Chris Thompson - Consultant, Technology & Geosciences

Mr. Thompson is a professional geophysicist with over 30 years of experience in basins throughout the world. He is a proven oil-finder with several multi-million barrel oil discoveries to his credit. As an industry-recognized technical expert, Mr. Thompson’s career has focused on the use of advanced technologies to solve real-world business challenges

Since leaving Chevron in 2001, Mr. Thompson has worked as a consultant to a variety of E&P companies ranging in size from small independent to multi-national oil companies, working both onshore and offshore, internationally and domestically. Mr. Thompson led the geosciences/technology divisions for two exploration companies operating on the GOM shelf in the early 2000s. Mission Exploration focused on the use of multi-component seismic to generate farm-in opportunities in mature fields whereas Breton O&G focused on AVO-supported plays in both rank wildcat and mature fields. In 2011, Mr. Thompson exported the GOM AVO-concept to the Sacramento Basin and logged over 100’ of gas in the first exploration test/discovery well he drilled.

While Mr. Thompson was with Chevron from 1983 to 2001, he held assignments  with operating companies located in Canada, South America and Norway, as well as with Chevron’s research lab in California. In 1991, he was part of a team that made a 35 mmbbl Beaverhill Lake oil discovery at Simonette, Alberta and was subsequently promoted to the research lab to use his background as a successful explorationist to adapt and steer primary geophysical research to solve practical exploration problems. Mr. Thompson installed specialized interpretation systems in Chevron exploration offices around the world and subsequently consulted on existing assets and new prospects in Sumatra, Australia, Nigeria, Angola, Venezuela, Canada, Gulf of Mexico, UK North Sea and elsewhere. Mr. Thompson processed, interpreted and developed new interpretation software for the industry’s first commercial multi-component 3D-4C survey over the Alba Field, UK North Sea, a project that was credited with 200 mmbbl of reserve additions.

Mr. Thompson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Geophysics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and was awarded the Gold Medal Award as the top standing student in the Geophysics graduating class of 1983. Since graduating, he has authored (or co-authored) over a dozen papers in the field of geophysics. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Canada; Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG); American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE); and is a Past Chairman of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Interpretation Committee.