Dr. Geir Hareland

Dr. Hareland’s main areas of interest are centered on the various aspects of drilling and completion engineering optimization. This includes processes and factors affecting the actual drilling/completion/stimulation of an oil or gas well and focuses on how to increase the net present value (NPV) of the well or field.  Dr. Hareland’s research requires working closely with all aspects of the drilling and completion industry, especially the operators.

Dr. Hareland’s industry work experience includes Esso Exploration and Production (Exxon), Saga Petroleum, Norsk Hydro (now Statoil) and Amoco (now BP).  These relationships centered around optimization and cost reduction of operations by utilizing new drilling and completion stimulation techniques as well as inventing and developing new cutting edge technologies which have been, and are in the process of being, commercialized.  Some of the cutting edge technologies are focused on cost reduction in drilling operations through the design of new drilling tools, nanoparticle based fluids and advanced computer simulation technologies.

Previously Dr. Hareland worked as an assistant/associate professor at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and as a professor and Drilling Chair at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.  He is currently the Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Continental Resources Chair of Petroleum Engineering at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Hareland holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, a M.Sc. from the University of Tulsa, and a B.Sc. from the University of Minnesota.