April 8, 2021





This presentation starts with a summary of the last twenty years of motor development. It will highlight new technologies that have been introduced (power section design, evenwall motors, rubber compounds, etc.) and their effects on motor development, the effects of the industry economic roller coaster on motor development through the years, and the major technological challenges facing motor development today; in particular, weak CV joints and connections.

In addition, Michael will examine the unique format and structure of the directional drilling service industry, the service providers, the equipment suppliers, and the research and development side of the equation. There will be a discussion of the issues of getting new technologies tested and into the field and how few resources there are for testing and evaluation of new ideas. Finally, he will discuss where we are today, what needs to be done moving forward, and how we can help the drilling tool service industry.






Registration & Walk-ins 

All attendees are encouraged to register and pay online for this event.  This is a more efficient means of registering for the event and enables the registration process at the meeting to move much faster.  Walk-in space is available on a seat-limited basis at a fee more than the on-line registration fee.



To secure the health and safety of all attendees, SPE-GCS will apply the following new Covid-19 safety protocol guidelines: 

  1. Check in process (mandatory):
    1. Temperature check will be conducted (cannot be higher than F)
    2. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available on site
    3. Complete health questionnaire
    4. Attendees who are sick will not be permitted to enter the event. This is without exception.
  2. All attendees are required to complete the On-line Questionnaire by using the QR Code and showing it to the SPE-GCS staff at the check in.
  3. Attendance will be limited by COVID-19 protocol to 78 attendees.
  4. Face masks will be required during the event. One will be provided for you if you forget yours.
  5. Food and beverage servers will wear masks and gloves.
  6. The event area will be sanitized and supplied with hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, and personal tissues.
  7. All participants will practice the 6 feet social distancing in ALL common areas.
  8. Tables will be set for a maximum of 6 attendees each.
  9. Please stay home and participate via the webinar option if you are not feeling well or if you are in a high-risk group.
  10. Contingencies: entrance will be prohibited should a person refuse to comply with any of the steps described above. • A SPE-GCS representative will ask the venue staff to provide support on escorting the person outside the venue.

Only 4 persons in an elevator - so allow time for elevator ride to club.


Parking for this event
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
The image above shows how to access the club parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee paid at central meter outside building entrance via credit card.  
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $12.  

Featured Speakers

Speaker: Michael David, Consultant
Speaker Michael David, Consultant

Michael David has 40+ years of varied experience in the oil and gas service industry. He started as an assembler for Welex, in the late 70’s; then a field service specialist in south La. and the Gulf of Mexico.  
He moved to Houston in 1988 to finish his Mechanical Engineering …

Michael David has 40+ years of varied experience in the oil and gas service industry. He started as an assembler for Welex, in the late 70’s; then a field service specialist in south La. and the Gulf of Mexico.  

He moved to Houston in 1988 to finish his Mechanical Engineering degree while working for Sperry-Sun.  He then worked for Halliburton in the Drilling Tools group, becoming a lead bearing engineer.   He then worked for Baker-Hughes in their packer group.  He then worked at Tam International where he co-developed the FREECAP packer. 

He then moved to Norse Cutting and Abandonment as their senior engineer in the US.  When work slowed there, he went to work as the Engineering Manager for Strata Drilling Services (Allis-Chalmers).  Strata eventually merged with Archer and eventually shut down.  

He then worked for Aim/Contender in a new expansion venture by Aim until the downturn of 2015 hit and Contender cut its engineering department.  He returned to Halliburton in 2017as the first staff member of their new Houston Directional Drilling Tools group. He left Halliburton in late 2019.

Full Description


Barry Faulkner

Email: barryf1944@gmail.com 

Phone: (281) 627-8790

Date and Time

Thu, April 8, 2021

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Petroleum Club

TOTAL Plaza, 1201 Louisiana St, 35th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002

Group(s): General Meeting