– University of Bristol
I graduated in 2005 with a Masters in chemistry from the University of Bristol. Having little previous knowledge of the oil industry, I went to work as a wireline field engineer in Northern Canada. This gave me a good grounding to life and work in the field. From there I worked for a consultancy in Stavanger, Norway before joining ConocoPhillips in January 2010 as a petrophysicist. I find ConocoPhillips a very personable company with a lively working environment, a great team spirit and effective collaboration. The senior members of staff are down to earth, always approachable and keen to listen to new ideas.
My work with ConocoPhillips
I joined ConocoPhillips as a petrophysicist in the technical services department. Technical services are a group of specialized disciplines who are loaned out to the assets as required to provide their specialist technical support. I have worked on a wide range of projects, from providing petrophysical models which are inputs into geological and reservoir simulation models, to well planning and live well petrophysical support to our operated exploration and development wells.
Working for an operator is quite different to working for a service company. Here you make decisions such as what sort of data you want to acquire, how you plan to acquire it and importantly how you are going to use it. This involves carefully working with service company representatives on their deliverables to ensure the job gets carried out as safely and efficiently as possible.
Often I attend meetings to present the interpretation work I have carried out. These might be presentations to higher level management or presenting technical work to partners.
ConocoPhillips has a large variety of fields and plays in their portfolio and this means that projects are all very different whether you are working on the Central Graben high pressure/high temperature (HP/HT) play, or the southern North Sea dry gas or fractured chalk – each project has very different challenges.
Joining ConocoPhillips with over four years previous industry experience meant that I did not go through the graduate training scheme. However, I have been able to attend a range of external and internal technical and softskill courses, which my manager and I chose specifically to focus on key areas for my professional development.
In addition to this ConocoPhillips has an extremely strong technical resource within the company, and we are encouraged to interact with our international counterparts to seek new ideas and diverse thinking. Internal conferences are often held to increase this global interaction.
For the short-term, I plan to continue working within the UK as there is a lot of scope to work on different projects and lots to learn. In the long-term, I would like to take what I have learned and build upon this by working on other projects overseas. As well as building experience by working on new projects, there will be learnings from the UK that I would like to apply to other business areas, as this builds and creates a strong sense of knowledge sharing within the company.