2002- present ROBERT E BALLAY, LLC, UNITED STATES
Reviewed available core and log data in the Oriente Basin, Ecuador to Identify key field-specific formation evaluation issues
Develop core calibration procedure within context of available core / log data and implement on select Key Wells
Developed one week Carbonate Petrophysics Course, with accompanying 1500 page manual, which I deliver on a contract basis
Reviewed available core and log data in the Malay Basin, Malaysia to
Identify key field-specific formation evaluation issues
Load and merge foot-by-foot core descriptions with wireline data, for comparison to wireline calculations
Evaluate routine and special core data to determine reservoir specific attributes such as: XRD mineralogy, phi-perm relation, compaction factors, capillary pressure behavior at reservoir conditions, Archie and Clay Corrected Resistivity Exponents
Implement core calibrated evaluation on select Key Wells
1992-2002 SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY, SAUDI ARABIA
Petrophysical Engineering Consultant.
Reservoir Description Division, Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. At retirement I was the senior technical petrophysicist in the RDD Unit, responsible for hands-on formation evaluation in all of Saudi Aramco’s fields. During my ten years with Aramco I participated directly in the formation evaluation for three multi-billion barrel start-ups (Central Arabia, Shaybah, Qatif), mentored two Saudi Arabs, was designated co-inventor on both American and European patents, and published multiple technical articles.
1990-1992 ATLANTIC RICHFIELD, BAKERSFIELD, CA, USA
Staff Reservoir Engineer.
Established the core-log calibrations for the Placerita Field, utilized calibrated open-hole log data to build reservoir description grids, and then executed the THERM reservoir simulator to identify the optimum steam flood depletion program.
1989-1990 SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, USA
Taught a variety of classes ranging from Basic Physics for Life Scientists to Thermodynamics to Non-linear Circuit Theory.
1986-1989 HUFFCO INDONESIA, JAKARTA, INDONESIA
Staff Petrophysical Engineer.
Served as Huffco’s senior Petrophysicist for the Badak and Nilam gas fields in East Kalimantan and mentored two Indonesian Nationals.
1982-1986 ARCO RESEARCH CENTER, PLANO, TEXAS, USA
Director, Reservoir Description.
Supervised a staff of engineers and geologists, conducting integrated formation evaluation on a request basis, in all of Arco’s fields. Selected projects include: Prudhoe Bay Alaska Flow Station 3 Tracer Program, Lisburne Alaska Formation Evaluation, West Sak Sand Formation Evaluation, Arco’s internal evaluation of Schlumberger’s new LDT tool and others.
1979-1982 ARCO ALASKA, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, USA
Senior Reservoir Engineer.
Served as Chairman of the Porosity Task Force for the Prudhoe Bay Equity Determination, and represented Arco in that Task Force. When the issue went to arbitration, I developed and presented the Arco / Exxon / Sohio / BritPet porosity case to the arbitration panel.
1977-1979 SHELL DEVELOPMENT, BELLAIRE, TEXAS, USA
My final assignment at BRC was the Exploration Petrophysics project.
1971-1972 US NAVY RESERVE
1966-1969 US ARMY