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Amir H.
PhD student
MSc, BSc

Amir H. Haghi is a Research Assistant and Ph.D. student in the Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group (RG2), at the University of Alberta. His educational background was petroleum reservoir engineering and Geomechanics. His ongoing research mainly focuses on geomechanical control on fluid flow in naturally fractured carbonate reservoirs. Stress-dependent dynamic and static rock parameters, spontaneous imbibition and oil recovery are the main subjects that are going to investigate in his research jointly with Dr. Geiger from Herriot Watt University in the UK. He has authored or coauthored more than 20 refereed journal and conference papers. Before coming to Edmonton, Amir had over 9 years of extensive and wide-ranging experience in reservoir engineering and Geomechanics. As a senior reservoir engineer at National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Amir was in charge of reservoir management and development of several giant oil and gas fields located at SW of Iran. He used to be involved in the Reservoir Geomechanics workgroup at NISOC to officially handle, supervise and develop geomechanical projects. Amir has been honored as the “Top Researcher of the year 2014” by the R&D of NIOC and his book entitled “Reservoir In-situ Stress and Geomechanics” has been published as the first book related to petroleum Geomechanics in Farsi. Additionally, Amir as an active member of SPE, EAGE, IRPGA, and GEOQUS has been extensively involved in serving voluntarily the international scientific symposiums and projects including 2018 SPE North America Student Symposium and World Stress Map Project.



Haghi, A.H., Asef, M.R., Kharrat, R., 2015, “Reservoir In-situ Stress and Geomechanics”, NISOC/Setayesh Press, ISBN 978-600-7445-29-7


Haghi, A.H., Talman, S., Chalaturnyk, R., Geiger, S., Simultaneous Investigation of Stress-dependent Static and Dynamic Rock Properties using a Novel Experimental Approach. J. of Water Resources Research, AGU, (In review)

Haghi, A.H., Chalaturnyk, R, Geiger, S., New semi-analytical insights into stress dependent imbibition in naturally fractured carbonate reservoirs. J. of Water Resources Research, AGU, (In review)

Haghi, A.H., Chalaturnyk, R, Ghobadi, H., The state of stress in SW Iran and implications for hydraulic fracturing of the naturally fractured Bangestan carbonate reservoir. Int. J. of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Elsevier, (accepted)

Haghi, A.H., Kharrat, R., Asef, M.R., 2015. New analytical approach for reservoir stress approximation based on acid fracturing data. J. of Engineering Geology, 9-2, pp. 1-2

Haghi, A.H., Kharrat, R., Asef, M.R., 2013. A case study of HCL-based Fracturing and stress determination; A fully Deformation/Diffusion/Thermal Approach. J. Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier, 112, pp. 105-116

Haghi, A.H., Kharrat, R., Asef, M.R., Rezazadegan H., 2013. The present-day stress of central Persian Gulf; Implications for drilling and well performance. J. Tectonophysics, Elsevier, 608, pp. 429-1441

Haghi, A.H., Asef, M.R., Taheri, A., Mohkam, M., 2013. Evaluation of the Heading Confinement Pressure Effect on ground settlement For EPBTBM Using Full 3D Numerical Analysis. Int. J. of Mining and Geo-Eng., 47-1, pp. 13-32


Haghi, A.H., Chalaturnyk, R., Geiger, S., Abbasi, Y., 2017. Coupled Simulation of Stress-Dependent Spontaneous Imbibition in Dual-Perm Models. Third EAGE Workshop on Naturally Fractured Reservoirs, Muscat, Oman

Haghi, A.H., Chalaturnyk, 2017. Geomechanical controls on imbibition in Naturally Fractured Carbonates. Energi Simulation IRC in Reservoir Geomechanics for Unconventional Resources Symposium, Edmonton, Canada

Haghi, A.H., Chalaturnyk, R., Geiger, S., 2016. Reservoir Geomechanical Characterization of the Naturally Fractured Carbonates. Foundation CMG Summit, Calgary, Canada

Haghi, A.H., Ghobadi. H, 2014. Investigation of Acid Re-fracturing Approach and Present-day Stress; A Case Study in Stiff Carbonate Reservoir. SPE/ADIPEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Haghi, A.H. 2013. Investigation of stress-dependent IPR plot and present-day stress of central Persian Gulf. EAGE/SPE Subsalt Imaging Workshop, Limassol, Cyprus

Haghi, A.H., Ghobadi, H. Kamari, S., Fuladgar, A.M. 2013. Advanced coupled reservoir/geomechanical simulation techniques for intelligent history matching and reservoir management: A case study in Iran. The 8th International Chemical Engineering Congress & Exhibition, Kish Island, Iran

Fuladgar, A.M., Moghadasi, H., Ghobadi, H. Haghi, A.H., 2013. Optimization of N2 Injection Operation with Coiled Tubing in One of the Southern Iranian Oil Fields. The 8th International Chemical Engineering Congress & Exhibition, Kish Island, Iran

Haghi, A.H., Kharrat, R., Asef, M.R., 2012. Simulation and Analysis of Production Induced Reservoir Compaction Using Geo-mechanical Formulation of Fracturing Technology (GFFT) for Stress Prediction. SPE, International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), IPTC-14832-PP, Bangkok, Thailand

Alkhamis, R., Haghi, A.H., 2012. Investigation of Well Casing Damage Due to fluid-Withdrawn Induced Compaction" Using Advanced Numerical Simulation Method. 3rd International Geoqus Conference, Potsdam, Germany 

Haghi, A.H., Taheri, A., 2012. Promotion of Tunneling Performance in Locally Semi-hard to Hard Conglomerate Lenses, Case of Esfahan Historical City Subway Project.  7th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, Chicago, IL, USA

Haghi, A.H., Heidbach, O., Kharrat, R., Asef, M.R., 2011. Developing of Regional Tectonic Stress Map for Two Oil Fields in the Western part of Persian Gulf, Acquisition and Preparation of the General Structure of Stress Distribution. AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA

Haghi, A.H., Kharrat, R., Asef, M.R., 2011. Evaluation and Analysis of Reservoir fluid flow effect on field stress; A new approach to alleviating induced seismicity in hydrocarbon reservoirs. Fragile Earth Conference, Technical Session of Induced Seismicity, Munich, Germany

Taheri, A., Haghi, A.H., 2011. Process Controlling of TBM of Esfahan Metro For Safety of Heritage Structures. 14th Asian Regional Conference for ISSMGE, ATC19 special session, Hong Kong

Haghi, A.H., Asef, M.R., Kharrat, R., 2010. Effective stress Estimation Using Geomechanical Formulation of Fracturing technology (GFFT) for petroleum Reservoirs.  AGU 2010 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA

Taheri, A., Haghi, A.H., 2010. Comparison between real and calculated values of ground settlement corresponding to EPBM tunneling for Esfahan Subway Project”, 4th International conf. of soil mechanic and Geotechnical engineering, Tehran, Iran

Haghi, A. H., Asef, M.R., Kharrat, R., 2008. Estimation of In-situ Stresses by Using Acid Fracturing in Oil Reservoirs.  3rd World Stress Map Conference, Potsdam, Germany