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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 and Environmentally-Sound
    • The focus of EVOLVE is currently oil and gas E&P and plans are being made for projects related to carbon dioxide sequestration, groundwater and space, possibly starting as early as 2021.
  • Value Creation
    • We teach how to create new financial value in the E&P business.
  • Online Collaboration 
    • We use the Cloud and/or other technologies 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.

What makes EVOLVE unique?

From January to May, your team will engage in many technical activities, and if you work hard, you can expect 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 about collaboration, not just within your own Team, but across Teams. There will be no announcement of a winning team, but rather recognition and certificates for best investment opportunity, best teamwork, and other categories. After completion of EVOLVE 2021, the names of the individuals that have satisfactorily and successfully completed the Program will be listed on the SEG website (affectionately referred to as “The Wall of Fame”).

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 you have resources in place to help you with those items. To the contrary, you will 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 your learning may come from observing how seasoned explorers face those same unknowns and challenges.

The EVOLVE 2021 Teams will be chosen from around the globe, and we will all work with individuals from different backgrounds with different “first-languages” and perspectives of the world. English will be the practical language of EVOLVE, but what we found in previous years is that we sometimes shift into other languages if that is necessary to facilitate communication. Having language skills and understanding different cultures is one of the strongest competitive advantages one can have.

What is the time commitment for EVOLVE?

EVOLVE is an intensive and challenging program, so do not underestimate the effort that will be required. We have found that teams that steadily dedicate at least 30+ hours a week (e.g., 6 hours x 5 Team members) through the entire 6-month period are the most successful and benefit the most. Given that we have to decline the participation of many applicants in any given EVOLVE year, if you are selected your Team will be expected to take its EVOLVE project to completion to receive the necessary recognition.

Become a 2021 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

After a successful pilot in 2020, SEG continues the SEG EVOLVE Professional program in 2021 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 five 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 or visit NexGen Training Partners.

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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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