Dr Mojtaba Rajabi

Research Officer

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
m.rajabi@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52042

Overview

Dr Rajabi has over 12 years of extensive experience in crustal stress analysis, reservoir geomechanics, geomechanical-numerical modelling and petrophysics. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Adelaide in 2017. Dr Rajabi has worked on the geomechanical analyses of >30 sedimentary basins from across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Mozambique, Iceland and Western Mediterranean.

Since 2012, Dr Rajabi has worked on the Australian and World Stress Map projects. His work on the Australian Stress Map project has resulted in the development of the most comprehensive in-situ stress map of Australia, which revolutionised our understanding of contemporary stress in Australia. In addition, Dr Rajabi has made a remarkable contribution to our global knowledge of the present-day stress, personally analysing over 1000 wells, which is more than any other person in the 30-year history of the World Stress Map Project. He was one of the key driving scientists in compiling the 2016 release of the World Stress Map and is currently the Deputy-Head of the World Stress Map Project. Dr Rajabi expertise has been recognized by his numerous invitations to give featured talks, and to publish papers in top-ranked journals. Dr Rajabi has received over 15 prestigious awards and prizes for his research including the ARC-DECRA Award, the Australian SEG Early Achievement Award, EAGE Louis Cagniard Award and the International Lithosphere Program’s Flinn-Hart Award.

Research Interests

  • Reservoir Geomechanics
    Analyses of in-situ stresses for petroleum/geothermal exploration and production (e.g. wellbore stability, fracture stimulation, fluid flow in the subsurface, seal breach by fault reactivation).
  • Neotectonic Stress Analyses
    Determination of the contemporary state of stress and its relationships with recent structural styles.
  • Geomechanical-Numerical Modelling
    Construction of 1D to 3D geomechanical models for safe and sustainable usage of underground.
  • Petrophysics and Formation Evaluation
    Analyses of petrophysical parameters using well log data.
  • Machine Learning
    Application of AI and ML for prediction of rock properties.

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • There are research projects for motivated students who have a strong background in Reservoir Geomechanics, Structural Geology and Petrophysics. If you are interested and have a strong academic record, with peer-reviewed journal publications, please send me an email for more discussion.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Heidbach, Oliver, Rajabi, Mojtaba, Reiter, Karsten and Ziegler, Moritz O. (2019). World stress map. In Encyclopedia of petroleum geoscience (pp. 1-8) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-02330-4_195-1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • There are research projects for motivated students who have a strong background in Reservoir Geomechanics, Structural Geology and Petrophysics. If you are interested and have a strong academic record, with peer-reviewed journal publications, please send me an email for more discussion.