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Mike Simmons

Following a PhD on Middle East geology, joined BP and worked in a variety of roles in international exploration (1985 - 1996). Took time out from industry to be the Shell-funded Head of Department at Aberdeen University (1996 - 2001) and then led the CASP research group at the University of Cambridge (2001 - 2003) before joining ex-BP colleagues at Neftex (2003 - Present). Neftex is now part the Landmark business unit within Halliburton.

My role at Neftex was initially to lead the geoscience development of the organisation with the creation of our proprietary model of biostratigraphically-calibrated eustatic sea-level change as a tool and framework for interpreting and correlating data and the prediction of the key elements of petroleum systems. At the same time I promoted the release of value from the huge amounts of published geoscience data that are often overlooked in the exploration process. In the last few years I have worked extensively with the industry to help Neftex achieve exceptional business growth through understanding the needs of explorationists involved in basin screening and promoting the solutions Neftex provides.

I have been appointed as an Halliburton Technology Fellow with responsibility for Geosciences. The role includes promoting geoscience innovations and applications both within Halliburton and externally. I am currently researching Middle East stratigraphy and also have interests in the following:

Petroleum exploration workflows, especially integration with 3D technology and application of sequence stratigraphy.
Regional geoscience, specifically the Middle East and Black Sea regions
Utilization of published geoscience data and information
Geoscience career development
Applied biostratigraphy

My research interests are reflected in a number of publications and scientific presentations made over my career. I am an Honorary Professor at the University of London and Scientific Associate of The Natural History Museum

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