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SEG EVOLVE participants and mentors at SEG 2019 in San Antonio, TX

The EVOLVE program offers students direct experience in conducting multidisciplinary subsurface integration projects using real-world seismic, wireline, core, production, and other data.

Using the iEnergy® Halliburton Landmark DecisionSpace Cloud Platform or locally-installed Petrel, Kingdom or DecisionSpace software, students utilize modern technology and through experiential learning recommend the “Best Investment Opportunity” in their assigned dataset.

Project management, teamwork skills, and business values are honed within the context of exploration, reservoir appraisal, field development planning, and production enhancement scenarios. The program also links experienced Mentors to student teams, empowering the participants to solve the types of realistic challenges the students will encounter when they start working.

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What does EVOLVE stand for?

E&P Value Creation using Online Collaboration and Leading Edge Technologies for Virtual Internships with Extensive Mentoring

  • E&P
    • The focus of EVOLVE is oil and gas E&P.
  • Value Creation
    • We teach how to create new financial value in the E&P business.
  • Online Collaboration 
    • We use the Cloud for technical integration of real-world multi-disciplinary datasets and collaboration between individuals and Teams.
  • Leading Edge Technologies
    • We also use locally-deployed tools for technical analysis, volumetrics, risking and economics.
  • Virtual Internships
    • Participants learn as they would in a traditional internship, but participate virtually, while continuing their other activities.
  • Extensive Mentoring
    • Students interact with Mentors and fellow-students from around the world in weekly meetings over 6 months, while being able to get support anytime via online Q&A Boards monitored by experienced individuals with a wide range of technical backgrounds.

To learn more, please read the EVOLVE FAQ.

EVOLVE 2020 Teams

2020 Team

What makes EVOLVE unique?

From January to May, teams engage in many technical activities to develop a good understanding of what being an Explorer in the “real world” is all about. Unlike other programs, EVOLVE is not about competition but collaboration, not just within a Team, but across Teams. There will be no announcement of a winning team, but recognition and certificates for best investment opportunity, best teamwork, and other categories. After completion of EVOLVE 2020, the names of the Teams and individuals that have successfully completed the Program will be listed on the SEG website.

A unique aspect of EVOLVE is that we choose exercises for which no one (not even the most experienced Mentors) has all the answers. EVOLVE will not be about teaching facts and knowledge since Teams have resources in place to help you with those items. On the contrary, teams experience the ambiguous, elusive, and poorly understood world of Mother Nature and face the challenge of drawing conclusions and making decisions with insufficient information. The biggest part of learning may come from observing how seasoned explorers face those same unknowns and challenges.

Volunteer as an EVOLVE Mentor!

SEG EVOLVE welcomes volunteers and mentors to help guide the 2020 participants. Please visit the EVOLVE Mentor Volunteer Job Description to learn more and apply.

Become a 2020 EVOLVE Sponsor

The SEG and the SEG Foundation are seeking additional individual and industry partners to financially support EVOLVE, guide it, and ensure the program continues to succeed. To become a Team Sponsor and make a lasting impact on the next generation of geoscientists, please contact Katie Burk, development and stewardship officer, at [email protected].

SEG EVOLVE Professional Program

SEG initiated the SEG EVOLVE Professional program in 2020 for Oil and Service Company employees. Participants can be Geologists, Geophysicists, Engineers, Geotechnicians and related disciplines including Machine Learning, IT and Land people. SEG EVOLVE Professional will use the same datasets and training processes in the Student EVOLVE Program over a six month period, with participants spending about 25% of their work time on the project. For more details on SEG EVOLVE Professional, please contact Allen Bertagne.

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“The SEG EVOLVE program has broken all stereotypes of what well-rounded explorationist training should look like. This is a multidisciplinary collaboration tool for future oil and gas professionals. It is a first of its kind in the degree of professionalism, technical challenge, real-life situations, noncompetitive learning environment, and peer and mentor support that it offers. I believe that EVOLVE is a rising star among diverse SEG programs. It brings value to both students and employers alike. By offering unique skill-building and recruitment opportunities, EVOLVE has helped give back to the oil and gas community. Simply put, EVOLVE is yet another reason to be involved with SEG.”

Olga Nedorub, Geophysicist at Apache Corporation, SEG EVOLVE Technical Committee chair

“The value of EVOLVE to participating students is immense. They gain exposure to real-world data, top-class mentors, industry-leading software, and critique and direction that no other industry/academia consortium can provide. There is no pressure or competition between teams to worry about, just learning and collaboration with team members and experienced industry consultants just a phone call or email away. This phenomenal learning experience is unmatched in any earth sciences industry program.”

Dean Mento, P.G. Senior Petroleum Geophysicist, IHRDC

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