Lasers are on track to provide safe, non-explosive, damage-free perforations. The many advances, advantages, and uses for this technology are discussed.
Brian C. Gahan is founder and president of Laser Rock Technologies, LLC, a private energy consulting firm in Cary, Illinois, USA. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist and Manager, E&P Technology Development for 16 years in the Exploration & Production Research Group for Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines, Illinois. He holds a BS in petroleum engineering, Masters in chemical engineering and an MBA in finance, and is a registered professional engineer. He is a 27-year member of the SPE, and a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the Laser Institute of America (LIA). In 2004, he was elected to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Gahan has authored and co-authored more than 40 papers and technical publications, and is a coinventor on a U.S. Patent.