The team was formed in 2015 to fulfil the mandate given to the conference convening committee by the attendees of the 2014 Operations Geology Conference, held at the Geological Society in London in November 2014.
Robert (Bob) Fagg
Bob Fagg started with Exlog as a mudlogger, progressing to pore pressure engineer. Proceeded into management and progressed to become Regional Manager for Exlog then special projects manager. Moved to PI Erico for two years as Director overseeing well data management before setting up Stag Geological Services Ltd, as co-director, in 1995.
Starting out as a mudlogger for Gearhart she progressed to become a wellsite geologist, then operations geologist. For over 30 years she has worked worldwide for a variety of operators. More recently Christine has added University teaching (Aberdeen's MSc programme) and industry training to her repertoire, along with leading field trips.
Like Christine, David commenced his career with Gearhart, which spanned mudlogging, pore pressure engineer, wellsite geologist, training and management, finally as GM of the Gearhart Geodata mudlogging group. David then founded HRH Geological Services in 1989, providing operational geology services to the oil industry. Latterly HRH have developed Spectra and the GeoPlacer system for operational geoscience folk to record their competencies and where appropriate to be assessed and assured. HRH have won two Queen's Awards for Enterprise in International Trade.
Martin started out in the industry as a mudlogger and progressed through data engineering into wellsite geology in 1983. He worked predominately in the UKCS and onshore UK as a Wellsite Geologist before moving into operations geology with Britoil in Glasgow. Martin then joined the Baker Hughes Exlog management team and held a number of management positions before joining Stag Geological Services as a Business Development Consultant in 2004.
Former BP staff geologist. Started (as was the norm at the time) in wellsite geology. 20+ years as staff review geologist, junior manager (in operational role), subsequently became consultant operations geologist. 20+ years in this role, mostly providing services to BP in UK, Angola, USA and Brazil. In final stages of career had mentoring and training roles for BP and Dana Petroleum, while his day job remained operations geology.
Richard started in the oil industry as a mudlogger in Saudi Arabia. Before pursuing the common career path into wellsite geology and onwards to operations geologist, he spent a number of years pursuing other paths including geological consultancy as a lithostratigrapher, geotechnics on the channel tunnel and road construction projects. As an Operations Geologist, Richard has worked for various operators in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East on many challenging projects for over 20 years. Richard has also set up new training and mentoring programs within the Operations Geoscience discipline for a number of operators.
Another former mudlogger and pore pressure specialist. Moved into wellsite geology with a focus on PP issues. He was founder and technical director of Cambrian Consultants with responsibilities for training, computing and software products. In the early noughties, worked for Exxon in Houston to develop their in house manuals and pore pressure training programmes. Started consulting for BP on an HPHT well in the deep waters of the Amazonas off Brazil. Subsequently went on to consult widely for BP on challenging wells, while also working for other operators. Latterly at BP he also co-wrote and remains lead facilitator/trainer on their ADP for operations geologists (Accelerated Development Programme). Chair of the 2016 Operations Geology Conference convening committee.