The final day of our field trip was the most packed yet; we had planned a visit to both Shell/QGC’s and Schlumberger’s Brisbane offices, and we had to get our flight back to Sydney.
We started off with a trip to the QGC offices in Brisbane CBD. We were kindly shown around by Kong Lee, a QGC Production Support Engineer. Our visit began with a tour of the ICE (Interactive Collaborative Environments), where we were given presentations on current QGC operations and what we might expect from a career at QGC.
We then began a teamwork exercise in which we had to optimise a hypothetical CSG field and associated production facilities. This was an unexpected but welcome challenge for our field trip. Each team put forward well thought-out and inventive ideas while working within our given time and cost constraints.
Finally, we were given a review of the Shell Australia graduate program, before our group dispersed into the city for a quick lunch.
We regrouped at Schlumberger’s riverside offices for a brief but nonetheless substantial office visit. The primary function of the office visit was a no holds barred Q&A session with some of the Schlumberger employees, one of whom was a UNSW graduate.
Much of the conversation revolved around the dynamism associated with a career in Schlumberger and the differences between working for an operating company as opposed to an oil company. Personally, I found these questions the most interesting as they are rarely explained to us students.
We then said goodbye to Brisbane and made our way to the airport and back to Sydney. I’d like to personally thank all of the companies that hosted us on behalf of both the field trippers, and the SPE UNSW 2018 Committee.