IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme

2nd Combined Meeting of the Modelling and Monitoring Networks

Date: 6th - 8th July 2016

Edinburgh, UK

Organised by

IEAGHG_Logo_no_strapline      BGS Logo  SCS Logo

IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme,  British Geological Survey & Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage

Sponsored by 

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UKCCSRC, US DOE and Marine Studies Group and GSL


Meeting Theme:

Using the modelling-monitoring loop to demonstrate storage performance more effectively.


The overall theme of the meeting will be 'Using the modelling-monitoring loop to demonstrate storage performance more effectively.'

Sub themes:

  • Has the integration between modelling and monitoring led to a reduction in uncertainty, improved the accuracy of predictions and reduced monitoring costs?
  • When is deviation between a modelled expectation and recorded field data significant and are the consequences important?
  • What recent technical developments have helped to provide monitoring data that can be interpreted more robustly?

Tuesday 5th

July 7-9pm Reception, Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH9 8AS

Day 1 - Wednesday 6th July 2016

08.30-09.00 Registration

Session 1 - Welcome


Welcome from BGS, & SCCS


Welcome: Tim Dixon, IEAGHG

Session 2 - Induced Seismicity


Micro-seisimic monitoring / induced micro-seismicity;  Sylvain Thibeau, Total


Seismic monitoring in the Tomakomai project;  Hideo Saito, Japan CCS Co.


Using transient stresses to monitor poroelastic and stress conditions in CO2 reservoirs;  Andrew Delorey, Los Alamos Geophysics Group

Session 3 - Novel/Distributed Monitoring Techniques


DAS at Otway and Aquistore;  Tom Daley, LBNL


Optimizing Pulsed Neutron (PNC) Logging and Modeling Techniques in Low Porosity and Active CO2-EOR Fields;  Amber Conner, Battelle


Feasibility study results from DAS VSP/Microseismic for Peterhead and Quest; and Insights from the tracer feasibility study completed at Peterhead;  Marcella Dean, Shell


Lasers for atmospheric monitoring at Quest;  Simon O’Brien, Shell

Session 4 - Reducing Monitoring Costs


Model based costs for Monitoring;  Sue Hovorka, BEG


Monetising Monitoring costs;  Jeffrey Bielicki, Ohio State University


The implications of CCS economics for monitoring and modelling of CO2 storage;  Professor Dianne Wiley, University of Sydney

Session 5 - Near-Surface Monitoring -  Long-term Natural Variability


Long-term sea water monitoring in coastal Japanese waters;  Jun Kita, RITE


Continuous monitoring of weak natural CO2 leakage near Rome;  Dave Jones, BGS


Development and proof for monitoring technique of subseabed CCS;  Kiminori Shitashima, Kyushu University



  • Detecting changes in natural variability over longer time periods.
  • Attribution of a signal and differentiation from background noise.
  • Preparation and response to claims of leakage ahead of project implementation.
  • Managing the public’s reaction to these issues.

 Session 6 - EOR-MRV Dicussion - What Does it Teach Us?


EOR-MRV plan  - Occidental / BEG Sue Hovorka, BEG


Discussion Session on approved EOR-MRV plans led by Sue Hovorka


Day 1 Wrap up and conclusions

Day 2 - Thursday 7th July 2016

Session 7 - Upscaling from Core to Reservoir


Upscaling from Core to Reservoir – Statoil experience; Philip Ringrose, Statoil


The construction and use of digital rock cores in accurate flow modelling for CO2 storage; Catriona Reynolds, Imperial College


Upscaling sub-core hetrogeneitypscaling sub-core hetrogeneity; Dave Cameron, Stanford University

Session 8 - Wellbores - Legacy & Future


Wellbore modelling; Andrew Duguid, Battelle


Modelling CO2 in the wellbore; Curt Oldenburg, LBNL


Modelling storage failure (potential leakage/fluid migration behind cementations) as an element of a Risk Assessment; Sylvain Thibeau, Total

Session 9 - Modelling Environmental Conditions in the Near Surface and Atmosphere


Modelling Marine Impact; Jun Kita, RITE


Modelling Near-Surface Processes;  Katherine Romanak, BEG


Modelling Environmental Conditions in the near surface and atmosphere - Overview of this topic;  Curt Oldenburg, LBNL

Session 10 - Ongoing Projects


The Quest CCS Project – the first year of commercial operation; Simon O’Brien, Shell


Aquistore; Kyle Worth, PTRC


Progress of the Tomakomai CCS demonstration project; Hideo Saito, Japan CCS Co.


Progress on CO2CRC Otway Project; Jonathan Ennis-King, CO2CRC/CSIRO


MRCSP, Phase III; Neeraj Gupta, Battelle


Mustang (Israel); Auli Niemi, Uppsala University


Monitoring and modelling CO2 injection at K12-B; Vincent Vandeweijer, TNO


Adaptive approach to modelling and monitoring 3 million tonnes of CO2 stored at the Bell Creek oil field; John Hamling, EERC

Session 11 - Closed Projects


Experience from the Ketzin site; Stefan Lueth, GFZ


Lacq, Modelling reservoir; geomechanics & geochemics -  Sylvain Thibeau, Total


Discussion Session: Meeting project goals via modelling-monitoring loop


Project panellists will all be asked whether their projects have met their objective goals via the modelling-monitoring loop in the context of Assessment of Low Probability Material Impacts (ALPMI).



Day 2 Wrap up and conclusions


Conference Dinner


Day 3 - Friday 8th July 2016

Session 12 - NRAP Tools (Part 1) - Introduction and Demonstration


  • Reservoir Evaluation and Visualization (REV) Tool
  • Short Term Seismic Forecasting (STSF)
  • Natural Seal ROM (NSealR)
  • Wellbore Leakage Analysis Tool (WLAT)
  • Aquifer Impact Model (AIM)
  • Design for Risk Evaluation and Monitoring (DREAM)


NRAP Tools (Part 2) - Evaluation and Moving forward 

  1. Can NRAP tools be applied to a specific problem that you are working on now? To a problem that you have worked on in the past? To one that you are planning/hoping/expecting to work on in the future?
  2. What idealized/generalized questions do you imagine NRAP tools would be useful to probe?

Beta tester experience

Session 13 - Lessons from Other Industries


Detection of shallow gas from gas-field projects offshore Norway; Prof. Martin Landrø, NTNU (to be presented by Philip Ringrose, Statoil)


Controlling well blowouts: Lessons learned from modelling the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak;  Curt Oldenburg, LBNL


Modelling storage failure (potential leakage/fluid migration behind cementations) as an element of a Risk Assessment; Sylvain Thibeau, Total

Combined Modelling and Monitoring

Session 14 - Modelling Storage Reservoirs and the Overburden


Assessing uncertainty in 4D seismic monitoring: application of seismic geomechanical models to several CCS pilot sites; Doug Angus, Leeds University


CaMI Field Research Station: shallow release monitoring; Don Lawton, CMCRI & University of Calgary

Session 15 - Use and Application of pressure Measurements


Multi-level pressure measurements, AZMI and earth-tide monitoring at Otway; Jonathan Ennis-King, CO2CRC.


Diffusivity Tomography with Harmonically Modulated Pressure Signals to Detect CO2 leakage in Above Zone Monitoring Interval; Seyyed Hosseini, BEG


The requirements and limitations for using above-zone pressure monitoring to locate leaks; Dave Cameron, Stanford University

Session 16 - Conformance in the Monitoring and Modelling Loop


Integrating Monitoring and Modelling at Sleipner: history matching a growing CO2 plume; Gareth Williams, BGS


Stochastic inversion of time-lapse seismic with flow simulations for the Weyburn CO2-EOR project; Vincent Vandeweijer, TNO


Monitoring-Modelling loop – experience from the Ketzin site; Stefan Lueth, GFZ


Panel Session: Challenging Data Interpretation – Does it confirm the validity of a model?


  17 Conclusions & Recommendations




Optional field trip - 5th July

The fieldtrip will visit the iconic geological location of Hutton’s Unconformity at Siccar Point on the Berwickshire Coast. Known as the ‘birthplace of modern geology’, it was here that in 1788 James Hutton recognised the vast extent of geological time. Gently dipping Devonian sandstone overlies vertically bedded Silurian greywacke with a time gap of around 65 million years

The Berwickshire coastline is one of the most spectacular in Great Britain, and is an area nationally and internationally important for seabirds, coastal flora and marine life. Depending on tide times, other stops along the coast to sites of geological interest may be possible including Cove (where a path through a tunnel leads to a small harbour and sandstone outcrops and Barns Ness (a regionally important geological site with Carboniferous fossil corals and limestone features).

The fieldtrip will also include a stop at Dirleton Castle, a beautiful 13th century castle and gardens.

Cost: £30 including castle entrance and transport. Cost does not include lunch, however we will stop at a local pub or restaurant for delegates to buy their own.
Health and safety: Access to Siccar point is down a steep grassy bank which can be slippery when wet. You will need to sign the risk assessment on the bus before arrival. The section can be viewed from above if you do not wish to make the descent.
Transport and logistics: (To be confirmed closer to the time) The coach(es) will leave ECCI at 10.15 and return to Edinburgh by 18.00. Public toilets are available along the route.

Other useful tourist information:
Leaflets on local geological walks 


 Registration fee is £165, this includes the welcome reception (5th July) and dinner. The field trip is an optional extra and costs £30.

Registration has now closed


The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is an award winning, green business venue in the heart of the city centre, only 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station.

Meeting venue:

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation,
High School Yards,
Infirmary Street,

For more information on the location, and maps on the area please click here.


There are many hotels in the vicinity of the ECCI. These two have offered earlybird rates to meeting participants from the 5th-7th July (3 nights) if the instruction/codes given are followed:

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel (where the dinner will be)
81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
Tel +44 (0)3448 799000
*** Book before 31st May 2016. Please quote booking reference: BRIT050716***
Classic rooms sole use, B&B, £179 per person per night. 5, 6, 7th July, plus £3/stay or 1.5% admin fee on credit card. Each guest is required to provide a card for the guarantee when making a reservation. To cancel follow this procedure: Notify the group bookings desk by telephone, giving name and confirm by email requesting written acknowledgement of the cancellation. Individual cancellations are free up to 14 days prior to arrival. Check in 2pm on day of arrival and check out is 11am on day of departure.

Ibis Hotel Edinburgh Centre South Bridge
77 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1HN
Tel.: +44 (0)131 292 0007
***Book before 20th May 2016. Please quote booking reference: British Geological Survey meeting***
£105 B&B per twin/double per night (sole use). £100 B&B per single room per night. 5, 6, 7th July. Newly refurbished rooms. Guests need to call and provide individual credit card to guarantee reservation. Rooms available from 3pm on arrival day, must be vacated by 12 noon on day of departure.
Individual cancellation: 2 weeks prior to arrival on request. For no shows or cancellation without notice, the hotel reserve the right to invoice the guest a charge amounting to 100% of the amount of services reserved through the length of stay.