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Senior Drilling Engineer

Houston, TX
September 28, 2020

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Michael A. Franko

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The Woodlands, TX 77380 / 832-***-****

Career Summary - Horizontal Drilling Experience & Skills

Supervised drilling of horizontal wells in Northeast TX, Louisiana & offshore California as rig consultant. Designed drilling programs for horizontal wells in Northeast TX, Louisiana & Mississippi. Lateral lengths ranged from 5000’-10,000’ for gas & oil wells w/ temperatures ranging between 200 F - 385 F.

Worked as engineer on supervising drilling, workover, completion and P&A operations in the field. Applied field experience to preparing programs and supervising drilling, workover and P&A operations, being able to better relate to field personnel and operations due to having worked on the rigs.

Lateral well experience includes Haynesville & hot hole deep Haynesville wells, Cotton Valley, James Lime, Eagleford and Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) formations w/ significant reduction in days drilling in each area. Vertical well experience includes shallow and deep gas & oil wells in Permian Basin, Panhandle of TX, Northeast TX, South TX, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana & offshore California.

Experienced working w/ small independent operators pioneering and developing drilling programs that continued to increase in efficiency and reduction of costs, especially in areas of steering wells, drilling with managed pressure drilling equipment, and managing mud & solids control operations. Strong well control background in working w/ gas wells, saltwater intrusion, oil wells with pressure in both porous formations & shales. Very strong communication & team building skills to help geology, drilling, production, land, regulatory, accounting and procurement departments to work together more efficiently as well as with mud, directional, solids control & rig field personnel. Efforts helped reduce drilling Horizontal TMS wells from 45-60 days to 28-30 days, Horizontal Haynesville wells form 32-35 days to 23 days, Cotton valley wells from 45-50 days to 32 days & EagleFord wells from 25-30 days to 13 days. Work History

Senior Drilling Engineer – Goodrich Petroleum (Nov 2006 - April 2012 and March 2013 – Present)

Designed & prepared AFE & drilling well programs for the Haynesville, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS), Deep Haynesville, Cotton Valley & EagleFord formations in Mississippi, Louisiana

& Northeast TX & South TX.

Supervised drilling operations working closely with Sr VP of Drilling, regulatory, geologists, geo-steerers & rig personnel to continue to efficiently drill and improve efficiency while working safely.

Worked with Sr VP of Drilling, Geologists, Consultants & Field Drilling, Mud and Directional Superintendents to maximize efficiency in areas of directional drilling (managing Geo-Steering between Geology & field personnel), mud engineering, solids control & rig supervision. Reviewed operations w/ our team of Field Superintendents to continuously improve & re-design drilling programs, directional programs, mud programs & solids control procedures to increase efficiency in drilling the TMS and Haynesville formations. Results included increased drilling rates, increased solids control efficiency (decreased amount of solids being sent to disposal) and increased diesel recovery.

Worked on staying location w/ consultants, geologist & geo-steerers to help identify most efficient zones to drill w/in lateral target windows while also helping to optimize drilling operations for 10,000’ lateral length Haynesville gas wells.

Helped coordinate daily AFE costs with accounting to track estimated and actual drilling costs more efficiently. Re-designed AFE spread sheets to coincide with computer reporting system and accounting codes and corrected balancing errors in spreadsheets. Handled and approved invoices for drilling operations. Helped solve audit inquiries. Michael A. Franko

3 Rafters Row

The Woodlands, TX 77380 / 832-***-****

Worked with Land and Production field personnel to build locations more efficient for drilling operations and minimize costs of locations.

Worked close w/ Procurement Dept ordering & tracking equipment & helping to keep equipment inventories. Worked with Procurement Dept, Rig Field Superintendent, Wellhead Company and other vendors to help identify, use and minimize equipment inventories. Worked with a company to perform an on-line auction for all surplus unusable drilling related equipment to minimize end of year taxation.

Worked with Mud Superintendent to standardize mud programs to be distributed and used by mud companies and Mud Engineers when drilling in Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and Haynesville areas.

Sr Drilling Engineer - Alta Mesa, Houston TX (April 2012 to March 2013)

Prepared drilling/workover programs & managed operations for vertical & horizontal wells in East/South Texas & Louisiana.

Rig Consultant - Krummrich Engineering, Santa Barbara, CA (Jan 2005-Nov 2006)

Supervised drilling, setting whipstocks, completing & working over directional wells & horizontal wells offshore CA.

1993 – 2005 – Non oil industry mostly related to various types of construction & civil engineering roles with various civil engineering companies on direct hire basis. Office & Field Engineer - OXY USA, Midland, TX (March 1992-Sept 1993)

Supervised drilling & installing cathodic protection wells in West TX. Researched well files & aided Corrosion Manager & engineers w/ casing leak studies & improving well data base on contract basis.

P&A Engineer - Exxon USA, Midland, TX (March 1990-Oct 1991)

Prepared field procedures, AFE’s & supplements for plug & abandoning and temporarily abandoning wells throughout Southwestern & Mid-Western United States on contract basis. After several months on the project was placed in charge of coordinating entire operation between Exxon departments/regions that were involved in the project. Company Rig Supervisor - Chevron USA, Ventura, CA (Jan 1988-June 1989)

Supervised drilling, completion, workovers & plugging directional wells in CA, on land & offshore.

Company Rig Supervisor/Office Engineer- Chevron USA, Midland, TX (Jan 1981-Dec 1985)

Supervised drilling, completing & workover oil, gas & water injection wells throughout Permian Basin, North TX Panhandle, New Mexico & Oklahoma in the field. When assigned to the office prepared annual tubular forecasts, AFE’s, procedures, and cost estimates to complete, plug & abandon wells. Prepared casing, tubing & drill string designs for oil, gas & water injection wells. Prepared designs for cementing casing strings & liners. Initiated, evaluated and awarded bids for cementing, stimulation and materials.


B.S. Civil Engineering with honors, W. VA. Univ., Morgantown, W. VA. AutoCAD 2000i – I & II, Bellingham Tech, Bellingham, WA.

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