Analysis of Oil and Gas Production Performance
Steven W. Poston is a retired professor emeritus from Texas A&M University, with more than 18 years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels in applied reservoir engineering analysis and subsurface description of petroleum reservoirs both in the United States and internationally. His industry experience includes more than 14 years in a variety of subsurface engineering, geological, and managerial roles for Gulf Oil Exploration and Production Company in Nigeria, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Texas. Poston has coauthored numerous industry technical papers, has served on a number of SPE committees, and was coauthor of the SPE books Overpressured Gas Reservoirs and Analysis of Production Decline Curves.
Marcelo Laprea-Bigott is professor of engineering practice at the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and has more than 45 years of consulting experience and an extensive background in developing and delivering technical training courses in the field of reservoir engineering for a variety of national oil companies and international clients. He joined Texas A&M University in 2006 after 20 years with Schlumberger Data and Consulting Services, having been an advisor in their Network of Excellence in Training (NExT). Laprea-Bigott’s other private sector industry experience includes more than 13 years as founder, principal owner, and president of Simupet, C.A., a petroleum engineering consulting firm; Consorcio Lamar C.A., an integrated oilfield tubulars management company; and president of S. A. Holditch and Associates–Venezuela. Additionally, he was a professor at Universidad de Oriente–Venezuela, a visiting adjunct professor at Texas A&M University, a visiting adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa, and the former assistant director of the Energy Institute at Texas A&M University. Laprea-Bigott holds a PhD degree from Texas A&M University.
Bobby D. Poe Jr. is a production and reservoir engineer with more than 30 years of industrial experience in all levels of well stimulation, well performance, and reservoir-engineering analyses. His most recent engineering position is as the production interpretation advisor at Schlumberger in Houston. Poe holds a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. He has served on a number of SPE Reprint Series and editorial committees, has authored or coauthored numerous technical articles related to production analyses, and coauthored the SPE book Analysis of Production Decline Curves. Poe holds more than a dozen US and international patents related to production-engineering analyses and interpretation techniques.
The practical aspects of analyzing production performance have changed due to the increased exploitation efforts in unconventional reservoirs. Analysis of Oil and Gas Production Performance expands on these developing well-evaluation procedures and includes the latest best practices for new areas of shale and tight formation reservoirs. Built on the core fundamentals of curve analysis found in Poston and Poe’s book, Analysis of Production Decline Curves, this new book is intended for engineers, geologists, and anyone working in the oil and gas industry with an interest in production forecasting of conventional and unconventional resources for evaluation and development.
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