Viswasanthi Chandra, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

​Research Scientist - ANPERC

Research Interest

Dr. Viswasanthi Chandra (Santhi) is a research scientist at Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC), at KAUST, Saudi Arabia. Santhi received her degree in Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. She has a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK, where she also completed her MSc degree in Reservoir Evaluation & Management. Santhi has over 10 years of cumulative academic and industrial experience in UK and Saudi Arabia, including her work with Schlumberger and BG Group. During her Ph.D. and at BG Group, Santhi's focus was to develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of carbonate reservoirs, especially in; carbonate reservoir characterization, reservoir modelling and simulation, and using production data for history matching. Santhi's current research interests include upscaling from pore-core-reservoir scales and application of multi-scale multimodal imaging and characterization methods for reservoir characterization and enhanced oil recovery studies.


Research Interest keywords 

​Fractured carbonate reservoirs, shale gas, tight gas carbonates, improved/enhanced oil recovery, multiscale modelling and simulation, history matching, burial dissolution, stylolites

Selected Publications

  • Effective integration of reservoir rock-typing and simulation using near-wellbore upscaling
    Chandra, V., Barnett, A., Corbett, P., Geiger, S., Wright, P., Steele, R., Milroy, P
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, 67, 307-326, ISSN 0264-8172, (2015)
  • Distinguishing between eogenetic, unconformity-related and mesogenetic dissolution: a case study from the Panna-Muk...
    Barnett, A., Wright, P., Chandra, V., Jain, V.
    Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Predic..., (2015)
  • Evaluating the impact of a late-burial corrosion model on reservoir permeability and performance in a mature carbon...
    Chandra, V., Wright, P. V., Barnett, A., Steele, R., Milroy, P., Corbett, P.W.M., Geiger, ...
    Fundamental Controls on Fluid Flow in Carbonates: Current Workflows to Emerging ..., (2015)
  • AGORA 2011– Developing Deeper Understanding through Interactive, Cross-Disciplinary Workshops focused on Business D...
    Corbett, P.W.M, Williams, G., Gosselin, O., Coléou, T., Christie, M., Hamidreza, H., Chand...
    First Break, 29, August 2011, 14-17, (2011)
  • Development of non-linear optically active free standing films based on m-NA doped Poly Ether Sulfone (PES) system ...
    Chandra, V., Negi, Y. S.
    Indian Patent 1084/DEL/ 2009, (2009)
  • Development of non-linear optically active free standing films based on 2-Methyl-NA doped Poly Ether Sulfone (PES) ...
    Chandra, V., Negi, Y. S.
    Indian Patent 1083/DEL/2009, (2009)
  • Improving Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation with Near Wellbore Modeling
    Chandra, V., Hamdi, H., Corbett, P.W.M., Geiger, S.
    SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering journal 16(2), 183-193, SPE-148104-PA, (2013)


  • ​Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • M.S. Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • B.Sc. Tech Applied Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India

Professional Profile

  • 2016 - Present: Research Scientist, ANPERC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012: Ph.D. Research Intern, BG Advanced, BG Group, Reading, UK
  • 2008 - 2009: Wireline Field Engineer, Schlumberger Asia Ltd.
  • 2007: Engineering summer research assistant, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)


  • ​Summer Undergraduate Research Award from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), 2006
  • Certificate of merit from Summer Undergraduate Research Program, IITR, 2006

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Fractured carbonate reservoirs shale gas tight gas carbonates