"We're Makin' Hole"...words everyone (well, most everyone) working around drilling love to hear! Based in Golden, Colorado, makinhole.com is published by Stoner Engineering.
Our software solution — SES (pronounced "S"-"E"-"S") — helps to determine where the payzone exists (technical geosteering) and how to drill it (steering guidance).
Our mission is to empower YOU to master geosteering. We publish our user manual in five languages, publically post our prices, and publish more than an hour of training video. But most importantly, we're here to support your use of SES, constantly listen to feedback, and regularly enhance the software. See who's using SES today and our progression. We promise SES is only getting better from here!
Whether geosteering live, or enhancing your geologic model to help explain horizontal well production/injection flow behaviors, you can do it and much more with SES. Horizontal drilling absolutely is exploration, but only when you look carefully do you find what's clearly there!
SES is THE most feature-rich, mathematically-advanced horizontal drilling and geosteering software available to industry. If you Geosteer or drill directionally, please investigate SES 5 to see how improved steering and geologic interpretation will positively affect your bottom line! (FREE no-risk two-week trial available upon request...download SES Installer here)
SES includes a one-of-a-kind (patented) Fuzzy Logic based directional steering advisory & monitoring system to further help execute enhanced directional steering & reservoir navigation.
SENIOR CORPORATE OFFICERS
Dr. Mike Stoner* — Founder and Managing Director
Dr. Stoner manages SES license sales and technical support, conducts SES training, and writes all SES code. He authors and publishes technical papers, the content of this web site, and the ever-growing SES user manual. He created Technical Hole Deviation (THD) and related technology, and the geosteering terms and mathematical concepts 3DStratBlock and Relative Stratigraphic Depth (RSD). He guest lectures on geosteering to students at Colorado School of Mines.
Before SES transformed into Mike's #1 work joy, he worked as a subcontracting engineering/programming consultant (Questa Engineering) for numerous end clients on predominantly reservoir engineering and reservoir simulation projects. His technical expertise is custom software development as it relates to oil and natural gas business needs, from more than 22 years of experience. Before consulting, Mike worked temporary drilling and production positions for Anadarko Petroleum, Texaco E&P, and Oryx Energy. He specialized in drilling engineering while working as a student for Dr. Billy J. Mitchell for six years at Colorado School of Mines.
Dr. Stoner is well-trained in database programming, directional drilling mathematics, and petroleum engineering. He has created literally dozens of proprietary custom 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
Simply stated, Mr. Reyes is responsible for nearly every non-geotechnical aspect of running the company and helping clients with their SES needs. He has worked full-time with Stoner Engineering for more than 6 years.
Before joining the company, Dave 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 bachelors degree and an applied science associate's degree from Grantham University, Kansas City, Missouri.