Dr Abdullah Awdal joined the Department of Natural Resources Engineering and Management at UKH in October 2016. He received his PhD degree in Geology from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom. He also holds a MSc degree in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Bergen in Norway, and BSc degree in Geology from Salahaddin University-Erbil.
Dr Awdal is Petroleum Geologist with over 10 years experience in oil and gas industry and academia. He has been actively involved in a variety of exploration projects both onshore and offshore in the Middle East, Europe and North America. His research in the field of Petroleum Geoscience has resulted in a number of published articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Deputy Chair of Petroleum Engineering
Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources Engineering and Management
Reviewer at Marine and Petroleum Geology Journal - Elsevier, Indexed by Thomson Reuters, Impact Factor: 3.281
Reviewer at Tectonophysics Journal - Elsevier, Indexed by Thomson Reuters, Impact Factor: 2.686
Reviewer at Journal of Structural Geology - Elsevier, Indexed by Thomson Reuters, Impact Factor: 2.622
Reviewer at Arabian Journal of Geosciences - Springer, Indexed by Scopus, Impact Factor: 0.860
Reviewer at UKH Journal of Science, Medicine and Engineering (UKHJSME)
Faculty Advisor at UKH Student Chapter of AAPG
Lecturer at the University of Kurdistan Hewler, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (October 2016 – Present).
Lecturer at the Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (December 2015 – February 2017).
Project Geologist at GeoScience Limited, Falmouth, United Kingdom (December 2014 – September 2016).
President at University of Aberdeen AAPG Student Chapter. Aberdeen, United Kingdom (September 2013 – November 2014).
Teaching Assistant at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (September 2011 – May 2014).
Project Coordinator at Kar Group; Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (July 2010 – February 2011).
Assistant Lecturer at the Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (September 2009 – March 2011).
Geologist at StatoilHydro ASA; Oslo, Norway (June 2009 – August 2009).
Geologist at StatoilHydro ASA; Oslo, Norway (June 2008 – July 2008).
Geologist at Statoil ASA; Stavanger, Norway (July 2007 – August 2007).
Teaching Assistant at the Salahaddin University-Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (September 2005 – January 2007).
Gutmanis, J., Ardèvol i Oró, L., Díez-Canseco, D., Chebbihi, L., Awdal, A.H., Cook, A., 2017. Fracture analysis of outcrop analogues to support modelling of the subseismic domain in carbonate reservoirs, south-central Pyrenees. Geological Society Special Publications, 459.
Awdal, A.H., Healy, D., Alsop, G.I., 2016. Fracture patterns and petrophysical properties of carbonates undergoing regional folding: A case study from Kurdistan, N Iraq. Marine and Petroleum Geology. 71, 149-167.
Awdal, A.H., Healy, D., Alsop, G.I., 2014. Geometrical analysis of deformation band lozenges and their scaling relationships to fault lenses. Journal of Structural Geology. 66, 11-23.
Awdal, A.H., Braathen, A., Wennberg, O.P., Sherwani, G.H., 2013. The characteristics of fracture networks in the Shiranish formation of the Bina Bawi Anticline; comparison with the Taq Taq Field, Zagros, Kurdistan, NE Iraq. Petroleum Geoscience. 19, 139-155.
Muhammed, M.M., Awdal, A.H., 2012. Automatic Mapping of Lineaments Using Shaded Relief Images Derived from Digital Elevation Model (DEM) in Erbil-Kurdistan, northeast Iraq. Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences 6(2), 138-146.
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom.
Associate member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
Associate member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Tectonic Studies Group (TSG) Annual Meeting, 4-6 January 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland. Poster presentation.
'Fault and Top Seals' Conference, 1-4 October 2012, Montpellier, France, Poster presentation.
'Industrial Structural Geology' Conference, 28-30 November 2012, The Geological Society, London, England, Poster presentation.
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 3-7 December 2012, San Francesco, California, USA, Poster presentation.
Tectonic Studies Group (TSG) Annual Meeting, 4-6 January 2013, Leeds, England. Oral and Poster presentations.
'Hydrocarbon Exploration in the Zagros Mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran' Conference, 23-25 January 2013, The Geological Society, London, England, Poster presentation.
1st Stefan Götz Zagros Petroleum Geology Workshop 22-24 September 2013, Sort, Spain, Oral presentation.
Tectonic Studies Group (TSG) Annual Meeting, 6-8 January 2014, Cardiff, England. Poster presentation.
'The Geology of Geomechanics' Conference, 28-29 October 2015, The Geological Society, London, England, Poster presentation.
Reservoir Geomechanics. An online course offered by Stanford University. April - June 2017. A statement of Accomplishment has been awarded.
'The Geology of Fractured Reservoirs' conference, 24-25 October 2018, The Geological Society, London, England, Poster presentation.
Undergraduate Projects (2016-2017)
Fracture Analysis from Borehole Image Logs.
Fracture Analysis of Kurra Chine Formation in Outcrops of Kurdistan.
Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) Modelling - Upscaling and Utilization for Porosity and Permeability Modelling.
Undergraduate Projects (2017-2018)
The Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Mineral Exploration.
Upper Cretaceous Formation Evaluation Using Wireline Logging.
MSc Scholarship offered by the Norwegian State Oil Company (Statoil ASA), 2007-2009, University of Bergen, Norway.
Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES). A bursary of £2000 has been awarded as partial funding for my PhD research. Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 2013.
Fractured Reservoir Characterisation.
Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) Modelling.
Outcrop Studies of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs.
Geometry and Scaling Relationships of Faults and Fractures.
PE202 Seismic Methods and Analysis
PE203 Petroleum Economy
PE205 Petroleum Geology
PE301 Well Logging and Interpretation
PEM506 Advanced Well Logging
MRE203 Structural Geology and Tectonics
NRE204 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
OGM501 Oil and Gas Industry
BSc Graduation First Rank Student Award, 2005, Kurdistan.
Post-Graduate 1st Place Winner of Midland Valley’s Student Structure Prize, 2013, UK. £2000
Winner of Midland Valley’s Field Move Photo Competition, 2015, UK. £500
Awdal, A.H., Gutmanis, J.C., 2015. Iraqi Kurdistan: It’s All in the Timing. GeoExPro. Vol. 12, No. 6.