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Business and Industry

The University of Adelaide is one of the most research-intensive universities in Australia. With an outstanding track record that produces real commercial outcomes, we are committed to investing in research excellence and delivering the highest quality results for our local and global community.

Collaborative research projects between industry and universities offer significant scope for the development of new knowledge and practices, and solutions to technical problems - all of which translate into significant economic and social advantages.

In addition to research partnerships, the Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) maintains an active relationship with business and industry through avenues such as consulting, training and development, student project sponsorships, student placement and work experience, industry secondments and sponsored staff positions.

  • Consulting

    Staff members of the ASP have considerable experience in key areas of petroleum exploration and production as well as the breadth of expertise to handle large multidisciplinary projects.

    The School encourages consulting, which can range anywhere between an individual ASP staff member consulting to a company on a day rate, to applied research conducted by multidisciplinary teams at ASP. Clients include local and international companies and government agencies.

    Consulting Staff in the School

    • Steve Begg
      Training and advice in decision and risk analysis, eliciting expert opinions and uncertainty assessments, value of information and flexibility, economic evaluation, real options and portfolio management.
    • Richard (Ric) Daniel
      Hydrocarbon and Carbon Dioxide Capillary Seals analysis based on Mercury Injection Capillary Pressure porosimetry, Scanning Electron Microscopy with EDS analysis and XRD (qualitative) mineralogy. These tools are used for interpreting clay mineral orientation, composition and determining maximum seal rock column heights for hydrocarbon and supercritical CO2 at various saturations with sensitivities of contact angle and interfacial tension.
    • Andy Mitchell
      Courses in petroleum geoscience for non-geoscientists, and seismic method for junior geoscientists and engineers. Perform and review seismic interpretations.
    • Ulrike Schacht
      Inorganic and marine geochemistry diagenesis of deep sea sediments, sandstone diagenesis, applied geochemistry (which analytical/chemical methods can be used best for what kind of (geochemical) problem), gas chromatography (GC) analyses, and interpretation of geochemical data.
    • Matthew Welsh
      Training and advice in the psychology of decision making under uncertainty, eliciting expert judgements, cognitive and motivational decision biases and debiasing techniques.
  • Short Courses for Industry and Professionals

    The ASP offers continuing education to the upstream petroleum industry:

    Short Course Application Form for Business and Industry.

    Academic Program Courses
    Most courses in the School's normal teaching curriculum are open to external participants. Courses at fourth year and postgraduate level are taught in short course format, making them suitable for industry participants.

    Industry Short Courses
    School staff offer a spectrum of short courses specifically for delivery to industry professionals, and new courses may be developed on request.

Australian School of Petroleum



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