Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


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Graduate Seminar Speaker: George King


Monday, April 27, 2015


03:00pm - 04:00pm


CPE 2.204


George E. King, Apache Corporation’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor, will give a talk entitled "Unconventional Resources: Technology Gaps and Knowledge Choke Points - Are We Still Moving Forward?" as part of the Claude R. Hocott Graduate Seminar Series. 


Recovery of hydrocarbon resources from unconventional rocks is directly proportional to improvements in techniques and knowledge of where the hydrocarbons are and how they move. Many of the early advancements were driven by trial and error - an approach that must include more science in an era of price and margin stress. In addition, some scientists feel that our dependence on conventional technologies and conventional knowledge may be more of a barrier than an an asset. With these challenges in mind, we need to explore every aspect of where trial and error has driven us and where new science approaches need to step in. 


George E. King is a Registered Professional Engineer with 44 years oilfield experience since starting with Amoco Production Research in 1971. He is currently Apache Corporation’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor.  His technical background includes basic research on energized fracturing, workovers. chemicals, acidizing, well integrity, horizontal well completions and unconventional  formations and includes 71 presented and published papers and articles. His education includes a BS, majoring in Chemistry from Oklahoma State (1972), a BS in Chemical Engineering (1976) and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from  University of Tulsa (1982), where he taught at night for 11 years while working for Amoco.