Dr. Dan Hill
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Dan Pratt Industry Award
Dr. Daniel Hill
Dr. Daniel Hill is Department Head and holder of the Stephen A. Holditch ’69 Department Head Chair in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. Previously, he taught for twenty-two years at The University of Texas at Austin after spending five years in industry. He holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, all in chemical engineering. He is the author of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) monograph, Production Logging: Theoretical and Interpretive Elements, co-author of the textbook, Petroleum Production Systems, 1st and 2nd editions, co-author of an SPE book, Multilateral Wells, and author of over 170 technical papers and five patents. He is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has received numerous SPE awards including the most recent one in 2014 for the SPE John Franklin Carll Award. He currently serves on the SPE Editorial Review Committee, the SPE Global Training Committee, and is a member of the SPE Board of Directors. Professor Hill is an expert in the areas of production engineering, well completions, well stimulation, production logging, and complex well performance (horizontal and multilateral wells), and has presented lectures and courses and consulted on these topics throughout the world.
Dr. Phil Halleck
Dr. Halleck received his PhD in Geophysics from the University of Chicago in 1973. His research includes a broad range of geotechnical and shock wave physics. At The Los Alamos National Laboratory he worked on explosives, rock physics research, geothermal energy, compressed air energy storage, coal mine subsidence, and unconventional gas resources. In the early 1980’s, Dr. Halleck taught basic geology and geophysics courses at Penn State before entering the oil industry. He has worked with Schlumberger and TerraTek on shaped-charge oil-well perforators and other completions technology, including fracturing, sand control and acidizing. Since returning to Penn State in 1991, his studies have centered on use of X-ray CT to address formation damage and sand control problems, particularly damage caused by shaped charge perforators. His basic research interest lies in the general area of fluid flow in deformed porous media and reservoir rock.
Dr. John Schatz
Dr John Schatz holds a BS in physics and a PhD in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has specialized in rock physics, laboratory testing, data analysis, and computer applications for more than 40 years and has held a variety of positions with national laboratories and private sector employers including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Terra Tek, Inc., and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). His roles have ranged from staff scientist to project manager to vice president. In 1989, Dr Schatz founded his own research company serving corporations, institutions and government agencies on a range of projects including a significant effort to support work on the US DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant project. In 1990, he created his own dynamic event modeling software, which evolved into a software tailored to perforating event modeling. During the next 26 years, he performed significant research to expand the industry’s ability to predict the complex dynamic events of perforating, and his work enabled substantial improvements in perforating efficiency, formation stimulation, and risk mitigation. During that time, he also authored numerous papers and continued to teach in the oilfield perforating segment as well as other industries. He is still engaged in consulting.
Dr. David Leidel
Dr. David Leidel holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Drexel University with his doctoral dissertation subject being the design of directed energy explosive devices for underwater metal cutting. In his working career he has had twenty-eight years of experience in the design, development and testing of oilfield explosive systems for oil/gas well completion. Additionally he has served as chief engineer on a tri-service rocket system for a prime Government contractor and as a support engineer on military ordnance and space ordnance systems for Jet Research Center. As an industry representative to the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME), Dr. Leidel has re-written and edited the Safety Library Publication 20 concerning the safe distances of electrically-initiated blasting operations from radio frequency fields. He chaired the sub-committee that developed IMESAFR, a risk analysis software program for the commercial explosives industry. He holds a number of patents and has written many technical papers in the field of energetic materials. He is currently the proprietor of a consulting business teaching courses in shaped charge technology.
Dr. Jim Brooks
Dr. Jim Brooks, PhD in mechanical engineering (acoustics), MBA in finance. Ten years’ experience in underwater acoustics and anti-submarine warfare prior to joining Schlumberger in 1980 at the Perforating Center in Rosharon, Texas. During the 24 year career at Rosharon, held various technical and managerial positions within the Perforating Engineering Department, all keyed to the design and development of new perforating products, including shaped charges, guns systems, detonators and electronic perforating switches. Also helped develop a new seismic explosive called DBX for Western Geco. After retiring from the Perforating Center in 2004, cofounded PRJ Solutions, involved in consulting and the design of safer explosive systems. During the past 36 years, has written several papers trying to understand and model the basic physics of the perforating process and its resulting fluid flow, and this remains an area of interest. Currently holds about 45 patents in a variety of perforating (and seismic) concepts. Now resides in Montgomery, Texas with wife, Carol, and dog, Simone.
Explosively Formed Artwork
The artwork created for this Lifetime Achievement Award was designed and formed with the use of explosive compounds. The theory behind the method used is also the basis for all modern shaped charge theory, the Monroe Effect. This was discovered in 1888 by Charles Monroe, when he discovered that when gun cotton containing lettering indentations transferred those letters into a metal plate upon detonation.
A template was created with hollow cavities creating the design of this plaque. This template was placed in between a Brass plate and a sheet of explosive material. When the explosive was detonated the shock waves travelled through this template, being focused in the hollowed cavities, and transferring that design onto the Brass plate. The explosive was detonated from the center of the plaque and the blast pattern can be seen etched into the brass plate as well. The below image is a high speed video time lapse of the explosion from this artwork.
This plaque was made on behalf of the International Perforating Forum in honor of your contributions to the Oilfield Industry.
Photo Credit: Owen Oil Tools