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Olivier Houzé is the managing director of KAPPA Engineering. He joined Flopetrol-Johnston in 1983, and served as a well test field engineer in the Middle East and a software project leader in France. He cofounded KAPPA in 1987 and has been its managing director since 1991.
Houzé has been involved in numerous SPE forums and workshops on well test interpretation and related topics. He was a coauthor of the last SPE Monograph on Pressure Transient Testing (2009). He also serves as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2012–13. Houzé earned an engineer degree from École Polytechnique in France and an MS in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.
I am excited and honored to be serving as SPE’s Technical Director for Production and Operations (P&O). My entire 20-year career has covered all aspects of P&O, ranging from supervising fracturing treatments in Northern Canada to completing failure analysis investigations on electric submersible pumping systems in South America. Call me biased, but I cannot imagine a better discipline to specialize in than P&O because it covers a wide range of exciting topics such as production logging, well interventions, artificial lift, wellbore multiphase flow behavior and stimulation.
In order to get some better clarity on what topics are actually covered within the P&O Discipline and our ability to address technical issues more effectively, we are implementing a new structure that introduces four new sub-disciplines: 1) Enhanced Productivity; 2) Enhanced Operation; 3) Asset Surveillance and Optimization; and 4) Production Chemistry and Metallurgy. Currently, my Advisory Committee is working on defining the topics that will reside under each of the new sub-disciplines and this will be published on the P&O discipline page in January 2013. The goal is to disseminate this information across SPE, ranging from publications to conferences, to ensure global conformity. The P&O Technical Section is also going through some significant changes, so stay tuned for announcements regarding these in early 2013 as well.
Wells Supervisor, Completions and Production Technology Group
Carlos F. Mastrangelo, Petrobras, Houston, Texas, USA
Considered by most of his peers and specialists in the oil industry as the right person responsible for the concept’s definition, going back to 1980s, that made popular the Petrobras way and worldwide use of FPSO’s used as permanent production system. He was responsible for the first FPSO that opened a window for use of this concept as a definitive system and for the biggest turret basic design with 75 risers. He was recognized by SPE Brazilian Section in 2005 as the engineer of the year for his contribution to the development of offshore facilities.
Clarion E. Johnson, ExxonMobil, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Clarion has been an active leader in the health community for SPE. He has twice been co-chair for Health Subcommittee on the SPE International HSE Conference Committee as well as a member for each conference. He is currently on the HSSE/SR Advisory Committee and works to get the industry’s doctors involved in SPE events. One of the most significant contributions is the work that Clarion and ExxonMobil have done for malaria awareness and prevention in our industry.
Kenneth E. Gray, University of Texas, Austin, Texas USA
Kenneth E. Gray built a research center and conducted pioneering research on bit tooth impact mechanics under pressure and 3-D rock behavior under 3-D stresses. Additionally, Gray has developed techniques for simultaneous measurement of rock parameters for variable stress paths, designed core bits for Apollo Program, and introduced the concept of Dynamic Density Control for improving HSE footprints of every drilling rig on land or water.
Hazim H. Abass, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
For his pioneering work on coning-based completion, oriented perforation, non-planar hydraulic fracturing in horizontal wells, acid vs. proppant fracturing in carbonate formation, sanding tendency, and directed fracturing, Hazim Abass has earned regional & international SPE awards, company awards,10 patents, more than 45 papers, contribution to 3 industrial books, and more than 500 citations.
John C. Patterson, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas, USA
John Patterson has made tremendous contributions to the Oil & Gas industry and in particular in the fields of production optimization, artificial lift and gas separation resulting in new industry and academic standards as well as effective tools for operating companies.
Leif Larsen, Kappa Engineering, Royneberg, Norway
Selected for algorithms and procedures developed by Dr. Larsen that form the linchpin of many commercial software well testing packages today, Dr. Larsen’s contributions to the technical literature concerning the evaluation of subsurface reservoirs are an extraordinary record of pioneering contributions. Over the past 30 years Dr. Larsen has played a significant role in our understanding of pressure transient analysis and production logging. Dr. Larsen’s focus has been on the evaluation of reservoirs in the North Sea with particular attention, quite understandably, to fields of interest to Statoil.
Robert A. Wattenbarger, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, USA
Dr. Robert A. Wattenbarger has more than 35 years’ experience in the petroleum industry. Reservoir engineering and computer software have been his specialties, with emphasis on reservoir simulation and well test analysis. He was vice president of Scientific Software Corporation in Denver for 10 years after being involved in the formation of that company.