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S-Cube is an industry-leading technology company advancing the Full Waveform Inversion (FWI) solution to the problem of extracting the velocity model from seismic survey field data in order to:

  • reduce exploration risk
  • improve appraisal performance
  • enhance hydrocarbon recovery

The S-Cube team has extensive experience in the area of developing large-scale parallel optimisation algorithms, having been key players in the theoretical and practical development of FWI, and are internationally recognised as leaders in the field.


Tony Renton

Chairman & CEO

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. In 2006 Tony left BP to set up the consultancy firm Oil Experience Ltd which was acquired by RPS Energy in 2007. Tony is co-founder of White Rose Energy and Oil and Gas London  both 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. At BP he developed expertise in rock physics, AVO and impedance inversion and completed an MBA. Sean joined ERC Equipoise in 2005 responsible for advanced seismic analysis techniques. 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 Managing Director and owner of London Town Group of Companies, which has successfully developed into an established hotel and residential property company with assets in excess of £180 million since being founded in 1988. He opened Intercontinental Hotel Group’s first Hotel Indigo branded boutique concept outside America in central London. On the residential property side, Koolesh owns and manages a substantial portfolio in London.

Executive Team

Dr Nikhil Shah


Nikhil Shah read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge before completing a PhD at Imperial College London (Earth Science & Engineering). He then worked for Chevron USA in Exploration Geophysics R&D responsible for the roll out of velocity modelling based on time-domain FWI into the E&P business units. First deployments on acreage offshore Brazil and Nigeria.

Dr 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.

Technical Team

Adrian Umpleby

Adrian is a senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He gained his degree in Mathematics with Astronomy from the University of Leicester. In the last decade he has developed a seismic inversion software package which is currently used by several oil companies and major seismic contractors in their daily commercial activities.

Dr Tenice Nangoo

Tenice is a Geophysical Data Analyst.  She has five years industry experience as a Petroleum Geoscientist with expertise in seismic interpretation, quantitative geophysics and seismic acquisition.  She specialised in full-waveform inversion during her PhD at Imperial College London.

Dr Tim Lin

Tim is a full-time technical developer and researcher at S-Cube. He obtained his PhD with Professor Felix Herrmann at UBC, 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 systems.

Prof Felix Herrmann

Senior Advisor

Felix is currently professor at the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of British Columbia. He is director of the UBC-Seismic Laboratory for Imaging and Modeling (SLIM), which he founded in 2003. His research interests include theoretical and applied aspects of exploration seismology, compressive sensing, and large-scale optimization.

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 Associate at Imperial College London. 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 do his PhD at IC. He is an expert in seismic migration and seismic inversion in general. He is currently developing a new method to invert reflected data.

Support Team

Caroline Baugh

HR & Admin

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