Patrick W. M. Corbett started in the industry in 1978 at Unocal and worked in various positions in international (United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Indonesia) exploration and development geoscience. Since coming to Heriot-Watt University in 1989, his research focus has been on the integration of geoscience and engineering through geologic analysis, petrophysical measurement, permeability anisotropy modeling, well test interpretation, dynamic upscaling, and genetic petrophysics.
Corbett graduated with a degree in geology (Exeter University, 1977), followed by an MSc in micropalaeontology (University College London, 1978), a postgraduate diploma in geological statistics (Kingston University, 1982), and a PhD and DSc in petroleum engineering and petroleum geoengineering (both from Heriot-Watt University, 1993 and 2006, respectively). He is a member of AAPG, EAGE, SEG, Geol. Soc., IAS, PESGB, SCA, SEPM, SPE, and SPWLA, and is a Chartered Geologist, and a Chartered Scientist. He has coauthored the books “Statistics for Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists” and “Cores from the Northwest European Hydrocarbon Province.”
Corbett was an EAGE Distinguished Lecturer (Petroleum Geoengineering) in 1998 and an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (Integration of Geology and Well Testing) in 1998–99. In 2005, he was awarded the Wegener Medal by EAGE for the integration of geoscience and geoengineering. Patrick was awarded the2006 SPE Europe and Russia Regional Technical Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Reservoir Description and Dynamics.