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Tim Needham has carried out projects worldwide:

NW Europe
North Africa
West Africa
North America
South America
Middle East
India & Southeast Asia
Other areas

He has also delivered industry training courses both in field and classroom settings.

NW Europe
Wide ranging studies of structural studies of individual fields and prospects in the North Sea, East Irish Sea, Barents Sea and west of Shetland. Studies include:
• Structural restorations including areas of Central North Sea, Moray Firth, onshore UK, Barents Sea, Rockall, Porcupine & Faroe-Shetland Basin
• Seismic structural interpretations including areas of the Northern North Sea
• Detailed structural core description of over 200 wells including Brent, Rotliegendes, Fulmar, Chalk, Palaeozoic and Basement reservoirs.
• Fault seal and fracture studies of individual fields including fault property generation for input into reservoir and simulation models.
• Regional studies west of Shetland and in the East Irish Sea including integration of gravity and magnetic data.

North Africa
Structural studies in Algeria, Morocco and Egypt:
• Description of fractured core in Palaeozoic reservoirs.
• Fault seal analysis in TAGI reservoir fields, Berkine Basin
• Seismic interpretation and fault seal analysis Gulf of Suez fields
• Fieldwork on Devonian reservoir analogues, Ahnet Basin


West Africa
Studies along the west African margin in Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria and Senegal:
• Fault seal studies of prospects and fields.
• Generation of balanced and restored cross-sections.
• Interpretation and restoration of salt structures.
• Fieldwork and fault seal analysis in Gabon.
• Structural core description and image log interpretation.
• Prospect analysis and structural risking.

North America
Studies ranging across and integrating all scales of structures, including:
• Regional structural assessment of the west Canadian sedimentary basin including integration of gravity and magnetic data.
• Analysis of reservoir scale deformation in deepwater fields, Gulf of Mexico.
• Analysis of fractures systems in Canadian Rockies foothills fields.
• Seismic interpretation, balanced and restored cross-section construction, Canadian Rockies.
• Analysis of fractured fields, west Texas.
• Input to well planning for fractured reservoirs.


South America
• Fault seal studies on fields and prospects, Venezuela.
• Regional basin wide assessments Magdalena Valley, Colombia, Marañon and Ucayali Basins, Peru.
• Structural restoration Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
• Wellbore stability/drilling study Colombia.

Middle East
Studies in the Middle East have been focused on fractured carbonate reservoirs:
• Fracture description and integration with image logs and seismic scale structure for fields in west and north Kuwait
• Structural core description, Zagros fields, Iran
• Structural core description, Abu Dhabi fields, UAE
• Block-scale structural restoration, Abu Dhabi, UAE
• Fieldwork in the Zagros Mountains, Iran
• Fieldwork in the SE Turkey
• Fault seal study, Oman
• Regional structural studies integrating remote sensing data, Zagros Mountains.


India & Southeast Asia
• Fault seal studies on fields in the Gulf of Thailand and Natuna Sea.
• Seismic interpretation and fault seal studies, Barmer & Krishna Godavari Basins, India.
• Interpretation and restoration offshore Myanmar.

Other areas
Other studies include:
• Regional structural study of the East African Rift System.
• Regional and field-scale structural study of the onshore Mozambique Basin.
• Regional study of basins along the East African and Madagascan continental margins.
• Fault seal and structural study of fields in Trinidad.

Courses in structural geology, fault seal analysis and fractured reservoirs, including field trips, run in the UK, France, Norway, US, Trinidad, Kuwait, Taiwan and Tunisia.



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