Smith - Petroleum Geologist - USA

Lucas Smith



Petroleum Geologist

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Wellsite Geologist

From February 2014

on horizontal directionally-drilled wells primarily in the Bakken Shale for high-end petroleum service consulting company in Mountrail and Dunn Counties, North Dakota February 2014- present (still employed)

* Trained in Geosteering horizontal directionally-drilled wells in carbonate and clastic reservoirs at Saudi Aramco (largest oil company in world) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia September 2013- December 2013

* Department training was taken in at the Geosteering Operations Center, Reservoir Characterization Department, Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Building. Used MWD and LWD technologies on downhole tools (mostly Rotary Steerable setups) to monitor and steer wells with density/neutron, gamma, sonic, azimuthal, high-resolution optical imaging, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), etc. Software used included Gateway, SADIK, OpenWorks/Stratworks, Oracle, Interact, Well Link, InSite, and Petrolink.

The Mudlogging Company

September 2012 - September 2013

(insufficient work)

* Performed wellsite geological support service work on directionally-drilled horizontal wells for Hess Corporation, BHP Billiton, and British Petroluem (BP) in Ohio (predominantly Belmont & Trumbull Counties). Provided geologic analysis drill cuttings, including unusual carbonates, such as a variety of marls to a black limestone. Shared and explained sample description training manual (I previously wrote on my own time) to upgrade rock analysis capabilities of coworkers.

Mudlogger at Cosset Geological

September 2010 - August 2012

(company lost both primary clients, so no work)

* Performed wellsite geological support service work on wells for Forest Oil and Chesapeake Energy in Hemphill County, TX and Washita County, OK. All projects were directionally-drilled horizontal wells, typically exceeding 12,000 feet vertically and 3,000 feet horizontally. Provided special lithologic analysis on silty and sandy wash deposits, granite washes, and carbonates. Wrote sample description training manual used to upgrade skills of other loggers. Assisted in some business outreach activities such as recruitment and advised on strategic planning.

Unit Manager on over a dozen wells

Mudlogger at Weatherford/International Logging, Inc

April 2007 - September 2010

Grand Junction, CO/Houston, TX, from April 2007 - September 2010
* Performed wellsite geological support service work for approximately seven wells for Conoco Phillips gas well drilling in Garfield County, CO; El Paso Oil Co. oil well drilling in Campbell County, WY; five wells Pioneer shale gas drilling in Las Animas County, CO; deepwater (over 3000' water, 34,000' well depth) projects offshore Louisiana; NW North Dakota; Africa; North Sea; Falkland Islands; central Texas; Mississippi; etc.

* Full-service projects included involving directional drilling, casing while drilling, coring, multiple sidetracks, extended horizontal drilling, etc.

* Involved using employer cutting-edge proprietary Well Wizard logging software, full range of gas chromatography, correlating marker formation stratigraphy, using real-time MWD data, and working closely with oil company geologists to ensure drilling remained in zone of interest

* Served as Unit Manager on over a dozen wells; supervised up to 3 employees

Mudlogger at Epoch Well Services

November 2004 - November 2005

* Primarily performed wellsite field geological support services in Rio Blanco County, NW Colorado
* Also worked projects in offshore Louisiana; Arctic North Slope and Kenai, Alaska; and, Bakersfield, California
* Were Helmerich & Payne and Nabors Drilling rigs in Colorado gas fields, both production and exploration sites
* Worked closely with both MWD (measurement while drilling) and traditional electric logging service personnel
* Were fully computerized logging laboratory trailers, with FID chromatographs, well-logging software, and either TOTCO or Rigwatch displays
* Did rig-up work and assisted Rigwatch (Epoch's EDR) technicians doing installations, as well as traditional mudlogging work shifts
* Worked on wells using both water- and oil-based drilling mud

Customer Care Professional


November 2001 - November 2003

(left to move to GA; was eligible to return if chose)

* Performed telephone customer service for major telecommunications firm involving primarily cable television and secondarily high-speed internet services
* Assisted customers with technical troubleshooting, sales, and billing
* Achieved consistently at high level in sales, including typically exceeding sales of 2nd-highest peer in group of 20 by 50%, winning sales competition in summer 2003 for sales in entire call center of >120 reps, and placing approximately 4th in similiar competition in late 2002 out of >140 reps

Account Specialist

Allied Interstate

December 2000 - November 2001

Did telephone customer service for national collection agency, primarily involving outgoing calls on accounts with outstanding balances

Internet Help Desk

Internet Help Desk at Best Buy

August 2000 - November 2000

(contract position)

* Did Level I technical assistance over telephone to assist customers with Internet technical setup and troubleshooting issues, as well as billing concerns

Field Technician

Research Triangle Institute

May 2000 - June 2000

(contract position in MN)

* Went into homes sampling air, surfaces, and residents for pesticide levels
* Used and calibrated Gilian and other standard industrial hygiene air sampling pumps
* Input data on computer spreadsheets, set up equipment for site visits

Food Science Technician

General Mills

February 2000 - April 2000

(contract position)
* Performed laboratory and periodical research in food emulsion biochemistry in Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
* Is Fortune 500 food mix manufacturer

Computer Helpdesk at Unisys

July 1999 - November 1999

(contract position)
* Did Level I PC hardware technical assistance over telephone & via E-mail
* Diagnosed likely parts needed for support technicians to do onsite repairs

Laboratory Technician

Azko Nobel Inks

May 1999 - June 1999

(contract position)
* Mixed colored inks and made standardized samples in Research & Development Department laboratory
* Is division of multinational chemical conglomerate

Microbiology Laboratory Technician

Silliker Laboratories

November 1997 - July 1998

* Prepared wide variety of bacterial growth/selection media, making tube slants, pouring plates, etc., carrying out many quality control measures
* Set up and performed multiple phases of tests for E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and other bacteria
* Is food microbiology division of medium-sized national analytical laboratory firm

Fermentation Research Scientist at Cargill

July 1997 - April 1998

(contract position)
* Performed microbial test runs on state-of-art computerized fermentation apparatus
* Carried out independent research appraising variety of potentially commercial biotech processes
* Used cell counting microscopes & did instrumental work with HPLC, YSI, spectrophotometers, etc.
* Designed process improvements for company's existing biotech production plants
* Is very large privately-owned multinational (would be Fortune 500 if publicly owned)

Food/Nutritional Supplement Laboratory Technician

Shara Laboratories

April 1997 - July 1997

* Did variety of quality control testing on facility production, with shutdown authority
* Used ACS and USP-certified wet chemistry methods
* Is small food/vitamin supplement/ herb processing and packaging firm

Plant Biochemist

Renewable Oxygenates, Incorporated

October 1995 - July 1996

(went out of business)
* Read hundreds of papers, intensively researching professional literature at universities to define feedstock/required yeast species differences from grain ethanol plants
* Primary designer of facility yeast propagation system that produced K. fragilis yeast
* Designed plant laboratory, setting up test protocols for lab and plant
* Investigated in-depth methods for ultrarapid (under 8 hrs.) and high-gravity (over 14% ethanol) fermentations resulting in very complete BOD reductions in whey permeate
* Was medium-sized whey permeate (dairy byproduct) fuel ethanol production facility

Asbestos Microscopist at Electron Microscopy Service Laboratories

June 1995 - October 1995

* Performed bulk and air asbestos microscopy using petrographic polarized light microscopy at NVLAP-accredited analytical laboratory
* Made sample mounts for transmission electron microscopy, significant exposure to electron microscopy operation
* Is large national analytical testing laboratory firm

Industrial-scale Production Consultant

Ra Energy

February 1995 - March 1995

(out of business; was short-term consulting with Reyncor business partner)
* Spent over 150 paid hours advising top company personnel on current industry technology for production-scale yeast fermentation of glucose, including bench demonstrations
* Was small cellulose processing research laboratory

Annual Alcohol School

* Pursuing two engineering patents
* Obtained permanent NIOSH 582 asbestos air monitoring certification and took many other asbestos and hazardous materials handling training courses (HAZWOPR, etc.)
* Wrote over 60 pages of content for medium-sized technical commercial website
* Resided over 5 years outside continental U.S , mostly in Asia
* Interests include hiking, reading, futurism, history, technology, writing

Laboratory Manager and Process Controller

Reyncor Industrial Alcohol

September 1993 - April 1995

(went out of business)
* Organized laboratory and set up testing on own nearly from scratch
* Performed great variety of laboratory analyses, including cell-counting microscopy, wet chemistry, gas chromatography, operated a Karl Fisher volumetric titrimeter & ebulliometer, etc.
* Tracked down and studied hundreds of relevant technical papers and numerous professional reference texts, redesigning entire plant fermentation process
* By independent study and night classes obtained good grounding in many aspects of industrial microbiology
* Was medium-sized salvage grain fuel ethanol production facility

Laboratory Technician

Asbestos Microscopist

September 1992 - July 1993

(most of company shut down)
* Performed bulk and air asbestos microscopy using polarized light microscopy at NVLAP-accredited analytical laboratory
* Performed asbestos air monitoring in field at asbestos abatement (removal) sites
* Assisted in analytical chemical laboratory section
* Drafted geologic and environmental maps
* Prepared portions of wastewater discharge permit applications and Phase I site investigation reports, including courthouse work
* Was medium-small environmental engineering and testing laboratory

Laboratory Technician

Environmental Gulf States Laboratories

June 1992 - September 1992

* Analyzed water for metals by atomic absorption spectrophotometer, CODs, oils/greases, sulfates, TPHs, pesticides/PCBs by gas chromatograph, etc.
* Prepared full report (>50 pages) on asbestos laboratory section setup proposal, including all major and business concerns
* Is small environmental testing laboratory

Asbestos Microscopist and Industrial Hygienist

Williams Engineering

August 1988 - March 1992

* Performed bulk asbestos analysis using polarized light microscopy (PLM) at NVLAP-accredited analytical laboratory (estimate over 40,000 samples and over 8,000 total microscope hours)
* Conducted full-time asbestos air monitoring using phase contrast microscope (PCM) in field for 6 months
* Assisted occasionally in wet chemical laboratory
* Received certifications in hazardous materials handling and multiple asbestos certified industrial training courses (HAZWOPR, NIOSH 582, asbestos worker/supervisor courses, etc.)
* Trained new microscopists and wrote training manual
* Is large environmental engineering consulting and testing laboratory firm

Laboratory Technician

Analytical Technologies

March 1986 - August 1986

(relocated to begin graduate school)
* Analyzed soils and waters for PCBs/pesticides (by GC), corrosion inhibitors, organic halides (TOXs), organic/inorganic carbon, oils/greases, transformer oil dissolved gases
* Proofread >1,000 line BASIC computer program used in lab for logic errors
* Is medium-sized environmental testing laboratory

Mudlogger at Geoservices

September 1984 - February 1986

* Operated computerized mobile analytical trailer units on oil rigs (on land & offshore, both Louisiana and Texas)
* Performed D exponent calculations, FID gas chromatography, chloride titrations, UV fluorescence, preliminary petrographic/fossil identification, engineering monitoring
* Described and made judgements about wide variety of rock drill cuttings/drill cores
* Is large multinational geological services firm

Laboratory Assistant

Environmental Protection Systems

June 1980 - September 1980

(summer job)
* Prepared solutions for NIH study of Purina animal feeds, input samples into gas chromatograph
* Was small food products analytical testing laboratory

Geology Courses Completed
Undergraduate classes

Earth History
Earth History (different class at different school)
Earth Processes
Earth Science
Field Geology
Geologic Map Interpretation
Invertebrate Paleontology
Optical Mineralogy
Petroleum Geology
Structural Geology

Graduate classes

Advanced Stratigraphy
Anoxic Depositional Environments
Applied Geophysics
Clay Mineralogy
Coal Technology (petrology/petrography and mining)
Economic Geology
Environmental & Engineering Geology
Graduate Geology Seminar
Metamorphic Petrology
Principles of Geochemistry
Sandstone Depositional Environments
Sedimentary Petrology
Seismic Stratigraphy
Southeast U.S. Regional Geology
Structural Geology
Subsurface Geology

* Hiked entire Appalachian Trail (2174.6 miles, Georgia to Maine)
* Accepted into and former member of MENSA (scholastic aptitude honorary)
* Scored 3rd highest in entire school on American Chemical Society examination
* Scored 82nd percentile on Geology GRE subject test
* Published two professional-level technical papers

Qualifications & Certifications

Hennepin Technical College

Centenary College


University of South Alabama


terminal graduate school was

Geology Graduate Record Examination

college board tests were renormed


Texas A. & M.


graduate school


Texas A. & M., Centenary College

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