Since 2018, the ground-breaking SEG EVOLVE Student Program has been helping prepare the next generation of E&P professionals for a career in the industry. Not surprisingly, the 2020 EVOLVE session has been like no other, due largely to the unexpected global COVID-19 situation.
As with any ongoing business or educational endeavor, adjustments were needed to comply with the ‘lock down’ and ‘work from home’ mandates issued around the world. Fortunately, in the case of SEG EVOLVE, this was relatively easy because it was conceived as a virtual program from the start.
The EVOLVE teams communicate around the world using teleconferencing technology and report back and receive technical support, on a weekly basis from the SEG Technical Coordination Team. In the last few weeks, more than 80 participants attended the global weekly team meetings joining from places across the United States and from as far as Brazil, the United Kingdom and Indonesia.
Students engaged in the SEG EVOLVE program have weathered this unexpected storm and continued to learn thanks to the iEnergy® Cloud environments donated and supported by Halliburton, Landmark.
Like industry teams, the EVOLVE teams are multi-disciplinary, with students filling the Geologist, Geophysicist, Petrophysicist, and Reservoir Engineer roles. These EVOLVE “asset teams” are virtual, distributed, and remote from each other, so having a cloud based ecosystem such as iEnergy® Cloud and DecisionSpace® 365 Geoscience Suite are proving to be a key enabling technologies. This year includes a “joint venture” between two universities, Leoben, Austria and Perugia, Italy. The universities are using the same data and the students have shown outstanding collaboration as they seek to identify investment opportunities in the relatively unexplored Northern Taranaki Basin of New Zealand.
Even though students have relocated back to their homes, technical mentoring, provided by 25 professionals with many decades of industry experience, continues virtually and the students have enjoyed mostly uninterrupted and secure data access, allowing them to make progress in their project work using state of-the-art tools from the comfort of their own homes. University teams that have successfully shifted their projects to home range from Krakow in Poland to Boise, El Paso, and Lafayette in the United States.
Allen Bertagne, Technical Coordinator of SEG EVOLVE noted, “ OpenWorks® software and DecisionSpace® 365 Geoscience Suite have been key digital technologies that have allowed our students to continue with their technical analyses, no matter where their home offices are located. The iEnergy® Cloud has provided excellent remote access capabilities, allowing a multi-location, multi-user collaborative environment.”
Linda Ford, SEG Programs Manager stated, “It’s been exciting for me to see that our EVOLVE students have continued to be highly productive in these difficult times of COVID-19.
The SEG EVOLVE Team appreciates all of the wonderful people from across the Halliburton Landmark organization that are supporting the EVOLVE students and we look forward to many more years of working together.”
The EVOLVE 2020 Class is the largest to date, consisting of 30 teams and approximately 150 students currently preparing for a working life in the real world. The 2020 roster also includes the first team from a major oil company participating in the newly launched EVOLVE Professional program. This program will shortly open to early career professional from other oil and service companies with the goal of having many participating companies in 2021.