Nathan's Expertise:

Oilfield Geomechanics

 

Professional Affiliations:                 

 

Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

 

Camborne School of Mines Association

 

Nathan Prior

Senior Technical Specialist

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Nathan graduated from the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) with a degree in Mining Engineering.  He worked offshore as a data engineer in West Africa and the North Sea before joining GeoScience in 2002.  Outside of the office Nathan enjoys surfing, walking and keeping fit.

Experience

2002 to Present – GeoScience Limited, Technical Assistant, subsequently promoted to Wellbore Stability Senior Technical Specialist.

Work carried out on geomechanical investigations for oil exploration. Main topics include:

 

  • Borehole Stability Analysis

  • Geomechanical modelling of borehole conditions for derivation of drilling mud weight programmes for numerous clients in the North Sea, Algerian, Asian and Middle Eastern locations

  • Processing and interpretation of wireline and image logs

  • field stress analysis of multi-lateral junction stability

  • Assessment of the variability and uncertainty of modelling parameters and their impact on drilling operations using Quantative Risk Analysis

  • Real time drilling operations support and post drilling reviews

2000 to March 2002 – Baker Hughes INTEQ, Data Engineer/Unit Manager.

  • Duties included monitoring drilling parameters, evaluation of formation cuttings. Lag, pump output, hole volume, depth and drill rate determination. Maintaining and monitoring safety sensors including gas traps, pit levels, pump stroke, unit systems, total gas and chromatograph. The completion of final well logs and reports

 

1991 to 1997 – HM Forces (RAF) - Lyneham, Movement Controller/Team Leader.

  • Duties included movement of passengers and freight by land, sea and air which involved management and administration. Liaison between people with a variety of social roles and classes and the coordination of military and civil bodies, as well as keeping the paperwork in order

Education

BEng (Hons), Mining Engineering, Camborne School of Mines (2000)

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