E. R. (Ross)
Crain, P.Eng. is a retired Consulting Petrophysicist and Professional
Engineer specializing in
petrophysical well log analysis, with a background in well logging, geophysical
data processing, reservoir engineering, cash flow analysis, project
management, and entrepreneurship. As an independent consultant,
Ross has worked on integrated petrophysical projects in 36 countries
on 6 continents and several oceans.
Ross's current interest is
mentoring of novice and experienced petrophysicists, making use of
an extensive library of ebooks, narrated self-study slideshows, and
McGill University, Montreal,
Sept 1957 - May 1962
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
University of Calgary, Alberta,
Jan 1969 - Apr 1972
Certificate in Management Development
4 year evening program
Industry Courses: well log
analysis, core analysis, seismic processing, mining geophysics, DST
analysis, petroleum economics, oil and gas law, production logging, water
chemistry, surface land rights.
Crain's Petrophysical Handbook
2000 - Present:
Webmaster / Content Developer,
Internet-based shareware resource for petrophysics (www.spec2000.net).
Website design and content development for eLearning,
and distance education in petrophysical analysis
techniques. Page views: 1.5 million per year (2015).
Spectrum 2000 Mindware Ltd
1984 - 2016
President and Principal Consultant
Created an independent petrophysical consulting practice,
specializing in integrated petrophysical analysis in
support of reservoir geology, engineering, geophysics,
simulation, and stimulation; petrophysical training and mentoring; forensic analysis.
Clients include major and
independent oil and gas companies, service companies, consulting
firms, and government agencies.
Projects have spanned 36 countries on 6 continents and several
Specialists in unconventional reservoirs: tight gas, tight oil,
gas shale, oil shale, tar sands, coal, coal bed methane, potash, low
resistivity, radioactive, laminated sand-shale, laminated porosity,
metamorphic, igneous, or volcaniclastics.
Developed and marketed
META/LOG, an expert system spreadsheet for petrophysical analysis.
Co-developed the META/LOG script with Dorian Holgate for use on
GeoGraphix PRIZM and PowerLog.
Developed and marketed
META/LOG, an expert system spreadsheet for petrophysical
D&S Petroleum Consulting Group Ltd.
Petrophysics Division Manager
Managed LOG/MATE group acquired by D&S, managed D&S/ARC
Joint Venture research project to develop an expert
system petrophysical software package.
1973 - 1982
Name changed from E.R. Crain and Associates Ltd. in 1980
and Principal Consultant
independent petrophysical consulting practice,
developed and successfully marketed the first desktop
microcomputer system for log and core analysis (LOG/MATE,
1976). Consulting offices in Calgary and Denver. Field
services included logging supervision, well site log
analysis, and logistics, western Canada and Canadian
Prior Industry Experience
1962 – 1973
Digitech Ltd (seismic processing center manager, Canada and
Sproule and Associates Ltd (reservoir engineer)
Dome Petroleum Ltd (reservoir engineer)
Geophysical Services Inc (seismic data