Dr Ismael Falcon Suarez

Marine Geoscience
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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.




Falcon Suarez, Ismael; Papageorgiou, Georgios; Chadwick, Andy; North, Laurence J.; Best, Angus I.; Chapman, Mark. 2018 CO2-brine flow-through on an Utsira Sand core sample: experimental and modelling. implications for the Sleipner storage field. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 68. 236-246.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.11.019
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; Canal-Vila, Jacobo; Delgado-Martin, Jordi; North, Laurence; Best, Angus. 2017 Characterisation and multifaceted anisotropy assessment of Corvio sandstone for geological CO2 storage studies. Geophysical Prospecting, 65 (5). 1293-1311.10.1111/1365-2478.12469
Falcon Suarez, Ismael; Marin Moreno, Hector; Browning, Fraser; Lichtschlag, Anna; Robert, Katleen; North, Laurence J.; Best, Angus I.. 2017 Experimental assessment of pore fluid distribution and geomechanical changes in saline sandstone reservoirs during and after CO2 injection. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 63. 356-369.10.1016/j.ijggc.2017.06.019
Falcon Suarez, Ismael; Bayrakci, Gaye; Minshull, Tim A.; North, Laurence J.; Best, Angus I.; Rouméjon, Stéphane; IODP Expedition 357 Science Party, .. 2017 Elastic and electrical properties and permeability of serpentinites from Atlantis Massif, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Geophysical Journal International, 211 (2). 686-699.10.1093/gji/ggx341
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; Juncosa-Rivera, Ricardo; Vardon, Phil; Rammlmair, Dieter; Günter, Thomas; Noell, Ulla; Delgado-Martín, Jordi. 2016 Hydrodynamic behaviour of compacted granite sawdust from the dimension stone industry of Pontevedra (Spain): experimental and modelling. Environmental Earth Sciences, 75 (5), 421. 10.1007/s12665-015-5112-1
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; North, Laurence; Amalokwu, Kelvin; Best, Angus. 2016 Integrated geophysical and hydromechanical assessment for CO2 storage: shallow low permeable reservoir sandstones. Geophysical Prospecting, 64 (4). 828-847.10.1111/1365-2478.12396
Falcon-Suarez, I.; Sanchez-Tembleque, F.; Rivera-Sar, J.M.; Juncosa-Rivera, R.; Delgado-Martin, J.. 2015 Feasibility of laser scanning to determine volumetric properties of grained fine soils. Soils and Rocks, 39 (1). 59-66.
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; North, Laurence; Best, Angus. 2014 Experimental rig to improve the geophysical and geomechanical understanding of CO2 reservoirs. Energy Procedia, 59. 75-81.10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.351
Falcon-Suarez, Ismael; Rammlmair, Dieter; Juncosa-Rivera, Ricardo; Delgado-Martin, Jordi. 2014 Application of Rhizon SMS for the assessment of the hydrodynamic properties of unconsolidated fine grained materials. Engineering Geology, 172. 69-76.10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.02.001
Delgado-Martin, J.; Juncosa-Rivera, R.; Falcon Suarez, I.; Canal-Vila, J.. 2013 Four years of continuous monitoring of the Meirama end-pit lake and its impact in the definition of future uses. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20 (11). 7520-7533.10.1007/s11356-013-1618-9
Canal, J.; Delgado, J.; Falcon, I.; Yang, Q.; Juncosa, R.; Barrientos, V.. 2013 Injection of CO2-saturated water through a siliceous sandstone plug from the Hontomin Test Site (Spain): experiment and modeling. Environmental Science & Technology, 47 (1). 159-167.10.1021/es3012222
Delgado, J.; Juncosa, R.; Hernández, H.; Falcon, I.; Vázquez, A.. 2011 Comparative hydrochemistry of five nested catchments located in the upper part of the Barcés river watershed (A Coruña, NW Spain). Applied Geochemistry, 26 (Supplement). S179-S182.10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.097
Barrientos, V.; Delgado, J.; Navarro, V.; Juncosa, R.; Falcon, I.; Vazquez, A.. 2010 Characterization and geochemical-geotechnical properties of granite sawdust produced by the dimension stone industry of O Porrino (Pontevedra, Spain). Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 43 (2). 141-155.10.1144/1470-9236/08-098
Delgado, J.; Juncosa, R.; Vazquez, A.; Falcon, I.; Canal, J.; Hernández, H.; Padilla, F.; Rodríguez-Vellando, P.; Delgado, J. L.. 2008 Hydrochemical characteristics of the natural waters associated with the flooding of the Meirama open pit (A Coruña, NW Spain). Mineralogical Magazine, 72 (1). 399-403.10.1180/minmag.2008.072.1.399