SCA seeks qualified training instructors to teach public and in-house courses. SCA offers marketing and enrollment tools in-line with industry standards, and a new training facility in our Houston office. Instructors have the opportunity to develop new training options, and to maintain technical skills through involvement in the provision of consulting services when not teaching courses.
Sia Agah is a petroleum geologist and an Associate with SCA in Houston. He holds a M.A. in Petroleum Geology from the University of London. Sia was with the National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) in Tehran for 13 years, working as a geologist, a wellsite geologist, a senior geologist, and a geological advisor until 1979, when he joined Conoco. With Conoco until 1997 as Senior Geologist, Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager, and new ventures Vice President; he worked respectively in Houston, Tunisia, Angola, and the UAE (Dubai).
After early retirement in 1997, Sia moved to UMC/Ocean Energy to set up and manage their South Asia - Middle East Exploration Department and manage seven exploration blocks in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Yemen. Sia has an extensive knowledge of the petroleum geology of the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa, and Offshore West Africa, and Brazil.
Sia Agah teaches the following course(s):
Bob spent 10 years with Schlumberger as an openhole field engineer, sales engineer, and product development manager. While at Schlumberger he was the North American product champion for the “FracHite” and “Quantifrac” products that integrated wireline, testing, and pumping inputs to optimize hydraulic fracture treatments. Since then he has spent 24 years consulting to over 250 companies on petrophysics and completion optimization.
He served as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer on integrating petrophysics with the hydraulic fracture treatment optimization process. He has implemented this integration process in a wide variety of reservoirs in North America, conducting numerous field studies for operators evaluating the effective frac length and recovery factors in over 4000 wells and providing "best practices" recommendations based on the study results (SPE 90483). He has been responsible for the petrophysical analysis of over 50 major fields worldwide as part of integrated reservoir characterization studies identifying remaining mobile hydrocarbons. He has authored 36 technical papers on the integration of petrophysics with completion designs, horizontal wells, and reservoir characterization projects.
Recent major consulting projects have integrated petrophysics with completions in organic shale reservoirs for major operators in the, Wolfberry, Wolfbone, Wolfcamp, Marcellus, Utica, Cline, Eagle Ford, and Bakken. His latest paper (SPE 174994) “Liquids Rich Organic Shale Recovery Factor Applications” (to be presented at the 2015 ATCE) demonstrates the application of the techniques presented in the school to estimate recoveries and producing heights with various landing options and to optimize the number of stacked laterals in organic shale reservoirs. Another recent paper (SPE 125008) “A Novel Approach to Identifying Refracturing Candidates and Executing Refracture Treatments in Multiple Zone Reservoirs” has received considerable attention lately with the resurgence of refracs in the current pricing environment. Bob has a BS from the US Naval Academy and MBA from the University of Florida. He is also a member of the SPE, SPWLA, and the AAPG.
Mr. Barba teaches the following courses:
- Evaluating Well Performance for Unconventional and Conventional Reservoirs
- Practical Interpretation of Open Hole Logs
- Predicting Organic Shale Well Performance
- Refrac Candidate Selection, Execution, and Performance Evaluation for Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs
Dr. Boatright is President and CEO of Engineering Consultants International and Training. Formerly, Dr. Boatright was a drilling research engineer with Exxon, petroleum engineer with Amoco, roustabout with Cities Service (OXY), and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northeastern Oklahoma State University. He is also an engineering and training consultant for various major world oil and service companies. Over 13,000 people have participated in Dr. Boatright’s training courses. Dr. Boatright has extensive experience in drilling, completion, reservoir engineering, production, fluid flow, and offshore operations. Kirk is a Registered Professional Engineer. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Petroleum) from Oklahoma State University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Mechanical and Civil Engineering) from the University of Arkansas.
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James (Jim) Brenneke graduated from Augustana College with a BA in Geology and an MS in Geology from the University of Illinois. He joined Shell Oil Company (US) and worked for various Shell subsidiaries in research, international exploration and domestic exploration and production. He then joined Subsurface Consultants and Associates, LLC (SCA) as a consulting geoscientist. In addition to consulting, he assumed various management roles with SCA including Technical Manager, Vice President of Geology & Engineering and Treasurer. He then joined BP's deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Production organization.
Jim has an extensive range of experience. He has worked in the onshore and offshore U.S. and in numerous foreign countries. He has contributed to numerous exploration discoveries, field extensions and development wells in his 40 years in the industry. He has published on deep sea carbonates and on assessing fault traps. Jim teaches our Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping course.
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Rubén Caligari has more than 35 years’ experience in engineering and operations in E&P, and his last corporate position was Sr. Technical Advisor in unconventional resources in Petrobras Argentina E&P. During his career, he led multidisciplinary teams in project evaluations, field developing, and mature fields revitalizations in Argentina and several Latin American countries, and has been active in unconventional resources projects in Argentina as well. With an excellent record of developing talent, he designed and implemented a Knowledge Management Program for E&P with proved value added.
Retired from activities, he is currently professor of Petroleum Engineering both in undergraduate and graduate levels at Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires. He teaches courses on energy at other universities in Argentina and participates in Industry and Government initiatives on Education on Energy. Ruben is author and director of an online course on Petroleum Engineering Basics presented by Instituto Argentino del Petroleo y del Gas.
In many years of professional activities within Latin America, he built a strong reputation and an extended network of contacts. He has been an active SPE member, serving as officer in different positions including President Patagonia Section, President Argentine Petroleum Section and Regional Director for LA&C, 2008- 2011. Mr. Caligari was named as a Distinguished Member of SPE in 2020.
Ruben has lectured in different events, presented several technical papers, and co-authored a book on developing shale resources.
Mr. Caligari teaches the following courses:
Gary Chapman has been associated with SCA since 2007. He is an oil and gas geoscience professional with wide-ranging expertise in international and domestic exploration and development projects. His strengths are in international and domestic exploration and exploitation, primarily focused on petroleum resource evaluations of new business opportunities and unconventional resources. He has a B.S and M.S. of Petroleum Geology from the University of Arkansas.
Mr. Chapman is experienced with play and basin studies, geochemical interpretation and drilling operations. He conducts exploration and development evaluations to define new business ventures and opportunities, supervises exploration and development projects and asset evaluations and ensures the achievement of company objectives by following projects from inception to completion. He has visited and conducted exploration activities in ~30 countries and emirates.
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Alan Cherry is a Senior Geoscientist with over 34 years of industry experience. He has been associated with SCA since 2005 as one of the company’s principal geoscience consultants. His integrated skill set includes 2D and 3D geophysical interpretation, exploration play analysis and prospect generation, field development, reservoir engineering, formation evaluation, economic assessment, reserves evaluation, drilling, completion, and production operations. He is highly proficient in the use of multiple geologic and seismic interpretation tools.
His areas of expertise include Offshore GOM, Texas Gulf Coast, South Louisiana, East Texas, Permian, Uinta - Piceance, Williston, North Slope, Cook Inlet, and onshore California. Internationally he has worked projects in Ukraine, Russia, Indonesia, North Sea, Senegal, Nigeria, Gabon, Tanzania, Morocco, Somalia, Iran, Qatar, Thailand, South China Sea, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, and Colombia.
Alan received his BS in Geology at State University of New York and did his graduate studies at the University of Houston and Wright State University. He is a Licensed Professional Geologist in Texas and a Certified Professional Geologist in Indiana.
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Dr. Chokshi works as an artificial lift and production ‘Optimizer’ for Accutant Solutions, a consulting firm out of Houston, USA. He has over 30 years of work experience in petroleum and software industries. He has worked at ONGC of India, The University of Tulsa artificial lift projects, CEALC and ConnectShip (consulting and software firms) and Weatherford (a global service company) in a variety of roles from petroleum engineer, research engineer, software developer, project manager, trainer, senior consultant, and a senior business leader. He has worked on many petroleum and software projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift, production optimization, well performance improvement and real-time production monitoring.
Dr. Chokshi has taught many courses and conducted workshops for practicing professionals around the globe in public and private forums. He has co-authored over fifteen SPE papers. He has led the development of a semester-long curriculum and taught for senior-level university students in artificial lift and production optimization at Texas Tech and Missuori S&T universities. He led and guided industry experts in developing digital content like animations, iPad app, iBooks and webinars. He has delivered several SPE webinars. Dr. Chokshi is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2015-2016 and 2018-2019) and he serves on the SPE global committees for training and for the production awards. He has co-chaired an SPE artificial lift workshop.
Dr. Chokshi teaches the following courses:
Scott has spent the last 19 years working projects related to outcrop and subsurface fracture studies, CO2 sequestration, and security related issues. He received a B.S. in geology from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1997, under Dr. Alvis Lisenbee and Dr. James Fox. He received his Master of Science in geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2000) working with graduate research and academic advisors Dr. Laurel Goodwin and Dr. John Lorenz; the thesis topic was fracture characterization and modeling of Teapot Dome a basement-cored anticline in central Wyoming. Scott was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Energy Research Laboratory, working on projects related to outcrop and subsurface fracture studies with applications to reservoir characterization, production and CO2 sequestration. Since that time, he has had fun working in partnership with Dr. John Lorenz at FractureStudies LLC on naturally fractured reservoir issues around the world. Detailed descriptions of projects, published papers, short courses, and links to open-file reports and papers are available at www.fracturestudies.com.
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Dr. Steve Cossey has 31 years of global E & P experience with a specialty and expertise in deepwater clastics. He has explored in frontier areas of the United States, as well as China, Dubai, East Africa, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia. Steve has also worked on numerous Gulf of Mexico lease sales, prospects, developments and farm-ins. In 1990, he helped start a deepwater research program at BP Research in Sunbury, UK. Many E&P companies use his deepwater field, reservoir and outcrop databases and attend his classroom and field seminars. Dr. Cossey is skilled in interpreting deepwater sequences and creating sequence stratigraphic and depositional models from core, well and seismic data. He has worked with over 100 companies that are exploring the deepwater globally and is fairly fluent in Spanish and French. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
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Dr. Ehlig-Economides is currently professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston & the Hugh Roy and Lillian Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair. Dr. Ehlig-Economides worked for Schlumberger for 20 years in a truly global capacity. She has published more than 60 papers and has authored 2 patents, and has lectured or consulted in more than 30 countries. Dr. Ehlig-Economides is internationally recognized for expertise in reservoir engineering, pressure transient analysis, integrated reservoir characterization, complex well design, and production enhancement.
Her professional service includes: Executive Editor of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Formation Evaluation journal 1995-96; SPE Distinguished Lecture 1997-98; and numerous posts as chairman or member of SPE committees and task forces. She was the Program Chairperson for the 2006 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. In 2018, she was selected as an SPE Honorary Member. She is currently member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of the John Franklin Carll Award, The Anthony F Lucas Medal, and the Lester C Uren Award, and on NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES).
Christine Ehlig-Economides received a B.A. degree in Math-Science from Rice, an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Ehlig-Economides teaches the following course:
Dr. Foster is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at daytum, an Associate professor in the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and a core faculty member at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining UT-Austin, Dr. Foster was previously a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at UTSA and was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories where he worked for 7 years.
During his career in research he has been involved in many projects ranging from full scale projectile penetration field tests, to laboratory experiments using Kolsky bars, to modeling and simulation efforts using some of the world’s largest computers. Research interests are in experimental and computational mechanics and multi-scale modeling with applications to geomechanics, impact mechanics, fracture mechanics, and anomalous transport processes. Additionally, he has interest in fundamental theoretical advancement of the peridynamic theory of solid mechanics. His teaching interests are in all areas of theoretical and computational mechanics.
Dr. Foster received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
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Amy Fox earned an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters and PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University. She started her consulting career in 1998 with GeoMechanics International (GMI) in Palo Alto, California. Between 2004 and 2007 she earned her doctorate, completing a thesis entitled “Characterization and Modeling of In Situ Stress Heterogeneity.”
Immediately afterwards, GMI asked her to create a training program and career progression for their technical staff of 50+ people globally. Baker Hughes bought GMI in 2008, and in 2009 Amy moved into a corporate training and development role. In 2011 she returned to operations and moved to Canada.
Amy has authored and co-authored several articles for industry publications and enjoys giving lectures at luncheons and conferences. Extremely dedicated to the geomechanics field, her every effort is an attempt to promote the understanding and application of the geomechanics discipline.
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Dr. James W. Granath is a consulting structural geologist based in Denver, Colorado, who has worked in academia as well as minerals and petroleum exploration. Since 1976 he has taught at SUNY Stony Brook and spent 18 years in Conoco in research, international exploration, and new ventures. In 1999 he opened a consulting practice focused on structural geology and tectonics as applied to exploration problems, interrupted only by brief periods with Forest Oil and Midland Valley Exploration in Denver. He is a member of AAPG, AGU, GSA, and RMAG, and a certified petroleum geologist. He is the author of numerous research papers and co-edited several multi-author compendia. His expertise lies in seismic interpretation and integration with structural analysis, fracture analysis, regional synthesis, and prospect and play evaluation. Current research interests include intraplate block faulted terrains, both extensional and compressional, regional tectonics of Africa, and the Kurdistan thrust belt. He holds his PhD from Monash University in Australia, and a BS and MS from of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Jim is currently on the Graduate Faculty at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Dr. Granath teaches the following course:
Principles of Mapping with Petrel© was designed by SCA Senior Geologist and Training Instructor Laurie Green. Laurie has extensive international and domestic experience as a geophysical interpreter, geomodeler and project manager in conventional and unconventional assets for both E&P and service companies. She has broad expertise in computer-based mapping and modeling systems as an interpreter, programmer and technical trainer. Laurie has performed integrated field studies for global clients using different software systems and understands how computer-generated maps can be used and mis-used in real-world projects.
Laurie received her BS in Geological Sciences from Cornell University and her MSc from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the state of Texas.
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Dr. Ursula Hammes is currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Geosciences, Texas A&M University and President, Hammes Energy & Consultants, Austin, TX engaged in teaching and assessing various shale oil/gas systems. Dr. Hammes has 20+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry and academia in Europe and USA in positions ranging from exploration, development, research and management. She has provided advanced consulting in shale-gas/oil systems and has taught industry short courses and in-house training courses for oil companies.
Dr. Hammes obtained her Diploma at the University of Erlangen, Germany, and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her graduate studies specialized in carbonate depositional environments, sequence stratigraphy, carbonate diagenesis, and rock-water interactions. Her background is diverse ranging from exploration, exploitation and business development for Anadarko Petroleum, consulting for Marathon Oil, Statoil, and various other independent oil/gas companies, conducting research in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico as researcher and Principal Investigator of $3+ million projects for the State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery project, and leading research and advising students at the University of Potsdam, Germany and Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Hammes served as president of the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM (GCSSEPM), currently assists as associate editor for the AAPG Bulletin, and has been chair of many AAPG conventions and sessions. She serves as shale liquids and gas committee chair for EMD. Her research interests range from mudrock analyses to clastic and carbonate sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology. She has published extensively in recognized sedimentologic and petroleum industry professional journals.
Expertise: Expert in mudrock/shale analyses from basin to nanoscale Sequence stratigraphy of carbonates and siliciclastics Teach core workshops and short courses in mudrock analyses and carbonate sequence stratigraphy and sedimentology.
Dr. Hammes teaches the following courses:
- Shale Reservoir Core Workshop: Sedimentologic and Stratigraphic Assessment of Organic-Rich Mudrocks
- Shale Reservoir Workshop: Analyzing Organic-Rich Mudrocks from Basin to Nano-Scale
Susan Howes joined SCA in August 2016 as Vice President of Engineering. In 1982, Susan began her career with Anadarko as an Engineer in Denver, Colorado. Through the years she held a variety of engineering positions of increasing responsibility. In 2007, she joined Chevron as Horizons Program Manager and afterwards moved into their Reservoir Management function providing functional leadership that resulted in improved production and reserve trends.
Susan has coauthored several papers and articles on the topics of uncertainty management, risk management, and talent management for SPE conferences and publications. She is chair of the SPE Soft Skills Committee, previously served as SPE Regional Director for Gulf Coast North America, is a recipient of the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal and is an SPE Distinguished Member. In 2018, she was selected as an SPE Honorary Member in 2018. Howes holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas.
As the Vice President of Engineering for SCA, Susan will be responsible for maintaining the highest technical quality standards for SCA’s recruitment, consultancy and training services. Additionally, she will participate in the direction, administration, and coordination of SCA’s operations, manage technical projects, and serve as the company’s primary liaison to the engineering community through her continued involvement in the SPE and other organizations.
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Peter Jones obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines, U. S. A., with a thesis in the southern Canadian Rockies. Since then he worked on projects and field studies in the Americas, Arctic Alaska and Canada, Africa, Europe Asia and Southeast Asia as an oil company geologist, academic, and international consultant. He was co-author of the world’s first commercially available software for constructing balanced cross-sections. In 1997 he was awarded the Douglas Medal, highest scientific award of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, for “…contributions to the understanding of fold and thrust belts in general, in particular the Canadian Rocky Mountains.” He was elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 1998 for his contributions to the structural geology of the Soviet Union. He has published some 40 papers on the structural geology of many countries in journals ranging from Nature to Izvestia of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He is best known for his demonstration that the “Triangle Zone” at the east edge of the Canadian Cordillera was not a local anomaly but the “type section” for the frontal margins of several worldwide orogenies. Since 1978 he had been running field trips for geologist and geophysicists through the foothills and Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia, illustrating trips and courses with his own aerial photography.
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Shah Kabir is an adjunct faculty member at the U. of Houston and is the proprietor of CS Kabir Consulting. He has 40 years’ experience in the industry, having worked for Hess, Chevron, Schlumberger, Arco, and Dome petroleum. He has published over 130 papers and has received Honorary Membership of SPE and AIME (2016) and SPE Reservoir Description & Dynamics Award (2010), among others.
He has served SPE in many capacities including in the editorial board of three journals, books committee, and co-chairing several Forum series meetings. Besides teaching a plethora of in-house courses in his career, Kabir has also offered courses for SPE and guest lectured at Stanford, Texas A&M, U. of Southern California, and U. of Houston since 2004. His expertise includes: 1. Transient pressure- and -rate testing; 2. Wellbore fluid- and heat-flow modeling and 3. Multiple aspects of reservoir engineering.
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John Keasberry has over 40 years of experience as a geoscientist and training consultant for national, major, and independent oil and gas companies around the world.
He has developed and taught both lecture and field courses in Geology and other subsurface disciplines in major universities as well as international corporations. He specializes in exploration strategies, seismic interpretation, asset evaluation, and data management, analysis and interpretation.
Mr. Keasberry has managed projects and evaluated opportunities in the UK, the Netherlands, Norway and the North Sea, Ecuador, North America, and Africa. A citizen of the Netherlands, he is a graduate of the University of Leiden, and holds a master’s degree in both Geology and Geophysics.
He is a member of the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, the Petroleum Geological Society, and the Geological Society of Leiden.
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William N. Krebs graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California at Davis. He is currently a geoscience consultant who specializes in the use of biostratigraphic data for well and regional correlations, paleoenvironmental analysis, depositional and basin modeling, and for sequence stratigraphy and chronostratigraphy. He has over 30 years of experience in the petroleum industry as a technical worker, manager, mentor, and instructor for Amoco Production Co., the Energy and Geoscience Institute (EGI) of the University of Utah, and for Petronas Carigali (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). He has field work experience in North and South America, Africa, and Asia, and has led field trips and taught seminars in the US and Egypt. He has also written and published numerous technical papers on the application of microfossils to stratigraphic research.
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John Lee is Rob L. Adams Professor in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. John holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked for ExxonMobil early in his career and specialized in integrated reservoir studies. He later joined the Petroleum Engineering faculty at Texas A&M, and became Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering. While at A&M, he also served as a consultant with S.A. Holditch & Associates, where he specialized in reservoir engineering aspects of unconventional gas resources. He joined the University of Houston faculty in September 2011 and held the Cullen Distinguished University Chair until September 2015. He served as an Academic Engineering Fellow with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington during 2007-8, and was a principal architect of the modernized SEC rules for reporting oil and gas reserves. John is the author of four textbooks published by SPE and has received numerous awards from SPE, including the Lucas Medal (the society’s top technical award), the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (the society’s top service award) and Honorary Membership (the highest recognition awarded society members). He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
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William Little, PhD comes to SCA with 14 years’ experience teaching university courses in sedimentary geology and geological mapping and 16 years conducting geological mapping. He received a Doctorate in geology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and M.S. and B.S. degrees in geology from Brigham Young University. Dr. Little has held various roles in academia, currently as a professor at Brigham Young University – Idaho and previously at the University of Missouri – Rolla, Drury University, Moberly Area Community College, and Front Range Community College. At BYU – Idaho, he teaches sedimentology and stratigraphy with heavy emphases on recognition of ancient depositional systems and sequence stratigraphy, along with geomorphology and is the field camp director. He previously taught graduate courses in advanced geological mapping at UM – Rolla and worked as a mapping geologist for the Missouri Geological Survey.
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Dr. Oscar Lopez-Gamundi has close to 30 years of worldwide experience in pathfinding, play trend definition, prospect generation and execution. He has extensive expertise in onshore and offshore exploration in areas including Latin America, Gulf of Mexico, and Africa. He served on a part-time basis as an Assistant Professor in Sedimentology at the University of Buenos Aires where he had previously received both his Bachelor’s degree equivalent and Ph.D. in Geology. The bulk of his career was then spent holding various high-level positions with Texaco, Chevron, and Hess. He has instructed various industry courses, given convention presentations, and has more than 100 publications on sedimentology, basin analysis, and oil and gas exploration. He is also fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Drawing from his wide-ranging experience in both the industry and academia, Dr. Lopez-Gamundi instructs a five-day course for SCA entitled “Carbonate Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy”. This course covers the basic concepts of carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy with emphasis on their practical applications for oil and gas exploration, appraisal, and production. All concepts are illustrated with examples of outcrop well-log, core, and seismic data. The final objective is to provide course participants with the tools and methodologies to effectively predict the pressure and quality of reservoir, source rock and seal.
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Lorenz earned an undergraduate BA, with a double major in geology and in anthropology from Oberlin College in 1972. After serving in the Peace Corps, Morocco, he earned on his MSc, thesis on a Moroccan Triassic rift basin, at the University of South Carolina (1975), and PhD, studying the Nubian Sandstone in Libya and Cretaceous strata in Montana, at Princeton University (1981). Lorenz has worked for the US Geological Survey in Louisiana and New Mexico, and for Sandia National Laboratories where he was the geologist for the tight-gas Multiwell Experiment in the Piceance basin. Lorenz has been a consultant, specializing in fractured reservoir characterization and effects, since 2007.
Lorenz served as the Elected Editor (2001-2004) and President (2009-2010) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. As president he supported the advancement of the geosciences and their applications to hydrocarbon-related problems. His published papers on natural and induced fractures in reservoirs range geographically from the Lisburne Limestone in Alaska to the Spraberry Formation in Texas. These papers and presentations have been awarded the AAPG Levorsen (twice) and Jules Braunstein awards. He has worked closely with the oil and gas industry on problems involving reservoir dimensions and in situ permeability, gaining extensive hands-on experience with core analysis and fieldwork. He has led field trips, presented core workshops, and taught short courses for the industry-oriented geological community in numerous places around the world.
Drawing from his wide-ranging experience in both the industry and academia, Dr. Lopez-Gamundi instructs a five-day course for SCA entitled “Carbonate Sedimentology and Sequence Stratigraphy”. This course covers the basic concepts of carbonate sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy with emphasis on their practical applications for oil and gas exploration, appraisal, and production. All concepts are illustrated with examples of outcrop well-log, core, and seismic data. The final objective is to provide course participants with the tools and methodologies to effectively predict the pressure and quality of reservoir, source rock and seal.
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Catalina Luneburg is the owner and director of TerraEx Group LLC, a customized consulting and training service for the energy industry focusing on Structural Geology/Tectonics.
Previously, Luneburg was a Product Manager and Senior Scientist at Landmark/Halliburton developing geomodelling workflows as well as managing and designing software applications such as LithoTect and DecisionSpace. She has also held positions with GeoLogic Systems and Midland Valley, focusing on structural restorations and modeling. Preceding her industry career, she spent many years in academic teaching and research.
As a Structural Geologist Luneburg is a recognized expert in the validation of a variety of basins and petroleum systems worldwide, applying best practices and innovative structural modeling and restoration techniques. Her areas of expertise include geologic interpretation and validation, Structural Geology modeling, cross section balancing and 2D/3D time-step restorations as well as HC reserve estimates, 3D framework building and fracture prediction analyses.
Luneburg holds a doctorate in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Geology/Paleontology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.
She has published extensively in her field including several books, and has authored a number of patents. In addition, she has convened conferences and led numerous field trips and workshops. She is fluent in English, German, and Spanish, and proficient in French and Italian.
The course Luneburg teaches follow a unique modular structure where clients can combine and customize topics into a course of desired content.
Dr. Luneburg teaches the following course:
Robert Merrill, Ph.D. has over thirty years of industry experience. He has worked for American Stratigraphic Company, Cities Service Company, Occidental, Unocal and Samson in various domestic and international exploration and staff positions. In these positions he has explored a variety of basins, including extensional basins, fold and thrust belts and foreland basins both from a regional context as well as prospect generation. Geographic areas outside North America in which he has exploration as well as acquisition experience include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, the North Sea, and Central Europe. He has experience generating and evaluating prospects in both conventional and unconventional clastic reservoirs, including fractured reservoirs and tight gas sands as well as carbonates. In his positions he participated or was responsible for implementing probabilistic methods to prospect evaluation and reserves estimation and using this information for comprehensive portfolio management.
Robert has been involved with evaluating and optimizing the geological and geophysical workflow to reduce cycle time from the origination of an idea to prospect drilling. He has taught in-house courses on a range of subjects including structural geology, basin analysis and plate tectonics and geology for engineers. He has served as Secretary and President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, is active in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists where he co-edited the Giant Fields of the Decade 1990 - 2000 and edited Source and Migration Processes and Techniques for Evaluation and was the Technical Program Coordinator for the 2006 AAPG Annual Meeting in Houston. He is currently a Director of the Houston Geological Society. He has also published papers in subjects as diverse as risk analysis, deep, overpressured gas in the Green River Basin and origin and migration of oils, Wyoming/Utah/Idaho Overthrust belt. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a Chartered Geologist with the Geological Society and has served on committees for the American Geological Institute. Dr. Merrill has his Ph.D. and M.S. from Arizona State University and his B.A. in Geology from Colby College.
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Dr. Alexei V. Milkov is Full Professor and Director of Potential Gas Agency at Colorado School of Mines and a consultant to oil and gas industry. After receiving Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, Dr. Milkov worked for BP, Sasol and Murphy Oil, explored for conventional and unconventional oil and gas in >30 basins on six continents and participated in the discovery of >4 Billion BOE of petroleum resources. He has deep expertise in oil and gas geochemistry, petroleum systems modeling, exploration risk analysis, resource assessments and portfolio management. Dr. Milkov has around 150 publications (including 47 peer-reviewed articles). He received several industry awards including J.C. “Cam” Sproule Memorial Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for the best contribution to petroleum geology and Pieter Schenck Award from the European Association of Organic Geochemists (EAOG) for a major contribution to organic geochemistry.
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Hal F. Miller, President of Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC, is responsible for the administration and coordination of SCA’s global operations and for guiding the company’s strategic direction. Prior to joining SCA in 2004 as Vice President of Operations, Hal spent a total of 26 years working at Conoco and ConocoPhillips. During that time he held a variety of positions including operations, exploration, and human resource management at the business unit level, and corporate level skills management for the geoscience and reservoir engineering disciplines. Hal received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from Williams College in Massachusetts and his M.S. in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1979.
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Dr. Jennifer L. Miskimins is an Associate Professor and the Associate Department Head in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Miskimins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Between her BS and graduate degrees, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a variety of locations as a production engineer and supervisor. Dr. Miskimins started teaching at CSM in 2002 and was full-time until 2013 when she returned to industry. From 2013-2016, she continued to hold a part-time appointment at CSM, advising research and graduate students, while working for Barree & Associates. In 2016, she returned full-time to the university.
Dr. Miskimins specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and associated production issues. She is the founder and current Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and also co-directs the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC). Her research interest focus on the optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies.
Dr. Miskimins is currently the Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors. She was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. Dr. Miskimins serves on a variety of conference organizing committees and as a technical editor for various journals. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (License #36193).
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Gerrit Nitters is a specialist in well stimulation operations with 40 years’ experience the oil industry. During his career in Shell he became Shell’s global well stimulation coordinator and Principal Technical Expert on well stimulation providing active advice from his Shell Houston and Shell Rijswijk offices. After his retirement from Shell in 2006 he founded the Nitters Petroleum Consultancy Int. B.V. Activities over the last ten years range from lecturing at IFP, WTG, TLN and PetroEdge Asia to detailed support (including on-site) on acid and fracturing treatments for a range of oil companies such as Maersk, RWE DEA, EoN Ruhrgas, GDF Suez, NAM, Aurelian Oil, CEP, VNG Norway, JKX and ExxonMobil. He is currently also involved in Geothermal Energy projects in the Netherlands through a liaison with IF Technology.
Gerrit authored and co-authored many SPE papers on the subject of well stimulation. He was SPE’s Distinguished Lecturer on Well Stimulation in 2005.
In addition he served as committee member and chaired a number of SPE conferences and forums on well stimulation. He is one of the contributors to the new SPE Monograph on Acidizing (issued in 2016). He also recently wrote technical guidelines for stimulation of geothermal wells in cooperation with IF Technology for a project of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
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Bill is an independent, international petroleum consultant based in both Houston and Singapore. An SPE Distinguished Lecturer 2007 – 08, he has conducted technical petroleum industry courses worldwide and written numerous technical papers relating to well completion and workover operations, including co-authoring the popular World Oil Modern Sandface Completion Practices Handbook and World Oil Downhole Remediation for Mature Oil & Gas Fields. Mr. Ott has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
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With more than 25 years of research experience, Kevin has undertaken research as a shipboard scientist in the Gulf of Mexico (Ocean Drilling Program Leg 96), and offshore Japan (Ocean Drilling Program Leg 131), together with on-land research in Arctic Norway, northern Russia, Newfoundland, Quebec, NE Scotland, southern Britain, SE France, Spanish Pyrenees, SE Spain, Tibet, Japan, Kyrghyzstan, Uzbekistan, California, and New Zealand.
Kevin’s research interests are many and varied, with more than 130 research papers, 5 authored / co-authored books and 5 edited books, that include the following topics: Earth surface processes (particularly all aspects of deep-marine sedimentology, stratigraphy and tectonics), surface processes on Venus, global environmental issues, stratigraphy, tectonics and sedimentation, sediment geochemistry and clay mineralogy, particularly relating to deep-marine environments.
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Prather graduated from the University of Kansas in 1979 with a BSc in geology. Following graduation he moved to the University of New Orleans to pursue a Master Degree in Earth Sciences, graduating in 1981. Prather then joined the Onshore Division of Shell Oil Company, New Orleans in 1981 as a summer intern and became a full time Exploration Geologist on January 1, 1982. He began his exploration career prospecting for oil and gas in the Smackover and Norphlet plays of onshore Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Over time he moved to the offshore starting in the US Atlantic margin, then to MAFLA (the offshore of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida), and shelf provinces of Louisiana and Texas, eventually he ended up in the deepwater and Gulf of Mexico when he served as Division Geologist. He left New Orleans in 1995 for a 5-year assignment in The Hague, The Netherlands focusing on global deepwater plays. This work eventually led to creation of Shell’s Turbidites Research Team (TRT) which he lead until 2008 from locations in Rijswijk, The Netherlands and Houston, Texas. He returned to exploration in the Americas in 2008 as a Geological Advisor and eventually became Regional Chief Exploration Geoscientist in 2009. Upon retirement from Shell in 2014 he joined the University of Kansas as an Adjunct Professor where he teaches courses focused on seismic stratigraphy, petroleum systems and sedimentology.
He is an Associate Editor for the AAPG Bulletin, serves on both the SEPM and AAPG Research committees, and is a referee for many scientific journals. He was a Shore-Based Scientist for IODP Leg 308, which cored the Brazos-Trinity Basin IV in the Gulf of Mexico. Prather currently is the Chairman-elect for Executive Committee of Geology Associates Advisory Board to the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas.
Prather is the recipient of Robert R. Berg Award for Outstanding Research (2009), Erasmus Haworth Most Distinguished Alumni Honors in Geology (2006), AAPG Distinguished Lecturer (2000-2001), Jules Braunstein Best Poster Award (2000), J. C. "CAM" Sproule Memorial Best Paper Awards (1993 and 1994) and W. A. Tarr Leadership Award (1979).
Mr. Prather teaches the following courses:
- Integrated Deepwater Depositional and Petroleum Systems
- The Practice of Seismic Stratigraphy in Deepwater Settings
Dr. Pyrcz recently accepted the role of Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, with an assignment in the Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences. Michael teaches and supervises research on subsurface data analytics, geostatistics, and machine learning. In addition, Michael accepted the role of Principal Investigator for the College of Natural Sciences, the University of Texas at Austin, freshman research initiative in energy data analytics and teaches widely in the energy industry.
Before joining the University of Texas at Austin, Michael conducted and led research on reservoir data analytics and modeling for 13 years with Chevron’s Energy Technology Company. He became an enterprise-wide subject matter expert. Michael has written over 45 peer-reviewed publications, a Python package and a textbook on spatial data analytics with Oxford University Press. He is an associate editor with Computers and Geosciences. Dr. Pyrcz is an AAPG 2020 Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of “Data Analytics and Machine Learning for Energy Geoscience and Engineering.”
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Lee A. Richards, PhD, PE is Lee A. Richards, PhD, PE is an accomplished petroleum engineer who has worked for companies such as Halliburton and BP America during his career. Most recently, he serves as Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering for Montana Tech and simultaneously consults as an engineer for clients. Lee has co-authored a variety of publications and given various professional technical presentations over the course of his career.
Lee received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.
Dr. Richards teaches the following courses:
- Drilling Fluids
- Introduction to Drilling Engineering
- Well Control for Drilling Engineers and Senior Rig Personnel
Leo Roodhart’s career with the oil and gas industry spans some 35 years in the areas of Production Engineering, Production Optimisation and Water Management, Strategic Innovation, Scenario Planning, and New Business Development. He was distinguished lecturer for the SPE in 2008. He served on the board of directors of SPE from 2005-2008 and became President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in 2009. In addition he served as committee member or chairman of a number of SPE conferences workshops and forums on well stimulation and water management.
He worked as Senior Advisor Production Engineering for Shell International, performing audits and reviews of Shell assets worldwide. As global well stimulation expert, he designed and supervised fracturing treatments in Shell’s operating units across the globe, such as Canada, Venezuela, Germany, North Sea, China and the Middle East. He has written and presented numerous papers in the area of production optimization, hydraulic fracturing and acidizing, water management and was Distinguished Lecturer for the SPE. As Head Well Stimulation and Water management Research he was responsible for the development of Shell’s Fracturing and acidizing simulators.
His last position was head of Group GameChanger, Shell’s corporate strategic innovation program that identifies and sponsors the development of new breakthrough technologies in the context of the various technology futures for the oil industry. Leo retired from Shell in 2010, having joined the company in 1980 after acquiring a PhD in Mathematics and Physics.
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Dr. Robello Samuel has been a Chief Technical advisor and a senior Fellow, working with Halliburton since 1998. Dr. Samuel began his career working on rigs as a field and drilling engineer for nine years with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Since then he has developed more than 34 years of experience in domestic and international oil/gas drilling operations. He is the recipient of several awards including the Gulf Coast SPE Drilling Engineering Award, SPE International Drilling Engineering Award, SPE Distinguished Membership Award and the Distinguished Lecturer award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Dr. Samuel has taught on the faculty of various universities and holds an adjunct professor appointment (concurrently) for the past 16 years, at the University of Houston and 4 years at the University of Southern California, LA. He has published more than 200 technical papers, holds 67 US patents, and 40 patent pending applications. Dr. Samuel serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums and is regarded as one of the world’s most influential contributors to advancement of research and practice in drilling engineering. Dr. Samuel’s unique blend of skills with broad experience as a field engineer, thinker, thought leader, innovator, researcher, educator and educationist has given him the ability to author thirteen drilling books. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, as well as MS and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering.
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Ed Savage has over 40 years experience in the evaluation of oil and gas properties, prospects and basins for economic and reserve potential, including the systematic and rigorous application of risk and uncertainty principles. Has worked as a logging engineer, petrophysicist, reservoir engineer and economist. Most of his career has been in the identification, evaluation and recommendation of investment opportunities to management for acquisitions, dispositions, trades, farm-ins or farm-outs, and for development. Areas of special interests are the application of statistical techniques to reservoir engineering and economics analysis and the development of consistent evaluation techniques to ensure optimum selection of exploration and production acquisition and drilling opportunities. Special studies have included basin and trend analysis, competitor analysis, company-wide reserves standards and the techniques for measuring the effectiveness of capital employed in exploration and production. Mr. Savage has a B.S. in Mathematics and has done graduate work in Petroleum Engineering and Statistics.
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Selim S. Shaker is a Consultant for Geopressure Analysis Services Inc. (G.A.S) (www.geopressureanalysis.com). He received a B.Sc., M.Sc and Ph.D. in Geology from ASU, Egypt. He also received a diploma in Hydrogeology from Prague University (UNESCO).
With over 35 years in the oil industry, he started his career in Egypt as a well-site, stratigrapher and structural geologist. During his 30 years of U.S. domestic service his main function as Exploration Geologist was prospects generation in offshore Gulf of Mexico (Shelf and Deepwater) , onshore TX and LA, Egypt, NW Australia, Algeria, Libya, North Sea and China.
After retiring from Phillips Petroleum Co. in year 2000, he consulted for the KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM INC (KSI) to collaborate on building their pore pressure DrillWork software, finalizing the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater DEA-119 study and several domestic and abroad projects (4 years).
He established G.A.S. to focus on pore- fracture pressure prediction, evaluating prospects’ risk, geopressure compartmentalization, seal integrity and salt-sediments interaction on leads and prospects worldwide especially in the Gulf of Mexico. Pre and Post drilling risk assessment of a prospect is his specialty.
He has been the first to recognize:
- Geopressure transgression and regression due to compartmentalization.
- Supra and subsalt geopressure models.
- The disparity between predicted pore pressure and measured pore pressure.
- Pitfalls of converting PP from psi to ppg mwe in reservoir rocks.
- The qualification of centroid phenomenon in the subsurface geopressure.
- His new method of NCT (normal compaction trend) calculation.
Dr. Shaker has published 48 papers and articles regarding the application of geopressure in exploration and drilling. He taught several geopressure courses to the AAPG, SEG, HGS, SCA and multiple In-House courses for domestic and abroad clients. He is an active member of AAPG, SEG, CSEG, AADE, EAGE, HGS and GSH. He was the Chair of the pore pressure session AAPG 2014 and a Chair of the AAPG Deepwater Geoscience Workshops 2010-2016.
He is the winner of Gordon I. Atwater Award, GCAGS 2015 for his paper “A new approach to pore pressure prediction, Gulf of Mexico “.
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Bob Shoup is the Chief Geologist for Subsurface Consulting &Associates LLC (SCA) and the Director for Clastic Reservoir Systems. He is a Board Certified Petroleum Geologist with over 40 years’ experience in basin analysis, regional studies, new play generation, and prospect evaluation. Bob began his career at Shell Oil in 1980. His 19 years with Shell were followed by four years working for private oil companies before becoming an independent consultant in 2003. A recognized expert in clastic depositional environments, rift basins, and syndepositional structural systems, Bob is a proven oil finder with a 46% exploration commercial success rate and over 135 MMBOE discovered resources.
Bob is an active contributor in the professional community, currently serving as the AAPG Vice President – Regions. He is a past Chair of the House of Delegates for AAPG, Past President of AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), and past Secretary-Editor of the AAPG House of Delegates. He has served on numerous AAPG Committees and was Chairman of AAPG's Mentor, Membership and Student Chapter Committees. He is a recipient of AAPG’s and, the DPA’s Distinguished Service Award and was granted Honorary Life Membership in the DPA. He currently serves as an ethics lecturer for the DPA, He is a past President of Bangkok’s Chapter of the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society and is a lifetime member of the South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society, the Indonesian Petroleum Association and the Malaysian Geological Society.
Bob teaches various SCA training courses in the US, Asia-Pacific, European, and Middle Eastern areas. These courses include:
- Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping
- Effective Petroleum Systems Analysis
- Mapping & Interpreting Clastic Reservoirs
- Petroleum Resources and Reserves: An Overview of Recommended Geological Practices
- QC Techniques for Reviewing Prospects & Acquisitions
- Quality Assurance/Quality Control Skills for Subsurface Mapping (QAQC)
- Resource Assessment and Risk and Uncertainty Management
James J. Smolen, Ph.D. has over thirty years experience in cased hole well logging, applications, related research, and training. He began in the oil industry (1970) with Schlumberger and since 1980 has been an officer and director of Petroleum Computing, Inc., and an international consultant and trainer of cased hole logging. Dr. Smolen has numerous publications to his credit, including the 1996 PennWell text, Cased Hole and Production Log Evaluation. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for both the SPE and the SPWLA. Dr. Smolen holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Dr. John W. Snedden is the Director of the Gulf Basin Depositional Synthesis research project at the Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin. A former ExxonMobil petroleum geologist with PhD, MS, and BA degrees from US universities, he accumulated more than 25 years of global experience in international exploration, production and development projects. He has used sequence and seismic stratigraphy to solve problems in 20 different basins including U.S. Gulf Coast, West Texas Midland Basin, North Sea, Mid-Norway, Barents Sea, Papua New Guinea, Arkoma Basin, Niger Delta, Sarawak (Malaysia), Mahakam Delta (Indonesia), US Atlantic Shelf, Northwest Shelf, Australia, Pannonian Basin (Hungary), South Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan,, Turkmenistan), China, Norwegian Sea, Gulf of Mexico shelf and slope, North Caspian Basin (Kazakhstan), Lower Saxony and Ruhr - Muensterland Basins, Germany (unconventional, CBM, Shale Gas, Light Tight Oil), and the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Snedden's strengths include Sequence and Seismic Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Reservoir Characterization, Reservoir Connectivity Analysis, Unconventional Resource Stratigraphy, and training of technical professionals. He has published over 30 technical papers and given multiple invited and award-winning presentations. He continues teaching external short courses through AAPG and SEPM, and served as technical program chair for both national and international conventions.
He is the co-editor of SEPM Special Publication No. 64, Isolated Shallow Marine Sand Bodies and compiler of the AAPG CD-ROM "Getting Started in Deltas". He has served as Vice-President of the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, and Secretary-Treasurer of the national SEPM organization. He recently won several important awards including the A.I. Levorsen Award, GCAGS Journal Best Paper Award, AAPG AAPG Shelton Search and Discovery Award, and was selected as a finalist for the Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist on AAPG’s 100th anniversary.
As a senior research scientist, he leads the University of Texas at Austin research project focused upon Gulf of Mexico Cenozoic and Mesozoic depositional systems in the US and Mexico, which is currently supported by 25 oil and gas exploration companies. John is lead author of the new book The Gulf of Mexico Sedimentary Basin: Depositional Evolution and Petroleum Applications published by Cambridge University Press, with William Galloway, co-author.
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Dr. Sonnenberg is a Professor and holds the Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology at the Colorado School of Mines. He specializes in unconventional reservoirs, sequence stratigraphy, tectonic influence on sedimentation, and petroleum geology. A native of Billings, Montana, Sonnenberg received BS and MS degrees in geology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. degree in geology from the Colorado School of Mines. He has over twenty-five years experience in the industry.
Steve has served as President of several organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and Colorado Scientific Society. He also served on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 1997-2003 and was the Chair of the Commission from 1999-2003.
He is the recipient of the Young Alumnus Award, Outstanding Alumnus Award, and Mines Medal from the Colorado School of Mines, Distinguished Achievement Medal from Texas A&M University, distinguished service awards from AAPG and RMAG, and honorary membership awards from AAPG, RMAG and the Colorado Scientific Society. In 2013, he was awarded the Halbouty Medal from AAPG.
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For the past seventeen years, Dr. W. Lansing Taylor has been an accomplished structural geologist with extensive industry and field experience specializing in Structural Geology, Fractured Reservoirs, Geomechanics and Field Geology. Dr. Taylor joined SCA as an instructor in 2008. His Structural Styles in Petroleum E&P short course and the accompanying Structural & Sequence Stratigraphy Field Course (Hill Country, TX) are consistently rated at the top of the scale among our students. His development and EOR experience includes Hugoton, Golden Trend, Permian Basin, Ozona, and the Austin Chalk, while his exploration experience includes Alaska, North Africa, Middle East, and SE Asia.
Dr. Taylor is currently working as a Sr. Structural Geologist with Talisman Energy and previously performed both technical and management roles with Anadarko Petroleum. His most recent experience with Talisman includes structural evaluation, providing in-house training, implementing new technology, interfacing with academic research and structural consortia, petroleum system analysis, and risk assessment from basin to wellbore scale. While at Anadarko he worked as a project advisor and fractured reservoir specialist aiding exploration and development teams in solving issues related to structural geology.
His accomplishments include three discovery wells on the Gulf Coast, one in Alaska, and a new basin entry for Anadarko in Indonesia. Following the merger with Kerr McGee, he managed the evaluation of their mid-continent and west Texas fields, and made all G&G presentations for the subsequent divestiture of assets (proceeds ~$2 Billion). Dr. Taylor received his B.A. in mathematics and geology at Skidmore College, receiving department honors of Suma Cum Laude. He received his Ph.D. in Quantitative Structural Geology, “Fluid flow and chemical alteration in fractured sandstone”, Department of Geological and Environment Sciences from Stanford University.
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Julia Smith Wellner is a marine geologist at the University of Houston. Julia received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, her master’s degree from the University of Alabama, and her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2001. Following her graduation from Rice, she worked for five years as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Earth Science there. She is now Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Co-Director of the Geoscience Learning Center at the University of Houston. Her primary research interest is in Antarctic glacial history and marine geology and she has completed six field seasons offshore Antarctica on the icebreaker RV/IB Nathaniel Palmer. She also works in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas coast on projects related to coastal change and sediment budgets.
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James J. Willis received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the now University of Louisiana in 1989 and 1990, respectively, and his Ph.D. as a National Science Foundation fellow at Baylor University in 1993. From 1994-1996, he studied Planetary Geology as a NASA-funded postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University. In 1996, he returned to UL, where he was awarded in 1997 the Hensarling-Chapman Endowed Professorship in Geology. In 2001, he left academia for industry consulting and teaching. He’s been the Editor and Publisher for the Lafayette Geological Society since 2002, and the Co-Editor/Managing Editor and Publisher for the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies since 2006. He’s received many grants and contracts, presented numerous talks, and published various papers on a diversity of geoscience topics. As an undergraduate, he developed a 4D quantitative well bore guidance theory, including the concept of positive versus negative thickness (sign indicating direction of drilling section), that predated availability of key real-time data—as an independent consultant and trainer for Baker Hughes for the last few years, it’s been particularly exciting to see just how far the reality of LWD technology has since advanced.
Dr. Willis teaches the following courses:
- Applied Seismic Interpretation
- Applied Sequence Stratigraphy of Clastic Depositional Systems
- Basic Petroleum Geology
- Introduction to Petroleum Geology
- AVO, Inversion and Attributes: Principles and Applications
- Dipmeter and Image Log Applications and Interpretation
- Integration of Rock, Log, Test and Seismic Data
- Practical Seismic Exploration and Development
- Seismic Data (2D/3D/4D Interpretation)
- Well Log Interpretation
Dr. Wood joined the faculty at Colorado School of Mines in January 2015 as a Professor and the Robert Weimer Endowed Chair in Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, where she is director of the Sedimentary Analogs Database and Research Program (SAnD). Prior to joining CSM, Dr. Wood held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Amoco Production Company and Arco. She received her doctorate in 1992 from Colorado State University following her MS work at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Wood specializes in quantitative seismic geomorphology of clastic basins, structural and sedimentary system interactions, submarine mass failures, petroleum geology, mobile shales and geomorphology of Mars. She has served as SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology national Secretary-Treasurer, the GCSSEPM President and is active in the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago. She also served as a member of the Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee for the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy and sits on the RPSEA Board of Directors and the RPSEA GECO2 advisory board. She serves as an Associate Editor at Geosphere and Interpretation. Dr. Wood has published widely on the nature of modern and ancient deep- to shallow-water systems around the world and has won numerous best paper and poster awards, including AAPG’s Sproule Award, and most recently the 2014 EAGE Norman Falcon Award as co-author of the Best Paper in Petroleum Geosciences. She, her wife and her pig are very pleased to be relocated back to the Rocky Mountains after 23 years in Texas.
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Raymond Woodward received his geology degree from Baylor University in April 1979, worked for various independent petroleum E&P companies in exploration, exploitation, and supervisory roles until joining Sonat Exploration in 1994. Woodward spent 4 ½ years in Sonat’s Austin Chalk Business Unit during the earlier years of the broad-scale application of horizontal drilling. That setting provided immersive experience in the early and still-developing areas of horizontal geology, stratigraphic geosteering, and horizontal drilling. Upon Sonat’s liquidation in 1999, Woodward remained in Tyler, TX as an independent geologist-consultant, and encountered the substantial demand for experienced geologic consultation pertaining to horizontal wells. BHL Consulting, Inc was incorporated in 2000. By 2004, Woodward had designed and brought to fruition BORESIGHT Geosteering Software, initially only for BHL’s consulting functions. Consulting clients’ demand for fully functional geosteering software led to the spin-off of BHL BORESIGHT, Inc, BHL’s software sister company, with Woodward as president of both companies.
BHL Consulting now includes 15 consulting geologists which have collectively steered over 25 million feet of horizontal hole in the US Lower 48, Canada, and Morocco, in 14 different basins, and most significant horizontal plays. As of BHL’s last market share estimate, BORESIGHT software accounted for roughly half of all horizontal wells in Texas and nearly one-third of them in the US onshore, plus scattered international applications. Given the ever-evolving nature and explosive growth of horizontal drilling use and technology, it has remained necessary to continue adding to BHL’s knowledge base, forward-evolve the software and keep BHL consultants updated. Woodward has made geosteering overview presentations for various geologic societies, expanded in-house training programs for client operating companies, and AAPG-related short courses on multiple occasions, receiving the 2015 Best Paper award from the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs for “The Three P’s of Geosteering: Principals, Practices, and Pitfalls.”
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