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Dan Dall’Acqua, M.Sc., P.Eng.

General Manager

Dan Dall’Acqua has a broad range of experience in the drilling and completions sectors of the oil-and-gas industry, and has been with Noetic since early 1999. His technical foundation is the application of numerical modelling and physical testing to non-linear engineering problems to provide design solutions for clients. Dan’s current role has shifted his focus to assembling and managing the activities of Noetic’s skilled technical team and to ongoing contact with Noetic’s client base, although he remains involved on technical projects in an advisory capacity.

Dan’s technical contributions have related primarily to addressing unique design issues in extreme-service tubular applications. His work with Noetic has helped to evolve the pipe body and connection design basis for frictionally-restrained thermal tubulars such as intermediate casing and horizontal completion liner, for which traditional rules of elastic design are not applicable, and to the associated materials selection issues and testing techniques. An additional focus has been assessment and optimization of steam injection distributions in horizontal wellbores, where favourable steam placement is considered critical to maximizing efficiency and total oil recovery.

Dan holds B.Sc. (1995) and M.Sc. (2000) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, where his thesis work involved the development of an efficient basis for calculating heat generation in Moineau stators and other cyclically-loaded elastomeric components. He has published technical papers and patents, instructed courses, and delivered numerous presentations to industry, and is a member of the ISO workgroup 13679 on qualification procedures for HPHT connections, and the current subcommittee revising thermal casing design guidelines for IRP 3 for Heavy Oil.

Dan’s personal interests include spending time with his family, music, travel, and the pursuit of great coffee.