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Roger Hough joined the oil industry in 1967 after graduating in Applied Mineral Sciences that year from the University of Leeds. He has worked for Shell since then in various countries - notably UK, Italy, Malta, Brunei, Oman, Netherlands, Canada, and Venezuela.

He has occupied the positions of Petroleum Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, Drilling Manager and Research Manager with various Shell companies. His last position was at the Shell Research and Technology Centre in Rijswijk, The Netherlands where he was Senior Manager responsible for intellectual property management.  This involved both disclosure management and competitive technical intelligence. 

He retired from Shell in November 1999 after 32 years in the oilfield, and for some years taught drilling technology at the University of Calgary. He currently teaches various industry courses involving petroleum engineering, drilling and well completions in Calgary, Houston, Denver and London, UK.

Hough has been active with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) over many years, has chaired a number of technical conferences, and was SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Slim Hole Drilling Technology. He has just completed a term as Chairman of the Calgary section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is currently serving on several SPE advisory committees.

He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.

Career Summary

2000 - Independent consultant. Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Calgary coordinator 2000 - 2002. Taught drilling technology at the University of Calgary for several years. Currently lectures on drilling technology.
1998 - 1999 Senior Manager, External Liaison, responsible for Intellectual Property management, and Competitive Technical Intelligence.
1998 Manager - Benchmarking, Shell International Exploration & Production, Netherlands responsible for benchmarking various Shell production operations.
1995 - 1998 Operations Manager - Shell Venezuela, Maracaibo
1993 - 1995 Petroleum Engineering Manager / Senior Drilling Advisor - Shell Canada, Calgary
1989 - 1993 Manager - Well Technology Research – Shell Research, Netherlands. During this time initiated a number of technologies that are having major impact on the industry such as drilling dynamics, slim hole and expandable tubulars
1987 - 1989 Head of Drilling Operations - Petroleum Development, Oman
1984 - 1987 Head of Petroleum Engineering - Shell UK Exploration and Production, Aberdeen, UK
1982 - 1984 Head of Operations Engineering - Shell UK Exploration and Production, Aberdeen, UK
1978 - 1982 Head of Operation Engineering - Petroleum Development, Oman
1974 - 1978 Head of Operations Engineering – Brunei Shell Petroleum Company
1973 - 1974 Petroleum Engineer - Shell Italiana and Malta Shell
1968 - 1973 Wellsite Petroleum Engineer / Operation Engineer / Computer Applications Engineer - Shell Expro, Lowestoft and London, UK
1967 - 1968 Basic training - The Hague, Netherlands

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Service
Joined SPE 1972
Programme committee - Middle East Oil Show 1981
Instrumental in forming the Oman SPE Section after protracted negotiations with the Omani Government
Programme committees - Offshore Europe 1983, 1985
Programme committee - Europec 1984
Programme Chairman - SPE Aberdeen Section 1985-7
Programme Chairman - Offshore Europe 1987
Membership Chairman - Oman Section 1988-89
Programme Chairman - Europec 1990
Member of 1991 SPE Nominating Committee
Fund Raising Chairman - SPE Hague Section 1991-2
SPE Forum Series Chairman - Slim Hole Drilling 1993
SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 1994-5 season
SPE Drilling Engineering Awards Committee 1999-2001
SPE Annual Technical Conference Program Committee 2000 - 2002SPE Distinguished Lecturer selection committee 2002 - 2004
Various SPE committees 2005-2011
SPE Calgary Section Chair 2011-2012
SPE Continuing Education Committee 2011-