Alvaro H. Montoya C. is an independent consultant petroleum geologist in Bogota, Colombia. Geologist from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.
Following his undergraduate studies, he worked as a field geologist in the elaboration of the Colombia cartography at the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Geologico Mineras. He was granted a scholarship and returned to school where he received his Master Degree in Geology from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
He was employed by Ecopetrol in the petroleum industry as an operation and development geologist and later as a researcher at the ICP, and also has served as lecturer teacher at several universities in Colombia. He was granted another scholarship and was sent as an auditor at Institut Français du Pétrole and did the school as an Exploration Engineer. Right after, he worked has independent or through service companies as an integrator geologist in office and field for companies in Venezuela and Colombia during several years; occasionally in Ecuador, USA; United Arab Emirates and Nigeria (distance).
Alvaro´s current technical interest and activity is the unconventional oil and gas resources; the field operation and development of conventional, and currently studying through the Education and Professional Development Department of the AAPG as an Emeritus Member and also as a member of the S.P.E., S.E.G., S.P.W.L.A., and C.A.F.E., lecturing; and teaching, learning, doing.
Consultant Geologist, Oil and Gas
June 2009 / October 2013. Geologist for Petrominerales, Hocol, Petrocaribe, and Consultant for AXURE Technology (CPNT-Company for Projecting Network and Telecomunications, Colombia.
EOR Orito field, Putumayo cretaceous, directional drilling.
Eastern plain basin, deep exploration cretaceous projects; subasin Rio Ariari, horizontal heavy oil project.
Ocelote field, Eastern plain basin. Colombia. Support well site operations for geological field development project. Directional and horizontal drilling.
Integral Geological Consulting in the products line MICU brand, Wi Smart. Linrock and Telematics used in the oil industry for real time exploration & development of conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
Dina-Tertiary field, Upper Magdalena Valley, Neiva basin. Colombia. Support well site operations for geological field development project. Directional drilling.
Colon field, shale/turbidities cretaceous rocks, Medium Magdalena Valley basin. Colombia. Support well site operations for geological field development project. Directional drilling.
Enhancement Group; Consulting PDVSA. Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela: Since December 2004 / January 2009. Geologist, involved in a multidiscipline geosciences team in Gerencia de Estudios Integrados Occidente in the Maracaibo Lake fields. Synergetic application of various disciplines such as geology, reservoir engineering, geophysics, completion/workover, Landmark and Petrel data, to elaborate field development proposals. Supporting field operation, replanting in situ horizontals, writing manuals, coordinating up dated courses and development for new engineers. More than fifty horizontal wellsites, sidetracks, geostopping, several special vertical locations, and advising MS degree thesis about horizontal wells, testing and advising/evaluating new tools for horizontal wells such as Periscope, Power Drive, Autotrack, etc.
November 2007 / January 2009. W.S.Geologist for Corocoro Project, offshore (PDVSA), Venezuela. Support well site operations for geological field development projects. Stratigraphic wells, geostopping, geostering horizontals using MWD, LWD and Petrel data. Four wells: vertical sections, geostopping, geostering horizontal, sidetracks, pilots.
W.S.Geologist for Petrosucre (PDVSA). 3rd phase, Orinoco extra heavy oil project, Venezuela. Support well site operations for geological field development projects. Strtigraphic wells, geostopping horizontals using MWD, LWD and Stratwork data. Five Stratigraphic and geostopping horizontals.
Consultant Group; Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela; Dec 2003 to June 2004. Geologist for Petrozuata (Conoco-PDVSA). 2nd phase, Orinoco extra heavy oil project, Venezuela. Support well site operations for geological field development projects. Geostering fishbone, crow’s foot and gullwing multilateral well types, use MWD, LWD and Stratwork data. Five multilateral
Consultant Geologist for DWS (Drilling and Workover Service Co, Colombia); May 2003 to March 2005. Geologist for Kappa Resources Colombia LTD. Conceptualization about location of exploratory, development wells and well site operations, on the several areas assigned to Kappa, of the Colombia’s basins. Relocate five wells all of them positive. For DWS; Working in a multidisciplinary team, in support of a bidding process, to study the information about the development geology, production, drilling, and mechanical status of the wells of the “campos descubiertos no desarrollados e inactivos ” opened up by ECOPETROL. We get one of them.
Independent, January to April 2003. Geologist for Consorcio Tibu, Colombia (Halliburton, Petrobank, Ecopetrol). To drain by-passed oil from limestones of Socuavo Anticline, Tibu Formation, Catatumbo basin, Cretaceous age, Colombia. Support well site operations for geological field development project. Directional drilling and geostering using MWD, LWD and Stratasteer data.
Consultant Group; Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela; 2000 to 2002. Geologist for Petrozuata (Conoco-PDVSA), Sincor (Total-PDVSA), Ameriven (Phillips-TexacoChevron-PDVSA). Orinoco extra heavy oil project, Venezuela. Support well site operations for geological field development projects. Geostering fishbone, crow’s foot and gullwing multilateral well types, use MWD, LWD and Stratwork data in a close relationship with the head quarter office. More than 12 multilateral wells.
Enhancement Group; Schlumberger, Ciudad Ojeda, Zulia, Venezuela; 1997 to June 1999. As a Geologist, I was involved in a multidiscipline geoscience team in a synergetic application of various disciplines such as reservoir engineering, directional drilling, completion/workover and Geoframe data, to validate, support operation and obtain a viable option of field development to improve oil recovery from thin-oil-rim, gas and water driven reservoirs; water, steam injection and enhanced oil recovery projects in the Maracaibo Lake fields for PDVSA (Bachaquero, Centro-Sur, Tia Juana, La Salina, and Lagunillas).. More than 3 monthly projects.
Multidisciplinary Studies Team; Geoservices, Ciudad Ojeda, Zulia, Venezuela, second half 1996. As a Geologist, in a multidiscipline geosciences team with reservoir engineering, directional drilling, completions, geophysics and supporting operations, to increase oil recovery in the Tiajuana field, Lago de Maracaibo for Lagoven, Venezuela. More than 15 projects.
Geological Services Team; Geoservices, Colombia y Venezuela,
- 1992-first half 1996. Field geology supervision as a well site geologist controlling the geological operation, logs evaluation, in a recovery program of marginal fields for Teikoku-Oil in the Guarico Basin of Venezuela (1993-first half 1996).
- Field geology supervision in Cusiana field, Colombia for BP (1992).
- Final quarter 1992- first quarter 1993, well site geologist in La Ceiba, deep well, south of the Lake, for Maraven.
- Writing of final integrated reports of various studies of the Misoa Formation in the Maracaibo Lake fields completed by several services companies for Lagoven, Venezuela.
Independent, 1990-1991 As a team member in a Petro-Canada proposal for exploration in the Oriental basin and Guayaquil Gulf in Ecuador and some field geology and well site supervision in Colombia’s basins.
Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos, 1981-1989. Geologist working in development, exploration and research in the ICP.
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Geológico-Mineras, Bogotá, Colombia, 1974-1980. Geologist involved in the Colombia geologic cartography.
- Lecturer : “Unconventional Resources; Gas Shale”. Universidad Sur Colombiana, Neiva, Huila, Colombia. From October to December 2016 .
- From 2014 Lecturer for CAFÉ (SPWLA) and ACIP (SPE), Colombia
- Mentor for SPE. In 2005 advising MS thesis in PDVSA about horizontal wells.
- From 1982 to 1992 I taught part of my professional experiences as a lecturer in several of the Colombian universities, and also as an adviser and committee member of final degree papers in the Universidad de America in Bogotá.