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Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons, PhD, is a Halliburton Technology Fellow for geosciences, working on Neftex® software technology for Halliburton Landmark in the UK. His responsibilities include advancing innovations and applications by Neftex, an industry leader in sequence stratigraphy-based solutions for exploration geoscience. He is also researching Middle East stratigraphy and has interests in petroleum exploration workflows, especially integration with 3D technology and the application of sequence stratigraphy, among others. Dr. Simmons has more than 30 years of experience in the geosciences industry and academia. He began his career at BP, working in international exploration for more than 10 years – after which, for the next five years, he served as a Shell-funded department head at Aberdeen University. He then led the CASP research group at the University of Cambridge for three years, prior to rejoining some of his ex-BP colleagues in 2003 at Neftex, where he led geoscience development with the creation of a proprietary model of biostratigraphically calibrated eustatic sea-level change as a tool, along with a framework for interpreting and correlating data and the prediction of the key elements of petroleum systems. In the last few years, he has helped Neftex grow by understanding the needs of explorationists involved in basin screening. Dr. Simmons’ research interests in sequence stratigraphy, eustasy and applied biostratigraphy are reflected in a number of publications and scientific presentations. He is an honorary professor at the University of London and a guest lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, and has also lectured at other universities internationally. Dr. Simmons has served on UK governmental panels for geoscience, and is serving on a number of committees of The Geological Society. He earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in geology from the University of Plymouth.
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