Petroleum Engineering Alumnus of the Month - September 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Aniekan Willie IyohoA. W. (Willie) Iyoho, PE, Ph.D (1980) - U. of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK; SPE 35-year member. 37 years worldwide experience in Drilling, Production, and Reservoir Engineering.  


Married since 1974 to Grace, a 1980 TU grad; 2 daughters (35 and 26); 2 sons (31 and 28); 1 grandson (5)  

TU and SPE Involvement and Positions Held (full member since 1975)

Strong support and involvement in TUDRP since completing an iconic TUDRP PhD dissertation in 1980.  Industry-wide reputation in drilling hydraulics/hole cleaning from early and continuing TUDRP research. SPE section director in Tulsa (80’s), and Oman (90’s); active in reviewing papers for publication.  Served on several SPE Awards committees, notably the Lester Carl Uren award (80’s).  Served on/was Chairman of, Mid-continent (Tulsa) Chapter’s Continuing Education Committee (80’s).   Taught local-chapter SPE courses in 3 continents.   Actively involved in presenting papers at the local and national SPE meetings.  

Synopsis of Work Experience and Accomplishments

Currently with Shell Intl. E&P Co as Sr. Well Engineer, Global Technology Deployment in Houston. Serves as modeling/applications expert in Drilling Hydraulics, Extended Reach Drilling, and Casing Design. Involved with casing and liner drilling, mono-diameter technology, managed pressure drilling, and evaluation of new technologies.  

Previously with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. as Engineering Advisor/Training Instructor – developing and applying technical tools and ideas for corporate-wide drilling benchmarking, analysis, and technology transfer, for well design and drilling cost reduction, resulting in documented savings of millions of dollars to the company.

Modeling/applications expert in Drilling Hydraulics and supporting drilling technologies.  Widely published in hydraulics simulation and drilling optimization, and high-angle hole cleaning. Developed and taught in-house Advanced Drilling Hydraulics course, as well as Field Operations courses for new engineers and geoscientists in the classroom and rig site.    

Experienced in real-time drilling monitoring and operations support since working for Amoco in Tulsa in the eighties.  Typical projects involved daily well-by-well drilling performance analysis and follow-up with drilling operations, and making changes on the fly as needed for optimization.  In a long diversified career, have planned, designed, and drilled thermal wells, Chalk, and coalbed methane multilaterals.  

Served as Technical advisor, Petroleum Development Oman, PDO in the nineties; Also Oman Ministry of Oil and Gas (1998 - 1999); Visiting Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman (1998); and Technical Director, Petrogas, Oman. Collaborated closely as part of technical teams to develop oil and gas fields from planning, AFE’s, drilling, completions, stimulation, and sensitivity studies, to full field development.  

Served as Assoc. Prof. of Petroleum Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla. Taught Drilling & Completions, Statics, Advanced Drilling, and Logging.  Directed/published on research on drilling optimization, drilling fluids, hole cleaning and high-pressure waterjet.  Also, Visiting Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. Taught drilling and production; designed and directed drilling research.  

Ran his own company, Willie Iyoho Technology, Inc in the 80s serving a major client, Amoco Production Company, Tulsa, OK.  Established and managed this consulting firm, providing drilling, production, EOR, and reservoir consulting services to several other clients, including, Dowell Schlumberger and GRI.  Taught drilling and production technology courses including Drilling Optimization, Hole Cleaning Design and Solutions, Nodal Analysis, and Wellbore Hydraulics.  Trained and served as a mentor to young geoscientists and engineers in the Nigerian Petroleum Training Institute.  Developed and taught advanced drilling hydraulics in several countries.      

Dr. Iyoho in his own words:  

Why did you choose TU?

I actually got admitted to both TU and UT-Austin in spring 1975.  My wife had just given birth to Patricia, now mother of our grandson.  We considered both TU and UT on par in PE education.  But then the TU International Office and Ladies Auxiliary was extra friendly and wrote a nice letter to my wife telling her about the help they would provide her with babysitting etc.  We were immediately sold and when the child was old enough for daycare, my wife enrolled and graduated as well.

Did TU provide you with the type of education useful for your career?

Yes, yes, yes.  Where do I start?  Even my consulting work in the 80s is as a direct result of my TU education.  But for a few “hiccups”, TU had been a great influence on my life.

Any fond memories you would like to share?

I took reservoir simulation with Dr. Gordon Thomas; what a guy?  We (those of us old enough to drink) would occasionally stop by “The Fork in the Road” after class; that’s right.  Nothing stuffy about “old Gordon”.   I wonder what became of that place.

What is your involvement today with TU and TUDRP?

Dr. Miska and Dr. Azar, before that, will tell you that I have been instrumental in recruiting more TUDRP corporate participants.  I have also participated in the ABMs directly through attendance and student involvement.  I helped get Anadarko on board, and also Shell to rejoin, and more recently, Tesco Corp.

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