Usman has lead BHI’s unconventional reservoirs (Shale, CBM, Tight formations and Heavy Oil), mature oil and gas fields, integrated completions, intelligent reservoirs, dynamic reservoir characterization, carbonates and carbon capture & sequestration. Usman has more than 30 years of practical petroleum engineering experience from prior roles with Schlumberger, TerraTek and his own reservoir and production engineering consulting firm. He holds a B. Sc. and M. Sc. (both in Petroleum Engineering) from Texas A&M University. Usman has contributed to the industry through more than seventy publications, textbooks and patents and has held many technical and professional leadership roles while supporting the industry through participating in panels and keynote presentations. He was SPE distinguished lecturer during the period 2004-2005.
Aaron Burton’s career has been focused on the completion of shales and similar unconventional plays that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. In 2015, Burton started Unconventional Oil and Gas Training, a company specializing in training and consulting for unconventional multistage completions. Prior to starting the company, he was with Baker Hughes for nearly 8 years. During his tenure in operations he held the roles of field engineer, operations coordinator, and application engineer. Outside of operations he has been product line strategist, completions manager for the Unconventional Resource Team, and product line manager for unconventional multistage completions. He has completed wells, conducted training, and consulted on a variety of projects worldwide. Through his experience, he has developed a solid understanding of reservoir properties and stimulation design that are used in a data-driven approach to more effectively design completions in unconventional wells.
He is active in the industry authoring and instructing on the subject of unconventional completions. He has authored and coauthored three SPE papers, and continues to teach two SPE continuing education courses. He has written a variety of other documents including magazine articles and newsletters, and taught numerous classes in many different venues to operators, service companies, and other companies involved in the industry. Also, he has been a discussion leader, presenter, panelist, and participated in many other roles in industry events.
Burton holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.