David Lewis - President
David Lewis is currently the President and CEO of Blade Energy Partners. He has over 30 years of domestic and international experience in oil & gas exploration and production. He has a management and a strong engineering background in drilling, completions and offshore structures with experience in deepwater, big bore (mono bore) and high pressure - high temperature wells (surface pressures of 30,000 psi and surface temperatures of 450 degrees F). He has specific expertise in technology management, deepwater drilling, HPHT wells, reliability-based design, tubulars, connections, marine drilling risers, conductors, pipelines, offshore structures, down-hole equipment, project management, training and finite element analysis. He was with Mobil from 1981 to 2000 and Blade from 2000 to present day. At Mobil he led the development of Mobil’s reliability-based tubular design technology, deepwater floating drilling technology and he developed and taught Mobil’s casing design, floating drilling and advanced mechanics courses for many years. David’s current interests include quantitative risk analysis and reliability-based design, as well as stochastic optimization methods applied to the oil and gas industry. He is very active in API and ISO committee work serving on six different committees and is the current chairman of API Committees: API 5-EX (Solid Expandables), API RP 16Q (Marine Drilling Risers) and API 16R (Marine Drilling Risers Connectors). He has over twenty five archival publications in various areas of tubular mechanics and structural engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, and a member of ASCE and SPE. In 2009 and 2010 he served as a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE. Education includes BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla and postgraduate doctoral work in finite element methods, continuum mechanics, vibrations and structural dynamics.
Ravi Krishnamurthy - Executive Vice President Metallurgy and Corrosion Materials Science
Ravi has over 18 years of experience in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry, especially in metallurgical engineering, fracture mechanics, sour service design, pipeline integrity and corrosion engineering. He is an expert in applications of in-line inspection to pipeline integrity. Ravi received his Ph.D in Materials Science from the University of Virginia.
PV (Suri) Suryanarayana - Executive Vice President, Engineering, Research, and Development
Suri has 18 years of professional experience including an extensive background in tubular mechanics, Coiled Tubing technology, multiphase flow modeling and probabilistic design (Quantitative Risk Analysis) techniques. He is currently one of the lead instructors for Blade in their Advanced UBD Well Design and Advanced UBD Flow Modeling courses. He has extensive experience in the design, engineering and implementation of complex UBD projects. Lately, he has been very active in reservoir-based probabilistic valuation of UBD, and quantitative assessment of the impact of formation damage during conventional drilling. Suri is also one of the founding partners of Blade Energy and is a member of several organizations including SPE. He has authored or co-authored over 37 archival papers in the industry; several of them in CT technology and UBD. Education credits include a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.
Sriram Vasantharajan - Executive Vice President Integrated Studies Reservoir Management
Sriram has over 20 years of industry experience, with an extensive knowledge of theory and application of Operations Research/Optimization techniques. He also has significant experience with state-of-the-art LP, NLP, and MIP mathematical algorithms and software packages, and with general modeling environments (eg. GAMS, AIMMS, Excel). His work spans both the Upstream and Downstream sectors and has specialized in developing and applying optimization models to enhance economic value of oil and gas assets. Sriram received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.