Dr. Eric van Oort

B.J. Lancaster Professor in the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Eric van Oort - QRI Scholar

Dr. Eric van Oort

B.J. Lancaster Professor in the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department,
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. van Oort is an esteemed B.J. Lancaster Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas’ Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the oilfield industry with Shell International E&P, including over 15 years’ experience in drilling land and offshore exploration and development wells by Shell Upstream Americas. Dr. van Oort was an expert in wellbore stability and real-time operation centers within Shell. His research included petroleum-related rock mechanics (e.g. wellbore stability, fluid—shale interactions, lost circulation, geopressure prediction, etc.), production technology, production chemistry and quantum mechanics—molecular spectroscopy.

Following his 20+ years with Shell, he formed a consultancy group called EVO Oilfield Consulting, LLC. The company specializes in advice on drilling fluids and cementing, borehole instability and lost circulation prevention, drilling efficiency optimization, non-productive time (NPT) / invisible lost time (ILT) reduction, making optimum use of Real-Time Operations Centers (RTOC) capabilities, fit-for-purpose rigs and well manufacturing solutions, performance benchmarking and target setting, training and staff development for drilling and completion operations.

Dr. van Oort is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Genesis Real Time Systems, which delivers state-of-the-art real-time technologies for remote operations monitoring and remote command and control to the oil and gas industry. It is collaboration between ex-NASA engineers, knowledge management experts and experienced drilling/completion engineers.

Dr. van Oort received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam, his M.S. (cum laude) in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam and his B.S. (cum laude) in Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam.

He has published over 50 oilfield papers and over 15 non-oilfield papers.

Ph.D., Chemical Physics, University of Amsterdam
M.S. (cum laude), Chemical Physics, University of Amsterdam
B.S. (cum laude), Chemistry, University of Amsterdam
Key Awards: 
Organizing Committee Member, SPE Drilling Automation Workshop, Vail
Organizing Committee Member, SEG/SPE/AAPG Research Workshop on Shales, Austin
Chairman, Drilling & Completing Trouble Zones (DCTZ) Conference, Galveston
Technical Advisory Board Member, San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), 2000 - 2010
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology
Best Paper Award, SPE Drilling & Completion (September Issue, 1997)
Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Experiment Award, awarded for best experiment in global RD Shell Research organization
Professional Experience: 
25+ years industry/academic experience