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Mr Abraham Audu




Current Research  

I am a PhD student at Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) working with Prof John Coggan (primary supervisor) and Dr  Matthew Eyre (secondary supervisor). My research interest is to develop an integrated numerical modelling and visualisation approach for evaluating wellbore stability mechanisms, while exploring various machine learning methods, using emerging technologies, 3D computer vision techniques and algorithms to interrogate geological data, communicate geological complexity, generating predictable and reliable wellbore stability scenarios thereby assisting in the design of a more robust and resilient wellbore drilling and well operation program. This research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Oil and Gas CDT.


Research Interests    
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Computational Geomechanics
  • Structural Geology
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality
  • 3D Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Computer-Assisted Image Processing
  • Pattern Recognition Algorithms



2016: MPhil Engineering, Darwin College, University of Cambridge

2012: MSc Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University

2011: BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering, City University of London


Industrial Experience

2017 - Present: Director – Empirical Element Services, Start-Up, Nigeria

2016 - 2017: Consultant – Alpine and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigeria

2014 - 2016: Researcher – BP, Global Projects Office, UK

2013 - 2013: Analyst – Cameron (a Schlumberger Company), Sales, UK

2012 - 2013: Analyst – Royal Bank of Scotland, Markets and International Banking, UK 


  • Member Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain  (MPESGB)
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS)
  • Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers   (MSPE)