Application of Oil and Gas Subsurface Evaluation Methodology to Geothermal: The Value of Data

When:  Jun 3, 2024 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM (CET)
Associated with  German Section

Dear SPE German Section Members,


We are excited to invite you to an in-person event organized by the German Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, in cooperation with the RWTH Student Chapter. This event will provide a unique opportunity for networking, knowledge sharing, and professional development.


Title: Application of Oil and Gas Subsurface Evaluation Methodology to Geothermal: The Value of Data

Speaker: Tom Bradley, Baker Hughes Company


Date: 3 June 2024

Time: 18:30


RWTH Aachen

Lochnerstraße 4-20

Haus A, Raum 504

52064 Aachen


Tom Bradley, a renowned expert in the field, will be sharing valuable insights on how oil and gas subsurface evaluation methodologies can be applied to geothermal projects, highlighting the critical value of data in these processes. This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge from an industry leader and connect with fellow professionals and students. Find the full abstract and CV below.


Abstract: The energy landscape is changing: Renewables are gaining in importance as a dependable energy source now that the environmental impact of fossil fuels is understood, and recent geopolitical events have shown the risks of over-reliance on non-domestic energy sources. Heat is a major energy demand. Geothermal energy can be a key contributor as it can supply constant dependable heat for a wide range of uses, ranging from low temperature heating through mid temperature industrial uses, to high enthalpies for power generation. It has additional benefits, that unlike other renewables such as wind and solar, it has essentially no reliance on varying prevailing conditions. However, even with recent industry growth, and increasing awareness of the importance of subsurface knowledge for geothermal, many stakeholders are still unaware of it's value in project success. Therefore, many projects still disappoint. The knowledge required is very similar to that for successful hydrocarbon exploration. Therefore, the expertise gained in the hydrocarbon industries over many years can be applied to geothermal projects to help increase their likelihood of success. However, because of the nature of the two industries, there is often a barrier that needs to be broken down before this knowledge can be shared. In this presentation, I discuss the basics of geothermal, how the subsurface information needed for success is very similar to oil and gas, show the value of data, how established oil and gas methodologies can be applied to geothermal, and how the hydrocarbon industries can contribute to the success of geothermal projects.

Biography: Tom Bradley is a Senior Global Petrophysical Advisor with Baker Hughes, specialising in open hole formation evaluation. After graduating from The Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London with a degree in Geology with Engineering Geology in 1996, he started his career in 1997 with Western Atlas International. Since then he has worked for Baker Hughes globally in a variety of technical and supervisory roles. Since 2005 he has been based in the Netherlands, and as part of his current role he is advising multiple stakeholders in the development of geothermal energy in the Netherlands and Europe.


RWTH Aachen
Lochnerstraße 4-20
Haus A, Raum 504
Aachen, 52064