Professor Boris Gurevich from Curtin University has been awarded the prestigious Reginald Fessenden Award by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). The award is recognition for individuals who have made a specific technical contribution to exploration geophysics, such as an invention or a theoretical or conceptual advancement.

Professor Gurevich is recognised for his specific technical contributions to rock physics, in particular to the theory of how sound waves travel through various underground rocks. This subject is of major importance in applied geophysics to both the oil and gas industry and more importantly the geological storage of carbon dioxide.

“The research from Professor Gurevich and his team at Curtin University has been integral to the success of CO2CRC’s major research projects at the Otway International Test Centre (OITC). He took sophisticated theoretical concepts from lab research to field deployment, where he demonstrated in partnership with CO2CRC new ways of subsurface surveillance of carbon dioxide.” said Dr Matthias Raab, Chief Executive CO2CRC.

“Professor Gurevich’s research has led to the development of new technologies and workflows that can lead to significant cost reductions for subsurface monitoring of CO2 in industrial projects. Australia is leading the way in CCUS research and demonstration through the OITC and collaborative research projects between CO2CRC and internationally recognised researchers”

“The novel monitoring technologies being trialled at the OITC for CO2CRC’s Otway Stage 3 Project – Next Generation CCUS Monitoring by Professor Gurevich and his team are aiming to reduce the cost of long-term monitoring of CO2 in the subsurface. They are trialling downhole seismic monitoring (VSP vertical seismic profiling) using well-based distributed acoustic sensors (DAS) and permanently deployed seismic sources known as surface orbital vibrators (SOV).”

“This research is in line with the priority of reducing the cost of CO2 compression, transport and storage in CCS projects as identified in the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap. Early techno-economic analysis of the technologies being tested in the Otway Stage 3 project point to cost reductions of 75% for the cost of long-term monitoring.” he said.

CO2CRC’s collaboration with Professor Gurevich and his team at Curtin University has been going for over a decade with over 200 research reports, presentations and peer-reviewed journal papers published.


For more information please contact:

Roy Anderson, CO2CRC Strategic Partnerships Manager on 03 8595 9600 or