Professor Zoltán E. Heinemann (Emeritus), University of Leoben, Austria,

Receives Highest Award of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

bridges vol. 16, December 2007 / Noteworthy Information

Courtesy of Department Mineral Resources and Petroleum Engineering, Montanuniversität Leoben
Professor Heinemann (left) and SPE president 2007 Abdul Jaleel Al-Khalifa

Zoltan Heinemann was selected as the 2007 recipient of the SPE "John Franklin Carll Award" which was presented to him in early November during the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition 2007, Anaheim, California, US. The John Franklin Carll Award recognizes contributions of technical applicability and professionalism in the development and production of oil and natural gas reservoirs. Each year one representative of the petroleum industry is recognized for his/her corresponding scientific achievements.

Heinemann is respected worldwide, especially for his research in the field of reservoir simulation. This topic deals with three-dimensional, dynamic computer models that describe the behavior of petroleum reservoirs in order to design an optimal development strategy. Such a development strategy is necessary to ensure the most efficient and effective use of the corresponding reservoir.

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick – all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} "I take this award as a distinction for the entire Austrian petroleum industry and the excellent quality of the research and teaching at the University of Leoben, Austria. It is something very special that a country such as Austria - with relatively limited petroleum resources - creates the leading petroleum company in central Europe (OMV), and that graduates from the University of Leoben, Austria, are among the most demanded petroleum engineers worldwide. I am proud that my research in the field of reservoir simulation contributed to this extraordinary development," Heinemann said.

During his professional career, he founded several companies to commercialize his academic achievements. His latest venture is the foundation of K&H Oil GmbH, a reservoir engineering/simulation consultancy specializing in the (re)development of mature and/or abandoned oil and natural gas fields.

Professor Heinemann was born in Hungary and is the father of two sons. After his studies in Hungary and France, and before he was called to the Reservoir Engineering Chair at the University of Leoben, he spent 15 years in the petroleum industry (e.g., as a member of the board of today's Hungarian Petroleum Company - MOL).

He holds an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Miskolc, Hungary, and is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

For further information, please contact:
K&H Oil - Klima & Heinemann Oil GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Jan Klima
Tel.: +43-664-22 23 24 5
E-Mail: jan.klima[at]