Chad Burkhardt

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Chad Burkhardt

Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas | 2003-2008
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering


  • Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, 121599
  • H2S Certified
  • IADC Well Control Certified


  • Member SPE 2006 – Present
  • SPE Balcones Section Scholarship Chair 2015 – Present
  • Central Texas AADE Social Media Chair 2016 – Present
  • SPE Balcones Section Program Chair 2009

Professional Experience

Bruington Engineering, LLC | Petroleum Engineer
San Antonio, Texas | November 2014-Present

  • Prepared drilling, completion, and workover procedures, along with accompanying AFEs for vertical and horizontal wells
  • Prepared plugging AFEs and corresponding Railroad Commission forms
  • Developed, supervised, and analyzed a step rate test on a disposal well that allowed the operator to increase the maximum surface injection pressure allowed by the Railroad Commission
  • Witnessed calibration and quarterly testing of gas pipeline sales and buy back meters
  • Provided well site supervision for hydraulic fracturing operations for vertical and horizontal wells
  • Filed Railroad Commission forms and completion packets
  • Provided technical engineering assistance to Bruington Engineering, LLC engineers and well-site consultants

Clayton Williams Energy | Petroleum Engineer, Reeves County Completions Team Lead
Midland, Texas | November 2009-November 2014

  • Primarily focused on engineering, coordinating, and executing multistage hydraulic fracture treatments targeting the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, and Sprayberry formations for two major fields in the Permian Basin
  • Evaluated open-hole and cased-hole logs to determine optimal perforation placement and hydraulic fracture stage design for both vertical and horizontal wells
  • Supervised on location more than 845 hydraulic fracture stages, 200 of which were horizontal completions including plug-and-perf and sliding sleeves
  • Developed and use a dynamic spreadsheet to calculate and visualize stresses, thereby allowing better determination of cluster placement and stage length across horizontal intervals
  • Used Fracpro to help optimize hydraulic fracture designs and monitor fracturing data while on location

Siesgen | Contract Engineer
San Antonio, Texas | August 2009

  • Evaluated production and well downtime for a potential acquisition

BlackBrush Oil & Gas | Petroleum Engineer
San Antonio, Texas | June 2008-June 2009

  • Oversaw production from over 30 oil and gas wells in the Austin Chalk and Buda formations in Frio County, Texas
  • Successfully determined workover candidates and formulated
    corresponding procedures to improve production
  • Company representative on location during drilling, fracturing jobs, acid jobs, coil tubing, etc.
  • Developed cost-saving AFEs for drilling and workover programs
  • Effectively communicated with management and field personnel


  • O. Azike, F. Ajisafe, T. Pope, C. Burkhardt, A. Helmreich, and M. Phelps. 2014.
    3D Structural Modeling and Property Characterization for Optimized Completion Design in the Wolfcamp Formation, Delaware Basin. Paper SPE 168990 presented at Unconventional Resources Conference – USA, The Woodlands, Texas, USA, 1-3 April.
  • F. Ajisafe, T. Pope, O. Azike, R. Reischman, D.Herman, C. Burkhardt, A. Helmreich, and M. Phelps. 2014.
    Engineered Completion Workflow Increases Reservoir Contact and Production in the Wolfcamp Shale, West Texas. Paper SPE 170718 presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition – Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27–29 October.