Short courses/workshop

During the 14th Euroconference on Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics, our gold sponsors will offer some workshops that will be incorporate to the conference programme. You can find below some information on these workshops. There is no extra fee for these workshops, but registration to each of the workshop is compulsory (deadline until the 20th of August 2021).

Thermo Fisher Workshop


Helping our customers creating more sustainable materials and performing more responsible natural resources exploitation


  1. Facies classification using machine learning (30 mins duration)
    1. Rock type (facies) identification plays a key role in the exploration and development of oil and gas reservoirs. Petroleum geologists are generally interested in categorizing rocks according to their ability to store and transmit fluids (porosity and permeability).

      Conventionally, facies are manually identified by geologists based on the observation of core samples of rocks extracted from wells. Typical features considered for facies prediction are mineral composition (especially volume of sand and clay), porosity, fluid saturations, and texture characteristics. These features are mostly extracted from laboratory procedures. Nevertheless, core samples cannot always be obtained due to associated costs.

      Traditional core-based facies identification is costly, time consuming, and subjective (e.g., different geologists may describe the same core with different results). To address some of these challenges, we have evaluated different techniques for automated facies classification using machine learning algorithms.

      Watch Facies Detection with Supervised Machine Learning to learn more.

  2. Process based modelling (15 min duration)
    1. In this presentation, we introduce the new Process Based Modeling add-on for Thermo Scientific PerGeos Software. Based on thin section images and petrographical data, this add-on generates 3D images from a number of parameters estimated from 2D thin section images.

      Attend this presentation to learn how you can:

      • Simulate the natural processes of forming sedimentary rocks
      • Generate 3D models from thin sections and 2D images
      • Compute petrophysical properties and multiphase flow results from 2D images


  3. Q&A session


Federico Gamba, Senior Product Application Specialist (

The workshop is running on Monday 30th of August from 12.15 to 13.15 (UK time). Details on how to join the workshop will be emailed only to the 14th Euroconference on Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics participants who have registered for the Thermo Fisher workshop.


ZEISS workshop on non-destructive 3D analysis

Zeiss are at the forefront of X-ray microscopy. In this workshop we would like to demonstrate the latest technology for non-destructive analysis in terms of both the hardware platforms and software solutions for 3D microscopy in geosciences.

We will be covering:

State of the art hardware

  • XRM
  • CT

Scanning modes

  • Absorption contrast imaging
  • Diffraction contrast tomography & crystal orientation analysis

Software solutions

  • Machine learning algorithms
  • Advanced Reconstruction Toolbox (ART)

Geoscience applications

  • Hard rock petrology
  • Palaeontology
  • In situ experiments
  • Correlative microscopy

Details on how to join the workshop will be emailed only to the 14th Euroconference on Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics participants who have registered for any of ZEISS workshops.

Wednesday 1st of September from 12.15 to 13.15 (UK time)
Day one will focus on the range of technology available from Zeiss in both X-ray Microscopy (XRM) and Commuted Tomography (CT) including advanced scanning modes. You will come away with an understanding of absorption contrast imaging balanced alongside Lab-based diffraction contrast tomography and analysis of crystal orientation. We will also be looking at the application of advanced reconstruction algorithms that are pushing both the speed and resolution of the techniques.

Thursday 2nd of September from 12.15 to 13.15 (UK time)
Day two will focus on geoscience applications and workflows using the range of X-ray techniques available, and also correlative workflows linking X-ray imaging to electron microscopy and crossbeam analysis.