Dr Peter Fitch

Dr Peter Fitch
Position: Post-doctoral research associate
Office: RSM 440/11
Telephone: +44(0)207 59 49982
Email: p.fitch@imperial.ac.uk

Research Interests

My main research interests focus on the characterisation of carbonate rock through their sedimentological and petrophysical properties, and how these influence fluid flow in terms in hydrocarbon reservoirs. My current research uses outcrop analogue models to investigate which features (or heterogeneities) are important controls on fluid flow through carbonate rocks at different scales; looking to identify what geological and physical property heterogeneities should be captured in subsurface reservoir models.

More information about my current project can be found here.


  • PDRA, Imperial College: Outcrop modelling, carbonate heterogeneities and fluid flow (2010-Present)
  • PGRA, Univesity of Leicester "Physical Properties of Cenozoic Carbonate Sediments - determining cyclicity & heterogeneity from core and downhole data (IODP Exp. 320)". (2009)
  • Physical Properties Specialist, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program: Expedition 320 - Pacific Equatorial Age Transect (2009)
  • Intern, Baker Hughes INTEQ, Geoscience Application and Engineering, Houston (2007)
  • PhD, University of Leicester: "Heterogeneity in the Petrophysical Properties of Carbonate Reservoirs" (2005-2010)
  • Research Assistant, University of Leicester: Aggregate industrial project - "Waste minimization by the application of integrated technology" (2005)
  • M.Geol Geology, University of Leicester (2000-2004)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member, British Sedimentological Research Group
  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Member, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts
  • Fellow, Geological Society
  • Member, London Petrophysical Society

Invited Lectures and Presentations

  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society (AFES) Evening Seminar September 2010 -  "Heterogeneity in Carbonate Petrophysical Properties: application to fluid flow units and reservoir quality"
  • London Petrophysical Society (LPS), The Use of Statistics in Formation Evaluation, 2008 Seminar - "The Use of Statistics to Quantify Heterogeneity".
  • London Petrophysical Society (LPS), Base Formation Evaluation: Carbonate Petrophysics, 2007 Seminar - "Heterogeneity in Carbonates"


Journal Articles

  • Fitch P, Lovell M, Davies S, et al, Quantification of Heterogeneity in Petrophysical Well Log Data: a review, AAPG Bulletin (In preparation)
  • Fitch P, Anderson L, Davies S, et al, Heterogeneity in the Physical Property Measurements of Cenozoic Sediments, Journal of the Geological Society (In preparation)


  • Fitch P, Anderson L, Assous S, et al, Heterogeneity and Cyclicity in the Physical Property Measurements of Cenozoic Sediments (IODP Expedition 320/321), ADU Fall Meeting, 2009
  • Fitch P, Davies S, Lovell M, et al, Heterogeneity in Carbonate Petrophysical Properties: application to fluid flow units and sampling strategies, SPWLA 51st Annual Logging Symposium, June 2010
  • Fitch P, Davies S, Lovell M, et al, Quantifying Numerical Heterogeneity in Carbonate Petrophysical Properties: application to geological and fluid flow unit characterisation, Geol.Soc. Petroleum Group; Advances in Carbonate Exploration and Reservoir Analysis, November 2010
  • Fitch P, Lofts J, Morris S, et al, Petrophysical and image log facies of a carbonate dominated section of the Cap Mountain Limestone Member, Riley Formation, Blanco County, Texas., Geol. Soc. Petroleum Geoscience Collaboration Conference, November 2007