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Division of Petroleum Resources

This division focuses on the study of the distribution and formation mechanisms of oil-gas formations in continental and marine regions of China through the development and implementation of geophysical prospecting technologies and geological methods. This includes sedimentology, seismology, seismic and non-seismic prospecting technologies, and basin fluid-rock interactions. The division aims to determine the key laws governing the distributions of oil-gas resources in Chinese through the comprehensive use of geological and geophysical methods, thus providing theories and technologies for oil-gas resource explorations in China.

Head of Division:  Prof. Hao Tianyao
Deputy Head of Division: Prof. Zhang Jianfeng

Research Groups and Group Leaders:
Integrated geophysical research on oil and gas  Prof. Hao Tianyao 
Geophysics of oil-gas reservoirs  Prof. Liu Hong 
Theory and methods of seismic exploration  Prof. Zhang Jianfeng 
Imaging of complex structures Associate  Prof. Wang Zhenli 
Fluid dynamics of petroliferous basins  Prof. Luo Xiaorong 
Sedimentology  Prof. Chen Daizhao 
Digital detector research and development  Prof. Yu Duli 

Current Major Research Projects:

  • Integrated geophysical methods and technologies
  • Marine geophysical exploration equipment and technology
  • Integration technology for seismic data acquisition systems
  • Seismic imaging of complex structures through theoretical and technological advances
  • Geophysical identification and evaluation of technology for complex oil and gas reservoirs
  • Geophysical development techniques for oil and gas
  • Supercomputing technology for massive geophysical data
  • Volcanic hydrocarbon enrichment pattern geophysical detection technology
  • Distribution and evaluation of shale gas formations
  • Hydrocarbon accumulation dynamics
  • Numerical simulation of basin dynamics
  • Carbonate sedimentology and reservoir formation and preservation mechanism
  • Large-scale manufacture of MEMS accelerometer technology
  • Key technologies of MEMS detectors and seismic data acquisition systems


Fig. 1 Joint observation profile of the comprehensive interpretation of the deep structure of the sea and land in the Bohai Sea

Fig. 2 Wave field snapshot of marine model

Fig. 3 OBS delivery

Fig. 4 Oilfield microgravity observation

Fig. 5 MT instrument test in Zhangbei

Fig. 6 MEMS temperature test system

Fig. 7 Dolomite

Fig. 8 Black shale



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