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Taking high end seismic imaging technology to the next level

S-Cube is a native-to-the-cloud energy technology solutions company leading the development of new advanced waveform methods that infer the most accurate and detailed 3D earth velocity models possible from exploration seismic data that:

  • reduce subsurface drilling risk
  • improve appraisal performance
  • enhance hydrocarbon recovery

The S-Cube team has extensive experience in the area of developing large-scale cloud-native model-training algorithms, having been key players in the theoretical and practical development of waveform inversion, and are internationally recognised as domain leaders for over a decade.


Tony Renton


Tony spent more than 30 years with BP in a range of technical, commercial and management roles over several continents finishing as Commercial Director responsible for Business Development in the Middle East. Previously Tony was Manager Strategic Business Development leading BP into Angola and new business areas. In 2006 Tony left BP to set up the consultancy firm Oil Experience Ltd which was acquired by RPS Energy in 2007. Tony was co-founder of White Rose Energy and Oil and Gas London both private-equity backed exploration companies.

Prof Mike Warner

Technical Director

Mike Warner is Professor of Geophysics at Imperial College London. He joined Imperial as the BP Lecturer 25 years ago, and has worked in seismic research ever since. He founded the Department of Earth Science and Engineering which now has over 600 students. He leads the FULLWAVE research consortium who contribute over $1m per year. He has over 100 publications including 7 in Nature, and his work has been recognised by the award of several prizes from EAGE and SEG in the past decade.

Sean McQuaid

Non-Exec Director

Sean has 32 years’ experience in the oil industry. Having completed a physics degree at Oxford University he started his career as a seismic processor culminating in the first ever 3D seismic project at Ensign Geophysics Ltd. At BP he developed expertise in rock physics, AVO and impedance inversion and completed an MBA. Sean joined ERCE in 2005 as Director of Geophysics and is responsible for advanced seismic analysis techniques utilised in technical advisory work. He is a member of the SEG, EAGE and PESGB.

Robert Bahns


Robert is Director of Technology Ventures at Imperial Innovations. He has over twenty years’ experience in industry and finance and was previously a director in the technology investment team at Nomura International plc. He is trained as an electronics engineer and worked in Japan for Pioneer Electronics, both in R&D and in the establishment of the company’s first UK manufacturing facility, He has an MBA from Insead and an Electrical Sciences degree from Cambridge.

Koolesh Shah


Koolesh Shah is the founder of London Town Group of Companies, which has grown into an established hotel and residential property company with assets in excess of £200 million. In 2009 he opened Hotel Indigo London Paddington which was Intercontinental Hotel Group’s first Hotel Indigo branded boutique concept outside America. The Group has a significant central London and national portfolio and Koolesh was named Asian Business Awards Hotelier of the Year for 2017.

Leadership Team

Dr Nikhil Shah


Nikhil read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge before completing a PhD at Imperial College London (Earth Science & Engineering). He then joined Chevron USA in Exploration Geophysics R&D where he led the roll-out of automated earth parameter estimation based on time-domain Full Waveform Inversion (FWI). He took the technology from proof-of-concept to full-scale production deployment for the E&P business units on acreage offshore Brazil and Nigeria in under a year.

Adrian Umpleby

Technology Lead

Adrian has been developing and implementing novel mathematical and computational techniques for over 25 years as a Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College before joining S-Cube in 2020. In the last decade he led the development of the FULLWAVE3D software package and the patented XWI optimisation toolbox involved in billions of dollars worth of resource upgrades for a host of global E&P supermajors.

Dr Lluis Guasch

Machine Learning Lead

Lluis is Research Fellow at Imperial College London, where he completed a PhD in Elastic Full Waveform Inversion. He has been active in the field of seismic inversion since he finished his Physics degree at University of Barcelona in 2005, and has worked in several groups across Europe before joining S-Cube. He is a co-inventor of the patented Adaptive Waveform Inversion algorithm winning the Guido Bonarelli Award in 2015.

Dr Tenice Nangoo

Operations Lead

Tenice is a Geophysical Data Analyst.  She has ten years industry experience as a Petroleum Geoscientist with expertise in seismic interpretation, quantitative geophysics and seismic acquisition.  She specialised in seismic waveform inversion during her PhD at Imperial College London where her work resulted in the Geophysics 2013 Best Paper award for 'Anisotropic 3D Full-waveform Inversion'.

Dr Tim Lin

Cloud Lead

Tim is lead cloud developer at S-Cube. He obtained his undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of British Columbia, where his focus was on practical applications of cutting-edge, large-scale regularised optimisation techniques to geophysical processing. He had previously worked with BP and Chevron during his studies, where he brought his novel techniques to existing production workflows.

Nicolas Haworth

Nicolas Haworth

Strategy Lead

Nicolas is Strategy Lead. With a Master's degree in Geoscience, he has received multiple University awards for his work and attained a scholarship specialising in structural geology and quantitative geophysical techniques. Nicolas had built several years of experience in seismic data processing before moving to S-Cube to become a driving force in growing the business.

Technical Team

Prof Felix Herrmann

Felix is currently Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Energy and Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously director of the UBC-Seismic Laboratory for Imaging and Modeling (SLIM), which he founded in 2003, where he became a world leader in theoretical and computational exploration seismology, compressive sensing and large-scale optimization. He will be the 2019 Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

Prof Joanna Morgan

Jo is Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences in Imperial College London. She is currently co-chief scientist IODP drilling of the Chicxulub impact crater, and a member of the UK ICDP committee. Her research background in regional seismology and blue sky research, as well as her extensive seismic data processing skills, broaden the know-how of the team.

Dr Gang Yao

Gang is a Research Fellow at Rice University. After completing his MSc in Geophysics at the China University of Geosciences he was awarded the UK-China Scholarship of Excellence and moved to the UK to pursue his PhD in Least Squares RTM at Imperial. He is an expert in seismic migration and seismic inversion in general creating methodologies targeted at deeper penetration from reflected data.

Mahesh Kalita

Mahesh obtained his post-graduation degree from IIT Bombay. After achieving a Master of Research degree from IPGP, France, he joined KAUST, Saudi Arabia to pursue his Ph.D. career. During the Ph.D. studies, his main research focus was to develop a mathematically robust method for the velocity building process of large 3D salt structures. That lead him to propose full-waveform inversion under model regularization, which significantly reduces human intervention, a small leap towards attaining the ultimate aim of computational seismic tomography.

Yamina Boumediene

Yamina is a Scientific Computing Developer. She completed her Master in High Performance Computing and Simulation at Universite de Versailles, France where she gained expertise in parallel and distributed computing (hardware and software) and numerical programming.

She has previously worked at CERFACS/Meteo-France as HPC engineer before joining S-Cube in 2017 where she has implemented a new methodology for setting optimisation constraints using GPU hardware.

Benedict Carling

Benedict is an Undergraduate at Imperial College London studying Biomedical Engineering.  During his studies, Benedict acquired a proficiency in programming and computation.  He supports the existing development process at S-Cube.

Support Team

Caroline Baugh

HR & Admin

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