Perth, Australia (2015).

The main aim of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss progress in rock physics, covering theoretical developments, laboratory experiments and digital simulations, petroleum field applications incorporating quantitative interpretations for asset development and exploration of new frontiers, as well as non-petroleum applications. The workshop offers a potential for linking these branches together. Click here for more details.

Key topics of the workshop:

  • Fluid effects on rock physics: Dispersion (from sub-seismic to ultrasonic), attenuation and saturation dependence
  • Geological processes and rock physics
  • A variety of rocks (shales, sandstones, carbonates) – their differences and similarities
  • Rock physics of unconventional reservoirs
  • The impact of geomechanics on rock physics and vice versa
  • Novel laboratory techniques
  • Use of petrographical information / 3D imaging in rock physics analysis
  • Integrated use and analysis of multiple measurement techniques (elastic, electromagnetic, NMR, and others)
  • Fractured rock physics and anisotropy
  • Up- & down-scaling
  • Use of rock physics models within elastic (anisotropic) full waveform inversion
  • Quantitative interpretation and rock physics templates
  • Time-lapse seismic applications
  • Shallow / near-surface rock physics

The workshop is organized by a Science Committee, with main responsibility for the scientific program, and a Local Committee, with main responsibility for preparing the event itself, including advertisement and search for sponsorship.

NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) is the host institution, with the on-site company “NTNU Videre” assisting as professional congress organiser. The workshop will be held downtown Trondheim, within walking distance from hotels, restaurants and a number of touristic sites.

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8th Rock Physics Influencers

Per Avseth is currently an independent geophysical consultant based in Oslo and an adjunct professor (since 2008) in reservoir geophysics at NTNU in Trondheim. Per is an expert in rock physics and quantitative seismic interpretation. He has been working in the oil industry for more than 16 years, and he started his career as a seismic interpreter at Norsk Hydro Exploration in Oslo in 1994... Read more

Upcoming events

StartEvent NameWebsite
December 12, 2016 AGU Fall Meeting 
March 6, 2017 First EAGE Workshop on Practical Reservoir Monitoring 
April 17, 2017 Geophysical Challenges and Prosperous Development 
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Upcoming Special Sections

Submission deadlineTopicJournalOrganizationWebsite
December 1, 2016 Seismic Anisotropy Geophysics SEG 
December 30, 2016 Geomechanics for heterogeneous and time-dependent rocks and its applications to unconventional reservoirs Geophysics  SEG 
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