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

  • reduce subsurface 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.

Directors

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 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

Director

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

Director

Koolesh Shah is Managing Director and owner 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 East Midlands portfolio and Koolesh was named Asian Business Awards Hotelier of the Year for 2017.

Executive Team

Dr Nikhil Shah

COO

Nikhil 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 advanced velocity modelling based on time-domain FWI for the E&P business units. First deployments on acreage offshore Brazil and Nigeria.

Dr Lluis Guasch

COO

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.

Technical Team

Adrian Umpleby

Adrian is a Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College London who has been developing and implementing novel mathematical and computational techniques in the Earth Science & Engineering department for over 25 years. In the last decade he has developed the FULLWAVE3D modelling and inversion software platform used by a host of global E&P companies in their depth imaging computational workflows.

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 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

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

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 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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