• Welcome to Trondheim: the picure shows the old wharves by Nidelva in Trondheim
  • Welcome to Trondheim: the picture shows the Nidaros Cathedral
  • 4IWRP venue: Banksalen in Trondheim

The 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics

The 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics

Thanks to speakers, crew and all attendees
The 4th International Workshop on Rock Physics took place in Trondheim, Norway 29 May – 2 June 2017. This was a follow-up of three successful workshops, held in Golden, USA (2011), Southampton, UK (2013), and Perth, Australia (2015).

The main aim of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss progress in rock physics, covering theoretical developments, laboratory experiments and digital simulations, petroleum field applications incorporating quantitative interpretations for asset development and exploration of new frontiers, as well as non-petroleum applications. The workshop offers a potential for linking these branches together.

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Congratulations to the student prize winners

Best student paper

Prize ceremony for best student paper


Zhi Li (ENS, France) for "Fluid-induced rupture on heat-treated andesite".

Runners up:

Andrea Muñoz Ibáñez (U Coruña, Spain) for " Acoustic Emission processes occurring during high-pressure sand compaction".
Serhii Lozovy (NTNU, Norway) for " Static versus dynamic stiffness: Role of non-elastic effects".

Best student poster

Prize ceremony for best student poster


Stephen Brennan (U Auckland, New Zealand) for " Developing a Rock Physics Template for Improved Seismic Mapping of New Zealand Coaly Source Rocks".

Runner up:

Joseph H. Y. Ma (Nat. U Singapore) for "The influence of pore size distribution on transport properties of rocks".

Key topics of the workshop:

  • Fluid effects on rock physics: Dispersion (from sub-seismic to ultrasonic), attenuation and saturation dependence
  • Geological processes and rock physics
  • A variety of rocks (shales, sandstones, carbonates) – their differences and similarities
  • Rock physics of unconventional reservoirs
  • The impact of geomechanics on rock physics and vice versa
  • Novel laboratory techniques
  • Use of petrographical information / 3D imaging in rock physics analysis
  • Integrated use and analysis of multiple measurement techniques (elastic, electromagnetic, NMR, and others)
  • Fractured rock physics and anisotropy
  • Up- & down-scaling
  • Use of rock physics models within elastic (anisotropic) full waveform inversion
  • Quantitative interpretation and rock physics templates
  • Time-lapse seismic applications
  • Shallow / near-surface rock physics

4IWRP Organization:

The workshop is organized by a Science Committee, with main responsibility for the scientific program, and a Local Committee, with main responsibility for preparing the event itself, including advertisement and search for sponsorship.

NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) is the host institution, with the on-site company “NTNU Videre” assisting as professional congress organiser. The workshop will be held downtown Trondheim, within walking distance from hotels, restaurants and a number of touristic sites.


time and place

Time and place

29 May - 2 June 2017
Trondheim, Norway


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