David A. Simpson, P.E.

5505 Lee Lane

Farmington, NM  87402

(505) 326-2115


Performance Objective:  Utilize a depth and breadth of engineering and operational experience to contribute to the profitability of Oil & Gas production operations in low-pressure operations.
Areas of Expertise:
• Gas well deliquification and Artificial Lift Technologies
• Low-pressure operations
• CBM development and operations
• Gas compression using reciprocating, rotary-screw, and thermo-compressors
• Project management
• Pipeline modeling, design, construction, and operations
• Gas measurement
• Corrosion management
• Produced-water gathering and disposal
• Gas line purging principles and practice

  • BS Industrial Management, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1980
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver, 1993

Career Brief: 
2003-current MuleShoe Engineering, Principal Engineer providing engineering consulting services to the Oil & Gas industry and to various manufacturers of Oil & Gas products.  Focus on low-pressure operations, deliquification/artificial lift, Coalbed Methane, Compression, and facility design.  Worked on new field CBM development in the San Juan Basin, USA; Surat Basin, Queensland, Australia; Narrabri basin, New South Wales, Australia; Kalahari Desert, Botswana; and Iguana Field, Columbia.
1993-2003BP America Production Company, Facilities Engineer for CBM wells and gathering facilities in the San Juan Basin of Northern New Mexico.  Identify opportunities to increase revenue, design projects to implement opportunities, manage construction, and oversee operations.  Projects have included nine gathering-system expansions, four major compression facilities, de-bottlenecking 85 high-rate wells for very-low-pressure operations, and installation of 50,000 horsepower of rotary-screw compression on well sites.  The projects have added over $1,300 million (NPV13) for a gross expenditure of $41 million.  Ongoing operations include innovations in the design of pigging equipment, using pipeline modeling to define pigging schedules, gas-well deliquification projects, corrosion and scale interventions, and extensive use of a Geographical Information System to reconfigure gathering-system valves to correct operational problems.  Engineering Technical Authority (Well Site Equipment, Compression, Gathering Systems).
1991-1993Amoco Production Company (now doing business as BP America Production Company), Team Leader and Consulting Engineer for San Juan Basin Outside Operated Team.  Restructured the portfolio of outside-operated properties from an $18 million annual profit into a $200 million annual profit by applying effective property management, good partner relations, and appropriate engineering interventions.  Supervised a staff of 5 and acted as consulting engineer in the areas of reservoir engineering, reserves estimating, production engineering, and facilities engineering.   
1980-1991Amoco, Production Systems Analyst in General Office and field settings.  Project manager and system designer on 35 major software-development projects ranging from the Worldwide Reserves Inventory System (that defines the way hydrocarbon reserves are calculated, stored, and reported and has been in use for over 20 years) to the Automated Maintenance Scheduling System that formalized maintenance processes in 15 plant and field locations and required acting as a maintenance consultant for the operations.  Project management responsibilities included supervising up to 45 employees on software projects that ranged upwards of $5 million expenditure.  Field support included a system that proved to the State of New Mexico that their Proration Order should be eliminated and it was.
1971-1977U.S. Navy, Nuclear Mechanical Operator (Pay grade E-5), USS Truxton CGN35.  Acted as a plant operator, engine room supervisor, and maintenance supervisor.
Professional Affiliations: • Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical), Colorado (37104), New Mexico (16189)
• National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Council Record Holder (22978)
• Society of Petroleum Engineers – Four Corners Petroleum Section Chairman 2005-2006
• American Society of Mechanical Engineers • National Association of Corrosion Engineers
• National Society of Professional Engineers
Standing Committees Participation:
• Eng-Tips.com Round Table board, Member, current
• Program Chair, SPE ATW “Managing the Performance of Low Pressure Gas Wells and Associated Facilities” 2008
• Member of the Board of Directors, Global Energy, LTD, Calgary, AB,  2009-2010
• “Impact of Entrained Water on Natural Gas Measurement”, Master’s Theses, University of Colorado at Denver, April, 1993
• “Field Experience with Meter Provers”, with Ron Beaty, Gas Research Institute “Seminar on Meter Station Design”, San Antonio, TX, January 24-25, 1996
• “Vented Gas from Wellsite Control Equipment, SPE 61030”, with James Jensen, SPE International Conference on Health, Safety, and the Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, Stavanger, Norway, June 26-28, 2000
•  “Coal Bed Methane Production, SPE 80900”, with James F. Lea and James C. Cox, SPE “Production and Operations Symposium”, Oklahoma City, OK, March 23-25, 2003 • “Producing Coalbed Methane at High Rates at Low Pressures, SPE 85409”, with Mike Kutas, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Denver, CO, October 5-8, 2003
•  “Low-pressure gas well deliquification requires different approaches”, Oil & Gas Journal, February 27, 2006
• Gas Well Deliquification, 2nd Edition, James F. Lea, et al, Gulf Professional Publishing, 2008, contributing author, Chapter 14 “Coal Bed Methane”
• “Device capitalized on flow stream strengths in pumping gas wells”, Oil & Gas Journal, November 5, 2012
• “Facilities Selection Impacts Reservoir Performance, SPE-169837-MS”, May, 2014, presented at SPE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium, Houston, TX, May 19-20, 2014
• “One Engineer’s Perspective on Global Warming’, August, 2014, published at www.ENGINEERING.com
• “Pneumatic testing of Pipelines as an Alternative to Hydrostatic Testing”, July, 2014, published at www.ENGINEERING.com
• “New Processes are Needlessly Reducing the Recovery from Onshore Gas Fields”, Sept, 2014, published at www.ENGINEERING.com
• “Pneumatic Controllers in Upstream Oil & Gas”, Oct, 2014, published in Oil & Gas Field Facilities Journal (peer reviewed section)
• “Are US gasoline pump prices actually high?”, Nov, 2014, published at www.ENGINEERING.com
• “Orkney Islands use Renewables to Generate 103% of Power Needs”, Feb, 2016, published at www.ENGINEERING.com
• “Does Petroleum Have to Come from Squashed Dinosaurs?”, June, 2016, published at www.ENGINEERING.com
• Practical Onshore Gas Field Engineering, David A Simpson, P.E., published by Elsevier, July 14, 2017, ISBN:  0128130229
• Downhole system and methods for deliquification of a wellbore, US Patent 8,302,695
• Device for capturing gas from a produced water stream, US Patent 8,439,999 and Australian Patent 2013-202601
• Device for capturing gas and solids from a produced water stream, US Patent 8,597,402
Training Courses:
• “Practical Onshore Gas Field Operations”, 3-day course for Oil & Gas professionals and managers without direct field responsibility.  Course is presented as in-house training and covers upstream processes from reservoir topics, drilling, deliquification, surface equipment, compression, produced water disposal, through plant concepts.
• “Practical Onshore Gas Field Engineering”, 5-day course for Oil & Gas engineers with direct field responsibility.  Course is presented as in-house training and covers upstream processes from reservoir topics, drilling, deliquification, surface equipment, compression, produced water disposal, through plant concepts.  This course includes extensive exercises and pre-course/post-course testing.