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Expert in Drilling & Completion Engineer

Expert ID: 735749 Louisiana, USA

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Expert is a drilling and completion engineer who specializes in modeling and analyzing complex drilling and completion (D&C) scenarios utilizing Landmark’s advanced D&C software for design, planning, execution, optimization, and post well analysis. Expert has vast practical knowledge of directional drilling to include remotely steerable systems (RSS), Measure/Logging While Drilling (M/LWD) applications and placement, as well as Surface Data Logging (SDL). He also has a firm grasp of safety and process improvement to include technical writing of standard operating procedures.

Expert has worked in the well construction side of the oil and gas industry since 1992. He spent the bulk of his career in well construction as an M/LWD engineer and was promoted to directional driller, then to directional drilling supervisor in deep water off the coast of West Africa in Angola. He was part of a team which set a drilling distance record on the tension leg platform (TLP)-A, HUN-137 for Exxon Mobile. Expert was promoted and placed by Halliburton Energy Service (HES) to a technical support, modeling, and analysis position in-house with Chevron Gulf of Mexico Business Units (GOMBU) in Covington & Lafayette Louisiana. Because of his long history of success in the many projects he completed throughout the Arabian Peninsula, Southeast Asia, and other exotic locations around the world. His experience working with different cultures and experience levels made him a perfect fit for technical support and modeling and analyzing oil and natural gas wells for Chevron. He directly worked on and supported over 100 projects. This led him to work on a complex, classic high temperature high pressure (HTHP) well. Expert was able to support engineers in the Lafayette GOMBU office in completing well design and making adjustments as the well was being drilled due to his first-hand experience working in the Gulf of Thailand and his technical knowledge of WellCAT.

Expert is a trained and certified directional drilling supervisor, M/LWD engineer, and D&C modeling and analyzing engineer. Expert received an MVP award his first year for the sheer volume of projects he supported and his willingness to go outside of his comfort zone to support D&C staff at Chevron’s GOMBU. He maintained up to date continual learning relevant to his post with HES. He applied this experience and knowledge by co-writing a technical paper published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE-184355-MS. The technical paper was featured at the Society of Petroleum Engineers International Conference and Exhibition held in Lagos, Nigeria in 2016.

Expert went into the oil and gas industry because he of his genuine desire to continue in the legacy of his father, a commercial diver, and grandfather a geologist. His entrance into the oil and gas industry was like his father, a commercial diver. He had a successful 3 years in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea in demolition and construction. At this stage he was offered a position in the Middle East where he took advantage of the networking environment that Dubai UAE offered and began in exploration and drilling of oil and gas as an M/LWD engineer. At his first M/LWD job, he was placed on a rig that suffered a blow-out when the entire drill string was blown out of the hole and surrounded the rig. Expert jumped in to his new position after others had refused to work on the rig out of safety concerns even though the new rig was set back over a mile away. Expert was part of the team that drilled the relief well, and successfully capped the blown well. Through this experience, he saw first-hand the devastation and danger that the industry can bring and while safety for his crew and equipment has always been paramount to his performance, he is even more vigilant now.
The romance of desolate locations, strenuous rig life, and long weeks away from civilization made Expert take a hard look at what he was doing for a living. He saw the impact, on a micro and macro level, that his hard work effected every part of society - from the gasoline put into cars and trucks, to the everyday plastics and microprocessor boards used in all computers. He knows the sacrifices are worth his contributions to his fellow man. Expert understands that he might be on an exotic location hundreds of miles from his family and civilization, but ensuring the steady stream of crude oil and natural gas to communities around the world make his career worth it.

Expert is an expert engineer in D&C modeling and analyzing with extensive practical knowledge and experience in directional drilling and M/LWD engineering. He has worked in a variety of drilling environments from the high speed drilling with HTHP in the Gulf of Thailand to the laboriously slow drilling in the Sana Desert of Oman and everything in between. He was selected by Halliburton to apply his practical expertise by modeling different D&C scenarios and analyzing their predicted outcomes. Over 100 projects were completed successfully using Landmark’s advanced engineering software, WellCAT; as well as Landmark’s base drilling engineering software; StressCheck, CasingSeat, and Compass. His expertise is memorialized by co-writing a technical paper published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was selected by the program committee to be a featured lecture at an International Conference and Exhibition for the Oil and Gas Industry in Lagos, Nigeria in 2016. Further, he takes the time and effort to share his knowledge with engineers he’s collaborating with by creating step by step power points to enhance SOPs. He is an effective verbal and written communicator with strengths in motivating, training, and developing staff from diverse cultures, various economic, and educational back grounds to accomplish goals large or small.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Covington, Louisiana - New Orleans, Louisiana

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2006 Degree: Continuing Subject: Geo Science Institution: Southeastern Louisiana University
Year: 1992 Degree: Certification Subject: Commercial Diver Institution: The Ocean Corporation

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: Halliburton Title: Drilling & Completion Engineer Department: Consulting and Management Responsibilities: In house drilling and completion engineer for Gulf of Mexico Business Units (GOMBU) in Covington and Lafayette Louisiana.
Base Engineering: Support Chevron's engineering needs and methodologies based on knowledge and experience while primarily utilizing Landmark's base drilling engineering tools; COMPASS, StressCheck, CasingSeat, and WellPlan applications. Primary activities across well phases included planning, execution, and post well analysis.
Advanced Engineering: Advanced drilling engineering to Chevron's drilling and completion engineering teams with planning, execution, and post well analysis and optimization. Supporting the needs and methodologies with practical knowledge and experience while utilizing landmark's advanced drilling engineering tool, WellCAT.
Base and advanced engineering support and development at Covington and Lafayette GOMBU locations.
Participate in morning meeting and offer solutions to operational set backs or potential issues.
Liaise with engineering teams and transfer knowledge for improved well bore design; pre and post stages of well construction.

• Completed 30 WellCAT modeling and analysis projects; multiple completion operations with casing design, liner selection & tubular selection in shelf water, deep water, and ultra-deep water GOM projects.
• Completed 35 WellPLAN modeling and sensitivity analysis; BHA design, T&D analysis, fluids analysis and optimization.
• Completed 20 Compass design projects; Plotting and anti-collision analysis, developing well placement and well paths with optimization. Utilizing broom charts for torque and drag analysis while drilling in multiple sections in complex wells.
• Completed 28 StressCheck projects; designing and analyzing casing strings, liner selection, and tubing strings with accessories.
• Developed standard operating procedures (SOP) for D&C operations E.G. Predicting movement and stress on tubulars during Scale Remediation Operations using computer modeling and step by step software training.
• Liaison for training, engineering, and technical support for D&C engineers and use of Landmark’s software.
• Develop (write and produce) and present modeling and analysis conclusion’s
Years: 2010 to 2013 Employer: Halliburton Title: Directional Drilling Supervisor Department: Sperry Drilling Responsibilities: • Utilized Landmark’s Compass and Insite software including MaxBHA for “on line” drilling through multiple targets in complex wells with anti-collision obstacles from sea floor to total depth.
Did not suffer any nonproductive time or stuck conditions while drilling in Angola.
• Drilled with GeoPilot (Series 7600 & 9600), GeoSpan and GeoTap drilling equipment. Experienced with GeoPilots made up with LHS, EDL stab’s, and slick bodies for vertical, kickoff, build, hold, or drop sections.
• Completed multiple deep water spudding operations; release and drill ahead, jetting 36” casing in water depths 3000 feet plus.
• Drilled with complex MWD/LWD BHA’s including; Sexta Combo, Penta Combo, Quad Combo including cutting edge technology MRIL and nuke tools.
• Wells drilled and their details from Angola’s ultra-deep waters can be provided upon request.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: Halliburton Title: Directional Drilling Supervisor Department: Sperry Drilling Responsibilities: • Created and led a positive team environment in isolated locations with intermittent communication and sub-freezing temperatures that successfully faced the challenge of horizontal drilling along thin shale seams.
• Utilized Compass software for drilling, projections, daily reports and end of well (EOW) reports.
• Utilized drilling tools: PDM motors (primarily 4-3/4”), subs, gyro subs, JARS, and their placement in the BHA. EM MWD tools used for directional surveys.
• Did not suffer any nonproductive time or stuck conditions while drilling in Northeast USA
• Personally drilled with air, N2, and foam.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Employer: Halliburton Title: MWD Engineer (Consultant) Department: Sperry Drilling Responsibilities: • Utilized INSITE 6.4 software for MWD for pre run, run, and post run information gathering and distribution for Directional Gamma and resistivity applications.
• Built and repaired pulsars 350 & 650 and 1200 MWD systems.
• Provided logistics for MWD and Directional teams.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Employer: Halliburton Title: MWD Engineer (Consultant) Department: Sperry Drilling Responsibilities: • Utilized INSITE 6.4 software for MWD for pre run, run, and post run information gathering and distribution to client and Sperry office.
• Built, programmed, and repaired pulsers for 350 & 650 and 1200 MWD systems.
• HTHP and anti-collision issues on most wells.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1988 to 1992 Agency: United States Navy Role: Boatswains Mate 3rd Class on board USS Nassua LHA-4 Description: Honorably discharged combat veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns; Responsible and lead underway watch teams (BMOW) as well as in-port watch teams (POOW). Responsible for number 2 repair locker. Responsible for 11 inch number one line handling station. Amphibious Operations; Lower Vehicle staging area responsible for disembarking and embarking 400-800 combat Marines with equipment and supplies.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1995 Country / Region: Aberdeen, Scotland Summary: Diver/Tender - perform a variety of underwater construction; demolition, repair, removal, and construction. Responsible for dive and surface equipment, logistics of materials and personnel, and maintaining training.
Years: 1995 to 1997 Country / Region: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Summary: Safety Officer - Responsible for maintaining safety records for all crews and service hands on location or on board vessels. Coordinating safety apparatus and training crews to use of safety equipment.
Years: 1997 to 1998 Country / Region: Muscat, Oman Summary: M/LWD Engineer - Responsible for building, programming, and running collar and probe tools. Further produced end of well logs (EOW) for distribution to client and management.
Years: 1998 to 1999 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia Summary: M/LWD Engineer - Responsible for building, programming, and running collar and probe tools. Further produced end of well logs (EOW) for distribution to client and management. Coordinate logistics for crews and equipment.
Years: 1999 to 2000 Country / Region: Doha, Qutar Summary: M/LWD Engineer - Responsible for building, programming, and running collar and probe tools. Further produced end of well logs (EOW) for distribution to client and management. Coordinate logistics for crews and equipment. Act as second directional driller as situations presented themselves.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Country / Region: Dubai & Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Summary: M/LWD Engineer - Training new MWD engineer's primary role and responsible for building, programming, and running collar and probe tools. Further produced end of well logs (EOW) for distribution to client and management. Coordinate logistics for crews and equipment. Act as second directional driller as situations presented themselves.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Country / Region: Thailand - Gulf of Thailand Summary: M/LWD Engineer -Utilized INSITE 6.4 software for MWD for pre run, run, and post run information gathering and distribution to client and Sperry office. Produce and distribute logs. Built, programmed, and repaired pulsers for 350 & 650 and 1200 MWD systems. HTHP and anti-collision issues on most wells. Extremely fast drilling enviroment.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: Aksai, Kazakhstan Summary: M/LWD Engineer - Utilized INSITE 6.4 software for MWD for pre run, run, and post run information gathering and distribution for Directional Gamma and resistivity log applications. Built and repaired pulsars 350 & 650 and 1200 MWD systems. Provided logistics for MWD and Directional teams.
Years: 2010 to 2013 Country / Region: Angola - deep water Summary: Directional Drilling Supervisor - • Utilized Landmark’s Compass and Insite software including MaxBHA for “on line” drilling through multiple targets in complex wells with anti-collision obstacles from sea floor to total depth. o Did not suffer any nonproductive time or stuck conditions while drilling in Angola. • Drilled with GeoPilot (Series 7600 & 9600), GeoSpan and GeoTap drilling equipment. Experienced with GeoPilots made up with LHS, EDL stab’s, and slick bodies for vertical, kickoff, build, hold, or drop sections. • Completed multiple deep water spudding operations; release and drill ahead, jetting 36” casing in water depths 3000 feet plus. • Drilled with complex MWD/LWD BHA’s including; Sexta Combo, Penta Combo, Quad Combo including cutting edge technology MRIL and nuke tools. • Wells drilled and their details from Angola’s ultra-deep waters can be provided upon request.

Career Accomplishments

Publications and Patents Summary
Abstract
Scale-squeeze remediation has been used extensively for removing scale from production strings in offshore and deepwater environments. During scale remediation treatments, the affected tubulars undergo displacement and stress that can affect the effective seal length and integrity of the completion system. Numerous laboratory simulations can be performed to help determine the effectiveness of the treatment fluids, injection volume, scale-inhibitor retention time, fluid composition, and shut-in time; however, sufficient research has not been conducted regarding the effects of these important parameters on the structural integrity of completion systems during an actual scale-inhibition squeeze treatment. This paper studies the effects of these important parameters on completion system integrity by (1) performing wellbore thermal simulations of the treatment operations, (2) investigating how much tubing movement has occurred during these operations, (3) analyzing stress on the tubulars during different operations, (4) investigating the effects of scale-inhibition application methods on tubing movement, and (5) recommending a fit-for-purpose tubing movement workflow for the scale remediation process based on laboratory and field data. This paper investigates six cases using data from a Gulf of Mexico deepwater well. The parameters studied include injection rate, injection pressure, shut-in “soak period” time, and volume of injected treatment fluids. The results show that shut-in time, injection pressure, and injection rate are sensitive parameters that can significantly affect tubing movement and wellbore stress on tubulars. The method of application by means of squeeze treatment or continuous pumping is proven to be an important requirement for these types of operations and should be seriously considered when designing
scale-squeeze treatments. These findings also provide the necessary information for optimizing the design treatment, developing good completion spaceout and design, as well as improving operational procedures for scale-remediation applications.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
- Trained drilling and completion engineers of Chevron how to maneuver through Landmark's drilling and completion software applications.
- Trained junior directional drillers on the fundamentals of Geo-pilot RSS and associated equipment and software.
- Trained Junior M/LWD engineers on rig protocols as well as MWD tools, procedures, and software.
Other Relevant Experience
Write, compile, and present analysis on pre and post well outcomes. Give power point presentations on variety of drilling and completion subjects for novice and professional.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Fundamental - speaking, reading, and writing

Fields of Expertise

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