Professor Pavel Bedrikovetski

Professor Pavel Bedrikovetski
  Org Unit Australian School of Petroleum
  Telephone +61 8 8313 3082
  Location Floor/Room 2 14 ,  Santos Petroleum Engineering Building ,   North Terrace

After defending PhD at Applied Mathematics Department of Moscow Gubkin Petroleum University in 1982, Pavel worked at the Oil-Gas Fluid Mechanics Department of this University until 1991, holding position of Research Professor (DSc) in Petroleum Engineering. During this period he was a project manager of reservoir studies in gas-condensate, volatile oil and oil-gas-condensate fields Vuktyl, Astrakhan (Russia), Karachaganak, Tengiz (Kazakhstan), Sovetabad, Gugurtly, Balkui (Turkmenia), Western Barch, Sekhalom-1 and Ulesh (Hungary). Practical reservoir management activity was accompanied by research in phase behaviour, fractured-porous reservoirs and inverse problems of reservoir characterisation and EOR.

In 1991-1994 Pavel was a Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology and at Imperial College of Science and Technology, where he wrote a book (Kluwer Academic, London, 1993) and consulted BP, British Gas, Chevron, Total, Shell and Statoil on EOR and reservoir characterisation. From 1994 and since now he is a Senior Staff Consultant to Petrobras in formation damage, waterflooding and IOR. The current Petrobras projects are on low salinity waterflooding, fines migration, drilling-induced formation damage and well injectivity.

Pavel joined ASP at University of Adelaide in 2007 and works on coal bed methane and shale gas fields, nano-technologies, EOR and formation damage in close co-operation with Santos and with European oil companies.

BEng in Applied Mathematics, Moscow Gubkin Petroleum University MING, 1975

MSc in Applied Mathematics and Petroleum Engineering, MING, 1977

PhD in Fluid Mechanics, MING, 1982

DSc in Reservoir Engineering, MING, 1990

··      Formation damage, its prevention and mitigation;

·         Waterflooding;

·         EOR and IOR;

·         Environmental fluid mechanics;

·         Mathematical modelling and fluid mechanics for petrleum engineers and geo-scientists;

·         Transport in porous media;

·         Non-linear waves in continuous mechanics;

·         Systems of conservation laws;

·         Reservoir Simulation




Mathematical modelling, laboratory studies and field projects in coal seam gas reservoirs; shale gas fields; geothermal fields; waterflooding; Low-Sal and Smart waterflood; EOR; formation damage.

Formation damage includes fines migration, sand production and control, horizontal and fractured wells, gravel pack, oilfield scaling, drilling fluid invasion and cake formation

Fines migration in oil, gas and unconventional reservoirs. Fines-assisted methods for improved gas and oil production.  

Suspension/colloid transport in porous media with applications to environmental engineering, aquifer and soil contamination, artesian wells, water cleaning and treatment, industrial filtering, membrane science, size exclusion chromatography, medical applications

Well stimulation and nano technologies in Unconventional Energy Resources (CBM, shale gas, geothermal reservoirs)

Derivation of basic equations for two-phase multi-component flow in porous and fractured media with geo-mechanics using methods of continuous mechanics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics (Onzager, Couri), Boltzmann’s and random walk micro scale equations.

Exact and asymptotic solutions of non-linear equations of mathematical physics. Riemann problems for systems of conservation laws. Interaction between non-linear waves.

Mounting laboratory on Formation Damage and Improved Oil Recovery, 2009-2012

Modeling the capillary entrapment phenomena and integrity of geological reservoirs for clean energy, water and waste management technologies, ARC Discovery Grant, 2010-2013

Development of innovative technologies for oil production based on the advanced theory of suspension flows in porous media, ARC Linkage Grant, 2010-2013

Determination of rates from different layer from the temperature profile in gas wells, 2010-2011 and 2013

Using nano technology for improved gas and oil recovery, 2013

Novel technology for enhanced coal seam gas production utilizing mechanisms of stimulated cleat permeability through graded particle injection, ARC Linkage grant, 2011-2014

Prediction of well injectivity during PWRI, 2013, 2014

Low-Salinity Smart Fines-Migration-Assisted Waterflood, modelling and simulation, 2014-2016

Coreflooding for Low-Salinity Smart Fines-Migration-Assisted Waterflood, 2014

Fines Migration in Coal Seam Gas reservoirs, 2014

Olympic Dam in a Test Tube: Critical Experiments and Theory, ARC Discovery Grant, 2014-2017


Author of three books in reservoir engineering and 180 papers in international journals and SPE (see the publication list until  2013 attached). Some pdf files are attached to the file section at the bottom of the page.

SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

Reviewer for Journals:

Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPEJ

Society of Petroleum Engineers, Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering,

SPE REE Society of Petroleum Engineers, Production and Facilities, SPE PF

Transport in Porous Media

Vadoze Zone 

Journal of Porous Media

Journal of Transport in Porous Media

Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering

Canadian Journal of Petroleum Technology

Reviewer for Springer Publishing Co

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