What We Do

DuneFront is an independent sand control consultancy focused on maximizing reliability through accurate and impartial engineering. It is founded on the desire to simplify and strengthen conventional Oilfield methodology by encouraging a fresh engineering perspective comprising forward planning, retrospective analysis and continuous improvement: Simulate - Evaluate - Optimize.


DuneFront offers a full range of sand control consulting services, which span everything from technique selection and design through to gauge data analysis and personnel training, providing the knowledge, experience and tools required to maximize sand control reliability while minimizing risk and non-productive time (NPT).


DuneFront PackPro

PackPro is the complete software solution for gravel pack simulation, evaluation and optimization which sits at the heart of DuneFront’s services. It integrates the industry’s most advanced modeling and data analysis techniques, providing a state of the art solution for all your gravel pack needs.


DuneFront Consulting

DuneFront works closely with you to develop an optimized sand control solution based around your objectives for the well or field. As an independent company, DuneFront provides truly impartial advice to ensure you get the best recommendations possible.

DuneFront Training

Invest in the future by building and maintaining in-house sand control expertise through DuneFront’s extensive training programs covering the PackPro software and all aspects of sand control technique selection, design and evaluation.


Who We Are

Philip Wassouf – Managing Director

Philip is the Managing Director of DuneFront which he founded to simplify and strengthen conventional sand control methodology. Prior to founding DuneFront, he worked for Schlumberger in a number of positions, including field engineering roles in both completions and pumping services, before taking on the role of Product Champion at its sand control headquarters in Houston, where he worked on a variety of new technology projects including downhole tools, screens and software. As such, he was heavily involved in supporting worldwide sand control operations while also training both young and experienced engineers. He now works internationally on the design and evaluation of sand control completions for a variety of clients and has authored a number of technical papers, presentations and patents relating to completions and sand control. He is an active member of SPE and received a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (MEng) from Imperial College London.


Samyak Jain – Sand Control Consultant

Samyak is a Sand Control Consultant based in Asia with DuneFront and has over 10 years of experience in the field of sand control. Prior to joining DuneFront, he worked for Schlumberger in a number of positions worldwide including field operations, product development and business development roles in sand control and stimulation related services. During this time, he was involved with a variety of challenging projects including the gravel packing of fishhook wells and the application of standalone screens in reservoirs which were typically gravel packed. He also worked on the development of SandCADE, Schlumberger’s sand control software, while supporting worldwide sand control operations and training both young and experienced engineers. He is an active member of SPE, having served on the technical committee of several SPE conferences (including ATCE, IPTC and APOGCE), and has authored a number of presentations, technical papers and patents in the fields of well completions and well stimulation. He received a Masters in Petroleum Engineering (M.S.) from University of Oklahoma. 


Ian Mickelburgh – Business Development Manager

Ian is a Business Development Manager based in Europe with DuneFront and has over 30 years of experience in the field of sand control. Before joining DuneFront, he worked for both Schlumberger and Halliburton and as an independent consultant, principally focused on sand control completions. He has worked in field engineering, sales and marketing, technology development, project support and management roles in locations spanning Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australasia, Russia and Central Asia. As a consultant, he has provided clients with support in the planning of field development and re-development, leadership for completions operations as well as external audit services for projects and suppliers. He now works internationally on the design and evaluation of sand control completions for a variety of clients. He has authored a number of technical papers and holds multiple patents relating to sand control completions. He is a 25-year member of SPE and a graduate of Middlesex University, London. 


Raymond (Ray) Tibbles – Technical Advisor

Ray is a Technical Advisor based in the USA with DuneFront and has more than 35 years of experience in Sand Control and Hydraulic fracturing. Prior to joining DuneFront, he worked for Schlumberger and Cairn India in field operations, engineering, marketing, and technical support roles across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is very active in SPE, having been a member for over 30 years, during which he was a Distinguished lecturer in 2010, a Distinguished member in 2011, and has co-chaired and assisted numerous workshops and forums. He has also authored more than 20 technical publications and is the main inventor or co-inventor in 12 patents. He has a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Michigan Technological Institute. 



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