Well Planning Geophysicist

Posted 13 May 2024
Salary Negotiable
Job type Contract
DisciplineOil and Gas Recruitment
Contact NameKelsee Tedder

Job description

This well planning geophysicist will work as part of a multi-discipline squad to plan and execute wells in a manner consistent with industry standards for Safety and Operational Risk Management.

Geophysicists on this team may be expected to support a range of activity in the Western Hemisphere including well planning and execution in Deep Water Gulf of Mexico, Offshore Brazil, Offshore Trinidad, Offshore Canada, Onshore CCUS.

Well Planning:

  • Support and/or lead well planning activities and construction of relevant documents.
  • Liaise with Exploration and/or Asset Geoscientists to ensure the well planning activities and documents continue to meet the target objectives and desired outcomes articulated for the well.
  • Assume primary responsibility for seismic description of the overburden. This includes (but is not limited to) mapping surfaces, generating and interpreting attributes, understanding and communicating the strengths and limitations of the current datasets, and recommending new data or reprocessing as warranted.
  • Generate depth prognoses (with uncertainty ranges) for appropriate surfaces and faults.
  • Identify potential subsurface-related drilling issues using seismic analysis, offset well information, and any additional data sources available.
  • Work with wells engineers and pore pressure specialists to design well paths and target boxes that meet subsurface well objectives while avoiding or mitigating drilling/completion risks.
  • Assist in the creation of pre-drill risk registers and ensure mitigation and contingency plans are created for all geological risks.
  • Support and/or lead the construction of the SOR document ensuring the well objectives, data acquisition, and all relevant overburden characterization elements are contained.
  • Assist in the construction of the Geological Operations Plan (GOP), ensuring all relevant information is contained in this document.

Well Operations:

  • Participate in daily subsurface operations meeting.
  • Participate as required and contribute relevant subsurface interpretations at the morning Wells rig call.
  • Participate in subsurface hole section previews.
  • Provide support to the Operations Geologist: daily and as needed.
  • Help interpret and select formation tops, casing, and core points per SOR and appropriate decision trees. Do real-time well ties/synthetics as needed.

Post Well:

  • Support successful End-of-Well Report completion, ensuring the report meets the expectations of the New Wells Common Process.

  • Capture and document all post-well key learnings in the corporate database and share in appropriate technical venues.

  • Support root cause analysis for any Non-Productive Time (NPT) event related to subsurface operations and ensure these learnings are distributed through the appropriate venues and stakeholders.

  • Liaises with external stakeholders such as partners and government officials.

  • Complies with the industry's Code of Conduct and models the industry's Values & Behaviours.

  • University Degree in geophysics, geology, or related subject.

  • 7-18 years of relevant industry experience, much of which should have been gained in a geoscience well planning environment. General knowledge of Operations Geology would be an asset but not required.

  • Essential industry experience in the areas of well operations, well planning, seismic interpretation, and seismic depth uncertainty characterization.

  • Geological and seismic interpretation and workstation skills are essential; experience with Petrel is highly desirable.

  • Experience with offshore exploration and development wells is highly desirable.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • The individual needs to have a collaborative team-first mentality and be self-motivated, with a strong ability to integrate and communicate across disciplines. Seismic Interpretation, Well Analysis, Risk Assessment, Drilling Hazards, Petrel, Integration, Geologic Prognosis, Operations, Real-time synthetics.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.