Mark Brinsden, President IPFC

Mark S Brinsden is a Senior Production Technologist, Principal Technical Expert and Team Lead – Perforating for Shell’s global business, with a focus on delivering well performance and safety from effective perforating. He runs a functional team of Subject Matter Experts and focal points throughout the Shell Global organization to help deliver results at field level. Mark has a BSc from Edinburgh University and has 35 years of industry experience covering many of the operating areas across the world. He is Chair of API RP 19B perforating committee and President and co-founder of the International Perforating Forum and International Perforating Symposium Series, as well as www.perforators.org an industry group dedicated to the advancement of perforating technology. He is active with the SPE as Chairman of the SPE Energy Information Committee, an SPE Aberdeen Board Member, an SPE Journal Technical Editor and has presented numerous papers at conferences. He travels widely throughout Shell’s global assets to provide advanced training in Perforating Optimization and detailed help with delivering optimal inflow performance from the more complex reservoirs. He is also working with several manufacturers and contractors to develop new perforating technologies and is inventor and co-inventor of several gun systems under development.

 

John Segura,  Treasurer IPFC

 

John “JW” Segura is Perforating, DST, Pipe Recovery Global Product Director Wireline for Baker Hughes. John “JW” Segura is a nearly 40 year veteran of the Wireline industry and currently the Senior Product Manager – Perforating, for Baker Hughes. He is a published author and presenter for the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Artificial Lift R&D Council (ALRDC). JW has published work in SPE One Petro and several periodicals including SPE Drilling & Completion. JW serves within several industry technical organizations, including: Steering Committee overseeing the revision of the API RP67 document, Recommended Practice for Oilfield Explosives Safety, and the API RP19B document, Perforator Witnessing Program, and a Director / Treasurer of the International Perforating Forum Company. JW remains an active participant in the operations arena and is a perforating and pipe recovery product patent holder.

 

David C. Atwood, Secretary IPFC

David C. Atwood, P.E. is a Mechanical Engineer, retired from Schlumberger in 2020. His last Schlumberger position was in the Rock & Fluids Product Line at SRC in Rosharon, TX where he was the Rapid Response Manager and Sustaining Engineer. Prior to this he was the TerraTek Engineering Center Manager at TerraTek, a Schlumberger company, in Salt Lake City, UT. In this role he oversaw the manufacturing and sale of TerraTek brand Rock Mechanics and Core Analysis testing equipment worldwide, and development of new and improved testing systems and products. Prior to this he was the Productivity Enhancement Research Facility (PERF Lab) Manager in the Perforating Research and Perforating Technology Departments at SRC, and Manager of Client Testing Activities within the PERF Lab. Prior to this, he was a Senior Engineer at Sarcos Research Corporation, involved in entertainment robotics, including the robotic dinosaurs at Jurassic Park – The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, the robotic water fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, and humanoid robots at Disney theme parks. Prior to this he was a Senior Engineer at TerraTek, Inc, where he set up and later ran the TerraTek Completions Research Laboratory.

He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah (1978). He is also a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in the states of California, Utah and Texas. He has over 42 years of experience in various phases of the energy and oil and gas industries, with the majority (33+ years) being spent in laboratory testing and drilling and completions research activities for TerraTek and Schlumberger. He has authored or co-authored nineteen SPE papers and four JPT articles. He was the chairmen of the API RP-19B Section 4 task group, to re-write that portion of the RP and was one of the two principal authors for that effort. He is also a senior member of the industry consortium task group in charge of the re-write of the RP-19B Section 2.

In retirement, David hopes to continue to support perforating research activities, industry-wide, and to contribute in any way possible to better understanding of perforating and rock mechanics and how they interact with each other.

 

Alphie Wright, Sponsorship Chair IPFC

Alphie Wright has been in the oil industry for over 30 years with experience in domestic and international roles involving engineering, sales and operations. Alphie began his oilfield career as a cased-hole logging engineer with NL McCullough where he eventually held other various engineering roles. When Western Atlas purchased NL McCullough in 1989, Alphie moved into regional engineering position and eventually management positions in the US Operations. With the purchase of Western Atlas by Baker Hughes in 1998, Alphie was moved into the role of Senior Applications Engineer for the TCP / Perforating division and ended up as the Product Line Manager. Alphie started with Titan Specialties in 2008 as VP of Sales and Marketing where he continues to hold that position for the Titan Division of Hunting Energy Services. He currently serves on the Steering Committees for both the API RP-19B and RP-67 Committee along with International Perforating Forum. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A & M University.

 

Carlos Guedes, Continuing Education Chair  IPFC

Carlos “Cadu” Guedes is currently the Perforating Portfolio Manager and Product Champion for Schlumberger. He has 15 years in the Oil & Gas and has been involved in different position from being a Field Engineer to several management positions in Operations, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources. Carlos is also a member of SPE with multiple technical paper publications, an active presenter at the IPD Symposiums and a participant of the API 19B and RP 67 subcommittees.

Carlos “Cadu” Guedes has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Universiade Federal de Itajuba in Brazil, and in 2020 completes 15 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry with Schlumberger. He started his career as a Cased Hole Engineer working Offshore in Macae, Brazil in 2005. Carlos had 7 years exposure to the field in multiple environments and countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador. In 2011 Carlos moved to East Texas as District Manager for E&P Wireline a Schlumberger Company managing multiple crews in the PDP business. After 3 years, Carlos progressed his career as Account Manager followed by Sales Manager for Schlumberger Wireline in Rio de Janeiro. In 2016 Carlos had the opportunity to work as Latin America Human Resources Manager for Wireline. In 2017 Carlos took the role of Brazil Wireline Operations Manager and later that year expanding to be in charge of Wireline and Testing Product Lines in Argentina and Chile. Carlos has worked as the Perforating Portfolio Manager and Product Champion for Schlumberger since 2018. Carlos is also a member of SPE with multiple technical paper publications, an active presenter at the IPD Symposiums and a participant of the API 19B and RP 67 subcommittees.

 

David Smith, Membership Chair IPFC

David has a Master of Business Management with over 16 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. He is a dedicated professional with a diverse background, having worked for both major and independent service and manufacturing companies. David brings extensive knowledge of sales, market development, strategic planning, contract negotiations, and management experience with a solid foundation working with logging, perforating, exploration, production, distribution, and global oilfield service companies. David currently serves as the North America Sales Director at Probe.

 

 

Alphie Wright, Safety Chair, IPFC

Alphie Wright has been in the oil industry for over 30 years with experience in domestic and international roles involving engineering, sales and operations.” 

Alphie began his oilfield career as a cased-hole logging engineer with NL McCullough where he eventually held other various engineering roles. When Western Atlas purchased NL McCullough in 1989, Alphie moved into regional engineering position and eventually management positions in the US Operations. With the purchase of Western Atlas by Baker Hughes in 1998, Alphie was moved into the role of Senior Applications Engineer for the TCP / Perforating division and ended up as the Product Line Manager. Alphie started with Titan Specialties in 2008 as VP of Sales and Marketing where he continues to hold that position for the Titan Division of Hunting Energy Services. He currently serves on the Steering Committees for both the API RP-19B and RP-67 Committee along with International Perforating Forum. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A & M University.

Phil Crabtree, Website Chair IPFC

Since 1995, Phil has been primarily focused on completion engineering and design of various types of downhole equipment in the petroleum industry.”

Since 1995, Phil has been primarily focused on completion engineering and design of various types of downhole equipment in the petroleum industry. With 21 years of industry experience, Phil has been involved in the development of completion equipment along with the marketing, sales, applications, manufacturing, project management, product line management and operations of this equipment. Phil’s current role is Subject Matter Expert in Completions and Perforating in the Completion Engineering Unit of the Energy Technology Company at Chevron. Graduate of Oklahoma State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and various military certificates in Electronics from the United States Marine Corps, Phil has used his education and experience to develop various packer systems, liner hangers, intelligent well completions, HPHT completion systems, tubing conveyed perforating, wireline perforating, drill stem testing, downhole video, multi-finger caliper, fiber optic systems, acoustics, data gauges, high speed wireline telemetry, wireline power tools, well test equipment, frac flowback, drilling chokes and subsea intervention systems. Phil’s has authored several technical papers on perforating and drill stem testing at Chevron. From 2010 Phil has been a Committee Member of the International Perforating Symposium and API RP 67 Steering Committee involved in various roles assisting in improving the perforating industries best practices and standards. In addition, Phil developed his leadership skills in the Marine Corps and was deployed in Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

 

John Carminati, Executive Editor JIPFC

John Carminati is a Senior Well Engineer (CWI) with over 35 years of experience and is currently assigned to Shell’s deepwater development line of business. John is a Senior Well Engineer (CWI) with over 35 years of experience and is currently assigned to Shell’s deepwater development line of business. He is a perforating Subject Matter Expert within Shell and has been active in the International Perforating Forum since its inception and was a co-chairman for the inaugural SE Asia perforating symposium. John has a BSME degree from New Mexico State University. Over the years, John has worked with several manufactures in development of unique perforating charges and systems required to successfully deliver projects within Shell’s portfolio.

 

 

Brenden Grove, Executive Editor, JIPFC

Brenden Grove is a Chief Technical Advisor for Perforating Technology at Halliburton’s Jet Research Center.

Brenden Grove is a Chief Technical Advisor for Perforating Technology at Halliburton’s Jet Research Center, with 25 years of experience in oilwell perforating and defense ballistics industries.

 

 

Shaun Geerts, Young Professionals Committee Chair IPFC

Shaun currently serves on numerous API subcommittees, on the organizing committee for the IPF, and as a technical expert for the JIPF

Shaun has been affiliated with Owen Oil Tools, a Core Lab Division, for over 4 years. His experience has been primarily with perforating systems and other ballistic products. Previously he worked with the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center for 3.5 years, conducting a variety of tests using a multitude of explosive compounds. He studied at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, continuing on to earn his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Specialization in Explosives Engineering from NMT where his research focused on characterizing improvised explosive compounds. While working at Owen he obtained a Master of Engineering Management, where his research focused on the valuation of exclusivity contracts based on portfolio optimization. He currently serves on numerous API subcommittees, on the organizing committee for the IPF, and as a technical expert for the JIPF.