Brian Edward Toelle

Brian Edward Toelle
University of Wyoming | UW · Department of Petroleum Engineering

7.49
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PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Brian Toelle is a Professor of Practice for the Department of Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Wyoming. Brian teaches various courses including "Well Log Interpretation", "Tight Gas Sand and Coalbed Methane" and "Shale Reservoir Development" courses as well as continuing his research into characterizing porosity systems using surface seismic and modeling. He is also conducting research into the petroleum systems of Wyoming.
Research Experience
August 2015 - August 2017
University of Wyoming
Position
  • Professor of Practice, Petroleum Engineering
August 2015 - August 2016
University of Wyoming
Position
  • Visiting Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Description
  • Teaching courses on shale reservoirs and conducting research.
August 2013 - May 2014
West Virginia University
Position
  • Adjunct
Description
  • Developed and taught two half-day workshops focused on Shale Reservoirs as Adjunct Professor to the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University.
Education
August 2010 - May 2013
West Virginia University
Field of study
  • Geology

Publications

Publications (31)
Poster
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The Steckman Ridge field is a multicycle UGS facility located in the Valley and Ridge Province of the Appalachian Mountains in Bedford County, south-central Pennsylvania, USA. During this study it was determined that the reservoir, the Oriskany Sandstone, is a fractured reservoir at this reservoir. The seismic interpretation, field planning and the...
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We have performed an exploration-oriented investigation in nine European countries to identify and rank prospective shale gas plays within their borders. This study, conducted as a rank exploration or “pathfinding” effort because the industry’s activity for these types of reservoirs is in its early stages in Europe, was performed in two phases. The...
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This paper describes the use of the iso-frequency volumes resulting from the spectral decomposition of surface seismic data for the identification of subtle structural features (shear faults) that control the formation, location, and distribution of open fracture trends within the Steckman Ridge Underground Gas Storage field in south-central Pennsy...
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Placement of horizontal wells in shale reservoirs can be a costly and risky business proposition. To minimize risk, operators acquire and analyze surface seismic data before deciding where to drill.
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For decades, operators have relied on seismic images for illuminating the geometry and location of major faults and folds to target their wells. Now, advances in processing and visualization techniques are helping reveal information about the patterns of small-scale faulting and fracturing that were beyond the detection capabilities of previous tec...
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Around the globe, companies are aggressively pursuing shale resource plays, hoping to find the next Barnett Shale. But developing and producing feom these enigmatic resources require more than jnst finding organic-rich shales and hydraulically fracturing them. As the shale gas revolution gains momentum globally, exploration companies are discoverin...
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Pannotia, the short lived late Precambrian supercontinent, is believed to have rifted apart in the late Precambrian/early Cambrian along the margin between Laurentia (North America) and Gondwana (Africa/ Antarctica) (Young, 1995; Powell, 1995). This event resulted in the formation of a number of rift related features that run the length of the east...
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The Guelph Formation, historically known as the Brown Niagaran, is a Silurian age formation in the Michigan Basin containing hundreds of pinnacle reefs. These reefs, discovered primarily during the 1970s, have produced nearly half a billion barrels of primary oil. Over 700 reefs make up the northern trend and more than 300 reefs have been located i...
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The Charlton 30/31 field, located in the northern reef trend of the Michigan Basin was developed within the stratigraphie unit historically referred to as the Niagaran Brown. The field covers 300 acres with a structural closure of approximately 300 feet and produced 2.6 million Bbl. of oil during its primary production. A total of 6 wells were dril...
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The North Dauphin Island Gas Field, located in Alabama State waters, was discovered in 1990 by Arco and has produced 64 BCF of gas during its primary production phase. This field was productive from the Dauphin Sand, a Late Miocene sandstone located at an approximate depth of 1,850 feet TVDSS. The field's reservoir has both high porosity and permea...
Conference Paper
The Northern Silurian Reef trend of the Michigan Basin was developed within the stratigraphic unit historically referred to as the Niagaran Brown. Within the past few years this unit was renamed the Guelph Formation. Over 700 reefs make up this trend, with some of these being over 300 acres size and having produced more than 5 MMBbls of oil. Estima...
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Today more companies are moving toward formal knowledge management (KM) systems. But what does that mean, what does it entail, and what are the benefits for oil and gas companies and their knowledge developers such as geophysicists? To realize the companywide benefits of KM, it’s important to first understand what it is. Knowledge is the special in...
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In February, 2000 the Arabian Oil Company (AOC) of Japan and Aramco Gulf Operations Company (AGOC) of Saudi Arabia entered into a Joint Petroleum Production Agreement (JPPOA) to undertake production operations in the offshore portion of the Partitioned Neutral Zone. Among the successes of the JPPOA implementation, the two companies agreed to transf...
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In 1998 controlling interest of the Middle Ground Shoal field was obtained from the Shell Oil Company by the Cross Timbers Oil Company of Fort Worth, Texas. This field is located in Alaska's Cook Inlet (see Figure #1) and is a north-south trending anticline that is structurally complicated by multiple thrust faults as well as vertical and overturne...
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Knowledge is power. Or is it? Technology has put a new spin on this truism by creating a significant opportunity. This opportunity centers on a major asset that is as real as a new field discovery, an offshore platform or an office building. The asset is knowledge. Its use - not simply recognizing that companies have it - can have a dynamic effect...
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Cross Timbers Oil Co. obtained controlling interest in Middle Ground Shoal field from Shell Oil Co. in 1998. Middle Ground Shoal field in Cook Inlet, Alaska, is a north-south trending anticline productive from multiple zones and structurally complicated with portions of its west limb overturned and cut by thrust faults. The extreme dip of these bed...
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Many companies within the exploration and production industry have recently begun performing workflow studies with in-house personnel, or in collaboration with consulting groups that have the required expertise. While in-house studies often yield good results, outside consultants specializing in these types of studies can often recognize a broader...
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Cross Timbers Oil Co. is an exploration, exploitation and development company primarily interested in acquiring long-term, hydrocarbon-producing properties of high quality. The company expanded its activities into Alaska, acquiring controlling interest of two platforms in the Middle Ground Shoal Field (Figure 1) in October 1998. Discovered in 1963,...
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The ultimate goal of an Exploration and Production (E&P) organization is to increase reserves and optimize production in a cost-effective manner within the current Health, Safety and Environment regulations. Efficient reservoir management requires in-depth knowledge of reservoir properties and their distribution within the field. Saudi Aramco's Exp...
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At Saudi Aramco, the process of reservoir characterization is increasingly becoming a multidisciplinary effort, involving geologists, geophysicists and petroleum engineers from different organizations within the Exploration and Production (E&P) business line. The participants in these multi-disciplinary projects have a clean idea of the work relati...
Thesis
Four col. maps and one col. ill. on 5 folded leaves in pocket. Thesis (M.S.)--Stephen F. Austin State University, May 1981. Includes vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 76-79).
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This project, 'Application of Time-Lapse Seismic Monitoring for the Control and Optimization of CO Enhanced Oil Recovery Operations', investigated the potential for monitoring CO floods in carbonate reservoirs through the use of standard p-wave seismic data. This primarily involved the use of 4D seismic (time lapse seismic) in an attempt to observe...

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