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CAREER HISTORY of E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng.
Engineer, Petrophysicist, Entrpreneur, Rancher


E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng. is a retired Consulting Petrophysicist and Professional Engineer living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In a career that spanned 54 years, he specialized in integrated petrophysical analysis, bringing to the task a background in well logging operations,  geophysical data processing, reservoir engineering, cash flow analysis, software development, project management, and entrepreneurship. As an independent consultant, Ross has worked on projects in 45 countries on 6 continents and several oceans.

Ross is a Life Member of Association of Professional Engineers and GeoScientists of Alberta (APEGA) and was elected an Honourary Member of the Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS) in 1994 for his contributions to the petrophysical community. He was awarded Best Paper of the Year from CSEG (1981) and CWLS (1985). He published "The Log Analysis Handbook", a 700 page hardcover textbook, in 1986 and its electronic Internet cousin "Crain's Petrophysical Handbook" in 1999, online at
www.spec2000.net.

Ross's current interest is mentoring of novice and experienced petrophysicists, geologists, and engineers, making use of an extensive library of eBook reference manuals, narrated self-study slideshows, and video courses.

In a parallel career, Ross carved a purebred Horned Hereford ranch from the bueh and woodlands of west-central Alberta, receiving his 25 year pin from the Canadian Hereford Association in 2005.


EDUCATION

  • McGill University, Montreal, Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
       Sep 1957 - May 1962, five year full-time program
     

  • University of Calgary, Certificate in Management Development
       Jan 1969 - Apr 1972, 4 year evening program
     

  • Olds College, Olds, AB
       Spring 1980, Purebred cattle busimess development
     

  • University of Guelph, Self Study Extension Courses
        1979 -- 1988    Cattle genetics, herd health, cattle nutrition, farm business management,
        conservation farming, weed and pest control, forage production
     

  • Industry Courses: well log analysis, core analysis, seismic processing, mining geophysics, DST analysis,
        petroleum economics, oil and gas law. production logging, water chemistry, surface land rights.
     

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
•  Current:  Life Member APEGA, Honourary Member CWLS

       
•  Previous: CIMM, CSEG, ASEG, SPWLA, CHA, CAHC
 

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Created and managed successful, well-respected, independent petrophysical consulting practice, serving oil and gas companies, service companies, consulting firms, and government agencies around the world. See Client List.
     
  • Completed an uncountable number of petrophysical analysis projects, from 45 countries, ranging in size from the Burgan Field (770 wells) to one well current drillers. See Project List.
     
  • Taught more than 3000 students in open and in-house seminars on a variety of petrophysical topics,
     
  • Published 10 textbook quality Petrophysical Reference Manuals and 4 full-semester Self-Study Courses (narrated  PowerPoint slideshows) covering basic, advanced, unconventional reservoir, and seismic petrophysics. See eBook List.
     
  • Author or co-author of 70 technical papers and articles, receiving Best Paper of Year Award CWLS (1985, CSEG (1981), Keynote Speaker, Libya Petroleum Conference (2000). See Publications List.
     
  • Published "Crain's Petrophysical Handbook", an Internet-based Worldwide eLearning Resource, the first shareware on-line textbook for petrophysics. 1.5 million page views per year. See www.spec2000.net.
     
  • Carved a working purebred Hereford ranch from the wilderness in west central Alberta, running 50 cow/calf pairs, herd sold 2007. See My Ranching Pages.
     
  • 2005 - 2007: University of Calgary - Invited to assist in curriculum design and course presentation of a new Petrophysics course for 3rd year Geology and Geophysics students.
     
  • 2004 - 2009: University of Tulsa - Invited to teach Petrophysics portion of TU Leader Program run by TU for Schlumberger engineers.
     
  • 1994: Elected an Honorary Member of Canadian Well Logging Society for contributions to the Society and to the petrophysical community.
     
  • 1990: CWLS President, 1988 and 1989: Treasurer, 1981 and 1982: Publications Chairman,
     
  • 1986: Published hardcover textbook, "The Log Analysis Handbook", Pennwell, yje first petrophysical textbook with "computer -ready" math..
     
  • 1983 - 1986: Managed expert systems research on artificial intelligence applications in petrophysics for Alberta Research Council / D&S Petroleum Consultants Joint Venture.
     
  • 1976 - 1982: Developed and marketed LOG/MATE, the first desktop computer package (hardware and software) for petrophysical analysis.
     
  • 1973 - 1982: Supervised logging operations on-site and supervised petrophysical analysis for 120+ wells drilled in the Arctic Islands of Canada.
     
  • 1974: Wrote and assisted in presentation of seismic data processing center proposal in Beijing, China.
     
  • 1970 - 1971: Resident Manager, seismic data processing center, Sydney, Australia.
     
  • 1969: Project Manager, strat hole drilling, geological, and geophysical operations on Melville Island, Canadian Arctic, with a staff of up to 100 men.
     
  • 1964: Wrote first computer program to quantify potash assay from well logs. Received "Salesman of the Year Award" from Schlumberger for this work.


CAREER HISTORY DETAILS

CRAIN'S pETROPHYSICAL HANDBOOK -- ONLINE RESOURCE
    
Jan 2000 -- Present: Content Developer / Webmaster

        Created Internet-based shareware resource, the first and only online textbook for petrophysics  (
www.spec2000.net). Website design and content development for eLearning, self-study, and distance education in petrophysical analysis techniques. Page views: 1.5 million per year.

Training materials available include narrated slide shows, textbook quality reference manuals, weekly webinars, and video versions of the slideshows. Four full length (one semester) and 7 short courses can be used by engineers, geologists, geophysicists, technicians, and students to enhance their skills. The courses are suitable for in-house directed study and as the backbone for university or tech svhool course presentations.
 

Spectrum 2000 Mindware LTD, Calgary, AB
    
Oct 1984 to Jun 2016: President and Principal Consultant

Created an independent petrophysical consulting practice, specializing in integrated petrophysical analysis in support of reservoir geology, engineering, geophysics, simulation, and stimulation; petrophysical training and mentoring; forensic analysis.

• Clients include major and independent oil and gas companies, service companies, consulting firms, and government agencies. Projects have spanned 36 countries on 6 continents and several oceans.

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Specialists in unconventional reservoirs: tight gas, tight oil, gas shale, oil shale, tar sands, coal, coal bed methane, potash, low resistivity, radioactive, laminated sand-shale, laminated porosity, metamorphic, igneous, or volcaniclastics.

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Developed and marketed META/LOG ESP, an expert system spreadsheet for petrophysical analysis. Co-developed the META/LOG script with Dorian Holgate for use on GeoGraphix PRIZM and PowerLog.
 

ROCKING "Are" HEREFORDS, Rocky Mountain House, AB
    
Oct 1979 to Oct 2016: Owner / Manager

In a parallel career, carved a purebred Horned Hereford ranch from the bueh and woodlands of west-central Alberta, receiving 25 year pin from the Canadian Hereford Association in 2005.

• Cleared, cultivated, and seeded 120 acres on deeded quarter section and 240 acres of Crown grazing lease, designed and supervised fencing and cross-fencing for rotational grazing program, designed and supervised constructionm of barns, corrals, and working facilities for efficient one-man operation.

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Selected initial purebred livestock, continued selective breeding program using maternal Expected Progent Difference (EPD) statistics, culminating in top gaining Horned Hereford bull at Central Alberta Test Center in 1995.

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10% of cow herd ranked in CHA Top maternal traits list for Canada

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Purebred herd sold during 2005 -- 2007, continued with grassers until Oct 2016.

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For more details, see My Ranching Pages.
 

Husky Oil Operations, Calgary, AB
    
Nov 1987 to Oct 1988: Staff Petrophysicist

Created log analysis capability for production department; set log quality control standards; provided expert advice on drilling locations and well completions; devised gas leak detection methods; presented in-house courses for over 100 staff members.

  • Installed and supported PC based digitizing and log analysis system (META/LOG).
     
  • Installed and tested VAX based log analysis system (ELAN).
     
  • Demonstrated economic significance of productivity analysis from logs.
     
  • Became "redundant" in Husky's merger with Canterra.
     

D&S Petroleum Consulting Group, Calgary, AB
     Jun 1982 to Oct 1986: General Manager Petrophysics
                                          Technical Manager, D&S/ARC Joint Venture

Responsible for training, planning, design, research, development and marketing for an artificial intelligence expert system for log analysis, as well as for ongoing consulting business; facilitated technology transfer between D&S and ARC personnel; supervised staff of up to 14 professionals.

  • Prepared proposal for artificial intelligence (expert system) version of LOG/MATE ESP, presented and sold concept to Alberta Research Council, supervised completion of LOG/MATE ASSISTANT, a knowledge based log analysis system, based on HP 9000 or IBM PC using Unix/C.
     
  • Best paper of year award for LOG/MATE ASSISTANT paper from CWLS (1985).
     
  • Wrote "The Log Analysis Handbook", a 700 page hardcover textbook, published by Pennwell Books (1986), the first petrophysical textbook to offer "computer-ready" math.
     

Log/Mate Limited, Calgary, AB  
      (Name changed from E. R. Crain and Associates Ltd in 1980)

      Oct 1973 to Aug 1986:
President and Principal Consultant, Calgary
                     1980 to 1986: President, Log/Mate Inc. Denver, CO
       
             1980 to 1986: Vice President, Log/Mate Services Inc, Denver

Principal consultant and manager, specializing in well log analysis, supervision of logging operations at the wellsite, special projects, and computer centre proposals for foreign governments; development and marketing of LOG/MATE, a desktop micro-computer system for log analysis and reservoir volume mapping; extensive log analysis and petrophysical experience in all parts of the world; supervised staff of up to 14 professionals and technicians.

  • Developed Canada's largest petrophysical consulting firm, with up to 7 professional petrophysicists and 7 technical staff, offering petrophysical analysis, petrophysical software and desktop computer hardware, and supervision of wireline crews. (1973 - 1982)
     
  • Doubled gross sales each year to $1.9 million, the largest pure petrophysics consulting firm in the world at the time.
     
  • Developed LOG/MATE and LOG/MATE Plus, the first desk top micro computer system for log analysis, subsequently sold more than 40 systems in 5 countries, based on HP 9000 computers using HPL. (1976)
  • Installed first shared resource management computer system (LAN) at Alberta Energy and Utilities Board for analysis of tar sands and conventional oil reservoirs. (1978)
  • Supervised wireline crews as client representative, and developed petrophysical techniques, for Canadian High Arctic, Alberta Deep Basin and Prairies, as well as numerous USA and overseas assignments.
  • Wrote and assisted with presentation of multi-million dollar seismic system proposal in Beijing (1974).
  • Began offering log analysis courses in-house and in open sessions (1978).
     
  • Best paper of year award from CSEG for LOG/MATE seismic system paper (1981).
  • Consulting business and client base was sold to D&S Petroleum Consulting Group Ltd. in June 1982. Hardware sales and Denver operations retained until Aug 1986.
     

Digitech Limited, Sydney, NSW and Calgary, AB,
    
Feb 1970 to Oct 1973:
      Managing Director, Digital Technology Pty. Ltd.,  Sydney, Australia
      Director and Vice-President Operations, Digitech Limited, Calgary AB

1970 - 1972: In Sydney, managed 30 - 40 professional and technical staff, plus marketing and support staff, for seismic data processing business, reporting to Board of Directors in Calgary.
Considerable travel to Indonesia, Singapore,  New Zealand, and all capital cities in Australia for marketing and client presentations. Supervised wind-up of Australian operations after oil industry explaration by non-Australian companies was terminated by government edict in 1971.

1972 - 1973:
In Calgary, supervised operations, cost control, personnel, and maintenance on EMR, CDC, and IBM multi-mainframe systems; supervised development of UNIVAC 1108 based seismic processing software, and gravity and magnetic data processing programmes, as well as major improvements in synthetic seismogram package.

Supervised merger of CDP and Digitech computer operations after Digitech took over CDP.
Responsible for site planning and contractor liason for new high-security computer center, organized the move and startup of computer equipment to minimizw downtime.
 

J. C. Sproule and Associates Limited, Calgary, AB
    
Dec 1968 to Feb 1970: Consulting Reservoir Engineer

Evaluation of proven, probable, and unproven oil, gas, and sulphur properties; management of drilling, geological and geophysical operations in the Canadian High Arctic with a staff of up to 100 men; negotiations in unit committee meetings; log analysis; preparation and presentation of log analysis courses; developed log analysis program on CDC 3300 computer.
 

Dome Petroleum Limited, Calgary, AB
    
Feb 1968 to Dec 1968: Systems Analyst / Reservoir Engineer

Programmed reservoir engineering applications on IBM 1130, log analysis and training, reservoir; engineering studies, liason with other computer users in company, developed log analysis program on IBM 1130, preparation and presentation of log analysis courses for engineering and geological staff.
 

Geophysical Service Inc, Calgary, AB
     Jun 1966 to Feb 1967: Geophysical Engineer
     Feb 1967 to Feb 1968: Staff Assustant to Area Manager

Prepared geophysical data for input to TIAC computer; velocity analysis and synthetic seismogram preparation; supervision of non-exclusive data salesp, reparation and presentation of geology and log analysis courses for technical staff.

Seconded to Canadian Area Manager to assist with market research, compilation of internal and external sales data, development of market forecasting and crew activity prediction techniques,
 

Schlumberger of Canada, Western Canada
     Jun 1962 to Jun 1966: Trainee Engineer to General Field Engineer

Well logging and perforating operastions based in Western Canada, experienced in remote and frontier fly-in jobs, training of junior engineers and operating crew members, management of small locations; field analysis and sales; Salesman of the Year award for potash research, 1964. Developed potash log analysis on IBM 1620 in Regina.  Workrd out of shops in Red Deer, Stettler, Oxbow, Weyburn, Swift Current, Lamigan, Drayton Valley, Swan Hills, Whitecourt, Valleyview, Dawson Creek, Slave Lake.
 

Bell Telephone Company of Canada, Montreal, QC
     Summers 1959 to 1961: Trainee Engineer

Pole and line inspection, pole and buried line design, field surveys and inspections, CATV system design, R&M design.
 

Montreal West Hardware, Montreal West, QC
    
Summers 1954 to 1958, After School 1954 to 1962: Gopher

Small machinery repairs, general repairs, sales and service, inventory, skate and mower sharpening, window repair, lawn mowing, snow clearing.