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It is apparent to many E&P industry observers that the energy crisis predicted in the peak oil debate, where the demand for hydrocarbons significantly exceeds global supply, may have only been deferred – not allayed – by the current global recession. Despite the progress in developing alternative energy supplies, the demand for E&P professionals may once again be increasing.
The future need for hydrocarbons is not the only factor which impacts the need to recruit and train geoscience and petroleum engineering professionals. The work force in many countries is rapidly maturing, the “Big Crew Change” is still upon us. Along with the need to attract additional expertise, the industry has the challenge of replacing much of the current highly experienced E&P population. Furthermore, the geographic deployment of these skills is moving from older mature basins to the new geographic centres of production.
What needs to be taught and how we learn is also continually changing. New E&P targets are demanding; new technologies, skills and competencies, and ever tighter discipline integration. We face technical, societal and environmental challenges in many domains. More complex reservoirs are the objectives of the future including ultradeep water, high pressure high temperature, Arctic and low permeability carbonate reservoirs. In future carbon sequestration and unconventional reservoirs such as tight reservoirs, shale gas and heavy oil deposits will present additional technological challenges.
To meet these many challenges, our industry of independent oil companies, national oil companies, service companies, training providers and universities, must address the need to change the way we recruit, train, retrain and retain our petroleum geoscience and engineering experts.
At the EAGE workshop “Geoskill 2010 - The Challenges of Training and Developing E&P Professionals in the 21st Century”, many of these issues will be the focus of discussion, including:
- The new skills
- The role of Universities
- Training staff across the globe
- Accelerated, distance and blended learning
- Simulation and virtual technology
- Competency development
- Technical career ladders
- Accreditation and continuous professional development.
Speakers will include: Marc Blaizot (Senior Vice-President Geoscience, Total), Henry Edmundson (Director Petrotechnical Expertise Schlumberger), Harald van der Werff (Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation, ITC University), Tom Whipple (Society of Petroleum Engineers), Afifi M. AbdulKader (Saudi Aramco), Penelope Clayton (Booz and Company), Sue Nicholson (ExxonMobil) Larry Lens (Director, Petroskills), Clare Bond (University of Aberdeen), George Hildebrandt (Earth Science Training and Competency Program Manager, Chevron) and Davide Calcagni (President EAGE 2010-2011).
The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to give poster presentations of best practice and/or demonstrations of technologies that facilitate learning and professional development. The final day will include a short optional geological field trip to the Pyrenees. During this excursion non-geologists will experience of the value of seeing rocks at outcrop, and may appreciate the importance of analogy in the understanding and construction of sub-surface reservoir models.
Who should attend?
The workshop should be of interest to managers and technical leaders especially those involved in recruitment, training and career management. Academic staff should attend to gain insights into the latest industry developments and educational requirements.