May 11, 2011

Reza Rahmani, a third-year petroleum engineering Ph.D. student, earned first place for his student poster and presentation at the American Association of Drilling Engineers’ (AADE) National Technical Conference and Exhibition April 12-14 in Houston.

The Iran native designed his poster, titled “The Impact of Formation Characteristics and Drilling Design on Drilling Performance,” during a previous internship with Chevron Corp. The poster stems from Rahmani’s dissertation research, which focuses on explaining the slow rates of deep drilling (15,000 feet and beyond).

For his dissertation, Rahmani examined the slow penetration rates of an 18,000-foot deep onshore field located in a challenging drilling area in the Gulf Coast. He conducted research to identify the field’s major performance dysfunctions, which hinder its drilling penetration rates, particularly at deep levels.

The “Drilling Ahead Conference” showcased improvements and innovations in drilling and completion technology, as well as provided opportunities for students nationwide to present their research.

Rahmani included images, tables and graphs documenting his research on the poster and presented his work to a panel of industry experts and judges at the conference. As the contest’s frontrunner, Rahmani earned the Sandy Gold Medal for Best Student Poster and $2500.

His advisors and mentors included the following: John Rogers Smith, P.E., associate professor, LSU Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering; Harvey Goodman, staff research consultant, Chevron Corp.; and Graham Mensa-Wilmot, drilling engineering advisor, Chevron Corp. 

“I am very happy that my efforts paid off,” said Rahmani. “This award encourages me to keep up the hard work on my studies.”

 

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