Doug Lehr is the Founder and Principal of Integris Technology Services LLC. He has over 40 years of experience in the development of downhole tools for oil and gas wells and has built a track record of success in technical management, innovation, and industry leadership.
Doug has developed numerous products for oil and gas well applications, including composite frac plugs and High-Pressure High-Temperature (HPHT) tools. He has authored 21 technical papers, articles, and editorials and holds 29 U.S. patents in the areas of HPHT tools, composite tools, downhole communication methods, and many others. Doug has lectured extensively on the topics of shale wells and HPHT applications and is recognized as an industry expert on both topics. In 2012, Doug was selected by the Society of Petroleum Engineers to be an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of multizone isolation. Doug also chaired SPE workshops on HPHT applications in 2014 and 2015.
Additionally, Doug and his teams have received industry recognition for engineering achievement as winners of the Hart’s E & P Meritorious Engineering Award and World Oil Award. He is the Completions Editor for the Journal of Petroleum Technology, and a member of API Product Standards Committees 11D1, 19TT, and 19AC.
Doug holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston.
Doug authors the Equipment Risk and Reliability in Downhole Applications article series. The article series abstract is:
The equipment used in oil and gas wells is designed to operate for long periods of time at very high absolute pressures and temperatures, frequently in highly corrosive environments, and with little opportunity for visual surveillance of equipment condition. The reliability of these products directly affects the economics of operating these wells, the environment, and the safety of the communities in which the wells are located. This series of five articles explores the risk and reliability associated with the downhole tools used in oil and gas well applications and provides recommendations for engineers on how to include reliability thought and practice in design.
Tim interviews Doug about new product development, risk mitigation or avoidance vs. the cost of an uncertain future event, and successful FMEAs.
In this Dare to Know podcast episode, Tim and Doug discuss:
- Advice Doug would give to reliability engineers who participate in new product development.
- When the cost of failure can be very high, how does that change the way you look at reliability testing and risk planning?
- How can reliability engineers become more business-savvy?
- What would you recommend to ensure FMEAs are successful?
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