CURRICULUM VITAE

 

DENGLIANG GAO

Professor of Geology

 

Department of Geology and Geography

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV 26506

E-mail: Dengliang.Gao@mail.wvu.edu

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

  1. PhD (Geology and Geophysics), Duke University, 09/1994-05/1997
  2. MS (Petroleum Geology), West Virginia University, 01/1992-08/1994
  3. MS (Geology), Hefei University of Technology, PRC, 1983-1986
  4. BS (Geology), Hefei University of Technology, PRC, 09/1979-08/1983

 

 

EXPERIENCE

 

  1. 2015-present: Professor of Geology, West Virginia University
  2. 2009-2014: Associate Professor of Geology, West Virginia University
  3. 2008-2009: Staff Geophysicist, Chevron Energy Technology
  4. 2007-2008: Adjunct Professor, University of Houston
  5. 1998-2008: Senior Geologist, Marathon Oil Corporation
  6. 1997-1998: Post-Doc Fellow, Exxon Production Research Company
  7. 1994-1997: Research Assistant, Duke University
  8. 1992-1994: Teaching Assistant/ Research Assistant, West Virginia University
  9. 1986-1991: Faculty (Lecturer), Tongji University, Shanghai, China

 

COURSES

1.  Geol 101 Planet Earth (undergraduate enrollment = 350)

2.  Geol 404 Field Geology (undergraduate enrollment = 55)

3.  Geol 556 3D Seismic visualization and interpretation (graduate enrollment = 15)

4.  Geol 558 Seismic Attributes (graduate enrollment = 10)

 

 

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

 

  1. Special issue co-editor for SEG peer-reviewed journal Interpretation, 2014-2015
  2. Technical session Co-Chair, AAPG annual convention, 2013
  3. Co-Chair (co-Convener) the 31st Annual GCSSEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference 2011
  4. AAPG Memoir special publication editor, 2009-2012
  5. Technical Session Co-Chair, Society of Exploration Geophysicists annual convention (2008)
  6. Associate Editor Geophysics (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) (2007-present)
  7. AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Publications Committee (2004-2009)

 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

  1. Gao, D., 2015, advisor/coach for West Virginia University graduate team winning the Second Prize for the project “Flexure-based automatic fracture detection in unconventional reservoirs” in the North America Ocean Academic Competition, selected from among 26 North American graduate schools by industry panel judges, sponsored by Schlumberger.
  2. Gao, D., 2015, AAPG Robert H. Dott Sr. Memorial Award for the best book publication AAPG Memoir 100, by American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  3. Gao, D., 2013, URS Outstanding NETL/RUA Research Award for the research proposal “Innovative fractured reservoir decomposition: Implications for risk assessment in CO2 storage and shale gas exploration”, only one awardee by URS
  4. Gao, D., 2008, Outstanding Geophysics Associate Editor, by Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  5. Gao, D., 2007, Outstanding Geophysics Associate Editor, by Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  6. Gao, D., 2006c, Outstanding Geophysics peer reviewer, by Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  7. Gao, D., 2006a and 2006b, Grover E. Murray Best Published Paper Award (2 papers awarded simultaneously), by Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Society
  8. Gao, D., 2005, Innovative Technology Award, by Marathon Oil Corporation
  9. Gao, D., 2001, Innovative Technology Award, by Marathon Oil Corporation
  10. Gao, D., 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, five Publications Achievement Awards, by Marathon Oil Corporation
  11. Gao, D., 2001, Achievement Company Excellence Award, by Marathon Oil Corporation
  12. Gao, D., 2000, Achievement Company Excellence Award, by Marathon Oil Corporation
  13. Gao, D. (co-investigator), 1994, Science & Technology Advancement Award, by Anhui Provincial Government of the P. R. China.
  14. Gao, D., 1991, Science & Technology Advancement Award, by State Education Commission of the P. R. China (1991).

 

 

PATENTS

 

1.      Gao, D., 2005, Method for imaging seismic structures: US Patent 6912466.

2.      Gao, D., 2001, Method for analyzing and classifying three dimensional seismic information: US Patent 6226596.

 

 

BOOKS

 

1.      Gao, D. (ed.), 2012, Tectonics and sedimentation: Implications for petroleum systems: AAPG Memoir 100, 418 p.

2.      Marfurt, K., D. Gao, A. Barnes, S. Chopra, A. Corrao, B. Hart, H. James, J. Pacht, and N. Rosen (eds.), 2011, Attributes: New Views on Seismic Imaging-Their Use in Exploration and Production: 31st Annual GCSSEPM (Gulf Coast Section Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists) Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference Proceeding (DVD), 865 p.

3.      Gao, D. (ed.), 2007, Getting started in strike-slip structures and tectonics: Compendium of influential papers: AAPG Getting Started Publication Series No. 9, 200 p.

4.      Gao, D. (ed.), 2007, Getting started in thrust structure and tectonics: Compendium of influential papers: AAPG Getting Started Publication Series No. 8, 260 p.

 

 

COMMENTARY PUBLICATIONS

 

1.      Gao, D., 2016, Comments on "Evidence of Recent Thrust Faulting on the Moon Revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera”: e-Letters of Science. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/329/5994/936/tab-e-letters

 

 

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

 

Only sole-author, first-author, and corresponding-author papers are listed

 

2.      Gao, D., Thomas Donahoe, T. Duan, and P. Sullivan, Counter-regional detachment structures, Southwestern Pennsylvania, Central Appalachian Basin: Implications for Marcellus shale gas exploration and production.

3.      Gao, D., and T. Duan, 2017, Seismic structure and seismic texture analysis for fractured reservoir characterization: An integrated workflow (in revision).

4.      Di, H., and D. Gao, 2016, Non-linear gray-level transformation for improved seismic GLCM analysis, Interpretation (in revision)

5.      Di, H., and D. Gao, 2016, Seismic attribute-aided fault detection in petroleum industry: A review, in Daniel Martin (eds), Fault detection: Methods, Applications and Technology (In press)

6.      Donahoe, T., and D. Gao, 2016, Application of 3D seismic attribute analysis to structure interpretation and hydrocarbon exploration southwest Pennsylvania, Central Appalachian Basin: A case study: Interpretation, v. 4, p. T291–T302.

7.      Di, H., and D. Gao, 2016, 3D seismic flexure analysis for subsurface fault detection and fracture characterization: Pure and Applied Geophysics, DOI 10.1007/s00024-016-1406-9.

8.      Di, H., and D. Gao, 2016, Improved estimates of seismic curvature and flexure based on 3D surface rotation in the presence of structure dip: Geophysics, v. 81, p. IM37–IM47.

9.      Di, H., and D. Gao, 2016, Efficient volumetric extraction of most positive/negative curvature and flexure for improved fracture characterization from 3D seismic data: Geophysical Prospecting, vol. 64, p. 1454–1468.

10.  Gao, D., and H. Di, 2015, Extreme curvature and extreme flexure analysis from 3D seismic data: Implications for fractured reservoir characterization: Geophysics, vol. 80, p. IM 11-IM20, DOI: 10.1190/GEO2014-0185.1.

11.  Di, H., and Gao, D., 2014b, Gray-level transformation and canny edge detection for 3D seismic discontinuity enhancement: Computers & Geosciences, v. 72, pp. 192-200.

12.  Di, H., and Gao, D., 2014a, A new algorithm for evaluating 3D curvature and curvature gradient for improved fracture detection: Computers & Geosciences, v.70, pp.15-25.

13.  Gao, D., 2013b, Wavelet spectral probe for seismic structure interpretation and fracture characterization: A workflow with case studies: Geophysics, v.78, pp. O57–O67.

14.  Gao, D., 2013a, Integrating 3D seismic curvature and curvature gradient attributes for fracture characterization: Methodologies and interpretational implications: Geophysics, v.78, pp. O21-O31.

15.  Gao, D., 2012b, Implications of Fresnel-zone texture for seismic amplitude interpretation: Geophysics, v. 77, pp. O35-O44.

16.  Gao, D., 2012a, Dynamic interplay among tectonics, sedimentation, and petroleum systems: An introduction and overview, in D. Gao, ed., Tectonics and Sedimentation: Implications for petroleum systems: AAPG Memoir 100, pp. 1-14.

17.  Gao, D., and J. Milliken, 2012, Cross-regional intraslope lineaments on the Lower Congo Basin Slope, offshore Angola (west Africa): Implications for tectonics and petroleum systems at passive continental margins, in D. Gao, ed., Tectonics and sedimentation: Implications for petroleum systems: AAPG Memoir 100, pp. 229-248.

18.  Yang, F., D. Gao, Z. Sun, Z. Zhou, Z. Wu, and Q. Li, 2012, The evolution of the South China Sea Basin in the Mesozoic-Cenozoic and its significance for oil and gas exploration: A review and overview, in D. Gao, ed., Tectonics and sedimentation: Implications for petroleum systems: AAPG Memoir 100, pp. 397-418.

19.  Gao, D., 2011, Latest developments in seismic texture analysis for subsurface structure, facies, and reservoir characterization: A review: Geophysics, v. 76, pp. W1-W13.

20.  Gao, D., 2009, 3D seismic volume visualization and interpretation: An integrated workflow with case studies: Geophysics, v. 74, pp. W1-W12. (2010 reprint in Geophysical References No. 16 “Geophysics Today”).

21.  Gao, D., 2007, Application of three-dimensional seismic texture analysis with special reference to deep marine facies discrimination and interpretation: Offshore Angola, west Africa: AAPG Bulletin, v. 91, pp. 1665-1683.

22.  Gao, D., 2006, Gravitational sliding on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at the Kane Transform: Implications for submarine basin-slope degradation and deformation: AAPG Bulletin, v. 90, pp. 159-176.

23.  Gao, D., 2004, Texture model regression for effective feature discrimination: Application to seismic facies visualization and interpretation: Geophysics, v. 69, pp. 958-967.

24.  Gao, D., 2003, Volume texture extraction for 3D seismic visualization and interpretation: Geophysics, v. 68, pp. 1294-1302.

25.  Gao, D., R. C. Shumaker, and T. H. Wilson, 2000, Along-axis segmentation and growth history of the Rome trough: Central Appalachian basin: AAPG Bulletin, v. 84, pp. 75-99.

26.  Gao, D., S. D. Hurst, J. A. Karson, J. Delaney, and F. Spiess, 1998, Computer-aided interpretation of side-looking sonar images from the eastern intersection of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge with the Kane Transform: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 103, pp. 20997-21014.

27.  Gao, D. and R. C. Shumaker, 1996, Subsurface geology of the Warfield structures in southwestern West Virginia: Implications for tectonic deformation and hydrocarbon exploration in the central Appalachian basin, AAPG Bulletin, v. 80, pp.1242-1261.

28.  Zhou, J, and D. Gao, 1994, Strain and shear heating along the Dongshan ductile shear zone, eastern China: Shanghai Geology, v. 16, pp. 10-18.

29.  Zhou, J., D. Gao, G. Duan, and A. Shen, 1995, Active tectonic setting of potential geologic hazards in Shanghai and its neighboring areas: Journal of Tongji University, v. 11, pp. 30-41.

30.  Zhu, G., J. Xu, D. Gao, S. Lin, and G. Ma, 1993, Structural characteristics and deformation of the Changle-Nanao megashear zone along the southeastern China coast, in Xu, J. (eds), The Tancheng-Lujiang Wrench fault system, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., pp. 201-209. (co-author)

31.  Gao, D., J. Zhou, and G. Duan, 1991, SEM studies of the fault gouge from a transpressional fault system in Shanghai and adjacent areas: Tectonic implications: North China Earthquake Sciences, v. 9, pp. 29-38.

32.  Wang, Y., D. Gao, G. Duan, 1990, Microstructures and petrofabric dynamics of fault rocks along the northern flank of the cuspate-shaped fault system in Shanghai and adjacent areas: Shanghai Geology, v. 10, pp. 1-8.

33.  Gao, D. and G. Duan, 1989, Chronology, geometry, and kinematics of a conjugate fault system in Shanghai and adjacent areas: Shanghai Geology, v. 3, pp. 1-12.

34.  Duan, G., D. Gao, X. Bi, and Y. Wang, 1989, A conjugate fault system in Shanghai and adjacent areas: Shanghai Geology, v. 1, pp. 13-22.

35.  Zhou, J., G. Duan, D. Gao, and Y. Pan, 1989, SEM studies of fault rock along the Jiangyin-Jiading fault zone in southern Jiangsu Province and implications for earthquake geology: Earthquake Geology, v. 11, pp. 55-62.

36.  Gao, D., 1988, Zhangpu-Dongshan strike-slip shear zone, southeastern China: Shanghai Geology, v. 1, pp. 20-28.

37.  Xu, J., G. Zhu, D. Gao, S. Lin, and G. Ma, 1987, The Changle-Nanao shear zone and its tectonic implications: Proceedings for the 27th International Conference on the Tectonic Evolution and Dynamics of Continental Lithosphere, pp. 145-153. (co-author)

 

 

NON-PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

 

Only sole-author and first-author papers are listed

 

1.      Gao, D., T. Wilson, L. Zhu, K. Marfurt, 2011, 3D seismic curvature and curvature gradient for fractured reservoir characterization at Teapot Dome (Wyoming), in Marfurt et al. (eds.), Attributes: New Views on Seismic Imaging-Their Use in Exploration and Production: 31st Annual GCSSEPM (Gulf Coast Section Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists) Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference Proceeding, pp. 750-775.

2.      Gao, D., 2008 (invited article), Adaptive seismic texture model regression: Oil and Gas Review, v. 6, no. 2, pp. 83-86.

3.      Gao, D., 2008 (invited article), Application of seismic texture model regression to seismic facies characterization and interpretation: The Leading Edge, v. 27, no. 3, pp. 394-397.

4.      Gao, D., 2007, Gravity-induced transfer faults on the Lower Congo Basin slope, offshore Angola (West Africa): Implications for deep-marine hydrocarbon exploration on passive continental margins: GCAGS transactions, v. 57, pp. 271-289.

5.      Gao, D., 2006, Structure-oriented texture model regression for seismic structure visualization and interpretation: GCAGS Transactions, v. 56, pp. 207-216.

6.      Gao, D., 2006, Theory and methodology for seismic texture analysis: implications for seismic facies visualization and interpretation: GCAGS Transactions, v. 56, pp. 217-226.

7.      Gao, D., 2002, Seismic textures aid exploration: Offshore, v. 62, no.9, pp. 65.

8.      Gao, D., G. Duan, A. Sheng, and Y. Wang, 1990, Tectonic setting and mechanism for the latent geologic hazards in Shanghai and adjacent areas: Proceedings of the Special Conference Celebrating the First Anniversary of Shanghai Research Institute for Disaster Prevention and Relief, pp. 28-36.

9.      Gao, D., G. Duan, J. Zhou, J. Zheng, and Y. Wang, 1990, Hazard assessment in the epicenter of the 5.1 Earthquake (1990) in Taicang County (west of Shanghai) and implications for earthquake geology: Shanghai Geological Society, v. 1, pp. 1-7.

 

 

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

 

Only sole-author, first-author, and corresponding-author papers are listed

 

1.      Geiger, C. and D. Gao, 2017, Seismic texture calibration: Implications for unconventional hydrocarbon exploration in north-central Pennsylvania, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Houston, Texas.

2.      Gao, D., and T. Donahoe, 2017, Counter-regional detachment structures in southwestern Pennsylvania: Implications for unconventional oil and gas exploration and production, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Houston, Texas.

3.      Di, H., and D. Gao, 2016, Improved seismic texture analysis based on non-linear gray-level transformation: 86th Annual Meeting, SEG, Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, 2093-2097.

4.      Gao, D., and H. Di , 2015, Texture inversion from seismic amplitude: Application to facies interpretation, offshore Angola, West Africa, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Denver, Colorado.

5.      Morris, A., and D. Gao*, 2015, 3D seismic structure analysis of the Mackay dome, Bighorn basin, Montana, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Denver, Colorado.

6.      Di, H., and D. Gao, 2015, A new analytical algorithm for automatic prediction of fractures using flexure analysis, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Denver, Colorado.

7.      Di, H., and Gao, D., 2014c, An algorithm for evaluating Fresnel-zone textural roughness for seismic facies interpretation, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Conference.

8.      Di, H., and Gao, D., 2014b, A new analytical method for azimuthal curvature analysis from 3D seismic data, 84th SEG annual international conference paper.

9.      Di, H., and Gao, D., 2014a, Predicting fracture orientations with volumetric curvature gradient analysis: AAPG Datapages/Search and Discovery Article #41331, AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Houston, Texas.

10.  Morris, Abigail, and Gao, D., 2014, Seismic-attribute-assisted structure analysis of the Mackay dome transpressional system, Bighorn basin, Montana: Evidence for reservoir compartmentalization: 84th SEG annual international conference paper.

11.  Roberts, E., and D. Gao, 2013, Along-strike structure segmentation and cross-strike transfer faults in the Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale, Pennsylvania, Central Appalachian Basin: Implications for fluid flow prediction and risk assessment: 83rd Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

12.  Di, H., and D. Gao, 2013, Gray-level transformation and Canny edge detection for improved seismic discontinuity detection: 83rd Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

13.  Zheng, Z., and D. Gao, 2013, Along-strike structure variation and cross-strike fractures in Stratton field, south Texas: Implications for enhanced fluid migration pathways in a fractured reservoir: 83rd Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

14.  Kavousi, P., and D. Gao, 2013, Seismic attribute-assisted reservoir property modeling using sequential Gaussian simulation: A case study from the Persian Gulf: 83rd Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

15.  Gao, D., 2012 (Invited), Innovative fractured reservoir analysis method to improve fossil energy exploration and CO2 sequestration, US DOE/NETL, Energy and Innovation Conference.

16.  Babarsky, A., and D. Gao, 2012, 3D seismic attribute-assisted fracture detection in the Middle Devonian fractured reservoirs, southwestern PA, Central Appalachian Basin, 82nd Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

17.  Donahoe, T., and D. Gao, 2012, Application of 3D seismic attribute analysis to subsurface fractured reservoirs and hydrocarbon exploration: Southwest Pennsylvania, Central Appalachian Basin, 82nd Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

18.  Gao, D., 2012 (invited), Seismic waveform attribute analysis for subsurface characterization, University of Pittsburgh.

19.  Gao, D., 2012 (Invited), Latest developments in seismic waveform attribute analysis for subsurface structure, facies, and reservoir characterization, Appalachian Geological Society (AGS).

20.  Gao, D., T. Wilson, L. Zhu, K. Marfurt, 2011, 3D seismic volume curvature and flexure for unconventional fractured reservoir characterization, Teapot Dome (Wyoming), 81st Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

21.  Gao, D., 2007, Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Societies annual conference.

22.  Gao, D., 2006 (Invited), Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Societies annual conference.

23.  Gao, D., 2006 (Invited), Gulf Coast Association of Geologic Societies annual conference.

24.  Gao, D., 2006, SEG annual convention speaker.

25.  Gao, D., 2002 (invited distinguished speaker), Landmark Technology City Forum.

26.  Gao D., 2001 (invited by Magic Earth), visualization technology.

27.  Gao, D., 2001, speaker and panelist at seismic attribute technology sponsored by SEG / GSH.

28.  Gao, D., 2001, Seismic texture visualization and interpretation: An overview, in Graul, M., and Taner, M. T., Eds, Reservoir resolution through comprehensive use of seismic data attributes: Soc. Expl. Geophys. and Geophysical Society of Houston Spring Symposium.

29.  Gao, D., 1999, The first-order and the second-order seismic textures: AAPG Annual Meeting Program and Abstracts, v.8, A45.

30.  Gao, D., 1999, 3-D VCM seismic textures: A new technology to quantify seismic interpretation: 69th Ann. Internat. Mtg., Soc. Expl. Geophys..

31.  Gao, D., J. A. Karson, S. D. Hurst, J. R. Delaney, and F. N. Spiess, 1996, Side-scan sonar mapping of the seafloor geology in the MARK area (23°40’): Implications for the tectonic processes on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at the Kane Transform: Annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference.

32.  Gao, D., S. D. Hurst, J. A. Karson, J. R. Delany, and F. N. Spiess, 1996, Computer-aided side-scan sonar image analysis at the Ridge-Transform Intersection in the MARK area: Annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference.

33.  Gao, D., J. A. Karson, and S. D. Hurst, 1996, Microstructural analysis of the mylonitic metagabbros: Implications for the extensional tectonics in the MARK area: the 30th International Geological Congress (IGC).

34.  Gao, D., J. A. Karson, S. D. Hurst, J. R. Delaney, and F. N. Spiess, 1996, Side-scan sonar mapping of the seafloor geology in the MARK area (23°40’): Annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference.

35.  Hurst, S. D., D. Gao*, J. A. Karson, J. R. Delany, and F. N. Spiess, 1996, Computer-aided side-scan sonar image analysis: eastern Ridge-Transform Intersection: Annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference.

36.  Gao, D. and R. C. Shumaker, 1994, Subsurface geometry and growth history of the Warfield structure in West Virginia, central Appalachian basin: annual AAPG conference.

37.  Gao, D., 1987, Finite strain and shear heating along the Changle-Nanao fault zone in southeastern China: the 27th International Geological Congress (IGC).

38.  Gao, D., 1986, Left-lateral displacement and shear heating in the Yunxiao-Dongshan segment of the Changle-Nanao fault zone in southeastern China: Selected presentation at the southeastern China field symposium.