Since last she wrote
Been to the desert three times since September- or should I say The Outback.
contract rather than 21 days, bugger for my bank account, great also for experience with Douglas Short too! A road trip up in a newish Landcruiser with Doug, a dew days layover twice while the camp was full, at "nearby: Innamincka
After that, I had a few weeks off...
Joined up with AWT International as a consultant if they had anything going in Victoria- headhunted almost. The Gippsland thing looks like it is on hold, but would be nice to get as is close to home.
December was a hole nearby the Strezlecki Creek road crossing on the Strezlecki Track, just west by 10km or so, for Strike Energy as consultant wellsite geologist on a coal gas exploration well, a solo role, through AWT International, at a nice day rate. Job was as forecast under time and budget, but do not quote me! Seventeen day contract- velly noice! The Weatherford mudlogging guys, expats from Philippines, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh, had crew change issues and I was the taxi driver. I too had issues as I had left my security ID badge for SANTOS on my desk at home. And iI did not have a Offroad Licence for the hire car! next course... Getting in and out of Moomba for the airport was a hassle. Job was pretty smooth, got to use or try to get into, a composite log assembly program from GeoScience Software. I think the company got a good coal section where they wanted too. Got back home for New Years Day anyway, out of the heat into the frying pan! Was ~48°C+ the day I left at Moomba. And just as warm back home.
The January well was/is in north central Queensland, "near" Longreach, just northwest of Lake Galilee, a few hours drive via a Hilux 4x4. Nice ride, even over the dirt roads. job entailed a strait forward rotary drilled hole to core point [many a long day... well, three], and a long core interval through formation containing coal beds.