Gillian E. Pickup

Assistant Professor

+44 (0) 131 451 3168
Room G.10, Enterprise Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom
Roles and responsibilities
  • Lecturer in Reservoir Simulation
  • Deputy Director of PE masters programme
  • Co-I on several CO2 Storage Projects
  • Member of Technical Committee for the European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery
  • Reservoir heterogeneity and modelling
  • Reservoir simulation
  • Simulation of CO2 Storage

For many years, Gillian was involved in a project to study the effect of reservoir heterogeneity on hydrocarbon recovery. In particular, she focussed on upscaling the effects of small-scale structures for use in larger scale models. From 2005-2008, she was a member of the Uncertainty Quantification Group and studied model complexity and error modelling .

Over the past few years, she has applied the knowledge gained in oil-related projects to investigate CO2 storage in saline aquifers. 

Gillian has played a key role in the CASSEM and ETI UKSAP projects.

  • 2010: Promoted to Lecturer, Heriot-Watt University. Currently researching into numerical simulation of CO2 storage.
  • 1998: Promoted to Research Fellow, Heriot-Watt University.
  • 1996: Promoted to Senior Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University.
  • 1990: Research Associate, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University. Working on a joint industry project on reservoir heterogeneity (which ran from 1990 – 2002).
  • 1981-1989: Various part-time positions, including part-time Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh, Open University Tutor and high-school teacher in Hawaii.
  • 1977-1980: Scientific Officer in Institute of Geological Sciences (now BGS), geophysical support programmer.
  • 1979: PhD in Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh.
  • 1974: BSc(Hons) Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh.
Further information

In 2009 Gillian was awarded the SPE Aberdeen Award for Contribution to industry.