Petroleum Geologist - New Business Development


Roy B. Luck

Cypress TX / (281) 210-6575 (mobile) /

 Accomplished petroleum geologist and Executive MBA candidate, ultimately seeking opportunity in energy-related new business development.  Fourteen years’ experience in the domestic and international upstream oil & gas industry with two Fortune Global 500 companies.  Expertise in unconventional/conventional reservoirs, deep water, and heavy oil production settings.

 Key Skills

  • Oil/gas field development planning
  • Integrated reservoir modeling
  • Opportunity screening
  • Hydrocarbon reserves assessment
  • Reservoir characterization – structural/sedimentary geology, seismic interpretation, correlation/mapping
  • Data integration and analysis
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Technical presentations
  • Software – Schlumberger PETREL, MS Office Suite


ConocoPhillips (Gulf Coast Business Unit) - Houston TX                                                 2014-2015 Staff Geologist, Eagle Ford Development Spacing Pilot Team

  • Recommended aerial/vertical well spacing and completions design for 2.5 Bboe unconventional development ($1-2 billion annual CAPEX), at regular management updates. Analyzed wireline, core and production data to assess an evolving Stimulated Rock Volume (SRV) in multi-well pilots.
  • Built fine-scaled sector models of development pilots in PETREL to facilitate spatial data integration and interpretation, and to assist Reservoir Engineering (RE) staff in generating history match.
  • Compiled unique dataset for 150+ pilot wells to illustrate stratigraphic heterogeneity, a key variable for lateral well performance. Correlated geomechanical stratigraphy in a full-field PETREL project (220,000+ acres) to gain insight on variable SRV dimensions, and ultimately guide vertical well spacing. 
  • Designed and led well spacing field exercise, Del Rio Eagle Ford outcrops (special recognition, 2014).

Royal Dutch Shell (Upstream Americas, Deep Water) - Houston TX                                2011-2014 Senior Production Geologist, Stones Team

  • Supported decision makers at Select, Define and Sanction (Q2, 2013) milestones for the Stones Field Shell’s flagship project in the outboard Paleogene GoM play (EUR 250+ MMbbl, $5+ billion CAPEX).
  • Built and maintained static model of the Stones Field, using seismic/wireline/core/outcrop data to stochastically populate depositional facies elements. Worked with RE to generate production forecasts and sensitivities prior to project sanction (special recognition, 2011 and 2012).
  • Planned appraisal/development wells and data acquisition, and provided input for reserves estimates.
  • Assessed competitor acreage in Paleogene trend, synthesized findings in management presentation(s). Participated in multiple data rooms as buyer and seller.
  • Organized Integrated Reservoir Modeling workshop (2013) to standardize and streamline deep water modeling workflows. Secured discipline leadership participation, and senior management sponsorship.

Royal Dutch Shell (Projects & Technology, Front End Studies Americas) - Houston TX 2007-2011 Production Geologist for multiple teams supporting development at Shell business units worldwide

  • Reduced well count for Erha North Field (non-operated deep water, Nigeria) Phase II development, saving ~$500+ million in CAPEX (first oil 2015). Maintained static model, and generated maps of aerial sweep for proposed waterflood development schemes (special recognition, 2011).
  • Supported VP Front End Studies Americas in business planner role (2009-2010) by presenting highlights and management initiatives to staff, tracking group performance relative to central/local targets, and gathering competitive intelligence for global Deep Water and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) leaders.
  • Estimated reserves volumes for Shell Canada, related to the 2008 Duvernay Oil acquisition. Developed stratigraphic correlation framework, and compiled maps of in-place volumes for multiple gas reservoirs in the Deep Basin, using petrophysical attributes from 1000+ wells on a narrow timeframe.
  • Screened competitor heavy oil acreage in Alberta for thermal EOR potential, in new venture activity.
  • Matured development of the $3+ billion Peace River/Carmon Creek project, a heavy oil (thermal EOR) asset in northern Alberta, through Select milestone in collaboration with Shell Canada staff (special recognition, 2008). The project was sanctioned in 2013, with first oil expected in 2019 (80,000 bbl/d).
  • Built ~400 mi2 static model within Shell acreage, including implicit baffles based on petrofacies interpretation of high-resolution core photos. Delineated contiguous area of optimal thickness, mobility ratio, base water thickness and vertical permeability for development of 3+ Bbbl resource.
  • Evaluated steam drive (SD) and cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) development options in partnership with RE, by history-matching fine-scaled models of existing Peace River SD/CSS pilots, and simulating element-of-symmetry models for 8 distinct zones within the development area.
  • Built model of underlying Paleozoic strata at Peace River, including the Devonian Leduc Formation, to assess feasibility of acid gas disposal and CO2 sequestration consistent with regulatory standards.

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company) - Lagos, Nigeria  2003-2007 Production Geologist, EA Oil Field Asset Team

EA is a large oil field in shallow water off Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta, producing from 3 platforms and a Floating Production Storage/Offloading facility rated to 125,000 bbl/d oil and 60 MMcf/d gas.

  • Matured near-field/infill opportunities for EA Phase II development through Assess milestone, presented proposal to JV partners (Total, ENI, and NOC Nigerian National Petroleum Company).
  • Interpreted seismic dataset covering the structurally complex EA Field.
  • Built full-field static models for dynamic simulation, incorporating sequence stratigraphy to represent reservoir architecture and property distribution (special recognition, 2007).
  • Prepared materials for and participated in annual reserves audits/reviews for EA and Bonga Oil Fields.
  • Provided wellsite support for deep water exploration wells targeting channelized turbidite objectives.

Royal Dutch Shell (Projects & Technology Applications/Research) - Rijswijk, Netherlands      2001-2003

Research Scientist/Geologist

Algeria exploration (2003).  Developed play maps and regional chronostratigraphic charts of Algeria, on the basis of literature search, in preparation for new country entry and lease sale. 

Water to Value team (2001-2003).  Sole geologist on large team dedicated to produced water management within Shell, covering activities ranging from waterflood simulation to water treatment/purification.

  • Documented results of a microseismic project at the Nimr Oilfield, in collaboration with local national (Petroleum Development Oman) and third-party staff, in capacity of technology focal point.
  • Wrote chapter on surveillance techniques for induced fractures, for in-house Shell waterflood manual.
  • Modeled induced fractures, compiled findings related to scaling and reservoir souring, and recommended water treatment options as focal point for Draugen water re-injection study (Norske Shell).


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin. Prepared, taught and evaluated laboratory exercises in introductory geology and sedimentary geology.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Texas at Austin. Conducted structural geology fieldwork in the Central Ranges of New Guinea for M.Sc. thesis, and completed evaluation of fault and fracture data.  Conducted structural geology fieldwork in the Sierra Madre Oriental of northeast Mexico.
  • Geoscience Intern, Mobil USA (Houston TX). Compiled stratigraphic correlations for Mio/Pliocene oil/gas fields in the coastal marsh of southern Louisiana, using wireline and biostratigraphy datasets.
  • US Forest Service volunteer (Salmon and Challis National Forests, Idaho). Engaged small placer mine operators to mitigate sediment runoff and reduce impact on salmon spawning habitat.  Posted property boundaries of abandoned mines to enable contaminant investigations by EPA and other organizations.


  • M.B.A. Candidate, Texas A&M University Mays School of Business (executive program, 2018)
  • M.Sc. (Geological Sciences), The University of Texas at Austin. Thesis - Structural Geology of the Grasberg Lime Operation and Amole Drift; Implications for Emplacement of the Grasberg Igneous Complex, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (advisor Dr. Mark Cloos).  Proposed emplacement/mineralization model for a world-class copper/gold orebody, presented at Geological Society of America conference (1999).
  • B.A. (Geology, departmental honors), Carleton College, Northfield MN. National Merit Scholar.

Memberships – American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Houston Geological Society (HGS), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

Interests – Economics/investing, modern history, landscape/nature photography

Cypress TX

12+ years Royal Dutch Shell (deepwater GoM, deepwater Nigeria, shallow offshore Nigeria, Alberta oil sands, technology trialling)
~2 years ConocoPhillips (unconventional Eagle Ford)
5+ years as expatriate in Netherlands and Nigeria

Awards and Certifications

Multiple in-house special recognition awards with Shell and ConocoPhillips, 2001-2015
Best Technical Sessions Presentation (MS category) - UT-Austin (1999)
National Merit Scholar


Geoscience/engineering specific -
Reservoir characterization
Integrated Reservoir Modeling
Field Development Planning
Seismic Interpretation

Transferable skills -
Verbal, written communication
Competitive Intelligence
Coaching, mentoring


MBA - Texas A&M executive program (2018 grad. date)
M.Sc. Geological Science - UT Austin (1999)
B.A. Geology - Carleton College (1995)

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