March 23, 2011


Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel for our March “Return of Spring” meeting!  Spring Break may be over, but you can still enjoy hearing the experts discuss the technique and profitable application of Microseismic and related technologies to increase reserves, productivity, and value. 


This meeting will feature Senior Technological Pioneers representing  leading developers, providers and E&P users of the Award winning innovations in the science of Microseismic, and related technologies. Their accomplishments, and the resulting stimulus on Oil and Gas Resource play development, have impacted the Industry in the U.S. and abroad.    


Our members and guests will be briefed on recent highlights and performance of microseismic, and gain insights on key topics such as Shale reservoir characterization, Fracture mapping and passive monitoring, Surface and Buried-Array monitoring, Geophysical processing, analysis, and visualization, Geological interpretation, and Enhanced drilling and drilling safety.


MicroSeismic, Inc., a pioneer in the use of microseismic monitoring, will provide an overview of the evolution of microseismic, discuss successful applications of the technique, and present a glimpse of the major impact that these innovative tools are having in the near term, and will have over the strategic horizon.  Learn how this technique is being applied in appraisal, field development, and optimization of drilling and production. 

Common Resources II, a successful independent with considerable experience in a number of Shale play developments, and a business partner of Microseismic Inc, will share their perspective on Microseismic and related technologies from the Operator viewpoint. 
Schlumberger, our third speaker, will present a number of cutting-edge technology applications and insights within the realms of hydraulic fracture monitoring and optimization, reservoir appraisal, monitoring, et al.  Don’t miss this chance to bring the state-of-the art to your operations, and profitable technology to your field!
The popular format of a Business & Social Networking hour, with complimentary Hors’ D’ Oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by an hour-long program, will begin at 5:30 pm in the Mezzanine.

Featured Speakers

Speaker: Chris Neale ---|--- Craig Cippola  ---|---  Jose Nevarez
Speaker Chris Neale ---|--- Craig Cippola ---|--- Jose Nevarez

VP Business Dev -|- Chief Engineering Advsr -|- Executive VP
MicroSeismic Inc -|- Schlumberger -|- Common Resources


Vice President Business Development, MicroSeismic Inc.



Chris Neale spent 18 years with …

VP Business Dev -|- Chief Engineering Advsr -|- Executive VP
MicroSeismic Inc -|- Schlumberger -|- Common Resources


Vice President Business Development, MicroSeismic Inc.



Chris Neale spent 18 years with Texaco working and living in Saudi Arabia, China, Scotland, Indonesia and Australia, initially as a reservoir engineer, and subsequently moving into engineering and operations management. Prior to joining MicroSeismic, Inc. in 2003, he spent two years as the Director of Energy Business Development for the Houston Technology Center and as Director of Business Development for Cogos Software, Inc. Neale was a founding participant of the Houston Technology Center's Energy Program Executive Committee. Neale has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University. He is a past Chairman of the Saudi Arabia Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.




JOSE NEVAREZ  Executive Vice President E&P

Common Resources II




Jose has over 29 years of industry experience.  He started with Cities Service/Oxy in 1981 as a Staff Geophysicist working offshore Gulf of Mexico.  He has worked for both majors and independents including Arco and Vastar Resources, where he served as Senior Principal Geophysicist and Area Manager Deepwater Eastern Gulf of Mexico.  In 1999 he joined Spinnaker Exploration Company as Exploitation Geophysicist and later was promoted to Area Manager Deepwater.  Jose stayed with the company through its merger with Hydro Gulf of Mexico, LLC in 2005 where he was promoted to Vice President of Exploration Gulf of Mexico.  In 2007, Jose joined the staff of Common Resources as Vice President of Exploration. After the sale of Common Resources in May of 2010, Jose was promoted to Executive Vice President for Common Resources II.

Jose has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Louisiana Tech University.  In addition, he has a Master of Business Administration from LeTourneau University and is a registered professional geophysicist.


CRAIG CIPOLLA   Chief Engineering Advisor

Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring & Optimization

Schlumberger Inc. 



 Craig is an Engineering Advisor for Schlumberger, Houston, currently focusing on the application of microseismic fracture mapping to improve stimulation designs and field development strategies.  Before joining Schlumberger in 2009, Craig’s most recent positions were VP of Stimulation Technology for Carbo Ceramics (2008-2009) and VP of Engineering for Pinnacle Technologies (1996-2008). Craig also held positions with Union Pacific Resources, CER Corporation, and Dresser Titan. Craig’s 29 years of worldwide experience includes the application of microseismic and tilt-meter fracture mapping technologies, the design and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing treatments, tight gas reservoir engineering, integrated field studies, training, and supervising stimulation treatments. Craig has co-authored over 50 technical papers and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on hydraulic fracturing in 2005-2006. Craig holds undergraduate degrees in Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston.

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Date and Time

Wed, March 23, 2011

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Four Seasons Hotel Downtown Houston

1300 Lamar St.
Houston, Texas 77010