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Consultancy Services

We frequently get requests from our clients and various governments for consultants or companies who can help Player licensees populate real evaluation projects to initiate their regional and/or local/block evaluation projects.  This assistance could be required for the entire project or limited to initial data collection and QC including:  the decision on play subdivisions, well failure analyses, compilation and correction of palaeogeographic data etc.


Our technical support team can and does help to initiate and modify projects for our clients but our primary role is specifically software support and training. To assist our customers we have compiled a list of people and companies who are proficient with the player software and who can be contacted directly when internal company resources are scarce or teams are occupied with other tasks.

These consultants who live and work in various regions globally are available to consult on all aspects of play analyses from building Player projects for exploration teams through to generating valuation and block ranking maps using Player which will assist companies in preparing bid packages for license rounds.  These are people that we have worked with and are confident in their skills, they have no connection to any specific company and are acutely aware of the confidential nature of the business.

We derive no monetary gain from recommending these people and companies and we have no conflicts of interest that need to be declared when we make these recommendations.

If you are interested in engaging any of our consultants for assistance on your evaluation projects or any other scope of work please let us know.  We are available for questions on any of these consultants and can recommend a ‘best fit’ depending on your requirements.  We can facilitate an initial introduction however any contracts or work agreed upon would be done directly with the consultant.  Below are summary descriptions of our consultants as well as their experience and location information.

GIS-PAX Consultants

Paul Ventris:  Europe, UK (located in Europe).  Paul has worked for over 25 years in international exploration and appraisal roles with large companies. He has worked across a wide range of projects from basin screening through to prospect maturation and drilling. Paul has developed specialist play analysis skills through evaluations of many basin types in a variety of international settings.  Paul is currently based in Copenhagen but is available to assist companies anywhere in Europe.  Paul has a special interest in Scandinavian exploration and speaks Norwegian having worked in both Norway and Denmark.

Chris Kenyon (CSK Petroleum Consultants Ltd):  (located in Cambridge, UK & Singapore).  Chris has over 45 years’ experience working the Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific areas,  North and South Atlantic margins and North Sea & Middle East in exploration operations, new ventures and geophysical interpretation. Chris has spent most of his career with US and UK majors at all levels including VP. He is a past-president of the Southeast Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX) and past Chairman of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) Professional Division. For the past 20 years Chris has specialised in play, prospect, and petroleum system analysis and risking for a number of US, UK and Australian companies for projects focussed on Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, NW Shelf of Australia, West Africa and Brazil and has been heavily involved in first oil and gas in a number of basins.  Chris has published widely and is the main compiler of the East Java Sea Player project.

Ross Andrews:  Europe, UK (located in Europe).  Ross has over 11 years of experience working as a Petroleum Geologist with various companies including Centrica Energy, GIS-PAX as the European regional manager, and most recently with INEOS Upstream.  He worked unconventional assets in the USA during a 3 year assignment and the bulk of his career in the UKCS in conventional exploration.  Ross has a passion for oil and gas exploration and has the experience and ability to grasp basin/play fundamentals quickly to maximise project value.  Ross is based in the UK and is available to help companies in Europe and the Middle East with large or small evaluation projects.

Tony Swiecicki:  SE Asia, North America (located in Canada).  Tony has worked for over 35 years as a successful international Petroleum Geologist. He has held executive positions at Pearl and Mubadala and his international career includes spells at BP, Amerada Hess, Conoco and Murphy. His most recent post was as Head of Regional Studies for SE Asia at Murphy. He has been using Player for 4 years and is currently based in Canada but is available for work in Houston or within SE Asia and China.

Andy Livsey:  Indonesia (located in Jakarta).  Andy is a petroleum system analyst based in Jakarta with over 25 years of experience working Southeast Asian basins. He has been involved in numerous regional studies throughout the region with an emphasis on hydrocarbon charge modelling, hydrocarbon origin and prospectivity assessments. Outside SE Asia he has worked on exploration assessments in the North Sea, Middle East and South America. He is the technical director of Horizon Geoconsulting, a company specialising in geological services and petroleum data management.

Michael Lennane: SE Asia (located in KL, Malaysia & Perth, Australia)Michael has 25 years of experience evaluating petroleum provinces across SE Asia, Australasia, Southern Asia and West Africa. He has worked for multiple E&P companies including Cairn India, Murphy Oil, Chevron and Woodside utilising his interpretative skill sets in new ventures, regional quantitative PBE evaluations, building prospect portfolios, evaluating/securing assets and following through with exploration drilling. Michael has been using Player since 2011, including rolling out global training programs, corporate PBE/Risking/Volume guidelines, post well evaluations, CRS mapping and all aspects of PBE project creation. His passion is striving for technical excellence, knowledge capture and sensible application of geological principals to help E&P companies leverage the power of QPBE in evaluations to make the best value decisions.

Play Based Exploration Training Consultants

Jeff Brown (Rose & Associates):  Available for global training locations (located in USA).  Jeff Brown (BA with Distinction in Geology, Duke University; MS, Ph.D., in Geology, University of South Carolina) worked for more than 21 years with Mobil and an additional 16 years as an industry consultant specializing in prospect and play analysis. During his career he has been involved in the assessment of chance of success, volumes, and value for literally hundreds of prospects, concessions, and plays worldwide and has taught more than 2,000 professionals in the theory and methods of quantified Play Based Exploration.

Brown has dedicated the last 20 years of his career to developing and implementing proper Play-based exploration methods at oil companies and government agencies around the world. Most recently, he was a principal in implementation of such processes for a number of clients, including Shell, Aramco, PTTEP, Pemex, Woodside and Maersk, and he was a principal in a systematic global reconnaissance of every significant petroliferous basin for unconventional gas potential, leading his client (a multinational) to focus upon, and successfully enter, certain regions. Brown is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist (#5734) and an active member of AAPG, currently serving on the Committee on Resource Evaluation. Dr. Brown has also served as an instructor in many AAPG courses. He is a Specialist for Rose & Associates, dedicated to Play Based Exploration.

If your company is interested in comprehensive PBE training with Jeff Brown please contact us and we will put you in touch with Jeff, his course is highly recommended and it has received very positive feedback from top E&P companies in the industry. Typically Jeff runs a 3 day PBE course, you also have the option of a 4 day course that integrates the Player workflow and pulls the full PBE evaluation story together.  (Player staff schedule permitting…).