Here is a short introduction to the course:
In the beginning, a geologist was assigned to a drilling well from grassroots to total depth. He/she was expected to be at the well site and to keep an accurate record of everything that happened. I believe the major reason for the decline in onsite geological supervision is the result of ever increasing communications technology. Today it means keeping up with what is going on at your well while you are trying to keep your head above water working full time in the office. If you have more than one well drilling your life really gets complicated.
Well site geology is a component of geology that has been afflicted with a great deal of benign neglect in the recent past. Most of us have been out on logging jobs and some of us have been out for a coring job, but the process of staying with a drilling well for an extended period to monitor progress is a rare occasion today. In some ways this is a shame because a drilling well is a working laboratory that can give a geologist a first hand look into the interaction between geology and engineering. The knowledge gained here can help you understand the problems you face and the problems your drillers face.
The increase in deepwater drilling has sparked a renewed demand for quality wellsite geologists. Many deepwater companies have a full time wellsite geologist on all their wells now.
The objective of well site geology is to provide geological input into the drilling process and to record and communicate the geological information gained during the process. This information is valuable for the immediate objective of finding or developing hydrocarbons and it is vital for future work in the area. I describe this function as "leaving tracks" for your successors to follow. Hopefully this will prevent re-inventing the wheel as each new geologist works your area. We all joke about the different objectives geologists ("core everything") and drillers("deeper cheaper") have, but in a very real sense these objectives clash and must be resolved through compromise. Wellsite and operations geologists provide this critical interface between the geoscience and drilling functions.
This course will run from 11AM - 4PM at 5599 San Felipe, Suite 1221, Houston, TX 77056.
You will receive a manual, and we'll head to a local restaurant for lunch around 12:30PM.