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An ISV taking high-end seismic imaging to the next level

The S-Cube team based in London is setting the pace in cutting-edge Full Waveform Inversion and soundwave property extraction from seismic data - shaping the future of the energy industry.

The team made up of mathematicians from Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London is responsible for breakthrough research in the processes of parameter estimation from recorded field data.

The award-winning algorithm XWITM created by S-Cube is a form of extreme machine learning, when applied to raw seismic shot gathers, builds a superior subsurface model with increased accuracy and reduced turnaround time.

It consists of a string of advances since replacing the Euclidean distance norm of conventional FWI with AWI, the founding breakthrough upon which S-Cube was spun out of Imperial.

Technical Team

Nikhil Shah

Nikhil Shah

CEO

Nikhil read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and completed his doctorate at Imperial College London which gave rise to patented algorithmic developments in the theory of seismic imaging by waveform inversion. 

Whilst working for Chevron in Earth Science R&D located initially in San Ramon, California and subsequently in Houston, Texas he was responsible for leading technology pilots of new seismic imaging algorithms applied to fields located in basins offshore Brazil and Nigeria.

He was appointed CEO of S-Cube in 2019 to accelerate its growth through product development and commercialisation. Under his leadership, the company has struck key partnerships with cloud providers, service companies and early adopters such as Chevron, Woodside and Petrobras. 

Prof Mike Warner

Prof Mike Warner

Technical Director

Mike is Professor of Geophysics at Imperial College London. He joined Imperial as the BP Lecturer 25 years ago, founded the Department of Earth Science and Engineering which now has over 600 students and hosts the internationally-recognised FULLWAVE research consortium of leading energy companies. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including 7 in Nature.

He has received multiple awards from both the Society of Exploration Geophysics and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).

He invented Adaptive Waveform Inversion and won the Guido Bonarelli Award from EAGE in 2015 for this breakthrough. He has spearheaded the use of Machine Learning in FWI, and direct imaging using FWI. He is also applying FWI to brain imaging using ultrasound to facilitate rapid diagnosis and treatment for acute stroke and head trauma.

Adrian Umpleby

Adrian Umpleby

XWI Creator

Adrian is a leading figure in the mathematical and computational implementation of Full Waveform Inversion. He is known for creating the highly-adopted FULLWAVE3D software package as part of a world-leading research consortium at Imperial College London with members including many of the world’s largest energy companies.

At S-Cube he has created the XWI algorithm toolbox which differentiates S-Cube commercially from the rest of the industry and provides competitive advantage in terms of accuracy and robustness. His work has been instrumental in resource upgrades worth billions of dollars to date across assets around the world.

 

Tenice Nangoo

Tenice Nangoo

Operations Lead

Tenice is a geophysical data analyst with expertise across the spectrum from seismic acquisition to processing to quantiative interpretation. 

Specialising in seismic waveform inversion during her PhD at Imperial College London, her work resulted in the Geophysics Best Paper award for 2013 with an robust FWI application in the time-domain to a North Sea gas field with a significant seismic obscured area to characterise.

Tenice became Operations Lead for S-Cube in 2019 shaping the company's best practices for taking new algorithms from testing into commercial deployment

John Armitage

John Armitage

Algorithm Researcher

John is an algorithm researcher. At S-Cube he is involved in investigating the algorithms and mathematics underlying XWI and in particular solving fundamental problems in parameter extraction from reflection seismic data.

Before joining S-Cube he studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford. During his doctorate, in the field of Number Theory, he worked on problems of effectivity and computation for class numbers, elliptic and modular functions, and transcendence.

 

Christos Mavropoulos

Cloud and ML Engineer

Christos started at S-Cube in 2022. He has an MSci in Computer Science from the University of Durham. He is driving forward our cloud-native implementation of FWI as well as incorporating Deep Learning to accelerate the transition from acoustic to elastic multi-parameter inversion.

Johnny Reilly

Junior Algorithm Developer

Johnny joined S-Cube in 2022. He graduated from Imperial College with an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. He is investigating and fine tuning the range of optimisation cost functions in the XWI toolbox for superior convergence and deeper updates.

Directors and Industry Advisors

Tony Renton

Tony Renton

Tony is Chairman of S-Cube. He spent more than 30 years with BP in a range of technical, commercial and management roles over several continents leaving 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 OGL Geothermal, both private-equity backed exploration companies.

Artun Sukan

Artun Sukan

Artun joined the IP Group team following the combination with Touchstone Innovations, where he was sourcing and evaluating early-stage technology and engineering investments since 2016. He focuses on novel chemicals and materials, clean tech and engineering sectors. He represents IP Group on the board of various portfolio companies, whilst also seeking new high-growth investment opportunities. Previously, Artun has worked in Technology Transfer and IP management at Imperial Innovations, where he identified, protected and managed intellectual property from Imperial College London and has assisted various commercial deals. 

David Bannister

David Bannister

David has held a range of commercial and technical roles in seismic data processing.  Prior to joining S-Cube, he was Processing Manager with Geotrace Technologies, with responsibility for writing and negotiating contracts, managing large data processing groups, promoting new and current technologies, and establishing new ventures and partnerships in the EAME and US regions. At the start of his career he spent five years in land seismic data acquisition.  David holds a PhD in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance from Nottingham University.

 

Prof Joanna Morgan

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.

Prof Felix Herrmann

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 was the Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) in 2019.

Lluis Guasch

Lluis Guasch

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. 

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