Professor Brian Towler

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
b.towler@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 61233

Overview

Researcher biography

Professor Towler joined the School of Chemical Engineering in May 2014 as a joint appointment with the Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG). Brian leads the Centre’s petroleum engineering research program and is a Chief Investigator on projects relating to the use of bentonite to plug CSG wells at the end of production and modelling of counter-current two-phase flows in CSG wells. Brian has approximately 30 years’ experience in chemical and petroleum engineering fields, and his research interests include wells, well integrity and drilling technology.

Prior to joining UQ, Brian was Professor and CEAS Fellow for Hydrocarbon Energy Resources in the department of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Wyoming. Wyoming was at the centre of the US coal bed methane boom in the early 1990s and Brian conducted research in CBM/CSG at that time. He is widely published across many technical areas of petroleum engineering and has written three text books, including The Future of Energy, which was published in 2014. Brian teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate Chemical and Petroleum Engineering courses at UQ and supervises several research higher degree students.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Eningeering with Second Class Honours, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • (2017) Master Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Towler, B. F. The Future of Energy. San Diego CA United States: Elsevier, 2014.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Towler, Brian F., Firouzi, Mahshid, Holl, Heinz-Gerd, Gandhi, Randeep and Thomas, Anthony (2016). Field trials of plugging oil and gas wells with hydrated bentonite. In: SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition. SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, Perth, Australia, (). 25-27 October 2016. doi:10.2118/182199-MS

  • Khan, Charwarwan, Ge, Lei, Mahoney, Shilo, Rufford, Tom, Rudolph, Victor, Steel, Karen, Towler, Brian and Honari, Vahab (2015). Coal bed methane reservoir simulation study. In: Abstracts of AAPG Asia Pacific Geoscience Technology Workshop (GTW) Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific. AAPG Opportunities and Advancements in Coal Bed Methane in the Asia Pacific, Brisbane / Brisbane Convention Centre, (). 12-13 February 2015.

  • Firouzi,Mahshid, Towler, Brian and Rufford, Thomas (2015). Mechanistic modelling of counter-current slug flows in vertical annuli. In: SPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 9-11 November 2015. doi:10.2118/176885-MS

  • Towler, Brian F., Firouzi, Mahshid, Mortezapour, Amin and Hywel-Evans, Paul D. (2015). Plugging CSG Wells with Bentonite: Review and Preliminary Lab Results. In: SPE Asia Pacific Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia, (). 9-11 November 2015. doi:10.2118/176987-MS

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

  • (2017) Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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