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  • Dave Behrman

    David Behrman is a geophysicist with extensive international experience in 2D & 3D seismic acquisition survey design, project management, on-site quality control, field processing and seismic imaging QC: PSTM, PSDM and Elastic Wave Inversion. Dave is a recognized expert in quality assurance for seismic operations in all environments, including jungle, difficult terrain, poor signal areas, transition zones, deserts and marine. He can draw upon skills in both geophysics and engineering to ensure the imaging objectives are being met and the data quality is optimum. He is providing support and consulting skills for R&D projects relating to marine seismic sources and new methods.  Dave is an expert in geophysical software systems (design, processing and geophysical interpretation) and has a solid understanding of recording systems. He has a strong ability to recognize and capitalize on opportunities for data improvement, cost reduction and timesaving.

    David has worked for over forty three years for Amigos Energy Advisors, ExxonMobil Corp., the Superior Oil Co. and Texaco R&D Corp. He spent the last seventeen years as a partner and senior geophysical advisor with Amigos Energy Advisors, and prior to that as technical team leader at Mobil Technology Company over the group responsible for delivering seismic acquisition designs and quality control to Mobil Oil’s E&P affiliates worldwide. In 1991-92 Dave helped lead the implementation of the ProMAX system as Mobil’s system of choice for field QC and in-house processing. Prior to that assignment, he led Mobil’s acoustic logging group responsible for overseeing Mobil’s worldwide efforts to deliver new developments in this field. Dave has extensive in-country experience in various parts of the former Soviet Union, particularly in the Caspian Basin area, North and South America, North and West Africa, and Indonesia.

    Dave has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston and has conducted post-graduate studies in Geology at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and from 1994-1998 was chairman of the Geometry and Acquisition Special Interests Groups of the ProMAX Users Group, an organization of over 300 users.

  • Paul S. Cunningham
    Paul Cunningham is a geophysicist with over thirty years of international experience in project management, acquisition, processing and interpretation of various forms of geophysical data and implementation of new seismic acquisition technologies.  Paul has worked worldwide on onshore and offshore conventional plays as well as unconventional resource plays.  He is recognized for his ability to manage complex international seismic projects, balancing technical, business, operational and environmental requirements.  Paul has substantial experience working with E&P companies ranging from major oil companies to large, mid-size and small independents, venture partners, and government entities (E&P and environmental regulatory agencies, national oil companies, indigenous affairs bureaus).  He is a team player with demonstrated leadership skills managing and working with multi-disciplinary project teams.  Paul is registered in Texas as a Professional Geoscientist (Geophysics).

    Prior to founding Amigos Energy Advisors, L.L.C., a worldwide geoscience consulting company, in 2001, Paul worked two years for Sohio Petroleum Co. followed by 13 years with Mobil Oil Corp., working at Mobil’s Dallas Research Lab, Mobil E&P Technical Center and Mobil New E&P Ventures affiliates. His experience includes projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Oman, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and the U.S. (Alaska, California heavy oil fields, West Texas, South Texas, East Texas, Oklahoma and southern Louisiana).

    Paul has an M.S. and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Earth & Planetary Sciences (geophysics concentration).  He is an active member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) serving on the Board of Directors (2016-2019), Council (2014-2016), Vice-Chair and Chair of the Meetings Review and Planning Committee (2006-2008), acting as Latin American coordinator for the SEG Global Affairs Committee (1995-2001) and on various other committees serving the geophysical community in a variety of ways.  Paul was honored by the SEG in 2004 with a Life Membership.  Paul is also a member of the Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Dallas Geophysical and Geological Societies.  In 1999 he co-chaired the 6th International Congress of the SBGf in Rio de Janeiro.  Paul has co-authored numerous published papers and technical presentations and is fluent in English and Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.


  • John Sharry
    John Sharry is a petroleum geologist with over 30 years experience in exploration and production. His considerable expertise includes project management, geological modeling using Petrel, database creation/management, and seismic interpretation. John has been involved in large, integrated reservoir and field development studies worldwide and has taught a number of courses to industry on reservoir characterization, map projections, directional surveys, and the use of the Internet by geoscientists. John is registered in Texas as a Professional Geoscientist (Geology).

    John has extensive experience as a consultant for various multinational, integrated petroleum companies, national oil companies, independents, and seismic contractors in various countries and regions worldwide including the former Soviet Union, India, eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Prior to starting his consulting practice, John worked 13 years with Gulf Research & Development Co. and Oryx Energy/Sun Oil Co. on a wide variety of assignments including projects in China, the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the western U.S. John has been active in various unconventional resource (shale gas / shale oil) plays worldwide. He has consulted for all of the major database vendors on the creation of directional survey databases.

    John obtained a Ph.D. in Geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Geology from the University of Rochester and a B.A. in Geology from Carleton College. He is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Dallas Geological Society, the Geological Society of America (GSA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). John has also published scores of papers and articles in various professional journals.

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