About Us

David Anderson, Director

daveandersonDavid Anderson (B.Sc., P.Eng.) oversees all activities within the group and is responsible for its technical direction within NCS Multistage. David was previously a managing partner at Fekete Associates, where he oversaw the development of Fekete’s petroleum engineering software suite. He was also one of the original designers of Fekete’s Rate Transient Analysis software, which is now an industry standard for advanced production data analysis. David has 20 years of experience in the petroleum industry as a reservoir engineer, and is a recognized expert in the area of well performance analysis. He has authored numerous papers on the subject, for which he has been awarded two “Best Presented Paper” awards from the Petroleum Society (both in 2005). He also received SPE’s Outstanding Young Professional Award for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2008. He has lectured and presented industry courses all over the world. David served on the SPE Calgary Section board during 2005-2007 as Director for the Young Professionals Initiative, and currently serves on SPE’s Reservoir Description and Dynamics Advisory Committee. He is also an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015).

John Thompson, Senior Reservoir Engineer

johnthompsonJohn Thompson (M.Sc., P.Eng.) is a Co-Director of Anderson Thompson Reservoir Strategies. He oversees business development and provides support as a senior technical advisor. He is a subject-matter expert in Rate Transient Analysis, with a specialization in shale well production data interpretation. John has analyzed thousands of hydraulically fractured wells spanning all major shale and tight plays in the U.S., Canada, and Argentina, with a focus on the Wolfcamp, Spraberry, Bone Spring, Eagle Ford, Bakken, Marcellus, Haynesville, Montney, and Vaca Muerta. His work has provided insight into production forecasting, reserves estimation, well spacing optimization, completions optimization, stimulation effectiveness evaluation, artificial-lift best practices, well interference identification, considerations for geo-mechanical effects, identifying refrac opportunities, and risk assessment. He has authored thirteen papers on well performance and is currently the SPE chair for the Calgary Section Reservoir Evaluation and Production Optimization Special Interest Group.

Adam Staruiala, Petrophysicist

StaruialaAdam Staruiala (B.Sc., M.Sc.) contributes geoscientific insight for projects spanning a variety of plays. His primary responsibility is performing log analysis and interpretation, with a focus on low-permeability reservoirs. Adam’s specialization is applying petrophysics, geochemistry and sedimentology to complex geological environments. He has experience in multiple unconventional resource plays and heavy-oil reservoirs. In his work at Taqa North Ltd. as a contract geologist, Adam worked on exploration projects in the Three Forks formations in Montana and North Dakota, making recommendations on drilling opportunities and proposing areas for further evaluation. As a geology and petrophysics consultant at Halliburton, Adam specialized in acoustics and borehole imaging, which included successful work interpreting over 200 wells and petrophysical analysis of formations throughout North America.

Hamid Behmanesh, Production Simulation

Hamid Behmanesh (Ph.D) is best known for his contributions on multi-phase flow considerations for RTA techniques. His work experience includes analytical and numerical modeling of volatile oil and gas-condensate reservoirs, reserves estimation, production-data analysis of conventional and unconventional reservoirs. His primary responsibility at Anderson Thompson is enhanced oil recovery due-diligence studies to support NCS Multistage technology innovation. He is currently focused on the optimization of waterflooding designs for unconventional formations, most notably the Bakken. He holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a prominent member of the SPE, having authored or coauthored more than 30 technical publications.

Ryan Howrish, Reservoir Engineer

Ryan Howrish (B. Sc., P. Eng.) provides technical expertise for all U.S. unconventional plays.  Ryan has 15 years of varied industry experience with Suncor Energy and Talisman Energy (Repsol).  He has spent the last 9 years evaluating well performance and optimizing the development of hundreds of Marcellus and Eagle Ford wells for Talisman.  His prior work as an operations and production engineer gives him additional insights into well performance.  Ryan also holds a Masters Certificate in Applied Statistics, which is an asset in understanding the vast amount of data being collected in unconventional plays.

John Foster, Business Development Manager

John Foster (M.Sc., P.Geo.) oversees the business development activity and contributes exploration and development geology expertise to the group. John began his career as a geologist in 2005 and has worked for BP, Shell, and PennWest. He is a subject matter expert in naturally fractured reservoirs, asset development, and geological operations. Possessing a wide breadth of skills in geology, geophysics, and geomechanics, he focuses on integrating geological and engineering data to optimize well placement and performance. He has drilled hundreds of horizontal wells, and delivered successful development projects in a variety of plays, including the Duvernay, Montney, Nikanassin, Mannville, Cardium, and Viking. John is also an active reserve officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he has held positions as finance officer and public affairs officer.

Adam Chin, Reservoir Engineer

Adam ChinAdam Chin (B.Sc., P.Eng.) provides technical expertise in Rate Transient Analysis (RTA). Adam is a certified RTA trainer, with more than 6 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has analyzed hundreds of unconventional wells in various plays, including the EagleFord, Bakken, Duvernay, Montney, Permian, and others. He has been a key team member in several technical studies addressing well spacing, drawdown management, estimating fracture geometry and reservoir characterization, to name a few. He has also worked on high-level play analysis incorporating type curves and economics.