• Professor
  • Robert L. Whiting Professor
Thomas A. Blasingame

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, petroleum engineering, Texas A&M University - 1989
  • Master of Science, petroleum engineering, Texas A&M University - 1986
  • Bachelor of Science, petroleum engineering, Texas A&M University - 1984

Research Interests

  • Areas of specialization include:

    • Unconventional reservoirs
    • Production data analysis
    • Pressure transient data analysis
    • Petroleum reservoir engineering
    • Technical mathematics

    Current research efforts include:

    • Well testing/analysis of reservoir performance
      • Specialized analysis techniques for well test and production data
      • Model-based analysis of production data
      • Software for the analysis, interpretation, and modeling of well test and production data
    • Unconventional Reservoirs: (Ultra-low permeability sands/shales)
      • Rate-time (decline curve) analysis for unconventional reservoir systems
      • Rate-time-pressure analysis for unconventional reservoir systems
      • Modeling of ultra-low permeability reservoirs
    • Field studies
      • Performance analysis of tight gas/shale gas reservoir systems
      • Completion production correlation studies (correlation of performance with completion parameters)

Certifications & Memberships

  • Honorary Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2015

Awards & Honors

  • Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2015-2018
  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2014
  • DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2013
  • Lucas Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers - 2012

Selected Publications

  • Pitakbunkate, T., Balbuena, P., Moridis, G.J., and Blasingame, T.A. 2014. Effect of Confinement on PVT Properties of Hydrocarbons in Shale Reservoirs. SPE paper 170685 presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held 27–29 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (SJ-0315-0059, accepted for publication on 06 May 2015).
  • Odunowo, T.O., Moridis, G.J., Blasingame, T.A., Olorode, O.M., & Freeman, C.M. 2014. Evaluation of Well Performance for the Slot-Drill Completion in Low- and Ultralow-Permeability Oil and Gas Reservoirs. SPE Journal, Vol. 19, Issue 05, October 2014. doi:10.2118/164547-PA.
  • Collins, P.W., Ilk, D., and Blasingame, T.A. 2014. Practical Considerations for Forecasting Production Data in Unconventional Reservoirs — Variable Pressure Case. SPE paper 170945 presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held 27–29 October 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Pitakbunkate, T., Balbuena, P., Moridis, G.J., and Blasingame, T.A. 2014. Effect of Confinement on PVT Properties of Hydrocarbons in Shale Reservoirs. SPE paper 170685 presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held 27–29 October 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.