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Position SEG EVOLVE mentor
When January 2019 - May 2019
Where Virtual with on-site opportunties
Reports to SEG EVOLVE Program Manager
Skills geosciences knowledge, software, workflows, project management, communication skills, copy writing, copy editing, organization, willingness to support students
Time commitment 4-8 hours a month
More info Apply online

The EVOLVE program offers students direct experience in conducting multidisciplinary subsurface integration projects using real-world seismic, wireline, core, production, and other data. Using iEnergy® and the Halliburton Landmark DecisionSpace® Platform, students utilize the latest technology to facilitate the efficient passing of practical knowledge using experiential learning.

Project management, teamwork skills, and business values are honed within the context of exploration, reservoir appraisal, field development planning, and production enhancement scenarios.

SEG seeks mentors to support the EVOLVE teams in a variety of ways, including:

  • Local advisors (determined by team location)
  • Subject matter experts
  • Workflow specialists
  • Software specialists
  • Communication mentors

For a review of EVOLVE 2018 and to learn more about the program, please read the cover story from December’s The Leading Edge.

What is EVOLVE?

EVOLVE consists of open-ended exercises that have no prepared answers. The emphasis for students is not on the “right answers” but on using available, real-world data to think carefully and ask the right questions. Students, regardless of their level at the start, can expect to be continuously challenged and to see significant improvement in their:

  • Technical insight
  • Understanding of modern workflows
  • Skills in applying modern workflows

Throughout the year, cloud-hosted resources will be available to participants of the EVOLVE program including an online repository for data, software, workflows, and training materials and an online forum (Basecamp) that facilitates team discussions with peers and mentors. Additionally, technical mentoring will be facilitated either online or in-person. Teams will have an option to present their results at the 2019 SEG Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, USA in front of industry experts and their peers.

The goal of EVOLVE

EVOLVE prepares participants to launch and advance their careers in the rapidly developing and multidisciplinary geophysics profession by building their confidence and bringing them closer to the goal of becoming “fearless explorers.” The program incorporates the industry’s long established values by encouraging thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and stewardship of investors’ funds while maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity. EVOLVE establishes a noncompetitive team environment that fosters collaboration and global participation.

Testimonials

  • The SEG EVOLVE program has broken all stereotypes of what well-rounded explorationist training should look like. This is a multidisciplinary collaboration tool for future oil and gas professionals. It is a first of its kind in the degree of professionalism, technical challenge, real-life situations, noncompetitive learning environment, and peer and mentor support that it offers. I believe that EVOLVE is a rising star among diverse SEG programs. It brings value to both students and employers alike. By offering unique skill-building and recruitment opportunities, EVOLVE has helped give back to the oil and gas community. Simply put, EVOLVE is yet another reason to be involved with SEG. Olga Nedorub, Geophysicist at Apache Corporation, SEG EVOLVE Technical Committee chair
  • The value of EVOLVE to participating students is immense. They gain exposure to real-world data, top-class mentors, industry-leading software, and critique and direction that no other industry/academia consortium can provide. There is no pressure or competition between teams to worry about, just learning and collaboration with team members and experienced industry consultants just a phone call or email away. This phenomenal learning experience is unmatched in any earth sciences industry program. Dean Mento, P.G. Senior Petroleum Geophysicist, IHRDC

Important information

Technical volunteers

Dataset Expert

In-depth knowledge of local geology, plays, wells, seismic, business context, state of exploration. Does not require any specific software skills. EVOLVE 2019 will focus on these three regions: Gulf of Mexico Shelf Vermilion, Dutch North Sea, and New Zealand 2D.

Will be assigned to one team during the project duration (approximately 5 months) and will have regular interactions with that team.

Subsurface Subject Matter Expert

Global expertise in their technical specialty with preferably some experience in the local area. EVOLVE 2019 will focus on these three regions: Gulf of Mexico Shelf Vermilion, Dutch North Sea, and New Zealand 2D. Does not require any specific software skills, although familiarity with tools related to the discipline is a plus. Will be called upon as requested and could be called on to support several teams.

Each interaction with a team will be based on specific questions and so may be relatively short.

Other Advisor (e.g., Economics, Operations, Technology)

Global expertise in a specialty. Does not require any specific software skills, although familiarity with tools related to the discipline is a plus. Will be called upon as requested and could be called on to support several teams.

Each interaction with a team will be based on specific questions and so may be relatively short.

Subsurface Workflow Specialist

Ability to translate subsurface technical objectives into a series of technical steps that can be executed on most modern workstations. Experience with many different software packages is a plus, but not required to be an expert in any single software. Software examples include DecisionSpace, IHS Kingdom, and Petrel.

Will be involved in initial stages of project to recommend workflows. Will be called upon at various stages of the project to recommend additional workflows.

Software Specialist

Extensive experience and high level of familiarity with the "buttons" and workflows of a specific software package. The primary needs will be related to DecisionSpace, though IHS Kingdom and Petrel will also be utilized.

Will be involved in initial stages of project to test, execute or recommend workflows. Will be called upon at various stages of the project to recommend additional DecisionSpace and other software workflows.

Local Advisor

Located in the team's city. Will be another communication channel to SEG, in addition to the faculty advisor. This role could be in combination with any of the other roles. Includes ensuring effective logistics and working with the team’s faculty advisor.

Will be assigned to one team during the project duration (approximately 5 months) and will have regular and close interactions with that team. Companies in the vicinity of the team could be encouraged to provide an individual to play this role.

Communication Mentor

Speaks the native language of the team and English fluently. Encourage and support development of English skills. Provide support for mid-project and final presentations.

Will be assigned to one team during the project duration (approximately 5 months) and will have regular and close interactions with that team.

Note on data

We are using three datasets: Gulf of Mexico Shelf Vermilion, Dutch North Sea, and New Zealand 2D. Additional datasets may be added.

2019 teams

Teams will be selected in January 2019.

Qualifications

  • Technical knowledge in one or more of the following fields: geology, geophysics, reservoir engineering, rock physics, petrophysics, workflows, software, communication
  • Self-motivated, possess good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, and answer team questions in a timely manner
  • Action oriented - pursues work with energy; perseveres especially in the face of resistance or setbacks
  • Teamwork - encourages collaboration by fostering open dialogue; defines success in terms of the whole team; finds common ground and solves problems for the good of all areas of SEG; represents his/her own interests while exercising fairness to others; shares successes
  • Communication - provides timely information so that accurate decisions can be made; practices attentive and active listening; conveys information and ideas clearly and positively; both in oral and written communication
  • Problem solving and decision making - uses sound logic and methods to solve problems and develop effective solutions; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer; makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment

Benefits

Support the next generation of geoscientists
Work with teams utilizing real data on top-of-the-line, cloud software. Get a head start on the future of the industry.
Recommendation letters, networking opportunities
Recommendations provided to excellent volunteers (e.g., LinkedIn recommendations). Volunteers will also have the opportunity to network with SEG members, the SEG EVOLVE Technical Committee, and other volunteers.
Benefits for industry
  • A unique and modernized model for early asset-based learning
  • Modernized software, data platforms, and work practices
  • New and agile approaches to improve and enhance workflows
  • Accelerated contribution from early-career professionals and new hires
  • Focused, persistent collaboration between academia, associations, and industry
  • Access to a pool of trained individuals familiar with E&P practices
  • Recognition by industry and SEG

SEG values all service and will work to ensure that volunteers receive a learning experience that fits career and learning goals.

Requirements and commitment

  • Four to eight hours a month
  • Starting date: January 2019
  • Ability to learn and use Basecamp (training will be provided as necessary)
  • Access to Zoom to meet virtually with teams
  • SEG staff will hold virtual meetings to train volunteers and provide support as needed.

SEG core values

Culture is the heart and soul of an organization’s identity. Who they are, what they aspire to become, how they want to be perceived. These represent how we should treat each other as well as how we execute here at SEG. We would request our volunteers aspire to these core values.

  1. Integrity – acting with honesty and purpose. We hold each other accountable, act with conviction, and speak truthfully.
  2. Service – working to help others. Whether working with others inside or outside the organization, we are a service organization and will get the job done.
  3. Respect – treating everyone with dignity. Regardless of our job description, department, or company, everyone here is on the same mission and should be treated with respect and dignity.
  4. Teamwork – collaborating for shared success. If we don’t work together, we won’t see success. Success requires teamwork! We don’t assign blame, but work to solve the problem and help prevent it from reoccurring.
  5. Communication – clear, consistent, and credible to everyone who is involved. What we communicate and to whom is equally as important.

How to apply

To become a volunteer for the SEG EVOLVE program, apply at the Volunteer Opportunities page. Once there follow these steps:

  1. Select “SEG EVOLVE mentor"
  2. Scroll through the opportunities and select “Apply Now” to the job you wish to be considered for.
  3. Complete the required fields and submit your application.

NOTE: If you are not logged in to the system, you will be prompted to login prior to applying.

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