Dr Ismael Falcon Suarez
Ismael Falcon-Suarez is geologist, PhD in Civil Engineering, MSc in Water Engineering. Ismael has been working in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) since 2010. His career in CCS started at the University of A Coruna, where he was involved in the Thermos-Hydro-Mechano-Chemical study of the CCS site of Hontomin, Burgos (Spain). As a result, he has further developed his skills in hydromechanical analysis and geophysical monitoring of rock samples at the laboratory scale (routine and special core analysis; advanced transport properties), the design and assembly of experimental rigs for simulating real P-T conditions of reservoirs, and software for data processing and interpretation of results. Meanwhile, he has been engaged in a number of projects for the oil/gas industry, gaining experience in assembling, running and interpreting a wide range geomechanical tests (advanced skills in the use of triaxial systems MTS Systems Corporation mod. 815). Since October 2013, Ismael has been focused on the design and assembly of the experimental rig for CO2 storage experiments at the NOC, Southampton. Nowadays, the NOC presents a novel rig capable to simultaneously determining ultrasonic P- and S-wave velocities and attenuations, electrical resistivity (including tomography), axial and radial strains and permeability (including relative permeability for variable brine:CO2 flow rates) of rock samples, replicating differential stress conditions of real reservoirs.
Rock physics and rock mechanics
Advanced skills in experimental work on CCS topics: design and construction of experimental rigs to analyse rock-water-gas interaction at reservoir conditions (routine and special core analysis); transport properties in rocks (permeability to gas and water measurements, in high and low permeability medium; breakthrough pressure determinations); acoustic velocities interpretation; electrical resistivity; stress-strain behaviours; etc. See for more details www.lameroc.com. Geophysical data loading, processing and generation of high resolution images of the subsoil with specific software (WellCAD): Processing of borehole images and geophysical logging parameters.
Soil mechanics and hydrogeology
Designing and performing experimental setups for hydrodynamic studies; the use of advanced technics to determine soil-water dynamics: electrical tomography, X-ray tomography, TDR; mineral barriers design: capillary barriers waste; numerical modelling (CORE2D, COMPASS); etc.
SCI Publications (See section below)
Other Peer Reviewed Publications
Falcon-Suarez, I.; Sanchez-Tembleque, F.; Rivera-Sar, J.; Juncosa-Rivera, R.; Delgado-Martin, J. 2015. Feasibility of laser scanning to determine volumetric properties of grained fine soils. Soils & Rocks, 38, 59-66 (ISSN 1980-9743)
Falcon-Suarez I, North L, Best AI, Sothcott J, Canal-Vila J, Delgado-Martin J. 2014. Laboratory simulation of CO2 injection in sandstones and sands for improved seismic monitoring of CO2 reservoirs. Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics: Structures in and on Rock Masses: CRC Press;. p. 1301-4.
Falcon-Suarez I, Rodriguez-Cedrun B, Canal-Vila J, Delgado-Martin J. 2014. Application of transient methods to the assessment of permeability of well cements. Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics: Structures in and on Rock Masses: CRC Press; p. 1295-9.
Canal J, Delgado-Martin J, V. Barrientos V, Juncosa R, Rodriguez-Cedrun B, Falcon-Suarez I. 2014. Effect of supercritical CO2 on the Corvio sandstone in a flow-thru triaxial experiment. Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics: Structures in and on Rock Masses: CRC Press; p. 1357-62.
Ismael Falcón Suárez 2014. Los Serrines de Granito como Barrera de Impermeabilización para su Uso en Vertederos. MACLA, 14, p. 43-45.
Canal, J., Falcón, I., Barrientos, V., Delgado, J. 2013. Mineralogy, geochemistry, petrophysics and rock mechanics of the Corvio sandstone. MACLA, 17, 31-32.
Falcón, I. and Canal, J. 2013. Techniques for rock permeability determination II. The pore pressure oscillation method. LaMeRoc Technical Report LMR-04; 22 pp. http://www.lameroc.com/home/publicaciones
Falcón, I. 2012. Techniques for rock permeability determination I. Steady state flow, pulse decay and pore pressure transmission methods. LaMeRoc Technical Report LMR-03, 21p. http://www.lameroc.com/home/publicaciones
Falcón, I. 2011. Los serrines de granito como barrera de impermeabilización para su uso en vertederos. PhD Dissertation. Universidade da Coruña. http://hdl.handle.net/2183/8485
Vázquez, A., Fernández-Bogo, S., Delgado, J., Falcón, I., Barrientos, V., Juncosa, R., Missana, T., Alonso, U. and Martín, P. L. 2008. Determinación del punto Isoeléctrico de residuos de grano fino y su potencial uso en la neutralización de aguas ácidas. MACLA, 9, 255-256.
Vazquez, A., Juncosa, R., Barrientos, V., Falcón, I., Delgado, J. and Navarro, V. (2007) Hydrodynamic and Reactive Transport Modelling of the Behaviour of Compacted Granite Saw Dust for Landfill Liners & Covers. In: Yanxin Wang and Thomas D. Bullen (eds), Water- Rock Interaction, 1, 653-657. DOI: 10.1201/NOE0415451369.ch138
Software and patents
- FoMPeCa: Four Methods Permeability Calculator. Designer: Falcon-Suarez, I. Copyright © 2014, Natural Environment Research Council.
- Falcón, I., Juncosa, R., Delgado, J., Vázquez, A., Barrientos, V. Accepted on 29th May of 2011. Device for simulating thermo-hydro-mechanic behaviors of barriers of fines, focus on waterproofing and closing landfills. Patent ES 2345472 B1, University of La Coruña, Spain.