Today is our last day on the field trip. In the morning we visited the Schlumberger office. Max, the Account Manager at Software Integrated Solutions, gave us a warm welcome. He firstly gave us a brief introduction about the culture of Schlumberger and his own experience in the oil and gas industry. He also provided us useful career advice about the Schlumberger vacation and graduate programs and brought in his own examples from varied and international career. This was followed by talks from his interdisciplinary team. Hearing from a geophysicist, reservoir engineer and production engineer let us see how all the different types of professionals work together. There was a highlight on the suite of programs used by each role. The office visit along with the earlier site visit has shown us the exciting path Schlumberger can provide students and how the company influences so many aspects of the oil and gas industry.
After our last lunch together we went to visit QGC. We were given talks by reservoir engineers Jonathon and William, production engineer Toby and their manager Jon. The honest presentations from everyone widened our horizons in respect to life in general as an engineer. As they worked for a range of companies they were able to give a deep insight into company culture and how the goals of each company affect lifestyle. Toby went into detail about the type of work he did as a graduate engineer. There was also a sobering video on safety. We were surprised to find out driving is the most dangerous hazard for many land based operators. The inherent uncertainty in oil and gas was conveyed and we got a first-hand perspective on how this affects company performance and individual careers.
With that, we concluded the SPE Field Trip for 2016. It was an amazing experience that gave us invaluable exposure to the industry that we otherwise could not get from university. We would like to thank Origin, QGC, Santos and Schlumberger for giving us the opportunity to visit their offices and the fields. We greatly appreciate the time and effort that everyone we met on the trip took in order to impart their experience onto us. Lastly, we would also like to thank SPE NSW chapter for sponsoring the students and their continued support of the Chapter’ field trips.