people ABOUT MAKINHOLE.COM
"We're Makin' Hole"...words oil & gas drilling engineers love to hear. Based in Golden, Colorado, makinhole.com is published by Stoner Engineering.
The razor-focused 18-years-in-the-making software solution—SES (pronounced "S"-"E"-"S")—helps to 3D-determine where the payzone exists (technical geosteering) and how to drill it (pre-spud/live well planning & steering guidance). Companies have a choice and today, in 2018 and pushing ten consecutive years, more choose SES over any other software of this kind. Unobvious evolved attention-to-detail and total-value matters. Absolutely no-one matches our 3D math and we're literally 10s of 1000s of programming hours into meeting the engineering & software challenges of this topic and to us, we're just getting started :-). Unlike all others, we publically publish the user manual, license pricing, and more than an hour of training video. Most importantly, we're here every day to support SES, listen to industry feedback, and perpetually/carefully enhance the software.
See who's using SES today and our progression. We promise SES is only getting better from here!
SENIOR CORPORATE OFFICERS
Dr. Mike Stoner — Founder and Managing Director
Mike manages SES license sales, technical support, and training; and writes code. He authors & publishes technical papers, this website, and SES User Manual. He invented Technical Hole Deviation (THD), steering technology, and the coupled geosteering terms and mathematical concepts 3DStratBlock & Relative Stratigraphic Depth (RSD). He is a guest lecturer at Colorado School of Mines.
Before SES began to scratch an industry itch in 2006, Mike worked as a subcontracting engineering/programming consultant for numerous clients and firms on predominantly reservoir engineering and reservoir simulation projects. His technical expertise is custom software/systems development as it relates to oil and natural gas business needs, from more than 23 years of experience. Mike worked in drilling (including engineer and company man) and production (field) for Oryx Energy, Texaco E&P, Anadarko Petroleum, and other operators. He specialized in drilling engineering while working for renowned Dr. Billy J. Mitchell in drilling industry consulting and academic research (Drilling Engineering Research Group - DERG) for six years while attending Colorado School of Mines.
Dr. Stoner is well-trained in petroleum engineering, directional drilling mathematics, and computer programming. He has created dozens of proprietary software applications and systems in the energy consulting environment related to reservoir, production, drilling, and oil/gas/CBM full-field economics. The value and leadership Mike provides come from rare combinations of industry, technical, and computer knowledge & experience, as well as an inherent thirst to help people help themselves. His unique career path fuels the deliberate practice required to sustain superior, practical software.
Petroleum Engineer - B.Sc. (1994), Ph.D. (1997); Colorado School of Mines - Golden, Colorado, USA
Programmer by Professional Experience (VB 1992-97, VBA+ 1997-Present; Microsoft Access Expert)
Mr. Dave Reyes — Chief Operations Specialist
Dave is responsible for nearly all non-geotechnical aspects of running the company and helping clients with their SES needs. He commands exemplary attention to detail and authentically enjoys assisting people. Dave has worked full-time with Stoner Engineering for more than 7 years.
Before joining the company, Dave honorably served 21 years in the United States Navy. He worked at bases from Florida to California, overseas in Guam, and aboard the USS Dale, the USS McInerny, the USS John F. Kennedy, and the USS Nimitz. Dave served the U.S.A. during Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. His military decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal.
While serving his country, Dave earned a multi-disciplinary bachelor's degree and an applied science associate's degree from Grantham University, Kansas City, Missouri.