Executive Q&A with Canadian Team
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Sep 28, 2022 Datagration™

Executive Q&A with Canadian Team

Scott A. Lowry is Datagration's VP of Business Development in Canada. Trained as an Engineering Technologist, he has more than 30 years of experience in technology within the oil and gas industry. He worked in engineering technology for eight years before joining a software company that specializes in oil and gas economics and reserves systems. Later, he began working with computing technology for a Digital Equipment Corporation, with a focus on geology & geophysics software company partnerships. Afterwards, he worked for a large supplier of integrated E&P technical and economic software and services together with Shane Knutsvig, Datagration’s VP of Operations in Canada and Peter Bernard, Chairman and CEO at Datagration. Then, he worked 14 years at Cisco Systems as a co-director working with major E&P operators in Canada before joining Datagration.

With over 30 years of experience with sales and account management, market and business development, software development in the oil and gas industry, Shane Knutsvig is the company's VP of Operations in Canada. He also has extensive experience working with digital oil and gas technology in North America and internationally both with E&P operators and oilfield services companies. Later, he worked for Halliburton in Texas, Scotland, Venezuela and Canada. Then, he worked as a consultant for the past 15 years helping technology companies around the world get involved in the oil and gas industry in Canada before taking on his role at Datagration.  

George Voneiff is the SVP of Unconventional Solutions at Datagration and has thirty-nine years of oil and gas experience, primarily in unconventional reservoirs. He founded, built, and sold several E&P companies in the US and Canada, including MGV Energy and UGR. MGV discovered the Horseshoe Canyon CBM play in Alberta and UGR aggregated a 70,000-acre Montney position in NE British Columbia, drilling the initial evaluation and development wells. George lived in Calgary from 1997 – 2006 and currently resides in Bryan, Texas. As Professor Voneiff, he has been teaching graduate-level Oil & Gas Reserves and Economics classes part-time since 2007 in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. He has extensive experience in risk management, uncertainty analysis, completion & development optimization in tight rock, and A&D evaluations, with expertise in data analytics and economics.

Q: What is Datagration's strategy to become the go-to technology for Canada's exploration and production companies to improve productivity overall?

Scott Lowry: We are leveraging our experience in the oil and gas industry in Canada in order to gain visibility and traction within the market and attract certain operators working in Calgary. Fortunately, this is not my first rodeo – I’ve led start-ups before and we are putting in a lot of effort up front. Once we show the value, power and potential of Datagration’s Unified Data Model (UDM) to new clients, I am confident that we will gain momentum for other companies to adopt PetroVisor. We are in talks with three companies and we are looking to start closing deals by Q4 this year. We are primarily focusing on mid-size E&P companies at the moment and we see great potential throughout Canada’s plays.

Q: Canada will surely become a key market for Datagration in the near future. What about the operations side of your strategy?

Shane Knutsvig: As VP of Operations, I am working with asset managers and small to medium companies working with completion, production and artificial lift optimization to expose them to our UDM. We are focusing on companies working in the Duvernay and Montney basins, primarily because they are very high cost plays in which operators could significantly benefit and reduce costs by adopting PetroVisor. Companies in Canada generally have more data than they know what to do with, which is why we believe we are the prime solution for their data management problem.

Q: How does PetroVisor add value in Canada?

George Voneiff: Improved capital efficiency and lifting costs through a better use of available data. Canada is a data-rich environment which plays directly into PetroVisor’s strengths. With the ability to quickly and efficiently blend public and private data, larger and more complete datasets translate into better complex predictive models. Within your own company, you can quickly bring all the relevant data to bear to provide not only the best technical assessment but extend the analysis with economics to provide decision-focused rankings and results. Engineers can become super-engineers and decision makers can include risk and uncertainty analysis into their capital and operating decisions without sacrificing technical accuracy or timelines. Our pre-built workflows include extensive domain expertise and are designed with the decision maker in mind, ranging from field staff to the CEO. PetroVisor is also an open-architecture platform where you can embed your own IP and expertise, creating a custom solution unique to your company.




Published by Datagration™ September 28, 2022
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