Technical Team

Mohammad Kyanpour, Ph.D, P.Eng.Engineering and BD Manager (GCC)

Dr. Kyanpour is a leading reservoir engineer with more than 14 years of industry experience working for consulting firms, operating companies and educational institutions. Dr. Kyanpour's technical expertise includes heavy oil recovery, non-thermal EOR methods, reservoir simulation, wellbore and downhole completions modeling, sand control systems, well test analysis (PTA), Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) and reserve evaluation. Mohammad has managed numerous multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams and projects and he has worked on reservoirs in Canada, USA, UK, Colombia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, China, Iran, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait.

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Education
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, 2015
Master of Science (M.Sc.), Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, 2003 – 2004
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum University of Technology, 1988 – 2002

Publications (Full List and References on LinkedIn Professional Profile)
Evaluation of Thermal Efficiency of the Pre-Heat Period in the SAGD Process for Different Completion Methods, SPE, June 9, 2015
Design and Optimization of Orifice based Flow Control Devices in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage: A Case Study, SPE, September 25, 2014
A New Approach for Designing Steam Splitters and Inflow Control Devices in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage, SPE, June 12, 2013

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Da Zhu, Ph.DApplications Engineer

Dr. Zhu brings to the heavy oil industry a broad range of experience in flow control device thermal completions design and wellbore modeling, as well as reservoir simulation of SAGD with CMG-STARS™. Dr. Zhu's PHD in Fluid Dynamics has been integral in the design of our in-house Coupled Fluid Dynamics model for Thermal Applications. He uses his extensive experience in fundamental fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics and numerical simulation of turbulence to support sand and flow control solutions that will optimize production for specific and unique well conditions. Dr. Zhu has a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary (2015) and completed his Postdoctoral Research in Thermal Convection of Jupiter, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012). He has also achieved the following degrees: Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Astrophysics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (University of Chicago, 2010), Master of Science (M.S.) Applied Mathematics (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2005), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Fudan University, 2003).

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Education
Master of Science (M.Sc.), Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, 2015
Postdoctoral Research, Thermal Convection of Jupiter, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Astrophysics and Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Chicago, 2010
Master of Science (M.S.) Applied Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2005
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Fudan University, 2003

Publications (Full List and References on LinkedIn Professional Profile)
On fingering of steam chambers in steam-assisted heavy oil recovery, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Journal, Dec 2015
Prediction of steam to oil ratio of oil sands wells using reservoir characteristics, Energy, 2015
On the relationship between edge waves in an infinite potential vorticity staircase and Rossby waves on the beta-plane, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2010
Finite-amplitude wave activity and diffusive flux of potential vorticity in eddy-mean flow interaction, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 2010
Formation of jets through mixing and forcing of potential vorticity: analysis and parameterization of beta-plane turbulence, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 2010
Variational Analysis of Energy-Enstrophy Theory on the Sphere, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 2005

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Colby SuttonTechnical Sales & Completions Engineer

Colby is a Mechanical Engineer with many years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been involved in oilfield construction and cold primary field operations, as well as thermal drilling and completions engineering. Colby brings vitality and innovation to each and every project and remains involved with customers both in the office and in the field. He draws on direct experience and the bench-strength of his technical team members to deliver high quality and cost-effective solutions for specific sand and flow control challenges. Colby completed his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has received the following awards: Building Futures Scholarship Award, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Association Scholarship, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Award Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Transfer Entrance Scholarship.

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Education Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2014
Honors & Awards
Building Futures Scholarship Award, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. January 2014
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Association Scholarship, CAPP, 2013
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Award Bachelor of Science in Engineering – UT, Program, Grant MacEwan University, 2009
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Transfer Entrance Scholarship, Grant MacEwan University, 2009

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Alberto Andres Uzcategui, Mech. Eng.Technical Sales & Completions Engineer

Alberto is a Mechanical Engineer with a decade of experience in the oil and gas industry, working for operators and service companies. His career has been focused on drilling and completions design and operations in heavy and extra-heavy oil reservoirs for cold production field development and EOR thermal projects; being involved in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. Before joining RGL, he served as an Account Representative and Country Technology Leader for the Completions Unit of one of the top oil and gas service companies in Venezuela

LinkedIn Professional Profile: Alberto Andres Uzcategui

Education
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Mechanical Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, 2007

Publications (Full List and References on LinkedIn Professional Profile)
Ensuring Well Integrity along the well production life for challenging Steam Injection Applications in a Venezuelan extra-heavy oil field, World Heavy Oil Congress, September 2013
Wellhead Engineering Designs for different EOR Thermal Mechanisms in a Venezuelan extra-heavy oil field, Heavy Oil Latin American Conference, September 2012

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Kelly Rondeau, B.Sc. P.Eng.Product Development Engineer

Kelly graduated from NAIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program in 2003 and the University of Alberta’s Mechanical Engineering undergrad program in 2007. Since joining RGL in 2012 as a Product Design Engineer, Kelly has specialized in Finite Element Analysis and stress analysis. Some of Kelly’s designs include the manufacture and testing of truck-mounted cranes; the design of an oil-sands dump truck box manipulator, and the design of a specialised snubbing boom for the gas industry.

Education
Practicing Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, 2011
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2007
Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, 2003

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Vahid Fattahpour, Ph.DResearch Manager

Dr. Fattahpour has been involved in sand control design and testing in conventional and thermal production for over 10 years in North America and the Middle East. His diverse academic and industrial background includes physical modeling and experimental test and facility design for petroleum geomechanics, rock mechanics and geotechnics in Iran, Hong Kong and Canada. Prior to working at RGL, Dr. Fattahpour was a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Hong Kong and a Post-Doctoral fellow and Research Associate at the University of Alberta. He is currently the liaison between RGL and UofA and continues to be actively involved in joint research projects, including the design, testing and business aspects of sand control solutions. Dr. Fattahpour completed his Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics at the University of Tehran (2012) and achieved a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran (2004).

Mahdi Mahmoudi, Ph.DResearch Engineer

Dr. Mahmoudi is a graduate of the University of Alberta where he obtained a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering. He has been involved in sand control design and evaluation testing in conventional and thermal production for over a decade. His academic and industrial background focused on drilling and well completion. Dr. Mahmoudi has authored and co-authored over 20 technical conference publications on the subject of sand control design, evaluation, drill string failure, and risk assessment in drilling and well completion. He is currently working as a Research Engineer and is in charge of developing RGL’s pro-LAB™.

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