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or those looking for some inspiration to kick off their careers, our opening article should do the trick. AndrĂŠ Kuipers became an astronaut through extraordinary single-mindedness, persistence and an unshakeable belief that he could realize his dream. Those are clearly qualities that will benefit any young graduate considering a job in the geoscience and engineering field. There is in fact plenty of advice to be found in this yearâ€™s Recruitment Special from recruiters and those who are in the early years of their working lives in the oil industry. The message from potential employers is really about standing out from the crowd. That does not necessarily require having the top marks in the class. However, it does mean doing the homework before an interview so that you know what the company does, where you might fit in and what you expect to achieve. Oil companies and the service sector are looking for independent-thinking people who have the potential to adapt to different challenges and environments. They also put a lot of emphasis on being a team player. The perspective of new recruits to the industry does have some common themes. Making maximum use of any mentoring programme available is seen as an invaluable way to get up to speed with a new company and gain some confidence. Companies will be gratified that their younger staff members also appreciate any life-long learning possibilities provided. If there is a difference of perception about oil companies and the service sector, it would be that service companies probably enable positions of responsibility earlier than major oil companies. But this is of course a trade-off with the much wider choice of career possibilities that the big oil companies can offer over a lifetime.
What Kuipers implies is that the next generation of geoscientists must take responsibility for the career paths they choose and then make sure that they do their utmost to achieve the goals they set themselves. Otherwise they will live to regret it. That is a great lesson.
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Making it in Russia How one young geoscientist is achieving his career goals in Russia
30 Bringing talent to the party Total explains its approach to attracting recruits and keeping them
44 Shell sets the FIELD Challenge This year’s dataset for the annual student FIELD Challenge competition comes from Shell. It will be a challenge!
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Astronaut Kuipers still has a mission
Students will create their energy in Amsterdam!
Pioneering new technology offers great opportunities
Visit the Job Centre in Amsterdam
22 Making that transition from university to a working environment
24 Outcrops in arctic Norway provide challenging test of geological skills
The making of a Russian geoscientist
On a mission from Malaya
How Saudi Aramco is building a knowledge-based future
Profile of a recent Shell recruit
Total focuses on bringing talent to the party
Exploring the future with PGS
56 Following a wealth of career paths through a geoscience landscape
FIELD Challenge tests ingenuity and team work
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ASTRONAUT KUIPERS STILL HAS A MISSION GIVEN THE ASTRONOMIC HEIGHTS THAT HE HAS REACHED IN HIS CAREER, DUTCH ASTRONAUT ANDRÉ KUIPERS IN PERSON IS REMARKABLY DOWNTO-EARTH, INSPIRATIONALLY SO. ANDREW MCBARNET
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SPOKE WITH HIM FOR THE RECRUITMENT SPECIAL.
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"My hope is that we can keep the planet beautiful and it’s one of my main messages for the next generation of scientists."
hen André Kuipers comes to meet students at EAGE Amsterdam 2014 he will want to do more than share his experiences in space. Those exploits have of course been remarkable. In April 2004 he was part of an 11-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Then on 21 December 2011 he became the first Dutchman to make a second tour to space, to complete a six month residence on board the ISS that ended on 1 July 2012. During this period, he participated in some 50 different scientific projects covering a wide variety of disciplines. A major highlight was his command of the special robotic arm used to dock the unmanned Space X Dragon cargo capsule, the first privately built spacecraft to be launched into space.
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Today Kuipers is still a man with a mission as a dedicated ambassador not just for space endeavour. He spends his time in schools, universities and many
other locations in the Netherlands and abroad talking passionately about the positive value and excitement of science and technology. This includes a plea for the next generation to take care of the Planet Earth. ‘We wanted to capitalize on the interest in scientific achievement which my mission had created in the Netherlands. Also, looking down on the Earth, you see how much human life there is going on, the thousands of ships in the oceans, and so on. The air pollution, erosion and deforestation caused by all this activity are very clear. My hope is that we can keep the planet beautiful and it’s one of my main messages for the next generation of scientists.’ Kuipers does not expect everyone to be an astronaut, but he has very grounded advice for young people. ‘You must always follow your dream, stay motivated, be patient and persistent. Above all, make sure that you’ve given it your best shot
even if the outcome isn’t always what you hoped for. If you don’t, you will always regret it.’ Kuipers acknowledges that the career path of an astronaut is not obvious, but he is a testament to what is possible if you have an overriding ambition in one field. He will tell you that he was born on 5 October 1958, one day and one year after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth and thereby instigate the ensuing ‘space race’ with the USA. His own fascination with the possibilities of humans in space started around the age of 12 by which time he was watching ‘The Thunderbirds’, a well-known British TV science fiction series of the time. However, he likes to say that what really got him going were the novella-size books starring US space force major Perry Rhodan, which his grandma used to buy for him and are still being published today in weekly episodes. Nothing at High School would have marked Kuipers out as a potential future astronaut. He did well in class, found learning easy and was attracted to biology and physics, but he wasn’t a loner. ‘I was always curious about things. But in sport I actually liked the team spirit – fighting it out together even if you lost in the end.’ This proved to be a fortunate characteristic because the space programme requires a certain mindset. ‘You have to be a team player,’ he says. ‘There are a lot of people on the ground that make it happen. It is an international project so you have to deal with different cultures and different disciplines. We also have to talk with all kinds of people −
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technicians, politicians, the public and, yes, crazy scientists!’
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In Kuipers’ experience the team spirit holds up when working on the ISS. There is surprisingly little psychological training ahead of time. ‘We are all very sensible people with the same goal, and a lot of training behind us, so getting upset is counter-productive. It can be a little annoying, perhaps if someone spends too long talking to the ground, but that’s about it,’ he says, adding that the mission crews do have talks every two weeks with a psychologist just to check on how they’re doing. At university in Amsterdam Kuipers studied to become a physician with his medical studies steering in an almost preordained direction. As a student he was involved in research on the equilibrium
system, and then as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Airforce Medical Corps, he studied incidents of pilot disorientation when flying high performance aircraft. In 1989 and 1990, he worked for the Research and Development department of the Netherlands Aerospace Medical Centre in Soesterberg. He was involved in research on the space adaptation syndrome, contact lenses for pilots, vestibular (spatial orientation) apparatus, blood pressure and cerebral blood flow in both high-acceleration conditions in a human centrifuge and in microgravity conditions in aeroplanes. He also performed medical examinations of pilots and monitored human centrifuge training as well as teaching pilots physiological aspects of flying. By 1991 Kuipers was seriously involved in physiological experiments created for
European Space Agency (ESA) space missions including the building of a human physiology facility for a 1993 space mission, and in 1995 two experiments on lung and bone physiology. Kuipers then helped to develop the torque velocity dynamometer that flew on the LMS Spacelab mission in 1996, the muscle atrophy research and exercise system (MARES) to research muscles on the ISS, and an electronic muscle stimulator (PEMS) for astronauts. He explains that floating around a space station for weeks on end can make you very weak. ‘We have to exercise for two hours a day on the treadmill, stationary bike or lifting weights. With no gravity the equipment has to be specially designed using a vacuum system to create resistance.’ It is not a perfect science, however.
"We are all very sensible people with the same goal, and a lot of training behind us, so getting upset is counter-productive."
André Kuipers will address the students during the Amsterdam '14 Student evening with an inspirational talk about innovation and team work in exploring new frontiers. He will share some of the lessons learned on innovation and creativity from space exploration and relate them to the challenges and opportunities in oil and gas exploration. This speech is sponsored by PGS Geophysical (Netherlands)
The Amsterdam '14 Student evening takes place on Tuesday 17 June, 19:30 – 00:00 hrs, in one of the most iconic party venues in Amsterdam, the Krasnapolsky Hotel located on Dam Square, directly opposite the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.
He supported a research programme in physiological adaptation to weightlessness. He flew dozens of ESA so-called parabolic flights (which provide a brief experience of weightlessness) as an experiment operator, technician, test subject and flight surgeon. In 2002 the possibility of becoming an astronaut became even closer to reality when he completed ESA’s basic astronaut training programme. He also spent time over a
ISS ownership is essentially shared between Russia and the USA. Since the US space shuttle programme ended in 2011, Soyuz rockets are the only provider of transport for astronauts to the ISS. It meant that Kuipers had to take a crash course in the Russian language. ‘We really have no option. English is the official language of the space station but even there you need to be able to speak to the Russian control people. During training being able to speak Russian is essential.’ In December 2002, the big moment came when Kuipers was assigned as a flight engineer for a Soyuz flight to the ISS, the DELTA mission sponsored by the Dutch government in an agreement between ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency. The flight on 19–30 April 2004 was designed to exchange the Soyuz spacecraft that serves as space station lifeboat, exchange the station crew and for Kuipers to perform 21 experiments in human physiology, biology, technology and education (communicating with schools). After that first spaceflight, Kuipers remained closely involved in the ESA space programme in various roles. He supported payload development, parabolic flight campaigns and healthcare spin-offs,
as well as offering ground-support for missions of other ESA astronauts. He also qualified as a Eurocom, communicating with astronauts from the Columbus control centre in Munich, Germany. In August 2009, Kuipers was assigned to Expedition 30/31, a long-duration mission to the ISS called PromISSe. Together with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and NASA astronaut Don Pettit, he was launched on 21 December 2011 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan returning to Earth on 1 July 2012. During their mission the crew were extraordinarily busy, typically having to turn their hand to everything from simple cleaning duties to understanding and carrying out a variety of projects prepared by research teams from all over the world. Kuipers says: ‘The projects are roughly divided between fundamental research focusing on issues such as fluid physics, crystal growth, and flame combustion behaviour; the work dealing with space travel itself, such as eating, transport, materials and medical aspects; and then the industrial/commercial experiments. It means that we have to be a jack of all trades, but we have spent a long time beforehand discussing and preparing.’ Kuipers is notably sanguine about his accomplishments and the huge
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In July 1999, Kuipers was closing in on his dream when he joined the ESA’s Astronaut Corps, based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. He was assigned to ESA’s technical nerve centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, continuing his work on microgravity experiments.
number of years at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow, Russia.
Kuipers is interested in loss of bone density and other potentially permanent health consequences of living in space, including increased exposure to radiation. ‘We are all guinea pigs in this research and actually most of us are too young to understand all the possible long-term effects. I can tell you that ‘earth sickness’ when we touch down at the end of a mission is very disorienting and makes you nauseous for a few days, and for three months or so you keep on finding lots of painful small muscles that we usually take for granted but haven’t had a proper work-out in months!’
"Not so long ago what we are doing now would have seemed like science fiction"
recognition he has received in the Netherlands and beyond. ‘I think you do have to be a little bit obsessed, and of course that can come at a price, for example, family life.’ He has two grown-up daughters from a previous marriage, and a daughter and a son with his current wife, Helen. ‘It is good that she is a travel journalist, so she knows what it is like to be away from home, and our two children were still quite young when I was doing the bulk of my travelling.’
Kuipers admits that nothing would stop him from going up again if the offer was ever made. ‘It’s actually very unlikely because the Netherlands has already had three opportunities since 1985, and there are plenty of candidates from other countries in the queue.’ He does see space tourism taking off soon, although to him it is a form of aviation as passengers will pay a lot of money to go up to 100 km, be weightless for a few minutes and come back to the same place on Earth. ‘Down the road we will probably see orbiting hotels, flights to the moon, and who
knows what else. Not so long ago what we are doing now would have seemed like science fiction. My only worry is the potential damage to the atmosphere.’ For followers of the ongoing international space saga, Kuipers’ six months on board the ISS will certainly be remembered for the extraordinary portfolio of photos that he transmitted, his widely followed twitter feed and his ability to communicate his passion in person. The students at EAGE’s Annual Meeting have a lot to look forward to.
Second EAGE Forum for Students & Young Professionals
Empowering & Developing Young Talents 7-9 December 2014 – Muscat, Oman
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The event aims to be a platform for students and young professionals to engage in cross-generational dialogues with industry leaders, academics, recruitment specialists and the likes. This three day event will offer relevant interactions amongst the participants by way of keynote speeches, oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, the EAGE Geo-Quiz and a highly interesting field trip. The workshop will also feature the following sessions: 1. Mentoring Young Talents 2. Building Bridges between Academia and Industry to better adapt the Development of Young Talents 3. Soft Skills: Interview and CV Skills 4. Assessment Schemes: Hiring or Passing? 5. Executive Managers Panel – Staff Retention
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For university graduates in engineering and geoscience our SPEAD program provides a tailormade combination of “on the job training” in multiple of our locations worldwide supplemented with dedicated technical training over a 2-year period. At Wintershall you will get the opportunity to develop your skills and competencies in diverse and challenging positions within our growing, globally operating company. For further information about our job opportunities visit our website: www.wintershall.com/career
Students will create their
ENERGY in Amsterdam!
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‘Create Your Energy’ is the challenge being presented to participants in this year’s student programme at the 76th EAGE Conference & Exhibition (Amsterdam ’14). In the Student Court during the event student delegates will find out how!
Student poster programme presenters will join the conference technical programme presenters in the poster area from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 June. The student and professional delegate presentations will be covering a wide variety of topics. Further details about the poster programme will be listed in the Amsterdam ´14 programme and catalogue.
After an exciting day of the FIELD Challenge event, students can relax and enjoy the Icebreaker reception on Monday evening which offers a perfect opportunity to meet and get acquainted not only with fellow students, but also with professionals from the industry and universities. Monday is also the day that students can enjoy an exciting student field trip to the Schoonebeek oilfield and its outcrop analogue: the Bentheimer sandstone. The aim of the field trip is to appreciate the value of these outcrop analogues.
A step into the future and new at this year's conference is the format in which the student posters will be presented. Come and check out the e-poster presentations on large screens with advanced features enabling you also to easily browse the posters whenever you want to.
FIELD Challenge On Monday 16 June the student programme will kick off with the prestigious FIELD Challenge, which will open its doors for spectators just like last year. After an essay competition, six finalist student
EAGE cordially invites all students and other interested delegates to come watch the finalist teams, who will present their work and fight for the title of FIELD Challenge 2014 winner. Presentations will be held throughout the day. Read more about the FIELD Challenge on page 62.
Motivational speakers This year EAGE has invited two motivation speakers to complement the student programme. On Tuesday 17 June Roel Snieder (Center for Wave Phenomena, Colorado School of Mines) will do an interactive speech on ‘Leading the added-value life’. In business it is often stated that added value is the bot-
tom line. But what is the bottom line of our careers? And what is the bottom line of our personal lives? How are these intertwined? This interactive speech offers an opportunity for participants to take a personal tour of their values, and of the implications of these values for their professional and personal lives. Both students and young professionals are welcome to join the speech and participate in the debate. On Wednesday 18 June Salomon Kroonenberg (professor emeritus, Department of Geotechnology, Delft University of Technology) will speak on the topic ‘Trust your guts as you trust your model’. The first diamond was found when an alert geologist saw kids playing with an unusual stone. Many hydrocarbon and mineral deposits are serendipitous discoveries. This proves that we should always stay alert at the outcome of our models: they might tell a different story than you expected. Salomon obtained his PhD on high-grade metamorphism in the Precambrian Guiana Shield and for a decade worked as a geologist in Suriname, Swaziland and Colombia.
Quiz time! One of the most popular student activities is traditionally the EAGE Geo-Quiz. It challenges university students to prove their geosciences knowledge and skills learned during the course of their studies. Students can register to participate in the Student Court. The registration for the
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teams have been invited to analyze and present a FIELD Development Plan based on a dataset provided by Shell.
The extensive student programme is linked to the overall conference theme of ‘Experience the Energy’. Once again many exciting, educational and entertaining activities are planned for obtaining up-to-date knowledge and skills for pursuing a career in the geoscience and engineering industry. As well as the Student Court, activities include student workshops, a short course, poster presentations, trial interviews, exhibition tours, and much more!
Geo-Quiz will close on Tuesday 11 March at 11:00 hrs. In addition to the usual onsite registration, we will also welcome winning teams from regional EAGE Geo-Quizzes, so beware of some tough competition! For those brave enough to rise to this challenge, wonderful prizes can be won. The questions of the Geo-Quiz in Amsterdam are multidisciplinary and will cover fields such as geology, geophysics, petrophysics, drilling, etc. EAGE would like to thank Sylvie Grimaud (Total) and Student Affairs chair Peter Lloyd for their efforts in designing the quiz.
representatives from different companies in the industry.
Thursday 19 June. The EAGE trial interviews offer students the opportunity to hone their interviewing skills and allow them to experience the interview process and learn from the professionals. Time slots are limited, so students that registered or will register for the trial interviews will receive more information on the selection process later. The trial interviews take about 40 minutes, including a 10/minute feedback session.
Two workshops and one short course are scheduled in the Amsterdam ’14 student programme, assisting students to gain practical or technical knowledge in an interactive way. Students can register for the workshops - ‘Core Evaluations’ on Tuesday 17 June where they will gain hands-on experience with core description, and ‘Play Based Exploration’ on Wednesday afternoon 18 June. On Wednesday morning they can register for the short course on Geothermal Energy.
The Recruitment Café supports job-searching efforts by providing the opportunity to meet up with potential employers in an informal and friendly atmosphere. From experience we know how popular this activity is, and therefore we have not one, but two opportunities to visit the Recruitment Café in the Student Court. On Wednesday 18 June and on Thursday 19 June student delegates are welcome to network with future employers.
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The Amsterdam ´14 student programme offers many opportunities for networking and job-hunting students, but practice makes perfect. Once again the trial interviews will be organized on Tuesday 17 until
The Student Court will be the meeting point for the exhibition tours, which will visit different companies every day. During these tours, students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with
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"The student programme offers many opportunities for networking and job-hunting."
Students fully engaged in the programme!
Student evening Once again the Student Evening will be an evening to remember with music, food, drinks and networking. Special guest of this evening is Dutch astronaut André Kuipers, who has spent 204 days in space. His talk is sponsored by PGS Geophysical (Netherlands).
With the exciting Amsterdam ´14 student programme EAGE hopes to inspire geoscience students to experience the energy and to keep looking at future technologies and ways for improvement. None of this would be possible without the generosity of our sponsors from the EAGE Student Fund – Shell, CGG and WesternGeco – and our student programme sponsors Wintershall, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total, Statoil, BP and Gemeente Amsterdam.
For all Young Professionals! Are you planning to come to Amsterdam? Don’t forget the special session for Young Professionals which will be held on Wednesday 18 June from 17:30-18:30 hrs. We have a speech by Dirk Smit (Chief Scientist Geophysics, Shell) on Exploring the Past to See into the Future: Geophysics Role in the Energy Transition. After this talk there will be room for discussion and to mingle with other Young Professionals. A perfect opportunity to share experiences and to expand your network! We hope to welcome all registered Young Professionals under the age of 35 years. For more information please refer to the Amsterdam ’14 website.
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Pioneering new technology
opportunities Greg Burns, vice president human resources, MicroSeismic explains the attraction of working for a modest-sized company at the forefront of pioneering new technology.
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hile MicroSeismic might still be considered small by some, the company has grown steadily, from four people a little over 10 years ago when it was founded to 250 today. Some 130 of the staff have been hired in the last two years. Based in Houston, the company provides completions evaluation services in 17 countries using innovative microseismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation. Originally microseismic survey technology was the domain of the geophysicist, focused particularly on the monitoring of hydraulic fracturing in shale oil and gas operations. That is now changing. No longer is providing the ‘dots in a box’ to track fracs good enough to maintain a competitive advantage. Customers are asking for increased value from the microseismic results. This requires a more consultative
approach to address issues such as proper stage and well spacing during drilling and frac’ing operations, and ultimately improved forecasting of production and recovery rates. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed, which includes the recruitment of talented engineers. There are a number of reasons as to why there is a huge demand for talented new hires in the oil and gas industry. In the US, the increased horizontal drilling and completion of wells involved in the exploitation of unconventional resources is an obvious factor. The continuing discovery of new offshore fields around the world to meet ever-increasing demand for oil and gas is another. Such developments call for highly specialized technical skills. Being a relatively small company gives MicroSeismic some advantages in attract-
ing top talent, one being the need to work in a multi-disciplinary way. Microseismic is a technology that links the geophysicists, geologists, and the completions and reservoir engineers to achieve optimal recovery of hydrocarbons. In our offices in Houston, Denver and Calgary, all of these disciplines work together in project teams to acquire and process microseismic data and then to analyze and interpret what the results mean for our customers. This immersive job training accelerates an employee’s ability to learn beyond her or his own discipline in a fast-paced environment where projects span many basins and regions of the world. MicroSeismic’s technology has gained significant traction in North America and is quickly being adopted around the world. It’s not just about microseismic monitoring operations, but building knowledge
MicroSeismic founder Dr Peter Duncan, plus mapping example of his company's technology.
We have a job initiation process that we’re very proud of at MicroSeismic, and more
Within a matter of months, recruits are presented with a diverse choice of project in which to get involved, with opportunities to experience different contexts from oil plays in the Bakken to highly faulted geographies in China. This rapid depth of diversity and early experience of responsibility are good examples of the advantages MicroSeismic has to offer over the lure of larger companies. Meeting and working with clients to understand their needs happens at a much earlier stage.
On average, MicroSeismic receives about 25 unsolicited resumés a week, most of which are candidates applying for technical positions. When we actually place an ad on social media, that number typically triples. We also attend career fairs at key oil and gas industry events. Karl Harris is a recently hired petroleum engineer, who found us through social media. He chose to work at MicroSeismic because he is interested in what is happening below the surface when a well is hydraulically fractured. He believes that microseismic technology holds those answers and that it will continue to be a strong value proposition for our clients. Prior to joining us, Karl’s knowledge of microseismic was limited. While he was not exposed to it in school he did see microseismic crews in the field in his previous role as a frac engineer.
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It’s a great time for young professionals in oil and gas who want to put their skills to immediate use in a dynamic and exciting setting. MicroSeismic works hard to offer just that opportunity as we need our young professionals to quickly grasp the nuances of the role and work on real customer problems immediately upon joining the company. Couple that with the chance to become an expert in an emerging technology and you have got a great place to start a career.
importantly, one that we think works. Once new hires begin at MicroSeismic, they are shadowed by senior analysts. They make sure that individuals learn the ropes and learn them correctly. After they are weaned from this one-on-one approach, new staff will work under a team leader on specific projects ranging from a few weeks to several months.
of the processes needed to develop unconventionals. The exciting part is that the rest of the world is looking to North America to understand how to unlock the value of these new resources, and MicroSeismic intends to play a big role in that.
Karl graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and began his career with Halliburton as a field engineer. He was looking for career move where he could leverage his experience with hydraulic fracturing to better understand the reservoir response to treatment. Since joining MicroSeismic, he has been guided by Christine Remington. She serves as both team lead and mentor, an experience Karl says has worked well. It has allowed him to work on many different projects, with both small and large E&P companies. ‘With this type of experience, you are exposed to so many participants, you get a feel for how they each do business differently, what is important to them and why,’ Karl says. ‘MicroSeismic is a challenging, open-ended work environment where we get to work with cutting-edge technology and have the opportunity to make our mark on our services, and ultimately, the industry at large.’
At MicroSeismic we find great talent in many places and we are also proud of the fact that we have a very diverse workforce, with employees from places like Serbia, Iran, China, Austria, and Jordan. In our search we are very fortunate that our reputation usually precedes us, thanks mainly to our founder and CEO, Dr Peter Duncan. In addition to pioneering the use of microseismic, he has been very active in SEG student affairs. For candidates in the midst of a job search I have some recommendations. Number one is to research the companies that you are interviewing with. When a candidate is able to align their specific skills and interests to the work the company is doing, this improves their chances for follow up from the company. Make sure you are proactive in this research by joining mailing lists, watching technical webinars, reading articles about the companies, and following them on social media. These are great tools to demonstrate interest and enthusiasm and to go beyond the standard ‘I looked over your website’ line.
Plot from hydraulic frac'ing operation.
Once an interview is over, most candidates will send a follow up ‘thank you’ to their recruiter. This is another moment when you can highlight specifically how you can contribute to the company. This should not just be ‘thanks I know I’d be a great fit for your company’ but a further reinforcement of specific skills you can offer building on the discussion during the interview.
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MADRID 2015 Earth Science for Energy and Environment 1-4 June 2015 | IFEMA Madrid
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IN AMSTERDAM It's time once again to roll out the red carpet for those 足organizations that believe the 76th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2014 offers an ideal opportunity to meet and attract young talent for their companies. The red carpet also emphasizes that the next generation of geoscientists are already special and will only join companies that can offer them an exciting and sustainable career.
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his year will be the eighth occasion in which the EAGE annual Conference and Exhibition will have a Job Centre. The first time was in Vienna in 2006 and it now is a permanent fixture. The reason is simple: it has proved to be a popular initiative amongst companies and recruiters, who have grasped at this opportunity to meet with geoscience students about to embark on careers in the oil and gas business. It is the perfect time to take advantage of the buzz created by the Amsterdam '14 which is likely to attract nearly 7000 people from the geoscience community. In addition the ever-expanding programme for students during the week ensures that some of the `best and the brightest' of the upcoming generation of geoscientists will be present, and likely to visit a special venue about careers such as the Job Centre. The Job Centre initiative is also a response by the EAGE on behalf of its members to the coming `Great Crew Change' in the oil and gas industry and
the competition for well qualified students from other business sectors. At the Amsterdam venue in June the format will be similar to previous events. The idea is to provide an accessible and relatively calm space amid all the hectic activity of the conference and exhibition where companies and students can sit together and discuss potential job
opportunities. It is a scenario where everyone is a winner. Companies get the chance to explain the benefits of working with them, and students can check out what a career in geoscience entails. The map above shows the companies that will be represented at the Job Centre In Amsterdam.
WHY EXHIBIT AT EAGE’S JOB CENTRE?
WHY VISIT EAGE’S JOB CENTRE?
Meet with qualified students, young and experienced professionals
Get to know your possible new employer
Promote your company as an employer
Discuss potential career opportunities
Learn from the visitors what they are looking for in a potential new employer
Find out what the must-have qualifications are for your dream job
Explore business to business opportunities
Strengthen and expand your network
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J O B
Making that transition from university to a working environment Dirk Cuthbertson, marketing manager of Leeds-based Getech, says a company can do a lot to make its new recruits welcome from the very first day at work.
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t’s one of life’s milestones, your first day at work. Of course many of us start early with part-time jobs during summer holidays or evenings after school and college, and we always remember those experiences. But there is an added satisfaction when it’s your first day at work as a fully-fledged professional in your chosen field. You’ve worked hard through school and university, polished your CV, wowed in the interview and now you have got that job you always dreamed of ... now what?
staff. New staff need to be committed to this vision from day one. It’s challenging, there’s lots to learn, but Getech is committed to its staff and their development so there’s always plenty of help on hand.
There’s a change of pace and focus when it comes to moving from a university to a business environment. This is true when you start with a company like Getech, which is listed on London’s AIM stock exchange. A driving force of Getech’s strategy is to leverage its scientific excellence both to benefit hydrocarbon explorers and to deliver a return on the investment of Getech’s shareholders. This is achieved through the commitment to high quality technical work and the professionalism of Getech’s scientific
Catherine Hill is a structural geologist with Getech’s Regional Reports group. She originally comes from Leeds and graduated in 2008 from the University of Leeds with an M.Sc. in exploration geophysics. Catherine is now a few years on the other side of that transition from university life to working at Getech. Looking back this is what she says:
Another big change is the move from working mainly as an individual to a much more team-orientated approach. Getech’s Regional Reports and its flagship Globe new ventures platform all rely on the synthesis of a wide range of expertise − teamwork is key!
‘I actually had to make the transition twice, so the second time was easier. I had worked at Getech for almost a year between finish-
ing my undergraduate degree and starting my Masters degree. In fact it was senior staff at Getech who actively encouraged me to take the Masters course.
Career development Whilst your goal at university may well have been landing that dream job, your first day of your new career is, of course, the first of many and the start of a whole new journey. How does Getech ensure that its staff are developing? That’s something Michael Sturla can answer. He is a palaeogeographic mapper who joined Getech in 2012 from the University of Leeds. He says: ‘Whilst I enjoyed my course I also loved my time in Leeds and as such I wanted to find a position in, or close to, the city. During my final year, I took a class in past global environments that had, as a guest lecturer, Paul Markwick, Getech’s technical director. It was because of this course that I applied to Getech and secured a role within the Globe team.
‘I was initially quite nervous as this was my first experience working within an office environment, but the guidance and supervision from my line managers and other members on the team really helped me to settle in. ‘I have been at Getech for over a year now working on palaeogeographies in areas such as Southeast Asia and Australia, which has been fascinating. However I wanted to develop my skills and further my career within the company, so recently I have been receiving training from one of my colleagues in petroleum geochemistry whilst continuing to work in my current role. It has been extremely rewarding to gain from his knowledge in this field.’
It’s not all work Whilst Getech’s roots are firmly planted in Leeds, its staff come from throughout the UK and indeed many other parts of the world. It’s important for them to lay down their own roots here as well. That is not achieved simply by providing the opportunity for fascinating work and career development. It helps that there are many attractions to a life in Leeds. The surrounding countryside, particularly the Dales, also attracts tourists and thrill-seekers alike, and Yorkshire is well known for its sporting prowess (if the county was a country it would have finished twelfth on the
Michael Sturla, palaeogeograhic mapper.
medal table for the 2012 London Olympics!). Getech’s various sporting groups certainly make the most of the local facilities: football, badminton, squash, tennis, running, hill-walking, there’s even talk of a cricket team. These sporting activities and social events help the Getech team to get to know each other better, forge new friendships, and feel at home. The city has a vibrant nightlife and is a thriving cultural hub. The one hundred day 2014 Yorkshire Festival is set to culminate with the ‘Grand Départ’ of the Tour de France, adding to established cultural events and venues like the Leeds International Film Festival (would you believe the world’s first ever moving pictures were filmed less than a mile from Getech’s offices in Leeds!), the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Opera North, the somewhat noisier Leeds Festival, the Hepworth Gallery in near-by Wakefield, and celebrating rural life in the region, the annual Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate. That’s where they also showcase some of the great local produce available in the region (by the way if you like ‘real ales’ then welcome to Nirvana). No doubt with any company, just as at Getech, your new colleagues will all do their bit to welcome and make new arrivals feel at home. After all, they too once had a first day at work.
"Another big change is the move from working mainly as an individual to a much more team-orientated approach."
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‘Even without that interim time at Getech and the strong university links, the working environment and staff here are incredibly welcoming and helpful, which certainly helped making the transition from university to working life easier.’
Catherine Hill, structural geologist.
'We maintain strong links with the university here in Leeds, working closely with the Basin Structure and Afar Groups. Maintaining these close links with academia is very useful for the structural geologists at Getech, it helps us to keep up to date with the most recent advances in our field and provides a two-way route for the transferral of ideas and data. It’s quite a unique relationship to have within the oil and gas industry, and certainly one which our clients feel is beneficial.
OUTCROPS IN ARCTIC NORWAY
PROVIDE CHALLENGING TEST OF GEOLOGICAL SKILLS
Wintershall oil company describes how a joint industry/academic outcrop research expedition to Svalbard in arctic Norway helped to provide key
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geological experience for its staff.
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"Outcrops have been the primary source of geological first-hand information since the beginning of earth sciences in the 19th century."
Safety is the priority in the operations.
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he development of the key geologic skills as part of the education at university is essential for the work as an explorationist later on. Many of the required skills need to be developed in the field, as part of mapping structurally complex areas and understanding geological sequences in their regional context. Wintershall promotes this approach as part of their graduate development programme SPEAD. It aims to develop geologists as well as subsurface and surface engineers over a two-year period and is designed to train young staff on the job at various Wintershall locations around the globe. Even so, in later career development, training in the field and study of analogues continues to be vital. Learning how to integrate datasets of different scales to create and to validate concepts for building reliable models as
well as promoting cross-disciplinary work of geoscientists and engineers is the key to successful exploration ventures. In exploration, the use of outcrop analogues is indispensable for understanding the geology and developing a comprehensive concept of the depositional setting and structural evolution of an area. The integration of various datasets from outcrop all the way to different geophysical datasets, mostly seismic data, is one of the key challenges the geologist is facing. Outcrops have been the primary source of geological first-hand information since the beginning of earth sciences in the 19th century. The decline of the era of ‘easy to find hydrocarbons’ 100 years later has revitalized the importance of outcrop studies as source for analogue data and requires the cross-disciplinary effort of geoscience and engineering.
The tool box for outcrop studies traditionally contains seismic-scale photo transects, manual mapping using pencil and sample collection for microscopic and laboratory analysis. For more than a decade these tools have been complemented by LiDAR scanning (a technique to capture the continuous 3D geometry of outcrop surfaces) and more recently by the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) which enable collection of undistorted high-resolution data from inaccessible exposures. UAVs photos satisfy the rapidly growing need for undistorted images for modelling geobody and reservoir characteristics. The Arctic region is believed to house as much as 25% of the world’s undiscovered hydrocarbon resources (AAPG Explorer, November 2012). Exploration activities in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea have greatly increased since the first drilling activities in the 1980s.
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Location map (Svalbard and Edgeøya).
BOAT ROUTE TO THE O UTCROP LOCATIONS
Outcrop vs seismic data.
Small-scale (microscopic reservoir properties).
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"Special emphasis was paid to polar bear protection, as the world’s largest land carnivore is a highly endangered species" Against this background, in the summer of 2012, a mixed group of geoscientists from Wintershall, SINTEF, academia and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate investigated steeply dipping cliffs of Edgeøya, southeast Svalbard, along a 150 km long transect. High safety standards were applied at every stage, starting with the transfer from the vessel to land via rubber boats and during fieldwork. The use of climbing hats during fieldwork was mandatory in case of loose gravel falling down steep cliffs. The safety equipment provided for each group contained emergency bags, a rifle for self-protection, a signal pistol and radios. Specially trained polar bear watchers with firearms observed the excursion
sites during fieldwork. Special emphasis was paid to polar bear protection, as the world’s largest land carnivore is a highly endangered species. The key task of Wintershall's field campaign was to collect data from sea (panorama photos) and land (close-up photos, logged sections, rock samples) for understanding reservoir quality and distribution of undrilled prospects in the subsurface of the Norwegian Barents Sea. The rock exposures along Edgeøya have been interpreted as shelfmargin clinoforms, a special type of deltaic deposit in a marine environment. Ongoing sample analyses comprise conventional optical and electronic microscopy, microCT (computer tomog-
raphy) of pore networks and modelling multiphase flow in pore networks. Seismic scale outcrops and their translation into a subsurface image as the seismic interpreters see at the workstation, the understanding of reservoir geometries in sub-seismic scale, their integration with very small-scale reservoir data, and of course the joint discussion in the field between different disciplines working at such different scales is of outstanding importance for a better understanding of the reservoir in the subsurface. Finally, this type of work will support a drill or drop decision for a project on a sound basis, besides the fact that such field exercises are highlights in the career of specialists usually spending their time behind a workstation.
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The making of a
RUSSIAN GEOSCIENTIST Vladimir Vorobyev currently leads the modelling group at Tyumen Petroleum Research Centre of Rosneft Oil Company. He has worked on such large projects as Verkhnechonsky, Chayandinsky, Kovykta, Kuyumbinsky and Srednebotuobinsky fields. He is also a regular participant, speaker, reviewer, session chair and technical committee member at various EAGE conferences in Russia. Vorobyev is author of more than 20 publications on lithology and facies analysis and
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geological modelling of oil and gas fields in East and West Siberia.
What brought you into geosciences?
What did you study and where?
Since childhood I have been keen on physics and mathematics. I liked to solve complex logical problems and enjoyed success in chess. When the time came to select my further specialization, it seemed obvious that I should continue studies at either the departments of mechanics and mathematics or the department of physics of Novosibirsk State University. However, family traditions intervened and I got interested in minerals and rocks. Finally I decided to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and father who are oil geology experts. The university offered four areas of specialization: oil and gas geology, geophysics, geochemistry and geology. I chose oil geology as it seemed to me then that only oil geology provided maximum possibilities for creative thought on the basis of precise measurements and calculations. Twelve years later I understood that it was the right choice and this vision of my specialization has become even stronger.
In 2002 I became a student of department of geology and geophysics of Novosibirsk State University. In 2006 I received my bachelor’s degree and two years later I earned my MA in geology. During these six years I was fortunate to gain field experience in the Altai Mountains and Khakassia, to see, feel and study first-hand the various types of rocks and minerals, as well as the conditions of their bedding, formation and secondary transformations. I was also lucky to gain some industry experience. As a student, I worked at the Institute of Oil and Gas Geology and Geophysics of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Science and at such companies as Fugro Jason and Petec. In 2011 I earned my master’s degree after defending a thesis on ‘Estimation of vendian terrigenous reservoir permeability based on integration of well log data and petrophysical investigation.’
"I like to solve complex logical problems and enjoyed success in chess." Why did you decide to work at the scientific centre of an oil company? The entire cycle of prospecting, exploration and development of oil and gas fields can only be fully understood at a scientific centre. The key factor for me was the opportunity to work on one of the most technologically advanced and unique projects â€“ the Verkhnechonsky field in East Siberia, shoulder to shoulder with a friendly and skilled team. It is hard to believe, but no other field in Russia, and perhaps in the world, can boast of the amount and the quality of research. 3D seismic exploration, drilling wells up to 3.5 km out-step and horizontal boreholes up to 1 km long, the GIS complex with extended capabilities, including azimuthal borehole measurements (images) in the majority of wells, core selection at every tenth operational well with its subsequent comprehensive examination, and many other things.
What do you like and dislike about your job?
At the moment I am reservoir modelling team leader at Tyumen Petroleum Research Centre (Rosneft). My interests and duties include organization of the entire geological hydrodynamic modelling working process, preparation and analysis of materials in support of operational and prospecting drilling, GIS data and core research analysis, integration of horizontal boreholes and 3D seismic exploration models, examination of the company projects, and many other things. The implementation of such a wide range of tasks requires a deep knowledge of each of these areas. Therefore, a considerable part of my off-duty time I spend on communicating with experts, studying domestic and foreign literature and field materials.
Working on one of the key projects of the company imposes huge obligations. It requires a continuous effort as well as developing and achieving new heights. All of this is impossible without love for your profession. Most of all I like to implement my scientific projects and work together with professionals and very interesting people. Being an optimist, I try not to notice negative apects.
What were the defining moments in your career and how they affected you professionally? I think there were three turning points in my career that had a notable qualitative impact on me as a professional. The first was connected to my decision to become a
"All of this is impossible without love for our profession."
What is your current position and what skills does it require?
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No less important was the fact that a great number of highly skilled experts in geology, geophysics, development, core research and other areas of knowledge work at Tyumen Petroleum Research Centre.
"My plan is in place and is being implemented step by step!"
geologist, subsequent studies and examining exposures of the Altai Mountains. At this stage, my professors and instructors played a huge role. The second important point was my master’s thesis when I managed to elaborate a comprehensive in-depth study of problems. I succeeded in developing my own algorithm that I continue to apply for the analysis of the geological structure of fields, areas and provinces. The third turning point was joining the centre. Working on company projects together with outstanding specialists in oil sciences helps me to implement a considerable share of my scientific ideas. It is always possible to discuss any emerging issues with professionals. We sometimes argue, sometimes agree but always find the correct solution over the shortest period of time.
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You started participating in EAGE conferences early in your career: what role did EAGE play in your professional development? I started participating EAGE conferences in 2008. The Geomodel conference in Gelendzhik made an unforgettable impression on me: a large number of interesting presentations, brisk discussions and informal communication. Participation in this event helped me to grow professionally and boosted my research activity. Conferences help to expand your professional network over a short time, they are a great opportunity to exchange experience with colleagues, to learn something new that can be analyzed and applied in practice. It would be absolutely great if EAGE could increase the number of conferences in various regions, especially for young specialists.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? In the near future I hope to expand my competences not only in geology but in adjacent areas of geoscience. Speaking of 10 years from now, I plan to take a position
defining the direction of company development in the areas of geological exploration and field development. My plan is in place and is being implemented step by step!
What advice can you give to young people who are considering a career in the oil and gas industry? If you want to understand something, it is necessary to try to solve the problem by yourself. Theoretical knowledge alone may be insufficient. I advise young specialists not to be afraid of doing the work with your own hands or making mistakes, while learning lessons from your own experience. The genuine interest in your favourite business, diligence and activeness will help you to reach desirable heights.
Career timeline 2002 Became a student in department of geology and geophysics of Novosibirsk State University, 2006 BA degree in geology 2008 MA degree in geology 2009 Head of laboratory at Federal State Unitary Enterprise SNIIGGIMS, defining the direction of geological modelling development in the organization, engaged in 3D geological and geophysical modelling of the fields in East and West Siberia 2011 Defended PhD dissertation in geological and mineralogical sciences 2011 Chief specialist at Tyumen Petroleum Research Centre (TPRC) 2013 Head of the modelling group at TPRC, supervising geological and hydrodynamic modelling, preparing and analyzing materials in support of drilling.
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Muhamad Amar Amir, has been an exploration geoscientist with Petronas since 2010 following study for a BSc in geological sciences at the University of Texas Austin sponsored by his company. This last year he has been at Imperial College London pursuing an MSc in petroleum geoscience, on a full scholarship from the Malaysian government. Here he answers some questions about his career so far.
Why did you choose the oil and gas industry? I was offered a full sponsorship from Petronas to study geology in the United States upon graduating high school. My interest in the outdoors and sciences persuaded me to accept the offer and since then I have never looked back.
Why did you decide to work at Petronas
I was sponsored by Petronas during my undergraduate degree and was offered a job in the Petronas Twin Towers upon graduation. It was an easy decision to make and in fact, a great honour to serve the national oil company.
What do you like and dislike about your job?
I like the fact that my job can potentially make a massive impact on the organization. Exploration success leads to an exponential growth of the company as new commercially
My current position as exploration geoscientist involves dealing with geological and geophysical data to develop geological models with the aim of discovering commercially viable and exploitable oil and gas reserves. Essentially, I do a lot of seismic interpretation work to identify prospects and leads which will be matured into well candidates by developing a geological model, establishing its petroleum system, estimating the resource and addressing risks associated with them.
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What is your current position and what does it involve?
"Many successes are built by standing on the shoulders of the giants." viable discoveries will lead to future development and production projects for many years to come. On the other hand, drilling dry holes will give you nightmares!
What have been the defining moments in your career and how did these factors influence you professionally?
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The defining moments in my career so far have been during the drilling operation of the prospect that my team worked on for about a year. The fact that the decision to drill the multi-million dollar well based on the team’s technical finding was a little awe-inspiring. I had a steep learning curve during the three-month drilling operations, which involved real-time decision-making as we dealt with drilling engineers, service contractors and senior management on daily basis.
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I would advise young professionals who want a successful career in the oil and gas industry to seek out a mentor. Many successes are built by standing on the shoulders of the giants. Most effective mentor relationships happen naturally rather than being dictated by the organization mentorship programme. So be on the lookout from Day 1 and learn as much from your mentor as possible so that you can exceed your expectations.
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For geoscientists the company’s upstream operations include conducting deep water exploration activities in the challenging environment of the Red Sea. Among other things, this requires pore pressure prediction and geo-hazard assessment and, geologically, a combination of sole tectonics, rift tectonics and even oceanic rifting in the early stages. In addition, the company’s unconventional gas initiative became fully operational in 2012 involving a multidisciplinary approach. The three prospective areas for unconventional gas are the Northwest, South Ghawar and condensate-rich shale gas in the Rub’ al-Khali.
The company is active across the hydrocarbon value chain evidenced by two research centres − the Research and Development Center (R&DC) and the Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Advanced Research Center (EXPECARC). There are also specialist research centres in three strategic locations across Europe: Aberdeen – production & drilling technology development; Delft – geophysics research, especially seismic data processing and imaging, and Paris fuel and engine technology. To provide the necessary training and work environment to develop our professionals, over 360 training courses are delivered through a specialized curriculum covering all aspects of exploration and production. Nearly 600 professionals have graduated since 2010. On average, in any given year, more than 700 of employees earn international certification relevant to their jobs, and more than 5600 employees have benefited from the knowledge transfer programme that pairs experienced mentors with young employees. Saudi Aramco offers challenges and seeks excellence with its employees helping to transform the company into the inte-
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SHELL RECRUIT Marcin Dukalski obtained a BSc from a liberal arts and science college in Utrecht, then an MSc in theoretical physics and finally enrolled in a PhD programme at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the department of applied physics at Delft University of Technology. I was drawn into the industry by making acquaintance with some people who worked there. From the very beginning it was clear to me that they seemed to perceive the world in a different, broader, ‘bigger picture’ type of manner. When I started looking at the size and the complexity of the problems faced by the oil and gas industry, and how it attempts to solve these problems with a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, that’s when I knew that I would like to work there one day.
What is your current position and what does it involve?
I have recently joined the seismic imaging group at Shell as a research geophysicist. I work on development and early implementation of new algorithms aimed at improved subsurface imaging technologies.
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What led you into this industry?
He now works for Shell.
Why did you decide to work at Shell? Having attended a number of recruitment events and career fairs, of all the companies, Shell has made by far the best impression on me. The company puts a lot of emphasis on personal development (both technical and interpersonal/leadership skills) e.g. in the graduate programme. Moreover, Shell focuses immensely on innovation and pays a lot of attention to research, and last but not least Shell treats its employees as its greatest asset.
"I really enjoy the chance to work in an international team."
What do you like about your job? Are there any disadvantages?
I really enjoy having a chance to work in an international team, the fact that I have the freedom to pursue the solutions in my own way and that my more senior colleagues always find the time to discuss my research progress, however small it can be. At the same time I really like that my research is very much directed, and you constantly get a feeling like you are contributing to something bigger. The only downside that I discovered so far is that the in-house sports centre closes a little too early!
What have been the defining moments in your career and how did these factors influence you professionally?
I do not think that I have had a truly defining moment in my relatively short career yet. Perhaps a life-changing
moment was when I started exploring my interest in social psychology and behavioural sciences, next to my studies in theoretical physics. It helped me perceive yet another dimension to the world and made me more curious about the social (rather than only technical) side of business and industry.
In what position do you see yourself in 10 years?
That is not an easy question, as at the moment I am still in a process of figuring out how the industry works and developing my technical skills. In the future, however, I would definitely like to combine a technical role with business, where I could further work on my soft skills.
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What advice can you give young professionals who want a successful career in the oil and gas industry?
"The company puts a lot of emphasis on personal development."
I do not believe that at the moment I am very qualified to give career advice about the oil and gas industry specifically. In a more general context, however, I believe that keeping your options open by doing a wide range of activities during and next to your studies will further your development and could help you have a successful career. Additionally, try to always have the right people in your network; friends and colleagues who can give you the answers or advice when you need it. This way you will make it through your projects faster and you will find more (career) opportunities to explore.
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"At Total, we believe that bringing diversity to our team is one of the keys to success, and we pay close attention to gender and cultural diversity"
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n the geoscience disciplines of Total, the recruitment process includes a panel of technical and human resources professionals. Whether candidates are fresh graduates or experienced professionals, they go through the same process. The first step is to meet our external consultant who assesses a candidate’s personality and behavioural profile. The next steps include interviews with technical specialists, corporate discipline heads and HR personnel. The final decision is always made jointly with all the interviewers. Our aim is for employees to spend a number of years with Total and therefore, we evaluate the candidate’s potential for the long run, rather than the exact match for a current vacant position; we are structured to provide development opportunities and training throughout our employees’ careers. It all comes down to finding inter-
esting profiles and imagining the type of opportunities that could be a match. When hiring fresh graduates, we pay a lot of attention to their academic education but we also highly value previous work experience through internships or co-ops. We look for talented, top-notch team players who wish to develop their competencies and grow within Total while travelling the world. The aim is not to recruit junior specialists but to recruit junior geoscientists who will be trained up as generalists. Therefore, functional as well as geographical mobility is crucial. Some of the geoscientists will eventually decide to stay in a specialty and spend most of their career on the research side. When it comes to recruiting experienced professionals, the technical knowledge predominates. We look for diversity in
competencies or specific expertise. Hence, some aspects may become secondary. For example, when recruiting a senior research geologist who is going to be based in research laboratories in Pau, that person doesn’t need to be as geographically mobile as an exploration geologist. However, the required soft skills we expect from our candidates, should they be fresh graduates or not, do not differ. Of course, in addition, candidates will be challenged on their expertise by Total’s senior technical experts. At Total, we believe that bringing diversity to our team is one of the keys to success, and we pay close attention to gender and cultural diversity. In geosciences, 30% of recruitments are experienced professionals with over eight years’ experience who bring new ideas and creativity to the teams.
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Three recent recruits discuss their experiences in the Total
n my third year at IFPEN I was contacted by the team leader of Total’s heavy oil R&D project, asking me whether I was interested in setting up an R&D team to work at the University of Pau, south west of France. I accepted that offer, and set up a research group of five full-time researchers that works from the University for Total on heavy oil R&D. After about five
years, some Total engineers suggested that I apply for a job as senior reservoir engineer at Total. I liked the challenge of moving from an R&D environment to a more practical engineering environment, still with a high technical content, which I think is one of Total’s strengths. I accepted the job offer and asked to work on integrated studies, and to get a
few months of training on the more practical aspects of geoscience and reservoir engineering. My first months on the job therefore consisted of external training. Once back at the centre in Pau, I was put on an integrated study on some of our assets in Angola. I enjoyed very much how the integration works, and the relations with the subsidiary. Although I had changed areas from heavy to conventional
Arjan Kamp holds a MSc in applied physics from Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) and a PhD in fluid mechanics from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (France). Previously he worked as an R&D engineer for PDVSA Intevep for six years in Venezuela (where he met his wife, now also with Total), as a reservoir engineer for IFPEN for three years, and as a managing director for the Open & Experimental Centre for Heavy Oil at the University of Pau (through the regional organization ADERA) for five years.
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organization and whether their expectations have been met.
Jan Baur Jan Baur is a senior exploration geophysicist originally from Germany He has a Bachelors degree in geology from Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany, a MSc in geophysics from Oregon State University, USA, and a PhD in geophysics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
oil, my previous work experience was very useful in the new environment. The Total group achieves a good balance between the high technical content of the work, and the need to keep projects on time and within costs envelopes. After that I worked on a characterization and simulation study for the overburden of one of our HPHT reservoirs. That required a strong integration with geomechanics.
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During my second year, the ‘métier’ proposed I move to a group that focuses on fractured reservoirs, the team I currently work in. The area of fractured reservoir engineering requires both an understanding that is quite deep but at the same time quite wide, as it interrelates strongly with geophysics, geology and geomechanics. We work about 75% on characterization and modelling studies done by and for subsidiaries, and 25% on applied R&D,
which mainly consists of identifying recently developed methodologies and incorporating them in our workflows. It is very interesting to study quite a broad range of different reservoir settings present in different parts of the world, requiring again fluent integration, a good understanding of the needs of subsidiaries, and a high technical level of work. Besides work, I am quite occupied with my family, because along with my four year-old son we had twins last year. This meant less time for hobbies such as guitar playing and sports (running, swimming and biking). However, working in the south west of France means that it is quite easy to go to the beach or to the mountains, which we do quite frequently with the kids.
I am an exploration geophysicst with four years of experience. I joined Total two and a half years ago. After completing a Master and Doctorate in earthquake seismology and basin analysis, and briefly working in academic research, I felt drawn to working in the applied sector. It was important for me to join a major company in order to profit from a large range of experiences and enjoy the opportunity to work globally on the whole spread of geologic environments. I knew about the work of Total from previous colleagues, conference presentations and a few scientific publications, and the quality of their work struck me as being technically excellent. I generally had a good experience integrating into the group. I was lucky to start working in the structural and sedimentary basin studies department, where I was given the opportunity to profit from lots of senior experience. It was necessary to take the initiative, but people were receptive when being approached with a positive attitude. The initial language
Lucia Carcione is a petrophysicist who studied geology and sedimentology at the University of Geneva. She has six years experience in the E&P environment plus five years in research with applications to the oil industry. She joined Total France one and half year ago. She previously worked as a petrophysicist in the Netherlands with the consulting company SGS Horizon, participating in many integrated reservoir studies for different oil companies.
barrier might have slowed the integration process a little, but the company gave me courses to polish up my French. I am currently working as a secondee with an Austrian company on an exploration project in offshore western Black Sea, which is a relatively new area of exploration. I focus on the interpretation of our newly-acquired seismic data sets and integrate the results with regional geologic knowledge.
smoothly and it was also facilitated by my previous PhD experience in a French speaking country. People are open and made me feel as part of the group. My first impression was confirmed about the high technical level of Total: any question in any field can be quickly answered by an expert. I am currently part of the well operations and characterization department and the log interpretation group. I have been involved in short and long term projects ranging from logging recommendations
to log interpretation and sensitivity studies of siliciclastic, carbonate and unconventional plays. I appreciate the diversity of the projects, the technical challenges and the exchange of knowledge. When I am not dealing with logs, I like reading, doing sports, cooking and sharing time with my family. I practice pilates, African dance and play tennis. The Pau area offers many possibilities for indoor and outdoor activities, with the Pyrenees mountains and the beach nearby.
Lucia Carcione Before joining the oil industry, I gained my knowledge conducting an extensive basinscale study of siliciclastic Permian deposits involving sedimentology, basin analysis, burial and thermal modeling, clay analysis and micropaleontology. I started in the technical centre based in Pau, France. The integration in Total went
Ouside of work I like to be outside, preferably in the hills or at the ocean. Depending on the season and place of professional posting, I spend my time on a snow- or surfboard, hike up mountains or bike down them. I also like to fly fish. Currently being posted in Vienna, I try to brush up my culture base with visits to local museums and art exhibitions.
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The stakes are high because we are working in a deepwater frontier area, and there are sufficient resources available to conduct good G&G work with an interdisciplinary team. It is great to be able to apply a range of state-of-the-art geophysical exploration tools, be involved in developing geological concepts and contribute to upcoming exploration decisions â€“ all in all pretty exciting.
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"PGS offers exposure to the newest technology and a range of experience to rival anything in the oil and gas sector."
Joining PGS will put you among 2500 employees globally from over 70 nationalities. The company says it can offer a range of experience and exposure to rival anything in the oil and gas sector, yet is small enough to ensure that individuals with talent and ambition are noticed and developed. Graduate careers can begin in many places with a wide variety of oppor-
tunities offshore and office-based. The ideal candidate, the company says, has a dedicated drive for quality, an innovative approach and great team working skills. That applies whether offshore on the seismic crew of its fleet of 14 high-end ships, engaged in one of the 25 worldwide imaging centres, or collaborating in an international research team with colleagues in locations spread around the globe. PGS looks for BSc, MSc and PhD graduates with geoscience, engineering, mathematics and other numerate backgrounds. Last year it hired 55 graduates across the world, from 22 different countries. Whether newcomers are destined to be managers, scientists, imaging experts, or frontier explorers, the company believes in empowering its recruits to take charge of their own development as they explore their futures with PGS.
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GS is a fun and challenging place to work, according to it's newest recruits, with an informal culture and solid credentials as a technology leader in marine geophysics. The core busines focus is marine seismic, and the company has been the source of many major innovations in the industry over the past 20 years. PGS drove the development of 3D seismic and pioneered the broadband seismic revolution. Recently its new towed streamer EM solution won an industry award for engineering innovation.
WHAT NEW RECRUITS HAVE TO SAY Anna Anissimova, 26, has a BSc in mathematics from the University of Leeds and works as a processing geophysicist
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at PGS, based in Weybridge, UK.
What made you choose PGS?
What is your most challenging experience so far?
I knew that the company would suit my analytical and mathematical background, and working with a new topic for me – geophysics – would ensure continued learning and development. In addition to this, I really appreciated the structured development plans which ensure quick professional growth and possibilities for faster promotion. If you are motivated and determined enough it is possible to go from being a junior geophysicist to project leader in just 3-4 years.
The most challenging part for me was definitely when I started parameter testing. This is an important early step in data processing. The team of geophysicists has to identify the best parameters for each stage, taking into consideration both data and acquisition characteristics. We are usually working to a deadline. It was a very steep learning curve but I had a lot of support from colleagues which kept me motivated. Having an analytical mind and mathematical background has definitely helped me to understand the highly technical geophysical aspects of tasks and to apply this new knowledge.
"The most challenging part for me was definitely when I started parameter testing."
Laura Jacquemard, 24, has a BSc in earth and environmental sciences from the University of Pau and an MSc equivalent in applied geophysics from the School and Observatory of Earth Sciences in Strasbourg. She works offshore as a QC geophysicist trainee.
"One of the great things about working offshore is that you get to try out many things onboard."
What attracted you to PGS?
PGS has a regular cooperation with my school, and I was lucky enough to get an internship. I worked in the imaging and engineering team in Oslo and produced a report called ‘Acoustic forward-modelling of sound pressure levels from air gun signals.’
What kind of tasks take up most of your time? I started my offshore training in October and was working in November. I work on a shift rotation: five weeks on/ five weeks off. Mostly my work consists of checking the quality of the seismic data that we acquire. I work closely
During the training period I have compulsory practical exercises and several video courses with an exam at the end that I have to complete.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Ten years is a long time! I see myself working offshore for maybe about five years, and then I need to evaluate my career. I would very much like to work with research in PGS, and I think my offshore experience will be of great value to me. It’s good to know the value chain and understand how to read data. I would very much like to work at the head office in Oslo, as I really like the city. There are great possibilities for hiking and outdoor activities, and a nice work/life balance.
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As a graduate, I wanted to work with the newest and most advanced technology, and the PGS Ramform fleet and GeoStreamer technology definitely give that. In addition, PGS has great career opportunities.
with a supervisor. One of the great benefits about working offshore is that you get to try out many things onboard. So my experience is wider than just my specific role. Onboard a seismic ship we all work very closely together and I think it’s important to have an understanding of all the tasks.
I wanted to experience something new, improve my English skills, and work with people from different cultures. I also wanted the potential to work offshore. I got an offer from another seismic company, but I really liked the PGS focus on people and development, plus they offered more responsibility than other companies. I have already had some meetings with clients and presented my own results. I don’t think I would have the same opportunity with a French company.
J.J. Leong, 27, is a geophysicist in Âimaging and engineering at PGS in Perth, Australia. He has a BSc in geophysics from Curtin University.
How did you choose geophysics? I initially studied mechanical engineering for two years at Curtin University, without knowing the existence of geophysics! Then a relative who works in the oil and gas industry told me that the job market for geophysicists is very positive. After reading the career description, I decided to switch my course to geophysics as it combined three of my favorite subjects: physics, mathematics and geology. I graduated with upper 2nd class honors in geophysics in 2012, and I expect to commence an MSc in the petroleum geoscience program at Imperial College London in October this year.
What have been your main jobs so far?
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I have been part of a project team working on various projects through the full cycle of seismic processing. Although mostly responsible for the production and QC procedures of the data, I also perform parameter testing to obtain the highest signal-to-noise ratio of the data. This is important as we strive to deliver the highest quality products in the seismic market. Each project usually lasts between 6-8 months and no two projects are the same, which makes the work very interesting.
What else have you done since joining PGS? I was recently assigned as a mentor in a training and development programme which aims to provide PGS
trainees with real world parameter testing experience and to expose them to the various aspects of managing a 3D time processing project, including data management, processing data and QC procedures. I have also attended a lot of training programmes and seminars to enhance my career development as a geoscientist.
What challenges you most at PGS? The most challenging aspect of my career so far has definitely been keeping up with changes in seismic technology, which is rapidly improving all the time. We have to constantly train in new processing techniques in order to achieve the utmost standard of data quality, for which PGS is well-known. PGS invests a lot in employee training and development programs.
Any tips or hints for students looking for internship or graduate roles? While at university, always look out for opportunities to get work experience, be it a summer internship or a casual part-time work, as it will help you to define what you really want to do in terms of career. There is no harm in asking. It is also important to maintain good grades to show that you are genuinely passionate in your studies. Join a geoscience society and participate in events or careers fairs, as it is always an advantage to have a good network.
"Join a geoscience society and participate, it is always an advantage to have a good network."
Mari Schjeldsøe Berg, 28, has a BSc in hard-rock and resource geology from NTNU and an MSc in petroleum geoscience from the University of Bergen. She is an interpretation geoscientist based at the PGS head-office in Oslo.
In addition to seismic data interpretation, I have represented PGS at several graduate recruitment events, which is great as I get to meet prospective candidates and tell them about all the opportunities PGS can offer. It’s good to be able to share some of my experiences and answer questions I know I had when I was a student. I have also attended technical courses in London and meetings in Paris, and in a few months I’m going to Barcelona to speak at a conference.
Would you recommend a career with PGS to others with your background? Definitely! You get a good overview of regional areas and learn a lot about geology – I have worked on projects involving Congo, Russia, Norway, Greece, Lebanon and Cyprus to name a few. There are a lot of really knowledgeable people here that you can learn a lot from, and there are new challenges all the time.
Any advice for those seeking a geoscience job? My best advice would be to get in touch with your professors and see what kind of contacts they can offer, they can open up a valuable network. When you decide to apply for a job, put a lot of work into your application. Attend company presentations at your university to get in touch with prospective employers. Be an active student, perhaps you can get a position as scientific assistant? Employers look for different things. Grades aren’t necessarily most important, but obviously you need the basics so study hard!
"When you decide to apply for a job, put a lot of work into your application."
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I work as a geoscientist in the MultiClient, reservoir interpretation unit in Oslo. I recently started in a new position where I will be a contact point between our MultiClient and reservoir teams, present at conferences, create and hold technical presentations, and help lead seismic presentation sessions for clients. My main tasks include interpretation of PGS GeoStreamer data and creating client presentations. There is also a lot of research to do as we work with frontier areas where there is little previous data.
How has your career developed so far?
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THROUGH A GEOSCIENCE LANDSCAPE
David Dragone, executive vice president, human resources, and Sophie Zurquiyah, senior executive vice president, Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir, discuss how a passion for geoscience can lead to a fulfilling career at CGG.
What types of jobs will they be and where? CGG expanded in 2013 – tell us about CGG in 2014? David: CGG has become a fully integrated geoscience company, with our business covering all aspects of earth sciences relating to the discovery and production of natural resources. With the addition of new activities from the Fugro Geoscience acquisition last year we can now offer our clients a much wider portfolio of integrated products and services to give them a clearer understanding of the Earth’s subsurface at all scales. This is true throughout the life cycle of the oil and gas field from prospecting through exploration, appraisal and development to maximizing production.
How will CGG be recruiting in the near future? David: Although we operate through three complementary business divisions Equipment, Acquisition and Geology, Geophysics and Reservoir (GGR) - we expect to do the lion’s share of our recruiting through GGR over the next few years. Sophie: Yes, that’s right. Our GGR division is where we exploit the geophysical data we’ve collected in the field to turn it into images or reservoir knowledge. I see it as the engine driving our overall integrated geoscience approach that
Sophie: This can vary but generally speaking we will be hiring in the technical population from graduates as well as more experienced geophysicists, geologists, software developers and reservoir engineers. The largest numbers will be in North America and Europe but in terms of percentage growth, the most active regions will be the Middle East and Russia based on our current employee population.
What kind of people is CGG looking for? David: CGG has an exceptionally talented and motivated workforce and it’s very important that we continue to recruit the right people for our company with the right skills and experience to enable us to grow and be successful in achieving our goals. Sophie: First and foremost, we’re interested in women and men of all nationalities who share our ‘Passion for Geoscience’ and want to turn that passion into innovations and client solutions. One of the reasons we encourage gender and cultural diversity is because it allows CGG to operate in very different environments where the challenges we face have to be seen from different angles. Of course, educational backgrounds are equally important, but these can vary, depending on the job opportunities we have.
Sophie: Yes, good communicators, team players and self-starters are essential. It is also important for our people to share our values which place great importance on all of us working together safely and with integrity to deliver service excellence to our clients and sustainable performance to all our stakeholders.
Why would you encourage young people to join CGG? David: I would say to them that CGG is a very exciting, innovative company to work for in a challenging yet rewarding industry. It’s fascinating to think that the complex data we acquire, analyze and interpret for our clients is used to inform their strategies to secure energy resources for the world in an efficient, safe and sustainable way. Also, because our business now spans the geoscience landscape and stretches right across the globe, we can offer more worldwide career opportunities than ever before. Sophie: I think the prospect of a fulfilling career with an industry leader plays a big part in ensuring people see their future with CGG and our GGR division, with its access to a new wealth of career paths and opportunities, should be an extra attraction. CGG offers new recruits the chance to learn and develop as part of a team and work alongside experts who are as committed and passionate as they are. David: It’s true we offer a great platform to launch or develop a career. Our people are our greatest asset and we support them with world-class learning and development opportunities, so they can create their own opportunities and realize their full potential.
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David: Overall for GGR, we will recruit approximately 400 people globally in 2014. The largest volume, around 300 people, will be in our Subsurface Imaging business line. This was voted number one by our clients in terms of people, image, performance and technology in the latest Wellings Report. Our other business lines with a more specific reservoir focus, such as GeoSoftware and GeoConsulting, will recruit another 100 people.
David: Also, although CGG is well known within the industry for its technical excellence, our people also need to have a good range of soft skills to be successful within our business. We encourage them to regularly reinforce these critical skills by attending courses at our CGG University sites around the world. We value people who can think creatively, take the initiative, and collaborate as part of a team and with our clients to find the right solution to their complex challenges.
ultimately enables our clients to reduce their risks and increase the success of their exploration to production efforts. We want to continue building on the considerable new talent and expertise we gained from Fugro Geoscience by actively recruiting in 2014 and beyond. This will ensure that CGG has the best geoscience professionals and capabilities to help give our clients that competitive edge.
MAKING THEIR WAY IN THE COMPANY Leonardo Quevedo 37, research geoscientist with CGG’s GeoSoftware business line.
Leonardo has a doctorate in theoretical physics from the Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. Initially he drew on his knowledge of wave phenomena and numerical methods from his background in high energy physics to pursue an academic career in geophysics through seismic modeling. He joined the EarthByte group at the University of Sydney where he worked in basin evolution and plate tectonic reconstructions. After this fruitful period of research into numerical methods in geodynamics he decided to join CGG in January 2013.
What do you do at CGG?
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I am based at the company’s office in The Hague conducting research and development work into the core mathematical algorithms within CGG’s Jason reservoir characterization software suite. This involves all the stages from designing and prototyping new features for the software, implementing and testing them, up to final deployment and maintenance of the finished product.
What makes CGG special? Two of the things that I find most special are firstly, its culture of innovation in technology. At CGG I am able to turn ideas into things, to do something with what I know. The company truly values the passion for geoscience. The second is its people: the diversity, technical skills and creativity of CGG employees are remarkable. I am delighted to work in an organization with people from all around the world and with the most diverse backgrounds.
"At CGG I am able to turn ideas into things, to do something with what I know."
Ross Noble 24, structural geologist with Robertson, part of CGG’s GeoConsulting business line.
Ross has a BSc in geological sciences and an MSc in structural geology with geophysics from the University of Leeds, UK. Both courses gave him an excellent grounding to start work, providing both the technical skills and confidence to move into industry. After moving to Queensland, Australia to work as a field geologist, he decided to return to the UK and join the oil and gas sector after hearing about the opportunities at Robertson.
What does your job involve? Once I’d successfully completed the graduate recruitment programme at Robertson in North Wales in December 2012, I moved into the structural geology and core magnetics department as a graduate structural geologist. Since then I have contributed to numerous integrated geological and geophysical projects, for example Plate Wizard, Robertson’s multi-client global plate reconstruction model, developed using both in-house data, academic links and the most up-to-date geological publications. More recently, I was asked to be the project manager in a proprietary seismic restoration and balancing study. This gave me the opportunity to not only deal with the technical aspect of the work, but also as project manager to deal directly with our overseas client.
What sets CGG apart from other companies?
"I believe it is CGG’s culture of continual training, support and development, demonstrated by it having its own university, which makes it the place to be."
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I believe it is CGG’s culture of continual training, support and development, demonstrated by it having its own university, which makes it the place to be. Being a company of over 9800 people and with offices based in over 70 locations around the world, CGG has the ability to maximize the ambition and potential of all its employees.
Cesar Marin 40, Geophysical Advisor for CGGâ€™s GeoConsulting business line in Houston.
Cesar has a Bachelorâ€™s degree in geophysics from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.
What is your position? In my current job I provide a wide range of innovative solutions for 3D reservoir characterization. These solutions are based on an integrated, high-tech approach, using quantitative techniques such as seismic inversion, geological modelling, rock physics, velocity modelling and azimuthal analysis. My involvement ranges from execution of work assignments within such projects, to independently defining and managing integrated multi-disciplinary projects.
What do you find motivating?
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CGG has given me an exciting opportunity to develop my skills and enrich my technical motivation as a geoscientist. My journey started 12 years ago in seismic reservoir characterization back in Mexico. After two years, I transferred to seismic processing which gave me a much stronger technical background. After two more years, I transferred back to reservoir where I stayed for six more years. I was later responsible for the seismic reservoir characterization group. During that time, I had the chance to work on many interesting projects in several different locations in Mexico before recently transferring to Houston. I strongly believe that we are a customer-focused, solutions-driven company and that is one of my key drivers.
"CGG has given me an exciting opportunity to develop my skills and enrich my technical motivation as a geoscientist."
"Our people are our greatest asset and we support them with world-class learning and development opportunities, so they can create their own opportunities and realize their full potential."
Maud Moulié 24, geophysicist in CGG’s Subsurface Imaging centre in France.
Maud trained in geoscience and has a master’s degree in petroleum geology from the Institut Polytechnique Lasalle Beauvais, a French engineering school specializing in geology and the environment.
What do you do in the company? Since I joined the Massy subsurface imaging centre in December 2012, I’ve been working as part of a seismic data processing team. It’s our job to produce a clearer image of the subsurface for our oil and gas company clients. We also give them advice to help them resolve their technical issues and obtain reliable information about their prospect areas.
What do you like about working for CGG?
"Very quickly, I was given the chance to work on challenging projects."
The training and lecture programmes also help me to develop and improve my technical and geophysical skills. In CGG, you learn every day!
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Very quickly, I was given the chance to work on challenging projects. For instance, during my first year in the company, I was involved in processing a BroadSeis broadband project which is one of CGG’s major new technologies.
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FIELD CHALLENGE TESTS INGENUITY AND TEAM WORK
At EAGE’s Annual Meeting in June, six qualifying student teams from around the world will be fighting out the final of the FIELD Challenge. We discuss what’s involved.
The title was ‘Making the most of what you have’. We were looking for articulate young geoscientists and engineers who could work as a team to come up with refreshing new ideas that challenge how the industry has been doing things for so many years. And we had some great ideas on improving exploration success rates and driving up recovery factors from their historical averages as well as looking
at the worldwide potential for unconventional reservoir plays. It was good to see some of the participants putting emphasis on how to better leverage off joint research initiatives, cutting waste and pollution and making the most of our people resources, as distinct to simply rattling back to the judges lists of tried and tested current technologies. The one disappointment this year was the level of plagiarism found in a number of the entries submitted. This practice has no place in the professional geoscience community, where we put a high premium on ethical behaviour. In the future the judges will make very clear that there will be ‘zero tolerance’ for any suggestion of plagiarism. Meantime we congratulate this year’s finalists and reserves.
"We were looking for articulate young geoscientists and engineers who could work as a team to come up with refreshing new ideas."
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he FIELD Challenge is split into two rounds. The first is to write an essay, and 43 universities from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and from right across Asia made this year a record entry. The second, for the six finalists with the best judged essays, is to create a field development plan from a real multi-disciplinary set of data provided by this year’s sponsoring oil company, Royal Dutch Shell.
2014 FIELD Challenge Finalists ESPCI ParisTech, Paris, France Florian Driff, Quentin Devillechabrolle, Gabriel Dubrule IFP school Rueil-Malmaison, Cedex, France Adedimeij Adeyemi, Maria Barragan, Juan Morales Gomez NTNU, Trondheim, Norway Laura Maria Priskila, Dicky Harishidayat, Togi Yonathan Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel Rami Zughayar, Anat Kalisky, Chen Levenberg Albert Ludwigs Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany Peter Ayomide Alao, Peter Nso, Houssam Haddad University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada Raul Cova, Daniel Hill, Islam Nassar
Reserves University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (Dehradun), Dehradun, India Amritansh Tripathi, Agam Rawat, Shivam Saxena Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia/CIS Anastasia Pirogova, Anton Egorov, Maria Shvorova
The dataset The second and final round of the FIELD Challenge is a very promising one. The six finalist teams will be working on a dataset in the coming period. They will prepare for a final presentation, held on Monday 16 June during EAGE’s 76th Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam.
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The goal of the final round of this year’s challenge is to construct an updated field development plan for a field that has been in production for five years, and has just acquired its first 4D monitor survey. Over the past two decades 4D seismic has proven itself to be a powerful tool for reservoir management. The literature is full of examples of fields where, despite detailed work on reservoir understanding prior to production start up, 4D has shown flow behaviour that was quite different from predictions.
"This year's FIELD Challenge theme 'Making the most of what you have' could relate to any field you might be working on during your career."
The 4D survey that is the subject of this challenge did indeed show flow patterns that were quite different than predicted. This survey and all subsequent surveys have been instrumental in tracking the flood front from the aquifer and water injectors, assist in reservoir management and identify remaining oil. In addition to the geophysical work and its impact on production, finalists have to consider the geological model for the field, analyzing the structural and sedimentological settings, and how these might have influenced the degree of heterogeneity. Quantifying this petrophysically with the analysis of core data and well test results will be important when setting up the simulation model. Emphasis must also be given to the field redevelopment plan as to where to locate any new wells, modify completion strategies and possibly upgrade the surface facilities, fluid handling and transport infrastructure. An economic analysis to justify the technical recommendations, with consideration of sustainable development issues, is expected. EAGE would like to thank Shell for its generous contribution in this year’s FIELD Challenge, as well as being a Student Fund and Amsterdam ’14 Student Programme sponsor.
Last years' FIELD Challenge winners.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CAREER
Different challenges in each phase require a very broad mix of both technical and non-technical expertise and skills. To be able to make the most of what you have also means a natural inclination to enjoy working together, to integrate your knowledge and to collaborate across boundaries and across cultures. You may be based in one of our technology centres and work with other remote teams based on different locations on the same project
virtually or be physically located at the project. There are continuous opportunities and we invite talented students to apply online at: http://www.shell.com/global/ aboutshell/careers.html. A place on our Graduate Programme will give you real responsibilities and structured training over a period of three to five years, guiding you towards a successful and professionally fulfilling career. The Shell Graduate Programme will give you a broad base of professional experience and help you cultivate the personal qualities needed to work at the highest levels of our industry. Shell will help you discover your strengths through challenging jobs and continuous learning opportunities. You will acquire a global outlook working in a diverse company to help create better solutions for our customers around the globe and making the most of what we have.
Vital to our daily lives, energy could be the driving force behind a rewarding career with Shell. This year’s FIELD Challenge theme of ‘Making the most of what you have’ could very well relate to a field you might be working on during your career. Shell’s global portfolio of assets is an ever high graded selection of new opportunities still in the exploration phase and fields under development or in production.
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Shell is involved in every part of the EAGE FIELD Challenge process. But how would a project like this be handled in real life? We asked Shell what future employees can expect.
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EAGE | Workshop on Geomechanics in the Oil & Gas Industry www.eage.org EAGE | XIIIth International Conference on Geoinformatics: Theoretical and Applied Aspects www.eage.org CSEG | GeoConvention 2014 www.geoconvention.com SAOGIET | IX Congress of the Polish Oil and Gas Industry www.sitpnig.pl EAGE | Fourth SPE / EAGE Workshop on Tar Mats & Heavy Oil www.eage.org EAGE / SPE | Workshop on Broadband Seismic www.eage.org AMGP | Congreso Mexicano del Petroleo www.congresmexicanodelpetroleo.com.mx EAGE | Amsterdam ‘14 - 76th EAGE Conference & Exhibition www.eage.org SEG / EAGE | Summer Research Workshop (Supporting organizations: SPE / AAPG / SPWLA) www.seg.org/events/upcoming-seg-meetings/sd14 EAGE | GeoBaikal 2014 www.eage.org EAGE | Workshop on High Performance Computing for Upstream www.eage.org EAGE | ECMOR XIV www.eage.org EAGE | Geomodel 2014 www.eage.org SGI | 87th Congress of the Italian Geological Society www.geoscienze2014.it AAPG | AAPG International Conference & Exhibition (ICE) www.aapg.org/ice/2014 EAGE | Near Surface Geoscience 2014 www.eage.org EAGE | First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference www.eage.org EAGE | First International EuroGPR School www.eage.org EAGE / SPE / AAPG | Second EAGE / SPE / AAPG Shale Gas Workshop in the Middle East www.eage.org CSEG / EAGE | First CSEG-EAGE Land Seismic Workshop- The Conventional Future: Complex Reservoir Challenges in Frontier Land Basins (supported by the SEG) www.eage.org EAGE | Fifth Passive Seismic Workshop www.eage.org
Acapulco, Guerrero Amsterdam
Mexico The Netherlands
EAGE | Far East Hydrocarbons 2014 www.eage.org EAGE | Borehole Geology Workshop www.eage.org ASPG/LC Azerbaijan/ANAS | Baku 2014 www.eage.org EAGE | First Basin & Petroleum Systems Modeling Workshop www.eage.org SEG | International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting www.seg.org/events/ SPE | Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) 2014 www.spe.org/atce/2014/ UGM | Annual Meeting hwww.ugm.org.mx/raugm/ EAGE | Offshore Carbonate Gas Field E&P in Asia and Middle-East www.eage.org IAPG | IX Congress on Exploration and Development of Hydrocarbons (CONEXPLO) www.iapg.org.ar/congresos/2014/conexplo/ EAGE / SBGf | Second EAGE/SBGf Workshop www.eage.org EAGE | Second Integrated Reservoir Modelling Conference Uncertainty Management: Are we Doing it Right? www.eage.org PESGB | PETEX 2014 www.pesgb.org.uk EAGE | Shallow Anomalies Workshop - Indications of prospective petroleum systems? www.eage.org EAGE | Second EAGE Forum for Students & Young Professionals www.eage.org EAGE / AAPG / SEG / SPE | 8th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) www.iptcnet.org/2014/kl/index.php GEO | GEO 2015 http://geo-india.com EAGE | Fifth Arabian Plate Geology Workshop www.eage.org EAGE | Tyumen 2015 | Deep Subsoil and Science Horizons www.eage.org EAGE | KazGeo 2015 www.eage.org EAGE | 18th European Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery | Overcoming the Barriers www.eage.org EAGE | 77th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2015 | Earth Science for Energy and Environment www.eage.org
Denver, Colorado USA Amsterdam
Puerto Vallarta Mexico Langkawi
Rio de Janeiro
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