Indra Arifianto

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student - Vahrenkamp Group

Research Interests

As exploration geologist, I am curious about the subsurface structure. Thus, applied geophysical research is my study topic and academic focus. In the past, I did some research in subsurface interpretation applied to hydrocarbon, geothermal, and groundwater exploration using various geophysical data, e.g.  seismic data, gravity measurements, well logs , and geoelectric data. Building on my previous experience, in my Ph.D. I investigate the potential of low-medium enthalpy geothermal resources in Saudi Arabia. I build a subsurface temperature model to then simulate geothermal reservoir production and injection to quantify the geothermal potential for direct utilization (water desalination, district heating and cooling).

Selected Publications

  • Preliminary Geothermal Exploration Study in the Ifal Basin (Tertiary), Western Arabian Peninsula.
    Arifianto I., Mai P.M., Vahrenkamp V.C.
    First EAGE Workshop on Geothermal Energy & Hydro Power in Africa, 7-9 Dec 2020, Online.(2020)
  • An Accuracy Test of “Schlumberger” Vertical Electrical Sounding Method in a Sandbox Modelling
    Arifianto I., Wibowo R.C., Priana M.R.F.
    EAGE-GSM 2nd Asia Pacific Meeting on Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering, 24-25 April 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(2019)
  • Groundwater exploration in volcanic morphology using geophysical schlumberger resistivity method, in Jeneponto, South Sulawesi Province.
    Arifianto I., Savitri K.P., Priana M.R.F., Setianto A.,
    Proceedings of the 13th SEGJ International Symposium, 12-15 Nov 2018, Tokyo, Japan.(2018)
  • Manganese Mineral Exploration in Kulon Progo District Using Induced Polarisation Method.
    Erlangga G., Arifianto I., Afafa K.,
    EAGE-HAGI 1st Asia Pacific meeting on Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering, 11-12 April 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.(2018)
  • Application of Flow Zone Indicator and J-Function to Characterize Carbonate Reservoir and Calculate Precise Water Saturation in Kujung Formation, North East Java Basin.
    Arifianto I., Surjono S.S., Erlangga G., Abrar B., Yogapurana E.,
    Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 15, 1753, IOP Publisher.(2018)
  • Resistivity Survey for Groundwater Exploration in Tiron Village, Kediri, East Java.
    Wintolo.D., Arifianto I. , Wibowo J.P.,
    Proceeding of Seminar Nasional Kebumian-10, UGM, Yogyakarta.(2017)
  • Petrophysics Analysis for Reservoir Characterization of Upper Plover Formation in the Field “A”, Bonaparte Basin, Offshore Timor, Maluku, Indonesia.
    Surjono S.S., Arifianto I.,
    Journal of Applied Geology, vol.1 (1), 2016, pp.43-52.(2016)


  • 2019 –  present: Ph.D., KAUST, KSA
  • 2015 M.Sc. (S-2) Geological Engineering Department, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.
  • 2010 B.Sc. (S-1) Geological Engineering Department, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.

Professional Profile

  • 2016 – current: Lecturer at Geological Engineering Department, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineering)-Student Chapter
  • EAGE (European Associations of Geoscientist and Engineering)
  • IAGI (Ikatan Ahli Geologi Indonesia)
  • HAGI (Himpunan Ahli Geofisika Indonesia)


  • Honorable Mention of Imperial Barrel Award Competition (IBA) of Asia Pacific Region in 2013 held by American Association of Petroleum Geology (AAPG) International.
  • Best Investment Opportunity at SEG-EVOLVE 2020 Program by the Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) International

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Geothermal exploration