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.
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
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
McGill University, Montreal,
Sept 1957 - May 1962
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
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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