STEVE BRUINGTON

PRESIDENT
(210) 828-8117 Ext:101

CHAD BURKHARDT

VICE PRESIDENT ENGINEERING
(210) 828-8117 Ext:103

BETH PRARIO

SR. OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
(210) 828-8117 Ext:110

SANDY ANZALDUA

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISISTANT
(210) 828-8117

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STEVE BRUINGTON

PRESIDENT OPERATIONS
(210) 828-8117 Ext:101

EDUCATION

Texas A&M University
B.S. Petroleum Engineering, 1976

• Founder (1986) and President of Bruington Engineering, LLC, a San Antonio based, fully integrated petroleum engineering and consulting company.
• Co-founder (2007) and President of Bruington Operating, LLC, and Founder (2022) and President of Bruington Operating II.
• Served as the United Nations Technical Representative to the Oil and Natural Gas Commission of India for the preparation of a feasibility study regarding the drilling and completion of horizontal wells in unconsolidated sandstone reservoirs.
• Engineered well designs for 4500 meter wells in Bolivia.
• Prepared tender offers and analyzed responses for drilling of wells in Tunisia.
• Selected as technical advisor to Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee.
• Supervised the planning and drilling of numerous wells ranging in depth from 500 feet to 17,500 feet including HTHP wells in south Texas with bottomhole pressures exceeding 15,000 psi, bottomhole temperatures in excess of 400°F, gas stream content of 15% CO2 and 95 ppm H2S. The HTHP wells required the use of specialized tubulars.
• Experienced in the management of a multi-rig Eagle Ford drilling and completion operation. This included the preparation of well design, drilling and completion programs. Assisted in the development of the basis of design for drilling and completion. Initiated the technical committee that developed NACE compliant specifications for production casing. Held positions of interim drilling and completion manager during transition period.
• Selected to be a member of technical committee that designed a pilot program to develop oil and gas reserves from tight reservoirs in Oman.
• Supervised the successful drilling and completion of horizontal wells in the Eagle Ford, Pearsall, Olmos, Austin Chalk and Buda formations. Introduced innovative techniques to reduce drilling costs by over 30%.
• Managed workover operations and completion of AGI project on an acid gas injection (AGI) well and engineered the well design for the drilling.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

• Society of Petroleum Engineers, Balcones Section – served as scholarship chairman from 1997 – 2000.
• Society of Petroleum Engineers – Section Service Award
• American Petroleum Institute
• American Association of Drilling Engineers – Advisor
• Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
• Registered Professional Engineer in Texas (55,514)
• San Antonio Petroleum Club – served as Vice-President (1999-2000; 2014-2015) and President (2000-2001). Currently on the Board of Governors, House Committee and Chairman of Tenant/Landlord Relations Committee
• Finalist for North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2003 Small Business Leader of the Year Award
• One of fifteen finalists in the Top Engineers category for the 2013 Texas Top Producers Program, Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
• McQueeney Lions Club
• The Alternative Board (TAB) 2000 – 2008
• Desk and Derrick – San Antonio Chapter – Boss of the Year in 1999 and 2014; Margie Camps Award of Excellence, 2013

PUBLICATIONS

• G. Davis, G. Wilcox, M. Arnone, and S. Bruington. 2016.
Rejuvenating the Buda Limestone Reservoir in Texas by Using Crude Oil and Nitrogen Injection in Underbalanced Regime: Case History. Paper SPE/IADC 179715 presented at SPE/IADC Managed Pressure Drilling and Underbalanced Operations Conference and Exhibition, Galveston, Texas, USA, 12-13 April.

CHAD BURKHARDT

VICE PRESIDENT ENGINEERING
(210) 828-8117 Ext:103

Bruington Engineering, LLC | Vice President of Engineering
San Antonio, Texas | November 2014-Present

Wrote procedures, cost estimates, and oversaw operations for completions, workovers, and plugging. Experience with vertical, horizontal, multi-well pad, disposal (SWD), acid gas injection (CO2/H2S), and high H2S (40,000+ ppm) wells.

EDUCATION

Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas | 2003-2008
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

CERTIFICATIONS
• Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, 121599
• H2S Certified
• IADC Well Control Certified

ACTIVITIES
• Member SPE 2006 – Present
• SPE Balcones Section Chairman 2019 – Present
• Central Texas AADE Social Media Chair 2016 – Present
• SPE Balcones Section Scholarship Chair 2015 – 2019
• SPE Balcones Section Program Chair 2009

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

WORKOVERS:

    • Snubbing tubing and packer with pressure on the well
    • Well cleanouts with coiled tubing and conventional workover rigs
    • Installed liner and inflatable packers and plugs in open hole horizontal wells to minimize water production
    • Artificial lift installation and maintenance (gas lift, rod pump, jet pump)
    • Fishing operations using wireline and tubing

 

COMPLETIONS:

    • Single and multi-stage horizontal hydraulic fracture jobs
    • Drilling bridge plugs after stimulation
    • Tubing and packer installations
    • Reviewed bond logs and determined corrective action if necessary
    • Evaluated horizontal sonic logs to optimize perforation placement in horizontal Eagle Ford wells
    • Tractored electric line logging tools in horizontal wells

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT:

    • Handle all aspects of project from initial planning, service company bids, total cost estimate, engineering, procedure, execution, operations support, and post project review

 

REGULATORY:

    • Prepare RRC forms for plugging, completions, and disposal well workovers
    • Developed, supervised, and analyzed step rate test on disposal wells that allowed the operators to increase the maximum surface injection pressure allowed by the Railroad Commission

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    • Compiled and edited various reports from post job to government agency submittal
    • Witnessed calibration and quarterly testing of gas pipeline sales and buy back meters
    • Provided technical engineering assistance to Bruington Engineering, LLC engineers and well-site consultants
    • Monitored well production and provided feedback to operator

 

AREAS WORKED:

    • South Texas (Eagle Ford, Buda, Austin Chalk)
    • West Texas (Delaware Basin, Midland Basin, Alpine High)
    • East Texas

 

Clayton Williams Energy | Petroleum Engineer, Reeves County Completions Team Lead
Midland, Texas | November 2009-November 2014

    • Primarily focused on engineering, coordinating, and executing multistage hydraulic fracture treatments targeting the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, and Sprayberry formations for two major fields in the Permian Basin
    • Evaluated open-hole and cased-hole logs to determine optimal perforation placement and hydraulic fracture stage design for both vertical and horizontal wells
    • Supervised on location more than 845 hydraulic fracture stages, 200 of which were horizontal completions including plug-and-perf and sliding sleeves
    • Developed and use a dynamic spreadsheet to calculate and visualize stresses, thereby allowing better determination of cluster placement and stage length across horizontal intervals
    • Used Fracpro to help optimize hydraulic fracture designs and monitor fracturing data while on location

 

Siesgen | Contract Engineer
San Antonio, Texas | August 2009

    • Evaluated production and well downtime for a potential acquisition

BlackBrush Oil & Gas | Petroleum Engineer
San Antonio, Texas | June 2008-June 2009

    • Oversaw production from over 30 oil and gas wells in the Austin Chalk and Buda formations in Frio County, Texas
    • Successfully determined workover candidates and formulated
      corresponding procedures to improve production
    • Company representative on location during drilling, fracturing jobs, acid jobs, coil tubing, etc.
    • Developed cost-saving AFEs for drilling and workover programs
    • Effectively communicated with management and field personnel
PUBLICATIONS
    • Azike, F. Ajisafe, T. Pope, C. Burkhardt, A. Helmreich, and M. Phelps. 2014.
      3D Structural Modeling and Property Characterization for Optimized Completion Design in the Wolfcamp Formation, Delaware Basin. Paper SPE 168990 presented at Unconventional Resources Conference – USA, The Woodlands, Texas, USA, 1-3 April.
    • Ajisafe, T. Pope, O. Azike, R. Reischman, D.Herman, C. Burkhardt, A. Helmreich, and M. Phelps. 2014.
      Engineered Completion Workflow Increases Reservoir Contact and Production in the Wolfcamp Shale, West Texas. Paper SPE 170718 presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition – Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27–29 October.

 

BETH PRARIO

SENIOR OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
(210) 828-8117 Ext:110

EDUCATION

West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV | 1981
Associates of Applied Science, Secretarial

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Bruington Engineering, LLC | Senior Office Administrator
San Antonio, TX | 2004 – Present
• Manages accounts payable and invoicing
• Executes forms for the Texas Railroad Commission
• Supports engineering staff by helping with drilling programs, AFEs, drilling reports, job bids, and general filing

Pioneer Drilling | Administrative Assistant to VP of Marketing
San Antonio, TX | 2002 – 2004
• Managed all invoicing
• Created drilling contracts in IADC software
• Transacted business with bank and accounting department to set up escrow accounts
• Prepared client bids

EEX, Inc. | Production Analysist to Regulatory Supervisor
San Antonio, TX | 2000 – 2002
• Managed production software system and provided support for field personnel
• Filed month regulatory production reports with the Texas Railroad Commission
• Produced weekly forecast for company president reflecting new revenue figures

Venus Exploration | Administrative Assistant to Engineering and Accounting Departments
San Antonio, TX | 1998 – 2000
• Executed daily drilling reports
• Implemented recap summarizing well activity
• Assisted accounting manager and CFO with SEC reporting

Delta Granite and Marble| Administrative Assistant
San Antonio, TX | 1997 – 1998

LB Foster Company| Office Manager
Birmingham, AL | 1981 – 1997