Elmond L. Claridge (SPE)
AIME Honorary Membership in 2008
Dr. Claridge has had a distinguished career spanning a period of several decades, first, in various research departments of Shell Oil and Royal Dutch Shell and, later, as a consultant to TDC and an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, where he was the Director of the Graduate Program in Petroleum Engineering. His reputation for excellence in experimental work involving miscible flooding and the physics and chemistry of fluid systems for enhanced oil recovery is well known to many in the Petroleum Industry. Dr. Claridge assisted in the description of the physics embodied in our miscible flood simulator, and he has worked closely with us on numerous field projects for TDC clients since the fir's inception. Dr. Claridge is able to offer assistance in the design and interpretation of the often times very difficult laboratory experiments required to determine data on phenomena such as waterblocking of oil from the CO2 solvent and the impact of hysteresis in relative permeability and phase separation (e.g. L1, L2, asphaltene) on in situ mobility of the injected CO2. Dr. Claridge was also heavily involved in the investigation of foams for mobility control in systems characterized by poor volumetric conformance. Dr. Claridge has been recognized as a "Pioneer" in enhanced oil recovery; receiving recognition at the 1988 SPE/DOE Enhanced Oil Recovery Symposium in Tulsa.