Professor Michael John O'Sullivan

BE(Civil), BSc,ME,PhD

Biography

  • Professor

Education:

Mike is a graduate of the University of Auckland with a BE(civil engineering), BSc(mathematics) and an ME(applied mechanics). He completed a PhD at the California Institute of Technology and after a brief period at New York University returned to the Department of Engineering Science. His research interests are in computer modelling of geothermal fields and other environmemntal fluid dynamics and computational fluids dynamics problems.

Research | Current

Research topics

Geothermal reservoir modelling

Environmental fluid dynamics

Computational fluid dynamics

Research groups:

http://www.des.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/ourresearch/geothermal-energy-research.html

http://www.des.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/ourresearch/fluiddynamics.html

Teaching | Current

  • ENGSCI 711 - Advanced Mathematical Modelling
  • GEOTHERM 602 - Geothermal Energy Technology
  • GEOTHERM 620 - Geothermal Engineering

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Students

Jaime (Jem) Austria

Elvar Bjarkason

Emily Clearwater

Wesley Koros

Jericho Omagbon

Distinctions/Honours

Claude McCarthy Fellow 1983, 1990

Henry J. Ramey Award for Geothermal Reservoir Engineering from the Geothermal Resources Council, 2011

Areas of expertise

Computer modelling of geothermal fields and other environmemntal fluid dynamics and computational fluids dynamics problems

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Fellow:

Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand

Member:

American Geophysical Union, Geothermal Resources Council, International Geothermal Association, New Zealand Geothermal Association, New Zealand Hydrological Society, Society of Petroleum Engineers

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Cui, T., Fox, C., & O'Sullivan MJ (2019). A posteriori stochastic correction of reduced models in delayed acceptance MCMC, with application to multiphase subsurface inverse problems. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 118 (10), 578-605. 10.1002/nme.6028
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47186
  • Bjarkason, E. K., O'Sullivan JP, Yeh, A., & O'Sullivan MJ (2019). Inverse modeling of the natural state of geothermal reservoirs using adjoint and direct methods. GEOTHERMICS, 78, 85-100. 10.1016/j.geothermics.2018.10.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, Angus Yeh
  • Cui, T., Fox, C., Nicholls, G. K., & O'Sullivan MJ (2019). USING PARALLEL MARKOV CHAIN MONTE CARLO TO QUANTIFY UNCERTAINTIES IN GEOTHERMAL RESERVOIR CALIBRATION. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION, 9 (3), 295-310. 10.1615/Int.J.UncertaintyQuantification.2019029282
  • Sylvania, M. S., O'Sullivan M, O'Sullivan J, & Brockbank, K. (2019). Modelling of Completion Tests in Two Wells of the Wairakei-Tauhara Geothermal System, New Zealand. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 10.1088/1755-1315/254/1/012025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan
  • Maclaren, O. J., Nicholson, R., Bjarkason, E. K., & O'Sullivan MJ (2018). Incorporating posterior model discrepancy into a hierarchical framework to facilitate out-of-the-box MCMC sampling for geothermal inverse problems and uncertainty quantification. Arvix Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45613
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Oliver Maclaren
  • Bjarkason, E. K., Maclaren, O. J., O'Sullivan JP, & O'Sullivan MJ (2018). Randomized Truncated SVD Levenberg-Marquardt Approach to Geothermal Natural State and History Matching. Water Resources Research, 54 (3), 2376-2404. 10.1002/2017WR021870
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Oliver Maclaren, John OSullivan
  • McDowell, J., O'Sullivan M, O'Sullivan J, Ratouis, T., Gray, T., & Yeh, A. (2018). Uncertainty analysis of forecasting with the ohaaki reservoir model using PEST. Transactions - Geothermal Resources Council.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, Angus Yeh
  • Ratouis, T. M., O'Sullivan MJ, Alcaraz, S. A., & O'Sullivan JP (2017). The effects of seasonal variations in rainfall and production on the aquifer and surface features of Rotorua geothermal field. Geothermics, 69, 165-188. 10.1016/j.geothermics.2017.05.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan

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Contact details

Primary office location

AUCKLAND BIOENGINEERING HOUSE - Bldg 439
Level 3, Room 313
70 SYMONDS ST
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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