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Rob Hardy

Director at Tonnta Energy Limited

From 1990 to 2001 Rob Hardy worked for Amerada Hess where he helped establish and eventually ran the geophysical operations group in London, working closely with interpreters and the research centre in Houston.

After a brief period working with a specialized depth imaging contractor in 2003, Rob formed and co-led an internationally recognized research group within the Geology Department at Trinity College, Dublin. A research program on seismic reflection processing and interpretation was established to investigate the Irish continental shelf and resulted in more than 20 publications by Rob and seven Ph.D. students.

In 2008, Rob established Tonnta-Energy Limited – a Dublin-based company concentrating on seismic processing, seismic modelling, seismic survey design and specialized seismic processing, including research, training and independent peer review.

Between 2015 and 2018, Rob worked as a value assurance geophysicist for PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur, including technical oversight of all aspects of research geophysics from exploration through to monitoring. Rob was also technical adviser for high-performance computing within PETRONAS and a member of the most senior exploration technical team approving international and domestic well locations, acreage acquisitions and relinquishments.

Since 2004, Rob has taught basic and advanced seismic processing courses using specially developed web-based processing technology, which helps to teach interpreters advanced geophysical techniques, to over 800 industry-based geoscientists worldwide.

Rob Hardy has extensive experience of seismic acquisition and processing from North Sea, West of Shetland, Ireland, West Africa, Poland, Faroes, Norway, Denmark, Algeria, Brasil, Malaysia, Falklands, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Research interests include: Reflection seismic acquisition, processing and modelling, specifically multiple suppression and imaging beneath complex topography; Modelling, imaging and positioning of faults on seismic data; Determination and visualization of uncertainty due to seismic processing technologies; Modelling and understanding basin formation and development of continental margins; Signal and image processing; and Electronic learning.


B.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics from Durham University
Ph.D. in Marine Geophysics from Cambridge University, 1986–1990