Elias received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines while competing on the school's wrestling team. He held five internship positions,first at Halliburton/Landmark during summer 2012 where he worked as a Java developer implementing a wellbore analyzer plug-in for Landmark. This tool was presented at the SEG annual meeting 2012 held in Las Vegas. Following his graduation from Mines, Elias interned at BHP Billiton working in the Quantitative Interpretation (QI) group creating rock physics templates for seismic data evaluation. After finishing his first year with CWP, Elias returned to BHP Billiton to work with the Eagle Ford production team on a Hawkville field study. During the fall 2014 semester, he took a leave of absence to work an internship at ExxonMobil with the geophysical applications group (GAPS) on an exploration project in the Gulf of Mexico. He returned to CWP in the spring semester 2015. During the summer 2015, Elias joined Petroleum Geo-Services as a research intern in their imaging and engineering team. During his time with PGS, he integrated and implemented the smooth dynamic warping algorithm in their internal software package for use in slope estimation and other technologies. He joined CWP during the fall 2013 under the guidance of Prof. Dave Hale. Elias' hobbies include: staying physically fit, being outdoors, and spending time with friends, family, and his dog.
Elias is currently working on estimating seismic reflection slopes. The implications of this research include improving coherent noise reduction filters, automatic horizon extraction, and fault mapping among other processes that require slopes as input. His research and work interests include: Geophysical computing, image processing, seismic imaging, formation evaluation, well log analysis, rock physics.
Estimating seismic reflection slopes