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SIPES Luncheon: December 16, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

December 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm CST


The Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES), Houston

NMR for Independents

Date: Thursday, December 16th, 2021
Time: Wine served at 11:00 am  |  Lunch & Lecture starts @ 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Venue: Petroleum Club of Houston, 1201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

For membership, go to – https://sipeshouston.org/product/annual-dues


NMR technology was introduced to Oil & Gas Industry in 1992 by NUMAR. Since then, it has played major role in exploration and development of numerous major plays. Unfortunately, it has been categorized as a “specialized” service since its inception. 

NMR is a very diversified tool available to geologists and engineers for precision reservoir characterization. The applications range from porosity and permeability to in situ pore fluid characterization and landing zone analysis. Arguably it is one of the most useful tools in wellbore or in the lab, so why is it underutilized by independents?

The focus of this talk will be on the application rather than complicated theory. We will share some excellent applications of NMR and where it added actual dollars to reservoir characterization. Additionally, new NMR technology applications will be discussed such as NMR PDC bit cuttings as well as validation of readings to more industry standards like MICP.


Kiran Gawankar:

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 Southwestern 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 of the US and International Unconventionals and Conventional plays. Kiran is also one of the founders of the new AAPG technical interest group name P.I.G. (Petrophysical Interest Group). Kiran’s passion is about looking “beyond the logs” and integrating all aspects of data to discover, produce and develop oil and gas assets.


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December 16, 2021
11:00 am - 1:30 pm CST
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Petroleum Club of Houston
1201 Louisiana Street, 35th Floor
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Jeffrey Allen