The majority of my upstream experience, within the energy industry, has been in the domestic Gulf Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and the Mid-Continent regions. Other significant areas include the Rocky Mountains, eastern, and western U.S., and eastern Europe. Numerous prospects have been successfully drilled in these areas.
Areas of international experience includes Europe, and the offshore areas of northwest Australia and west Africa (including deep water). The latter, a 1½ year project with Ocean Energy, was an active exploration/development property, which currently has field reserves exceeding 1 BBO (Billion Barrels of Oil). Over 750 square miles of 3-D seismic data were regionally interpreted and mapped. The prospects generated/evaluated resulted in at least eight successful wells.
Member of the Amerada Hess “Transition Team” for the evaluation of Transco’s offshore Gulf of Mexico producing properties, which were ultimately purchased in 1989 for $900 million.
Initiated a large increase in exploration activity in south Texas, which was based on the results of successful drilling on the first 3 subtle strat-trap prospects (10 Bcf/well at 7000′). Also am currently an integral part of a client’s Barnett Shale project (since 2004), which have resulted in 20 wells being drilled, so far (with a 95% success rate).
Developed proprietary, multi-attribute, seismic processing/interpretation techniques for enhancing Amplitude vs. Offset (AVO) responses, which directly resulted in improved exploration successes.
Geoscience Software Proficiencies:
Began using PC-based workstations in 1983 and currently have complete 2D/3D seismic interpretation and visualization capabilities (64-bit workstation with IHS* Kingdom Advanced). Have also licensed and written an extensive, personal library of computer programs, for additional interpretation, processing (SIS Vista software with macro capabilities for generating specialized routines, and dGB OpendTect interpretation and processing software) and modeling applications (Geotrace EasyMod – Synthetic Seismogram, AVO/ Stratigraphic/Structural Modeling and Acquisition Design software – refer to successful strat-trap drilling, mentioned previously).
Other software familiarity includes Hampson-Russell’s AVO software (also UNIX-based version) for AVO modeling and processing and the SIS Field Design, on which a number of cost-efficient 3-D acquisition designs have been successfully implemented.
Expert user (since 1998) of IHS* Kingdom Advanced software (2d/3dPak, EarthPak, & VuPak. LogPak, and TracePak have since been merged, and eliminated as standalone packages.), for 3-D seismic interpretation and structural/stratigraphic mapping, and visualization. Some limited use of the GeoVis (and Cogniseis’ VoxelGeo) software for seismic visualization capabilities. Have also utilized both Geoquest, and Landmark workstations for several previous projects and prospect evaluations.
(* IHS purchased Seismic Micro-Technology’s (SMT) Kingdom software in August 2011)
Seismic Data Processing:
Have supervised thousands of miles of contractor processing of both 2-D and 3-D seismic data and have utilized many specialized processing techniques such as AVO analysis, seismic inversion, wavelet processing and attribute analysis, which resulted in several unique and successful prospects.
Initiated depth imaging project, to correct for laterally-varying velocity field, on Wilcox fault-shadow prospects, several years before this approach became common (e.g. offshore sub-salt play). Completed another 3D, Pre-Stack Depth Migration (PSDM) seismic processing project, to resolve similar time imaging problems, a few years ago. The most recent (2013) PSDM project in west Texas successfully imaged a complex trans-pressional fault complex (several reverse faults, offset with strike-slip faults), as well as focusing shallower channels.
Developed an in-house seismic processing/interpretation technique for enhancing AVO (Amplitude vs. Offset) responses, which improved exploration success in the Frio and Yegua trends.
Early in my career, I was a Group Leader at Western Geophysical, supervising the company’s swath processing (pre-cursor to modern 3D seismic surveys), and assisted the Research & Development department in their programming efforts.
Seismic Data Acquisition:
Initiated, designed and supervised numerous Vibroseis and dynamite 2D and 3D seismic surveys since the early 1980’s.
Designed and acquired the first onshore swath program in 1988 for Amerada Hess, as a precursor for later 3-D surveys (and wrote the computer program to calculate the subsurface location info for their seismic database).
Initiated, designed and supervised the first 3-D surveys for Plains Resources and Saxet Energy in the mid, and late 1990’s.
Supervised the acquisition of over 1600 miles of 2-D dynamite data for an $8 Million Joint Venture, in the early 1980’s.
Supervised numerous checkshot velocity surveys and VSP’s (and published programs for well-site velocity survey computations).
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