Abstract: Attracting, Developing and Retaining Top Technical People

Our industry is graying. The mentors in many of the major companies are gone, the in-house training programs in many major companies are gone, and the research centers in many major companies are gone. Comparing the E&P landscape just 15 years ago, many of the major companies themselves are gone, and have been replaced with very different looking organizations. And in 10 years, many of the people now working in the business will be gone.

The industry has been thinking hard about the “big crew change”. And because it takes 10 years to educate and train entry level university students in the geoscience and engineering disciplines so they can effectively contribute to their companies with minimum supervision, there is no time to lose. A further challenge is how to build and maintain skills once professionals have entered the industry.

This talk reviews why relatively few graduates in engineering and the geosciences have been considering entering the Oil and Gas industry, and how the upstream business can make itself more attractive to young undergraduates. It will consider the education they can be given in universities so they are most effective upon graduation, and at how to develop and retain them through their careers.

Our industry is graying. The mentors in many of the major companies are gone, the in-house training programs in many major companies are gone, and the research centers in many major companies are gone. Comparing the E&P landscape just 15 years ago, many of the major companies themselves are gone, and have been replaced with very different looking organizations. And in 10 years, many of the people now working in the business will be gone.

The industry has been thinking hard about the “big crew change”. And because it takes 10 years to educate and train entry level university students in the geoscience and engineering disciplines so they can effectively contribute to their companies with minimum supervision, there is no time to lose. A further challenge is how to build and maintain skills once professionals have entered the industry.

This talk reviews why relatively few graduates in engineering and the geosciences have been considering entering the Oil and Gas industry, and how the upstream business can make itself more attractive to young undergraduates. It will consider the education they can be given in universities so they are most effective upon graduation, and at how to develop and retain them through their careers.

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Abstracts

  • 836 With technical advances in surface seismic and downhole electrical imaging techniques, it is now possible to not only map the distribution of reservoir sandstones in the subsurface, but to accurately define the orientation of productive fairways, or “sweet-spots”, within the sequence. Channel sands frequently have favourable reservoir characteristics. Having often been laid down in higher energy settings, they commonly have coarser and better sorted grains, less clay and improved poroperm characteristics. However, they often have limited lateral extent and shoe-string geometries which make them more difficult to predict in the subsurface. This paper will summarize the results of four case studies and some additional examples of how channel sands, laid down in different depositional settings, have been recognized with borehole imaging. From sedimentary features and palaeocurrent directions within the sands it has been possible to determine their orientation and evolve improved exploration and development strategies. Further complexities in reservoir characterization, caused by thin beds or bioturbation; and how these effects can be recognized on the images, and quantified using other electric log data, will be discussed. Chasing Channel Sands in SE Asia http://www.aapg.org/career/training/in-person/visiting-geoscientist/abstract/articleid/836/chasing-channel-sands-in-se-asia
    Chasing Channel Sands in SE Asia
  • 835 This comprehensive introductory treatment of the Oil & Gas industry starts off by looking at world energy needs, worldwide oil and gas reserves and the challenging careers that are offered as those reserves are found and developed. The importance of technology advances is highlighted. Different inter-related disciplines in the oil and gas industry will be discussed; geophysics, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochemistry, petrophysics and reservoir engineering. The importance of data integration will be highlighted. Petroleum Systems will then be examined with a discussion of source rocks, reservoirs, seals and traps as well as the processes of O&G generation, migration and entrapment. The drilling and production of hydrocarbon accumulations will also be presented. The presentation concludes with a review of the importance of professional society involvement in one’s career. The Quest for Energy http://www.aapg.org/career/training/in-person/visiting-geoscientist/abstract/articleid/835/the-quest-for-energy
    The Quest for Energy
  • 16696 Both hydrocarbon and geothermal resources may be harvested from intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks. Case studies from Vietnamese granitic oil reservoirs and Indonesian andesitic hydrothermal reservoirs are used to illustrate how different rock types (lavas, pyroclastics, tuffs and intrusives) may be identified using electrical images and how their petrophysical properties may be evaluated resulting in revising drilling and completion strategies to optimize oil and steam production. These reservoirs pose challenging problems for conventional log analysis given their low effective primary porosities and complex mineralogies, especially when there has been diagenesis which may enhance (fractures/vugs) or destroy (zeolite authigenic clays) reservoir quality. Unconventional Igneous Reservoirs http://www.aapg.org/career/training/in-person/visiting-geoscientist/abstract/articleid/16696/unconventional-igneous-reservoirs
    Unconventional Igneous Reservoirs