2012 Honorary LecturerSponsored by Shell

Middle East & Africa

Rocco Detomo, Jr.

Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company, Inc. Lagos, Nigeria

4D time-lapse seismic reservoir monitoring of African reservoirs


Ian Jones

Rocco Detomo, Jr. received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from the Ohio State University in 1973 and 1975, respectively. He served as an experimental research associate at the Ohio State University Van de Graaff Accelerator Laboratory where he received his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics in 1981. Rocky then joined Shell Western E&P as a geophysicist where he supervised Land Acquisition and Seismic Processing teams and interpreted onshore seismic in the continental and western United States.

From 1991 until 2005, Rocky was in New Orleans managing and interpreting for Shell Offshore, Inc and Shell International E&P in the Gulf of Mexico, focusing on subsalt and structurally complex and technically challenging areas. He was the lead geophysical interpreter for a number of Shell's subsalt developments until he returned to Houston to lead Global Deep Water Exploration Evaluation and Quantitative Integrated Evaluation Capability Deployment, and serve as Shell's Gulf of Mexico Exploration Seismic manager. In 2008, Rocky moved to Lagos, Nigeria to serve as head of Reservoir Geophysics/Quantitative Interpretation for Shell in subSahara Africa.

He is the recipient of the Houston Geological Society 1997 Best Paper of the Year, co-recipient of the 1997 A.I. Levorsen Award for GCAGS Best Paper, and Shell's 1991 President's Award. Rocky was president of the Southeastern Geophysical Society, the Technical Program Chairman for the 2006 SEG Annual Meeting, is Chairman of the SEG Travel Grants Committee, and serves as a Trustee Associate of the SEG Foundation. He is also a member of EAGE, APS, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Who's Who in "Teaching in America." He spends his spare time traveling, sailing, and playing and coaching soccer.