Barlon Engineering Team

Phil Johnson, P.Eng.

President

Phil Johnson has been working in the oil and gas industry since 1991 as a field engineer, managing operations as a drilling and completions engineer for oil and gas operators domestically and internationally both directly and as a consultant. Mr. Johnson has represented clients for regulatory purposes and provides programming, engineering analysis, and operational expertise at the planning, execution, and post execution phases of well servicing projects throughout Western Canada and Europe. Phil has spoken to public audiences regarding technology and regulations affecting industry, including two recent lectures for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, along with the completion of various industry-related courses and seminars on wellbore design, stimulations, and technology. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS), and is a past president of the Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers.

Gabriel Kobel, C.E.T.

Vice President, Drilling & EHS

Gabriel Kobel has been working in the oil and gas industry since 1995. He has worked in field operations as a wellsite supervisor, managing operations as a drilling and completions superintendent and in an engineering capacity for oil and gas operators both directly and as a consultant. Mr. Kobel has represented clients at regulatory hearings and has provided and continues to provide programming, engineering analysis, and operational expertise at the planning, execution, and post execution phases of projects throughout Western Canada and Europe. Mr. Kobel is a Certified Engineering Technologist in Petroleum Engineering Technology. Mr. Kobel also holds several technical training certificates, has completed various industry-related courses and seminars on casing string design, drilling optimization, and incident command systems/structures, and is a member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET), and the Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers.

 

Clive Mountford, P.Eng.

Engineering Manager

Clive Mountford is a 1989 engineering graduate whose early career was spent with a large service company domestically and internationally. Clive has worked as a wellsite supervisor / engineer and progressed to a Completions Manager role throughout the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.  In addition to numerous industry courses and training, Clive is a professional engineer with APEGA and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Mark Woitt

Senior Well Construction Specialist

Mark Woitt is a veteran of the oil and gas industry with over 35 years of combined experience and a diverse background of skills including well design, field operations, and completion tool applications. Mr. Woitt’s extensive knowledge has allowed him the ability to execute many complex drilling and completion operations in sometimes remote and harsh environments, work on special projects with multi-national service companies, and speak at several SPE, CADE, Alberta EDC and international geoscience events. Since 2013, Mark has been working with numerous domestic and international geoscience societies, research organizations and government bodies on CO2 injection well pilot and in-situ laboratory projects providing drilling and completion design for injection and heavily instrumented observations wells. In addition, Mr. Woitt is responsible for writing and executing completion programs for domestic and international clients, conducting detailed analysis and modeling for various applications, acting as a subject matter expert in legal cases involving well construction and completion failures, and much more.

Mr. Woitt has completed various technical training courses, certificates, and seminars and is a member of the Canada Heavy Oil Association, Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Al Bessel, P.Eng.

Consulting Engineer

Al Bessel started his career as a Field Engineer for Amoco in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta in 1991, progressing onto Operations Engineer until 2007 when he started working as a consultant. Mr. Bessel works as an independent consultant and assists Barlon, part time, in production operations support and regulatory advisory roles, in particular for wellbore liability and abandonment projects. Mr. Bessel holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, has participated in various industry-related courses and seminars on stimulations, wellbore logging, and technology, and is a member of the Association of professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the Canadian Society for Gas Migration (CSGM)

Sonia Plazas, P.Eng.

Well Construction Specialist

Sonia Plazas has been working in the oil and gas industry since 2010 in various roles including field operations as wellsite supervisor assistant, in well intervention, drilling , and completions, and as a field engineer in integrated services projects. Ms. Plazas has also been involved in rig selection/rig sizing for international drilling projects and has worked as a consultant primarily in complex well design, well integrity and failure analysis, for both, domestic and international oil and gas operators. In her role at Barlon Engineering, Ms. Plazas provides engineering support in the areas of Multi-Fractured Horizontal Wells casing design, Well integrity and failure analysis, and operational parameters assessment for Injection and Disposal wells. Ms. Plazas holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia, has completed various industry-related courses and seminars on well construction and optimization, and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Colombian Professional Council of Petroleum Engineers (CPIP), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the Colombian Association of Petroluem Engineers (ACIPET).

 

Jonah Urton, E.I.T.

Operations Engineer

Jonah Urton has been a member of the Barlon Engineering team since 2014 and is consistently gaining experience with drilling and completions consulting in an engineering capacity. Mr. Urton has been involved in the oil and gas industry since 2010 and currently provides programming engineering analysis and project management for completions, abandonments, and well servicing operations with the support of Barlon’s professional engineers and C.E.T.s. Mr. Urton holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering; Cooperative Education with a minor in business from the University of Victoria. Mr. Urton has completed various industry-related courses, seminars and technical training certificates and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers, and the Well Integrity and Abandonment Society.

Jonathan Bateman

Operations Technologist

Jonathan Bateman has been working in the oil and gas industry since 2004 where he has worked for various well servicing companies. Throughout his career his primary focus has been on well workovers and abandonments throughout Western Canada. In 2016 Jonathan made the decision to further his education and attended SAIT where he completed their Petroleum Engineering Technology Program. Jonathan joined the Barlon team in the fall of 2018 as a wellsite supervisor and has since moved into the Operations Technologist role where he provides programming and technical support for various projects.