Meet The Team

Each of the company principals has a long track record in reservoir simulator development and reservoir engineering, having previously worked for SSI, Sohio, ECL, Intera and Schlumberger. Tommy Miller and Garf Bowen, based in the UK, have been key members of the ECLIPSE software development team, helping to establish ECLIPSE as the market leading simulator and industry standard. Tommy and Garf have teamed up with Chet Ozgen, technical director of NITEC, a reservoir engineering consulting company based in Denver, Colorado. Chet has had a long involvement with reservoir simulation having worked on SimBest-II, COMP4 and COZSim.

The consulting business will help ground the technology development in real world problems along with providing technical feedback.

Garf Bowen

Director

Garf Bowen

Director

Garf Bowen is a leading figure in reservoir simulation serving as a committee member on the SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Reservoir Simulation Symposium and as a member of the editorial committee of a number of SPE Journals. Garf has been associated with the ECLIPSE reservoir simulator development group from 1987 and has contributed as scientific and technical authority and innovation champion to successor projects and bespoke developments for a range of clients. Originally a mathematician he has built a career around developing elegant solutions to the practical problems facing reservoir engineers on a daily basis. Garf is directing the technical development of the new simulator.

Tommy Miller

Director

Tommy Miller

Director

Tommy Miller has been involved in a wide range of aspects of Reservoir Engineering software from software development to technical support & deployment. Tommy was associated with the ECLIPSE software development group from 1987. As Software Installations Manager he helped setup the Support Group which was responsible for worldwide software deployment. His international experience includes 30 months living in Dubai, UAE responsible for pre and post-sales support in Middle East and Asia. Later he became Product Development Manager where he was responsible for the development of the Schlumberger Information Solutions Reservoir Engineering software, the leading product in this global market. Most recently as Reservoir Engineering Portfolio Manager he was responsible for the business aspects of the SIS Reservoir Engineering software, including ECLIPSE, INTERSECT, Petrel RE and workflow products.

Chet Ozgen

Director

Chet Ozgen

Director

Chet Ozgen is a co-founder of NITEC LLC, an international oil and gas reservoir engineering consulting firm located in Denver, Colorado. In NITEC, he is responsible for the overall quality of the consulting studies and the development of internal technology. Since 1995, he has performed or managed over 150 reservoir studies and developed software technologies for stratigraphic correlations, fracture characterization, structural and property modeling, 3D grid generation and visualization, static model generation, extensive pre & post-processing including assisted history matching and uncertainty analysis through experimental design. From 1985 to 1993, Chet worked for Scientific Software-Intercomp, Inc. (SSI), where he held various software development and engineering consulting positions. Prior to his employment at SSI, he worked at Sohio Petroleum Corporation from 1982 to 1985 in the development planning of the Prudhoe Bay Field.

Gareth Shaw

Linear Solver Specialist

Gareth Shaw

Linear Solver Specialist

Gareth is a mathematician with over 30 years experience developing and analysing numerical algorithms and their software implementations, with a particular emphasis on discretization techniques, fast iterative solution of large sparse linear systems, and high performance computing. After completing his D Phil he conducted research into computational fluid dynamics at Delft University of Technology and Oxford University, where he also held a lectureship. After 10 years developing scientific software solutions at NAG Ltd, he moved to Schlumberger in 2002, where he worked as a developer on the ECLIPSE and INTERSECT reservoir simulators; ultimately becoming manager of the INTERSECT Engine team and one of the key technical authorities on INTERSECT. He joined Ridgeway Kite in October 2014. Gareth has written more than 20 peer reviewed scientific papers, acted as reviewer for numerous projects, and served on the organizing Committee
of major international conferences.

Ian Pallister

Simulator Functionality Developer

Ian Pallister

Simulator Functionality Developer

Ian is an experienced reservoir simulation software developer with more than 25 years in the oil and gas industry. He recently joined from Schlumberger where he was Team Leader of a Physics Asset team on the Intersect reservoir simulator, to which he contributed for almost ten years. Prior to that he developed software for non-linearly constrained production optimization in the ECLIPSE compositional simulator, was the author of the SimOpt computer-aided history matching software, lead developer of a PVT thermodynamics package, and contributed to various other pre- and post- processing software for both Schlumberger and Roxar. Although Ian entered the industry from a background of research in theoretical astrophysics, these days he prefers to focus on delivering quality-focused maintainable commercial software whilst enjoying the challenges of capturing physics in pragmatic mathematical models.

Bachar Zineddin

HPC Specialist

Bachar Zineddin

HPC Specialist

Bachar Zineddin received his B.Eng. degree in Computer Engineering from Aleppo University,
Aleppo, Syria, in 2000, the M.Res degree in Artificial Intelligence in 2006 and the Ph.D. degree in Artificial
Intelligence in 2011, both from Brunel University, London, UK. He is currently a researcher working on
investigating the cutting edge high performance computing technologies and their applications in developing the
next generation Petroleum Reservoir Simulator.

Tom Dodd

Software Developer

Tom Dodd

Software Developer

Tom obtained his first degree in mathematical physics followed by an MSc in non-Newtonian fluid dynamics and PhD from Heriot Watt University in mathematics. He has published in ESAIM: Control, Optimisation and Calculus of Variations and spent a year and a half as a mathematics lecturer at Dogus University in Istanbul. He has maintained an active interest in physics based simulation and in applying his expertise to real world problems. He is excited by the opportunity to bring his understanding of mathematics and fluid dynamics to reservoir simulation development.

Peter Forster

Technical Support

Peter Forster

Technical Support

Peter is an experienced customer support engineer with over 30 years in the Oil and Gas industry.  He previously worked for Schlumberger where he was most recently the Business Manager for the Reservoir Engineering domain in North America.  Prior to that he was responsible for providing clients with high quality support, training and project assistance on the ECLIPSE simulator and the Petrel Reservoir Engineering software since 1997.  Peter has a background in Computer Science and extensive experience working with reservoir engineers to tackle modelling and simulation challenges in conventional and unconventional plays.

Bill Baksi

US Sales & Marketing

Bill Baksi

US Sales & Marketing

Bill Baksi has over 30 years experience in strategic marketing, sales and business development for software products and services in the O&G industry.  Following a 15-year career at Schlumberger, Mr. Baksi founded Red Team Marketing LLC in 2010 to help O&G technology companies improve their strategic marketing, positioning and sales.  At Schlumberger, he had a number of market facing roles in first GeoQuest and then Schlumberger Information Solutions including Solutions and Services Marketing Manager and Global Account Manager for Chevron. Prior to joining SLB, Bill was the Vice President, Sales and Marketing – E&P Products for Scientific Software-Intercomp. Mr. Baksi holds an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

Giles Denby

Marketing Consultant

Giles Denby

Marketing Consultant

Giles has over 30 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry focused on operations, sales and marketing of both software, systems, and services. With senior roles at Schlumberger including Vice President Global Sales for their software business and as a Region Vice President in the Middle East. This was followed by several years with a marine data acquisition company as Region President in Asia, and more recently as their Director for Marketing at Drilling Systems, a turnkey training systems developer and manufacturer.

Keep up to date with Ridgeway Kite

Denver Users workshop / 8th August 2019

Great workshop with a cross section of 6X users in Denver in July. Getting their valuable feedback, insight and priorities on what they need us to be working on in the software to help meet the demands of their projects. Giving our senior developers first hand feedback ensures no dilution of the message. Let us […]

6X Public Training Workshop for Unconventionals / 1st July 2019

Last week saw the first of a well supported program of complimentary public training workshops in Houston. A class for reservoir engineers working on Unconventional resources. If you would be interested in joining a future workshop or to find out more please contact Bill Baksi in our Houston office.

URTec 2019 – Booth 433 / 31st May 2019

We will be exhibiting with our partner, Nitec, at the Unconventional Resources Conference in Denver 22-24 July. Drop by and find out how we can help optimize the placement and performance of your next parent and child wells with our unconventional simulator, 6X . For details contact Bill Baksi, email:  bbaksi@ridgewaykitesoftware.com

Reservoir Engineer vacancy in Houston Texas / 10th May 2019

With the growth of our user base in North America we are expanding our team and require an experienced Reservoir Engineer to help clients understand the unique capabilities of our simulator especially for Unconventional workflows. For more details please send your details to info@ridgewaykitesoftware.com