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Oklahoma State University

Geir Hareland

Dr. Geir HarelandProfessor of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering;Continental Resources Chair of Petroleum Engineering


Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1991
M.Sc., University of Tulsa, 1985
B.Sc., Minnesota University, 1981

Dr. Hareland's research focuses on working closely with all aspects of the drilling and completion industry including contractors, service companies and operators.

Main research interests are centered on the various aspects of drilling and completion engineering optimization with an emphasis on "engineering". The research tasks include processes and or factors affecting the actual drilling/completion/stimulation of an oil or gas well and focus on how to increase the net present value (NPV) of the oil or gas well or field.

Specific research activities related to the Continental Resources Chair program at Oklahoma State University include:

1) Drilling Optimization and Drill Bit Modeling
2) Rock Mechanics in Drilling and Completion Operations
3) Drilling Fluids and Hydraulics
4) Drilling System Parameter Integration and Optimization
5) Well Completions and Stimulation Optimization
6) Cementing

Thameen, M., G. Hareland and B. Aadnoy, “Real-Time Software to Estimate Friction Coefficient and Downhole Weight on Bit during Drilling of Horizontal Wells”, OMAE paper 2014-24620 presented at the ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, San Francisco, CA, June 8-13 2014

Vishkai, M., G., Hareland and I. D., Gates, “Influence of Stress Anisotropy on Hydraulic Fracturing” ARMA 14-7360 paper presented at the 48th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, June 1-4, 2014

Maulinda, B.T., G. Hareland and S. Chen, ”Geomechanical Consideration in Stimulated Reservoir Volume Dimensional Model Prediction using Multi-Stage Hydraulic Fracturing Data in Horizontal Wells – Glauconite Tight Formation in the Hoadley Field”, ARMA paper 14-7449 presented at the 48th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, June 1-4, 2014

Wu, Z., G. Hareland and L. Lei, ”Computer Simulation and Analysis of Rock Breaking by Rock Bit Cutters” ARMA paper 14-7603 presented at the 48th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, June 1-4, 2014

Alsaba, M and R. Nygaard, G. Hareland and O. Contreras, “Review of Lost Circulation Materials and Treatments with an Updated Classification”, presented at the 2014 AADE Fluids Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, April 15-16, 2014.

Contreras, O., G., Hareland, M. Husein, R. Nygaard and M. Alsaba, “Application of In-House Prepared Nanoparticles as Filtration Control Additive to Reduce Formation Damage”, SPE paper 168116-MS, SPE International Symposium and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, Lafayette, Louisiana , February 26-28, 2014.

Hareland, G., A. Wu and L. Lei , “The Field Tests for Measurement of Downhole Weight on Bit (DWOB) and the Calibration of a Real-time DWOB Model”, IPTC paper 17503, International Petroleum Technology Conference, Doha, Qatar, January 20-22, 2014.

Kerkar, P. B., G. Hareland, E. R. Fonseca and C.J. Hackbarth, “Estimation of Rock Compressive Strength Using Downhole Weight-on-Bit and Drilling Models”, IPTC paper 17447, International Petroleum Technology Conference, Doha, Qatar, January 20-22, 2014.

Kostenko V., R. J. Martinuzzi and G. Hareland, "Impact of Oil-Based Drilling Fluids Emulsification on Tolerance and Hydrocarbon-Degrading Potential of Ralstonia pickettii and Alcaligenes piechandii", ISSN: 2157-7463, Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology,  May, 2013.

Nwaoji, C., G. Hareland, M. Husein, R. Nygaard, and M. Zakaria, “Wellbore Strengthening - Nanoparticle Drilling Fluid Experimental Design Using Hydraulic Fracturing Apparatus”, SPE paper 163434, 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 5-7, 2013.

Zakaria, M., M. Husein and G. Hareland, “Novel Nanoparticle-Based Drilling Fluid Improved Characteristics”, SPE paper 156992, 2011 SPE International Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition, Noordwijk, Netherlands, June 12-14, 2012. Shortened paper version published in Journal of Petroleum Technology, Volume 63, No 2, November, 2012.

Hareland, G., A. Wu, L. Lei, M. Husein and M. Zakaria, “Innovative Nanoparticle Drilling Fluid and Its Benefits to Horizontal or Extended Reach Drilling”, SPE paper 162686, 2012 SPE Canadian Unconventional Resources Conference, Calgary, Canada, October 20, 2012.