Patrick Corbett

BG Group Professor of Petroleum Geoengineering

+44 (0) 131 451 3607
Room G.9, Enterprise Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom
Roles and responsibilities

Head of Carbonates Reservoirs Group.

  • Petroleum Geoengineering
  • Numerical well testing
  • Carbonates
  • Oil Industry Sustainability
  • Personality

Long term research interests involve integration of reservoir geoscience, petrophysics, geophysics and reservoir engineering with particular focus on static dynamic integration and recent focus on Carbonates. Patrick is Co-Director of the International Centre for Carbonate Reservoirs.  Wider interests include future trends of the oil and gas industry in the wider energy interest.  The role of personality in subsurface teams is a current research interest.


Jan. 2009-Present
Edinburgh Total Professor of Petroleum Geoengineering
Head of Energy Academy

Sep. 2003-Dec. 2008
Total Professor of Petroleum Geoengineering
Head of Institute of Petroleum Engineering

Aug. 1999-Aug. 2003
Total Professor of Petroleum Geoengineering (Originally Elf funded)

Deputy Convenor of the Institute

Sub-Dean of the University

Aug. 1996- Aug. 1999
Senior Lecturer (Funded by Elf) Dept of Petroleum Engineering

Oct. 1992 - Aug. 1996

Oct. 1989-Oct. 1992
Research Associate, Dept. of Petroleum Engineering

Apr. 1988-Sept. 1989
Chief Exploration Geologist, Unocal Indonesia Ltd., Balikpapan, Kalimantan

Sep. 1987-Apr. 1988
District Geologist, Unocal Netherlands Inc., The Hague

Jul. 1983-Sep.1987
Area Development Geologist, Unocal Netherlands Inc., The Hague

Nov.1979-Jul. 1983
Geologist, Union Oil G.B., Sunbury

Mudlogging Geologist, Gearhart-Owen, Aberdeen.


  • 1977 - Exeter University, Devon
    BSc. Hons Geology 2(i)
  • 1978 - University College, London
    MSc. Micropalaeontology
  • 1982 - Kingston Polytechnic, Middx (PT)
    PGDip. (Distinction) Statistical Analysis of Geological Data
  • 1993 - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
    PhD. Petroleum Engineering.
    Reservoir Characterisation of a Laminated Sediment, Rannoch Fm., M. Jurassic, NS
  • 2006 - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
    DSc. Petroleum Geoengineering
Further information


EAPG Best Poster Award, Amsterdam 1996
SPE Distinguished Lecturer 1998-9
SPE Europe and Russia Regional Technical Award 2006
EAGE Distinguished Lecturer 1998-9
EAGE Wegener Medal Winner 2005
SEG/EAGE Distinguished Instructor Course 2009
SPE Contribution Award 2009
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 2010