Ray Tommy Oskarsen, Ph.D.                                                                                                  



Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University                                                         2004

Dissertation: “Development of a Dynamic-Kill Simulator for Blowouts Occurring in Ultra Deepwater.”


M. Sc., Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University                                                        2001

Thesis: “Toolkit and Drillstring Valve for Subsea Mudlift Drilling.”


B. Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Surrey                                                          1998

Thesis: “Sintering of Engineering Ceramics.”







Brunei, 2006





Texas,  2005





Brunei, 2004





Baku, 2004

John Wright Company:

Well Control Engineer assisting in the abandonment of a production well where the platform conductor had slumped and sheared the 13-3/8” casing and drillstring, leaving a fish in the openhole. The abandonment was achieved by drilling a stand alone relief well that intersected the target well below the 13-3/8” casing shoe.


Well Control Engineer responding to a blowout where rig was lost due to fire and gas broach to surface. Challenges included high media exposure, 8000’ of open hole exposed to unconsolidated formations and only low accuracy inclination-only survey existed for the target well. The target well successfully located, intersected, and plugged to the satisfaction of the Texas Railroad Commission.


Well Control Engineer providing support to client who had taken a kick after cementing 9 5/8” casing. Subsequent to controlling the hydrocarbon flow, incident investigation was initiated. Most of the evidence supported that the kick occurred after cement displacement as a result of loss of hydrostatic in the lead cement during transition and that good cement practices could have prevented the incident.


Well Control Specialist assisting in safeguarding a top side from a potential mud volcano. Aided in the design of a dry riser system to protect top-sides during construction in the dock.


College Station,


Texas A&M University:

Developed a dynamic-kill simulator for blowouts occurring in ultradeep water, funded by the Minerals Management Service. Worked on the Subsea Mudlift Drilling (SMD) JIP, which is a dual gradient drilling technique. Created a well control toolkit used during the SMD test well, which was the first dual-gradient well with returns to the surface.




Summer 2003


Worked in operations technology group. Developed a hydraulic toolkit with the ability to analyze trouble time, plan wells, and estimate down-hole conditions of SBM. The finite element model was tested and verified with field data using a Pressure-While-Drilling (PWD) tool. Developed toolkit for fishing using a decision tree and Monte Carlo analysis. Conducted bit analysis for the Rocky Mountains.




Summer 1999


Worked in exploration drilling department. Projects included rig downtime analysis and evaluating new drilling related softwares.