TAM International has made changes to its management team. Michael Beleau, SPE, has been appointed business development director for TAM US. He joined the company in 2014 as product line manager for fracture systems. In his current role, he will direct sales and launch new products in the US markets. Beleau has a diverse background in the industry and has held technical, sales, and operational roles at Halliburton and other companies.
Martin Coronado, SPE, has been appointed engineering director at TAM. Previously, he was vice president of engineering at Hydrawell US. Coronado has held engineering, research, and upper management roles in Baker Hughes’ technology group and has experience in inflatable packer systems, openhole and casedhole completions, well intervention, liner systems, and sand control. He is a member of the SPE Deepwater Drilling and Completions Conference Committee. Coronado holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.
Timothy Davis, SPE, has been appointed global technical director at TAM. He will be overseeing global technical support for operations, training, product line management, and marketing. Davis joined TAM in 2006 and was most recently the global product line manager for cement integrity. He also has experience in the wireline industry. Davis holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.
TAM has appointed Arthur Loginov, SPE, director of Latin America for western hemisphere operations. He was previously global technical manager responsible for cement integrity, inflatable service tools, and swellable technology. Before joining TAM, he was regional manager for Asia Pacific at Weatherford. Loginov has 34 years of experience in casedhole and openhole completions
Peter Howell, SPE, has been appointed drilling and wells excellence manager for the Oil and Gas Institute at Robert Gordon University. He will be working toward strengthening the connection between the university and the oil and gas industry, focusing on the wells sector. Howell was previously wells manager at TAQA. He has experience in drilling, well engineering, operations, supply chain, and business management in several countries from his previous roles, which include vice president at Applied Drilling Technology International UK and integrated services manager at Noble Drilling. A fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Howell has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southampton.
Berthangel Gonzalo Arrazola, Ciudad Del Carmen Campeche, Mexico
Richard J. Aseltine, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
Dario Balistrieri, San Donato Milanese, Italy
Theodore L. Barecky, Portland, Texas, USA
John David Boxell, Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Joe B. Clifton, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, USA
Howard F. Dekalb, Hilo, Hawaii, USA
William Livington D’Olier, Bakersfield, California, USA
Vasco Da Silva Felix, Tunis, Tunisia
Francesco Guidi, San Donato Milanese, Italy
Wolfgang Herget, Essen, Germany
Kingdon R. Hughes, Addison, Texas, USA
John C. Kirby, La Canada, California, USA
Artur (Toni) A. Marszalek, Warszawa, Poland
Pieter Oudeman, Leiden, The Netherlands
Willem G. Riemens, Wassenaar, The Netherlands
J.D. Sere, Houston, Texas, USA
George W. Winter Jr., Euless, Texas, USA
Reece E. Wyant, Houston, Texas, USA
Arlie Skov, 1991 SPE president, died 23 December 2015. He was 87.
Skov’s presidential year was marked by the international expansion of SPE during that decade and witnessed the launch of several new initiatives. During his term as president, the first SPE section in China was started in Beijing and the first section in Russia was started the following year. In 1991, SPE became a cosponsor of the International Meeting on Petroleum Engineering, which was held in Beijing in March 1992. SPE also opened its London office in 1991. The first edition of the SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility biennial conference was held in 1991 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Skov emphasized SPE’s role in energy education and the importance of sharing technical knowledge with governments to aid them in making informed energy policy decisions. As president, he visited numerous SPE sections. In the October 2007 issue of JPT, he recalled going to countries in the Middle East, Africa, China, Australia, and South America. “I visited a total of 33 sections outside the US as well as 22 within it, and I was perhaps the first SPE president to visit that high a proportion of non-US sections. … I am delighted that SPE continues its international growth.”
Before becoming president, Skov chaired the SPE Annual Meeting Technical Program Committee in 1967 and 1971, and was the chairman of both the Reprint Series and Lucas Gold Medal committees. Skov held offices on the boards of SPE and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and was the vice president of AIME. He was a Distinguished Member of SPE, and in 1998 was named Honorary Member by both SPE and AIME, the highest honor these organizations bestow. He was also a recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award.
After his graduation from the University of Oklahoma in petroleum engineering, Skov began his 36-year career with Sohio Petroleum Company in Oklahoma City, and later worked for subsidiaries of BP. A main part of his career was focused on the development of the North Slope of Alaska and the Prudhoe Bay oil and gas fields. He was manager of production planning for the development of Prudhoe Bay, technical adviser to the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System for the proposed Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline, and in 1981, became the manager of new technology development responsible for developing cost-effective drilling, production, and transportation capabilities in arctic pack ice and other environmentally hostile areas of operation. He then became director of production technology for BP’s research and development and technical services in the US. For his work on improved oil recovery, Skov was named an “Enhanced Oil Recovery Pioneer” at the SPE/US Department of Energy Enhanced Oil Recovery Symposium in Tulsa in 1992.
After retirement from BP in 1992, Skov formed Arlie M. Skov Petroleum Consulting, which remained active through December 2000. He was a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma and Texas and lived in Santa Barbara where he and his wife moved in 1995.
Donald Russell, 1974 SPE president, died 19 December 2015. He was 84.
Russell became president during a turbulent time in the oil and gas industry. The OPEC oil embargo against the US was in effect and the price of oil had increased severalfold in a short span of time. SPE’s Dues Waiver program was first introduced in 1973 to support unemployed members. In spite of the difficult economic conditions, Russell successfully steered SPE in the direction of technical knowledge dissemination and individual member development, and SPE’s annual membership grew steadily.
Supported by the SPE Board of Directors and reflecting the views of the majority of SPE members, Russell opposed the unionization of professional employees in the oil business as well as SPE endorsing guidelines that would dictate the relationship between employers and professionals. In his column in the November 1973 issue of JPT, he wrote, “[SPE] must stick to its traditional role as a bulwark of professionalism and seek to be of greater value to the engineer/scientist and to the industry it serves.” Russell also reiterated the importance of educating the public and the government about the industry. In the JPT October 2007 issue celebrating SPE’s 50th anniversary, Russell said that he was proud of speaking out for the oil and gas industry with facts and that those energy education efforts paid off.
Russell made notable technical contributions to SPE and the industry. He was awarded the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal in 1962, recognizing an outstanding technical paper written by an SPE member under 36 years of age. He received the John Franklin Carll Award in 1980 and the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal in 1987. He published several technical papers and, with C.S. Matthews, authored SPE’s first monograph, Pressure Buildup and Flow Tests in Wells in 1967, which is considered a classic today. He served on the board of directors of both SPE and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and was president of AIME in 1990. He was an honorary member of both SPE and AIME. Russell was also part of the executive structure at SPE that spearheaded the formation of the SPE Foundation.
Russell began his career with Shell Oil Company in 1955 as a petroleum engineering trainee, and in his 33-year career at Shell, held roles of increasing responsibility in production operations and exploration and production research. He was vice president of corporate planning in 1977 and vice president of production in 1980. He retired from Shell in 1987 as president of Shell Development Company, the company’s research and development organization. He became president and chief executive officer of Sonat Exploration Company in 1988 and led the company’s growth for more than a decade. In 1998, he founded Russell Companies, an independent oil and gas company based in Tyler, Texas. For outstanding leadership at Sonat and Shell in the development and application of new technologies, he was recognized with the AIME Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal in 2000.
Russell graduated with a BS degree in mathematics and physics from Sam Houston State University, which he attended on a music scholarship, playing trumpet in the Houstonians Jazz Band. He also held an MS in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 1982.
Horace Randolph (Randy) Crawford, SPE, died 16 December 2015 at age 87. He was a pioneer in fracture treatment designs and products and was honored as a JPT Legend of Production and Operations in 2009.
After graduating with a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Crawford joined Western Company as a research associate and developed acidizing, cementing, and fracturing products and treatment designs. One of his early papers, with other coauthors, “Carbon Dioxide—A Multipurpose Additive for Effective Well Stimulation,” was published in JPT in 1963. After Western, Crawford worked for several other companies, including Westco Research (a Western Company subsidiary), Lone Star Gas Company’s Nipak Fertilizer, and Sanitech and Enserch Exploration.
Crawford joined Conoco in 1979, and was tasked with increasing the production rate of the company’s Gulf of Mexico oil wells. He prepared a well completion plan and developed in-house tools to teach the plan to others. The results were successful and Conoco increased the production rates and revenues from the first two platforms by approximately USD 104 million annually.
He authored several technical papers, including methods to calculate the dimensions of a fracture using the properties of the reservoir and fracture fluid. He authored six patents for technologies, including explosive charge assemblies, secondary recovery of petroleum, seismic methods, and transmission of mechanical power.
The coal seam fracture treatments he helped design for Consol Coal, Conoco’s sister company, is considered one of his greatest contributions to the industry. Still being used today, this technology allows engineers to fracture and produce the methane from coal seams before sending miners into the mine. This has made coal mining safer by reducing the methane content in the mine and released into the atmosphere, and has reduced the operational cost. For this contribution, Crawford received a Special Achievement Award from Conoco.
Crawford was passionate about education. With his wife, Louise Crawford, he established two scholarship funds—the Dr. H.R. and Louise Crawford Scholarship Endowment at Texas Tech University and the H.R. Crawford Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Engineering for graduating engineering students at the University of Texas at Austin. These have so far helped more than 100 students attend college.