Focused – Driven – Passionate – Visionary
Dukhwa Hong ("Duk") is a highly experienced data analysis professional, who started his oil and gas engineering career after serving in the US Army. Duk first worked for Schlumberger, as a subject matter expert in directional drilling data analysis and product development. After plying his trade in 14 countries for Schlumberger, Duk settled in Canada, founding the Canadian Wellbore Positioning Committee (CWPC). Duk is also serving E&P and service company clients through continuous education, while providing survey management services in North America. Prior to joining roundLAB, Duk was the Canadian Wellbore Quality Champion for USA based Magnetic Variation LLC (MagVar), educating clients and supporting their unique well placement challenges in Canada. Duk has conducted numerous industry training sessions and currently serves as Chairperson for the CWPC.
Rick began his career as a MWD Field Engineer for Vectel Petroleum Services (purchased by Baker Hughes Inteq) in the mid 80’s, then moved to Positec Drilling Controls (PDC) as their Operations Manager. Schlumberger purchased Positec in May of 1990 and Rick remained as District Manager, In October 1991 he founded Ryan Energy Technologies (Ryan). Ryan was sold to Nabors Industries in 2002, where Rick remained as President of Ryan Directional until 2010. In 2011, Rick founded MATRRIX Energy Technologies, a provider of directional drilling technologies and services in Western Canada. Rick founded roundLAB to focus on the use of real-time data collection, conditioning and analysis supporting fact-based decision making for drilling operations. Rick’s vision is to enable Exploration and Production (E&P) and service companies with wellsite focused decision making tools, driving operations friendly Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) capabilities into horizontal drilling services around the world.
Mike began his career in 1987 performing geological evaluation and data acquisition on drilling sites leading to the role of Technical Business Development Manager for Continental Laboratories. In 2001, Mike joined Ryan Energy Technologies (Ryan), ultimately as Sr VP North America, managing Ryan Directional Services a division of Nabors Industries. In 2012, as Senior Vice President at Calmena Energy Services, Mike was fortunate to manage wireline, micro-seismic, frac fluid services, Canadian contract drilling and global directional drilling. In 2016, Mike participated in retooling and expanding the horizontal logging technology for Cordax Evaluation Technologies. After years in the horizontal wellbore construction and evaluation group of disciplines, it became clear to Mike the need for data analytics for improved wellbore positioning. The roundLAB team's broad expertise, combined with its powerful eddiLAB.com and eddiBOX technology, allows roundLAB to simplify data collection and application of analytics, leading to improved decisions for wellbore stakeholders.
Mojtaba has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and holds a P.Eng. with APEGA. He has over a decade of experience in industrial and academic research and development and has published and presented in national and international forums. He has extensive experience in new product development in the MWD industry and has contributed to over 15 patents in this field. Prior to joining our Board in roundLAB, Mojtaba managed a wellbore positioning team at Phoenix Technology Services and worked as the Measurement Technologies R&D Manager at Evolution Engineering. His main areas of interest include mathematical and numerical modeling, finite element analysis, engineering design, and optimization. In his Ph.D., Mojtaba developed a complex 3D model of the human knee joint by applying the governing equations of porous media, which are commonly used to describe the flow of oil in rock, to fluid flow in cartilage and menisci. His work has been cited by over 200 scholars from different countries.