Saturday, 31 December 2016

Available at this time 2017 as Wellsite Geologist Again

Available at this time 1st January 2017 as Wellsite Geologist A

Again, I can be contacted right now asap even, for contract work as the oil price appears to be rising against all possible odds.

After Trump gets into the office and local legislation tightens so that exploration efforts are far away places from home, times may become uneven but hope gets stronger, as bills chase the unfortunate and make one probably offer unbearably cheaper rates to would be clients.

Afterall, time and money are all in the imagination, some would say suffering is too? Nearly twelve months without alighting upon a working surface; funds, taxes and progeny are looking for support.

Ready to rock and roll!
heres Cheers for '17!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Clastic Depositional Systems: A Source-to-Sink Perspective. A PESA courses and lunch August 2015

PESA VIC/Tas Branch Short Course - 
Clastic Depositional Systems: A Source-to-Sink Perspective

This week, I managed to get on a nice two day course in Melbourne, VIC:
PESA VIC/Tas Branch Short Course -
Clastic Depositional Systems: A Source-to-Sink Perspective
Tuesday, August 4 & 5
Conducted by Mike Blum, of Kansas Uni. Kansas, USA.
Twelve people attended this very interesting course, lively questions from the more academic side. The food was adequete, the coffee was a little boring.
Mike has had a varied professional life between academia and industry, and presented the course in a interesting manner, the material was good, but a few more attributes to track down material used easily would have been a little more helpful.
The material presented was given out on a little USB card- a great idea. There many pictures of Utah geology examples, and the videos presented were pretty good.
I enjoyed and appreciated the vourse, as did the other attendees. It gave me new insights into seismic interpretations of both fluvial and marine deposits- rivers, fans and deltas will never look the same again from an aeroplane window!. Sedimentology and geography, or GEOMORPHOLGY combined. Highly recommended.

PESA Vic/Tas Branch August Technical Lunch - The Mississippi Delta: Subsidence, Global Sea Level Rise, Sediment Supply and the Future
Wednesday, August 5 @ 12:00
I attended another presentation by Mike Blum, and appreciated this technical talk very much. The wine was g
ood, the lunch not so much- but the format is changing, so we will see how that goes!

7 August 2015
An AAPG course was booked for the melbourne ICE AAPG/PESA conference in September.
And therefor I had to join as well. 
But / And now the field trips are cancelled. Hmm, industry not going that well.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Woodside Work

New Contract

Through Reservoir Dogs,  the latest contract has been for Woodside Petroleum, both based in Perth.

The operations Geologists are people I have worked with before, which makes the job that much more intense, you do not want to let old friends down!

Peter Gibson from Reservoir Dogs cold called from the blue as the Statoil contract was nearly through, but as it was only nearly through. I could not commit to immediate work that he had plainly immediately available- like in Victoria.

However, Westwern Asutralia work was up for grabs shortly too,and as the Statoil work finished I grabbed the opportunity as soon as I could.

This meant a HUET course,anther round of medical checkups. In Septmber, I caught a flight to Karratha via Perth from Melbourne, and ended up on the Semi-Sub Atwood Eagle.

Next Well was on the Deepwater Millenium Drillship. This work is 90 minutes off Broome. A cyclone standby was had in town, and I found a new beer... Mango Beer by Matsos. Aside from that brief  delay, I began work in January a well.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Ready For Offshore Work Now

Ready For Offshore Work Now

This week, completed another medical in order to get a certificate to get offshore work, IE a Huet!

Helicopter Underwater Escape Traing
BOISET which includes
  •  Safety Induction 
  • Helicopter Safety & Escape (Including EBS)
  • Sea Survival
  • Firefighting and Self Rescue
yay me, and for small fee, with like, no pain, no gain.

Thanks to support team there and those others out there or back here who look after me like Pete n Loise, Diana, without them, hard to get back into it.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Statoil Campaign Southern Georgina Basin 2014

Statoil Campaign Southern Georgina Basin 2014

Tony Ford Geo Con PL Contract with Stat nearly finished

Well Well Well Well Well

Yes, five wells in the Georgina as a basic Wellsite Geologist is done for the moment, final invoices awaiting.

The campaign, as it was called, required a geology degree person or two for five wells in the Southern Georgina Basin for Statoil, of Norway, to monitor the various services required for obtaining new information about the basin: mudlogging, cores, drill cuttings, wireline data. Descriptions. Measuring. Photographing. Reports. All that gear. And Packing the core, taking some core for specialty analysis. And all that stuff too.

The drilling engineer team and other support people were good, some were contract people like myself that I had worked with before, some Adelaide office/Canadian/US and Norwegian. My off sider, Mike, was new to this area, whereas I had been up the way many years before- I think That Counts As Prior Knowledge Of The Area. Maybe. Mike and I took turns spudding and completing the wells to share the load as the schedule was pretty tight. Stat runs a tight ship, their personnel were obviously professional and the job undertaken with a degree of seriousness that meant business- no prisoners taken! My/our OpsGeo was good, dang good, old Griff had been doing work up that way even before I started there! I was glad at times that he was on the other end of the phone, along with Linn and Rolf above him.

The campaign, five wells, during the second quarter 2014, ended with a heap of nice cuttings and cores, logs and other data for the town office exploration geos to pore over, and make at last a case for something to produce something from in the Southern Georgina Basin.

As usual, cannot be specific about anything remember! And no pics, sorry, of Anything allowed.

The service company guys were all great to work with: Geoservices, Corepro and Weatherford Logging. Anything that needed to be done for us was done, I cannot thank them enough for being supportive to practically a newbie! The Drilling company EDA and the rig EDA2 were not a bad lot, and the catering crew, sometime were Superb in the dinner and lunch offerings. I sort of like the camp structure- all on wheels nearly, but I think that cabins on wheels may rock the place too much when using the stair access. One thing I will have to get used to is the Schramm style single drilling mast, great at drilling, but like watching paint dry while tripping I tell you. Anyway- as I said, everybody did a fine job overall, and I think Stat should be happy with the job done in the time allotted.

Myself, I think I managed time, people, information, travelling and reports rather well- the OpsGeo might slightly disagree there though- always suggesting that that might be better as this sort of thing- as they all do! Spelling, order, time of deposition- Think Tony Think. Yeah- carbonates from the Cambrian are not what I was used to at all, but, now, No Worries Mate. And the bank account for my new company Tony Ford Geo Con PL, is brimming, so I better thank Fendley Consultants for putting my company on their books.

Here's hoping that my performance as a basic wellsite geologist on the Statoil Campaign Southern Georgina Basin 2014 will get me in the front door next time they start up a campaign here in Oz!

Statoil Campaign Southern Georgina Basin 2014

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Half way through latest contract in the desert

Half way through latest contract in the desert

Since February this year,  as a Consultant Wellsite Geologist [or even last September?], my latest contracts have been in central Australia, sorta.

Two in north east South Australia, one in central eastern Queensland and the latest desert jobs- three in south east Northern Territory with two wells left. Mostly all for different oil/coal exploration companies too.

The diary has another contract penciled in for August September in WA and offshore too. Which means upgrading or retraining anyway, like a HUET and other necessary paperwork. I would like to have been in on an exploration/development well closer to home, but then I would have to cut the current job by a well- and there is no way I would do that.

More work. Meaning more time from home and family. Life goes on.

I like that I have been able to perform to the job expectations, meaning the feeling I get - "imposter", arises as the work is done. Somehow I feel "yes- but did I do it properly?" And to fly back out to a job- Yes I have.

FUD is seemingly a rational thought too, and recognising it and over whelming that FUD is a victory, as the work completed to date shows. Ten years out of the Oil Patch and plopping back in and working competently is rewarding, and the latest? Well? Half way latest contract in the desert has to speak for itself. I anm expecting to book another flight pretty soon.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Tony Ford Geo Con P.L.

A new consultancy-  Tony Ford Geo Con P.L.

As of February 21, I am the director of Tony Ford Geo Con P.L.

Consultant Wellsite Geologist.

to be continued

De daaa....

Northern Territory- here we come!