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The NExT directors of curriculum (DOC), directors of software training (DOST) and Training Managers are responsible for maintaining the superior standards of our course materials and ensuring the high-quality delivery of our training solutions worldwide. With their respective peer review boards, the DOCs and DOSTs continuously evaluate the technical content of our courses to ensure that we are delivering the latest technology to our clients. The DOCs and DOSTs are responsible for ensuring that our virtual faculty members are not only leaders from a technical viewpoint but are also competent instructors. Through the NExT comprehensive course and instructor evaluation system, a continuous quality assurance process is in place that enables us to react immediately to any quality assurance issues. All of our DOCs routinely teach in the NExT programs and direct competency assessment projects.

Directors of Curriculum

  Birol M.R. Demiral is the Director of Curriculum, reservoir engineering, for the NExT oil and gas training and development program. With over 34 years of teaching and research experience in reservoir engineering, he has been one of the directors of curriculum for reservoir engineering with the NExT program since 2011. Prior to joining the NExT program, Dr. Demiral was the Schlumberger professorial chair at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia for 5 years where he held the position of director of EOR mission oriented research and was the head of the EOR Centre. Previously, he was chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey where he earned all of his degrees in petroleum engineering and was on the staff for 24 years. While working at the METU, he joined the Stanford University Petroleum Research Institute Heavy Oil Group (SUPRI-A) as a post-doctoral research affiliate for a period of 4 years between 1988 and 1992.
  Chuck Brown is the Director of Curriculum, management and leadership, in the NExT oil and gas training and development program as of 2014. He has worked for Schlumberger for 21 years, first as a production consultant with his last tour as the global PMO director for Schlumberger Information Solutions. These diverse assignments spanned decline curve analysis, well completions, reserves estimation and completion, knowledge management, project and program management, organizational change management, and business consulting. Chuck is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) with 25+ years managing programs and projects. He holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
  Gary W. Gunter is the Director of Curriculum, petrophysics and NExT subsurface integration programs, for the NExT oil and gas training and development program. With over 35 years of industry experience and prior to joining the NExT program, he worked for integrated oil and gas producers as a field development reservoir engineer, conducted special advanced EOR studies as a research engineer, and provided technical leadership for the Amoco Petrophysics Development Program. He has a special interest in wettability, carbonate reservoirs, practical aspects of relative permeability and special core analysis, and the evolving science of unconventional petrophysics. During the past 20 years, he has trained over 1,500 individuals, delivered over 150 commercial classes in more than 25 countries, and developed over 15 industry courses. He is an adjunct professor of geoscience and petroleum engineering at the University of Tulsa.
  Juliane Heiland is the Director of Curriculum for geomechanics. She has over 15 years industry experience and over 20 years technical experience in geomechanics. She joined Schlumberger in 2001 and worked for 6 years in various roles in the Schlumberger research organizations. Her research focussed on geomechanics issues related to completions engineering, sand production prediction and perforating. Since 2007 she has applied her geomechanics knowledge to consulting projects in the US, Africa and Europe, first as a Principal Engineer and later as the manager for Schlumberger’s geomechanics business in Europe and Africa. Between 2012 and 2014 she worked for Maersk Oil in Copenhagen as a drilling geomechanics specialist. She returned to Schlumberger in 2015 as Technical Lead in the Geomechanics Centre of Excellence. She holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Geology from the Technical University Munich and a PhD in Applied Geology from the Charles University Prague.
  Laurence Darmon is the Director of Curriculum, geology and geophysics, for the NExT oil and gas training and development program, and is also a principal geologist for Schlumberger. In his current position, he is responsible for technical content, new course development, instructor verification, and program creation for the geology and geophysics disciplines. His 38 years of experience in the oil and gas industry include both technical and management positions in exploration, wellsite operations, reservoir characterization, and software development. He has extensive global experience in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Laurence spent 7 years with WesternGeco as manager of reservoir characterization groups and 14 years in software design, creation, and management, including 4 years as president of an independent company. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in geology and petroleum geology, respectively, from the University of London.
  Manuel Bramao is the Director of integrated programs, production technology, for the NExT oil and gas training and development program. With more than 30 years of industry experience, principally with Schlumberger, he has integrated and led multidisciplinary teams in Latin America, Europe, West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East on production engineering projects related to production optimization and completions. These projects focused on well diagnosis, formation damage, stimulation (matrix treatments and hydraulic fracturing), and sand face completions. He has also been actively involved in production engineering training (designing, teaching, and supervising training programs and courses) and strategic planning of human resources, developing proficiency matrices, performing and analyzing competence assessments, and developing discipline training roadmaps. Manuel holds an MS in applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in mechanical engineering from the Technical University, Lisbon, Portugal.
  Olegario Rivas is the Director of Curriculum, artificial lift and completions, for the NExT oil and gas training and development program. He began his career with REDA* electric submersible pumping systems and Schlumberger in 1997 in the area of artificial lift and in 2007, he became a production engineering instructor with the NExT program. Olegario has 40 years of career experience in creating and developing new production engineering technologies with an emphasis in the artificial lift area and well completions. From 1977 to 1997, he headed the Artificial Lift-Pumps group at the Intevep RD center of PDVSA in Venezuela.
  Valmore Rodriguez is the Director of Curriculum, surface facilities and competency assessment champion, with the NExT oil and gas training and development program. His more than 30 years of oil and gas industry experience includes development of competency models for a large number of companies in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Recently, he has focused on developing competency models, technical capability development, and teaching for the oil and gas industry. Valmore holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering.

Directors of Software Training

  Khaled Elghanduri, besides being a Reservoir Engineering principal for Schlumberger, is the Director of Software Training, Reservoir Engineering and Simulation for NExT. He has been with Schlumberger since last 23 years and worked in various positions at worldwide locations. His experience includes working in the field as a wireline engineer in Europe and Africa then moving to Caspian Sea as a senior Reservoir Engineer supporting the formation testing and production logging. In 2008, he moved to the North Sea to support various clients developing subsurface reservoir studies before leading the consultancy hub on reservoir studies in 2013. He holds a MSc degree in Reservoir Evaluation and Management from the Heriot-Watt Petroleum Institute, Edinburgh, UK and BSc degree in Petroleum Engineering from Tripoli University.
  Luu Nguyen is the Director of Software Training, Production Engineering for NExT. With more than 20 years working in the industry, holding a variety of positions from product development to business development, training, project consulting as both a principal petroleum engineer and a technical project manager, Luu possesses a wealth of experience playing instrumental role in the Petroleum/Production Engineering domain in many parts of the world. He also has a proven track record working in Asset Evaluations, Integrated Production Enhancement Projects, Field Development Planning, and was once the lead instructor for the Petroleum Engineering training program at Schlumberger Headquarter. Luu graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. He also attended graduate school at the University of Houston, Computer Science program during his early years with Schlumberger.
  Roberto Barbato is the Director of Software Training, Petrophysics and Drilling, for the NExT oil and gas training and development program. He has 35 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry. He has been working in training (internal and external) since joining Schlumberger in 2010. Before joining Schlumberger he worked for over 20 years for P.D.V.S.A. starting as a Field Petrophysicist. He held different positions including Leader of Petrophysics in PDVSA's, Integrated Studies Lead for Eastern Venezuela, as well as Leader of PDVSA's Petrophysics Knowledge Community, and Petrophysics Department Supervisor. Additionally he held a Lead role in Production Geology for the San Tome District. After leaving P.D.V.S.A. he worked as an Independent Petrophysical Consultant for 6 years and was involved in projects in a variety of countries and different petrophysical regimes including tight gas, shales, and carbonate reservoirs. He also worked as Director of Reservoir Characterization for a small Independent E&P dedicated to shale reservoirs. He brings to the current role a diverse and rich knowledge of “Applied Petrophysics” derived from his vast experience working in different sized companies with different goals and focus. He holds a BS degree in Geology from Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela.
  Samuel Bankole Aderemi is the is the Global Reservoir Engineering Training Manager (Software). He is a versatile reservoir engineer with over 13 years of extensive expertise in the fields of classical reservoir engineering, reservoir modeling, geostatistics, production surveillance, uncertainty analysis and optimization techniques. He started his career as a Reservoir Engineer and was responsible for project support and client training. He was involved in number of FDP studies as an RE workflow consultant and later joined the reservoir engineering training team to develop training contents. He holds a Masters degree in Petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom; a Bachelor degree in Petroleum engineering from University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and a diploma in electrical engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Product Training Managers

  Didac Gese Jarque is the Global Geosciences Petrel training manager. He has 9 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, as well as 5 years’ experience in the Norwegian education industry. He started as a Petrel training specialist for the Global Petrel Training team and was responsible for creating and delivering various Petrel courses. He has had several roles in the Petrel Global training team and has worked as a senior Petrel workflow consultant as part of the Head Quarter’s services group. He has created and delivered training and consultancy technology adoption packages all over the world. In his current role he is responsible for delivering high value content for client geology and geophysical trainings supported by Petrel* focusing in transforming existing content to new delivery ways and blending more domain and workflow based in future deliveries. He holds a five year’s degree in Geology from University of Barcelona, Spain and has studied a Bachelor in Political Sciences at University of Oslo, Norway.
  Iman Ketabchi is the Training Manager for Drillbench and wellflo software as part of the NExT oil and gas training and development program. He has over 10 years of oil field experience in specialized and challenging Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) and Underbalanced Drilling (UBD) engineering applications. He joint Schlumberger in 2012 as part of the SPT acquisition and since then, he has held various positions as drilling champion and consultancy manager in SIS services HQ. He has taught number of Drillbench courses in various areas and also developed the training material and taught courses for RigHour. He holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
  Keith Burkart is the Training Manager for the Ocean Software Framework for Petrel, for Studio, and for Techlog, for the NExT oil and gas training and development program. He has 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry starting with Geophysical Services Inc. pioneering 3D seismic interpretation on a workstation. Acquired by Schlumberger in 1994 he did software development for GeoFrame IESX, Geology Office, and Synthetics. Moving to the Ocean software engineering team in 2004, and later the Ocean portfolio, he is responsible for the development of training materials and support services for the Ocean Software Framework platform in all forms. He holds a BS degree in Oceanographic Technology from Florida Institute of Technology.
  Margarita Campos is the Training Manager, production and Merak* planning, risk, and reserves software, in the NExT oil and gas training and development program. She has 14 years of Schlumberger experience in production surveillance projects for shale gas, steam-assisted gas drainage, and waterflooding, as well as production optimization for gas life and liquid loading. Margarita has broad experience in designing and implementing production workflows using Schlumberger Information Solutions technology. She is also an expert in applying artificial intelligence to workover candidate recognition and virtual flowmeters. She holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the Universidad de America and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
  Victoire Roblet-Bambridge is the Training Manager for the Exploration Hub (PetroMod, Petrel Exploration Geology, GeoX, Dynel) for the NExT oil and gas training and development program. She joined Schlumberger in 2013 as a Petroleum System Geologist in Aachen, Germany. She had prior experiences within Total and Shell where she developed a great interest for carbonates and diagenetic issues. Always interested in new ways of learning things and pedagogy, she started to work as a training manager assistant in 2014 while improving a PetroMod training on Shale Plays and was finally in charge of developing a pilot project for Virtual Instructor Led Training with the use of virtual machines on the Cloud (PetroMod TecLink 2D) In 2016 she was promoted to Portfolio Training Manager for the Exploration Hub, taking care of PetroMod, Petrel Exploration Geology, GeoX and Dynel trainings. She holds a MSc in Petroleum Geosciences from the Imperial College and an Engineering degree in Petroleum Geology from the LaSalle Institute in France.
  Yahaya Mohammed is the Training Manager, Techlog* wellbore software platform, with the NExT oil and gas training and development program. A geologist with a wide experience in Petrophysics, field operations (WL and LWD) support, well logs data processing and interpretations as well as geoscience center operations management. He has worked with both international and national oil companies as well as local oil companies from onshore to ultra-deep offshore in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. Since August 2012, he has been responsible for the development of Techlog Petrophysics training manuals and associated training materials, while at the same time being engaged in Techlog training delivery. Yahaya obtained a BSc. degree in geology and an MSc. degree in petroleum geology and sedimentology both from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
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