Posted 01.04.2019 01:00 by Magnus Tvedt
Drilling and well teams typically has incredibly strong engineers but management principles has not been updated with technology and corporate innovations over the last decade. Use this article-of-lists for inspiration. Share if you like it, on LinkedIn or email or wherever you meet your peers.
First things first. To get to new horizons, we need to ask questions. Ask yourself: "How will well planning evolve?" If your answer is, "Pretty much the same," then promise yourself to read this question again in three minutes, when you have read the rest of this article. And do post your comments!
Yes, dear manager, we know you don't want to hear more about data, you just want to do your job. But part of the pain you are feeling is because your job is changing. Here are some tips:
Guess what, you have at least a dozen murders waiting in your data sets. Let's put them in a list:
This is data analysis, which starts with data. And curiosity. And a lot of experience.
With data and experience, you can (I'll randomly pick the list format here):
"3 of the latest 8 wells have this symptom"
"They have actually drilled thousands of meters horizontally in that formation we have not dared to deviate in"
Engineers are 90% data analysts, and 10% technical calculators. How do other companies treat their data analysts? Seen many Google engineers come in on your team, or engineers leaving for promising jobs with Amazon? No, you haven't, but you should have.
Drilling and well engineers have been treated as a commodity. Give them the opportunity to grow modern skills and you will soon learn that well planning isn't what you thought it was.
What are your ambitions. Many drilling and well organizations are bogged down with group thinking and complacency. When did you last challenge how you work and invest in making a change for a more advanced organization.
Search for inspiration, look at successful entrepreneurs on youtube, or listen to podcasts on machine learning and how modern companies rise and giants fall.
Accept that times are changing, if you are not acting, you are closing your eyes for the ice bergs (see point 2 in How do you treat people).
Great, you are our future! Now go talk to someone who need some inspiration!