Northern Lights News of People Places & Technology of Schlumberger Alaska
Spring 2010 Volume 14
Northern Lights Editors Chris Barton Diane Hodges Publication and Design Directors Designflyover Team Shreya Sarda Lakshmi and Ruchin Printing Northern Printing Company, Inc. Northern Lights Magazine Spring 2010 Northern Lights is the AKA GeoMarket Publication for employees and their families. Enquiries and information regarding Northern Lights should be addressed to the Editor. Northern Lights Schlumberger OFS Alaska 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 400 Anchorage, AK 99503 USA
Contents Northern Lights
2 Welcome Note
Chris Barton Alaska GeoMarket Manager
23 Step Up! Take Charge Diane Hodges
Women of Science & Technology Day 2010 Jamie Staats
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News of the People, Places & Technology of Schlumberger Alaska
6 Two Point Thomson Wells Ready to be Tested
16 Data and Consulting Services
7 Marketing and Sales
18 QHSE Update
10 A Look Back at 2009 in Testing Services Scot Shier
8 SIS: Always Doing Something New
20 Slickline as a Career Kevin Bybee
12 Well Services
22 Drilling and Measurements
Peter Young Pow
15 Supply Chain
Into AKA Out of AKA Within AKA
Field & Fun
Tundra Talk New Arrivals in the Schlumberger Famlilies
to Mike Burnett Rola Burnett
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Welcome Note Chris Barton Alaska GeoMarket Manager
Just like an Alaskan summer my time here has been way too short! To add to the pain I am leaving right before what is shaping up to be another fantastic summer in Alaskaâ€Ś a tough time to be packing up and heading to Houston. As most of you have heard Lees Rodionov will be replacing me in Anchorage. Lees and I have spent some time working together over the past couple
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years and handing over more recently and I am very excited to be welcoming her to our team.
Looking back on everything it has been a fantastic posting for both me and my family. I remember in my first Northern Lights article writing about how I, Nicole and the kids felt at home and settled very quickly in Alaska; a clear reflection of the people we have met during our time here. It is also very difficult to be packing up just as the sunlight is expanding and Salmon are starting to roll in ship creekâ€Ś
I do recall a couple incidents that I feel need to be addressed in my final article. Firstly, I recall a very famous fire alarm at the Anchorage office. Upon exiting the building I was surprised to find everyone using the secondary muster point (near my parking spot). I also recall arriving at the muster point only to find two very famous Halliburton stickers stuck to my very infamous red truck…contrary to popular belief I do know who you are and will continue to seek vengeance!! I also recall the DCS chili cook off. As part of the judging team I managed (to be fair) to taste each of the amazing meals that had been prepared. Now I must admit most of them were fantastic…however….a couple of our aspiring chefs need to keep their day jobs in the oil and gas industry. I swear to this day they were prepared just to have a good laugh at the judges trying to choke down some crazy concoction of spices and Alaskan mystery meat. Trust me…this was an event that I remembered for a while!! I also recall the good times at the events we had, specifically the Christmas parties and the pin parties. These events have always meant a lot to us because
they have been consistent in many of the Schlumberger locations we have worked. They are always a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get together, leave the stresses of work at the office or in the field, and just have a good time. I specifically enjoyed the Anchorage Christmas party where we had the opportunity to interact with retirees from Schlumberger, something that is very unique to Alaska. Thanks to everyone who played those silly games… I know although you were all reluctant to get up there you all enjoyed it… LOL…suckers!! On a more serious note I would like to thank everyone for their help, support, and effort over the past two and a half years. In hind sight the past year and a half has been an extremely trying time for Schlumberger, the oil industry, and the global economy in general. However, everyone stepped up every time we needed them and delivered on both safety and service quality. Specifically the folks in the field who we called on time and time again to deliver flawless execution to help secure or maintain work in a very competitive down cycle. There are many examples to talk about but some of the key ones that I can recall:
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of the D&M work in Kenai before Chevron made the tender award announcement. • Delivery of the first two ENI wells from all segments that positioned both ENI and Schlumberger for continuation of this project in Alaska. • Flawless execution from our TCP group over the last year, including a critical relief well for CoP. • SIS and Testing’s breakthrough work on production monitoring and optimization. • Heavy oil sampling from the E-line group, first of its kind in Alaska. • Frac programs for Pioneer, specifically the Kenai frac. • Cementing replacing the competition on the Rutter’s work. • Artificial Lift breaking into the market in Kenai. • World record CTD work. • Delivery of the HAWF project. • The DCS groups’ work on peri-
scope and growing the consulting business. • Delivery from the Slickline group to maintain BP work under tender. • Delivery from all segments on Exxon wells this winter. …and the list goes on, apologies if I missed anyone!! In parting, I must ask you to continue to deliver…this is what will set us apart from our competitors and help us maintain both our business and our jobs in Alaska. Two specific projects on the horizon are of great concern to me and I ask that anyone involved in these projects takes extra time to ensure flawless execution: BP Liberty project is a must succeed not only for Alaska but also to help position Schlumberger globally in the UERD market. It is critical that every job is planned and delivered at or above specification.
“I sincerely request that everyone works hard to be safe so I can return one day and see everyone enjoying all the things Alaskans’ love to do with their families in the outdoors… and I hope to see you again where it counts in the streams and on the greens.”
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The success of the Shell offshore work is critical to both Schlumberger’s future in Alaska as well as the future of the oil and gas industry in Alaska. We must make the first Alaska offshore work in a long time a success. Finally, putting all the policies, procedures, data, and standards aside for a moment, from my family to yours I sincerely request that everyone works hard to be safe so I can return one day and see everyone enjoying all the things Alaskans’ love to do with their families in the outdoors… and I hope to see you again where it counts in the streams and on the greens. From my family to yours, until we cross paths again, take care and be safe… Chris Barton
Hello everyone! I just wanted to take advantage of the timing of the magazine to say a quick hello as I prepare to transfer to Alaska. Two things stand out to me as I handover with Chris... the outstanding safety performance the GeoMarket has had recently and how close knit and welcoming everyone is. I can’t wait to get here in June and look forward to becoming part of such a great team! Thanks again for the welcome and I will see you soon. Lees Rodionov
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Two Point Thomson Wells Ready to be Tested
With estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of gas Point Thomson stands about 25 percent of the North Slope’s gas resources to date – with 200 million barrels of condensate. Point Thomson gas is critical to the success of an Alaska gas pipeline project. ExxonMobil Production Company successfully drilled and cased PTU-15 and PTU-16 wells on Point Thomson field. It is not a secret that it was possible with help of latest technologies provided by Schlumberger, which acting as major contractor. Among segments serving Point Thomson project, Completions is meeting its own challenges preparing 6
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Mohamed Saraya, Artificial Lift and Completions Operations Manager, Alaska
for the two test wells. These wells will be temporarily completed and range of Reservoir testing will be conducted to determine IP, Pressures, temperatures and other well and reservoir related characteristics. Located approximately 60 miles east of Prudhoe Bay, Point Thompson is scheduled to commence production in 2014. Field development will include a gas cycling plant designed to produce hydrocarbon liquids and re-inject natural gas back into the reservoir, making Point Thomson the highest-pressure gas cycling operation in the world. With estimated 8 trillion cubic feet of gas Point Thomson stands about 25 percent of the North Slope’s gas resources to date – with 200 million barrels of condensate. Point Thomson gas is critical to the success of an Alaska gas pipeline project.
It represents a great opportunity to the Completion segment since it will be the first time SLB gets in to Alaska packer market with field proven QL packers. In addition SLB Completion was selected as the supplier of the chemical injection system due to their unsurpassed and outstanding track record worldwide. The system allows injecting various chemical inhibitors through state of the art check valves, preventing plugging & erosion that might cost the operator companies to workover the well. We are looking forward to successfully complete the wells following our “Excellence in Execution” Motto, opening the door for more jobs in AK!
Marketing and Sales Pat Parno Marketing and Sales Manager, Alaska
The skill comes in when you can tell what is important, what is not, and how to keep the customer talking- getting details when too much sudden interest causes them to stop talking! Hi there. After almost 30 years with Schlumberger, and 1-1/2 years now in Alaska, I find that I hear the same question all the time: “what do you actually do in Sales and Marketing anyway?” So, I’ll tell you… A big part of what we do is listening to customers. It sounds simple, but most people need training to be a good listener. Now we listen to customers for several reasons: • We listen for opportunities. They tell us about a well coming up, or a new project being started. Sometimes these are months (or even years) away, and sometimes they are not important. The skill comes in when you can tell what is important, what is not, and how to keep the customer talking – getting details when too much sudden interest causes them to stop talking! • We listen to them to nurture the opportunities. As the opportunity develops, we find we need a lot of information in order to effectively sell. We need to know who the decision makers are, what are the technical needs of the project, where the funding is originating, and so forth. All of these involve asking the right questions, and listening to the answers. • We listen to find gaps in our technical capabilities. Customers are a great source of ideas for technol-
ogy we have not yet developed. Sometimes we can easily fill these holes, and sometimes it takes an R&E project, but this is how we get input on what our research centers should work on. • We listen to understand market trends. Although publications like The Petroleum News etc. are useful in understanding trends, our customers are often far better informed and can tell us about long term plans that will affect us. We can then utilize these trends in our planning so that we are putting the right emphasis on people, equipment, and infrastructure in the right places. Okay, so that is listening. We also hold Marketing Events, which are sort of the opposite – where we talk and demonstrate our new services and products. We are educating our customers in our technologies in how using them will achieve more productive wells. If the customer believes that we can help them get more production, they will not hesitate in using these new ideas. It is very important that we find out the right people to talk to – the decision makers and influencers in an organization. As a manager, my job is often focused on training. We have technical engineers who need to learn how to sell, and often this is not a natural function
for them, and sometimes not one they are terribly excited about. We also have experienced salespeople who need some refreshing on their sales skills. And lastly, we have lots of operations people who deal with the client every day, and they can use some help on selling as well. Selling is really just persuading, and everyone who is trying to influence is selling. When we sell, we are usually either trying to persuade customers to use SLB, to negotiate a contract, or to sell up to better margin products once we have the contract. If you ask any experienced salesperson “what is the most powerful sales technique?”, I think they would all say that Good Service delivered Safely is far and away the best answer. With this as a base, any salesperson worth their salt can sell higher prices, gain more marketshare, and have much less stress in their lives! In fact, selling is largely about people. We have to understand the client organization, who is in charge of what, who has what personality and power, and so on. There is substantial science behind selling, and I find it a fascinating and enjoyable career. If you are in Anchorage, or see me in the field, talk to me about selling if you like. Maybe I can practice listening!
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Always Doing Something New
Schlumberger Information Solutions Troy Mildon, Service Delivery Engineer, Alaska
We are frequently asked, “What does SIS do?” That should be an easy enough question to answer, if we weren’t always doing something new. With just two SIS employees in Alaska it is a requirement to wear a lot of hats and still cover the same ground as the larger Schlumberger segments. An exciting example of something new for SIS is the technology we are deploying with one of our long time clients, Pioneer. With Pioneer’s Oooguruk field entering into early production, SIS will be introducing two of our Avocet Production software tools. In conjunction with Testing Services’ Vx multi-phase meter technology Pioneer will enter into the era of the digital oilfield. For the first time at Oooguruk, production from each well will be accurately measured, recorded and sold into the pipeline using Avocet Volumes Manager. To assure the highest production from Oooguruk, Pioneer will remotely monitor all of their vital facilities with Avocet Surveillance from anywhere in the world. The Avocet Surveillance web dashboard is customizable, allowing a VP to see quarterly production numbers for the entire field, or an engineer in Anchorage can instantly see the health of a submersible pump.
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Work isnâ€™t the only place SIS is breaking new ground: How does SIS Alaska out do our one day, 23 mile crossing of Crow pass in 2008? Easy, sign up and complete the Honolulu Marathon in December 2009. Five hearty Alaskans made the trip to Oahu to face the 26.2 mile challenge. The field was lead by Beate Ludwig (SSA) with a Boston Qualifying time of 3:44:09, Personal Records were set by Stephen Hancock (AKA Business Analyst), Troy Mildon (SIS Delivery), Vicki Leung (WS) and Rainer Ludwig (SIS Operations Manager).
This was the first marathon for any of the group, but not the last. SIS will take to the ancient path of Philippides in October at the 2500 anniversary of the first Marathon in Greece.
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A Look Back at
in Testing Services Scot Shier, Testing EIC, Prudhoe Bay
TCP Gunshop- Prudhoe Bay Last year was a stellar year for the TCP group. We successfully ran over 70,000 ft of guns in 2009 without a misrun. To date we have over 300 runs since our last misrun with 216 of them being run last year. As a result, we were awarded the President’s Award for Service Quality. This is a major accomplishment and would not have been possible without our team that is comprised of dedicated hard working individuals. Currently our TCP team is led by Bob Staats, our Operations Manager in Anchorage. Based in Prudhoe Bay are: • Scot
Shier & Robert Gumminger- Engineers In Charge Powell, Kyle Roth, & Cody Rothstein- TCP/DST Field Engineers • Nikolai Soshnin- TCP/Vx Field Specialist • Tim Barry, Kirk Davis, Nathan Levad, & Charles FarnsleyGun Loaders • Keith Tonkinson, Victor Chavez & Tyndall Ellis – Oilphase • Alex Brocoletti – Vx Project Lead, based in Anchorage • Jansen
Though we had some personnel changes in 2009, we still were able to maintain our focus. Shane Morgan, Engineer In Charge on the slope, accepted a position as Field Service Manager and transferred to Midland, TX last winter. He was replaced by Robert Gumminger who was a Field Specialist for TCP. Laura Perkins celebrated a wedding to Kit Perkins of D&M and a transfer as she accepted a move to Louisiana to take on the role of Personnel Manager for the North Gulf Coast. Matt Allen of Oilphase moved on to Belle Chase and 10 | Northern Lights | Spring 2010
TCP Field Engineer, Beau Archambault transferred locally to the Memory group.
cessfully and it is in the final stages so we should have a successful job completed in the next couple of months.
Other items worth mentioning in 2009 included receiving high marks from Conoco Phillips for being able to facilitate and successfully complete three jobs which our competition was not able to provide. We also worked with Schlumberger Reservoir Completions in designing a new eFire Deep Water firmware for BP Liberty which made it possible to shoot with high viscous perf pills and is usable on extended reach wells. On the safety and compliance side, we designed an outside gun storage unit so that we can stay in compliance with strict BATFE regulations.
Two high profile Drill Stem Test jobs for Exxon Mobile are slated to start in May 2010. These will proceed with support from Houma, Louisiana which will be providing tools and personnel. Alex Brocoletti, Nikolai Soshnin and Tyndall Ellis will be doing all the measurements with PhaseTester Vx meter. Keith Tonkinson and Victor Chavez will be doing all the DST and surface sampling. Also, our empty spot left by Laura will be filled by Shane Morgan in June who will be returning from a short transfer.
As we look forward to 2010, in addition to maintaining our good track record, TCP is working on a project with BP to run multiple eFire firing heads in one run. This procedure will save the client thousands of dollars in rig time on each well. All tests have been completed suc-
On a final note, this article would not be complete without the mention of two things: After what seems like forever, Scot Shier and Karen Moran finally got married in what turned out to be a nearly total Schlumberger wedding. Congratulations to me. And fishing season is FINALLY upon us. Good luck to all and see you out on the river!
Lunch time at the Gunshop
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Well Services Trent Lee, Well Services Operations Manager, Alaska
This HSE milestone resulted in the successful application and award of the NAM Presidents award for HSE Excellence. The Kenai district is proud of this award but also mindful of the need to stay focused and on top of our game as we strive to continue the goal of excellence. Hello all! I have been here now for about 6 months and my family and I are adjusting to the environment of Alaska. We have enjoyed our short time here and we are looking forward to spending the next few years here. I want to start with thanking the WS employees for working so safely. The Kenai group is going on 6 years without an accident and the Prudhoe Bay group has eclipsed their previous record of 505 days without a lost time accident. This speaks volumes toward the energy and commitment of our employees to returning home safely at the end of each day. The key thing that happens during streaks like these are that this becomes the norm and the expectation for each of us is that no one needs to be injured for us to provide superior service to our clients. One of the jobs that stood out this past quarter in the Pumping Services side was a job that was extremely well 12 | Northern Lights | Spring 2010
planned and executed. It was a frac job that was performed by a Prudhoe Bay crew around the Kenai district (1070 miles away). There was a tremendous amount of pre job planning needed for this job including moving equipment in from as far away as Vernal, Utah. This job was pumped on time with excellent result for a satisfied client. It is a credit to both districts as they worked together to ensure the crew had everything it needed to do a good job. It is also a credit to the rest of the employees that didnâ€™t go on the job as they had to take up extra task to ensure everything kept running smoothly on the slope. Coiled Tubing Drilling (CTD) finished 2009 with an outstanding safety and service quality performance. Two rigs operated nonstop throughout the year, drilled 42 wells with nearly 16,000 operating hours and were considered two of the most profitable rigs on the North Slope. 2010 started very strong as well, Charlie Horwath,Â Scott Kiser, Scott
Murdock, Vern Clare, Jack Hougthling, Ed Palmer, Gus Pichardo, Kevin Donoho and Travis Clark (CTU#10 crew) surpassed our own record of the longest well drilled with CT in the world. This achievement opens a new world of opportunities and future prospects and restates Schlumberger Alaska as clear leaders in the CTD business. We also reinforced our presence on the Slope by extending our contract with BP for 2 more years, which started 14 years ago and still counting.
IOR: The Case of Coiled Tubing Services When it comes to increasing IOR work in Prudhoe Bay, the most common terms heard are Coiled Tubing drilling and/or perforations. It is easy to see the contribution to IOR of both operations to the companies operating on the North Slope. However, when it comes to IOR, Coiled Tubing should not be discarded. After an outstanding Coiled Tubing acid campaign at Milne Point in February 2010, here is below the email received from Kevin Yeager, BP Wells Scheduler in Prudhoe: Subject: MPU Coil Campaign Hi Folks, The recent 1.5” coil tubing campaign at Milne Point successfully resulted in the following additions to our daily production rate: MPC-01 ESP acid job 300 IOR MPE-30 Acid wash. 250 IOR MPL-43 ESP acid job. 275 IOR. This was a last minute, opportunistic job. MPI-10 Plug setting and schmoo treatment was successful. MPS-10 Plug setting was mechanically successful. If we observe the goal of increasing reservoir pressure in the next few weeks, we will be able to put MPS-05 online for an additional ~600-800 bopd of IOR.
Economy). H2 kicked off with the successful completion of a major CTD project for Rutter and Wilbanks. This was a collaborative effort with many segments involved and an excellent revenue bump of ~2M for the GeoMarket. 2009 also finished with Kenai cultivating our continuing relationship with Chevron. Although their work can be inconsistent, they continue to be our main client in the Cook Inlet. In January 2010, Kenai OFS surpassed 6 years without an OSHA recordable or LTI. This HSE milestone resulted in the successful application and award of the NAM Presidents award for HSE Excellence. The Kenai district is proud of this award but also mindful of the need to stay focused and on top of our game as we strive to continue the goal of excellence. 2010 is shaping up to be a big year after what appeared to be a weak forecast. 2010 for us is getting off to a slow start as we are down about a third on our revenue year on year. As the year continues we should begin to catch up a little with last year’s pace. This year our work should be more level loaded instead of front end loaded like last year. This should allow us to be more consistent in supplying superior service and great safety results. Thanks for all the hard work and we are looking forward to a great year!
When you think increasing oil reserves, you should think Coiled Tubing too !!!! Kenai finished 2009 strongly after a slow start caused by 3 major Cook Inlet oilfield catastrophes in H1. (Supply boat sinking, Mt Redoubt eruption,
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Peter Young Pow, Wireline Operations Manager, Alaska
It’s been a while since we last had one of these so I’d like to start off with a re-cap of 2009. Last year started off well with a strong Q1 with exploration season kicking in. New clients like Anadarko were key for us. The worldwide downturn brought with it some tough decisions and many distractions to our workplace. There was some consolation in that we didn’t seem to be as affected by the downturn as the rest of NAM. However, our loss of the Conoco Phillips eline contract was a heavy blow to our business both in Prudhoe Bay and in Kenai.
and Project wells on the slope as well as a Chevron extensive tractor log in Kenai. The Q1 HSE results were good with personnel with still some challenges on the environmental side. The SQ results in Q1 were similar to that of 2009 which is still a concern for our business. We must deliver EXCELLENT Service Quality if we want to be THE eline/wireline provider in Alaska.
Business was stable for the rest of the year with the work from BP in Prudhoe Bay and Chevron in Kenai though we had the typical slowdown in Q4 with the drilling budgets running low.
I would like to take the time now to recognize and congratulate our Kenai team who along with the WS team they are only the 3rd location to achieve the NAM President’s Award for Excellence in HSE. They have operated now for over 6 years without a recordable injury and have shown that as a group, they are utilizing the proactive processes to maintain outstanding statistical HSE results. They are certainly a good example to all of us.
Thankfully, due to the focus of our personnel, our HSE results were relatively good. We did hurt one person which is definitely still one person too many. This year, we must achieve the Target Zero. We did have a mixed bag with our Service Quality results where we had less events than 2008 but the severity of these events were significantly higher. These severe events were all violations to our Zero Tolerance rules which are all not acceptable. This year, I count on the team to reverse that trend with the current SQ initiatives in place. 2010 has also started off well. We had some successes with our Q1 start with jobs from ExxonMobil, BP Northstar 14 | Northern Lights | Fall 2010
The excitement continues to mount about the possibility of Shell drilling in offshore Alaska this year. This is again a very high profile project and all eyes and ears will be looking in anticipation at what happens here. With all of this in mind, I am excited to be working with the AKA WL team and look forward to achieving many
Best in Class Service is demanded in our industry and I challenge each Wireline employee to step up to ensure EXCELLENCE in all of our tasks and jobs.
As Spring and Summer rolls around, AKA Wireline has some exciting projects in the pipeline. The BP Liberty project should get underway this year and WL (as well as the other segments) will have integral parts to play in this very high profile project. Our WL Liberty team has been working tirelessly with the product centers and with the product champions. This has been a terrific experience for all involved.
successes with the dynamic team that we have. We have the right people and the right equipment to do this. We must now ensure that we follow our carefully thought out processes to achieve Excellence in Execution for every single wireline job that is done in Alaska. All of our Alaska clients, especially BP and Conoco Phillips, must feel that we are aligned in helping them to achieve success as well. We can only be successful if our clients are successful, particularly in our difficult working environment. Best in Class Service is demanded in our industry and I challenge each WL employee to step up to ensure EXCELLENCE in all of our tasks and jobs. Stop the job if you feel that HSE or SQ may be compromised. I will support you. I look forward to getting to know each member of the team better this year. Be safe at home and at work!!
Supply Chain Sharry Melia, CPP, CPM, OFS Supply Chain Manager, Alaska
Writing this article for the Northern Lights magazine is bitter sweet – as it is my first and last! As many of you already know, I will be moving to Paris in the next few weeks to start a new role as EAF Procurement Manger. During my 2 years in Alaska this has become so much like a second home that I am keenly aware of how much I will miss it! Professionally, I have gained a lot of knowledge and I shall always cherish this as one of the most satisfying phases in my career. But on to the important stuff – what has Supply Chain been up to? 2009 might go down in history as the ‘year of Supply Chain’ as globally attention turned to our team for support in the down turn. We felt the pressure here even though Alaska did not feel the global pressure of the recession as quickly as the rest of the country. So what does SC have to do with recession? Well let’s start with making every dollar count, challenging the way we do business and working with our suppliers to meet our needs in the most efficient and effective manner that we can, and yes Mike, saving money in the process! We have seen much needed and welcome growth in our team in 2009. In Anchorage, along with Scott Dils –WS Supply and Logistics Chain Manager, we have added Rhody Launders - Procurement Specialist. Rhody is focusing on the areas of PPE, Consumables and materials management as well as support to the segments on individualized projects.
In Prudhoe Bay we have restructured to include the buyers to report into the SC organization; Mark Henry and Ron Dodson in the East Camp, along with Mike McKinney and Mike Tonn at the West Camp. This allows us to work towards a synergy in our business on the North Slope as well as to develop best practices and sharing of knowledge amongst the team. We would like to see further development in the areas of logistics management and materials management however this will come with time. So what are we currently working on? Our team is hard at work seeing that our contracts and audits are in place for vendors identified by the HARC assessments. Logistically we are looking forward to tendering both the ground and air transportation services for Alaska to ensure we have the right relationships and contracts in place. We are working with our local team on the slope to improve our stores management at both East and West locations. The goal is to be ready to implement the stores management system later in 2010 (early 2011) when the new SAP Materials Management module is released. But we have a lot of work to do before that!
Common items must be identified and appropriate inventory levels set to support the business as a whole – bringing together of the many individual stores that we now have into two main areas (East and West Camp locations). It is a daunting task to say the least but one that has been identified by our business unit and the segment managers. We do not anticipate the pressure letting up anytime soon. As indicated by our most senior management, “…a new approach to supplier management and materials sourcing will be established to streamline our requirements and to more effectively leverage our relationships with key suppliers. Gains have been made in short-term cost savings, however a fundamental change in the way we source materials is necessary to optimize our margins in the long term.” I believe we have our marching orders – a direction and road map to follow to accomplish the tasks ahead of us.
I hope that you continue to come forward with your comments, ideas and opportunities for us to help you improve our business in Alaska. I wish to thank everyone for your support and assistance over the past 2 years – change is never easy. I hope that you continue to come forward with your comments, ideas and opportunities for us to help you improve our business in Alaska. With much respect I will be handing over the reins to my successor, Dirk Retzlaff in the coming weeks. Please continue to give him your support... after all you don’t want to make me come back, do you???
Current inventory practices must be reviewed, stores areas need to be updated, tagged and organized in time for an official inventory count, later this year.
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Data and Consulting Services Sandra Mendoza, DCS Operations Manager, Alaska
point for interpretation and sales support for both existing and new D&M Technologies. InterACT Support Champion: Erika Bowen, one of our Senior Petrophysicists, splits her time between the DCS operations and InterACT support. Erikaâ€™s role as InterACT support champion is to adequately support InterACT data delivery in the field, internal and client training, sales support, and Segment real-time data delivery support in general. In 2009, DCS Alaska was challenged to create and develop new business opportunities for the segment while working hard to improve our support to the other segments in the AKA GeoMarket. Iâ€™m pleased to say that the team rose to the challenge by creating new business opportunities with new clients such as Aurora, Brooks, Chevron, Anadarko, XOM, Rampart and by working a variety of different consulting projects such as geomechanics for sanding prediction and well bore stability analysis, multiwell petrophysical evaluations. At the same time, the team provided outstanding support to the other segments in the AKA GeoMarket such as Wireline with their open hole and cased hole applications, D&M with their LWD technology and Well Services with their ACTive DTS jobs. New positions were implemented within the DCS team to continue improving our support not only to the segments but to our clients as well: LWD Domain Champion: Doug Hupp, our Principal Petrophysicist, has become the new LWD Domain Champion for D&M. Under this new role, Doug has served as the technical focal 16 | Northern Lights | Spring 2010
In 2009 we also had new additions: Jenifer Van Holland Jenifer joined the team as a Borehole Geologist. She moved from Denver and before joining DCS AKA she worked for various companies such as Forest Oil Corporation and Anadarko. She is working on Borehole Geology, modeling in Petrel and well placement and she is also becoming a master in Sonic Scanner interpretation. Jason Burt Jason joined the team as Well Placement Engineer. He is the first engineer that has been hired under @ccess Engineer program in AKA. Jason holds a BS in chemistry, Ms in Geology and PhD in Geology. He is working on becoming a master in well placement and petrophysics while focusing on D&M support. Ray Heath Ray joined the team as a Senior Petrophysicist. He moved from DCS Midland and has several years of experience in Cased Hole interpretations. He also is our lead on pressure tool analysis for both WL and D&M, which includes XPT, MDT, StethoScope.
DCS also hosted the 2009 Reservoir Symposium, we had eight presentations that also included participation by Well Servicesâ€™ Roland Loury and SISâ€™s Troy Mildon. The wining project "Another look at the Lisburne: Integrated reevaluation of image data with production log data" presented by Erika Bowen, represented the AKA GeoMarket at the NAM level Reservoir Symposium in Houston. 1. First Place: Erika Bowen 2. Second Place: Douglas Hupp 3. Third Place: Troy Mildon.
2010 will bring more challenges for the DCS team; with the notable improvement in the business market, the DCS team will continue providing outstanding support to all our clients in the Alaska geomarket. Some of the highlights so for far in 2010 are: We have successfully provided real-time interpretation support for various clients such as BP, Chevron, Conoco, and Brooks Range. We are working with BP on their Accelerated Development Program which has helped us to create a new business opportunity with NExT (which is the training sub-segment of DCS). Also, we have been awarded an extension of the petrophysical evaluation for the Happy Valley wells for Chevron.
Please come and visit us on the second floor or contact us at: AKA-DCS@slb.com
I would like to welcome our new addition to the team Nathan Green. Nathan, will be working on the LDWG edits.
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Quality, Health, Safety, Environment Update Dave Hendrick, Alaska GeoMarket HSE Manager
I would like to congratulate everyone on an outstanding HSE performance during the 4th quarter of 2009, and maintaining the focus thus far in 2010. Q1 2010 is possibly the best HSE performance on record for the GeoMarket. In 2010 we have all committed to Zero significant injuries as individuals. As of the date of writing this article our Alaska team has met this objective. Remember that it is about the energy and passion in attempting to reach the ultimate goal of no injuries to our people, not about the number. Kenai District Recognition In April of this year, I was very proud to submit an application for the Presidentâ€™s Safety Excellence Award to NAM, on behalf of the Kenai Alaska District. The Kenai team put together documentation, verifying Lagging/ Leading indicator criteria for the NAM review. The operating district ( WL & WS ) has operated now for over 6 years since the last recordable injury and has shown that as a group, they are utilizing the proactive processes to maintain outstanding statistical HSE results. Recently, we have received notice from NAM that the Kenai District has been 18 | Northern Lights | Spring 2010
selected to receive the award. Plans are currently being made for North America management to come to Alaska to present and celebrate with the Kenai team. Join me in congratulating the Kenai district for achieving this significant recognition. Hand Injury Prevention: One of the main HSE focus areas for the GeoMarket in 2010 will be Hand Injury Prevention. Engineering out potential hand hazards, adjustments in our location PPE plans, hand injury awareness training, behavior observations, and finally by applying increased protection to decrease the severity of finger and hand injuries. Historically, hands are approximately 40-50% of our injuries in Alaska. I ask employees to recognize this fact and to place emphasis on identifying hand and pinch point hazards in your work activities. Emergency Preparedness: We recently have seen the aftermath of significant natural disasters around the world, from earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamisâ€™ etcâ€Ś Is your family prepared for such an emergency if it occurs? Do you have a Family Communications
Plan and does the family know what to do during and following a disaster?
one immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.
Plan for Emergencies You can begin this process by gathering family members and making sure each person is well-informed on potential hazards and community plans (Getting Informed). Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your family plan should address the following:
Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.
routes plans • Family communications • Utility shut-off and safety • Insurance and vital records • Special needs • Care for pets: Information for pet owners • Care for livestock: Information for livestock owners • Safety skills • Evacuation
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach every-
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items that members of a household may need in the event of a disaster. Basic Disaster Supplies. There are six basics you should stock in your home: • Water • Food • First
aid supplies bedding and sanitation supplies • Tools • Special items • Clothing,
Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container; a camping backpack; or a duffle bag. Have a great safe summer!
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as a Career Kevin Bybee, Slickline Cell Leader, Prudhoe Bay
Once upon a time a 23 year old from the little town of Evanston, Wyoming stumbled into a Schlumberger E-line shop. Not knowing what he was getting himself into he hurried through a application and submitted it to a now retired SLB clerk named Emily Johnson. Emily was a great person to have on your side and definitely one that if you weren’t on her good side you could tell right away. The young man was called back for a interview a week later and with his good looks and charm he got the job. He was very happy he had been married for 4 years and had a son to take care of and he knew with Schlumberger’s benefits and pay he would definitely be able to take better care of his family. Two weeks in the field and the young man was definitely thinking twice about his decision. But he struggled through made it to the Canadian driving school in Airdrie. About a week into driving school was September 11, 2001. He ended up being stuck a extra week and a half in Canada due to tightened security. Boy he really started to re-think this whole Schlumberger thing. After about 8 months the young man found himself working in Slickline. For other product lines they probably think this story couldn’t get any worse but this is really where the story turns around. 20 | Northern Lights | Spring 2010
Slickline is a product line that hard work, dedication and good positive attitude is noticed and rewarded. The young man worked very hard working all over Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana and North Dakota. At times he felt like he couldn’t really catch his breath. In early 2005 he had the opportunity to help out in Prudhoe Bay Alaska. Schlumberger had just won the contract in Prudhoe Bay and it was a little shy on experienced help. Wren Munsterman picked me up at the Anchorage airport and welcomed me to Alaska. Three days of training in Anchorage and I was off to the North Slope. It was April and I stepped off the charter and it must have been Phase 2. Again I was re-thinking some of my decisions. I met Jeff McDaniel and a week later “Wally” Paul Perius and I felt like I had found a home. Going home for two weeks after only working two was a huge treat compared to the old always working schedule. Hitch # 1, I went out to the field with Brent Erwin and Chuck Castloo second part of the hitch I worked with Stacey Delozier and Corey Thompson and learned the “North Slope way”. Hitch # 2, I worked with Dave Stegich, Justin Dodson and Jim Whitaker. Hitch # 3, I was ready to go! I jumped on DC # 2 with Brad Bailey and never looked back.
One of my favorite sayings that has to do with work is like the Mama duck told her babies, “make it look easy on surface, but underneath paddle like hell.” Currently I am a Cell Leader for the Slickline group. Most of the guys mentioned in my story have moved forward as well. It has taken a lot of work to get to where I am now. But there have also been a lot of opportunities and good mentors that have helped me along, including, PeeWee, Jeff, Tim and several others. But it is nice to know that all the hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed and has been rewarded. I try to remember that every day, when working with the crews in the field that do a great job day in and day out and make all that revenue that make it possible for me to have a good job and take care of my family, which is huge by now! Grown from three to eight with the most recent being my triplet girls! One of my favorite sayings that has to do with work is like the Mama duck told her babies, “make it look easy on surface, but underneath paddle like hell.” The hard work will get you where you want to be.
Finance Lisa Altman, GeoMarket Controller, Alaska
Over the past 12 months, the accounting group experienced quite a few personnel changes. In May 2009, Rita Bowden, A/R Admin, retired after 30 years with SLB. She continues to live in Anchorage and is enjoying the extra time visiting family in Hawaii and spending time with her two sons who live in Massachusetts and Oregon. Rita was a big part of the AKA family and will be missed by all. She was replaced by Elizabeth Carrasco, A/R Admin, who transferred from Midland, Texas, where she worked as an OFS admin for two years. She has done a great job at filling some big shoes. Welcome to the AKA Team Elizabeth! With Rita’s departure, the entire accounting group stepped up to help with the transition. Wanda Peck, A/R Admin, originally started with Camco in 1997 and has been with SLB for 13 years. She helped by temporarily taking on CTD invoicing while Elizabeth was getting trained. Lynn Goettinger, A/R Admin, has been with SLB for nearly 10 years starting as a contract Database Manager with SIS. She helped by assuming the D&M invoicing responsibility. Thank you Wanda and Lynn for all your help during the 2009 transition. We couldn’t have done it without you! In November 2009, Orin Thompson, AKA Controller, was transferred to Houston as the NAM BPO Manager (that’s North America Business Pro-
cess Optimization). Orin was also a big part of the AKA family and after spending over three years in Alaska will be greatly missed. He and Melia and their two sons moved to Houston and are enjoying the warmer weather. Orin was replaced by Elizabeth “Lisa” Altman who transferred from Youngsville, Louisiana, where she was the D&M Operations Controller for nearly three years. Prior to that, she worked for the IPM group in College Station, Texas, for 10 years. Lisa and her family have really enjoyed all the winter activities…learning to ski, sled, and ice skate. In February 2010, Stephen Hancock, WSV/ATL/CPL/DCS/SIS Business Analyst, transferred to Houston as the North Gulf Coast REW/DCS Operations Controller. He was in Alaska for nearly four years and his sense of humor will be greatly missed by the entire AKA family. Stephen was replaced by Claudia Delgado, WSV/DCS/SIS Business Analyst, who transferred from Ponder, Texas, where she was the WSV Financial Analyst for nearly two years. Prior to that, Claudia worked as a Fixed Asset Accountant, GOLD Management Accountant, and IPM Revenue Accountant. Welcome to the AKA Team Claudia!
the ATL and CPL segments. He is now responsible for the D&M, REW, SL, TST, ATL, and CPL segments. Claudia is responsible for the WSV, DCS and SIS segments. Justin is also continuing his college education in order to prepare for the CPA exam.Way to go Justin! The accounting group is also fortunate to have Stephanie Redmon’s help. Stephanie is the AKA Receptionist and started helping with A/P processing in 2009. In 2010, she started working with Lisa Altman and Sharry Melia, AKA Supply Chain Manager, with the BPO Accenture Project. The BPO Accenture Project is where a portion of SLB’s A/P processing is being outsourced to a third party group called Accenture. This project will go live on June 1, 2010, and Stephanie has been instrumental in getting AKA prepared for this conversion. Thank you Stephanie for all your help! Even though 2009 had several personnel moves, the accounting group kept focused and on task as evidence by a successful SLB Internal Audit, which is a big accomplishment. Looking ahead to 2010, the focus will be on a BP Audit, BP Contract renewals, and the BPO Accenture conversion. There will also be continued focus on costs as we slowly emerge from the downturn.
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Drilling and Measurements Mario Pepe, D&M Operations Manager, Alaska
What a fantastic year for Drilling and Measurements Alaska in 2009! In a very difficult year for SLB overall, especially in USA, D&M Alaska was able to increase revenue by 34% and IBT by 72% versus 2009. Market share gain has also been considerable reaching the market leader position with 41% revenue Market Share followed by the traditional market leader HAL which finished at 31% leaving BHI at the third rank with 28%. In D&M Alaska we are all proud of having achieved this outstanding financial results with 0 recordable injures for the second year, a result which is extraordinary considering the challenges for some of our major operators which experienced a very difficult year from the HSE point of view! Thanks to the SQ results of Q1 last year D&M Alaska was able to replace Sperry Sun on the critical project on Endicott for BP drilling two wells with no SQ issues bringing the project back on track. Competition replacement which allowed D&M AKA to win the 2009 Q1 D&M VP SQ Award! 2009 has been a very challenging year from the SQ point of view where D&M 22 | Northern Lights | Spring 2010
AKA has committed to adhere to the Excellence in Execution strategy. The ExxonMobil SQ assessment at the end of 2008 followed by the D&M HQ SQ Standard audit at the beginning of 2009 had highlighted the need to focus on this critical area in order to prepare D&M AKA for a step change in view of important projects such as Eni Nikaitchuq, ExxonMobil Pt. Thomson and BP Liberty. D&M AKA embarked then in a long journey (still ongoing!) to create a new SQ culture and ultimately to achieve the Excellence in Execution which will guarantee a more sustainable business for the near future. This focus allowed in 2009 to move from CAT5 to CAT3 on the D&M SQ Standards. However results on the D&M KPI CMS/ KJ were not met. This indicator in fact deteriorated by 14% vs 2009 requiring tremendous effort to meet the D&M global objective to reduce CMS/ KJ by 50% from the end of 2007 to the end of 2011. One of the main achievements for D&M AKA in 2009 has been to secure long term contracts which will allow counting on year round activities (Eni, Liberty and Chevron in the Cook Inlet) in addition to the traditional seasonal winter activity with customers like Brooks Range, Rampart and Ultrastar. The review of the past is important but even more is the projection of what is coming. The business prospect for D&M AKA is solid and looks promising: the challenges for 2010 are to preserve the business gained in 2009, delivering on the Liberty project and guaranteeing superior SQ to all our customers! The preliminary results at the end of Q1 2010 look promising with outstanding HSE performance (0 record-
able in the whole GeoMarket), greater IBT achieved in the AKA GeoMarket and improvement on the SQ although still not at the level we are capable of aiming to! All the results mentioned above have been made possible by the dedication of the entire D&M AKA team which through hard, and often silent, work has made this possible. At the same time I want to take once again the opportunity to thank, on behalf of the entire D&M AKA team, all the GM staff who have been supporting our operations.
Despite the fact that we have been very busy to deliver results I am glad members of our team have had success in their personal lives: • Erik Bishop is now dad of Rowan since almost a year! • Ivan Hernandez got his G11 and moved to Mexico. • Thor Kallestad got his G11 • Jamie Staats got married a year ago and is now expecting their first child in June. • Shailesh Prithani recently got married before moving to Alaska • Paul Wyman now is a happy dad of Biella Marie (Image 1)
Villarreal happy dad of Danna Sofia since few weeks! • Ruben Aguirre happy dad of Dana Fernanda since few weeks! • Julio Palacio who celebrated the First Communion of Joaquin and Carolina. (Image 2) • Mario Pepe who celebrated the First Communion of Annalisa and Isabella. (Image 3) • Tess Cockwell who recently got married with Angel! • Kit Perkins who married Laura almost a year ago! • Greg Calligure who married Anouchka almost a year ago!
Step Up! Diane Hoges OFS Personnel Manager, Alaska
The most common New Year’s Resolution is to get healthy, lose weight, and get in shape. Personnel has teamed up with QHSE to introduce the Step Up! Take Charge Program to help our employees and their families meet this resolution and possibly earn some cash or prizes along with way… Step Up! Take Charge Program Overview: A year long program to promote better health through weight loss and
open to all employees and their family members. The program is aimed at making small changes to their daily lives that can add up to better health: • Three Take Charge categories • Weigh to Eat (nutrition) • Get a Move On! (exercise) • Just Breath (stress management) • New challenges every month in each category • Participation is entirely voluntary Incentives for All Participants: There will be periodic “Kick It up a Notch!” challenges tied to a monthly Take Charge challenge. Winners will be chosen by prize drawings, online voting, progress against better health goals, self-determined, in the case
of inter-group challenges. Finally, there will be a grand prize drawing in February 2011. Special Incentives for Employees: Pay for Pounds program will pay $10 cash for every pound you lose toward your healthy-weight goal by February 2011 (minimum weight lost to qualify is 10 pounds). Your starting and final weight cannot be less than the normal range for your height. Additionally, you have to participate in at least 18 of the monthly Take Charge challenges. For more information on the Step Up! Take Charge Program, please visit the website at http://stepup.slb.com.
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Transfers Into AKA since January 2009
Ruben Aguirre – D&M DEC Manager from Houston, TX Lisa Altman – GeoMarket Controller from Youngsville, LA Sapar Annyyev – Completions EIC from Baku, Azerbaijan Alex Brocoletti – Testing Phase Watcher Specialist from Houma, LA Greg Calligure – D&M Quality Compliance Manager from Luanda, Angola Daniel Chan – D&M ET2 from Kemaman, Malaysia William Cherry – Slickline Specialist 1 from Kingsville, TX Don Gipson – WL ET4 from Grand Junction, CO Nick Goura – D&M GFE from Youngsville, LA Katherine Harris – D&M FE1 from Neuquen, Argentina Fred Kitterman – WS Pumping Cell Leader from Gillette, WY Trent Lee – WS Operations Manager from Bossier City, LA Jeff Long – WS Senior DESC Engineer from Houston, TX Luis Mendez – Slickline Operator 2 from Kingsville, TX Sandra Mendoza – DCS Operations Manager from Jakarta, Indonesia Chuck Moore – OFS MT3 from Rock Springs, WY Julio Palacio – D&M Project Manager from Houston, TX Pat Parno – GeoMarket Sales & Marketing Manager from Calgary, Alberta, Canada Peter Young Pow – WL Operations Manager from Port of Spain, Trinidad Shailesh Prithani – D&M DSM from Bombay, India Mark Robertson – D&M Maintenance Manager from Calgary, Alberta, Canada Matt Roorda – WL Field Quality Champion from Belle Chasse, LA Brandon Temple – D&M FE1 from Youngsville, LA Darren Whitlock – WL General Operator from Belle Chasse, LA Roye Young – D&M MT1 from Stonehouse, Great Britain Marat Zaripov – D&M GFE from Noyabrsk, Russia Sam Ziadeh – D&M FE2 from Youngsville, LA Jesse Beckles – D&M FE1 from Youngsville, LA Marek Danis – D&M GFE from Tripoli, Libya Claudia Delgado – OFS Business Analyst from Ponder, TX Susana Fuentes Galea – WS Location Manager from Villahermosa, Mexico Stephen Lewis – D&M SDD from Youngsville, LA Adrian Morales – WS Technical Sales Engineer from Mexico Shane Morgan – Testing FSM from Midland, TX Clint Reeves – WS Quality Compliance / Operations Support Engineer from Canada Dirk Retzlaff – GeoMarket Supply Chain Manager from Midland, TX Mark Roos – WS Location Manager from Cleburne, TX Mohamed Saraya – Completions & Artificial Lift Operations Manager from Houston, TX Robert Wardrup – WS FS1 from Graham, TX Todd Wensley – D&M Sales Manager from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Transfers Out of AKA since January 2009
Matt Allen – to Houston, TX as Testing FS3 Frederick Blackburne – to Saudi Arabia as WS FS3 Mike Brunstein – to Denver, CO as Vice President of Sales & Marketing Robert Clarke - to Nigeria as WS FS3 Garrett Cleland – to Montana as Artificial Lift FSM Jan Cox – to Cario, Egypt as Stimulation Domain Manager Christine Coyle – to Kellyville, OK as WS Training & Staffing Manager Mohamed Hassan – to Saudi Arabia as WS Lab Manager Ivan Hernandez – to Poza Rica, Mexico as D&M Drilling Engineer Lee Hutton – to Houston, TX as WL Global Account Manager for Exxon Frank Kong – to China as WS Location Manager Daryl Kveder – to Nisku, Canada as Artificial Lift FE Chris Lavoie – to Bakersfield, CA as WS FS1 Janessa Link - to Houma, LA as WL GFE Ronald Locke – to Longview, TX as WS FS1 Joe Nielsen – to Longview, TX as WS EO1 Laura Perkins – to Houma, LA as OFS Personnel Manager Max Price – to Malabo as WL GFE Ryan Rasmussen – to Bakersfield, CA as Artificial Lift Operations Manager Brian Sinosic – to Sauda Arabia as WS Sr. Production Stimulation Engineer Orin Thompson – to Houston, TX as Business Improvement Manager Richard van der Tuin – to Aberdeen as WS Sales & Marketing Manager Stephen Hancock – to Houston, TX as NGC WL and DCS Operations Controller Yidelka Lopez – to Bakersfield, CA as WS DESC Engineer Roland Loury – to Houston, TX as WS USL CoilTools Manager Sharry Melia - to Paris, France as EAF Procurement Manager Paul Perius – to Williston, ND as WS Operations Manager Brad Smith – to Houston, TX as BP USL/NGC OFS Account Manager Dennis Weathers – to Malabo as WL MDT Specialist
Transfers Within AKA since January 2009
Beau Archambault - from Testing to Memory FE2 Brandon Harbour – from WS to D&M ET2 Justin Prather – from WS to HSE BP Safety Coach Steve Robinson – from HSE to WL FSM Mike Tonn – from Expeditor to Storekeeper Kelsey Trimmer – from WS to HSE BP Safety Coach Ed Koss – from Slickline to D&M ETT Nate Rose – from D&M to OFS Account Manager
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Women of Science & Technology Day 2010 Jamie Staats, D&M Field Engineer
Presenters: Jamie Staats, D&M Field Engineer (lead presenter), Jessica Bassett, WS Field Engineer, Sandra Mendoza, DCS Operations Manager, Lisa Altman, GM Controller, Jenifer Van Holland, DCS Geologist
Schlumberger was asked to present again this year at the annual Girl Scouts â€“ Women of Science & Technology Day. We held 3 morning sessions with approximately 20 girls each for K-3rd graders and then 3 afternoon sessions for the 4-8th graders. The younger girls were given a project to design a car using only specific materials (straws, lifesavers, paper, paper clips, tape and scissors) and then make the car move by blowing on it. At the end of each session we compared all the different designs and had a race to see which Puff Mobile went the furthest. For the older girls, we reviewed Cementing in the Oil & Gas Industry using cement kits. We talked about various properties of cement that is used in the Oil & Gas Industry and how the different materials interact with each other.
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A Flight to Remember
Philip Brower, WL Senior Operator, Prudhoe Bay
This is a fun event for my son, Gabe. When Gabe was 6 years old he said he wanted to be a Pilot, so I promised him he could fly in a small plane for his 8th birthday. Well Dan (Our welder at Wireline) agreed to take him up and he was the happiest kid in Alaska! Dan flew him around for about 15 minutes, even let Gabe take the stick for a while. After a bumpy landing on Dan’s runway they turned around and took off again. Dan said, he asked Gabe if he wanted to do it again and Gabe said, yes. After they landed the second time, I asked my son if he still wanted to be a pilot and well you know the answer. It is never too soon to support our children’s dreams. A special thank you to Dan.
Concert Chorus Charity Event Justin J. Wesselhoft, OFS Business Analyst
Here is a picture from the Anchorage Concert Chorus charity event. SLB sponsored a table on March 28th. Not many people showed up (besides the ones in the pic) due to ash fall that night from the Volcano. I suppose this photo is a few days short of “winter”.
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even a home study visit was conducted. We met with the rest of the people overseeing the needs of these kids, the case worker, the Guardian Ad Litem, the adoption licensing agent, and the current foster parents. We later had a representative from the girl’s tribal council attend the meetings.
A “Forever Family” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but for 2 little girls it was a very powerful wish. Brianna & Cheyenne have been in the care of the Office of Children Services for over 2 years. They’ve been through several foster homes, most not longer than 6 months. They longed for a Forever Family and a home to call their own. In September my wife and I were attending church and there in the lobby was a display called a “Heart Gallery”. This gallery was composed of handouts with photos of kids and a brief description of them in their own words. My wife grabbed up about half of the fliers to take home and pray over. These became her “shoebox kids” as that is where she placed the fliers for safe keeping, an empty shoebox on our family room table. The next day we were out for a drive and she asked if we could go back to the church to get the rest of the fliers. She couldn’t pray for some of these kids and not the others. When she got back in the car with the rest of the fliers I asked her if she was interested in adopting any of these kids. She said she was but didn’t think I would be. What came next was quite the shock to her as I said let’s read the fliers and see if any of these kids sound right for our family. After she picked her jaw up off of the floor, she started to read the bios out loud.
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Avram Levy, WL TOPS Trainer, Prudhoe Bay
When we were done going through each child’s story we were both taken with the one from the twin 7 year old girls. Most of our kids were grown and gone except for our 9 year old daughter, Autumn. We decided to see what she thought of having younger sisters and found out that she was very excited at the idea. We started by contacting the Office of Children’s Services and spoke with the person managing the case of the twins. We discussed the history of why they were in the care of the state and the steps we’d need to take to move forward with the intent of adopting. Everyone in our family that still lived at home had to be finger printed, background checks were performed, and
All of this was done to get as much background done to make sure we were the right Forever Family. It’s interesting as well as challenging, dealing with all of the different agencies that are involved with the care of the twins: the Alaska court system, the Office of Children’s Services, and Alaska Children Services are the main ones. By this time it was December and we had only briefly met the girls but we had only been introduced as an acquaintance of one of the social workers. No fooling these two, the first time we came to their foster home to take them for an afternoon at the Imaginarium, they met us at the door with “Hi Mom & Dad, when do we get to move home?” Afternoon visits turned into day visits and then overnighters. In late January, Cheyenna & Brianna moved into their Forever Home with their Forever Family. Now we have the “A, B, C” sisters: Autumn, Brianna & Cheyenne.
Family Pride Schlumberger Wireline FamilyPride from this generation to the next
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Field and Fun
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Pictures by Brett Warta, D&M FE
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Pictures by Blake Howe 1. A nice day last summer with the caribou in back. 2. Sunrise 3. Manlift picture is of an E-line rig up 4. Logger and whale 5. Picture of a bridge that collapsed on my dad at our family farm in North Dakota 2009
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Pictures by Blake Howe, WL FE 1) Logger and whale 2) Manlift picture is of an E-line rig up 3) A nice day last summer with the caribou in back 4) Me in front of some Musk Ox in Prudhoe 5) Me next to a hover-craft out at Northstar. 6) My family in Rhodes, Greece while on a Mediterranean cruise 7) Me in front of Pyramid and Sphinx in Egypt (Also part of the cruise). 8) Me with a speared Northern Pike while ice fishing down in Minnesota.
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Photos by Dawn Nunley HR Administrator 2009 Fin, Feather, or Fur Food Festival, Kincaid Park The Schlumberger team won first prize for Showmanship Award.
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Sunrise on a convey to 2N in Kuparuk Photo by Roger Hammer, WS FS
Photos by Louise Van Der Tuin
Michael Coleman, WS EO Here is a me taking a picture stopped on the ice road to Pioneer in early May.
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Photos by: 1) Shailesh Prithani D&M DSM - Conservation Park, Girdwood 2) Brett Warta, D&M FE 3) Wayne Hart, D&M ET - Mt McKinley from the air 4) Wayne Hart, D&M ET - Anchorage by air 5) Kevin McGrath, WS EO - taken at Ooguruk Island 6) Wayne Hart, DM ET - A new family on the slope 7) Shailesh Prithani D&M DSM - Conservation Park, Girdwood 8) Steven Robinson, WL FSM - Northern Lights in Prudhoe 9) Wayne Hart, D&M ET - Local Caribou in Prudhoe 10) Shailesh Prithani D&M DSM - Conservation Park, Girdwood 11) Shailesh Prithani D&M DSM - Conservation Park, Girdwood
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Wireline Rig Up
Photos by Steven Robinson, WL FSM, Kenai Coil Job
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Photos by Jack Houghtaling, WS EO
1. Jack Houghtaling under Denali snowmachining 2. Jack Houghtaling in Caribou Hills snowmachining 3. Jack Houghtaling and rig hand Devon Zaukar in tyvec suit on Nordic #2 4. Charley Horwath and Jack Houghtaling with a â€œcontrol line fish caught with a wireline spearâ€? on Nordic #2 3
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Hike near Hatcherâ€™s Pass
Photos by Jason Burt, DCS Well Placement Engineer
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Diane Hodges, OFS Personnel Manager, with daughter Samantha on vacation in sunny Hawaii
Photos by Tim Bales, Slickline & Memory Operations Manager, Alaska Left: Justin, Sierra, Alexia Top: Tim and Tricia
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SSA Board Members for 2010
Hello ladies, Summer is almost here! But before things get hectic and people start getting out and about to enjoy Alaska or to travel elsewhere I’d like to take a moment to introduce you all to our new Anchorage SSA Board for 2010. Coordinator – Lora Wyman (email@example.com) Treasurer – Julie Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) Activities – Fernanda Brocoletti (email@example.com) Mily Falconi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Welcomes – Fernanda Brocoletti (email@example.com) Mily Falconi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Newsletter – Trish Bales (email@example.com) We are bidding farewell to two very active SSA members and great friends of ours: Brooke Smith, who served as the most recent Coordinator, and Nicole Barton. These wonderful ladies are both on their way to start a new adventure in Houston, Texas this summer. Enjoy the heat and humidity ladies! Thank you for all that you’ve done to make the SSA a success in Anchorage. We will miss you! Since we’ve seen a lot of transfers in and out within the past 9 months, our SSA board has been in transition. We’re going give it our best to start things up again and plan some monthly gatherings and activities starting in September. Some activities we’ve done in the past have been: Bunco, Book Club, Lunches, Welcome Coffees, Movie Night, Crafts – Scarf Painting, Couples Night – Wine Tastings, Tours & Classes - Belly Dancing, Ceasar salad class, and playgroups for those with small children. ACTIVITIES: We are planning some new activities for the fall that I think will be fun and exciting! If you have some suggestions on activities please email your activities coordinators, Fernanda and Mily. Also, if you are interested in setting up playgroups or other activities for children, please let me know. SSA ANNUAL TRIP: I am working on a couple of ideas for an SSA weekend trip and will share those ideas with the group very shortly. In the past we've gone down to the Kenai Peninsula for the weekend to fish on the Kenai river and stay in a cabin. Last year the group decided to go to a spa for a day of pampering instead of fishing. Nonetheless, the chance to get away and relax with a group of great women is always fun! Thank you, and on behalf of the board an myself, we look forward to getting to know each of you better!
Lora Wyman SSA Coordinator
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Finish Line A group of engineers and operators from Kenai have been out trying to get a little more active this year by participating in the community fun runs held through out the summer. I’ve got a couple of photos from some of those events that maybe you could include in the upcoming edition of the Northern Lights. If you can’t it’s not a problem but I think it would make some of the guys pretty excited to see the photos published. If you need more information about the photos attached please don’t hesitate to email me or to call me on my work cell. I’ll include names and events below in the order that I “think” I’m sending them. But if it’s confusing just give me a ring. 1 Keith MacPhail’s Pictures 1. Stephen Hart crossing the finish line in the Homer News Spit Run 10K 2. From L-R - Stephen Hart, Daniel Johnson, Keith MacPhail, and Stuart Briggs posing with SLB Wireline and Testing sign after the Homer News Spit Run 10K 3. From L-R Stuart Briggs, Daniel Johnson, Jeremy Selfridge, Keith MacPhail and Stephen Hart after having completed the “Everything But the Red Run” on Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. 4. Stuart Briggs, Keith MacPhail and Stephen Hart after the “Family Fun Run in the Midnight Sun” 5 mile. Keith and Steve with first place medals for our age groups and Stuart with second place in age group.
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(Above) Greg Galligure (D&M Quality Compliance Manager) with wife, Anouchka (Left) Tess Cecil-Cockwell (D&M FE) and Angelâ€™s Wedding February 2010
(Above) Shailesh Prithani (D&M DSM) with wife Shreya, in Hawaii (Left) Karen Shierâ€™s Bridal Shower Photo by Wanda Peck, Administrative Specialist 3
Curling Picture Photo by Justin Wesselhoft, Business Analyst
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Photos by Wanda Peck, Administrative Specialist 3
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1. Andrea Reece & LeAnne Evans wishing Rita Bowden a happy retirement with gardening tools and plants. 2. ALS/CPL mustache guys: George Bucharan, Chris Cooper & Brent Overman. 3. Sherrie Hunt & Rita Bowden’s ‘Retirement Honor Leis’. 4. Karen Moran’s 25th BD before she transferred to Kenai. 5. Office shenanigans…
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Photo by Shailesh Prithani, D&M DSM, Alaska
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Hands On Fun
A work day in office for Justice.
Cartoons by Bill Thomas, Project Manager, Alaska
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Erik (D&M Mechanic Technician) & Christy Bishop Baby girl Rowan Mykel Bishop Weighing 7lbs, 2oz & 20 inches long Born on January 28, 2009
Manuel Diaz (WS Technical Sales Support Engineer) & Isis Torbay Baby twins: Adam (boy) weighing 5lbs, 14oz & 19 inches long. Hanna (girl) weighing 6lbs, 5oz & 19.2 inches long. Born December 3, 2009
Bob (Slickline Helper) & Tanya Suhanek Baby girl Maria Suhanek Born on February 23, 2010
2 Jay (WL Electronic Techncian) & Rachel Jensen Baby Boy- James Ryker Jensen
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Sapar (Completions Engineer in Charge) & Jahan Annyyev Baby boy Kadyr Annyyev Weighing 6lbs, 15oz & 18 inches long Born on January 17, 2010
Joey (Slickline Tool Room Specialist) & Jessica Martinez Baby boy Damien Martinez, Weighing 7lbs, 1oz & 19 Â˝ inches long Born on June 5, 2009
Peter (WS Field Engineer) & Rachel Cahill Baby girl Mia Lauren Cahill Born on April 13, 2010 Weighing in at 6lbs, 2oz ~ 19 inches long
Kevin (Slickline Cell Leader) & Penny Bybee Baby triplet girls: Gabby ~ 3lbs, 2oz Eva ~ 2lbs, 11oz Charli ~ 3lbs, 2oz Born on October 1, 2009
Paul (Slickline Helper) & Jennifer Nunley Baby girl Marina Joy Nunley Weighing 6 lbs, 13 oz & 19 inches long Born on May 5, 2010
8 Paul (D&M FSM) & Lora Wyman Baby girl Biella Marie Wyman Weighing 6lbs, 9oz Born on March 17, 2010
10 Liam & Kim Weir. (WS CTS Cell Leaders). Baby boy Braiden Dale Weir Born on March 30, 2010 Weighing 8.5 lbs. & 20.5 inches long.
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Tribute to Mike Burnett Rola Burnett
As I reflect on year 2009, it’s almost as if I wish it didn’t exist. The spirit around me, however, reminds me that I’m not in control, God is. It started with spending a day in ER suffering from C-difficile, a bacteria that came alive from taking antibiotics (Clendomycin) due to a broken tooth. The funny part is I broke my tooth from biting into a piece of chicken breast. The regimen of antibiotics continued through May. In the meantime, Nicole was growing, progressed from crawling to walking, devoured a cupcake on her first birthday...Today has long hair, says more than 20 words in Arabic, English and French combined, loves music, cleaning with wipes, washing her hands and always wants what the other person has. Sometimes that irritates Nicolas. I’ve always told Mike she was born with a temper, independent and is strong willed. She hasn’t proven me wrong yet. Very affectionate though. Nicole will not know Mike the way Nicolas does, but she still points at his picture and says ‘dada’. Whenever I ask her where is dada, she looks straight to the garage door as he always entered from there when he returned home. I feel sorry for her though, I think she has Mike’s spirit of daredevil, courage and adventure. Nicolas has grown taller this year and stronger physically, very talkative (Mike would say he wished the children came 56 | Northern Lights | Spring 2010
with a switch off button). It has been a tough year for him. He’s still somewhat in shock for having lost his daddy, he shared many aspects of his life with him. He misses his daddy dates; going for ice cream at Double Dip, riding in the Chevy 84 Silverado and driving it to school as he sits in Mike’s lap (lucky, they never got caught), flying, working
macaroni & cheese. He always looked forward to Mike’s return. Mike returned home on June 4, Nicolas’ last day at school. Nicolas was very excited to have completed 1st grade and graduating to 2nd grade.. He was proud and showed a big smile. We had his 7th birthday party the next day (almost 2 months early) as Mike was only going to be home for 5 days, then go to work for 3 weeks and return for 3 weeks for Nicolas’ actual 7th birthday and go to OshKosh to celebrate. Mike had been
Nicole will not know Mike the way Nicolas does, but she still points at his picture and says ‘dada’. Whenever I ask her where is dada, she looks straight to the garage door as he always entered from there when he returned home. with tools, watching movies, learning how to use the computer...He misses Mike camping out in his room and sleeping with him, the way Mike played with him, very rough. Mike made us pancakes when he’d come home after a 16 day absence in Alaska. That was Nicolas’ favorite as well as his dad’s
planning a trip to OshKosh for years but one reason after another he hadn’t made it. Nicolas reminded Mike that he didn’t wish him a happy birthday and Mike’s response was it’s not your birthday, it’s only your birthday party, your birthday is not until July 30. Nicolas still takes Spanish once a week, tested for black belt in Taekwondo but didn’t pass
as he couldn’t break the boards (will attempt again) and loves soccer. On June 8, I thought Mike had a stroke and called 911. He didn’t know who I was, couldn’t remember my name and wasn’t able to move off the couch. He layed in bed all day on Sunday not feeling well and he was feverish I thought. He refused to go to the doctor or get his fever checked. He was rushed to Centennial Medical Center. We were assured later that we received the best care for him. He eventually remembered my name at the hospital and continuously said ‘I love you’ when I addressed him. Early June 9, he went into cardiac arrest and they administered CPR for 50 minutes. He gained a pulse and they stabilized him physiologically for the next few days. The rest was a waiting period, praying for a miracle. Mike passed away on June 12. He was brain dead. Mike and I talked many times about should this time ever come, what both of us would want. After his family’s consent as well, we pulled the plug. He died from a staph infection MRSA, pneumonia and septic shock. His wishes were to be cremated. I still can’t believe he’s gone, as I’ve told many, I feel he’s still in Alaska. We miss him every moment.. The funeral took place at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship on June 17. As for me, the last 6 months are a blurr
and no doubt have been difficult and overwhelming. I don’t know how I’ve made it so far without God’s presence, Mike cheering me on, the family’s support especially Mike’s brother Robert and his dad Michael Sr., friends and the will to get through this difficult time to ensure normalcy in the children’s lives. I’ve felt Mike’s absence as I walked Nicolas to his first day of school to attend 2nd grade, as I drive, at Taekwondo, encouraging Nicolas at soccer, at home when things break etc.
http://inmemoryofmikeburnett. blogspot.com/ click on In Memory of Mike Burnett Best wishes and God bless, Rola, Nicolas & Nicole Burnett (We spell our children’s names without the ‘h’)
As much as 2009 has been a tragic year, we are thankful for many things; our health, supportive families, friends near and far, our Schlumberger family, all those who sent cards, e-mails, letters, flowers, food, donations to Graceflight http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bBJIAPKCQX8 and the Michael & Rola Burnett Family Trust Fund, those who volunteered at the funeral and organised it, and those who came to the funeral from near and far. THANK YOU. At this time of year, we are thankful and we remember that no matter what hardships face us, it is nothing compared to what Christ has gone through. We wish you all a Merry Christmas as you celebrate Jesus’ birth and a healthy 2010. Thank you to everyone at Schlumberger who shared Mike’s memories and stories with us. It’s a great souvenir for the children. Spring 2010 | Northern Lights | 57
PHOTO CREDITS Above Photo by Brett Warta, D&M FE Northern Lights photos on Contents page, Front Cover and Rear cover photos by Steven Robinson, WL FSM
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