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Steven D. McIninch

Steven D. McIninch

Steven D. McIninch
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Steven D. McIninch joined DeGolyer and MacNaughton in 1993 after working as a seismic interpreter and processor at Shell Oil Company for 13 years.

McIninch graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma in 1978. He was elected a Vice President at D&M in 1995.

Geographical Experience

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ghana
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Middle East
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nigeria
  • North Sea
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • United Kingdom

Topical Areas of Expertise

  • 2–D and 3–D seismic interpretation
  • Stratigraphic interpretation
  • Geologic modeling
  • AVO analysis
  • Reserves classification and estimation
  • Depth conversion and velocity modeling
  • Project coordination and supervision
  • Interpretation of seismic inversion data
  • Seismic processing evaluation
  • Equity studies
  • Maturation studies
  • Prospect evaluation and identification of areas of upside exploration opportunities
  • Regional mapping
  • Petrel mapping

Major Projects

  • Seismic interpretation for reserves study of the Tanguuh field in Indonesia.
  • Seismic interpretation and supervision of interpretation of several large fields in Algeria.
  • Seismic interpretation of numerous deepwater fields on both the east and west coasts of Africa.
  • Seismic interpretation of numerous pre-salt fields in deepwater Brazil.
  • Seismic interpretation of several deepwater fields in the KG Basin in India
  • Geophysical interpretation for dozens of reserves studies throughout the world.
  • Coordinated geologic and geophysical effort that evaluated over 200 prospects and generated over 100 new leads for a national oil ministry in preparation for a major lease sale.
  • Provided geophysical consultation that helped resolve a longstanding dispute between the operator of a major field in China and the gas purchaser.
  • Developed geologic and geophysical techniques for implementation of a maturation study for a major offshore turbidite field in East Africa.
  • Evaluation of exploration areas for bid rounds in Mexico, including regional seismic interpretation, prospect mapping, risk analysis, and identification of exploration opportunities and upside.