E. R. (Ross) Crain, P.Eng. is a retired Consulting Petrophysicist and Professional Engineer living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In a career that spanned 54 years, he specialized in integrated petrophysical analysis, bringing to the task a background in well logging operations,  geophysical data processing, reservoir engineering, cash flow analysis, software development, project management, and entrepreneurship. As an independent consultant, Ross has worked on projects in 45 countries on 6 continents and several oceans.

Ross is a Life Member of Association of Professional Engineers and GeoScientists of Alberta (APEGA) and was elected an Honourary Member of the Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS) in 1994 for his contributions to the petrophysical community.

In March 2019, he was awarded the first ever CWLS Lifetime Achievement Award.  Among other things, the presentation mentioned his "willingness to openly share and educate", acknowledging his 38 years of course presentations and the 20th anniversary of his petrophysical training website.

Ross is the author of more than 100 articles and technical papers.
He was awarded Best Paper of the Year from CSEG (1981) and CWLS (1985). He published "The Log Analysis Handbook", a 700 page hardcover textbook, in 1986 and its electronic Internet cousin "Crain's Petrophysical Handbook" in 1999, online at

Ross's current interest is mentoring of novice and experienced petrophysicists, geologists, and engineers, making use of an extensive library of eBook reference manuals, narrated self-study slideshows, and video courses.

In a parallel career, Ross carved a purebred Horned Hereford ranch from the bueh and woodlands of west-central Alberta, receiving his 25 year pin from the Canadian Hereford Association in 2005.


  • McGill University, Montreal, Sept 1957 - May 1962
    Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
    5 year program

  • University of Calgary, Alberta, Jan 1969 - Apr 1972
    Certificate in Management Development
    4 year evening program

  • Industry Courses: well log analysis, core analysis, seismic processing, mining geophysics, DST analysis, petroleum economics, oil and gas law, production logging, water chemistry, surface land rights.

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