Denver Employees

Denver Employees

Petroleum Engineering

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James Baird | Managing Senior Vice President – Manager of the Denver office Engineers

James_Baird@RyderScott.com Areas of Expertise More than 44 years of diverse oil and gas experience in various technical roles.  Excellent understanding of financial and economic considerations to decision making, capital allocation and portfolio management.  Areas of expertise include reservoir management, reservoir simulation, reserves evaluation, petroleum accounting, business planning and evaluations, property acquisition and divestiture analysis and regulatory compliance. …Read More

James_Baird@RyderScott.com

Areas of Expertise

More than 44 years of diverse oil and gas experience in various technical roles.  Excellent understanding of financial and economic considerations to decision making, capital allocation and portfolio management.  Areas of expertise include reservoir management, reservoir simulation, reserves evaluation, petroleum accounting, business planning and evaluations, property acquisition and divestiture analysis and regulatory compliance.  Geographic areas of expertise include northern Rocky Mountains; Uinta, Paradox and San Juan basins and Mid-Continent and U.S. gulf coast areas.

Summary of Employment

Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants, Denver Office     2006 to Present
Managing Senior Vice President
Evaluate reserves, field performance and economics applying various engineering techniques.

Questar Exploration & Production Co.     1999 to 2006
Manager – Rocky Mountain Region Reservoir Engineering
Supervised technical staff dedicated to the Uinta basin and Rocky Mountain-Legacy assets.  Served on reserve audit committee.  Evaluated operated properties to maximize production.  Monitored well performance.  Reviewed and identified well and field operating conditions to maximize economic reserves value.  Implemented workover and recompletion projects.  Assisted in preparation of probable, possible and resource assessments.  Monitored and provided regulatory compliance guidance in reserves report preparation.

Celsius Energy Co.     1986 to 1999
Chief Engineer
Prepared quarterly and annual reserves reports.  Provided reserve and production forecast for planning and budget preparation.  Evaluated reserves and production performance of all oil/gas assets.  Prepared reserves and economic evaluation of development and exploratory wells.  Appraised drilling results to assess reserves assignments.  Producing properties were in the Paradox, Greater Green River and Washakie basins in the Rocky Mountain region.  Prepared reservoir simulation studies of the major fields to predict production performance under various operating conditions and development drilling schedules to maximize economic value.

Wexpro Co.     1984 to 1986
Assistant Manager – Drilling & Production
Superivsed drilling and field operating personnel.  Prepared annual reserves reports.  Prepared budgets for drilling and production activities.  Evaluated reserves and production performance of all oil/gas assets.

Mountain Fuel Supply Co.     1975 to 1984
Director – Reservoir Engineering
Supervised technical staff dedicated to preparing annual reserves reports, reservoir performance studies, evaluations of gas storage projects and reserves and economic evaluations for drilling and workover opportunities.  Implemented well-testing and pressure monitoring programs for gas storage fields.

Mountain Fuel Supply Co.     1975 to 1978
Reservoir Engineer
Conducted reservoir simulation studies of nearly depleted fields for potential gas storage.  Those fields included Clay Basin, North and South Baxter and Clear Creek in the Rocky Mountain region.  Prepared reserves evaluations and production forecasts for deliverability to the pipeline.  Prepared numerous reservoir simulation studies for gas-producing properties, including evaluations of the gas-gathering network.  Identified additional drilling potential.  Assisted in development of the Weber reservoir pressure maintenance project and Dakota and Nugget reservoirs.

Northern Natural Gas Co.     1973 to 1975
Reservoir Engineer
Prepared gas-deliverability studies Anadarko basin gathering system.  Prepared 20-year gas supply plan to define future gas supply, gathering system and compression needs.  Conducted reservoir simulation studies of wells and gas-gathering system.

Gulf Oil Corp.      1970 to 1973
Production Engineer
Supervised production personnel and evaluated production operations.  Evaluated gas-lift system.  Supervised completion and testing of wells and operation of compressor facility.

Geographical Areas of Experience

Northern Rocky Mountains
Uinta Paradox
San Juan basins
Midcontinent
U.S. gulf coast areas

Education

BS degree, petroleum engineering, University of Missouri at Rolla, 1970

Professional Associations

Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Utah

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Stephen E. Gardner | Managing Senior Vice President – Denver Office Manager

Steve_Gardner@RyderScott.com Areas of Expertise More than 13 years industry experience evaluating reserves on- and offshore in conventional and unconventional reservoirs and resource plays. Reservoir Engineering – Skilled in the use of traditional reservoir engineering principles, including decline curve analysis, volumetric and material-balance calculations and analogy methods. …Read More

Steve_Gardner@RyderScott.com

Areas of Expertise

More than 13 years industry experience evaluating reserves on- and offshore in conventional and unconventional reservoirs and resource plays.

Reservoir Engineering – Skilled in the use of traditional reservoir engineering principles, including decline curve analysis, volumetric and material-balance calculations and analogy methods.  Also, experienced with simulation, statistical methods, integrated reservoir studies, PVT analysis, reservoir surveillance and evaluation of enhanced oil recovery techniques.

Reserves Evaluations and Certifications – Proficient in assessing reserves and resources using U.S. SEC and SPE-PRMS definitions and guidelines to ensure compliance with governmental regulations and industry standards.  Frequently perform economic evaluations for use in annual SEC filings, bank and/or investor reports, IPO filings and acquisition-and-divestiture transactions.  Also, experienced in conducting reserves audits and process reviews.  Skilled in using the industry’s major decline curve/economics software packages.

Summary of Employment

Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants, Denver Office    2011 to Present
Managing Senior Vice President
Lead engineer responsible for reserves and resources evaluations with emphasis in unconventional resource plays across the United States.  Frequently use statistical and analogy methods in combination with performance analysis to determine undeveloped potential.

Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants, Houston Office    2006 to 2011
Vice President – Project Coordinator
Frequently worked with and led teams of engineers and geologists in conducting reserves evaluations and certifications for properties in the Gulf of Mexico (shelf and deepwater) and various other domestic and international areas in accordance with SEC and SPE-PRMS reserves estimation guidelines.  Performed economic evaluations and prepared reports for use in annual SEC filings, bank and/or investor reports, IPO filings and A&D transactions.  Participated in reserves audits and process reviews.

ExxonMobil Corp.    2001 to 2006
Reservoir Engineer – Permian Basin
Evaluated the Canyon and Strawn formations, multi-layer carbonate oil reservoirs undergoing secondary and tertiary recovery.  Evaluated field surveillance, pattern analysis and enhanced oil-recovery mechanisms, production declines and volumetrics, WAG cycles, developmental drilling, EOR tax credits and economics of remedial workovers.  Analyzed a workover program with complex multi-layer conformance in producers and injectors.  Helped develop best practices for profile control.

Completions and Workover Engineer – Wyoming, west Texas and Utah
Designed and implemented completions and workovers in tight-gas sandstones in western Wyoming, including multi-stage fracture stimulations in vertical and horizontal wells, underbalanced cleanouts, coiled-tubing and wireline work, fishing and snubbing operations.  Designed and implemented highly specialized HT/HP workovers in a portion of the deep, sour Madison formation in western Wyoming.  Also, analyzed, designed and wrote work procedures for workovers in several carbonate and sandstone reservoirs undergoing primary, secondary and tertiary recovery in west Texas and Utah.

Geographical Areas of Expertise

United States
California
Colorado
Gulf of Mexico (shelf and deepwater)
Louisiana
Montana
Nevada
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
West
Virginia
Wyoming

International
Bolivia
China (offshore)
Mexico
North Sea

Education

BS degree, mechanical engineering, Brigham Young University, 2001
Numerous Exxon (internal) and industry-sponsored technical courses, seminars and conferences

Professional Associations

Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Colorado
Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
Member, Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

Publications

Co-wrote SPE paper No. 88720, “Vertical Conformance in a Mature Carbonate CO2 Flood: Salt Creek Field Unit, Texas.”

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Bruce A. Palmer | Vice President – Technical Specialist

Bruce_Palmer@RyderScott.com Areas of Expertise Reservoir Simulation: Conducted numerous reservoir simulation studies of oil and gas fields worldwide.  Experience with all phases of simulation studies including initial design, model construction, history matching, calibration, and final documentation. …Read More

Bruce_Palmer@RyderScott.com

Areas of Expertise

Reservoir Simulation: Conducted numerous reservoir simulation studies of oil and gas fields worldwide.  Experience with all phases of simulation studies including initial design, model construction, history matching, calibration, and final documentation.  Examples include construction of primary recovery models for field evaluation and development, and gas field and gas storage models for deliverability estimation.

Reservoir Engineering: Experience in application of traditional engineering techniques such as decline curve analysis, volumetric analysis, PVT and rock properties analysis, nodal analysis, and material balance analysis.

Reserves and Economic Evaluations: Experience in reserves estimation in accordance with SEC and SPE reserves estimation guidelines.

Summary of Employment

Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants, Denver Office     2006 to Present
Responsible for reservoir engineering and modeling studies including integrated geoscience/ engineering studies throughout the world.  Examples for recent studies are pre-production development study for a multi-zone deepwater Gulf of Mexico field, gas deliverability studies for several prospective gas storage fields and reserves estimation for several gas condensate fields in Japan.

ExxonMobil Production Co.     2004 to 2006
Senior Engineer
Member of a team of engineers responsible for simulation studies and development planning for Qatar North Field.  Presented technical work to partner companies RasGas and QatarGas.  Interacted with various engineering and geoscience professionals and management.  Improved the run time and general usability of several existing simulation models.

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc.     2002 to 2004
Senior Project Engineer
Technical point of contact for simulation support in the Asia Pacific region.  Implemented new reservoir simulation network and trained a total of 50 engineers in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Melbourne.  Worked together with engineers building models for the following fields: Tapis, Irong Barat, Tabu, Tuna, Flounder, Turrum, Kipper, East Pilchard, Northern Sumatra Offshore, and Cepu.  Worked with geologic modelers on scale-up of Petrel models for simulation.

ExxonMobil Exploration Co.     2000 to 2002
Project Engineer
Member of a support team for simulation engineers world wide.  Aided engineers from all ExxonMobil Production Company affiliates, ExxonMobil Development Company, and Upstream Research Center Reservoir Division.  Implemented new reservoir simulation network and trained engineers in London.  Interacted extensively with simulation software developers.

ExxonMobil Production Co.     1998 to 2000
Project Engineer
Lead engineer for East Texas oil field and Gladewater, Delrose, and Overton gas fields.  Evaluated, designed, recommended and secured management approval for in-fill drillwells and workover programs for gas fields.  Ensured compliance with complicated Texas Railroad Commission East Texas Field Rules.  Updated company planning basis.

EG&G Rocky Flats     1993 to 1995
Environmental Engineer
Coordinated plant-wide process waste sampling and analysis program.  Supervised first sampling of containerized low-level radioactive waste.

Geographical Areas of Experience

United States
Alaska
California
Gulf of Mexico
Louisiana
New Mexico
Pennsylvania
Texas
West Virginia
Wyoming

International
Australia
Indonesia
Iraq
Japan
Malaysia
Qatar
UAE
Venezuela

Education

MS degree, chemical engineering, Brigham Young University, 2000 BS degree, chemical engineering, Brigham Young University, 1993

Professional Associations

Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers American Institute of Chemical Engineers Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

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Clark D. Parrott | Vice President

Clark_Parrott@RyderScott.com Areas of Expertise More than 27 years reservoir engineering experience in Rocky Mountain and midcontinent regions with emphasis on exploration and development, operations and acquisitions. Skilled in use of traditional reservoir engineering principles, including decline-curve analysis (DCA), log evaluations, pressure-transient analysis, volumetrics and material-balance calculations.  …Read More

Clark_Parrott@RyderScott.com

Areas of Expertise

More than 27 years reservoir engineering experience in Rocky Mountain and midcontinent regions with emphasis on exploration and development, operations and acquisitions. Skilled in use of traditional reservoir engineering principles, including decline-curve analysis (DCA), log evaluations, pressure-transient analysis, volumetrics and material-balance calculations.  Experienced in waterflooding and simulation.

Summary of Employment

Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants, Denver Office    2012 to Present
Vice President
Estimate reserves in the following plays: Bakken/Three Forks in North Dakota, Niobrara/Codell in Colorado and Haynesville shale in Louisiana.  Perform economic evaluations and prepare reports for use in annual U.S. SEC filings.  Also prepare reports for banks and investor groups and to support A&D transactions.  Examine statistical and analog performance data to assess undeveloped potential.  Maintain regional Bakken EUR database.  Conduct pressure transient analysis.

Norstar Petroleum Inc.     1992 to 2012
Petroleum Engineer, Exploration and Development
Developed projects from lead status to drillable locations.  Provided engineering expertise for risked economics and potential reserve targets.  Generated AFEs and well proposals for investors.  Assessed E&D prospects.  Scheduled drilling and executed drilling contracts.  Confer with wellsite geologist on drilling shows, sample descriptions and selected DST intervals.  Made casing point decisions based on DST (Horner, permeability and skin) and log evaluation.  Communicated on a regular basis with landowners over surface use and settlement.  Selected perf intervals using lithology log crossplots and Pickett plots.  Designed completion/stimulation procedures.  Generated reserves projections and optimum well spacing for applicable reservoir-drive mechanisms.  Identified remedial well-treatment candidates.  Drilled and completed wells as operator.  Worked with pumpers and field personnel on production, equipment repairs and down time.  Recommended and implemented well workovers.  Approved joint-interest billing to partners.  Handled state drilling permits, plugging orders, new pool determinations, tax exemptions, annual reporting and salt-water-disposal applications for operator.

Petroleum Engineer, Acquisition / Secondary Recovery
Completed four waterflood feasibility studies for fields in Finney, Clark, Comanche and Morton counties in Kansas.  Conducted reservoir simulation for proposed waterfloods as part of the Tertiary Oil Recovery Project at the University of Kansas.  Performed property evaluations and negotiated purchases of production targeted for secondary recovery potential.  Assessed waterflood performance, production/injection responses and efficiency.  Formulated unitization parameters and agreements.  Participated in unitization and technical-subcommittee meetings to determine equity.  Testified as an expert witness before Kansas Corporation Commission.

Terra Resources/Pacific Enterprises Oil Co.     1987 to 1991
Engineering Analyst
Evaluated the Minnelusa oil formation in Powder River Basin.  Estimated pre-drilled reserves and risked economics for prospect evaluation.  Designed IOR project and handled unitization.  Maintained well-inventory report.  Conducted subsurface evaluation of Frontier/Dakota formations in Green River basin. Conducted PTA to acquire reservoir parameters used in frack design.  Performed advanced DCA using Fetkovich model.  Conducted log analysis.  Prepared reserves determinations and economic evaluations.  Developed fiscal-planning model endorsed for use throughout the company.

Education

BS degree, petroleum engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1987.

Professional Associations

Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.
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Scott J. Wilson | Senior Vice President – Technical Advisor

Scott_Wilson@RyderScott.com Areas of Expertise More than 34 years of broad experience in the oil and gas industry, including field operations, reservoir engineering and simulation.  Have developed the ability to quickly determine the salient factors affecting an engineering decision and work toward refining those factors. …Read More

Scott_Wilson@RyderScott.com

Areas of Expertise

More than 34 years of broad experience in the oil and gas industry, including field operations, reservoir engineering and simulation.  Have developed the ability to quickly determine the salient factors affecting an engineering decision and work toward refining those factors.  Have managed software development projects that resulted in commercially competitive tools.  Taught courses for more than 500 engineers in nodal analysis, gas reservoir engineering, horizontal well performance and multiphase flow.

Reservoir Engineering: Extensive experience with application of traditional reservoir engineering techniques, including decline-curve analysis, volumetrics, well-test analysis, material balance, wellbore hydraulics and PVT analysis.  Developed models and tools used to forecast production rates.  Have computer skills that enable unique and practical solutions where none may have existed before.  Spearheaded efforts in the early 1990s to integrate reservoir, well, facility and marketing considerations into inclusive systems models to improve development planning.

Operations Engineering: Spent considerable time supervising field operations in oil and gas fields.  Have worked safely with operations personnel and service company representatives in a wide variety of environments.  Familiar with quality control and job oversight procedures.  Have completed training in offshore survival, medic first aid and H2S breathing apparatus.  Serve as the course director and primary instructor for the OGCI schools in production optimization using nodal analysis.

Software Development: Maintain and support an extensive set of commercial-quality software applications for worldwide clients.  Provide multi-trend decline systems and proprietary database-enabled nodal analysis tools used to forecast the two largest fields in the United States.  Provide complex gas field deliverability planning models to several majors and larger independents.  In 2002, completed the first Windows-based jet pump modeling and design system.  Currently enhancing Gas-Lift functionality for evaluation of late-life artificial lift in multi-fractured horizontal completions in shale developments.

Summary of Employment

Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants, Denver Office    2000 to Present
Vice President in the Denver Region Office
Prepare reserves and economic evaluations for property acquisitions/divestitures, feasibility studies, evaluations for SEC filings, pipeline system valuations and gas storage operations.  Prepare and present expert witness testimony.  Support many clients with custom solutions to complex forecasting needs.  Present as many as seven one-week courses on Production Optimization Using Nodal Analysis each year in locations world-wide.

Atlantic Richfield Corp.     1985 to 2000
Principal Engineering Consultant, Plano, Texas,    May 1994 – 2000
Recognized expert in gas reservoir engineering, well performance, fieldwide deliverability optimization, major bid/acquisition evaluation, software development and training.  Prepared performance forecasts for bids in Venezuela, Former Soviet Union, Syria, Indonesia, Myanmar, Qatar and Ecuador.  Evaluated international properties of major oil company as part of acquisition bid. Completed the first fullfield horizontal well waterflood simulation study for new 300 MMBO project and acted as a state-side expert in commerciality evaluation for a 1.1 BCFPD LNG project in Indonesia.  Wrote two Windows-based engineering applications that were commercially launched in 1995.  Prepared short-fuse, drainage-pattern simulation material for litigation exhibits.

Engineering Consultant, Plano, Texas     1990 to 1994
Responsible for technologies, including tight-gas reservoirs, horizontal well applications, multiphase flow and dynamic kill design.  Taught and consulted internationally and throughout the United States.  Developed models and tools used to forecast more than 1 MMBOPD at Prudhoe Bay, Kuparuk, and THUMS fields. Sole author of system used to plan Indonesian concession gas production encompassing more than 200 platforms.  Recognized for successful dynamic kill designs in Indonesia, Alaska and the U.S. gulf coast.

Senior Operations Engineer, Anchorage, Alaska     1987 to 1990
Responsible for all engineering associated with the 1.3 TCF Beluga River unit and five undeveloped gas fields.  Tangibly increased Beluga field value by 4 MM$ in 2 years by conceiving and implementing creative development plan options and streamlining operations.  Acted as field foreman and oversaw major field operations.

Reservoir Engineer, Anchorage, Alaska     1986 to 1987
Responsible for waterflood evaluation in a 300 MMB reservoir.  Recommendations made in March 1987 were adopted after 3 additional years of testing.

Operations Engineer, Casper, Wyoming/Denver, Colorado     1985 to 1986
Worked in midcontinent field operations, including waterflood, conventional gas and coalbed gas.  Designed sucker-rod, ESP, hydraulic pumping systems.  Oversaw drilling, stimulation and facility operations.  Designed waterflood and steamflood projects.

Colorado National Bank     1983 to 1985 (Summer/Part-time)
Engineer, Denver, Colorado.  Responsible for reviewing reserves and valuing collatoralized properties.  Worked with clients and consultants to determine expected cash flows.  Made engineering recommendations to senior management.  Responsible for reviewing facilities to determine suitability for ongoing operations.

Marathon Oil Co.     1980 to 1983 (Summer/Part-time)
Roustabout, Bakersfield, California. Field production operations, Engineering Technician.

Education

BS degree, petroleum engineering, Colorado School of Mines, High Honors, 1983
Honorary Fraternities: Tau Beta Pi, Phi Epsilon Tau
MBA degree, finance, University of Colorado, High Honors, 1984
Technical seminars on numerous reservoir engineering and simulation topics, including horizontal well analysis, reserves evaluation, and reservoir description.

Professional Associations

Registered Professional Engineer in Alaska, Colorado, and Wyoming
US Department of Energy, Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), member since 1979
Reserves TIG Chairman, 2006 – Current
Gas Technology TIG Chairman, 1990 – 2004
JPT Editorial Committee
API Gas Lift Committee, Member, 1990′s
SPEE Denver Section, Chairman, 2006
Sundown Ridge Homeowners Association, President, 2006

Patents

8,794,305 B2: “Method and Apparatus for Removing Liquid From A Horizontal Well “, 8/5/2014

6,302,206 B1: “Treatment for Shut-in Gas Well “, 10/16/2001

6,116,340: “Downhole Build-Up Pressure Test Using Coiled Tubing”, 9/12/2000

Publications

S. Wilson, Robert B. Hunter, Timothy S. Collett, Steve Hancock, Ray Boswell, Brian J. Anderson: Alaska North Slope Regional Gas Hydrate Production Modeling Forecasts”,  Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, May 23, 2010, JPMG1307.

S. Hancock, G. Moridis, S. Wilson, A. Robertson: “Well Design Requirements For Deepwater And Arctic Onshore Gas Hydrate Production Wells”, 2010 Offshore Technology Conference, May 2010.

Matthew R. Walsh, Steve H. Hancock, Scott J. Wilson, Shirish L. Patil, George J. Moridis, Ray Boswell, Timothy S. Collett, Carolyn A. Koh, E. Dendy Sloan: “Preliminary report on the commercial viability of gas production from natural gas hydrates”  Energy Economics, May 29, 2008.

Robert Hunter, Tim Collett, Ray Boswell, Scott Wilson, Scott Digert: “Gas Hydrate Resource Potential”  AAPG meeting April 2007.  Energy & Minerals Division Frank Kottlowski Memorial Award for Best Paper.

Scott Wilson, Robert Hunter.  “Screening Study of Large Scale Gas Hydrate Production on Alaska’s North Slope“  DOE Internal Report, June 24, 2005.

Scott Wilson, Robert Hunter, S. J. Howe, N. R. Nanchary, S. L. Patil, D. O. Ogbe, and G. A. Chukwu.  “Economic Analysis and Feasibility Study of Gas Production from Alaska North Slope Gas Hydrate Resources“  AAPG Hedberg Research Conference, September 12-16, 2004.

Scott Wilson, Mark Miller, Lamont Frazer, Scott Digert: “Multiple Trend Forecasting Accounts for Field Constraints,” Journal of Petroleum Technology, October 1998.

Scott Wilson: “Integrated Systems Planning Results in Tighter Feedback Loops and Faster Developments,” Presented at the 15th World Petroleum Congress, Beijing, China, October 12-16, 1997.

Acmadi Kasim, Scott Wilson, Tri Yudho Utomo, Prabodh Pathak, Scott Kerr: “Strategic Management of ONWJ Reservoirs for the Domestic Gas Market,” 23rd annual Indonesian Petroleum Association, October 1994.

Awards

Award of Excellence, Arco, 1994
PAG B-1 Blow-out dynamic kill design and execution

Exceptional Contribution Award, Arco, 1997
Venezuela Third Round Marginal Field bid evaluation

Outstanding Demonstration, Arco 1997, TechFest
ProCast system for integrated gas field development planning

Helios Award for Innovation, BP, 2004
Characterization and resource potential of Alaska north slope gas hydrates

Geology/Geophysics

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