Dr. Thomas L. Gould

BOARD MEMBER / SENIOR CONSULTANT - ENGINEERING

Dr. Gould has over 46 years. experience in the industry. He has been responsible for research and development in reservoir, pipeline, real-time, training, and graphics software. Dr. Gould has gained a broad range of experience as a reservoir engineering consultant. He has conducted numerous oil, gas, and gas storage reservoir simulation studies. Recently, he has specialized in integrated studies management, thermal recovery simulation, EOR simulation, and mentoring. Dr. Gould has received the Cedrick K. Ferguson Medal from SPE and he is a Distinguished Member of SPE.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1994 to Present - Senior Consultant, International Reservoir Technologies, Inc.

Dutie include reservoir management and optimization, reservoir simulation studies, thermal reservoir studies, CO2 and miscible gas studies, EOR screening studies; reservoir technical limits analysis, uncertainty analysis, facilities design, well completion analysis, artificial lift systems, and production engineering. He served as the team leader of several multi-year fully integrated studies. He is also serving as an advisor and mentor for reservoir and production engineering teams.

Recent projects include: Bahrain light oil and heavy oil development projects including gas cycling and thermal EOR methods. Alaska North Slope viscous oil development covering three major units (KRU, MPU, and PBU) and evaluating sand control, solvent, ASP, and thermal EOR benefits. Prudhoe Bay area reservoir simulation including a miscible gas WAG full field simulation for Pt. McIntyre, team lead and reservoir engineer for EOR process evaluation of the carbonate Umm Gudair field and the Minagish Wara-Burgan field in Kuwait, production optimization and reservoir simulation for the SACROC carbonate CO2 flood, Siberian reservoir development planning for the Bolshekhetsky Suzun and Tagul fields including full field reservoir simulation and uncertainty analysis, west Siberian gas utilization study for 31 fields and 218 reservoirs in the Nizhnevartovsk area, reservoir advisor for Siberian VanYogen field thermal development planning, created a new SAGD design for the Mukhaizna field in Oman with recent SPE paper, reservoir advisor for steamflood development of the carbonate Wafra 1st Eocene field in the Saudi-Kuwait neutral zone, integrated study team lead for a major multi-year effort to plan the conversion from cyclic steam to steamflood in the Bach-01 reservoir of the Lagunillas field in Venezuela, and integration of well production dynamics into the new full field Prudhoe Bay simulation model including working with software developers to implement new analysis methods. 


1993 to 1994 - Independent Consultant

He was the principal author for the GRI development of a map based graphical user interface (GUI) for OMNET. This is a combined pipeline network model with a gas storage reservoir simulator. During this period, he was involved in several gas storage and compositional wellbore analysis studies.


1989 to 1993 - Vice President, Scientific Software-Intercomp Inc.

He was the principal author of SSI's WorkBench system. This includes well test analysis, reservoir description, production data analysis, well performance modeling (Nodal analysis), and pre/post processing for black oil, gas storage, compositional, and thermal reservoir simulation. All systems were Motif complaint with common GUI database.


1985 to 1989 - Vice President, Scientific Software-Intercomp Inc.

He was the principal author of SSI's SimEase, WPM, Interpret, Mappix and Magic systems. These interactive graphic products were targeted to workstations. He was also involved in the development of an Infill Drilling Predictive Model (IDPM) for waterfloods for DOE.


1983 to 1985 - Vice President, Scientific Software-Intercomp Ltd., Calgary

Responsibilities included the implementation of the Microcomp joint venture project. This project was intended to produce interactive graphic workstation products for the petroleum industry.


1982 to 1983 - Vice President, Scientific Software Corporation

He conducted black oil reservoir simulation, gas storage, CO2 flooding and EOR screening studies for several major projects. He also supervised several software development projects. He was responsible for long term R&D planning and budgets. 


1980 to 1982 - Senior Consultant, Intercomp Inc., Houston

He was the principal author of the DOE EOR predictive models. These include chemical flooding (CFPM), miscible CO2 (CO2PM), insitu combustion (ICPM), and steam flooding (SFPM). During this period, he also conducted black oil reservoir simulation, gas storage, geothermal, and EOR screening studies.


1978 to 1980 - Vice President, Intercomp Inc.

Responsibilities included all software development and support of Intercomp's reservoir and pipeline engineering products. This included staff supervision, budgeting, and long range R&D planning. During this time, he also conducted black oil reservoir simulation, gas storage, facility design, wellbore analysis, and resource planning studies.


1974 to 1978 - Manager, Pipeline Engineering, Intercomp, Inc.

Formed the Pipeline Engineering Division for Intercomp where he and his staff conducted numerous studies and design. He was the manager of the first real-time model implementation for the Maui gas despatching system in New Zealand. A derivative of this effort was a real-time leak detection system for oil and gas pipeline systems. He was also responsible for the conceptual design of the Central Dispatch System, installed by Saudi Aramco.


1972 to 1974 - Consultant, Intercomp Inc.

He conducted black oil reservoir simulation, gas storage simulation, facility design, gathering system optimization, wellbore analysis, and multiphase pipeline flow studies. He also developed several software products for black oil and compositional multiphase pipeline networks.


EDUCATION

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1972
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1969
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, 1968


ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Editorial Technical Review, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Cedrick K. Ferguson Medal from SPE - 1975

Distinguished Member of SPE 1983

Distinguished Lecturer of SPE 1988

Distinguished Author of SPE 1989

SPE Forum Chairman 1994

SPE Forum Session Manager 2004

District Advancement Chair, BSA

Past President Kiwanis of Golden

Adjunct Professor, Colorado School of Mines (1997)

Advisor to Circle K at Colorado School of Mines


PUBLICATIONS

Gould, T.L., Tek, M.R. and Katz, D.L.: "Steady and Unsteady-state Lifting Performance of Gas Wells Unloading Produced or Accumulated Liquids, "SPE 2552, Annual Fall Meeting of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME, held in Denver, Colorado, September 1969.



Gould, T.L. and Tek, M.R.: "Steady and Unsteady-state Two-phase Flow Through Vertical Flow Strings," SPE 2804, 1st Numerical Simulation of Reservoir Performance Symposium of SPE of AIME, held in Dallas, Texas, February 1970.



Gould, T.L. and Tek, M.R.: "Digital Simulation of Unsteady-state Vertical Two-phase Flow," Proceedings of the Conference on Natural Gas Research and Technology, February 1971.



Gould, T.L. and Tek, M.R.: "Application of Parametric Pulsing to the Operation of Producing and Storage Reservoirs," SPE 3430, Annual Fall Meeting of SPE of AIME, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 1972.



Gould, T.L.: "Vertical Two-Phase Flow in Oil and Gas Wells,: Ph.D. thesis, University of Michigan, (1972).



Gould, T.L. and Brill, J.P.: "Two-Phase Flow in Pipes," INTERCOMP/HRDC Short Course notes (1973-74).



Gould, T.L.: "Vertical Two-Phase Steam-Water Flow in Geothermal Wells," Jour. Pet. Tech., August, 1974.



Gould, T.L.: "Discussion of an Evaluation of Critical Multiphase Flow Performance Through Wellhead Chokes," Jour. Pet. Tech., August 1974.



Gould, T.L., Tek, M.R. and Katz, D.L.: "Two-Phase Flow Through Vertical, Inclined or Curved Pipe," Jour. Pet. Tech., August 1974, p. 915-925; Trans. AIME, 257.



Gould, T.L. and Ramsey, E.L.: "Design of Offshore Gas Pipelines Accounting for Two Phase Flow," Jour. Pet. Tech., March 1975; Discussion, JPT (May 1975).



Gould, T.L.: "Steam-Water Flow in Wells," Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects Short Course Notes, January 1976.



Gould, T.L. and Ryan, R.: "Optimum Operation of Two Aquifer Storage Fields Through Reservoir Modeling," AGA Transmission Conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 1976.



Gould, T.L. and Nielsen, G.L.: "Feasibility Study of Geothermal Water Production From the Lower Texas Gulf Coast," Symposium on Optimal Development and Management of Groundwater, Water Resources Board, held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, July 1977.



Gould, T.L. and Spivak, A.: "Production Economics of a Geopressured Geothermal Prospect," AICHE 83rd National Meeting, held in Houston, Texas, March 1977.



Gould, T.L.: "Gas Storage, Gathering and Deliverability Optimization," SPE Seminar, held in Dallas, Texas, May 1978.



Gould, T.L., Rachford, H.H. and McDonald, R.E.: "Pipeline Simulation Design and Control," INTERCOMP Seminar (presented frequently from 1979 through 1981).



Gould, T.L.: "Compositional Two-Phase Flow in Pipelines," 50th Annual Fall Meeting of the SPE of AIME, held in Dallas, Texas (September 28-October 1, 1975); SPE 5685, Joun. Pet. Tech., March 1979 p. 373-384.



Gould, T.L. and Littrell, H.R.: "A Pipeline Engineering Curriculum is Needed," SPE 7990, presented at Ventura, California, 1979.

Gould, T.L., McDonald, R.E., Dempsey, J.R. and Modine, A.D.: "Facility Planning Using a Resource Planning Model," Pan American Petroleum Engineering Congress, held in Mexico City, Mexico, March 1979.



Gould, T.L. and McDonald, R.E.: "Design and Operation of Two-Phase Flow Problems in Producing Operations," Southwest Petroleum Short Course, held in Lubbock, Texas, April 1979.



Gould, T.L., McDonald, R.E., Heinze, H.J. and Rachford, H.H.: "Real-Time Predictive Modeling for the Gas Pipeline Dispatcher," presented at PSIG, San Antonio, Texas, October 1979.



Gould, T.L., Dupont, T., Rachford, H.H., McDonald, R.E. and Heinze, H.J.: "A Transient Remote Integrity Monitor for Pipelines Using SCADA Measurements," INTERPIPE, February 1980.



Gould, T.L., Klins, M. and Morranville, M.B.: "CO2 Flooding: Basic Mechanisms and Project Design," INTERCOMP Seminar, held in Houston, Texas, August 1981.



Gould, T.L., Keener, C.B. and Clark, J.D.: "Reservoir Engineering and Computer Model Analysis of Flow Tests on the Midgyp Sand Sweet Lake Geothermal-Geopressured Prospect," Fifth Geopressured-Geothermal Energy Conference, LSU, October 1981.



Gould, T.L. and Arya, A.: "Comparison of Two-Phase Liquid Hold-up and Pressure Drop Correlations Across Flow Regime Boundaries for Horizontal and Inclined Pipes," SPE 10169, presented in San Antonio, Texas, October 1981.



Gould, T.L. and Munoz, M.A.: "An Analysis of Infill Drilling," SPE 11021, presented in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 1982.



Gould, T.L. and Sarem, A.M.: "Infill Drilling for Incremental Recovery," Jour. Pet. Tech., March 1989, p. 229-237.



Gould, T.L., Brown, V.R. and Traynor, B.V.: "Field Measurement of Heat Losses in Steam Injection Wells," SPE 23736, presented at the Second Latin American Petroleum Engineering Conference, Caracas, Venezuela, March 8-11, 1992.



Gould, T.L., Fuller, S.M. and Sarem, A.M.: "Screening Waterfloods for Infill Drilling Opportunities," SPE 22333, presented at SPE International Meeting on Petroleum Engineering, held in Beijing, China, March 24-27, 1992. 



Gould, T.L. and Elenbass, D.: .Geomechanical Analysis of a Gas Well Stimulation Treatment in the Antrim Shale., presented at the 1995 SPE Michigan Section Continuing Education Seminar, 11 April 1995. 



Gould, T.L., Malik, S., et.al.: .Modified SAGD in Multiple Zones at Mukhaizna., SPE 129248, presented at the SPE EOR Conference at Oil & Gas West Asia held in Muscat, Oman, 11.13 April 2010. 




STUDIES

THOMAS L. GOULD



Reservoir Engineering Studies Performed

Client Location Description
Prudhoe Bay Field,
BRITISH PETROLEUM Alaska, USA Assisted in construction of the current full field model (FFM) with special focus on completion, wellbore, choke, and flowline simulation.

Lagunillas Field, 
PDVSA Bach-01 Reservoir
Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela Project leader and reservoir simulation resulting in reservoir description, reserves, infill drilling, cyclic steam, and steamflood optimization opportunities

Block V Centro,
PDVSA Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela Project leader and reservoir simulation resulting in reservoir description, reserves, history match, infill drilling and waterflood opportunities

Block V Lamar .
VLE196 Area, PDVSA Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela Project leader and reservoir simulation resulting in reservoir description, reserves, history match, infill drilling and waterflood opportunities

Block V Lamar .
VLE305 Area, PDVSA Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela Project review and advice concerning reservoir description, reserves, history match, infill drilling and waterflood opportunities

Block VI Lamar, PDVSA Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela Project leader and reservoir simulation resulting in reservoir description, reserves, history match, infill drilling and waterflood opportunities

Florena Field,
ECOPETROL Colombia Project leader and reservoir simulation resulting in reservoir description, reserves, history match, infill drilling and waterflood opportunities

Cupiagua Field,
ECOPETROL Colombia EOS calibration, sector model analysis, field development planning, commerciality determination, reservoir description review and history match of retrograde condensate reservoir with gas injection.

Cusiana Field,
ECOPETROL Colombia History match and prediction review for volatile oil reservoir with gas and water injection.

Cantarell Field,
WESTERN / PEMEX Carmen, Mexico Gas-Lift design and operations review with recommendations on how to proceed with analysis and scope of work.

Cantarell Field,
WESTERN / PEMEX Carmen, Mexico Lift table preparation for 154 wells in the Akal reservoir for the ECLIPSE simulator. This work involved matching tests, Gas-Lift design and electric submersible pump (ESP) design using PROSPER. 

Cantarell Field,
WESTERN / PEMEX Carmen, Mexico ESP design and operations review for the proposed field test at platforms Akal-N or Nohoch-A. Analysis presented to ESP suppliers in Houston.

INDUSTRY STUDY Antrim Shale Michigan, USA Analyze the fracturing processes applied by GRI to the Trader D2-25 well. An SPE technical paper was prepared showing the results.

INDUSTRY STUDY San Juan Basin Analyze the hydraulic cavitation processes compared to natural cavitation, hydraulic fracturing, and foam fracturing for CBM. This work involved multiphase flow and geomechanical analysis.

Raton Basin,
RSI / EVERGREEN Colorado, USA Foam fracturing analysis involving non-Newtonian multiphase flow. The project involved developing new software and matching field data.

Worland Field,
TOM BROWN INC. Wyoming Analyze Gas-Lift, ESP, and other lift alternatives Wyoming for a deep gas cycling project.

CEPSA North Africa Gas-Lift and ESP designs for new development area. This involved high capacity, large diameter, deep, volatile oil wells. Software from ESP Inc. and SIMTECH were used in this work.

SSI / GRI Denver, Colorado Test the integrated reservoir, well, and surface facility system implemented in SSI.s OMNET simulator. This involved simulation of the gathering and injections systems for several gas storage fields.

Agave Field, SSI / PEMEX Mexico Prepare lift tables for the COMP 4 reservoir simulator for natural flow and Gas-Lift. This involved compositional, thermal, multiphase analysis of the wells, since the composition was changing with time. The project involved history matching and design using SSI.s Well Productivity Model (WPM).

Agave Field, SSI / PEMEX Mexico Assist in the reservoir description and history matching process. This work involved SSI.s WorkBench and COMP 4 software.

Chiapas Field,
SSI / PEMEX Mexico Prepare lift tables for the COMP 4 reservoir simulator for natural flow and Gas-Lift. This involved compositional, thermal, multiphase analysis of the wells, since the composition was changing with time. The project involved history matching and design using SSI.s Well Productivity Model (WPM).

SSI / ENTRE Chandeleur Area 29, LA Analyze the current well performance and recommend recompletion alternatives for a proposed gas storage project. Build lift tables for SSI.s OMEGA reservoir simulator.

Daqing Field,
SSI/DAGING PETR. China Prepare reservoir description concept and requirements for an integrated system that involves stratigraphic correlation, structure with faults, hydraulic zone continuity, seismic interpretation, log analysis, and reservoir simulation. This work involved substantial extensions to SSI.s WorkBench system.

SSI / NOC Gialo Libya Integrated reservoir study of a fractured carbonate that resulted in reservoir simulation of infill drilling versus EOR alternatives.

SSI / NOC Sarir Libya Integrated reservoir study of a giant reservoir resulting in infill drilling and waterflood opportunities.

INTERCOMP / DOE EOR Predictive Models Created DOE predictive models for EOR processes including CO2, Steamflood, Insitu Combustion, Chemical Flood, Polymer Flood, and Infill Drilling. These models were applied to a wide range of reservoirs for EOR screening. 

ARAMCO Safaniyah, Saudi Arabia Analyze the current well performance and recommend designs for a gas-lift project involving increasing water cut. Produced water creates a tight emulsion with the oil.

Dolphin Field,
CONSOLIDATED North Dakota Compositional reservoir simulation of a gas cycling project. This work involved EOS PVT matching, reservoir description, history matching and predictions.

NANCE PETROLEUM Brush Lake Gunton, Montana Integrated study of a fractured carbonate reservoir using the results of reservoir simulation to plan horizontal wells.

NANCE PETROLEUM Big Hand Minnelusa, Montana Integrated study of a dune sand reservoir using the results of reservoir simulation to plan horizontal wells.

UNOCAL North Riley Unit, West Texas Infill drilling analysis of the pattern waterflood project to determine incremental recovery. This involved reservoir description and simulation using SSI.s WorkBench, SIMBEST, and Infill Drilling Predictive Model (IDPM) software. An SPE technical paper was prepared showing the results of the work.