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Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Ian Donald Gates

Position: 

Professor, Department Head (On Leave)

Phone: 
(403) 220-5752
Address: 

ENB 202A

Biography: 

Mailing Address:
Attn: Ian Gates, ENB202a
Dept. Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta CANADA
T2N 1N4

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See below for publications, patents, and awards. 

I joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2004 after working a total of 7 years in industry.  I am a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Alberta and have been a consultant for many small and large energy companies both in Canada and internationally.

My current research interests are in heavy oil and oil sands recovery process design and optimization, thermal (SAGD and CSS) and thermal-solvent (ES-SAGD, SA-CSS) oil recovery processes, cold production of heavy oil with sand (CHOPS) and follow-up process design, reservoir engineering and simulation, reservoir process optimization, reactive reservoir processes and simulation, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, biofilm evolution in porous media, and bioreactor design (think of the reservoir as a bioreactor). Previous work includes: design of thermal and thermal-solvent recovery processes, thermal and compositional reservoir simulation, automated optimization of recovery processes, analysis of steam and steam-solvent transport in depletion chambers in oil sands processes, thermal-solvent gravity drainage oil recovery processes (simulation and physical model experiments), steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), solvent-enhanced steam-assisted gravity drainage (ES-SAGD), cyclic steam stimulation (CSS), optimization of steam scheduling, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, modeling and experimentation of coating flows, analysis of free surface flows by using the Galerkin/finite element method, linear stability analysis of free surface flows, coating flows. 

Teaching: 

Courses I Teach or Have Taught

  • ENGG201:  Introduction to Properties of Fluids and Solids
  • ENCH315:  Process Engineering Calculation
  • ENCH401:  Analyses of Chemical, Oil and Gas Engineering Processes
  • ENPE429:   Introduction to Reservoir Engineering
  • ENER480:   Fluid Mechanics
  • ENCH501:  Transport Phenomena
  • ENPE505:   Surface Production Operations
  • ENPE523:   Introduction to Reservoir Engineering
  • ENPE525:   Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • ENPE511:   Final Year Oil and Gas Design Project I
  • ENPE531:   Final Year Oil and Gas Design Project II
  • ENPE571:   Unconventional Oil Exploitation (Heavy Oil/Oil Sands Reservoir Engineering)
  • ENCH619.90:  Applied Thermal Simulation (CSS, SAGD, SF, ISC, ...)
  • ENCH703:  Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
  • Industrial Shortcourses in Heavy Oil and Oil Sands Recovery Process Design, Thermal Reservoir Simulation, Optimization, and Analysis (Interpretation), Reservoir Engineering
Research Activities: 

Advanced Oil Recovery/Thermal Recovery Processes/In-Situ Combustion, Reservoir Simulation

Current and Past Research Projects

  • Thermal (CSS, SAGD) and thermal-solvent (ES-SAGD, SA-CSS) recovery process design and optimization - detailed reservoir simulation, field data anlaysis, fundmental models of heat and mass transport and flow
  • Smartwells for heavy oil and oil sands applications and Reservoir Production Machines - individual well, pad-scale PID control
  • Models for cold production of heavy oil with sand (CHOPS); follow-up recovery process design (thermal, solvent, thermal-solvent) for post-CHOPS reservoirs
  • Recovery processes for thin heavy oil reservoirsReactive-compositional thermal and cold reservoir process simulation and design (in situ combustion, in situ gasification, biogenic shale gas reservoir engineering, H2S generation in SAGD and CSS)
  • Transport phenomena at the edge of steam and steam-solvent depletion chambers found in oil sands recovery processes
  • Steam and multiphase flow in thermal recovery wells
  • Impact of water flow in oil sands reservoirs on recovery process performance
  • Support vector machine learning for petrophysical analysis
  • Biofilm evolution in porous media
  • Bioprocess design
  • In Situ Bioconversion of Coal, In Situ Gasification of Coal

For Those Interested in Graduate Studies & Post-Doctoral Fellows

I am always looking for energetic, proactive, and enthusiastic graduate students and funded post-doctoral fellows (PDFs).  Although research opportunities are within areas of research listed above, projects can be tuned to your interests.

If you are interested, send me (ian.gates@ucalgary.ca) an email (please do not call) with a summary of your undergraduate/graduate grades and CV or resume plus a 1 page description of your research interests. I will contact you if I think you are a good fit into my research group.

For Those Interested in Conducting a Research Project

New projects keep us active and energized and relevant - if you or your company would like to support research activities or have a research problem you wish to solve, send me (ian.gates@ucalgary.ca) an email and I will get back to you.  Our focus within industrial and other sponsored research projects is providing new knowledge and/or solutions, training graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and getting the research done in a timely manner. 

Publications: 

Book

Basic Reservoir Engineering by Ian D. Gates.  New corrected version: ISBN: 978-1-4652-3684-5 (September 2013).  Available at U. Calgary Bookstore or online (http://www.kendallhunt.com/gates)

           

Selected Publications

Accepted

  1. Irani, M. and Gates, I.D.  Drained/Undrained-Zones Boundary in Steam-Assisted-Gravity-Drainage Process.  Accepted.  SPE J., March 2016
  2. Pinto, H., Wang, X., Gates, I.D.  Insights on Heat Transfer at the Top of Steam Chambers in SAGD.  Accepted.  Journal of Heat Transfer, November 2016
  3. Sharifi-Hadded, A., Hejazi, S.H., Gates, I.D.  Modeling Solvent Enhanced Gravity Drainage from a Single Matrix Block in Fractured Oil Reservoirs.  Accepted.  Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, January 2017
  4. Sivagnanam, M., Wang, J., Gates, I.D.  On the Fluid Mechanics of Slotted Liners in Horizontal Wells.  Accepted.  Chemical Engineering Science, January 2017

2016

  1. Nduagu, E. and Gates, I.D.  Economic assessment of natural gas decarbonization technology for carbon emissions reduction of bitumen recovery from oil sands.  International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 55:153-165, 2016
  2. Bao, Y., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D.  On the Physics of Cyclic Steam Stimulation. Energy, 115(1):969-985, 2016
  3. Raza, S., Hejazi, H., and Gates, I.D.  Two Phase Flow of Liquids in a Narrow Gap: Phase Interference and Hysteresis. Physics of Fluids, 28(7):074102, 2016
  4. Zhu, D., Bergerson, J., and Gates, I.D.  On Fingering of Steam Chambers in Steam-Assisted Heavy Oil Recovery. AIChE Journal, 62(4): 1364–1381, 2016
  5. Senthamaraikkannan, G., Gates, I.D., and Prasad, V.  Modeling, estimation and optimization in coreflooding experiments for coalbed methane production. Chemical Engineering Science, 141:75-85, 2016
  6. Senthamaraikkannan, G., Gates, I.D., and Prasad, V.   Development of a multiscale microbial kinetics coupled gas transport model for the simulation of biogenic coalbed methane production.  Fuel, 167:188-198, 2016
  7. Senthamaraikkannan, G., Gates, I.D., and Prasad, V.  Multiphase reactive-transport simulations for estimation and robust optimization of the field scale production of microbially enhanced coalbed methane.  Chemical Engineering Science, 149:63-77, 2016
  8. Senthamaraikkannan, G., Budwill, K., Gates, I.D., Mitra, S., Prasad, V.  Kinetic modeling of the biogenic production of coalbed methane. Energy and Fuels, 30(20):871-883, 2016
  9. Khansari, Z. and Gates, I.D.  Assessment of Reservoir Heterogeneity by using Produced Water Chemistry in SAGD.  International Journal of Energy Research, 40(10):1367–1380, 2016
  10. Huang, X., Chen, S.N., and Gates, I.D.  A Simple Dilation-Recompaction Model for Hydraulic Fracturing.  Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 16:62-75, 2016

2015

  1. Alturki, A.A., Maini, B.B., and Gates, I.D.  Effect of Initial Saturation on Two-Phase Flow in Smooth and Rough Walled Single Fracture. Canadian Energy Technology & Innovation Journal, 2(2):55-72, 2015.
  2. Sharifi-Haddad, A. and Gates, I.D.  Modelling of Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS) using a Fluidized Sand Algorithm. Fuel, 158:937-947, 2015.
  3. Nduagu, E.I. and Gates, I.D.  Unconventional Heavy Oil Growth and Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Environmental Science & Technology, 49(14):8824-8832, 2015.
  4. Bozorg, A., Gates, I.D., and Sen, A.  Impact of Biofilm on Bacterial Transport and Deposition in Porous Media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 183:109-120, 2015.
  5. Akbilgic, O., Zhu, D., Gates, I.D., and Bergerson, J.  Prediction of Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage Steam to Oil Ratio from Reservoir Characteristics. Energy, 93(2):1663-1670, 2015. 
  6. Kapadia, P.R., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D.  A Review of Pyrolysis, Aquathermolysis, and Oxidation of Athabasca Bitumen.  Fuel Processing Technology, 131:270-289, 2015.
  7. Bozorg, A., I.D. Gates, and Sen, A.  Using bacterial bioluminescence to evaluate the impact of biofilm on porous media hydraulic properties.  Journal of Microbiological Methods, 109:84-92, 2015.
  8. Nduagu, E. and Gates, I.D.  Process analysis of a low emissions hydrogen and steam generation technology for oil sands operations.  Applied Energy, 146:184-195, 2015.
  9. Zhao, D. and Gates, I.D.  On Hot Water Flooding Strategies for Thin Heavy Oil Reservoirs. Fuel, 153(1):559-568, 2015.
  10. Zhao, D., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D.  An Evaluation of Enhanced Oil Recovery Strategies for a Heavy Oil Reservoir after Cold Production with Sand. International Journal of Energy Research, DOI: 10.1002/er.3337, 2015.
  11. Al-Anazi, A.F. and Gates, I.D.  On Support Vector Regression to Predict Poisson’s Ratio and Young’s Modulus of Reservoir Rock, Chapter 5 in Cranganu et al. (eds.), Artificial Intelligent Approaches in Petroleum Geosciences.  2015, Springer International Publishing, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-16531-8_5.  (Peer-reviewed)
  12. Ezeuko, C.C., Wang, J., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D.  Towards the Development of Bitumen Carbonates: An Integrated Analysis of Grosmont Steam Pilots. Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, 70(6):983-1005, 2015

2014

  1. Irani, M. and Gates, I.D.  On the Stability of the Edge of a SAGD Steam Chamber. SPE Journal, 19(2):280-288, 2014.
  2. Alturki, A.A., Maini, B.B., and Gates, I.D.  The Effect of Wall Roughness on Two-Phase Flow in a Rough-Walled Hele-Shaw Cell.  Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 4:397-426, 2014. 
  3. Nduagu, E.I., and Gates, I.D.  An Ultra-low Emissions Enhanced Thermal Recovery Process for Oil Sands, Energy Procedia 63:8050-8061, 2014.
  4. Istchenko, C. and Gates, I.D. Well-Wormhole Model of Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand. SPE Journal, 19(2):260-269, 2014.
  5. Su, Y., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D. Orientation of a Pad of SAGD Well Pairs in an Athabasca Point Bar Deposit Affects Performance. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 54:37-46, 2014.
  6. Kapadia, P., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D. On In Situ Hydrogen Sulfide Evolution and Catalytic Scavenging in Steam-based Oil Sands Recovery Processes. Energy, 64:1035-1043, 2014.
  7. Khansari, Z., Kapadia, P., Mahinpey, N., and Gates, I.D. A New Reaction Model for Low Temperature Oxidation of Heavy Oil: Experiments and Numerical Modeling. Energy, 64(1):419-428, 2014.
  8. Zhao, W., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D. Thermal Recovery Strategies for Thin Heavy Oil Reservoirs. Fuel, 117:431–441, 2014.
  9. Gates, I.D. and Larter, S. Energy Efficiency and Emissions Intensity of SAGD. Fuel, 115:706-713, 2014.
  10. Hunt, M.M., Meng, G., Rancourt, D.E., Gates, I.D., and Kallos, M.S. Factorial Experimental Design for the Culture of Human Embryonic Stem Cells as Aggregates in Stirred Suspension Bioreactors Reveals the Potential for Interaction Effects Between Bioprocess Parameters. Tissue Engineering, Part C, 20(1):76-89, 2014.
  11. Khansari, Z., Gates, I.D., and Mahinpey, N. Low-Temperature Oxidation of Lloydminster Heavy Oil: Kinetic Study and Product Sequence Estimation. Fuel, 115:534-538, 2014.

2013

  1. Ezeuko, C.C., Wang, J., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D.  Towards the Development of Bitumen Carbonates: An Integrated Analysis of Grosmont Steam Pilots.  Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, DOI: 10.2516/ogst/2013111, 2013. 
  2. Irani, M. and Gates, I.D. Understanding the Convection Heat Transfer Mechanism in Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Process. SPE Journal, 18(6):1202-1215, 2013.
  3. Silbermann, R., Gomez, A., Gates, I.D., and Mahinpey, N. Kinetic studies of a novel CO2 gasification method using coal from deep unmineable seams. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 52(42), 14787-14797, 2013.
  4. Shad, S., Maini, B., and Gates, I.D. Effect of Gap and Flow Orientation on Two-Phase Flow in an Oil-Wet Gap: Relative Permeability Curves and Flow Structures. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 57:78-87, 2013.
  5. Cokar, M., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. A New Thermogeomechanical Theory for Gravity Drainage in SAGD. SPE Journal, 18(4):736-742, 2013.
  6. Gates, I.D. and Wang, J. Length Scales of Steam-based Oil Sands Recovery Processes such as SAGD and CSS. p. 33-41, In Garner, D., Thenin, D., Deutsch, C.V. (Eds.), Closing the Gap: Advances in Applied Geomodeling for Hydrocarbon Reservoirs. Memoir 20 of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), ISBN 978-0-9869425-2-5, 2013.
  7. Cokar, M., Ford, B., Gieg, L., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. Reactive Reservoir Simulation of Biogenic Shallow Shale Gas Systems Enabled by Experimentally-Determined Methane Generation Rates. Energy & Fuels, 27(5):2413-2421, 2013.
  8. Ezeuko, C.C., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D. Investigation of Emulsion Flow in Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage. SPE Journal, 18(3):440-447, 2013.
  9. Alturki, A.A., Maini, B.B., and Gates, I.D. The Effect of Fracture Aperture and Flow Rate Ratios on Two-Phase Flow in Smooth-Walled Single Fracture. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 3:119-132, 2013.
  10. Gates, I.D., Wang, J., Robinson, B., and Bunio, G. Impact of Calcite Concretions on the Performance of SAGD. Canadian Energy Technology & Innovation Journal, 1(3):31-40, 2013.
  11. Kapadia, P.R., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. A New Kinetic Model for Pyrolysis of Athabasca Bitumen. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 91(5):889-901, 2013.
  12. Zhao, W., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D. Optimized Solvent-aided Steam-flooding Strategy for Recovery of Thin Heavy Oil Reservoirs. Fuel, 112:50-59, 2013.
  13. Kapadia, P., Wang, J., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. Practical Process Design for In Situ Gasification of Bitumen. Applied Energy, 107:281-296, 2013.
  14. Su, Y., Wang, J., and Gates, I.D. SAGD Well Orientation in Point Bar Oil Sands Deposit Affects Performance. Engineering Geology, 157:79-92, 2013.
  15. Kapadia, P., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. A New Reaction Model for Aquathermolysis of Athabasca Bitumen. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 91(3):475-482, 2013.
  16. Ezeuko, C.C., Sen, A., and Gates, I.D. Modeling Biofilm-Induced Formation Damage and Biocide Treatment in Subsurface Geosystems. Microbial Biotechnology, 6(1):53-66, 2013.

2012

  1. Ezeuko, C.C., Wang, J., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. Towards the Development of Bitumen Carbonates: An Integrated Analysis of Grosmont Steam Pilots. Accepted. Oil & Gas Science and Technology-Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, November 2012.
  2. Cokar, M., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. Reservoir Simulation of Steam Fracturing in Early Cycle Cyclic Steam Stimulation. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering-Reservoir Engineering, 15(6):676-687, 2012.
  3. Bozorg, A., Gates, I.D., and Sen, A. Real Time Monitoring of Biofilm Development Under Flow Conditions in Porous Media. Biofouling, 28(9):937-951, 2012.
  4. Kapadia, P.R., Wang, J., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. New Thermal-Reactive Reservoir Engineering Model Predicts Hydrogen Sulfide Generation in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 94-95:100-111, 2012.
  5. Leskiw, C. and Gates, I.D. Monitoring of SAGD Steam Chamber Conformance by using White Noise Reflection Processes. SPE Journal, 17(4):1246-1254, 2012.
  6. Cokar, M., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. New Gas Material Balance to Quantify Biogenic Gas Generation Rates from Shallow Organic-Matter-Rich Shales. Fuel, 104:443-451, 2012.
  7. Fairbridge, J.K., Cey, E., and Gates, I.D. Impact of Intraformational Water Zones on SAGD Performance. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 82-83:187-197, 2012.
  8. Khansari, Z., Gates, I.D., and Mahinpey, N. A Detailed Study of Low Temperature Oxidation of an Alaska Heavy Oil. Energy and Fuels, 26(3):1592-1597, 2012.
  9. Tamer, M. and Gates, I.D. Impact of Different SAGD Well Configurations (Dover SAGD Phase B Case Study). Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. 51(1):32-45, 2012.
  10. Al-Anazi, A. and Gates, I.D. Support Vector Regression to Predict Porosity and Permeability: Effect of Sample Size. Computers and Geosciences, 39:64–76, 2012.
  11. Gates, I.D. and Wang, J. The Evolution and Future of In Situ Oilsands Recovery Technology.  In Canadian Heavy Oil Association: The first quarter century of knowledge sharing and business networking, 1986-2011, published by JuneWarren Nickle's Energy Group in Partnership with the Canadian Heavy Oil Association, 74 p. February 2012.
  12. Gotawala, D.R. and Gates, I.D. A Basis for Automated Control of Steam Trap Subcool in SAGD. SPE Journal, 17(3):680-686, 2012.
  13. Van Winkle, A., Gates, I.D., and Kallos, M. Mass Transfer Limitations in Embryoid Bodies during Human Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation. Cells Tissues Organs, 196(1):34-47, 2012.

2011

  1. Bozorg, A., Sen, A., and Gates, I.D. A New Approach to Model the Spatiotemporal Development of Biofilm Phase in Porous Media. Environmental Microbiology, 13(11):3010-3023, 2011.
  2. Van Winkle, A.P., Gates, I.D., and Kallos, M.S., “Small-scale Bioreactors for High-throughput Bioprocess Design of Embryonic Stem Cell Expansion Systems”, invited Chapter in the Book – Embryonic Stem Cells / Book 1 – InTech Open Access Publisher, Vienna, Austria, ISBN: 978-953-307-412-2 (June 2011)
  3. Hunt, M., Alfred, R., Rancourt, D.E., Gates, I.D., and Kallos, M.S., “Bioprocess Considerations for Expansion of Embryonic Stem Cells”, invited Chapter in the Book – Embryonic Stem Cells / Book 1 – InTech Open Access Publisher, Vienna, Austria, ISBN: 978-953-307-412-2 (June 2011)
  4. Ezeuko, C.C., Sen, A., Grigoryan, A., and Gates, I.D. Pore-Network Modeling of Biofilm Evolution in Porous Media. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 108(10):2413–2423, 2011.
  5. Kapadia, P.R., Kallos, M.S., and Gates, I.D. Potential for Hydrogen Generation from In Situ Combustion of Athabasca Bitumen. Fuel, 90:2254-2265, 2011.
  6. Sharma, J. and Gates, I.D. Convection at the Edge of a SAGD Steam Chamber. SPE Journal, 16(3):503-512, 2011.
  7. Gotawala, D.R. and Gates, I.D. Stability of the Edge of a SAGD Steam Chamber in a Bitumen Reservoir. Chemical Engineering Science, 66:1802-1809, 2011.
  8. Sharma, J. and Gates, I.D. Interfacial Stability of In Situ Bitumen Thermal-Solvent Recovery Processes. SPE Journal, 16(1):55-64, 2011. 
  9. Alturki, A., Gates, I.D., and Maini, B. On SAGD in Oil Sands Reservoirs with No Cap Rock. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 50(3):21-33, 2011.

2010

  1. Al-Anazi, A. and Gates, I.D. Support Vector Regression for Porosity Prediction in a Heterogeneous Reservoir: A Comparative Study. Computers and Geosciences, 36(12):1494-1503, 2010.
  2. Gates, I.D. and Leskiw, C. Impact of Steam Trap Control on Performance of Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 75(1-2):215-222, 2010.
  3. Gates, I.D. Solvent Aided Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage in Thin Oil Sands Reservoirs. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 74(3-4):138-146, 2010.
  4. Gates, I.D., J. Adams and S. Larter, 2010, The impact of oil viscosity heterogeneity on production from heavy oil and bitumen reservoirs: geotailoring recovery processes to compositionally graded reservoirs, in S. Chopra, L.R. Lines, D.R. Schmitt and M. Batzle, eds., Heavy Oils: Reservoir Characterization and Production Monitoring, SEG Development Series XX, p263-271.
  5. Al-Anazi, A. and Gates, I.D. A Support Vector Machine Algorithm to Classify Lithofacies and Model Permeability in Heterogeneous Reservoirs. Engineering Geology, 114:267-277, 2010.
  6. Al-Anazi, A. and Gates, I.D. On the Capability of Support Vector Machines to Classify Lithology. Natural Resources Research, 19(2):125-139, 2010.  
  7. Gotawala, D.R. and Gates, I.D. On the Impact of Permeability Heterogeneity on SAGD Steam Chamber Growth. Natural Resources Research, 19(2):151-164, 2010. 
  8. Shad, S., Salarieh, M., Maini, B., and Gates, I.D. The Velocity and Shape of Convected Elongated Liquid Drops in Narrow Gaps. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 72(1-2):176-177, 2010. 
  9. Sharma, J. and Gates, I.D. Multiphase Flow at the Edge of a Steam Chamber. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 88(3):312-332,2010.
  10. Al-Anazi, A. and Gates, I.D. Support Vector Regression for Permeability Prediction in a Heterogeneous Reservoir: A Comparative Study. SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering: Formation Evaluation, 13(3):485-495, 2010.
  11. Shad, S. and Gates, I.D. Multiphase Flow in Fractures: Co-Current and Counter-Current Flow in a Fracture. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 49(2):48-55, 2010.

2009

  1. Yang, X. and Gates, I.D. Design of Hybrid Steam-In Situ Combustion Bitumen Recovery Processes. Natural Resources Research, 18(3):213-233, 2009.
  2. Shad, S., Gates, I.D., and Maini, B. Investigation and visualization of liquid-liquid flow in a vertically-mounted Hele-Shaw cell: flow regimes, velocity, and shape of droplets. Measurement Science and Technology, 20(2009) 114005, doi:10.1088/0957-0233/20/11/114005, 2009. 
  3. Shad, S., Salerieh, M., Maini, B., and Gates, I.D. Velocity and Shape of Liquid Drops in Narrow Gaps. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 48(12):26-31, 2009.
  4. Yang, X. and Gates, I.D. Combustion Kinetics of Athabasca Bitumen from 1D Tube Experiments. Natural Resources Research, 18(3):193-211, 2009.

2008

  1. Gotawala, D. and Gates, I.D. Steam Fingering in Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 86:1011-1022, 2008.
  2. Gates, I.D. and Chakrabarty, N. Design of the Steam and Solvent Injection Strategy in Expanding-Solvent Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 47(9):12-19, 2008.
  3. Gates, I.D., Adams, J.J., and Larter, S.R. The impact of oil viscosity heterogeneity on the production characteristics of tar sand and heavy oil reservoirs. Part II: Intelligent, geotailored recovery processes in compositionally graded reservoirs. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 47(9):40-49, 2008.
  4. Larter, S.R., Adams, J.J., Gates, I.D., Bennett, B., and Huang, H. The origin, prediction and impact of oil viscosity heterogeneity on the production characteristics of tar sand and heavy oil reservoirs. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 47(1):52-61, 2008.

2007

  • Gates, I.D. Oil phase viscosity behaviour in expanding solvent steam-assisted gravity drainage. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 59:123-134, 2007.
  • Gates, I.D., Kenny, J., Hernandez-Hdez, I.L., and Bunio, G.L. Steam Injection Strategy and Energetics of Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage. SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering. 10(1):19-34, 2007.

2006

  • Gates, I.D. and Chakrabarty, N. Optimization of Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) in Ideal McMurray Reservoir. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 45(9):54-62, 2006.

Patents

Issued

  1. Pekurovsky, M.L., Sharp, S.D., Toftness, P.J., Gates, I.D., and Smart, J.A.  Method of High Speed Coating Pigment-Containing Liquid Coating Materials.  U.S. Patent 6,666,946 Issued 2003.
  2. Pekurovsky, M.L., Sharp, S.D., Toftness, P.J., Gates, I.D., and Smart, J.A.  Method of High Speed Coating Pigment-Containing Liquid Coating Materials.  European Patent 1,379,339 Issued 2008. 

  3. Pekurovsky, M.L., Sharp, S.D., Toftness, P.J., Gates, I.D., and Smart, J.A.  Method of High Speed Coating Pigment-Containing Liquid Coating Materials.  W.O. Patent 2,002,074,450 Issued 2002. 

  4. Gates, I.D. and Gutek, A.M.H.  Process for In Situ Recovery of Bitumen and Heavy Oil.  U.S. Patent 7,464,756 Issued 2008. 

  5. Gates, I.D. and Gutek, A.M.H.  Process for In Situ Recovery of Bitumen and Heavy Oil.  Canadian Patent 2,462,359 Issued 2008. 

  6. Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., Adams, J.J.  In Situ Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery Process (JAGD, Formerly Known As JAGASS).   U.S. Patent 8,056,624 Issued 2011. 

  7. Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., Adams, J.J.  In Situ Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery Process (JAGD, Formerly Known As JAGASS).   Canadian Patent 2,593,585 Issued 2012. 

  8. Larter, S.R., Bennett, B., Snowdon, L.R., Jiang, C.D., Adams, J.J., Gates, I.D., Noke, K.J.  Method for measurement of crude oil and bitumen dead oil viscosity and density.  U.S. Patent 8,336,370, Issued, 2012. 

  9. Larter, S.R., Gates, I.D., Adams, J.J., Jiang, C., Snowdon, L., Bennett, B., and Huang, H.  Preconditioning an oilfield reservoir (BRUTUS). U.S. Patent 8,235,110 Issued 2012.

  10. Gates, I.D. and Bunio, G.  In Situ Process to Recover Heavy Oil and Bitumen.  Canadian Patent 2,553,297 Issued 2013.

  11. Bunio, G.L., Gates, I.D., Sudlow, P., Anderson, R.E., Propp, M.E., Zero Emission Steam Generation Process.  Canadian Patent 2,751,186 Issued 2013. 

  12. Larter, S.R., Jiang, C., Oldenburg, T., Adams, J.J., Noke, K., Bennett, B., and Gates, I.D.  Method and Apparatus for Obtaining Heavy Oil Samples from a Reservoir Sample. U.S. Patent 8,495,921 Issued 2013. 

  13. Larter, S.R., Bennett, B., Snowdon, L.R., Jiang, C., Adams, J.J., Gates, I.D., Noke, K.J. Method for determining a value of a property of oil extracted from a sample.  Canadian Patent 2,666,148 Issued 2013.  This technology is already generating revenues. 

  14. Leskiw, C. and Gates, I.D.  System and Method for using Orthogonally-Coded Active Source Signals for Reflected Signal Analysis.  U.S. Patent 8,568,320, Issued 2013. 

  15. Bunio, G., Gates, I.D., Wang, J.  In Situ Process to Recovery Methane Gas from Hydrates.  U.S. Patent 8,925,632, Issued 2015. 

  16. Head, I.M., Larter, S.R., Gates, I.D. Methods for increasing methanogenesis in subsurface reservoirs. U.S. Patent 9,187,687, Issued 2015.

Applications in Progress

  1. Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., Adams, J.J.  In Situ Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery Process (JAGD, Formerly Known as JAGASS).   Filed in PCT, Gulf Cooperation, and Venezuela.  2007Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., and Adams, J.J.  Methods and Systems of Gas Production from a Reservoir (LEMUR) U.S. Full Patent Filed 2008.

  2. Larter, S.R., Jiang, C., Oldenburg, T., Adams, J.J., Noke, K., Bennett, B., and Gates, I.D.  Method and Apparatus for Obtaining Heavy Oil Samples from a Reservoir Sample.  Canadian Full Patent Filed 2007.  Filed in Brazil, China, Russia, and Norway.  2009.  This technology is already generating revenues.

  3. Gates, I.D. and Bunio, G.  In Situ Process to Recover Heavy Oil and Bitumen.  U.S. Patent Application 11/490,257 Filed 2008.

  4. Gates, I.D., Wang, J., Larter, S.R., Adams, J.J., Lennox, R., Brunelle, P.  Method to Sequester Acid Gases in Aquifers.  U.S. Provisional Patent Filed 2008.  Abandoned 2009.

  5. Larter, S.R., Jiang, C., Oldenburg, T., Adams, J.J., Noke, K., Bennett, B., and Gates, I.D.  Method and Apparatus for Obtaining Heavy Oil Samples from a Reservoir Sample (PLUNGER).  European Patent Application 2,113,082, 2009.  This technology is already generating revenues.

  6. Larter, S.R., Bennett, B., Snowdon, L.R., Jiang, C., Adams, J.J., Gates, I.D., Noke, K.J. Method for Determining a Value of a Property of Oil Extracted from a Sample. Filed: August 5, 2008.  PCT/CA2008/001428. Publication Info: WO2009/023953 A1. National phase application filed February 12, 2009 in Canada.

  7. Larter, S., Jiang, C., Oldenburg, T., Adams, J., Noke, K., Bennett, B., Gates, I.D., Snowdon, L.R. Method and Apparatus for Obtaining Heavy Oil Samples from a Reservoir Sample. Filed: February 12, 2008.  PCT/CA2008/000279. Publication Info: WO/2008/ 098359 A1. National phase applications filed August 2009 in Canada, United States, China, Brazil, and Russia Patent Offices.

  8. Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., and Adams, J.J.  Methods and Systems of Gas Production from a Reservoir (LEMUR) W.O. Patent 2,010,012,093 Filed 2010.

  9. Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., and Adams, J.J.  Methods and Systems of Gas Production from a Reservoir (LEMUR) European Patent Application 2,321,495 Filed 2011.

  10. Leskiw, C. and Gates, I.D.  System and Method for using Orthogonally-Coded Active Source Signals for Reflected Signal Analysis.  W.O. Patent WO/2011/107,879, Filed 2011.

  11. Head, I.M., Larter, S.R., Gates, I.D. Methods for increasing methanogenesis in subsurface reservoirs. WO Patent Application 2,011,080,518, Filed 2011.

  12. Bunio, G.L., Gates, I.D., Sudlow, P., Anderson, R.E., Propp, M.E., Zero Emission Steam Generation Process.  U.S. Patent Application 13/221,975 Filed 2011.

  13. Gates, I.D., Bunio, G.L., Wang, J.  In Situ Process to Recover Methane Gas from Hydrates.  W.O. Patent 2,012,075,569, Filed 2012.

  14. Bunio, G.L., Gates, I.D., Sudlow, P., Anderson, R.E., Propp, M.E.  Zero Emission Steam Generation Process.  W.O. Patent 2,012,087,349, Filed 2012. 

  15. Leskiw, C. and Gates, I.D.  System and Method for using Orthogonally-Coded Active Source Signals for Reflected Signal Analysis.  E.P. Patent 2,542,914, Filed 2013. 

  16. Nduagu, E. and Gates, I.D.  Patent Title Withheld.  U.S. Patent Application, Filed 2013. 

  17. Donald, A., Pugsley, T.S., Bunio, G.L., and Gates, I.D.  Remote steam generation and water-hydrocarbon separation in steam-assisted gravity drainage operations, Canadian Patent Application, Filed 2014. 

  18. Donald, A., Pugsley, T.S., Bunio, G.L., and Gates, I.D.  Remote steam generation and water-hydrocarbon separation in steam-assisted gravity drainage operations, U.S. Patent Application 20,150,275,637, Filed 2015. 

Awards and Recognition and Achievements

Schulich School of Engineering Mentoring Excellence Award 2014

  • Faculty Award:  Awarded for excellence in providing significant, positive impact through mentoring

Recognition for Achievements for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2014

  • Recognized for achievements in startup ventures, commercialization and technology transfer

Outstanding Teaching Performance for ENCH501 (Transport Phenomena) 2014

  • Awarded for excellence in teaching by the Schulich School of Engineering

Professor of the Year, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering 2014

  • Student-Elected Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching
  • Elected by final year chemical and oil & gas undergraduate students

Third and Fourth Year Engineering Students Excellence in Teaching Award 2013

  • Student-Elected Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching
  • Elected by third and fourth year chemical and oil & gas undergraduate students

Killam Innovation in Teaching Award 2013

  • Awarded by the Killam Trust and the University of Calgary

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Achievement in Innovation 2012
  • Awarded by the University of Calgary and Innovate Calgary

Third and Fourth Year Engineering Students Excellence in Teaching Award 2011

  • Student-Elected Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching
  • Elected by third and fourth year chemical and oil & gas undergraduate students

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Round 6 Winner (Jointly with Dr. Michael Kallos, ChemE & PetE) 2011

Schulich School of Engineering Departmental Teaching Excellence Award 2010

  • Faculty Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching within Department 

First and Second Year Engineering Students Excellence in Teaching Award 2010

  • Student-Elected Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching ENGG201
  • Elected by first and second year undergraduate students

Schulich School of Engineering Common Core Teaching Excellence Award 2009

  • Faculty Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching among Common Core Courses

Schulich School of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award 2009

  • Faculty Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching over all Departments

Winner ASTECH 2009 Award: Category:  Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Alberta Science and Technology (gross sales < $25M)  for Gushor Inc. (University of Calgary Spin-off Company; co-Founder; Gushor was sold to Schlumberger in June 2013)

Dr. R.M. Butler Memorial Best Paper Award 2008 Winner; Presented 2009

  • Title:  Impact of Steam Trap Control on Performance of Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage
  • SPE/Petroleum Society of Canada, Canadian International Petroleum Conference

Early Research Excellence Award, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary 2009

  • Faculty Award:  Awarded for excellence in research

First and Second Year Engineering Students Excellence in Teaching Award 2008

  • Student-Elected Award:  Awarded for excellence in teaching ENGG201
  • Elected by first and second year undergraduate students

Dr. R.M. Butler Memorial Best Paper Award 2006 First Runner Up

  • Title:  The origin, prediction and impact of oil viscosity heterogeneity on the production characteristics of tar sand and heavy oil reservoirs
  • Petroleum Society of Canada, Canadian International Petroleum Conference

Oil and Gas Professor of the Year 2004

  • Student Elected Award:  Awarded for oil and gas engineering capstone design course
  • Elected by undergraduate students in final year of oil and gas engineering program
  1. Pekurovsky, M.L., Sharp, S.D., Toftness, P.J., Gates, I.D., and Smart, J.A.  Method of High Speed Coating Pigment-Containing Liquid Coating Materials.  U.S. Patent 6,666,946 Issued 2003. 

  2. Pekurovsky, M.L., Sharp, S.D., Toftness, P.J., Gates, I.D., and Smart, J.A.  Method of High Speed Coating Pigment-Containing Liquid Coating Materials.  European Patent 1,379,339 Issued 2008. 

  3. Pekurovsky, M.L., Sharp, S.D., Toftness, P.J., Gates, I.D., and Smart, J.A.  Method of High Speed Coating Pigment-Containing Liquid Coating Materials.  W.O. Patent 2,002,074,450 Issued 2002. 

  4. Gates, I.D. and Gutek, A.M.H.  Process for In Situ Recovery of Bitumen and Heavy Oil.  U.S. Patent 7,464,756 Issued 2008. 

  5. Gates, I.D. and Gutek, A.M.H.  Process for In Situ Recovery of Bitumen and Heavy Oil.  Canadian Patent 2,462,359 Issued 2008. 

  6. Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., Adams, J.J.  In Situ Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery Process (JAGD, Formerly Known As JAGASS).   U.S. Patent 8,056,624 Issued 2011. 

  7. Gates, I.D., Larter, S.R., Adams, J.J.  In Situ Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery Process (JAGD, Formerly Known As JAGASS).   Canadian Patent 2,593,585 Issued 2012. 

  8. Larter, S.R., Bennett, B., Snowdon, L.R., Jiang, C.D., Adams, J.J., Gates, I.D., Noke, K.J.  Method for measurement of crude oil and bitumen dead oil viscosity and density.  U.S. Patent 8,336,370, Issued, 2012. 

  9. Larter, S.R., Gates, I.D., Adams, J.J., Jiang, C., Snowdon, L., Bennett, B., and Huang, H.  Preconditioning an oilfield reservoir (BRUTUS). U.S. Patent 8,235,110 Issued 2012.

  10. Gates, I.D. and Bunio, G.  In Situ Process to Recover Heavy Oil and Bitumen.  Canadian Patent 2,553,297 Issued 2013.

  11. Bunio, G.L., Gates, I.D., Sudlow, P., Anderson, R.E., Propp, M.E., Zero Emission Steam Generation Process.  Canadian Patent 2,751,186 Issued 2013. 

  12. Larter, S.R., Jiang, C., Oldenburg, T., Adams, J.J., Noke, K., Bennett, B., and Gates, I.D.  Method and Apparatus for Obtaining Heavy Oil Samples from a Reservoir Sample. U.S. Patent 8,495,921 Issued 2013. 

  13. Larter, S.R., Bennett, B., Snowdon, L.R., Jiang, C., Adams, J.J., Gates, I.D., Noke, K.J. Method for determining a value of a property of oil extracted from a sample.  Canadian Patent 2,666,148 Issued 2013.  This technology is already generating revenues. 

  14. Leskiw, C. and Gates, I.D.  System and Method for using Orthogonally-Coded Active Source Signals for Reflected Signal Analysis.  U.S. Patent 8,568,320, Issued 2013. 

  15. Bunio, G., Gates, I.D., Wang, J.  In Situ Process to Recovery Methane Gas from Hydrates.  U.S. Patent 8,925,632, Issued 2015. 

  16. Head, I.M., Larter, S.R., Gates, I.D. Methods for increasing methanogenesis in subsurface reservoirs. U.S. Patent 9,187,687, Issued 2015.

Certifications: 

B.Sc. with Distinction, Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary (1989)
M.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia (1992)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (Minor in Mathematics), University of Minnesota (1999)