Senior Operations Geologist

Bunker Hill Village, Texas

Senior Operations Geologist

Key Accountabilities

Well Planning:

  • Lead well planning activities and construction of relevant NWD documents consistent with the New Wells Common Process
  • Actively lead the construction of the WID, NDS meeting, select the well option, operational decision trees, and finalization of the data acquisition program
  • Lead the creation of pre-drill risk registers and ensure mitigation and contingency plans are created for all geological risks
  • Lead the construction of the SOR document ensuring the well objectives, data acquisition, and all relevant overburden characterization elements are contained
  • Ensure appropriate resourcing of well-site geologists both onshore/offshore through active engagement with suppliers
  • Ensure integration of well planning and operational activity through strong collaboration with key stakeholders, NWD and GWO leadership
  • Lead the construction of the GOP ensuring all relevant information is contained in this document
  • Own the contractor performance for key wellsite services to include but not limited to mudlogging, wireline/LWD, wellsite PPFG and geological services

Geological Operations:

  • Lead daily NWD/subsurface operations meeting
  • Represent NWD/subsurface at the morning GWO rig call
  • Lead all subsurface hole section previews, hole section reviews for the well Lead all LWOP, CWOP exercises, ensure that the specialty vendors are engaged early in the process
  • Provide support to the wellsite geologist: daily and as needed ops call, provide up to date information and offset date
  • Responsible for quantifying formation tops, casing, and core points per SOR and appropriate decision trees.
  • Ensure efficient delivery of the data acquisition program and data quality per agreed terms and the security of all sensitive subsurface data and well results
  • Ensure all subsurface vendors are engaged and providing data and support as outlined in the GOP and Well Plan document
  • Collaborate between NWD and Exploration/RD and GWO to ensure all well objectives are delivered safely and efficiently
  • Ensure Co-owners are receiving all required data and updates. SPA for Co-Owner communication and information dissemination.
  • Support the operations petrophysicist QC of data acquisition programs and procedures

Post Well:

  • Accountable for successful EOW Report completion ensuring the report meets the expectations of the New Wells Common Process.
  • Ensure all data is finalised and electronically captures in the corporate regional data store and hard data copy is distributed accordingly to stakeholders
  • Lead after action review with service providers and liaise with geological contractors personnel to provide QA/QC of all subsurface data and reports with completion of scorecard
  • Capture and document all post well key learnings in PWR and share in appropriate NWD venues.
  • Lead root cause analysis for any NPT event related to subsurface operations (Orange category) and ensure these learnings are distributed through the appropriate venues and stakeholders
  • Support the formal development of national staff through learning sessions/workshops for both well-site and operations geology staff

Essential experience and job requirements

  • University Degree in Geology or related subject, with 15 years of relevant industry experience, most of which should have been gained in a geological operations environment.
  • Essential industry experience in the areas of well planning and operations geology, well-site geology, petro-physical log interpretation, seismic and well data interpretation, workstation skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work in a collaborative environment within subsurface and drilling.
  • The individual needs to be self-motivated, with a strong ability to integrate across disciplines.
  • Cross discipline experience highly desirable, with strong teaching and coaching skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

About Petroplan

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Craig McConochie
Craig McConochie
Recruitment Manager, USA