Mr. Michael T. May

SENIOR CONSULTANT - GEOSCIENTIST

Mr. May has over 26 years. experience in petroleum geoscience. Strengths are in interpreting and integrating geophysical and geological data including the construction of geocellular models for both exploration and production objectives. He is coauthor and instructor for the industry class .Introduction to Static Modeling.. His background includes positions with a major IOC in Venezuela, Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and Canada. He has worked exploration projects from play fairway analysis through exploration discovery. Additional experience includes the development of infill drilling programs and overseeing well site operations including real time geo-steering of horizontal wells. He has worked both clastic and carbonate reservoirs in varied structural settings including fold and thrust, passive margin, rift, strike slip, and salt influenced basins. He routinely works within multi-disciplined teams to prepare reservoir description, reserve estimates, economic evaluation and depletion plan/infill drilling programs. Since joining IRT, Mike has been involved in numerous integrated studies from the giant Lower Burgan and Mauddud Formations in Kuwait, the clastic reservoirs of the Magdalena valley in Colombia, to the Lance/Mesaverde tight sandstones of Wyoming. He has built the stratigraphic and structural frameworks and the final geocellular models incorporating diverse data including core description, seismic attributes, micro-seismic, and even production logging and test data. He is highly skilled in the use of workstations. He is familiar with the Landmark, Geographix, and Petra geoscience platforms and RMS and Petrel geocellular modeling applications. Mr. May is expert in the RMS scripting language.


PERSONAL INFORMATION

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Carbonate Reservoir Experience include the following:


Raudhatain and Sabiriyah Fields, Mauddud Reservoir, Kuwait - Reservoir Characterization

Lisburne Field, Alaska North Slope, USA - Reservoir Characterization

Red River Carbonates, Williston Basin, USA - Reservoir Modeling

Permo Carboniferous Dolostones, British Colombia Foothills, Canada

Davidovskoe, Rostashinskoe and Konnovoskoe Fields, Orenburg Region, Russia - Mentoring and Consultation



Fractured/Dual Poro Perm Reservoir Experience:


Raudhatain and Sabiriyah Fields, Mauddud Reservoir, Kuwait - Dual perm behavior from Karsting/Rubble zones

Davidovskoe, Rostashinskoe and Konnovoskoe Fields, Orenburg Region, Russia - Fracture enhanced clastic and Carbonate reservoirs

Permo Carboniferous Dolostones, British Colombia Foothills, Canada

2004 to Present - Senior Consultant-Geoscientist, IRT Inc.

Mr. May is co author and instructor for the class .Introduction to Static Modeling. IRT have taught this course to clients around the world. The course covers all aspects of data preparation and analysis and geocellular modelling of oil and gas reservoirs. The course was taught in 2012 for TNK-BP/TNNC.s in Tyumen, Russia and for Ecopetrol in Bogota, Colombia.

Review of geocellular models and seismic data used for field development projects in the Yamal, Orenburg and Novosibirskaya areas of Russia for TNK-BP/TNNC.

Constructed the stratigraphic and structural frameworks for a 150 well field in the Middle Magdalena basin of Colombia. Complexities included a 3000 ft reservoir interval with significant reverse and strike slip faulting.

.Built the stratigraphic framework through the correlation of 478 wells in the Cretaceous Mauddud carbonate reservoir in Raudhatain and Sabiriyah Fields, Kuwait. The stratigraphic framework integrated the latest core studies, RFT analysis, PLT analysis, and new petrophysical model. Correlations extended from surface to well TD in order to locate all fault cuts. Worked closely with the geophysicist to assure fault framework consistency. Built the structural model in RMS. Worked closely with other team members to develop a methodology to describe (location and distribution), quantify (assign permeability), and distribute the high perm secondary pore system within the geocellular model (RMS).

Built the static models for numerous deepwater Gulf of Mexico fields, including Thunder Horse. Responsibilities included building the structural framework (seismic interpretation and depth conversion), stratigraphic framework (log correlation), and geocellular model (Roxar.s RMS). Developed an MS Excel based method to calibrate permeability logs to well test perm. One geocellular model accurately predicted hydrocarbon volume and productivity in a challenging laminated reservoir using an innovative modelling strategy.

Responsible for static model construction of the Ordovician Red River Carbonate reservoirs, Ridgelawn and Brush Lake fields, Montana. Work included subdividing the "C" zone into 11 flow units. Seismic attributes were used to guide object model placement of the dolomite reservoir facies within Roxar.s RMS modelling software.

Built the static model for a thrusted Nugget reservoir, Clear Creek field, Wyoming. Conducted structural dip meter analysis (SCAT) to develop the structural framework. Integrated the stratigraphic and structural frameworks to build a static model within Schlumberger.s PETREL modelling software.

Constructed a static model of the Lance / Mesaverde tight gas sand reservoir, Jonah Field, Wyoming. Responsibilities included developing the stratigraphic framework, integrating the depositional model with micro seismic data, and building a static model within Roxar.s RMS modelling software. The model was setup to allow the testing of the effects on productivity due to faults, sand body size, and sand body connectivity.

Responsible for the static model construction of the Lower Burgan Reservoir, Sabiriyah field, Kuwait. Responsibilities included developing a stratigraphic framework, integrating the geology (deterministically mapped properties, RFT data, fault picks) with the seismic to finalize the structural framework, and building the static model within Roxar.s RMS modelling software. Key outcome of the study led to the first sound explanation of the origin of the tilted Paleo oil water contact.

2003 to 2004 - Field-wide Geoscientist, BP Exploration (Alaska); Prudhoe Bay Field, Alaska 

Canadian Rocky Mountain Foothills, British Columbia and Alberta

Provided geological and geophysical support for Prudhoe Bay Field-wide and long-term projects. Tasks included management of a new update of the Field-wide static and dynamic models, project management for 2 new seismic surveys (acquisition, processing, and analysis). Field-wide studies involved rock properties, 4D Pilot, AVO analysis for lithology and fluid prediction, and providing the structural framework to update the gas cap water injection model. 


2001 to 2003 - Exploration Geophysicist, BP Canada Energy Co.; 

Canadian Rocky Mountain Foothills, British Columbia and Alberta

Member of multi-disciplinary team that assessed the resource potential of the Canadian Rockies through detailed play fairway analysis. Lead Geophysicist overseeing 2D seismic acquisition, processing, and interpretation, prospect maturation, and drilling in the Permo-Carboniferous (GSC designated PC-2) Play fairway in Northeast British Colombia. Work led to 1 discovery in 2002. He integrated surface geology and structure with well data (including dip meter) and seismic (Pre-stack Time and Depth migrations) to develop structural models for a series of prospects. 


1996 to 2001 - Reservoir Geophysicist, BP Exploration (Alaska);
Prudhoe Bay Field, Alaska

Member of a multidiscipline Prudhoe Bay Gravity Drainage team providing geophysical and geological support for reservoir characterization and modelling, infill development, and drilling operations. Identified targets for over 70 infill wells. Initiated the first rock properties and geophysical analysis project for Lithology and Fluids prediction.


1995 to 1996 - Exploration Geophysicist, BP Exploration (Venezuela); Barinas and Maracaibo Basins, Venezuela

Carried out regional play fairway analysis, resource evaluation, and prospect maturation to evaluate exploration opportunities made available by PDVSA 1996 exploration license round. Activities included integrating Regional 2D Seismic, well, and field outcrop data in the Maracaibo and Barinas basins. Analysis included both the mountain front fold/thrust belt and foreland tectonic settings for both basins. He mapped and matured prospects within the Maracaibo foreland La Cieba exploration block.


1991 to 1994 - Exploration Geophysicist, BP Exploration (Houston);

Gulf of Mexico Deepwater

Performed play fairway analysis, analog field studies, and prospect maturation in the Mississippi Canyon/Viosca Knoll areas. Work contributed to the acquisition of Conoco.s deepwater acreage, including the Thunder Horse Prospect. Developed a new Miocene Play fairway offshore Texas.

1989 to 1992 - Geophysicist, BP Exploration (Houston);

Gulf of Mexico Shelf

Evaluated new exploration leases for possible drilling candidates. Primarily 2D seismic based prospect maturation. Prevented the drilling of several likely dry holes.


EDUCATION

M. Sc. Geophysics, University of Wyoming 1991

B. Sc. Geophysics Cum Laude, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1987


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Denver Geophysical Society



STUDIES

MICHAEL T. MAY



Partial List of Reservoir Studies Performed

Client/Field Location Description
KOC, Sabiriyah Field Cretaceous Zubair Clastic and Ratawi Clastic/Carbonate Reservoirs (Northern Kuwait) Developed the correlation framework and facies methodology and implemented these into a full field static model in RMS.
TNK-BP, West Siberia and Caspian Basins Cretaceous Clastics and Paleozoic Carbonates Providing quality control of clients geocellular modeling AND mentoring of junior staff.
BP Exploration and Production Inc., Cascade and Kaskida fields Paleogene Sst Turbidites, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Walker Ridge Provided petrophysical, geological, and geocellular modeling mentoring. Completed the build of a geocellular model. Current focus is related to the development of training images for multipoint statistical model of turbidite fan complexes.
BP Exploration and Production Inc., Thunder Horse North and South Middle Miocene Sst Turbidites, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Canyon Provided seismic interpretation mentoring. Built a new structural framework and geocellular model for the Pink reservoirs.
Ecopetrol, Yarigui Cantagallo Field Tertiary fluvial sandstones, Middle Magdalena Valley, Colombia Developed the structural model and stratigraphic framework and built the geocellular model (RMS).
BP Exploration and Production Inc. , Thunder Horse South Middle Miocene Sst Turbidites, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Canyon Built the geocellular model (RMS) for Brown reservoirs.
BP Exploration and Production Inc., King and King West Fields Middle Miocene Sst Turbidites, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Canyon Built the geocellular model (RMS) for both M66 and M63 reservoirs.
BP/KOC, Sabiriyah and Raudhatain Fields Cretaceous Mauddud Carbonate Reservoir (Northern Kuwait) Built the stratigraphic framework, structural model, and static geocellular model in RMS.
BP Exploration and Production Inc., Fourier Field Middle Miocene Sst Turbidites, Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Canyon Developed the structural stratigraphic frameworks and built the geocellular model for a thinly laminated turbidite reservoir. Matched model net to seismic based net pay.
Nance Petroleum, Austin Creek Field Lower Cretaceous Muddy Sst, Wind River Basin, WY Built the Petra database and Developed the stratigraphic framework for input into a static model.
Nance Petroleum, Ridgelawn and Canal Fields Ordovician Red River Carbonate, Williston Basin, (Richland County Montana) Built the GeoGraphix database and Developed the stratigraphic framework for 22 wells. Built the geocellular model using seismic attributes to guide net reservoir object modeling.
Questar, Clear Creek Field Triassic Nugget Sst, WY Overthrust, (SW Wyoming) Developed the structural model, integrating dip meter analysis. Built geocellular model.
EnCana, Jonah Field Cretaceous Lance/Mesaverde tight Sst, Green River Basin, (SW Wyoming) Developed the stratigraphic framework and geocellular model over a 900 acre area with 65 wells. Incorporated micro seismic in determining sand body dimensions.
BP/KOC, Sabiriyah Field Lower Burgan Sst Reservoir, (Northern Kuwait) Built the stratigraphic and structural framework. Created deterministic facies and layer properties maps. Constructed the geocellular model. Performed paleo structural history of the field to explain distribution of hydrocarbon contacts.