Thomas A. Funchess, P. E.

Louisiana Registration #28202

 

P. O. Box 66128

Houston, TX 77266-6128

(281)687-9909

tfunchess@usa.net

 

 

PETROLEUM INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

 

BHP BILLITON PETROLEUM, Houston, TX  (Orbis Engineering)

Production Engineering Advisor – Deepwater GoM

June 2008 – September 2009

  • Production Engineering Advisor for Gulf of Mexico Subsurface.  Work included:
    • Production Engineering activities related to startup of Neptune Field (6,200’ water depth)
    • Built detailed WellCat template to evaluate well integrity concerns at Neptune Field
    • Defined a geomechanics strategy to determine well integrity risks at Neptune Field
    • Developed a global “Geomechanics Roadmap” for full asset lifecycle
    • Performed detailed review of salt deformation mechanisms for subsalt development and made recommendations for further evaluation of salt-related risk
  • Mentored young engineers on Well Integrity, Production Surveillance, Completion Design, etc. 
    • Utilized BHP published production engineering standards (PrEMS) as the basis
    • Incorporated this work into a workflow within OSiSoft’s PI ProcessBook
  • Participated in an advisory capacity for future well design and in discussions related to complex issues, including discussions on sand control, completion selection, high-angle well design, etc.

 

EXXONMOBIL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, Houston, TX  (Orbis Engineering)

Lead Completion Engineer – Arkutun Dagi

January 2007 – June 2008

  • Lead Completion Engineer for World-Class project in Sakhalin Island, Russia.  Work included:
    • Completion planning for high-angle, gravel-packed, Intelligent Completions
    • Interfaced with rig design group pertaining to completion execution needs
    • Defined a Lifecycle Value model for Intelligent Completions
    • Prepared Key Issues Resolution Plan for deploying Intelligent Completions
    • Scoped Risk and Reliability Studies for Intelligent Completions (FMECA)
  • Rotated 28/28 to Sakhalin Island, Russia for Exxon Neftegas Limited. 
    • Worked in Yuzhno office and on Yastreb and Orlan drilling rigs as necessary
    • Wrote completion, workover, diagnostic, and well intervention procedures
    • Modeled torque/drag and tubing movement for Extreme ERD wells

 

POGO PRODUCING COMPANY, Houston, TX  (EPI Consultants)

Senior Petroleum Engineer

October 2003 – December 2006

  • Wrote procedures and coordinated workover operations for wells in Manvel Field
  • Developed a decommissioning strategy for an onshore field drilled in the 1930’s
  • Provided technical support to Drilling and Production Engineers in various day-to-day activities
    • Evaluated completion and workover options using nodal analysis and other tools
    • Performed tubing movement evaluations for completion and wellwork operations
    • Provided options for Material Selection on critical HPHT wells containing CO2 and H2S
  • Prepared a Materials Selection process and computer program based on NACE MR0175
  • Wrote procedures for critical wellwork operations and well completions, including fishing operations, casing repair, high-density brine kill procedures, scale remediation, corrosion inhibition, difficult P&A’s, etc.
  • Performed field study in an effort to optimize gas lift and water injection to increase oil production
  • Worked on a solution for field data capture of well test and production data
  • Handled production surveillance and workover planning for high-profile HPHT wells in South TX

 

SPINNAKER EXPLORATION INCORPORATED, Houston, TX

Contract Engineer

2000 – August 2003

  • Provided technical support for Spinnaker’s HPHT well completions and remedial operations
  • Evaluated Drilling and Production Engineering software applications
  • Built an Asset Management Database in MS Access and web-enabled it
  • Maintained production allocation spreadsheet for most of Spinnaker’s production
  • Compiled technical information and created data storage standards
  • Implemented Production Access to integrate with Accounting, Reservoir, and Financial applications
  • Revised/Optimized Spinnaker’s General Ledger/Chart of Accounts
  • Revised Spinnaker’s Well Master and standardized the well numbering and naming schemes to facilitate application integration
  • Defined specifications for PC and Servers to run Operations Group applications
  • Installed computer equipment in the field and diagnosed power quality problems

 

FORCENERGY INCORPORATED, Metairie, LA

Production/Completion Engineer

1998 - 2000

  • Performed workover and completion services for wells in Federal and Louisiana State waters, Gulf of Mexico
  • Responsible for production surveillance and implementation of remedial wellwork operations
  • Oversaw the organization and indexing of well files for newly acquired fields
  • Developed an electronic Wellbore Utility Chart (as a graphical user interface) and an associated Field Review Process for wellwork prioritization by the Project Teams charged with asset management responsibilities
  • Performed Nodal Analysis for new wells

 

PETRO-TEMPS INCORPORATED, Houston, TX

Business Development Manager

1997

  • Met with Petro-Temps’ clients to assess project requirements from a personnel standpoint
  • Interviewed and hired technical professionals for temporary and permanent positions with Petro-Temps’ clientele and Petro-Temps’ sister company, Collarini Engineering
  • Implemented a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy

 

PETROLEUM INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, New Orleans, LA

Sole Proprietor and Contract Engineer

1996 - 1997

  • Built an information management business to provide web site design, hosting, maintenance, and other services for companies in the petroleum industry
  • Provided contract petroleum engineering services to Collarini Engineering Incorporated, New Orleans, LA.  Work included year-end reserve analysis and assistance on acquisition and divestment projects
  • Provided contract engineering services through Petro-Temps, Inc. for a major oil company in New Orleans.  Focus was on the evaluation of well completion options

 

MOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCING U. S., New Orleans, LA

Operations Engineer

1993 - 1996

  • Mentored a Mobil Producing Nigeria employee on an 18-month rotation to the Gulf of Mexico for the completion of a multi-well completion, workover, and recompletion package initiated in 1994
  • Acidized problem wells, including an extremely successful stimulation on a well that had produced poorly for seven years.  This well realized a production uplift of over 2,700 BOPD after stimulation, and maintained a production uplift in excess of 2,000 BOPD for more than 6 months
  • Collaborated with Reservoir Engineers, Geologists, and Drilling Engineers to optimize the design of horizontal well configurations, resulting in more efficient planning by allowing for standardization of commonly used materials
  • Researched the use of coiled tubing for horizontal re-entry of existing wellbores
  • Researched the 1994 NPDES toxicity guidelines for overboard produced water and developed test to identify toxic substance with grace period provided in the regulations.  Correct identification of the problem eliminated the need to shut down an entire production platform
  • Performed initial well design for Mobil’s first near-horizontal water disposal well, resulting in a well with sustained injectivity of over 10,000 barrels of produced water per day
  • Participated as a Charter member of the Enhanced Supplier Relationship Strategy Team, charged with developing a strategy by which Mobil could streamline its procurement processes in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Member of a global procurement team responsible for analyzing the pressure pumping industry and assessing Mobil’s needs on a global basis

 

Summer Reservoir Engineer

Summer 1991

  • Researched the literature on horizontal well productivity, created a spreadsheet to perform a sensitivity analysis on a well’s productivity based on two popular correlations, wrote documentation on the use of the spreadsheet and correlations, and presented the package to management at the conclusion of the summer.  The program was utilized in planning and development of Mobil’s first horizontal well in the Gulf of Mexico, a well that was completed in 1994.
  • Performed reservoir calculations for the Main Pass 73 field

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, Mississippi State, MS

Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant

1990 - 1993

  • Taught Petroleum Engineering Laboratory courses, provided staff support and served as substitute lecturer
  • Prepared new laboratory equipment for use and improved procedures for existing experiments

 

QUAD-TEX OIL AND GAS, Beattyville, KY

Field Petroleum Engineer

1988 - 1989

  • Optimized power generation and beam pumping systems, eliminating chronic downtime problems
  • Developed well completion and production systems
  • Contributed to field development planning efforts

 

JOSPEN OIL AND GAS,  Mesquite, TX

Staff Petroleum Engineer

1984 - 1985

  • Provided engineering support for field personnel

·         Increased well productivity by optimizing beam pumping systems

  • Assisted in field development planning

 

 

EDUCATION

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, Mississippi State, MS

M. S. Petroleum Engineering, (3.7/4.0 GPA) May 1993

Thesis:  A Geostatistical Study of the North Blowhorn Creek Oil Field, Lamar County, Alabama

Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Petroleum Engineering, 1991 – 1992

B. S. Petroleum Engineering, May 1984

President, Pi Epsilon Tau Honor Society, 1991 – 1992

Graduate Minor in Mathematics

 

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION CENTER, New Orleans, LA

Post-Graduate coursework in Reservoir Characterization with a focus on reservoir data acquisition and reservoir management

 

 

INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES

 

Speaker, E&P Collaboration Forum, June 19, 2003:  “Build it and They Will Come:  Overcoming Resistance to Change through Persistence and Communication”

 

Panel Member, E&P Collaboration Forum, June 19, 2003:  “Collaboration is a Business Process, Not an IT Initiative”

 

U. S. Patent #6,962,203:  One Trip Completion Process, November 8, 2005

 

Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Gulf Coast Section

 

Member, National Association of Corrosion Engineers

 

 

OTHER

 

Highly computer literate with experience with most major nodal analysis and pressure transient analysis applications.  Experience with many other technical applications, including applications for Pressure/Rate Transient Analysis, Tubing Movement, Torque and Drag, and Casing Design.  Experienced user of Production Accounting and Petroleum Economics applications. Advanced user of Microsoft Office Suite applications, including relational database, Visual Basic for Applications, and Internet development tools.

 

 

Valid U. S. Passport

 

Formerly held Russian Multi-Entry Work Visa and Work Permit

 

Multi-Engine, Instrument-Rated Private Pilot

 

References available upon Request