Petroleum Technology Luncheon - September 18th

The next Petroleum Technology Luncheon is on Wednesday September 18th.

This is a joint meeting of the Los Angeles Society of Petroleum Engineers & Conservation Committee of California Oil and Gas Producers

4101 E. Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
Registration: 11:30 AM
Lunch: 11:45 AM
Presentation: 12:00-1:00 PM
$30.00 members (+$1 credit card fee)
$30.00 for non members (+$1 credit card fee)
$10 for students

Is there a future in the development of Onshore Monterey formations in California?

Iraj Ershaghi, Ph.D., P.E.
University of Southern California


While the amazing productivity of wells drilled in highly fractured offshore Monterey has dazzled the producers, the response from the wells drilled in the onshore Monterey formation has not been that impressive. Based on the experiences gained from drilling and producing from unconventional plays in the U. S., issues related to the rock properties and the development strategies will be discussed. These observations can help to set a basis for examining the economic viability and the likelihood of extensive development potential of the Monterey formation onshore California under the current California regulations.


Iraj Ershaghi is the Omar B. Milligan Professor and Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at USC. He is also serving as the Executive Director of CiSoft and the Executive Director of UKC Education Research Center. For 10 years he served as the Director of the Western Region PTTC. His research areas include reservoir characterization, modeling of complex naturally fractured reservoirs, unconventional resources, waterfood models and smart oilfield solutions. He is the recipient of many awards and distinctions including the USC School of Engineering, Distinguished Service and Senior Research Awards, OCEC’s Engineer of the Year Award, SPE’s Distinguished Service and Distinguished Faculty Awards, Technology Transfer Award, Western Region Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, International John Franklin Carll Award and the SPE/AIME’s Honorary Member Medal. He is a member of US National Academy of Engineers. He has been teaching at USC since 1972 and his former students now hold responsible positions in global oil and gas companies and agencies, national oil companies, research centers, and academia.

He worked for SIRIP, Signal Oil and Gas and CA State Lands Commission before joining USC. As a registered professional engineer he has also served as a consultant for the US Dept. of Interior, BOEM, Department of Justice, and several companies including McFarland Energy, Venoco, VACA , CRC and other oil and gas producers.