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Dr. Gerhard Pratt, P.Eng
(Ph.D., Imperial College, London, 1989)

Office: Miller 321,
Phone: (613) 533-6501,
Lab: (613) 533-6378
Fax (613) 533-6592,

Department of Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering,
Miller Hall, Queen's University,
Kingston, Ontario,
K7L 3N6

Elastic Wave Propagation

Gerhard Pratt joined the Faculty at Queen's University in January 1998. His research interests are in the fields of seismic modelling, imaging and inversion. From 1992-1997 he was the Elf Lecturer in Geophysics in the Department of Geology at Imperial College, London. He has worked as a Wireline Engineer in the Petroleum Industry, and has been active as a geophysical consultant in a number of different fields. From 1996 to 2000 Dr Pratt was an associate editor of Geophysics (published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists SEG (USA)).

Research Interests

Dr Pratt has been actively researching new methods in seismic wave modelling and imaging. He and his students have developed a number of innovations in these areas that make possible large scale forward and inverse modelling of exploration seismic data through numerical simulation of the full wave equation. Together they have been able to use these methods in imaging structures in a wide range of applications, from small scale site investigations to wide angle crustal seismology.


You can find most of my publications and abstract titles here

What's New

    I attended the EAGE 66th Conference in Paris (June 7-10, 2004), and participated in the BP sponsored workshop on "Estimation of Accurate Velocity Macro-Models in Complex Structures". As at the CCSS workshop, part of the focus of this workshop was another "blind test"; Drew Brenders and I processed the workshop data using waveform tomography:

    This our waveform tomography velocity image from a 67 km line of synthetic data provided by BP. The part of the image not sampled directly by refracted raypaths has been dimmed. For more information see the poster. The original model has not yet been released by BP.

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