Nathan's Expertise:

Oilfield Geomechanics


Professional Affiliations:                 


Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining


Camborne School of Mines Association


Other Geomechanics Staff
Nathan Prior

Senior Technical Specialist


Nathan graduated from the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) with a degree in Mining Engineering.  He worked offshore as a data engineer in West Africa and the North Sea before joining GeoScience in 2002.  Outside of the office Nathan enjoys surfing, walking and keeping fit.


2002 to Present – GeoScience Limited, Technical Assistant, subsequently promoted to Wellbore Stability Senior Technical Specialist.

Work carried out on geomechanical investigations for oil exploration. Main topics include:


  • Borehole Stability Analysis

  • Geomechanical modelling of borehole conditions for derivation of drilling mud weight programmes for numerous clients in the North Sea, Algerian, Asian and Middle Eastern locations

  • Processing and interpretation of wireline and image logs

  • field stress analysis of multi-lateral junction stability

  • Assessment of the variability and uncertainty of modelling parameters and their impact on drilling operations using Quantative Risk Analysis

  • Real time drilling operations support and post drilling reviews

2000 to March 2002 – Baker Hughes INTEQ, Data Engineer/Unit Manager.

  • Duties included monitoring drilling parameters, evaluation of formation cuttings. Lag, pump output, hole volume, depth and drill rate determination. Maintaining and monitoring safety sensors including gas traps, pit levels, pump stroke, unit systems, total gas and chromatograph. The completion of final well logs and reports


BEng (Hons), Mining Engineering, Camborne School of Mines (2000)