Object Reservoir has appointed Dr. Joel Walls as Vice President and Chief Petrophysicist. In this role, Dr. Walls will lead the company's Collaborative Exploitation Projects for major shale gas plays, and will lead development of innovative workflows for integrating petrophysical and geomechanical analysis with Object Reservoir's signature high-definition reservoir modeling software, Resolve™.
Dr. Walls is a geophysicist and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the research, development, launch, and sale of leading-edge petrophysical software and advanced technology services for oil & gas exploration and production. While completing his doctoral work with the Stanford Rock Physics Project in 1982, he co-founded Petrophysical Services Inc., which was acquired by Litton Core Laboratories in 1984.
He served as Director of the Dallas Advanced Technology Center for Core Lab until 1990 when he formed the software company PetroSoft Inc., in San Jose, CA. PetroSoft merged with two other software companies to form Rock Solid Images (RSI) in 1998. Dr. Walls served in several executive positions, including VP of Business Development and VP Technology. RSI was acquired by Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping (OHM) in 2007.
"As an accomplished professional in the geosciences, as well as a successful entrepreneur and business executive, Joel adds valuable knowledge and experience to our executive team in several unique areas," said John Mouton, Chairman and CEO of Object Reservoir.
Before joining Object Reservoir, Dr. Walls was the VP of Research and Development at Rock Solid Images (RSI), a subsidiary of Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping (OHM).
Joel holds a Master's and Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in physics from Texas A&M University, Commerce, Texas. He is a co-founder and the first president of the Society of Core Analysts, and is a member also of Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and Society of Petrophysicists & Well Log Analysts (SPWLA). He is author of many publications in various geophysical and petrophysical journals, plus holds a U.S. patent in the field of seismic reservoir characterization.
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