RONALD B. LIVESAY
Ronald B. Livesay has personally overseen and participated in the development and implementation of software projects for several prominent clients in the oil and gas industry as well as clients in the construction and assembly fields. Projects have ranged from real-time data acquisition processing (with and without database availability) to large, evolving database-oriented efforts with continuous access from several locations. He served as a consultant to ARCO Oil & Gas Company's Research and Technology Division from 1988 to ARCO’s acquisition by British Petroleum. Livesay continues as a consultant with BP. Consulting services have also been supplied to Shell Oil, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical, Vetrotex America, Landis Plastics and others.
As the software developer for the Drilling Engineering Association’s DEA-130 (2001-2002), he built a database from the test results for a significant number of test joints using information from several testing agents in an amazingly colorful collection of formats.
He was directly responsible for the design, development, and testing of real-time processing systems required by various functional organizations within ARCO, including the departments of Drilling & Completion Technology, Fluid Systems, Well Services, and Downhole Measurements. Past accomplishments include the successful development and testing of real-time software for a state-of-the-art nuclear radiation downhole measurement device.
Livesay's proven expertise in the application of digital signal processing techniques contributed to the development of real-time software for ADAMS -- an advanced drill string analysis and measurement system -- for which ARCO won the prestigious R&D 100 award in 1990. He also designed a massively parallel processing system for use in several real-time measurement-while-drilling applications. In addition to his activities at ARCO, Livesay has managed the design and development of petroleum production database management systems for other corporations within the oil and gas community.
Prior to founding Hecate Software, Livesay served for nine years as manager of software development for the petroleum-consulting firm of Cawley, Gillespie & Associates. Under his direction, CG&A developed a broad spectrum of software products, including several large relational and hierarchical petroleum database management systems and numerous computational models used for petroleum reservoir analysis. These products operated in a diverse, interconnected computing environment consisting of VAX, PRIME, and GA minicomputers; over fifty microcomputers: and assorted peripheral data storage devices, graphics hardware, and CAD systems.
One such database implementation included an on-line retrieval system for the oil and gas production of all wells (over 200,000) in Texas. This system included sophisticated query capabilities, extensive reporting facilities, and interactive graphics. Livesay was also the sole designer and developer of an elaborate, highly modular reserve and economics analysis.
Before joining CG&A, Livesay was employed for six years as a physicist at Radiation Research Associates. There, he participated in the development and utilization of optical radiation transport programs used in the design and analysis of satellite-based nuclear event detection systems for the U.S. Air Force. He also provided software support during the development of several Monte Carlo radiation transport codes for Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs, the Air Force Geophysics Lab and the Federal Ministry of Defense, Federal Republic of Germany.
Livesay attained his M.A. degree in software design and development from Texas Christian University in 1982. He received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1972. Prior to his attending the University of Texas, Livesay served as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy from which he received an Honorable discharge.