Vitor Abreu has 28 years of experience in the oil industry in petroleum exploration, development production and research, with a proven record in evaluating, risking and/or drilling in 22 countries and 31 sedimentary basins in 6 continents. His areas of expertise include projects in exploration, development and production of deep water reservoirs, regional studies to define the petroleum system elements and key plays in frontier exploration, tectono-stratigraphic evolution of basins in different tectonic settings, maturing opportunities to drillable status, and play to prospect risking assessment. His experience in development and production includes several field studies in different depositional environments, with high-resolution stratigraphic interpretation integrated to engineering data to define reservoir connectivity and main baffles and barriers for effective field development plans. On research, Vitor is considered one of the world leaders on reservoir characterization of deep water systems, proposing new deep water models with strong impact in development and production.
Vitor has been an Adjunct Professor at Rice University since 1999, where he took responsibility for the course on Sequence Stratigraphy after Peter Vail’s retirement. He was the recipient of the Jules Braunstein Memorial Award (best poster presentation, 2002 AAPG Annual Meeting) and was appointed AAPG’s inaugural international Distinguished Instructor in 2006. He is the Past-President of SEPM and has been organizing and chairing technical sessions at annual meetings for both AAPG and SEPM. More than 1000 students globally have taken his short course on “Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students” since 2000. This course has been taught at annual meetings, international meetings, universities, and companies around the world. Vitor is the chief editor of SEPM’s “Sequence Stratigraphy of Siliciclastic Systems”, which has sold nearly 4000 copies since publication in 2010.
- Adjunct Professor at Rice University since 1999, teaching Sequence Stratigraphy since Peter Vail’s retirement
- AAPG’s inaugural international Distinguished Instructor – 2006
- Elected President of the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM-2015-2017)
- More than 1000 students from around the globe have taken his SEPM short course on “Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students” since 2000.
- This course has been taught at ExxonMobil, annual AAPG meetings, international meetings, universities, and geological societies around the world continuously since it was first offered.
- Chief editor – “Sequence Stratigraphy of Siliciclastic Systems” Sold nearly 4000 copies since publication in 2010
SEPM’s 3rd historical best-seller!
- 30 years of experience in the oil industry in 22 countries and 31 sedimentary basins in all continents.
- Taught courses and field schools in sequence stratigraphy, basic clastic facies, seismic stratigraphy, deep water reservoirs characterization and core description in more than 20 countries.
- Proposed new deep water reservoir architecture models (Abreu et al., 2003) that are considered industry standard.
- Supervisor of the Stratigraphy team in Petrobras Research Center
- Head of the Stratigraphy Group for the ExxonMobil Exploration Company, responsible for stewardship and oversight of stratigraphy-related activities in a range of exploration, development, production, research, and training programs on global basis.
- Received Excellence in Instruction and Best Mentor awards several occasions in ExxonMobil.