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SEG EVOLVE Program

Developing the fearless explorers of the future

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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.

Important information

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.

Who can participate?

The current 2020 plan is to have ten Halliburton Cloud teams, five local Kingdom teams and five local Petrel teams. Cloud Teams will need excellent Internet connections whereas “local” Teams will require modern, on-site hardware with sufficient capacity and IT support to run high-end applications.

Students and university-based teams are welcome to apply, including Masters students, Ph.D. students, and 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students that have a sufficient level of understanding of petroleum geology. Teams typically consist of 4 to 6 individuals and must include a variety of disciplines - geologist(s), geophysicist(s), petrophysicist(s), rock physicist(s), and a reservoir engineer.

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 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 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 2020 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 in the oil business.

Call to action for mentors

SEG EVOLVE welcomes volunteers and mentors to help guide the 2020 participants. Please email Andrew Geary if you would like to serve as a volunteer or mentor to the SEG EVOLVE participants.

Become a 2020 Team 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 welcomes volunteers and mentors to help guide the 2020 participants. Please email Andrew Geary if you would like to serve as a volunteer or mentor to the SEG EVOLVE participants.

More information

Founding Sponsor

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Sponsors

saudi aramco
BRT
Mike Forrest

Supporters

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IHRDC Logo
Rose and Associates
IHS Markit

“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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