Sponsors selected a reservoir characterization project in the northern DJ Basin, Colorado, operated by Great Western Petroleum, as the new field research project for 2021-2023. Please contact RCP if you wish to join the consortium for Phase XIX, which began July 1, 2021.

Follow this Link for more information on Phase XIX



The March 2022 issue of Hart Energy’s Oil & Gas Investor featured an article covering RCP’s current research program. See the article here




The Petroleum Geophysics Certificate fills the gap between a graduate degree and an industry course. It is taught by industry-renowned Mines faculty with vast experience in the technical areas. Fully on-line, deployed world-wide, and with Mines course credits, this certificate can be extremely valuable for the individual and for any company that wants an in-depth education for staff and management at an exceptional value.

2022 GRADUATE Joe Mjehovich


MS Geophysics

Where are you from?

Sacramento, California

What work did you do at Mines?

  1. Quantitative analysis of low-frequency distributed acoustic sensing data for hydraulic fracture characterization.
  2. Seismic site classification using distributed acoustic sensing.

What are your plans after graduation? I will be working for IFDATA as a Geophysicist, where I will continue research and development in fiber optic sensing technology.

2022 GRADUATE Aleksei Titov

PhD Geophysics

Where are you from?

St. Petersburg, Russia

What work did you do at Mines? Quantitative analysis of distributed acoustic sensing data for time-lapse vertical seismic profiling and multiphase flow monitoring.

What are your plans after graduation? I will be working as a geophysicist focusing on the application of distributed fiber-optic sensing for enhanced geothermal systems at Fervo Energy.

2022 GRADUATE Xiaoyu (Rosie) Zhu

MS Geophysics

Where are you from?

Nanjing, China

What work did you do at Mines? Hydraulic fracture characterization in the Niobrara and Codell formations of the Denver-Julesburg Basin using low-frequency distributed acoustic sensing. I also worked on event detection for low-frequency DAS using machine learning.

What are your plans after graduation? I will be moving to Rice University in Houston to continue as a Geophysics PhD student!

2022 GRADUATE Kagan Kutun

PhD Petroleum Engineering

Where are you from?

Mersin, Turkey

What work did you do at Mines? I worked on fracture modeling in support of EGS COLLAB and high-resolution modeling of fiber optic distributed temperature sensing (DTS) for horizontal wells.

What are your plans after graduation? I am working at NREL as a Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Post-Doc.

Congratulations to Owen Huff on receiving Honorable Mention for Best Paper in The Leading Edge in 2020 for his paper “Validating the origin of microseismic events in target reservoir using guided waves recorded by DAS”.


Due to the special velocity structure of the Eagle Ford formation, only the microseismic events inside or close to the reservoir excite strong guided wave energy, which DAS can capture and identify. This method differentiates events that are most related to stimulation and production, significantly reducing event location uncertainty. This method also makes it feasible to use a single straight fiber to locate the microseismic events significant to Eagle Ford optimization. 

Owen defended his Master’s thesis in May 2021 and became a proud RCP alumnus. We wish him great success in his future career!


Moacyr De Souza Bezerra: Pseudo S-wave splitting effects associated with poor receiver coupling on ocean bottom multi-component data


Liwei Cheng: Imaging and fold comparison of mirror reverse time migration vs. interferometric imaging for VSP data


Dr. Ge Jin: DAS: the Survival Toolkit for Geophysicists in the Wilderness of Unconventionals


Peiyao Li: Quantitative Analysis of DAS Recorded P-wave Generated by Perforation Shot


Dr. Yanrui Ning: Low-frequency DAS interpretation upon multi-crew zipper fracturing configuration


Dr. Frantisek Stanek: Fracture Zone Estimated from DAS-recorded Microseismic Event


Dr. Ali Tura:

  • Workshop 9 – CCUS Sequestration: EPA Class VI Well Permits and Geophysical Requirements
  • Workshop 16 – PS-wave Seismic Data: A Game Changer in Exploration and Monitoring


Xiaoyu Zhu: Low-Frequency Distributed Acoustic Sensing for Fracture Monitoring