E. R. (Ross) Crain,
P.Eng. is a Consulting Petrophysicist and
Professional Engineer celebrating 50+ years experience in the
integration of well log and lab data with petrophysics and rock
physics concepts for geophysical, geological, engineering,
stimulation, and simulation phases of oil, gas, and mineral
exploitation. Projects have spanned conventional and unconventional
reservoirs in more than 40 countries.
Ross's current interest is
development of practical solutions for petrophysical analysis of all
forms of unconventional reservoirs, determination of accurate
mechanical properties of rocks for stimulation design, and distance-eduation
/ mentoring of both novices and experienced petrophysicists.
Strengths include excellent
managerial skills, especially in integrated, multi-disciplined field
studies, an ability to bring these projects in on-time and within
budget, a successful entrepreneurial background, a proven record of
innovation in computer applications, and an ability to teach these
1962: McGill University, Montreal
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
University of Calgary, Alberta
Certificate in Management Development
(Business Administration Certificate Program)
1963 - 2006: Industry courses in well log
analysis, core analysis,
seismic processing, mining geophysics, DST
economics, production logging, water
1984 - Present:
Principal Consultant, Spectrum 2000 Mindware, an
independent petrophysical consulting practice,
specializing in petrophysical analysis for integrated
projects, mentoring, forensic analysis, and courseware.
1973 - 1986: President
and Principal Consultant, Log/Mate Limited, where he
developed and successfully marketed the first desktop
microcomputer system for log analysis (1976), five years
before the terms microcomputer, personal computer, or PC
had been coined.
1962 – 1973: Prior Industry Experience – Schlumberger (well
logging), Geophysical Services Inc (seismic data
processing), Dome Petroleum Ltd (reservoir engineer),
Sproule and Associates Ltd (reservoir engineer), Digitech Ltd (seismic processing center manager, Canada
and Australia. See
Career History for
Taught more than 2500
students in open and in-house seminars on a variety of
petrophysical topics, published 10 textbook quality
Reference Manuals, prepared 4 multi-media (audio-visual)
narrated self-study courses covering basic and advanced
Completed more than 700 petrophysical analysis projects,
from 40 countries, ranging in size from the Burgan Field
(770 wells) to one well current drillers.
or co-author of more than 60 technical papers and
articles, receiving Best Paper of Year Award CWLS
(1985), CSEG (1981), Schlumberger (1964), Keynote Speaker, Libya
2001: Published "Crain's Petrophysical Handbook
- 3rd Millennium Edition",
an Internet based Worldwide eLearning Project, also
available on CD-ROM, with associated spreadsheet
software and Reference Manuals.
2005 - 2007: University
of Calgary - Invited to assist in curriculum design and
course presentation of a new Petrophysics course for 3rd
year Geology and Geophysics students.
2004 - 2009: University
of Tulsa - Invited to teach Petrophysics portion of TU
Leader Program run by TU for Schlumberger engineers.
1994: Elected an
Honorary Member of Canadian Well Logging Society.
President 1990, Treasurer 1988 and 1989, Publications
Chairman 1981 and 1982,
hardcover textbook, "The Log Analysis Handbook", Pennwell, widely used as a reference for practical
quantitative petrophysical log analysis.
1983 - 1986: Expert
systems research on artificial intelligence applications
in petrophysics for Alberta Research Council / D&S
Petroleum Consultants Joint Venture-
1976 - 1982: Developed and marketed LOG/MATE, the first
desktop computer package (hardware and software) for
1973 - 1982: Supervised logging operations on-site and
supervised petrophysical analysis for 120+ wells drilled
in the Arctic Islands of Canada.
APEGGA, CWLS, SPWLA
CIMM, CSEG, ASEG