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.

Rock Physics News

Following the 2014 SEG Convention in Denver, there will be a post-convention workshop on the "Rock Physics of Unconventional Reservoirs", Friday 31 October. Details are available here.

As a result of the vote by the participants of 2IWRP, the 3rd International Workshop on Rock Physics (3IWRP) will take place in Perth, Australia in 2015.

The July 2014 meeting of the Rock Physics Special Interest Group of the Geophysical Society of Houston featured a talk by Liqin Sang (Texas A&M and Shell) on "Rock properties at high pressure and high temperature: What can we borrow from experimental mineral physics". Abstract is available here. Abstracts from previous meetings can be found here.

A post-convention workshop on the "Integration of petrophysics, rock physics, and lab measurements" took place following the 2013 SEG Annual Meeting. The list of presentations is available here.

The 2nd International Workshop on Rock Physics (2IWRP) took place in Southampton, U.K., August 4-9, 2013. See the technical program for the list of presentations.

Selected papers from 1IWRP have been published in a special issue of Geophysical Prospecting on Rock Physics for Reservoir Exploration, Characterisation and Monitoring

A post-convention workshop on the "Physics of Rocks" took place following the 2012 SEG Annual Meeting. Additional information is available here.

The abstracts from the 15th International Workshop on Seismic Anisotropy are available here.

The list of presentations made at the 3rd EAGE Shale Workshop held in Barcelona, Spain, 23-25 January 2012, is available here.

The 1st International Workshop on Rock Physics (1IWRP) took place at the Colorado School of Mines, August 7-12, 2011. See the technical agenda for the list of presentations. Many of the abstracts and several of the presentations and posters are available here. Evan Bianco's notes from the workshop can be found by clicking on the following links:


SEG D&P Forum on Reservoir Characterization and Monitoring with Advanced Geophysical Technology, 29 June - 3 July 2014, Santa Rosa, California, USA.

SEG/SPE/AAPG/SPWLA/EAGE Summer Research Workshop on Multi-disciplinary Static and Dynamic Reservoir Modeling: Best Practices, Opportunities and Challenges, 3-8 August 2014, San Diego, California, USA.

URTeC 2014 (Unconventional Resources Technology Conference), 25 - 27 August 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA.

SEG International Exhibition and 84th Annual Meeting, 26 - 31 October 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA.

SEG Denver Post-convention Workshop W-13 on Rock Physics of Unconventional Reservoirs, 31 October 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA.

2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 27 - 29 October 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

16IWSA (16th International Workshop on Seismic Anisotropy), 16-21 November 2014, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

3IWRP (3rd International Workshop on Rock Physics), 13 - 17 April, 2015, Perth, Australia.

AAPG 2015 Annual Convention & Exhibition, 31 May – 3 June, 2015, Denver, Colorado.

77th EAGE Conference & Exhibition, 1 - 4 June, 2015, Madrid, Spain.

2015 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 28 - 30 September 2015, Houston, Texas, USA.