Faculty

Wong
George K. Wong
Associate Professor; Ph.D., Stanford University
Office Location: ERP 9, Room 209
Phone: 713-743-8790
Email: gwong3 [at] uh [dot] edu

Dr. Wong was the Production Engineering Advisor and Principal Technical Expert in Sand Control and Sand Management at Shell E&P Company - Upstream Production Deepwater. He has 17 years of R&D and 14 years of deepwater development and production experiences. His external publications include experimental and modeling works in areas of sand control completion design & evaluation for producers and injectors, production operations guidelines on bean-up and ramp-up, fracture mechanics for both consolidated and unconsolidated sand formation, field in-situ stress measurements, and sand screen-formation interaction problems. He received the SPE Distinguished Membership in 2015 and the SPE Gulf Coast Regional Completion Optimization and Technology Award in 2013. George is also a registered Professional Civil Engineer from the State of California.

Education: 

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1985
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1979
B.S., Civil Engineering & Materials Science, University of California at Davis, 1977

Professional Experience: 

Associate Professor – Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston, September 1st 2016 – Present
Principal Technical Expert in Sand Control & Sand Management, Global Shell, 2006 – August 31, 2016
Production Engineering Advisor & Completion Technology Lead, Shell Upstream Production Deepwater, 2004 – August 31, 2016
Senior Staff Research Engineer, Shell International E&P, 2000 – 2004
Staff Research Engineer, Shell International E&P, 1995-2004
Senior Research Engineer, Shell Development Company, 1990-1995
Research Engineer, Shell Development Company, 1985-1990

Research Interests: 

Well Production Operations & Surveillance (Bean-up and Ramp-Up)

Sand Management and Sand Production for Producers and Injectors

Sand Control Completions for Producers and Injectors

Fracturing in Unconsolidated Sand

Geomechanics and Hydraulic Fracturing

Selected Professional Activities/Honors: 

SPE Distinguished Membership, 2015
SPE Gulf Coast Regional Completion Optimization and Technology Award, 2013
Organizing Committee Member, SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage, Lafayette, LA, 2016
Chairman, SPE-ATW: “Performance and Design of Water Injectors Requiring Sand Control,” 2015, 2013, 2011, and 2009
Shell Ursa Princess Water Flood – 1st Water Injection Recognition, 2008
Shell Ursa System Selection Recognition, 1995
Shell Development Company, The President’s Award for Team Excellence, Finalist, “Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Development Team,” 1992

Selected Publications: 

Wong, G. K., Dudley, J.W., Golovin, E, Zhang, H. and Chudnovsky, A. Injector Completion Performance under Hydraulic Fracturing and Matrix Flooding Conditions into a Sand Pack, Paper ARMA 17-0705 (in preparation) to be presented at the 51st UD Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, Ca., USA, 25-28 June 2017.

Wong, G. K. Geomechanics Challenges of Waterflood in Deepwater and Their Relevance to Subsurface Storage of Carbon Dioxide. Hydraulic Fracturing Journal, Volume 4 – Number 1, January 2017, page 86-90.

Mao, Deming., Karanikas, John., Fair, Phillip S., Prodan, Ionut D., and Wong, George K., (2016), A Different Perspective on the Forchheimer and Ergun Equations,” 180920-PA SPE Journal Paper - 2016

Tallin, A.G., Wong, G.K., and Han, Y., (2016), Analysis of Sand Screen Integrity in Depleting Sandstone Reservoir, paper SPE 179018-MS presented at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, held in Lafayette, LA, 24-26 2016

Chan, A.W., Ekbote, S., Hows, M.P., Wong, G.K., (2015), In Situ Stress Measurements during Well Abandonment, paper ARMA 15-843 presented at the 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, CA, USA, 28 June- 1 July 2015.

Chudnovsky, A., Shulkin, Y., Golovin, E., Zhang, H., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2015), Observation and Modeling of Fluid Flow under Matrix and Fracturing Injections in Unconsolidated Sand, paper ARMA 15-411 presented at the 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, CA, USA, 28 June- 1 July 2015.

Zhang, Haiying., Chudnovsky, A., Wong, George., and Dudley, J.W., (2013) “Statistical Aspects of Microheterogeneous Rock Fracture: Observations and Modeling,” Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Springer, ISSN 0723-2632, February, 2013.

Chudnovsky, A., Zhang, H., Wong, G.K., and Dudley, J.W., (2012), Scaling Problem in Heterogeneous Rock Fracture, paper ARMA 12-444 presented at the 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in Chicago, IL, USA, 24-27 June 2012.

Golovin, E., Chudnovsky, A., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2011), Injection Rate Effects on Waterflooding Mechanisms and Injectivity in Cohesionless Sand, paper ARMA 11-165 presented at the 45nd US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, CA June 26-29, 2011.

Jasarevic, H., Golovin, E., Chudnovsky, A., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2010), Observation and Modeling of Hydraulic Fracture Initiation in Cohesionless Sand, paper ARMA 10-360 presented at the 44nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium, held in Salt Lake City, UT June 27-30, 2010.

Jasarevic, H., Chudnovsky, A., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2009), Observation and Modeling of Brittle Fracture Initiation in a Micro-heterogeneous Material, Int. J. Fract. 158: 73-80.

Wu, H., Golovin, E., Shulkin, Yu., Chudnovsky, A., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2008), Observations of Hydraulic Fracture Initiation and Propagation in a Brittle Polymer, paper ARMA 08-321 presented at San Francisco 2008, the 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium, held in San Francisco, June 29-July 2, 2008.

Chudnovsky, A., Fan, F., Shulkin, Yu., Zhang, H., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2008), Hydraulic Fracture Simulation Revisited, paper ARMA 08-320 presented at San Francisco 2008, the 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium, held in San Francisco, June 29-July 2, 2008.

Geilikman, M.B., Dria, D.E., Stewart, D.R., and Wong, G.K., (2005), Bean-up Guidelines for Sand Control Completions, paper SPE 95870 presented at the 2005 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held in Dallas, Texas, 9-12 October 2005.

Wong, G.K., Fair, P.S., Bland, K.F., and Sherwood, R.S., (2003), Balancing Act: Gulf of Mexico Sand Control Completions, Peak Rate Versus Risk of Sand Control Failure, paper SPE 84497 presented at the 2003 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held in Denver, Colorado, 5-8 October 2003.