Professor Alain C. GringartenProfessor Alain C. Gringarten holds the Chair of Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College in London, where he is also director of the Centre for Petroleum Studies. Prior to joining Imperial College in 1997, he spent fourteen years with Scientific Software-Intercomp; five years with Schlumberger; and five years with the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières in Orléans, France, in various technical and management positions. His research interests include fissured fluid-bearing formations, hydraulically fractured wells, horizontal and multilateral wells, gas condensate and volatile oil reservoirs, high and low enthalpy geothermal energy, Hot Dry Rocks, and radioactive waste disposal.

Dr. Gringarten is a recognized expert in well test analysis and received the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Formation Evaluation award for 2001 and the 2003 SPE John Franklin Carll award. He was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2003-2004. He has published over sixty technical papers and was responsible for many advances in well test interpretation, including: the use of Greens functions; the “Gringarten type curves” for wells with wellbore storage and skin, fractured wells, and wells with double porosity behavior; the first major commercial computer-aided interpretation software; and a well test interpretation methodology which has become standard in the oil industry. He was also an early pioneer of multidisciplinary studies, both in industry and in academia.

Dr Gringarten has been involved in many consulting projects and has taught numerous well test interpretation industry courses around the world. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1969 and was elected a Distinguished Member in 2002. He holds a MSc. and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University; and an engineering degree from EcoleCentrale, Paris, France.


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