Faculty

Wong
George K. Wong
Cullen College of Engineering Associate Professor
Office Location: Technology Bridge, 9b, Room 159
Phone: 713-743-8790
Email: gwong3 [at] uh [dot] edu

Dr. Wong conducts research in areas of geomechanics, well integrity and containment, completions, sand management, multiphase flows, and well operations (bean-up and ramp-up) for both producers and injectors. He is a recipient of the SPE Distinguished Membership in 2015 and the SPE Gulf Coast Regional Completion Optimization and Technology Award in 2013. He has 17 years of R&D and 14 years of deepwater development and production experiences in the industry. Before joining UH, Dr. Wong worked as a Production Engineering Advisor and Principal Technical Expert in Sand Control and Sand Management at Shell E&P Company, USA.

Google Scholar: <https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=h3t-MSwAAAAJ&hl=en>

Education: 

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1985
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1979
B.S., Civil Engineering & Materials Science, University of California at Davis, 1977
P.E., Civil Engineer, State of California

Professional Experience: 

Associate Professor – Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston, September 1st 2016 – Present
Principal Technical Expert in Sand Control & Sand Management, Global Shell, 2006 – August 31, 2016
Production Engineering Advisor & Completion Technology Lead, Shell Upstream Production Deepwater, 2004 – August 31, 2016
Senior Staff Research Engineer, Shell International E&P, 2000 – 2004
Staff Research Engineer, Shell International E&P, 1995-2004
Senior Research Engineer, Shell Development Company, 1990-1995
Research Engineer, Shell Development Company, 1985-1990
Engineering Instructor, San Mateo Community College, San Mateo, CA, 1984-1985
Assistant Engineering Specialist, California Department of Transportation - Structural and Seismic Section, Sacramento, CA, 1979-1980

Teaching: 

PETR 3372 - Production Engineering
PETR 6372 - Production Engineering

Selected Professional Activities/Honors: 

SPE Distinguished Membership, 2015
Organizing Committee Member, SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage, Lafayette, LA, 2016
SPE Gulf Coast Regional Completion Optimization and Technology Award, 2013
Chairman, SPE Worskshop: “Injectors with Sustained Injectivity, Fluid Conformance, and Containment - Field Performance Results and Design Considerations,” 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, and 2009
Shell Ursa Princess Water Flood – 1st Water Injection Recognition, 2008
Shell Ursa System Selection Recognition, 1995
Shell Development Company, The President’s Award for Team Excellence, Finalist, “Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Development Team,” 1992

Research Interests: 

Geomechanics - constitutive behavior of reservoir rocks, well Integrity and containment for injectors and producers

Sand control completion and sand management for injectors and producers

Well production operations: unloading, bean-up, ramp-up, and surveillance for injectors and producers

Multiphase flows and in-well monitoring

Hydraulic fracturing and in-situ stress measurements

Recent Grants:
- Alpha Wave Height with Light Weight Proppant - A Full Scale Experimental Program Study
- Injector Experiments in Sand Pack with 3-D Confining Stresses - Effects of Water Quality & Water Hammer on Injectivity
- Hydrocarbon Influx Behavior within a Deepwater Marine Riser - Implications for Design and Operations
- Horizontal Injectors: Stress Path and Hysteresis with Applications for Drilling and Production Surveillance
- Production Operations for Openhole Stand-Alone Screen Completions - A Proposal for the Development of a Ramp-up Surveillance Tool

Selected Publications: 

Karaaslan, M., Wong, G. K., Soter, K. L., Hicking, S. H., and Yousif, M. (2020), A Well Flux Surveillance and Ramp-up Method for Openhole Stand-Alone Screen Completion, SPE-201662-MS, 2020 SPE-ATW.

Luo, B., Wong, G. K. and Guo, J. (2020), Wellbore Integrity and Unloading Stress Path Analysis for Injectors with Filter Cake, ARMA 20-2088, 54th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium.

Vipulanandan, C., Aldughather, A., Panda, G., and WOng, G. K. (2020), Real-Time Gas Leak Detection and Quantification Using Smart Cement, Paper IPTC-20248, International Petroleum Technology Conference, 13-15 January, 2020, Dhahran EXPO, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia

Wong, G. K., Dudley, J.W., Golovin, E, Zhang, H. and Chudnovsky, A. (2017), Injector Completion Performance under Hydraulic Fracturing and Matrix Flooding Conditions into a Sand Pack, Paper ARMA 17-0705, 51st UD Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, Ca., USA, 25-28 June 2017.

Wong, G. K. (2017), Geomechanics Challenges of Waterflood in Deepwater and Their Relevance to Subsurface Storage of Carbon Dioxide. Hydraulic Fracturing Journal, Volume 4 – Number 1, January 2017, page 86-90.

Mao, Deming., Karanikas, John., Fair, Phillip S., Prodan, Ionut D., and Wong, George K., (2016), A Different Perspective on the Forchheimer and Ergun Equations,” 180920-PA SPE Journal Paper - 2016

Tallin, A.G., Wong, G.K., and Han, Y., (2016), Analysis of Sand Screen Integrity in Depleting Sandstone Reservoir, paper SPE 179018-MS presented at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, held in Lafayette, LA, 24-26 2016

Chan, A.W., Ekbote, S., Hows, M.P., Wong, G.K., (2015), In Situ Stress Measurements during Well Abandonment, paper ARMA 15-843 presented at the 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, CA, USA, 28 June- 1 July 2015.

Chudnovsky, A., Shulkin, Y., Golovin, E., Zhang, H., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2015), Observation and Modeling of Fluid Flow under Matrix and Fracturing Injections in Unconsolidated Sand, paper ARMA 15-411 presented at the 49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, CA, USA, 28 June- 1 July 2015.

Zhang, Haiying., Chudnovsky, A., Wong, George., and Dudley, J.W., (2013) “Statistical Aspects of Microheterogeneous Rock Fracture: Observations and Modeling,” Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Springer, ISSN 0723-2632, February, 2013.

Chudnovsky, A., Zhang, H., Wong, G.K., and Dudley, J.W., (2012), Scaling Problem in Heterogeneous Rock Fracture, paper ARMA 12-444 presented at the 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in Chicago, IL, USA, 24-27 June 2012.

Golovin, E., Chudnovsky, A., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2011), Injection Rate Effects on Waterflooding Mechanisms and Injectivity in Cohesionless Sand, paper ARMA 11-165 presented at the 45nd US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium held in San Francisco, CA June 26-29, 2011.

Jasarevic, H., Golovin, E., Chudnovsky, A., Dudley, J.W., and Wong, G.K., (2010), Observation and Modeling of Hydraulic Fracture Initiation in Cohesionless Sand, paper ARMA 10-360 presented at the 44nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium, held in Salt Lake City, UT June 27-30, 2010.

Geilikman, M.B., Dria, D.E., Stewart, D.R., and Wong, G.K., (2005), Bean-up Guidelines for Sand Control Completions, paper SPE 95870 presented at the 2005 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held in Dallas, Texas, 9-12 October 2005.

Wong, G.K., Fair, P.S., Bland, K.F., and Sherwood, R.S., (2003), Balancing Act: Gulf of Mexico Sand Control Completions, Peak Rate Versus Risk of Sand Control Failure, paper SPE 84497 presented at the 2003 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held in Denver, Colorado, 5-8 October 2003.

Nuller, B., Ryvkin, M., Dudley, J.W., Wong, G.K., and Chudnovsky, A., (2001), “Crack Interaction with an Interface in Laminated Elastic Media,” Rock Mechanics in the National Interest, Elsworth, Tinucci & Heasley (eds), Swets & Zeitling Lisse, October., pp 289-296.

Wong, G.K., Fors, R.R., Casassa, J.S., Hite, R.H., and Shlyapobersky, J., (1993), “Design, Execution, and Evaluation of Frac and Pack (F&P) Treatments in Unconsolidated Sand Formations in the Gulf of Mexico,” paper SPE 26563 presented at the 68th Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, held in Houston, Texas, 3-6 October.

Current Students: 

Sabyasachi Prakash (PhD)
Ahmed ALDughather (PhD)
Xuejia Du (PhD)
Bo Luo (PhD)
Michael Effiong (PhD)

Previous Students: