Critical Praise for Rod Pumping
W. Hoxie Smith, P.G., C.P.G.
Director, Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center Midland, Texas
“Dr. Gibbs has culminated his outstanding career with this one-of-a-kind volume of critical information and applied mathematics for those wishing to understand the nuances of artificial lift. He has filled a literary void for professionals that seek a working knowledge of rod pumping. The layout of each chapter is particularly useful with a ‘Closure’ section that reviews the main points, exercises that help master the material, a useful glossary of terms and references. I highly recommend this text that documents Dr. Gibbs’ pioneering work over a lifetime on the subject.”
Contek Solutions, LLC. Plano, Texas
“This is a long needed comprehensive work on Rod Pumping. Dr. Gibbs addresses virtually every aspect of rod pumping in a clear and well organized fashion. Each section is fully developed from a technical perspective while being easy to follow for those of us who are less mathematically versed. It is a must-have reference book for anyone who is currently working in the field of Rod Pumping and an excellent textbook for those studying the subject. The ‘Well Weigher Stories’ section is a must-read for anyone who has ever worked in the ‘oil patch’!”
John G. Svinos,
Theta Oilfield Services, Inc. La Habra, California
“This book by Dr. S.G. Gibbs is brilliant, a true masterpiece, and a must-have reference for all those working in, or interested in the subject of Artificial Lift, and especially rod pumping. This is the book I wish I had when I started working in the oil industry and in rod pumping optimization. Dr. Gibbs is a pioneer in this field and was the first to develop the modern methods that are used today for the design and analysis of rod pumping systems. His knowledge of this subject and his tremendous mathematical and scientific ability make him the number one authority in this field. This is the book universities need to be able to effectively teach modern artificial lift and especially rod pumping technology.
I have been teaching rod pumping optimization courses for many years and noticed that young engineers graduate from petroleum en- gineering schools with very little knowledge of modern artificial lift technology. I am convinced that the reason for this is because a book such as this was not available to them or to their professors. I am very impressed with how extensive and complete this book is in covering every artificial lift method and every aspect of rod pumping technology from a historical review, to economic analysis, to mathematical simulations, to field measurements and automation, and to practical applications that everyone working in this field can benefit from.
I have known Dr. Gibbs since I started working in the oil industry back in 1982 when I took one of his rod pumping courses in Midland, TX. I know how passionate and knowledgeable he is in the area of rod pumping and artificial lift. His passion for the subject and vast knowledge of every aspect of artificial lift is clearly evident throughout this book. We should all be thankful he wrote this book and for making it so complete and easy to follow.”
Professor Augusto L. Podio
Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering University of Texas, Austin
“The author’s passion for the art and science of “Well Weighing” is the solid foundation of this all-encompassing textbook on Rod Pumping. The preface suggests that the non-academic reader skim over the mathematical equations and derivations and ‘…proceed through the book without being troubled by the equations. Just read the words.’
This reviewer recommends that all readers (regardless of their interest or experience in the subject) begin by reading Appendix II: ‘Well Weigher Stories’, to fully appreciate the wisdom and value of the innumerable practical insights presented throughout this monumental book. Then, reading should continue with Chapters 7 and 8, which cover the behavior and analysis of pumping wells. The remaining chapters form a solid and very detailed physical background for developing a thorough understanding of the mechanics and operation of the pumping system. They can be studied as needed, including the numerous examples and exercises. They also reflect the author’s other passion: applied mathematics.”