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I retired from Shell in October 1999, and I havea consultancy to capitalise on my experience in oilfield operations and competitive intelligence - particularly competitive technical intelligence (CTI). I also do various courses on drilling technology.

Roger Hough has worked in the oil industry since 1967 when he joined Shell after graduating in Applied Mineral Sciences that year from the University of Leeds. He has worked for Shell ever since in various countries - notably UK, Italy, Malta, Brunei, Oman, Netherlands, Canada, and Venezuela. His last position was at the Shell Tesearch and Technology Centre in Rijswijk, The Netherlands where he was Senior Manager responsible for intellectual property management.  This involved both Disclosure management and competitive technical intelligence.  He is a member of SCIP (Society of competitive intelligence professionals).

In his previous assignment, Venezuela, he was charged with getting an offshore drilling and production venture operational, (sour production) resulting in an increase in production from some 8000 b/d in mid 1995 to nearly 50,000 b/d at the end of 1997.

Hough has been active with the Society of Pewtroleum Engineers (SPE) over many years, has chaired a number of technical conferences, and has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Slim Hole Technology.


Career Summary

1999 - present Teaches at PEICE and the University of Calgary.
1998 - 1999 Senior Manager, External Liaison, responsible for Intellectual Property management, and Competitive Technical Intelligence.
1998 Manager - Benchmarking, Shell International Exploration & Production, Netherlands responsible for benchmarking various Shell production operations.
1995 - 1998 Operations Manager - Shell Venezuela, Maracaibo
1993 - 1995 Petroleum Engineering Manager / Senior Drilling Advisor - Shell Canada, Calgary
1989 - 1993 Manager - Well Technology Research – Shell Research, Netherlands
1987 - 1989 Head of Drilling Operations - Petroleum Development, Oman
1984 - 1987 Head of Petroleum Engineering - Shell UK Exploration and Production, Aberdeen, UK
1982 - 1984 Head of Operations Engineering - Shell UK Exploration and Production, Aberdeen, UK
1978 - 1982 Head of Operation Engineering - Petroleum Development, Oman
1974 - 1978 Head of Operations Engineering – Brunei Shell Petroleum Company
1973 - 1974 Petroleum Engineer - Shell Italiana and Malta Shell
1968 - 1973 Wellsite Petroleum Engineer / Operation Engineer / Computer Applications Engineer - Shell Expro, Lowestoft and London, UK
1967 - 1968 Basic training - The Hague, Netherlands

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Service
Joined SPE 1972
Programme committee - Middle East Oil Show 1981

Instrumental in forming the Oman SPE Section after protracted negotiations with the Omani Government

Programme committees - Offshore Europe 1983, 1985

Programme committee - Europec 1984

Programme Chairman - SPE Aberdeen Section 1985-7

Programme Chairman - Offshore Europe 1987

Membership Chairman - Oman Section 1988-89

Programme Chairman - Europec 1990

Member of 1991 SPE Nominating Committee

Fund Raising Chairman - SPE Hague Section 1991-2

SPE Forum Series Chairman - Slim Hole Drilling 1993

SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 1994-5 season

SPE Drilling Engineering Awards Committee
SPE ATCE Programme Committee
SPE Distinguished Lecturers Committee

1967 BSc in Applied Mineral Sciences - University of Leeds

Dual British / Canadian.

As a result of his international career, he speaks lots of languages (most badly):
Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French.

Where time permits and depending on the country: computing, reading, gardening, walking, amateur dramatics, wine and food (including chairmanship of wine and food societies in Brunei and Oman). Community work (previously member of the Calgary Centennial Rotary Club).