Dr Khalid Amrouch

Lecturer in Petroleum Geoscience
Dr Khalid Amrouch
  Org Unit Australian School of Petroleum
  Email khalid.amrouch@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 4310
  Location Floor/Room 1 14 ,  Santos Petroleum Engineering Building ,   North Terrace

Khalid is a Structural Geologist with expertise in Geomechanics. His main interest relates to brittle tectonics, fracture characterisation and stress analyses. His work within these disciplines focuses on several key research questions: Reconstruction of Stress patterns using a combined analyses of faults, fractures and calcite twins; 4D Quantification of stress magnitudes in orogenic settings from the scale of a reservoir analogue (individual structure) to the scale of the entire fold belt or sedimentary basin; Understanding of the kinematics of faulting and related stress field perturbations; Characterization of micro‐mechanisms of deformation of sedimentary strata during folding - examples of anticlines in Iran Spain and USA: analogues of folded‐fractured reservoirs.

He graduated from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, Jussieu) with a MSc and PhD in Structural Geology. He started his career in 2005 at the IFP (Institut Français du Pétrole, who sponsored his studies) followed in 2010 by a position as Researcher at Mines PariTech. In 2012 he left Europe to South America where he spent one year working for BHP as Exploration Geologist before joining the Australian School of Petroleum in February 2013. Since then Khalid is an active member of the Stress, Structure and Seismic Research Group, one of the largest Geoscience research groups at the University of Adelaide. This group has received continuous ARC support since 1997, with a research income of ~$1M/year.

Khalid’s recent works has focussed on: the integration of Geomechanical, Petrophysical and Structural techniques to better understand the growth and evolution of natural and stimulated fractures; Applying a new stress quantification approach on Australien sedimentary basins, such as the Cooper-Eromanga, Officer and Otway basins, as natural laboratories. With key themes including understand the role of petrophysical anisotropy and rock rheology on fracture development, with the ultimate objective of relating the structural permeability of a sedimentary sequence to its geological history.

PhD, Structural Geology, University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris VI.

Title: Contribution of microstructural analysis to the understanding of the folding mechanisms : Examples of folded structures in the USA (Wyoming) and Iran (Zagros).Supervised by: Prof Olivier LACOMBE, Dr Jean-Marc DANIEL.

Thesis Jury:

Prof Arnaud ETCHECOPAR, Prof Philippe LAURENT, Prof Charles AUBOURG, Prof Mark EVANS, Prof Phillipe HUCHON and Prof. Francois ROURE, .


Master degree, Earth and Universe Sciences, University of Pierre & Curie, Paris VI.

Best Poster Presentation at the APPEA Conference, 2017 May 2017, Perth, Australia

Award of Excellence "Top 10" Poster Presentation. AAPG Annual Convention, 2012 Long Beach June 2012 IFP New Energy. The poster was entitle: Direct Paleo-overpressure Estimation, from Demonstration to Practical Application: The Sheep Mountain Anticline Example. The poster is available on AAPG Search and Discovery.






I coordinate and teach in this course which is for the 3rd year Petroleum Engineer (BSc) students. It contains:

Structural Geology: with the basic concepts of stress (resolving stresses and Mohr Circle) and rock failure (friction, Coulomb); present-day stresses from oil field data; implications for wellbore stability and water flooding; basic concepts of structural geology; faults; folds; structural traps and fault seal analysis.

Seismic Methods: Principles of reflection seismology, such as wave propagation phenomena, and seismic velocity and resolution. Data acquisition and processing methods, mechanics of seismic interpretation. Velocity anomalies and depth conversion. Techniques for evaluating reservoir and fluid properties, such as seismic attributes, DHIs and AVO, and time lapse seismology.


These courses are part of the ASP Master and Honour Petroleum Geosciences programs.

OMAn Study Tour

This two-week international trip to the Region of Muscat is a great chance to visit one of the best geological cities in the wolrd. Muscat is the city where the neighbourhoods are separated by geological outcrops. This fieldtrip is attended by Master and Honour Petroleum Geosciences students.

Geomechanics: Paleo and Present-day stress quantification in sedimentary basins.

Structural Geology: natural and stimulated Fracture analyses in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.

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