CATALINA M. LÜNEBURG, PH.D.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT - GEOLOGY

Golden, CO 80403, USA | +303 319 3043 (c) | Catalina.Luneburg@terraexgroup.com
www.linkedin.com/pub/catalina-luneburg/29/118/a04
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Structural Geology Interpretation and Modeling Expert


Solutions and knowledge transfer for the energy industry assessing geologic settings and economic potential.

Recognized expert in the validation of a variety of basins and petroleum systems worldwide applying best practices and innovative structural modeling and restoration techniques. Support companies in decision making and stream lining workflows by using the most accurate possible geologic model as a basis.

Unique skill set based on a solid scientific/technical background combined with geomodeling proficiency, strong management/communication abilities and a comprehensive understanding of industry workflows. Passionate to unravel the most complex geologic scenarios and deformation histories.

Structural analysis │ Structural restoration techniques │ Cross section balancing │ Software design │ Project management │ Training and mentoring │ Geomodeling proficency │ Multi-lingual

SELECTED EXPERTISE


Teaching and Training

  • Instructor and director of industry courses
    • Course developer and instructor of customized training (TerraEx Group)
    • Director of Petroskills Course “Analysis of Structural Traps in Extensional Settings (ESS)”
    • Instructor of LithoTect Software software training and Structural Geology workflows and solutions
  • Instructor of academic courses and field trips
    • Physical Geology, Earth History, Field Methods, Alpine Geology, Structural Geology/Tectonics, Clay Mineralogy, Mapping techniques, Introductory Geology, Brevard Fault Zone, Alpine transect, Valley and Ridge, Death Valley, mineral deposits in Spain, field camp in Sardinia (It)

Consulting Projects

  • Balanced cross sections, 2D/3D restorations, backstripping with decompaction and isostatic/subsidence adjustment, compressional fold and thrust belts, extensional and salt-dominated settings, fractured reservoirs, time/depth conversion, natural fracture prediction, 3D framework building, volumetric analysis
    Regional examples: Zagros Mts, Irak; Papuan Basin, P. New Guinea; Kazakhstan; San Joaquin Valley, CA; Offshore Madagascar; Cantarell, Veracruz Fields, Mexico; Palo Marcado, Bolivia; Central Block, Trinidad; Valhall, N. Sea; Gulf of Mexico; Maverick Basin, TX; Basin and Range, NV; Offshore Greenland; Oman

Research Projects

  • Industry research
    • Structural validation of 3D frameworks and volumetric accuracy (Teapot Dome,WY, Nigeria)
    • Structural restoration of salt bodies (Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico)
    • Mechanical and kinematic modeling of the interaction of natural and induced fractures
    • Kinematic evolution and strain tracking to predict natural fracture patterns (Teapot Dome, WY)
    • Fracture patterns, azimuthal seismic attributes and stress/strain proxies in the Marcellus Shale
    • Tectonic model and evolution of fault and fracture patterns in the Niobrara Formation
  • Academic research
    • Rock fabrics and physical anisotropies in low grade metamorphic clastic sediments - Variscan SW Sardinia, Martinsburg Slates Lehigh Gap (PA), Conausaga Shales S. Appalachians (GA)
    • Microstructural studies of naturally deformed mylonites - Zermatt, Swiss Alps
    • The effects of cumulative deformation on regional kinematics
    • Influence of fluids on the brittle-ductile transition

Geoscience Software Proficiency

  • DecisionSpace Geosciences (Landmark) – expert level
  • LithoTect Software (Landmark) – expert level
  • MOVE Software (Midland Valley) – expert level
  • Petrel Software (Schlumberger) – working knowledge


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


TerraEx Group, LLC; Golden, CO – President / 2016 to present
Heading business for Geocience consulting, training and mentoring services to the energy industry

  • Technical expertise focused on 2D/3D restoration and balancing of complex structures
  • Training and mentoring in Structural Geology, geomodeling workflows, and LithoTect Software

Petroskills - Course Director and Instructor / 2007 to 2016
Development and teaching of a course on extensional structural HC traps in public and inhouse settings

Landmark Software, Highlands Ranch, CO / 2009 to 2016
Senior Scientist for Unconventional Reservoir Technologies and Product Manager for framework building and structural modeling software

  • Conducted research on prediction of natural and induced fractures using kinematic/mechanical modeling
  • Envisioned, designed and implemented new software features/workflows based on market demand
  • Managed and led a team of developers, testers and documenters through several software releases
  • Innovated and patented new solutions around accuracy and flexibility of HC volumetric analysis

GeoLogic Systems (GLS), Boulder, CO - Senior Geologist / 2007 to 2009
Structural geology consulting projects for the Oil & Gas industry using LithoTect Software

  • Conducted consulting and training for 2D/3D time step restorations and balancing of cross sections
  • Designed and tested features and tools for Lithotect software development
  • Taught numerous software training and structural geology courses for the oil industry using LithoTect

Midland Valley (MVE), Golden, CO - Structural Geologist / 2006 to 2007
Structural geology consulting projects for the Oil & Gas industry using MOVE Software

  • Designed and tested DFN Disceret Fracture Network Modeling tools
  • Taught software training courses for the Oil & Gas industry using 2DMove and 3DMove

Academic positions

  • Temp. Assistant professor, University of Lafayette (ULL)
  • Assistant Professor, State University of West Georgia (UWG)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern California (USC)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

ADDITIONAL RELATED EXPERIENCE


  • Director of a NSF funded Center for Microanalysis (SEM with EDS, EBSD)
  • Manager of an X-ray Diffraction Lab
  • Convener of a GSA Penrose Conference, Monte Verita, Switzerland, 2002
  • Leader and instructor of numerous courses, workshops and field trips (academic and industry)
  • Mentor of undergraduate and graduate students as well as new employees
  • Leader of mining project on tectonic control of Pb/Zn mineralisations (AGIP, Sardinia, It)
  • Translator of scientific magazine articles, software manuals and marketing documents

EDUCATION


Ph.D. Natural Sciences (1996) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
Thesis: “Cleavage development and mineral anisotropies in siliciclastic sediments of SW Sardinia.”
(supervisors: J.G. Ramsay, M. Casey).

Diploma Geology/Paleontology (1989) Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich, Germany Thesis: I. Mapping project, SW Sardinia (It), II. Remote Sensing structural analysis (TM, MOMS), Yemen

PUBLICATIONS


EDITED BOOKS
Lebit, H., Hudleston, P. and Lüneburg, C., (eds.), (2005). Fabric, strain and structural development in three dimensions. Journal of Structural Geology Special Issue, vol. 27/7, pp. 1139-1344.

Martín-Hernández, F., Lüneburg, C., Aubourg, C., and Jackson, M. (eds.), (2004). Magnetic fabrics: methods and applications. Geological Society, London, Special Publication, no. 238, pp. 551.

PATENTS (5 GRANTED, 2 PENDING)
Lüneburg, C., Ewing, M., Johanson, D.J., and Igarashi, S. (2014 - 2017). Several innovations around improved accuracy and workflow execution of hydrocarbon volume estimates with Landmark Software.

SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
Miller, R., Paterson, S., Lebit, H., Alsleben, H., Lüneburg, C., and Jensen, L. (2006). Origin and significance of composite lineations in the mid- to deep crust: a case study from the North Cascades, Washington. Journal of Structural Geology, 27/2, p. 303-322.

Lebit, H., Hudleston, P. and Lüneburg, C., (2005). Preface - Fabric, strain and structural development in three dimensions. In: Lebit, H., Hudleston, P. and Lüneburg, C., (eds.) “Fabric, strain and structural development in three dimensions”. Journal of Structural Geology Special Issue, vol. 27/7, p. 1139-1142.

Martín-Hernández, F., Lüneburg, C., Aubourg, C., and Jackson, M. (2004). Magnetic fabrics: methods and applications - an introduction. In: Martín-Hernández, F., Lüneburg, C., Aubourg, C., and Jackson, M. (eds.) “Magnetic fabrics: methods and applications.” Geological Society, London, Special Publ., no. 238, p. 1-7.

Hirt, A.M., Lowrie, W., Lüneburg C., Lebit, H., Engelder, T. (2004). Magnetic and mineral fabric development in the Martinsburg Formation in the Central Appalachian Fold Belt. In: Martín-Hernández, F., Lüneburg, C., Aubourg, C., and Jackson, M. (eds.) “Magnetic fabrics: methods and applications.” Geological Society, London, Special Publication, no. 238, p. 109-126.

Lebit, H., Lüneburg, C., Hudleston, P. and Ramsay J. (2003). Penrose Conference: Three-dimensional flow, fabric development and strain in deformed rocks and the significance for mountain building processes: new approaches. GSA Today, 13/7, p. 26-28.

Lebit, H., Klaper, E. and Lüneburg, C. (2002). Fold-controlled quartz textures in the Pennine Mischabel Backfold near Zermatt, Switzerland. Tectonophysics, 359, p. 1-28.

Lüneburg, C., Lampert, S., Lebit, H., Hirt, A., Casey, M. and Lowrie, W. (1999). Magnetic anisotropy, mineral fabrics and finite strain in deformed sediments of SW Sardinia (Italy). Tectonophysics, 307, p. 51-74.

Lüneburg, C. and Lebit, H. (1998). The development of a single cleavage in areas of repeated folding. Journal of Structural Geology , 20/11, p. 1531-1548.

SELECTED RECENT ABSTRACTS (OVER 70 TOTAL)
H.D. Lebit; M. Clavaud; S.N. Opdyke; C. Luneburg., (2018). The Port Isabel Fold Belt Driven by Neogene

Gravitational Spreading; East Breaks, Western Gulf of Mexico. GCAGS 2019 Technical Conference, Houston, TX, USA

Lüneburg, C., (2018). Tectonic versus non-tectonic origin of complex fault and fracture patterns in the Niobrara Fm., DJ Basin, CO, AAPG Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, USA.

H.D. Lebit; M. Clavaud; S. Whitehead; S.N. Opdyke; C. Luneburg., (2018). The Port Isabel Fold Belt: Neogene Gravitational Spreading in the East Breaks, Western Gulf of Mexico, AAPG Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City

Lüneburg, C., (2017). Using Structural Restoration Techniques and Strain Tracking to Predict Fracture Distributions, AAPG Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, USA.

Lüneburg, C., Ratliff, R., and Page, A. (2015). Structural Analysis for fracture optimization. AAPG Annual Meeting, Denver, USA.

Lüneburg, C., Ratliff, R., and Page, A. (2014). Dynamic modeling and validation techniques for 3D subsurface interpretations: impact on volume and reserve estimates. EAGE Annual Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lüneburg, C (2013). Using Landmark’s DecisionSpace Geoscience technology to create validated structural 3D models in complex geologic areas. AAPG Hedberg Research Conference 3D Structural Geologic Interpretation: Earth, Mind and Machine. Reno, USA.

5 FIELD GUIDES AND OVER 30 INDUSTRY REPORTS