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Pat Brand

Pat has over twenty-three years of professional experience in project leadership and management with extensive experience with underbalanced drilling projects including feasibility studies, technical support and advising. His project management experience includes project manager for the Maxus Krisna, Shell E11 SC2 and Shell St. Joseph UBD projects, UBD Advisor for Kufpec OSEIL and Lola Kecil and ExxonMobil ARUN Big Bore and PASE UBD projects. He has developed and taught an Advanced Underbalanced Well Design Course. He has performed UBD feasibility studies for fields in the Far East, Vietnam, Japan and Indonesia and is an expert in multiphase flow and thermal simulations. Pat is also one of the founding partners of Blade Energy. He is a Registered Professional Engineer for the State of Texas, Past Chairman of the IADC Underbalanced Drilling Committee, Chairman of the SPE Re-Write Committee on Underbalanced Operations and a member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society. He has authored or co-authored several papers in the industry, many relating to UBD design and testing. Education credits include a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Martin Culen

Martin Culen joined the Middle East offices of Blade Energy in the fall of 2005, after 6 years with Precision Drilling. Martin is currently the regional General Manager for Blade Energy Partners covering the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. He is involved in all facets of UB and MPD project execution from concept selection, Front End Engineering & Design, Project Management and site execution. Prior to joining Blade, Martin occupied three roles for Precision in the Eastern hemisphere. His last role was Regional Business Development Manager for Precision’s three core product lines – Underbalanced Drilling, MWD/LWD services and Wireline. Martin joined Precision’s Middle East offices in the spring of 2002 to work as regional Technical Manager for underbalanced drilling. His duties with Precision in UBD began in the UK office of Northland Energy Services in January 2000, as a Project Engineer. He specialized in the development and project management of offshore separation technologies. Before his move to the UK, Martin gained extensive experience in integrated UBD equipment design and fabrication with Tesco Drilling Corporation in Calgary, as well as UBD engineering and coil tubing drilling with Nowsco Well Service. He also conducted research for Exxon and the University of Alberta on fibreglass reinforced plastic production tubulars. Martin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U of A in 1994.

Suri Suryanarayana

Suri has fifteen 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 40 archival papers in the industry, and made numerous invited presentations. Education credits include a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. He is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2006-2007 season, on the topic of reservoir application of UBD.

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