PUBLICATIONS

Partial List of Publications by Dr. Ganesh Thakur
(understanding of the science and art of petroleum engineering)

Books

  1. Author of Integrated Waterflood Asset Management, PennWell Books, 1998
  2. Co-author of Integrated Petroleum Reservoir Management, PennWell Books, 1994
  3. Author of Reservoir Management of Mature Fields, IHRDC, 1992

           

SPE Reprint Series Chairman/Editor

  1. Reservoir Management, 2000
  2. Waterflooding, 2003

      

Papers/Articles/Patents

2019

    1. S. Bose, M. Myers, P. Chen, G.C. Thakur, et al. “Application of an Integrated Petrophysical Modeling to Improve Log-based Reservoir Characterization and Oil in-Place Estimate of a Fresh Water Shaly-Sand Reservoir”, accepted by SPWLA 60th Annual Symposium in The Woodlands, TX, June 15-19, 2019
    2. P. Chen, G.C. Thakur, S. Balasubramanian, A. Selveindran, S. Bose, “CO2-EOR and Carbon Storage in Indian Oilfields: From Laboratory Study to Pilot Design” SPE-195378-MS, the SPE Western Regional Meeting in San Jose, California, USA, on April 23-26, 2019.
    3. P. Chen, G.C. Thakur, S. Balasubramanian, A. Deka, Y. Zhu, S. Bose, “A Robust Reservoir Screening Approach to Identify IOR/EOR Opportunities from Mature Oilfields”, SPE-195270-MS, the SPE Western Regional Meeting in San Jose, California, USA, on April 23-26, 2019.

2018

    1. P. Chen, S. Balasubramanian, S. Bose, A. Alzahabi and G.C. Thakur, “An Integrated Workflow of IOR/EOR Assessment in Oil Reservoirs”, OTC-28726-MS, paper presented at Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, TX, April 30-May 3, 2018
    2. S. Bose, S. Balasubramanian, A. Alzahabi, P. Chen, G.C. Thakur, “Hybrid Grouping Of Wells Combining Geological Compartmentalization And Surface Facilities”, OTC-29008-MS, paper presented at Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, TX, April 30-May 3, 2018
    3. S. Bose, A. Alzahabi, S. Balasubramanian, P. Chen, G.C. Thakur, “A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Select the Optimum Infill-Well Location for Efficient Reservoir Management of a Mature Field”, OTC-28626-MS, paper presented at Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, TX, April 30-May 3, 2018
    4. S. Balasubramanian, P. Chen, S. Bose, A. Alzahabi and G.C. Thakur, “Recent Advances in Enhanced Oil Recovery Technologies for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs”, OTC-28973-MS, paper presented at Offshore Technology Conference held in Houston, TX, April 30-May 3, 2018
    5. A. Deka, P. Chen, and G.C. Thakur, “Diagnostic Analysis Approach to Evaluate Waterflood Performance and IOR/EOR Screening in Mature Reservoirs”, SPE Trinidad and Tobago Section Energy Resources Conference 2018, June 25-27. 18TTCE-P-395-SPE
    6. G.M. Thomas, A. Selveindran, A. Alzahabi, S. Bose, S. Balasubramanian, G. Thakur, “Improving the Recovery of a Mature Permian Basin Oil Field: An Application of Integrated Petroleum Reservoir Management”, SPE-191234-MS, SPE Trinidad and Tobago Section Energy Resources Conference 2018, June 25-27.
    7. A. Anand, P. Chen, S. Bose, S. Balasubramanian, G.C. Thakur, “Petrophysics-Driven CO2 EOR Scoping Study: A Field Case Demonstration”, presentation and publication at the SPWLA 59th Annual Symposium in London, UK on June 2-6, 2018
    8. A. Alzahabi, S. Bose, S. Balasubramanian, G.C. Thakur, “A Data-Driven Workflow for Production Optimization and Efficient Reservoir Management Using a Multi-disciplinary Approach”, paper presented at 2018 GEO – the 13th Middle East Geoscience Conference and Exhibition, 5-8 March 2018
    9. “Assessment and Ranking of Oil Reservoirs for Improved Oil Recovery and Enhanced Oil Recovery“, US Provisional Patent Application No. 62/637,265, March 1, 2018.
    10. “Optimization Technique for CO2-EOR Miscibility Management in an Oil Reservoir“, US Provisional Patent Application No. 62/740,379, October 2, 2018.

2017

    1. “ARMA: Horizontal Completion Fracturing Techniques Using Data Analytics – Selection and Prediction”, paper presented at the 51st US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, California, USA.  June 25-28, 2017
    2. “SPE-186068-MS: Application of Multi-Level and High-Resolution Fracture Modeling in Field-scale Reservoir Simulation Study”, prepared for presentation at the SPE Reservoir Characterization and Simulation Conference and Exhibition held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8 – 10 May 2017
    3. “Advanced technique for screening EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) and IOR (Improved Oil Recovery) methodologies for a given petroleum reservoir”. US Provisional Patent Application Serial No UHID: 2017-039, May 15, 2017.
    4. “Horizontal Completion Fracturing Techniques Using Data Analytics: Selection and Prediction“, US Provisional Patent Application Serial No UHID: 2017-033, March 1, 2017.
    5. “SPE-185747-MS: Cyclic Steam Injection Modeling and Optimization for Candidate Selection, Steam Volume Optimization, and SOR Minimization, Powered by Unique, Fast, Modeling and Data Assimilation Algorithms”, presentation at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, 2017.
    6. “SPE-185507-MS: Redistribution of Steam Injection in Heavy Oil Reservoir Management to Improve EOR Economics, Powered by a Unique Integration of Reservoir Physics and Machine Learning”, presentation at the SPE Latin America and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, 2017.

2016 and Earlier

  1. “Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Forecasting Performance of Water Flooding of an Oil Reservoir System Using a Hybrid Analytical-Empirical Methodology“, US Patent 8,805,631, August 12, 2014.
  2. “Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Forecasting Performance of Polymer Flooding of an Oil Reservoir System“, US Patent 8,510,089, August 13, 2013.
  3. “Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Screening and Predicting the Performance of Enhanced Oil Recovery and Improved Oil Recovery Methods“, US Patent 8,175,751 B2, Date of Patent – May 8, 2012.
  4. “The New Conventional”, The Way Ahead Magazine, SPE Journal paper, 2012.
  5. “The Role of Integrated Project Teams Applying Innovative Technologies to Improve Production and Recovery”, pages 5-12, Investigations in Geophysics No. 15, Methods and applications in Reservoir Geophysics, 2010.
  6. “The Role of Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Innovative Reservoir Management” SPE 112921, 2008 SPE North Africa TC and Exhibition held in Marrakech, Morocco, March 12-14 2008
  7. “Should a Technical Career Track/Ladder Be a Preferred Option for Young Professionals?” Pillars of the Industry, The Way Ahead, SPE, pages 20-21, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2007.
  8. “Waterflood Surveillance and Monitoring: Putting Principles into Practice”, pages 552-562, October 2007, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering.
  9. “Techbits: Workshop Addresses Reservoir Water Control and Management”, 1002-0026 JPT SPE Journal Paper – 2002.
  10. “The World of Technology: Emerging Technology and Implications for the Greater Caspian Region”, Special Invited Session Speaker at the AAPG Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey, July 9–12, 2000.
  11. “Horizontal Well Technology – A Key to Improving Reserves”, published in JCPT, October 1999, Volume 38, No. 10.
  12. “Emerging Technologies in Petroleum Asset Management”, International Energy Agency Conference on EOR, October 4–7, 1998, Carmel, California. Special invited speaker by the United States Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
  13. “The Role of Reservoir Management in Carbonate Waterfloods”, SPE Paper 39519 presented at the 1998 SPE India Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition held in New Delhi, India, February 10–12.
  14. “Light Oil Steamflood and Heavy Oil Reservoir Management”, Proceedings, ASCOPE Conference, November 24–27, 1997, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  15. “Heavy Oil Reservoir Management”, Proceedings of the 15th World Petroleum Congress, 1997 The Executive Board of the World Petroleum Congress, published by John Wiley & Sons.
  16. “Heavy Oil Reservoir Management”, SPE Paper 39233 presented at the SPE Fifth Latin America and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference and Exhibition held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 30 to September 3, 1997.
  17. “What is Reservoir Management?” JPT (June 1996) 520–525, a Distinguished Author Series article.
  18. “Can Integrated Reservoir Management and Technology Enhance Performance of Water and Gas Floods?” published in JCPT and presented at the 46th Annual Technical Meeting of the Petroleum Society of CIM in Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 14–17, 1995.
  19. “The Role of Technology and Decision Analysis in Reservoir Management”, SPE Paper 29775 presented at the 1995 SPE Middle East Oil Show held in Bahrain, March 11–14, 1995.
  20. “Does Sound Reservoir Management Provide a Competitive Edge in Applying Petroleum Technology?”, paper presented at Petrotech’95, First International Petroleum Conference & Exhibition, January 9–12, 1995, New Delhi, India.
  21. “Does Simulation Play an Important Economic Role in Reservoir Management?” Paper presented at the Fifth International Forum on Reservoir Simulation, Muscat, Oman, December 10–14, 1994.
  22. “Integrated Reservoir Management – A Team Approach”, SEG Workshop 2, October 27, 1994, Los Angeles, CA.
  23. “Waterflood Surveillance Techniques – A Reservoir Management Approach”, JPT (October 1991) 1180–88, a Distinguished Author Series article.
  24. “Design of a Major CO2 Flood, North Ward Estes Field, Ward County, Texas”, SPE Reservoir Engineering Journal, Paper No. 19654, February 1991.
  25. “Implementation of a Reservoir Management Program”, SPE 20748, Paper presented at the 65th Annual Technical Conference of the SPE held in New Orleans, LA, 23–26, 1990.
  26. “Reservoir Management: A Synergistic Approach”, SPE 20138, Paper presented at the 1990 Permian Basin Oil and Gas Recovery Conference held in Midland, Texas, March 8–9, 1990.
  27. “Questions and Answers: Reservoir Management Panel Discussion” 20781 – MS  SPE, 1990
  28. Thakur, G. C. et al: “CO2 Mini-Test, Little Knife Field, N.D. – A Case History”, SPE Paper 12704 presented at the SPE/DOE Fourth Symposium on Enhanced Oil Recovery (April 16–18, 1984).
  29. G.C. Thakur, R.W. Rasor, et al., “Little Knife Field CO2 Minitest Water Injection Simulation Billings County, North Dakota”, Department of Energy (DOE) Report, Under Contract DE-AC21-79MC08383, July 1983.
  30. G.C. Thakur, V. Cheung, et al., “Design of a CO2-Water Injection Program for the Little Knife CO2 Flood Minitest”, Department of Energy (DOE) Report, Under Contract DE-AC21-79MC08383, July 1983.
  31. C.J. Lin, Y.R. Patel, G.C. Thakur et al., “Little Knife Field CO2 Minitest Compositional Simulation”, Department of Energy (DOE) Report, Under Contract DE-AC21-79MC08383, July 1983.
  32. Thakur, G. C. et al: “Engineering Studies of G-1, G-2 and G-3 Reservoirs, Meren Field, Nigeria”, (Tech. Paper SPE 10362) JPT April, 1982, 721-732.
  33. Thakur, G. C. et al: “G-2 and G-3 Reservoirs, Delta South Field, Nigeria: Part 2 – Simulation of Water Injection”, (Tech. Paper SPE 9514) JPT Jan., 1982, 148–158.
  34. Thakur, G. C. et al: “G-2 and G-3 Reservoirs, Delta South Field, Nigeria: Part 1 – An Engineering Study”, (Tech. Paper SPE 9513) JPT Jan., 1982, 141–147.
  35. Thakur, G. C. et al: “Engineering Studies of G-1, G-2 and G-3 Reservoirs, Meren Field, Nigeria”, SPE Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Meeting of SPE-Nigeria held at Lagos (August 6–8, 1980).
  36. Thakur, G. C.: “Resistance Effect due to Polymer Solution Flow in Porous Media”, paper presented at the 79th Annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers Meeting, Houston, Texas (March 16–20, 1975).
  37. Co-author of Reservoir Simulation Manual by SSC, Prepared for the US Geological Survey, US Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, 1975.
  38. Co-author of Reservoir Engineering Manual by SSC, Prepared for the US Geological Survey, US Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, 1975.
  39. Thakur, G. C.: “Prediction of Resistance Effect in Porous Media”, paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME Fall Meeting, Houston, Texas (October 6–9, 1974).
  40. Thakur, G. C. and Thachuk, A. R.: “Retardation of Water Coning Using Polymers – A Reservoir Simulation Application”, paper presented at the 25th Annual Technical Petroleum Society of CIM, Calgary, Alberta (May 7–10, 1974).
  41. Burcik, E. J. and Thakur, G. C.: “Some Reactions of Microgel in Polyacrylamide Solutions”, JPT (May, 1974).
  42. Burcik, E. J. and Thakur, G. C.: “Reactions of Polyacrylamide with Commonly Used Additives”, JPT (September, 1972).

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  1. “Techbits: First SPE Workshop – Webinar Held on Waterflooding”, 0214-0036-JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2014.
  2. “SPE Strategic Plan Identifies Four Priorities”, JPT, 0913-0042 SPE Journal Paper, 2013.
  3. “Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Forecasting Performance of Polymer Flooding of an Oil Reservoir System“, US Patent 8,510,089, August 13, 2013.
  4. “Spectrum: SPE Strategic Plan – Mission Critical” 0412-0014, JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2012
  5. “Spectrum: Myths and Realities about Hydraulic Fracturing” 0312-0014 JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2012
  6. “Spectrum: A Look at How the SPE Board Works” 0512-0014 JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2012
  7. “Spectrum: Building Our Future” 0712-0014 JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2012
  8. “Spectrum: Great Rewards” 0812-0014 JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2012
  9. “Moving Towards 70% Recovery Factor: Multiple Disciplines, Different Methods, One Goal”, JPT, June 2012.
  10. “SPE Strategic Plan – Mission Critical”, JPT, April 2012.
  11. “100,000 Members Milestone: It’s All About Service”, 0112-0014 – JPT, SPE 2012
  12. “Education is the Solution to Improving Our Industry’s Image”, 0212-0014 – JPT SPE Journal Paper – 2012.
  13. “Advances in Reservoir Management (RM) and EOR Techniques: Improving Production and Recovery in New and Mature Fields”, 20th World Petroleum Congress, 4-8 December, 2011.
  14. “Spectrum: SPE’s Efforts on Young Technology and Innovative Ideas” 11211-0012 JPE SPE Journal paper, 2011.
  15. “Interview with SPE President” 1011-0012-JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2011
  16. “Spectrum: Training for Your Future” 1111-0012-JPT SPE Journal Paper, 2011

SPECIAL INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTIONS/PUBLICATIONS

American Petroleum Institute
1220 “L” Street, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005

Served on the committee that compiled the publication of:

  1. Model Form of Voluntary Unit Agreement
    API Model Form 5U01
    Fourth Edition, June 1, 1993
  2. Model Form of Voluntary Unit Agreement
    API Model Form 5U02
    Fourth Edition, June 1, 1993
  3. Model Form of Statutory Unit Agreement
    API Model Form 5U03
    Second Edition, June 1, 1993
  4. Model Form of Statutory Unit Agreement
    API Model Form 5U04
    Second Edition, June 1, 1993

OTHER PUBLICATIONS/THESES

  1. Thakur, G. C.: “Investigation of Mobility Control Polymers – I. Study of Microgel Reactions, II. Prediction of Resistance Effect in Porous Media”, Ph.D. Thesis (December, 1973) – Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
  2. Thakur, G. C.: “Application of Perturbation Theory in Eigenvalue Problems”, M.A. Thesis (December, 1972) – Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University.
  3. Thakur, G. C.: “Degradation of Polymer Solutions and its Effect on the Flow Behavior of These Solutions through Porous Media”, M.S. Thesis (March, 1972) – Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
  4. Thakur, G. C.: “Design of Hydraulic Fracture Treatment”, BS (Honors) Dissertation, 1970, IIT (Indian School of Mines).