Dr. Elmer Dougherty


Dr Elmer L Dougherty Jr

Contact:  eld.maraco@gmail.com

Born in Kansas, his BS is in Chemical Engineering from Kansas U where in 2006 he was inducted into its Chemical/Petroleum Engineering Hall of Fame. His MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering are from Univ. of Illinois.

He founded Maraco (Global Oil Patch Consultants) in 1979 and is its President, as well as being one of its oil and gas developers.  Besides Maraco, he earlier founded D2 Computing & Scientific Software.

He has consulted around the globe – in Australia (Santos), Indonesia (TOTAL), Iran (Consortium) , Kuwait (Kuwait Oil), Saudi Arabia (Aramco), Libya (Oasis), The Netherlands (EBN,TOTAL), France(TOTAL), England (Tullow Oil) and the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna.

His Industrial experience includes Chevron, Esso, Dow Chemical and Union Carbide(where he wrote his first computer program in 1955).

He is Emeritus Professor, USC, (24 years Petroleum and Chemical Engineering).

A Distinguished Member of SPE, receiving its J.J. Arps Award, Ferguson Medal & Regional Service Award (Los Angeles), he has coauthored over 50 technical papers. He has been a member of AIChe from his undergraduate days.

SPE recently conferred the distinction of Legion of Honor Member to the Professor for career-long service to the petroleum industry and the petroleum engineering profession and for more than 50 years continuous membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Two note-worthy computer applications:

  1. At Chevron & Aramco (1959-60) he headed an engineering -mathematical project that developed a reservoir simulation program and applied it successfully to Aramco’s Safaniya Field in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. This was the first such application of what is now a standard fundamental tool for oil field operations. èinfo/free-articles/ è Evolution of Aramco Reservoir Behavior Simulator.
  2. At USC (1978-82) he formed and headed a team of engineers, economists & computer specialists who delivered to OPEC Secretariat a computer system that successfully modeled cost of evolving and competing energy supplies and its impact on economic output in the world’s economic regions. Focus was on projected demand for oil and the variation of oil price with supply volumes. OPEC uses an expanded version of this system to issue its annual “World Oil Outlook”. They seem to no longer use the oil price-volume feature – which they are struggling to assimilate in their current production curtailment actions – all in the face of our US engineer’s remarkable reduction in cost to increase domestic supply. èinfo/free-articles/ è OPEC’s OWEM: An Integrated World Energy Planning System.





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