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Assoc Prof Dr. Tarek Ganat, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman: Petroleum Engineering, Most Cited Article Award


Tarek Ganat is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and academia. His expertise spans production and reservoir engineering, with a focus on reservoir development planning, simulation, forecasting, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) studies.

Application of supervised machine learning paradigms in the prediction of petroleum reservoir properties: Comparative analysis of ANN and SVM models


  • Prediction of petroleum reservoir properties using supervised machine learning.
  • Comparative analysis of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and Support Vector Machines (SVM) models.


  • DA Otchere
  • TOA Ganat
  • R Gholami
  • S Ridha


  • Published in the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering.


  • The paper was published in the year 2021.


  • The paper has received a substantial number of citations, indicating its impact and relevance in the research community.


  • The primary focus is on the application of machine learning in predicting properties related to petroleum reservoirs.
  • Specifically, the study compares the performance of ANN and SVM models in this predictive task.


  • The comparative analysis provides insights into the strengths and weaknesses of ANN and SVM models in the context of petroleum reservoir characterization.
  • The research contributes to advancements in reservoir engineering and the application of machine learning techniques in the petroleum industry.

Professional Profile:

๐ŸŽ“ Education:

  • PhD in Petroleum Engineering, IIUM-Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2016)
  • MSc Eng in Engineering Management, Tripoli University, Libya (2005)
  • MSc Eng in Petroleum Engineering, ISE University-Spain/Madrid (2003)
  • BSc in Petroleum Engineering, Tripoli University, Libya (1992)

Research Focus:

Reservoir Engineering:

  • Development of innovative reservoir engineering techniques.
  • Simulation modeling for reservoir management.

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR):

  • Studies and applications of enhanced oil recovery methods.
  • Investigating the impact of EOR on reservoir dynamics.

Fluid Flow and Multiphase Flow Measurements:

  • Analysis of fluid flow patterns in oil wells.
  • Reliability analysis of multiphase flow measurements.

Machine Learning Applications:

  • Developing machine learning-based models for surface wettability determination.
  • Integration of artificial intelligence in petroleum engineering.

Environmental Impact Studies:

  • Experimental studies evaluating the environmental impacts of produced water on ecosystems.

Rock Properties and Reservoir Engineering:

  • Fundamentals of reservoir rock properties.
  • Practical aspects of rock properties in reservoir engineering.

Teaching and Education in Petroleum Engineering:

  • Effective teaching methodologies in petroleum engineering.
  • Curriculum development for undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Pressure Transient Analysis:

  • Modern approaches to pressure transient analysis in petroleum reservoirs.

๐Ÿ“š Teaching Experience:

University (Undergraduate and Postgraduate):

  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Applied Reservoir Engineering I & II
  • Production Technology I & II
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
  • Pressure Transient
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Reservoir Rock and Fluid Properties

Training Centers:

  • Production Technology
  • Pressure Transient
  • PVT Fluid Analysis
  • Reserve Estimations
  • Scale Analysis

๐ŸŒ Key Competencies:

  • Over 25 years in oil & gas development planning, production forecasting, and reservoir management.
  • Specialist in reservoir development planning, simulation, monitoring, and reserves estimation.
  • Expertise in performance review and recovery improvement of major fields.
  • Leadership in multinational and multicultural joint ventures.
  • Strong mentoring skills and experience in advising new field acquisition and prospect evaluation.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Employment History: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman (September 2021 โ€“ Present)

  • Faculty member in Petroleum Engineering.
  • Subjects taught: Production Engineering, Advanced Production Engineering, Well Stimulation, Field Processing of Natural Gas.
  • Advising undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Actively engaged in research to contribute to the field.

๐Ÿ“– Professional Books:

Tarek Ganat, (2019). “Fundamentals of Reservoir Rock Properties” Published by Springer, ISBN: 9783030281397. Link. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28140-3_1.

Tarek Ganat (2020). “Technical Guidance for Petroleum Exploration and Production Plans”, Published by Springer. DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-45250-6.

Tarek Ganat and Amr Badawi (2021). “Rock Properties Reservoir Engineering Practical View”, Published by Springer. DOI.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87462-9.

Tare Ganat (2023). “Modern Pressure Transient Analysis of Petroleum Reservoirs.” DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28889-0. Published by Springer Cham.

“Advancements in Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery.” Tushar Sharma, Krishna Raghav, Tarek Ganat, Imtiaz Ali. ISBN: 9781774915080. Published by Elsevier, November, 2023.

Publication Top Noted:

Title: Application of supervised machine learning paradigms in the prediction of petroleum reservoir properties: Comparative analysis of ANN and SVM models

  • Authors: DA Otchere, TOA Ganat, R Gholami, S Ridha
  • Journal: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
  • Year: 2021
  • Citations: 255

Title: Application of gradient boosting regression model for the evaluation of feature selection techniques in improving reservoir characterization predictions

  • Authors: DA Otchere, TOA Ganat, JO Ojero, BN Tackie-Otoo, MY Taki
  • Journal: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
  • Year: 2022
  • Citations: 64

Title: Emerging applications of nanomaterials in chemical enhanced oil recovery: Progress and perspective

  • Authors: N Lashari, T Ganat
  • Journal: Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering
  • Year: 2020
  • Citations: 61

Title: A novel custom ensemble learning model for an improved reservoir permeability and water saturation prediction

  • Authors: DA Otchere, TOA Ganat, R Gholami, M Lawal
  • Journal: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
  • Year: 2021
  • Citations: 42

Title: A perspective on the potential application of bio-inhibitors for shale stabilization during drilling and hydraulic fracturing processes

  • Authors: AK Quainoo, BM Negash, CB Bavoh, TO Ganat, BN Tackie-Otoo
  • Journal: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
  • Year: 2020
  • Citations: 42

Title: Chemical sand consolidation: From polymers to nanoparticles

  • Authors: FS Alakbari, ME Mohyaldinn, AS Muhsan, N Hasan, T Ganat
  • Journal: Polymers
  • Year: 2020
  • Citations: 37

Title: Recent advances in multifunctional proppant technology and increased well output with micro and nano proppants

  • Authors: DK Danso, BM Negash, TY Ahmed, N Yekeen, TAO Ganat
  • Journal: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
  • Year: 2021
  • Citations: 34

Title: Fundamentals of reservoir rock properties

  • Author: TAAO Ganat
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Year: 2020
  • Citations: 29



Tarek Ganat | Petroleum Engineering | Most Cited Article Award

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