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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Working with subsurface disciplines and proportionality

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Chris Samson
Independent Consultant (contracted to EOG Resources)


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Talk Description
An Operations Geologist is often described as being a "Jack of all trades, master of none". I bring together the work of Petrophysicists, Geologists, Reservoir Engineers and Drillers. The ability to co-ordinate and communicate between these disciplines is essential.

I am involved in well planning (exploration, appraisal and development), handling and interpreting data during the drilling phase and compiling and QC-ing various end of well reports.

Naturally, a great proportion of the data I deal with is in digital form - although not actually a "number cruncher" myself. (I love that expression, "A picture is worth a thousand words").

One thing I have to deal with, is the sense of scale or proportionality which is often not fully appreciated by some team members!

In our modern era we have fantastic computing power in terms of data storage and processing speed, however, what can be overlooked is the degree of accuracy or detail required when meeting objectives.

At what data frequency and to how many decimal places is adequate for the task in hand! Sometimes we "Can't see the wood for the trees" !

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