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Constantin Gerea

Best Innovators


Constantin Gerea, head of geophysical research at TEP-UK and supervisor of the 3D and 4D seismic inversion component of the Field Reservoir/Project: Reservoir Earth Modeling (SCR/R&D)

After earning a doctorate from the École normale supérieure (ENS Paris) and Paris-Diderot University in 2001, he began his career in petroleum engineering at the Statoil research center in Norway. Having spent several years working as a geophysical engineer in a variety of fields (research projects in seismic imaging, seismic characterization of deposits and interpretation), he joined Total in 2007 as a senior geophysicist specializing in 3D seismic imaging at the Pau CSTJF.



  • In 2012 Constantin Gerea joined the Kaombo study team, first at the headquarters and then at the Angola subsidiary, where he was put in charge of the geophysics team for the oil field of the Kaombo project. He has been recognized for his expertise in the geophysics of deposits and the development of deep offshore subsalt fields.
  • In 2016, driven by his passion for research, he joined the Geoscience Research Center in Aberdeen (TEP-UK/GRC) in Scotland as the director of geophysical research specializing in seismic monitoring and inversion for geologically complex deposits.
  • Constantin Gerea is now head of geophysical R&D for 3D and 4D seismic inversion. He is in charge of the 3D seismic inversion and time-lapse (4D) seismic monitoring component of the Field Reservoir/project R&D program: Reservoir Earth Modeling. His work involves imaging, specifically full-waveform inversion to seismically characterize (3D) and monitor (4D) geologically complex deep offshore deposits.



  • Constantin Gerea was the primary initiator and the project manager for efficient subsalt 4D well seismic, earning him the Cost Reduction Award during the 2016 Best Innovators Awards.



  • Constantin Gerea has authored or co-authored around twenty articles on geophysics and three patents. Most of his work focuses on the field of seismic imaging and interpretation in geologically complex formations.
  • He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).

Best Innovators

Innovation and Cost Control on Salt