One on one petrophysical instruction:
Throughout the lifecycle of assets, all skillsets either require or benefit from input from petrophysics. For example, the determination for in place volumes is the most dependent on porosity and saturation which come from petrophysical interpretations.
The industry has more recently been adapting Cluster Analysis (i.e. Data Analytics) to solve problems. We at EPOCH have been practitioners of this method for 10 years with great success. Our integration and knowledge of Cluster Analysis allows us to apply it to the petrophysical realm which is often not seen or used. Because of this use, we can decrease project time by time by 3X with more accurate results.
EPOCH consulting is an integrated consulting group that provides businesses with innovative and accurate geologic interpretations to solve production problems, optimize their assets and capture their greatest opportunities to drive bottom-line impact.
Our aim is to provide solutions and advice that will help you find, extract or develop the maximum amount of hydrocarbons at the lowest cost.
Too often, we find that petrophysics is not leveraged to the degree it should be due to ambiguity or lack of industry knowledge, meaning sizable hydrocarbons are left in the ground. Petrophysics is overlooked when determining EOR and evaluating the target zones with the greatest rate of return.
Our technical expertise and workflows offer high degrees of accuracy with speed while always informing clients of uncertainties.
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Exploration, and Service Companies
Matt Boyce PhD earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arkansas in Geology. While earning his degree's he worked as an intern with SEECO (now SWN) during their discovery of the Fayetteville Shale. Matt was fortunate enough to observe and learn from the discovery of the second unconventional after the Barnett from Industry pioneer's
Matt Boyce PhD earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arkansas in Geology. While earning his degree's he worked as an intern with SEECO (now SWN) during their discovery of the Fayetteville Shale. Matt was fortunate enough to observe and learn from the discovery of the second unconventional after the Barnett from Industry pioneer's and his advisor Dr. Walter Manger.
Matt decided after the completion of his Master’s degree to pursue a PhD at West Virginia University where he studied under Dr. Tim Carr. While there he worked with Dominion E&P (now CNX) on the initial exploration of the Marcellus in West Virginia. With the contributions from Dominion E&P as well as EQT Matt produced one the first and most widely used documents on the petrophysics and geology of the Marcellus for the area. In that same document Matt created a derivation of the Archie equation for unconventionals that later proved to have application outside of the Marcellus.
After his PhD, Matt was hired by ExxonMobil as a part of there petrophysics core group. From here Matt worked several plays on the forefront of the global expansion of Unconventionals. He evaluated and operated wells in the following basins in the U.S: Permian, Paradox, Appalachia, Gulf Coast, Unita, Piceance, DJ , L.A., Anadarko, Michigan, Williston, and Sacramento basin’s. He was further tasked with evaluating and operating in multiple international plays such as Vaca Muerta, La Luna, Bowland, Dadas, McCarther Basin, Cooper Basin, Dnieper-Donets basin, Montney, Posadonia, and Baltic basin. Matt was fortunate to have worked and viewed the wide variety of unconventional plays that greatly enhanced his ability to find hydrocarbons in unconventionals.
In 2013, Matt decided to pursue a dual skill set career at SWN. Here he operated as petrophysicist and geologist. His worked continued on finding new opportunities in the Permian, Paradox, Anadarko, Sand Wash and Appalachian basins. While at SWN Matt co-discovered a new patent (US 3005657A1) that greatly enhanced determining unconventional porosity using core NMR. This paper was later followed by a paper through SPE as paper 194484. The paper in short illustrated the usefulness of the method but also that in place values were two to three times larger than previously calculated. Due to the patent SWN decided to build their own Core NMR lab that Matt co-constructed and became proficient at Core NMR acquisition and interpretation. In addition to the Core NMR Matt applied his learning's by co-developing a engineered completion based on the findings from NMR that yielded measurable increases in production.
In 2018, Matt pursued a new venture that is EPOCH Consulting LLC. He applies his extensive background in petrophysics and geology to unconventional problems across industry. His clients enjoy the synergy that he applies between geology and petrophysics as well as how to incorporate it to other facets of their business. His clients include a wide variety of customer from Investment Banking, Non-operated companies, Operators in Permian, Mid-continent and Appalachia, and universities
Andrew J. Zitterkopf is an engineer with over 19 years of experience in oil and gas operations, drilling, completions, reservoir engineering, exploration and field development. Andrew graduated with from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2001) and Master of Business Administration from University
Andrew J. Zitterkopf is an engineer with over 19 years of experience in oil and gas operations, drilling, completions, reservoir engineering, exploration and field development. Andrew graduated with from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2001) and Master of Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin (2015).
In 2001, he began his career in the US Domestic Group at ExxonMobil as a drilling engineer. While at ExxonMobil He had the privilege of being trained under Ed Dew, who is most known for the invention of Dew Plots in Engineering. From 2001-2002 Andrew worked in Green River, Piceance Creek, Midland Basin, Offshore California and Gulf of Mexico leading their drilling operations. While working in Wyoming, Andrew developed a method to use coiled tubing to drill wells to reduce cost and the environmental footprint of drilling operations.
In 2003, Andrew worked in Equatorial Guinea planning, drilling and completion operations offshore in deep water as well as from the Jade Platform drilling Extended Reach Wells (ERD) reaching 26,000 ft MD. Later in 2005, Andrew was the lead engineer working in southern Chad performing drilling and completion operations on a full field development project in Doba Basin as well as exploration drilling operations in eastern Chad (Doseo Basin)
Andrew moved to Hess in 2008 to plan Offshore Ghana & Brazil Exploration wells. While in Ghana, Andrew planned, designed and drilled the $75MM Ankobra-1 exploration well for Hess. He prepared the exploration drilling programs for Hess’ future exploration wells in Brazil.
In 2009, Andrew moved to Southwestern Energy where he oversaw two drilling rigs working in the Fayetteville Shale. Andrew was instrumental in helping reducing drill times from 14 days down to 7 days for drilling ops and reducing cost on wells by 30%. In 2011, Andrew made the technical switch to Reservoir Engineering and was the lead engineer for SWN’s OBO Team which oversaw 50MMCFD of production and an annual budget of $60MM. In addition, Andrew was involved with the Fayetteville Shale Planning & Reserves group where he helped oversee the $1B budget for the Fayetteville Shale and 2 BCFD production. Later in 2013, Andrew moved to the Exploration team and assisted in evaluating new greenfield assets for Southwestern Energy.
In 2016, Andrew joined Grenadier Energy Partners as a Senior Staff Reservoir Engineer. He assisted GEP in A&D work, reserves, well planning, economics, and developed financial models for project evaluation. He assisted GEP with their acquisition of Howard County assets from Occidental Petroleum as well as bolt on opportunities. GEP grew to an 20,000 acres footprint in Howard County and 10,000 BOEPD of production.
Sasha is a geology and geophysics consultant with Epoch consulting. Prior to Epoch, she was a consultant with The Carnrite Group specializing in organizational design, roles and responsibilities design, strategy and change management. Sasha spent four years working for an energy-focused boutique software consulting firm, 3GiG LP, where sh
Sasha is a geology and geophysics consultant with Epoch consulting. Prior to Epoch, she was a consultant with The Carnrite Group specializing in organizational design, roles and responsibilities design, strategy and change management. Sasha spent four years working for an energy-focused boutique software consulting firm, 3GiG LP, where she worked as a geoscience technical consultant and led the business development efforts for the company. Before entering consulting, Sasha briefly worked as an exploration and operations geologist. Sasha hold a BS in Geology from Southern Methodist University, an MS in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway University of London, and an MBA in Energy and Entrepreneurship from Rice University.
Kiran Gawankar is a Petrophysicist and NMR specialist with over 20 years of experience. He received his B.S. Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Poona (India). He started his oilfield career with Halliburton Energy Services as a wireline logging engineer. During his tenure at Halliburton, Kiran held positions a
Kiran Gawankar is a Petrophysicist and NMR specialist with over 20 years of experience. He received his B.S. Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Poona (India). He started his oilfield career with Halliburton Energy Services as a wireline logging engineer. During his tenure at Halliburton, Kiran held positions as Master Field engineer and worked internationally on a variety of projects. He was also principle Petrophysicist and Team lead for Reservoir Evaluation Services OKC as well as the subject matter expert for NMR in the Mid-continent division. For the past 10 years, Kiran gained experience in shale reservoir characterization with companies like Nutech Energy Alliance. Kiran later joined South Western Energy as a senior Staff Petrophysicist where he discovered two high profile plays. Kiran was responsible for the discovery of the highly prolific Moorefield Shale play in the Arkoma Basin as well as the High Maturity (low resistivity) Marcellus Shale play in the Appalachian Basin. These two discoveries cemented Kiran not only as a skilled operations employee but also as a prolific hydrocarbon finder. Later he was promoted to Technical Expert at SWN where he co-developed a core NMR patent termed SFC (US3005657A1) as well as the SPE paper 194484. Due to the patent Kiran also built a Core NMR lab at SWN to aid in the development of their assets. He has a wide variety of experience that includes most unconventionals US and international as well as a surprising variety of Conventional experience. Kiran is also one of the founders of the new AAPG technical interest group name P.I.G. (Petrophysical Interest Group). Kirans passion is about looking “beyond the logs” and integrating all aspects of data to discover, produce and develop oil and gas assets.
Lauren Stout is the Owner and Founder of Stout Petrographic. Stout Petrographic is a consulting company that performs high-end petrographic interpretation of conventional and unconventional reservoirs. As with any technical analysis, it is more valuable when integrated with other data. At Stout Petrographic, Lauren integrates geochemistry, biomarker data, diagenetic models, stratigraphic analysis, and paleo analysis with her high-end petrographic work. At Stout Petrographic the goal is to provide timely easily communicable interpretations to help clients become more efficient in production, exploration, or A&D. The partnership with EPOCH consulting allows Stout Petrographic to integrate petrophysics into the workflow which has proven to be extremely valuable for clients.
Lauren earned her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Geosciences and her M.S. from the Colorado School of Mines in Geology, with a focus on petrographic analysis, carbonate diagenesis, and stable isotope analysis. After graduating from Colorado School of Mines, Lauren worked as a geologist at SWN. There she learned the operational side of unconventional reservoirs in the Arkoma and Appalachian basin but also was utilized heavily in Exploration. Due to her background in petrography and paleontology she helped the SWN Exploration division value new hybrid plays. During that process she led the effort and created the SWN petrography lab. She became incredibly well versed in carbonate and clastic petrography with an emphasis on diagenesis and isotopic analysis. Lauren was also a first adaptor of using QEMSCAN (combined SEM and EDS imaging) on thin sections to enhance diagenetic and petrophysical studies.
After SWN, Lauren worked for Aramco Services Company where she managed laboratory operations for the Geology Technology Team. In that position, she became extensively trained in GC, GCMS, GC-IRMS, EA-IRMS, Rock Eval Pyrolysis, Hyperspectral Imaging, and various microscopes. At the end of 2019, Lauren established Stout Petrographic where she utilizes her extensive skills for the company.
Andrew Wilbourn’s company Delta Exploration provides turnkey geologic services from well log interpretation, geologic mapping, and prospect generation through well planning, commission work, geosteering, and completion interval recommendations.
Andrew earned a B.A. in Geology from Washington and Lee University and a M.S. in geology from the University of Mississippi. Andrew worked as a Geologist II at Chesapeake Energy from 2012 to 2017. While there, he oversaw the geologic operations and development in Appalachia and Mid-Continent. In the Appalachian division he was the ops geologist on the longest lateral in company history on a single target line. From this wide array of basin operations experience, Andrew sharpened his skills to a high level in operations.
Andrew left Chesapeake in 2017 for an opportunity with private operator Le Norman Operating (now Templar Energy). At Le Norman, he performed all geologic responsibilities in the project life cycle of the company’s active wells covering and area of 350,000 plus net acres in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. His technical abilities in geologic mapping, well recommendations, recompletion evaluation and testimony at the Oklahoma Corporation Commision helped Le Norman manage the 30,000 BOEPD in their asset. In 2019, Andrew left Le Norman/Templar to found Delta Exploration, LLC. His variety of technical experience in basins as well as his excellent operational background allows him to consult with a range of clients including non-operator holdings, small operators, large independents and A&D companies. Andrew’s ability to integrate production data to help predict operational efficiencies and geologic changes is valued highly by his clients.
Last year, Delta Exploration began to work with EPOCH Consulting to provide additional geologic interpretations and high-end operational experience that integrates well into the extensive petrophysical knowledge EPOCH provides. This working relationship has proved to be extremely beneficial to clients as they can have precision petrophysical interpretations that are directly integrated into Delta’s operational knowledge.