P. O. Box 70
Dayton, Texas 77535-0070
Office: (936) 257-1633
Cell: (713) 301-0242
Dr. David L. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Certified Consulting Geophysicist
AAPG Certified Petroleum Geophysicist License #26
Licensed Geophysicist, Texas State Board of Professional Geoscientists
Over twenty-eight (28) years of experience
in exploration and production geophysics including advanced modeling, interpretation
and processing of seismic data, and 3D design and operations. Demonstrated
skills in project management, research and development, interactive workstation
applications and support, prospect evaluation, and the application of geophysical
technology to the solution of exploration problems. Proven explorationist
with excellent oil finding skills. Oil and Gas discoveries both onshore
and offshore. Extensive supervisory and management experience within the
oil and gas industry.
* 2D and 3D interpretation
experience using LANDMARK, GEOQUEST and SMT interactive workstations.
ProMax processing experience. Extensive knowledge of geophysical
modeling concepts, both structural for imaging of complex structures, and
stratigraphic for determining reservoir environment and hydrocarbon potential.
Experienced in 3D seismic survey design and operations.
* Experience with Gulf of Mexico rock property data
base and applications to the modeling of Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene reservoirs
with respect to AVO response and pressure and temperature regimes.
Research conducted on the problem of well-to-seismic reflection amplitude
calibration in the Gulf of Mexico. Experienced in modeling and interpretation
for pre-stack and post-stack depth migration.
* Experience in generating and evaluating prospects
in the Louisiana and Texas Offshore Shelf, Upper Slope and Deep Water environments.
Onshore experience includes the generation and evaluation of exploration
prospects in the Anadarko and Arkoma Basins, the Louisiana and Texas Gulf
Coast trends and geophysical analysis in many International basins.
Experienced explorationist, development geophysicist and proven oil finder.
GEO ASSOCIATES, Houston, Texas
2004 – Present
* Geophysical and Geological consulting
services including 3D seismic interpretation, geological mapping, and the
generation of drillable prospects. Prospect evaluation and analysis.
Seismic processing and AVO modeling. Evaluation of oil and gas drilling
deals and independent analysis of oil and gas reserves. Expert analysis
of oil and gas properties.
RIMCO PRODUCTION COMPANY, INC., Houston, Texas
1999 – 2004
Geophysical Manager – Gulf Coast
* As Geophysical Manager, responsible for
3D interpretation and prospect generation in RIMCO’s Gulf
Coast operating areas. Responsible for all geophysical operations
including 3D interpretation, mapping, and the generation of drillable prospects.
Responsible for identifying and developing new 3D joint venture opportunities.
As a prospect generating geophysicist, responsible for the drilling of
a prospect inventory to add value to RIMCO. Several Gulf Coast discoveries
since joining RIMCO in 1999.
HS RESOURCES, INC., Houston, Texas
1998 - 1999
District Geophysicist – Gulf Coast District
* District Geophysicist for HS Resources’ Gulf Coast
onshore exploration and development program. Responsible for prospect
generation and development of oil and gas reserves using 3D technology.
Responsible for new field discovery in the Texas Gulf Coast.
SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY PRODUCTION COMPANY, Houston, Texas
1996 - 1998
Chief Geophysicist / Exploration Team Leader
* Chief Geophysicist and Exploration Team Leader for
all of Southwestern Energy’s operations including the Mid-Continent, Arkansas
and the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. As Chief Geophysicist, responsible
for all geophysical operations including Southwestern Energy aggressive
onshore 3D exploration program. As the Exploration Team Leader, responsible
for the generation and evaluation of prospects and the exploration drilling
program in all of Southwestern Energy’s operating areas.
District Geophysicist - Gulf Coast
* Responsible for the supervision, coordination and
quality control of all Gulf Coast geophysical operations. Responsible
for the development and implementation of Southwestern Energy’s 3D program
in South Louisiana. Supervised geophysical staff, assigned projects,
and applied geophysical technology to the solution of exploration problems.
Responsible for bringing Gulf Coast prospects to the drilling stage to
DEEPTECH INTERNATIONAL, INC., Houston, Texas
1992 - 1996
Manager of Geophysics
* Responsible for providing project management and
technical support to DEEPTECH International in the area of corporate computing
and geophysical technology with respect to DEEPTECH's Deep Water Gulf of
Mexico Exploration and Production and Gas Pipeline business.
* In the position of Manager of Geophysics for DEEPTECH's
subsidiaries Tatham Offshore and Dover Technology, responsible for technical
analysis on geophysical/geological projects including the modeling, analysis,
processing and interpretation of 2D and 3D data in the Flextrend and Deepwater
GOM. Applied technology and interpretive skills to bring Deepwater
prospects to the development drilling stage.
BRITISH PETROLEUM, Houston, Texas
1988 - 1992
Senior Staff Geophysicist, Gulf of Mexico Exploration
* Responsible for supporting the British Petroleum
Gulf of Mexico Shelf and Deepwater exploration groups with respect to data
attribute analysis and mapping, forward and inverse modeling, use of geotechnical
modeling software and geophysical analysis techniques on advanced interactive
computer graphics workstations. Developed Deepwater depositional models
to evaluate seismic attributes. Used interpretive expertise to generate,
evaluate and develop drillable Shelf and Deepwater prospects.
* Presented all relevant technical geophysical analysis
data on each exploration project including modeling analysis, well tie
correlation, well to seismic amplitude calibration, net pay estimations
and overall prospect drilling risk. As a senior consultant, contributed
to all formal technical presentations to management and influenced decisions
made with respect to final recommendations to senior management on oil/gas
lease bidding strategy and drilling proposals.
Staff Geophysicist, Exploration Technology Department
* Joined BP Exploration as a Staff Geophysicist with
the responsibility for the technical support and coordination of interactive
geoscience workstations for BP in Houston. In addition, trained geophysicists
and geologists in the use of interactive workstations for geophysical modeling
and data interpretation and provided support to solve problems related
to data loading, processing and interpretation of both 2D and 3D data acquired
in the Offshore GOM by BP.
TENNECO OIL COMPANY, Houston, Texas
Senior Geophysical Specialist, Geophysical Research Department
* As Senior Geophysical Specialist, was responsible
for the evaluation and selection of interactive geophysical workstations
for Tenneco and the transfer of advanced technology related to interactive
2D and 3D seismic interpretation and analysis. Coordinated the installation
of all interactive graphics computer workstations throughout Tenneco.
Provided expert consulting support to Tenneco on the negotiation of all
contracts related to licenses and maintenance of workstations. Also
selected and monitored third party hardware and software maintenance vendors
to ensure the cost effective operation of the workstations within the Tenneco
Exploration and Production Divisions worldwide.
Geophysical Specialist, Texas Gulf Coast Division
* Joined Tenneco Oil Company as a Geophysical Specialist
with the responsibility for assisting interpreters in the evaluation of
exploration prospects including the quality control of special seismic data
processing, modeling and time-to-depth conversion of prospective oil and
gas reservoirs. Provided technical consulting support to the Texas
Gulf Coast Operating Division concerning the analysis of well log data to
determine rock properties, structural and stratigraphic modeling, and 2D
and 3D seismic interpretation for prospect evaluation and development.
GETTY OIL COMPANY, Houston, Texas
1978 - 1984
Manager, Geophysical Research
* As Manager of Geophysical Research, was responsible
for the direction and coordination of the activities of a Geophysical Technical
Consulting Service and Applied Research program servicing the Getty Oil
Company Operating Divisions worldwide. Managing a group of 30 technical
professionals and geoscientists, was responsible for all projects and activities
of the geophysical department. Set priorities for geophysical projects
and recommended the addition of programs concerned with E&P research
and the development of new processes and techniques for hydrocarbon exploration.
Additionally, prepared and recommended budgets for geophysical project
expenditures and reviewed and evaluated the progress of all work including
the participation of Getty Oil Company in joint industry and university
* Joined Getty Oil Company's exploration and production
operations in Houston as a Geophysical Specialist. Functioning as
a project consultant to Getty Operations, implemented solutions to exploration
problems including time-to-depth conversion in complex velocity regions,
seismic inversion, modeling of high resolution seismic data for reservoir
delineation, and the application of frequency dependent attenuation measurement
methods to seismic data for the detection of hydrocarbons.
CONOCO, INC., Ponca City, Oklahoma
1976 - 1978
Research Scientist, Exploration Research Division
* Joined Conoco's Exploration Research Division as
a Research Scientist after receipt of Ph.D. in Meteorology from Purdue
University. Implemented research programs and techniques for enhanced
seismic reflection data processing and acquisition. Gained field
experience in designing and acquiring data in various acquisition experiments.
Provided technical support to Conoco Operations in solving special problems
related to the interpretation of high resolution and shear wave seismic
reflection data. Assisted in the research and development of special
seismic data processing methods including filter design and signal processing
techniques to enhance high frequency seismic data.
B.S., Mathematics and Physics (Dean's
Distinguished List), 1972, Baylor University, Waco, TX.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSE/CERTIFICATION AND HONORS
M.S., Physics, 1974, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Ph.D., Atmospheric Science and Meteorology, 1976, Purdue University,
West Lafayette, Indiana.
AAPG Certified Petroleum Geophysicist #26
Licensed Geophysicist, Texas State Board of Professional Geoscientists
Associate of the Scientific Research Society of North America
Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honors Society
American Meteorological Society
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
National Association of Environmental Professionals
Air and Waste Management Association
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Scientific Research Society of North America
National Physics Honor Society
American Bar Association, Associate Member Litigation Division