Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


Eric van Oort

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Professor

B. J. Lancaster Professorship in Petroleum Engineering

Email: vanoort@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-6262
Office: CPE 5.186A

Research Website: http://drilling.utexas.edu/

Research Areas: Drilling, Well Completions, and Rock Mechanics; Environmental Engineering; Unconventional Resources

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, Chemical Physics, 1990

M.S. (cum laude), University of Amsterdam, Chemical Physics, 1986

B.S. (cum laude), University of Amsterdam, Chemistry, 1983

Barlaeus Gymnasium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1982                                          

PGE Courses Taught:

PGE 379/381 (Drilling Engineering)

PGE 383 (Introduction to Well Construction)

Research:

Drilling automation, real-time operations monitoring, remote command & control

Shale-fluid interaction and novel shale drilling fluids, use of nano-particles

Zonal isolation / cementing

Borehole instability / lost circulation prevention, and artificial borehole strengthening

Hydraulic fracturing and associated water management

Fit-for-purpose rig design and well manufacturing

Quantum computing

80+ publications and 9 patents obtained in the above-mentioned areas

Awards & Honors:

Organizing Committee Member, SPE Drilling Automation Workshop, Vail 2012

Organizing Committee Member, SEG/SPE/AAPG Research Workshop on Shales, Austin, June 2010

Chairman, Drilling & Completing Trouble Zones (DCTZ) Conference, Galveston, October 2009

Technical Advisory Board Member, San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), 2000 - 2010

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology

Best Paper Award, SPE Drilling & Completion (September Issue, 1997)

Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE, 1996)

Experiment Award, awarded for best experiment in global RD Shell Research organization (1994)

Highlighted Publications and Google Scholar Profile:

A. Karimi Vajargah, Z. Ma, A. Ambrus, P. Ashok, D. Chen, E. van Oort, R. May, J.D. Macpherson, G. Becker, D.A. Curry, A Comprehensive Transient Hydraulic Model for MPD/UBD Operations, paper IADC/SPE accepted for the 2017 IADC/SPE Managed Pressure Drilling & Underbalanced Operations Conference & Exhibition

Bez Hoxha, Hugh Daigle, and Eric van Oort, Shale Stabilizing Mechanism of Nano-Particles, Paper SPE 184572 accepted for the International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry to be held 3-5 April, 2017 in Montgomery, TX, USA
Bez Hoxha, Hugh Daigle, and Eric van Oort, How Do Nano-Particles Stabilize Shales?, Paper SPE 184727 accepted for the SPE IADC Drilling Conference 14-16 March 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands

Yang Zhou, Pradeep Ashok, Theresa Baumgartner, and Eric van Oort, Future Workforce Education through Big Data Analysis for Drilling Optimization, Paper SPE 184739 accepted for the SPE IADC Drilling Conference 14-16 March 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands

Xiangyu Liu, Katy Aughenbaugh, and Eric van Oort, True Self-Healing Geopolymer Cements for Improved Zonal Isolation and Well Abandonment, Paper SPE 184675 accepted for the SPE IADC Drilling Conference 14-16 March 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands

Eric van Oort, Christian Pasturel, Jedrzej Bryla and Frederik Petersen, Improved Wellbore Stability on Tor/Ekofisk Wells through Shale-Fluid Compatibility Optimization, Paper SPE 184661 accepted for the SPE IADC Drilling Conference 14-16 March 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands

Saeid Enayatpour and Eric van Oort, Advanced Modeling of Cement Displacement Complexities, Paper SPE 184702 accepted for the SPE IADC Drilling Conference 14-16 March 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands

Omid Razavi, Ali Karimi Vajargah, Eric van Oort, Optimization of Wellbore Strengthening Treatment in Permeable Formations, Paper accepted for JPSE

Wu, Q., Nair S.D., van Oort, E., Guzik, A., and Kishida, N. Advanced Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors to Monitor Cement Hydration and Detect Annular Hydrocarbon Migration for Enhanced Zonal Isolation. Paper SPE 181429 presented at SPE ATCE in Dubai, UAE, 26-28 September 2016.

Z. Ma, A. Karimi Vajargah, P. Ashok, D. Chen, E. van Oort, R. May, D.A. Curry, J.D. Macpherson, G. Becker. Multi-Phase Well Control Analysis during Managed Pressure Drilling Operations. Paper SPE 181679 presented at SPE ATCE in Dubai, UAE, 26-28 September 2016.

Omid Razavi, Ali Karimi Vajargah, Eric van Oort, Munir Aldin and Sudarshan Govindarajan. Initiation and Propagation of Drilling Induced Fractures, paper ARMA 16-694, ARMA Conference, Houston TX, June 26-29, 2016.

Omid Razavi, Ali Karimi Vajargah, Eric van Oort, Munir Aldin, Sudarshan Govindarajan, Optimum particle size distribution design for lost circulation control and wellbore strengthening, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 35 (2016) p. 836-850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2016.08.038

Besmir Buranaj Hoxha, Oguz Incedalip, Ali Karimi Vajargah, Arthur Hale and Eric van Oort. Thermal Wellbore Strengthening: System Design, Testing, and Modeling. Paper SPE 180315 presented at the SPE Deepwater Drilling and Completions Conference, 14-15 September 2016, Galveston, TX, USA.

Quotations in the Press:

• Houston Chronicle, What 'Deepwater Horizon' gets right—and wrong, Oct.10, 2016, http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/What-Deepwater-Horizon-gets-right-and-wrong-9942726.php
• The Conversation, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ honors oil rig workers but oversimplifies the blowout, Oct.7, 2016, http://theconversation.com/deepwater-horizon-honors-oil-rig-workers-but-oversimplifies-the-blowout-66391
• JPT, Steve Rassenfoss: BOPs Become the Focus of Data-Driven Scrutiny, July 1, 2016, http://www.spe.org/jpt/article/11433-bops-become-the-focus-of-data-driven-scrutiny/
• Houston Chronicle, Lydia DePillis: Houston's schools adjust to an oil bust, after gearing up for a boom, July 9, 2016, http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/economy/article/Houston-s-schools-adjust-to-an-oil-bust-after-8350400.php?t=20358f9f33438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium
• JPT, Trent Jacobs: Drilling Down On Particle Size Analyzers, May 1, 2016, http://www.spe.org/jpt/article/11102-ep-notes-25/
• Drilling Contractor, Kelli Ainsworth: Drilling programs give university students hands-on exposure to automation, simulation, Sept.8, 2015, http://www.drillingcontractor.org/drilling-programs-give-university-students-hands-on-exposure-to-automation-simulation-36750
• JPT, Jack Betz: Automation Program Looks Outside Industry for Inspiration, Mar 1, 2015 http://www.spe.org/jpt/article/8347-ep-notes-12/
• JPT, Trent Jacobs: The Dawn of a New Automation Consortium, July 1, 2015 http://www.spe.org/jpt/article/9189-the-dawn-of-a-new-automation-consortium/
• Drilling Contractor, Remote directional drilling enhances shale well quality, efficiency, Mar 28, 2013, http://www.drillingcontractor.org/remote-directional-drilling-enhances-shale-well-quality-efficiency-23290
• Bloomberg BusinessWeek, David Wethe: NASA Helps Hatch Robots for Drilling Oil Without Humans, September 3, 2012