Neil leads the uncertainty and decision risk analysis practice at BG Advance. BGA Developments is responsible for identifying, applying and disseminating technology that improves development planning in all BG Group assets globally. His team is implementing improvements in decision support that exploit the technologies now available for including diverse risks and uncertainties into production forecasts. Schedule and operational uncertainties are integrated with estimates of production uncertainty acquired by detailed subsurface modelling. The team identifies and applies methods that provide timely results of sufficient accuracy at different stages of development. These applications vary from new discoveries of oil or gas and more ‘unconventional’ energy resources to redevelopments of existing resources that have extensive production histories which can be used to calibrate understanding of the subsurface.
Previously, Neil has designed, managed, performed and reported a wide range of development planning activities, ranging from reservoir simulations to integrated multi-disciplinary studies of major oil and gas fields and he has a particular interest in the effective application of software to assist decision making.
In 2007/8 Neil was a SPE distinguished lecturer, speaking to audiences around the world on the effective use of uncertainty technology in conjunction with modelling.
Publications include papers on topics ranging from reservoir simulation of faulted fields to 4D seismic and, more recently, integrated 'big loop' geological and reservoir modelling under uncertainty. Prior to joining BG in 2009, this was done when working for a variety of companies, most recently for Energy Scitech, the company that introduced the first commercial uncertainty technology to reservoir engineering and history matching.
Earlier he worked for Landmark Graphics (part of Halliburton), Scientific Software-Intercomp, AGOCO and Burmah Oil in a career progression from North Sea and North African field studies through to integrated reservoir planning that allied seismic with simulation. This has required visits to most oil and gas producing regions of the world and living in a number of them.