12/2014 to today Technical Support Engineer for Drilling Automation, Baker Hughes, Germany
Responsible for testing of software and hardware at the rigsite
Consulting the development engineers regarding applications, processes, and usability
Developing a rigsite process to a stage where it can be migrated into automation software
Successful planning and performing of field tests, and creating and managing issues lists
Developing several own ideas into patent applications
2014 Strategic Applications Engineering Manager, Baker Hughes, Russia&Caspian, Tyumen
Formed and led an effective team of highly competent application engineers focused on the optimization of critical drilling projects and the introduction of efficient drilling engineering processes and standards in the region
Consulted regarding drilling applications in the region
Coordinated the development of technical documents for tenders
Initiated performance-improving structural changes for drilling engineering in Russia
Due to introduction of sanctions, focus on a drilling project in Uralsk, Kazakhstan since September. Planning, and operational technical support with daily client interaction
2012 – Feb 2014 Baker Hughes Drilling Applications Engineer, Drilling Engineering
Celle, Germany. Develop Drilling Engineering Standards.
• Define processes for Drilling Engineering for the global Baker Hughes Drilling Engineering community.
• Provide technical advice for critical applications, especially those applying prototype and pilot tools.
• Give technical advice on drilling engineering software development strategies.
• Within a formalized global technical support structure, give highest level of advice in my area of expertise (Mechanical and Dynamic modeling of downhole systems, vibration mitigation, tool selection and placement, drilling processes, and evaluation methods)
• Taught further classes of the dynamics course that I developed before.
2010 – 2012 Baker Hughes Downhole Systems Analysis Engineer
Celle, Germany. Create a new service of vibration optimization projects in the planning phase, involving Time-Domain Dynamics modelling and validation with measured data.
• Used an experimental R&D modeling code for simulating the dynamic behaviour of downhole systems such as drillstrings.
• Wrote extensive data handling routines as well as output formats such as charts and videos using the Matlab programming environment.
• Coordinated data analysis of vibration measurements of offset applications.
• Interfaced/visited with individual clients for general marketing, project scoping, and results presentations.
• Wrote an extensive final report for each analysis project.
Additionally I led the development of a one-week dynamics modelling/analysis/optimization course using proprietary Frequency-Domain vibration analysis software (BHASYSPro). I taught classes of this course.
I also continued to represent Baker Hughes at industry workshops and presented there.
2009 – 2010 Baker Hughes Curriculum Manager – Directional Drilling
Celle, Germany. Developed curricula for two tiers of Directional Drillers.
• Reviewed related training and development materials existing internally and externally.
• Facilitated identification of gaps in training course offerings.
• Developed and documented an extensive curriculum for Directional Drilling Field Engineers as well as Field Specialists.
• Facilitated the development of extensive On-the-job training tasks.
• Identified and prioritized training needs for Directional Drilling Field personnel.
• Facilitated the development of the highest-priority training modules.
During the first few months I also handed over the webinar series I had created and still facilitated and organized several webinars before the 4-person team taking over from me was operational.
2005 – 2009 Baker Hughes INTEQ/HCC Technical Career Development Manager
Celle, Germany. As a global four-person team (“OASIS University”), we created a certification program for senior Drilling Engineers with four certifications (Performance Drilling, Drill Bits Engineering, Pressure Management, and Wellbore Integrity).
• Developed the overall certification framework.
• Defined the various compentencies, skills, and knowledge associated with each certification.
• Developed an integrating 2-week-class on processes and tools for the participating engineers and geoscientists. Taught parts of this course several times.
• Mentored several engineers towards one of the certifications.
• Major parts of this certification scheme involved compentency assessments in one-to-one sessions, which Id performed as mentor and as governing body.
• Served in the Review Board of several certification presentations by candidate engineers.
• Additionally I completely restructured and updated an existing 1-week Drilling Engineering course and taught this course several times.
I also worked through the process of getting certified in Performance Drilling myself, which involved e.g. an analysis project of a field test with vibration measurement tools.
Towards the end of this role I also created a twice-weekly webinar series on Drilling and Geoscience topics that grew from 12 to some 300 participants per 1-hour event over the course of its first 18 months. My role involved everything from topic and presenter selection, to presenter coaching, to facilitating most webinar events myself, to evaluation of related multiple-choice tests for knowledge assessment, to facilitating the information for tracking into the Learning Management System.
Additionally I was a core member of the team designing, developing, and introducing an “Application Knowledge Store” - a structured online repository of lessons learned for drilling applications that won the 2007 World Oil Award.
I also represented Baker Hughes at industry technical workshops and conferences and co-wrote industry papers.
2001 – 2005 Baker Hughes INTEQ Technical Advisor/ BHA Design Group Team Lead
Celle, Germany. In this new global function, I led the two-person team tasked with “finding the best Bottom Hole Assemblies (BHA’s)”. Focus of our work was the spreading of knowledge and skills using a new analysis software with the primary goal to reduce fatigue-related failures.
• Reviewed BHA’s used around the world.
• Identified most common/promising BHA’s.
• Checked candidate standard BHA’s for hole curvature capabilities and documented this.
• Tested the new proprietary analysis software (BHASys Pro), giving feedback to the development group.
• Created an intranet site featuring a “tool library” for the software and other collateral spreadsheets and information.
• Created a training course focused on fatigue risk analysis with this software. Taught several classes with a total of some 150 students.
• Performed several analyses on critical applications myself, e.g. failure analyses.
2000 – 2001 Baker Hughes INTEQ Technical Advisor, Motors Group
Celle, Germany. Supported the drilling motor product fleet.
• Wrote specifications and technical alerts.
• Coordinated logistics for several prototype motor parts.
• Performed a field test as motor operator.
• Wrote and presented a paper on performance drilling. Gave several marketing presentations to clients.
1997 – 2000 Baker Hughes INTEQ Technical Support Engineer, Coiled Tubing Drilling
Celle, Germany till early 1998, then Houston, Texas. Supported the Coiled Tubing Drilling BHA Product line.
• Performed several extensive field tests for the OrientXPress and CoilTrak BHA’s
• Analyzed failures and suggested tool and process improvements.
• Gave several client presentations on the subject, participated in trade shows and conferences.
• Interfaced with the semi-autonomous “Wellbore Construction Group” that owned the rigs, operations, and R&D.
On the side I also created much of the initial intranet site for drilling, and supported the motors and coring product lines from 1999 on.
1996 – 1997 Procter&Gamble Process Engineer
Euskirchen, Germany. Improved the manufacturing process of diapers. I was responsible for minimizing scrap and increasing speed of a section of large, 24/7 operating machines. This involved e.g. testing new rubber materials for rollers, tracking performance of different machines, and coordinating upgrades.