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.