John F. Greene's segment, 1993. "Creating, Managing and Evaluating Multidisciplinary Teams", Creating, Managing, and Evaluating Multidisciplinary Teams, Paul Ching, Marlan Downey, John Greene, John Masters, C. N. Tinker
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In the dynamic process of finding and producing oil and gas today, the utilization of computer enhance team technology is becoming increasingly important. During an era of eroded product prices, the need for low cost reserve replacement and optimized exploitation of producing fields is critical to the attainment of competitive rates of return on invested capital. The ramifications of the business environment on exploration and production organization, staffing, location and focus have been numerous and significant.
The traditional organization of oil and gas companies was along discipline lines with little effort to integrate the professional skills of geology, geophysics, engineering and land management. In the last five years, there has been a meaningful restructuring of many exploration and production organizations. New multi-discipline teams encourage the technical interaction of geologist, geophysicist, engineer and land manager. Utilization of integrated data base systems and networked interactive workstations provide efficient access to the information needed to problem solve, interpret, and evaluate multidisciplinary projects. The effective blend of hardware and software, skilled professionals, team dynamics and a focused work plan is proving to be a competitive advantage. The results of such groups are being documented by many exploration, development and reservoir management successes.
Publication of successful multidisciplinary team results is being seen more frequently in the industry's technical literature. Documented examples at Bay Marchand, Cognac, Eugene Island 360/361 and the Brae fields provide evidence of the improved understanding produced when geophysical, geological, petrophysical and production data are effectively integrated. Reserves added in these cases are
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Creating, Managing, and Evaluating Multidisciplinary Teams
The oil and gas industry has experienced major changes worldwide, including downsizing of professional staffs. Greater emphasis has therefore been placed on carrying on exploration and production with smaller, more efficient work teams of geoscientists and petroleum engineers together with land, legal, accounting, and administrative staff. This publication is a direct result of a course presented in October 1990, and focuses on the competitive advantages gained by recognizing the role of people and teams dovetailed with improved technology in exploration and development.