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As a young teenager Vianney built his own radio, launched a home-made rocket, and constructed his own telescope. Slowly his curiosity turned towards fundamental physics.

Vianney went on to obtain a PhD in Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology, before joining Shell Research & Development in the Netherlands.

That was more than two decades ago. Since then he has worked in a number of petroleum engineering, petrophysics and leadership roles in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Currently he combines his position as Chief Scientist with leading a global R&D team. He works on in-well technology and fibre-optic surveillance to better monitor and control oil and gas production.

Vianney is married to Chirley and they have one daughter. He enjoys sport, travel, theatre and reading. He blogs on subjects including cosmology, relativity and quantum physics and is a featured writer on Science 2.0.

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Shell Chief Scientist Petrophysics Vianney Koelman discusses using innovative fibre-optic technology to closely monitor underground oil and gas production and help boost oil and gas recovery.

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Shell Chief Scientist Petrophysics Vianney Koelman discusses using innovative fibre-optic technology to closely monitor underground oil and gas production and help boost oil and gas recovery.