Dr. Mike Bruno
has more than 25 years of experience in advanced geomechanical analysis of oil and gas and environmental operations throughout the world. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (rock mechanics emphasis) from UCLA. He has been a Principal and owner of GeoMechanics Technologies (formerly Terralog Technologies USA, Inc.) since 1994. Prior to that, he held the positions of Geomechanics Group Leader, Rock Mechanics Laboratory Manager, and Senior Research Engineer with Chevron Oil Field Research Company. He has authored and co-authored more than 40 technical publications related to geomechanics. Dr. Bruno served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for GeoMechanics and Well Damage. He also served as Review Chairman for the SPE Reservoir Engineering and Evaluation Journal for geomechanics and geophysics topics. He has managed geomechanics analysis projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America. He also has practical drilling experience, holding a drilling contractors license and having managed drilling operations in the US and overseas.
Wenli Wang (Bakersfield)
is a Senior Geomechanics and Petroleum Engineer for GeoMechanics Technologies. She holds a MSc. degree in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and a MSc. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University, Beijing. Ms. Wang has 13 years of experience conducting research and providing technical services in the areas of hydraulic fracture analysis, geomechanics simulation, fluid flow simulation, waste injection design and management (Drill cutting and waste water reinjection). Prior to joining GeoMechanics Technologies, Ms. Wang led the geomechanics group to conduct drill cutting & waste water injection design at Advantek International. She also has experience of software development from its conceptual inception to the final delivery. The software modules she developed include 3D fracture simulation software, pore pressure and fracture gradient prediction module, and oil well production analysis and engineering scheme design module that involved analysis of multiphase flow through wellbore.
Juan Ramos (Houston)
is a Senior Petroleum Engineer for GeoMechanics Technologies. He holds a MSc. in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University, Scotland, and has 14 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with an emphasis on drilling, reservoir and production geomechanics. He has completed geomechanical simulations for both conventional and unconventional reservoirs in North America, Europe, and South America. Areas of expertise include: characterization of rock mechanics properties, open-hole log measurement and interpretation, core analysis, well planning, hydraulic fracturing, pore pressure prediction, sand prediction, wellbore stability, drilling engineering, risk and uncertainty analysis, programing language expertise, software development, stochastic analysis, mentoring and teaching, research and consulting. He previously held the position of geomechanics team lead for Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA).