David Metzner began his career in the petroleum industry in 1982 working as a geophysicist primarily involved in the exploration and development of oil and gas prospects through the integration and mapping of seismic and well data. David is a highly skilled interpreter with applied workstation experience dating back to 1985 and the onset of regional 3D coverage in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico.
He authored Chapter 9, Interpretation of Three-Dimensional Seismic Data, in the second edition of Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping (2003), which lays out a practical workstation-based interpretation methodology. In this latest edition, he continues building that methodology based on current practices and workstation technology.
David has been involved in many significant plays throughout his career, including the early exploration of the deep-water Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent development of several of the large oil and gas discoveries. He was involved in the exploration efforts that led to the western extension of the super-giant El Furrial trend in Venezuela. He has worked unconventional reservoirs since 2006, including the early evaluation and development of the Haynesville shale in northern Louisiana and eastern Texas and also explored the Pearsall shale in the Maverick Basin.
From 2014 to 2019, David was employed as a Senior Staff Geophysicist at Pioneer Natural Resources in Irving, Texas, focused on the 3D seismic characterization of the Wolfcamp and Spraberry shales as well as other producing intervals in the Midland Basin in West Texas. Past experience has been with Placid Oil, Arco Oil and Gas, Subsurface Consultants and Associates, EOG Resources, and Encana.
David retired from full-time industry employment in mid-2019 to start Crossroads Geoscience Solutions LLC, a consulting company based in Emory, Texas. He has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists since 1982.