Geoscience

The FerVid Geosciences team boasts 20+ experienced consultants covering a full-spectrum of subsurface skills that enable us to provide integrated consulting work.

  • Easy access to necessary expertise as needed
  • No need for additional parties or contracts
  • Elimination of mistakes from experts working in “silos”

The FerVid Geosciences team has global experience gained over the course of our collective XXX years of work experience in the subsurface industry

  • We employ true experts who have seen and worked all types of subsurface problems
  • Whatever and wherever your project, chances are we have an expert who has worked there or on a similar project

FerVid Geosciences team members have worked together before in their careers, and bring the respect and trust built across decades in industry to their new adventure

  • Our experts know how to work with you and your staff
  • We can provide a true integrated project team that works together to tackle your most difficult projects

FerVid Geosciences can provide all levels of consulting service from individual experts to a full-scale project team – contact us today!

Types of Projects We Can Help You With

1. Subsurface Technical Analysis

Exploration

  • Basin Evaluations
  • Regional Studies
  • Prospect Hopper
  • Drill Ready Prospects

Appraisal

  • Identification of key uncertainties
  • Appraisal Well Objectives
  • Formation Evaluation Program

Drilling & Operations

Real Time Well Evaluation

Well Final Integrated Subsurface Findings

Field Development Planning

Low Salinity EOR Evaluation

2. Resource Volumetrics & Risking

  • Resource Volumetrics
  • Exploration Risking
  • Production Risking
  • Operations Risking

3. Economic Analysis

  • Subsurface Inputs to Economic Evaluations
  • Value of Information (VOI) Analysis
  • Scenario Analysis
  • Integrated Expert Reviews
  • Mentorship
  • Look-back Studies
GeoScience - Process
Petrophysics
Jeff Secombe

Jim Seccombe

Vice President Geoscience Consulting

Petrophysics
Reservoir Engineering

Accomplished petrophysicist and reservoir engineer with extensive leadership experience, a technically diverse background, and a history of driving business impact. Track record of being at the forefront of new technology in the areas of: Low Salinity EOR water-flooding, coal bed methane, and tight gas sand hydraulic fracturing. Demonstrated ability to collaborate cross-functionally to improve wellbore data and document management, finding ways for delivering efficiencies to petroleum subsurface engineers and geoscientists.

Areas Of Expertise
  • Petrophysics
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • New Technology Development
  • Project Management
  • Wellbore Data and Document Management
  • Process Improvement
Tim Bourgeois

Tim Bourgeois

Vice President Geoscience Consulting

Petrophysics
Pore Pressure & Frac Gradient Prediction / Detection

My expertise includes hydrocarbon maturation (Team Leader, Assurance, Petrophysicist) of a multitude of experiences in the deepwater in the Americas from exploration through mature development via a significant career at Shell. I have a strong experience base to call from in order to guide an optimum development concept and to review the complete volume story for integrity.

I have a deep technical understanding in the creation and use of pore pressure fracture gradient, wellbore stability, and fault re-activation estimates, and robust knowledge of what is needed for translation to an optimal well design. Most importantly, I draw from experience to actively influence sound, critical decisions during drilling operations. That experience includes 100+ wells drilled in the DW environs of the Northern GoM (Mars, Ursa, Brutus, Great White, Ram Powell, Auger), Mexico, Trinidad, Brasil (presalt and subsalt), Eastern Seaboard of Canada, and the Chukchi Sea (AK).

My team leadership experience spans 10+ years including BHP and includes SS teams moving volumes from exploration success to development execution and Petrophysics teams concentrating on mature developments in the USGoM DW, into my last role at Shell where I had a Petrophysics team of 2 sub leaders and 20 staff in total. The remit there was to cover the maturation and execution of 90% of all wells drilled in the DW Americas, exploration and development.

Andy Brickell

Andy Brickell

Petrophysicist
40 Years Experience

Andy Brickell began his nearly 40-year oilfield career as a wireline engineer with Schlumberger. He subsequently worked as a petrophysicist at the UK Department of Energy, before joining BHP in 1988. Over the next 32 years he provided petrophysical support to a very wide range of Exploration, Appraisal and Development projects, initially in their London office, and then in Houston. He became the Subject Matter Expert for petrophysics and was recognized as a valued mentor. He left BHP in 2021 and started a petrophysical consultancy. Andy is a Lifetime Member of the SPE, and participates in their eMentoring programme. He was previously President of the LPS, the London Chapter of SPWLA. Andy graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) degree in Physics.

Caren Harris

Caren Harris

Petrophysicist

Caren Harris is a petrophysicist with expertise in exploration, appraisal, development, and new ventures with multiple International E&P Companies and a National Oil Company. She has experience with clastics, carbonates, conventional, and tight reservoirs. Caren can deliver timely technical results with clear financial impact as a member of multidisciplinary teams. She enjoys increasing understanding of the petrophysics discipline by teaching in-house classes and mentoring junior staff. She has been a member of the Technical Committee for the SPWLA annual convention for the past two years, holds a BA in Geology from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University.

Rock Physics
Stas Kuziman

Stas Kuziman

Rock Physics
3D 4D Reservoir Modeling Pore Pressure Prediction

Stas Kuzmin has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego. He started his career in the oil industry in 2004 and completed multiple projects over a variety of disciplines in exploration and production. He has a comprehensive experience in Rock Physics modeling including modeling rock properties resulting from change in fluid, pressure and stress. As a Rock Physic expert, Stas did 4D reservoir modelling taking into account changing rock and fluid properties allowing him to predict seismic response resulting from production effects. He built 3D geological models with
hundreds of faults and multiple rock properties based on seismic velocity and used them to predict pressure for Trion field development in Mexico GOM. As a part of his career Stas also did excel in real time well operations and pore pressure prediction in Mexico and Trinidad. His unique experience with rock physics and building of 3D geologic models based on seismic velocity allows him to bridge the gap between 3D seismic volume and rock properties measured at the wellbore.

Structural Geology
Chris Saxon

Chris Saxon

Structural Geology

Christopher Saxon is a structural geologist and seal expert with extensive experience in both exploration and development in domestic and international postings. Dr. Saxon worked 20 years with Chevron, eventually becoming advisor geologist for Sumatra operations. He was most recently a structure and seal expert for BHP’s Subsurface Assurance Team where, in addition to his assurance duties, he developed a comprehensive hydrocarbon column capacity calculator. Dr. Saxon holds a PhD from the University of Oklahoma.

Biostratigraphy
Bobbi Brace

Bobbi Brace

Biostratigraphy

Bobbi Brace began her career as a biostratigrapher with BHP in Houston. While with BHP she worked on a variety of biostratigraphic projects in the US GOM, Mexico GOM, and Trinidad & Tobago spanning Jurassic to Recent stratigraphic sections in a variety of geologic settings. Her primary responsibilities included providing support during well planning and real-time operations, as well as generating regional-scale and reservoir-scale interpretations for subsurface stakeholders. Bobbi has also worked as shipboard nannofossil paleontologist for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program in the Japan Sea and has co-authored articles on calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy. She holds a PhD in Geoscience from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where her research included nannofossil biostratigraphy and paleoecology from the Pleistocene of the Japan Sea and the Cretaceous of North America.

Operations Geology
Amy Ondrus

Amy Ondrus

Operations Geology

Amy has extensive global industry experience including project management, subsurface regulatory support, deep water and onshore geological operations, unconventional plays (Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Niobrara), and data management. Project management experience for post well analysis with multidisciplinary teams spans scoping, budgeting, execution, and government submissions. Proven integrator between vendors, geoscientists, and engineers to maximize the value of core, fluids, and cuttings acquired during well operations. Conventional operations and regulatory experience areas include US GOM, Australia, Trinidad, and Mexico. Amy holds an MS in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University and a BS in Geology from Bowling Green State University.

Petroleum Systems
Daniel Herrera

Daniel Herrera

Petroleum Systems

Experienced Geoscientist and subject matter expert in petroleum systems, multidimensional basin modeling, trap seal analysis and pore pressure prediction with over 16 years in the oil and gas industry. Daniel has been involved in regional evaluations, lead identification, prospect maturation and risking, technical assurance and well plaining decisions in many of the most prolific basins around the world. He held different technical and leadership roles within the Exploration and Well Delivery organizations during his 13-year tenure at BHP Petroleum. Most recently he led BHP’s Petroleum Systems Community of Excellence contributing to the improvement of technical capabilities across the Exploration organization. As technical leader he designed, delivered and implemented best practices, continuous improvement initiatives and companywide standards for technical assurance processes of prospect maturation and pore pressure prediction that resulted in improved technical quality and reliability of evaluations, increased process’s efficiencies and ultimately generated significant cost savings. Prior to BHP he worked as Petroleum Systems Analyst for Beicip Franlab and as a Petrophysicist for the Mexican Petroleum Institute (PEMEX research). Daniel holds a MS degree in Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering from the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) and a BS in Geophysics from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Erich Heydweiller

Erich Heydweiller

Petroleum Systems

Risk and Uncertainty Volumetrics

Erich is highly skilled at providing clients with expertise in petroleum geoscience, resource assessment, numerical modeling, software development, and business strategy. Among his areas of expertise are Basin Modeling, Petroleum Geochemistry, Structural Geology and Project Management.

Michael Cheng

Michael Cheng

Petroleum Systems

I am a petroleum systems geologist with 20+ years of experience in exploration, appraisal, and production.  I have contributed to exploration/appraisal/production projects in numerous sedimentary basins for BHP Petroleum, Hess Corp., ExxonMobil, and Mobil as a petroleum systems subject matter expert in technical assurance, a technical network leader & mentor, and a petroleum systems analyst. My broad skills include regional geology, petroleum system analysis, and geochemistry.  With a PhD in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have been a long-time member of the AAPG, PESGB, and HGS.  Have a good weekend!

Drilling Marine Shallow Hazards
Richard Weiland

Richard Weiland

Drilling Marine Shallow Hazards

Richard Weiland’s focus over the last 19 years has been in marine shallow hazards assessment and evaluation as they relate to safety, the environment, regulatory compliance, and the reduction of non-productive time in hydrocarbon exploration and production. He also has a broad range of industry experiences including operations and development geology, leadership roles, recruiting, mentoring, and teaching. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas, and thus has a strong research background. His career started at ARCO, then moved to Vastar, BP and most recently BHP. Richard’s strengths focus on providing input for well planning and facilities placement via appropriately detailed hazards assessments, and monitoring drilling operations for hazards.

Jessica Swafford

Jessica Swafford

Drilling Shallow Hazards

Jessica Swafford is a licensed professional geologist with over 9 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. She has extensive experience in the safe and successful planning and execution of onshore horizontal and deepwater wells in a variety of areas including US GOM, Mexico, Haynesville, NW shelf, Trinidad and Guyana. Not long after beginning her career at BHP she specialized in shallow drilling hazards evaluation where she worked across global exploration, appraisal, and development projects. She is highly skilled in the interpretation, integration and visualization of subsurface data, including wells, geophysical, and geotechnical data. Ms. Swafford holds a MS in geological sciences from UT Austin and a BS in geological sciences from James Madison University.

Joss Russell

Joss Russell

Drilling Engineer

Joseph Russell, began his oilfield career in 1976 with Schlumberger as a wireline logging field engineer, working multiple locations across the Arabian Gulf region. After completing a masters degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1981, Joseph joined German exploration and development company Deminex as a Drilling Engineer, completing exploration and development drilling assignments in Libya and Egypt. In 1983 Joseph joined the small independent UK based exploration and development company Carless Exploration as a Senior Drilling Engineer, predominantly working onshore exploration and development projects in the south of England and in 1986 he joined Eni/Agip in the same role with an initial assignment to a major oilfield development project located offshore Nigeria. Joseph remained in Nigeria after the development project was completed, providing technical and operational support to a number of offshore and onshore exploration and development drilling projects. In 1991 Joseph joined BHP Petroleum in their London office and developed his career across multiple office locations and worldwide oil and gas basins. By developing his technical capabilities across multiple basins and accepting roles with greater supervisory and management responsibility, in 2012 Joseph was promoted to the executive position of VP Conventional Drilling and Completion. Assigned to the Houston Petroleum HQ, Joseph remained with BHP until his retirement in October 2020. Joseph holds a BSc Hons degree in Metallurgy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and a MEng degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

Drilling Geo Hazards
Tony Hewitt

Tony Hewitt

Drilling Geo Hazards

Antony Hewitt began his career in marine geohazards assessment as a geophysical interpreter with the Geological Survey of Canada in the 1996, where he was involved in offshore surveys for investigating paleo-seismicity in the Pacific Northwest. This work led to a PhD from Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (UNH, USA). In 2002 Tony joined Thales Geosolutions (Houston) on their AUV development team. In 2004 he joined Fugro (Houston) doing integrated geohazards assessments for deep-water subsea developments and drilling in various basins around the world. Tony then went to BP (Houston) in 2011, where he provided drilling hazards assessments for development drilling at BP’s Gulf of Mexico assets. In 2018 Tony joined BHP (Houston) where he conducted geohazards assessment for deep-water exploration drilling in Trinidad. Tony was also the geohazards lead for BHP’s Calypso development (Trinidad & Tobago), and new-field entry into Orphan Basin (Canada).

Pore Pressure Prediction
Kristen Kozlowski

Kristen Kozlowski

Pore Pressure Prediction

Kristen received her degree in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Michigan. She has over 17 years of industry experience in pore pressure, geomechanics, petrophysics and log analysis. Early in her career, she worked as a wireline field engineer in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas. She then moved into a geoscience role where she worked on advanced sonic log analysis before transitioning into a petrophysics role and then geomechanics. Her latest experience has been with pore pressure prediction and geomechanical analysis for the past 8 years, both onshore and offshore including GOM, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Permian Basin.

Seismic Interpretation
Cheryl Mifflin

Cheryl Mifflin

Seismic Acquisition
Seismic Imaging

Cheryl Mifflin is a Seismic Imaging Geophysicist with substantial experience imaging, technical leadership, project management, and team management. Led a team that successfully met an exploration challenge in Trinidad through seismic acquisition design and processing. Designed an innovative seismic program that will extend the life of a production GOM field. Helped develop a new seismic program for an underground coal field that substantially improved fault identification, thereby improving safety and reducing production costs. Global experience includes deepwater GOM, Trinidad&Tobago, onshore US, minerals Australia, offshore Australia, and West Africa. Holds a PhD from Rice University in Computational and Applied Mathematics. She started her career with Exxon Production Research, gained broad processing experience at ION/GXT, then developed technical leadership with BHP.

Mauricio Florez-Nino

Mauricio Florez-Nino

Geophysicist

Seismic Interpretation
Seismic QI

Mauricio haswith more than 25 years of experience in the oil industry, expert on subsurface characterization for prospect maturation, appraisal and field development applying quantitative seismic interpretation (QI) techniques. High level of expertise on geostatistics, sedimentary geology and faults and fractures for reservoir modeling. Have a solid background in structural geology, stratigraphy and petroleum systems, with plenty of experience on evaluation of risk and value of hydrocarbon accumulations. I have worked on unconventional and conventional exploration, appraisal and development projects onshore USA, deep water GoM (US and Mexico), South Caribbean Sea (Trinidad & Colombia), offshore Brazil, onshore Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, deep water West Africa, SE Asia and offshore Australia.

Somanath Mistra

Somanath Mistra

Geophysicist

Seismic Interpretation
Seismic QI

Somanath Misra is a Geophysicist with 14 years of experience in quantitative seismic interpretation. Somanath has successfully applied quantitative interpretation (QI) methodologies in various basins in different parts of the world. His works have helped the upper management to take decisions that have proven to be highly beneficial for the company. He is considered to be a subject matter expert in QI and he has been instrumental in developing the key quantitative seismic interpretation workflows for his employers. He has helped in disseminating knowledge through short-courses, mentoring of interns and early career geoscientists. Somanath went to the University of Alberta, Canada for his Ph.D. in Geophysics.

Reservoir Engineering
Matt Honarpour

Matt Honarpour

Reservoir Engineering

Core Acquisition, Handling and Lab Measurements

Dr. Honarpour has held several roles over the years: Principal Reservoir Engineer at BHP, Global Reservoir Engineering Advisor at Hess Corporation, and Senior Reservoir Engineering Advisor at ExxonMobil. He has extensive experience in reservoir engineering and subsurface characterization including rock-fluid properties, their modeling and integration with wireline logs and well test data for conventional sandstone reservoirs, fractured carbonates and unconventional reservoirs. He has led several projects in screening and implementation of chemical flooding, gas injection/ gravity drainage, low salinity waterflood and MEOR. He coordinated work in viscous oil, light oil, volatile oil, gas-condensate and dry gas reservoirs. He has conducted laboratory evaluation of CO2/ H2S storage in Arab formations in the Middle East carbonates, Honarpour has worked on the largest gas, gas-condensate and oil reservoirs globally. He has served as project manager of several large multidisciplinary projects. He has several years of teaching and mentoring at the University of Missouri, Rolla and Montana Tech. He has been an active member of SPE over the past 50 years and has served in leadership positions in Advanced Technology Workshops, Forums, Technical Reviews, Special Series, and SPE Professional Certification Committees.