Students working onboard Ramform Tethys
Colin Taylor and Ben Coughlan, both of whom successfully completed their Bachelors in earth science this year, accepted a summer internship position with the Petroleum Board of Canada. They joined the Ramform Tethys in St. Johns in May 2017 for their first four-week rotation offshore.
The first trip was a general introduction to the seismic vessel, including deck operations and exposure to each seismic department onboard. For the second four-week rotation the two interns spent most of their time in the Operations Geophysics department, learning about Viper and SPArk, online/offline processing, project management and data visualization.
Ulrike Ott, Personnel Manager of the Petroleum Board of Canada asked them what they thought of the program and their time offshore.
What was the most enjoyable part of those two trips?
Ben: "The experience that has been passed on to me from my colleagues has given me much more perspective in terms of how the industry works and the opportunities that are out there. That, along with the hands on work experience has given me exactly what I had hoped for in an internship, an introduction to the industry that I emerge from more prepared and equipped to further my education and join the workforce of the geoscience community."
Colin: "Working on the back deck during streamer deployment when everyone groups together, works as a team. I was able to have fun and help deploy the streamers."
What were you most surprised by?
Ben: "The sheer scale and complexity of the seismic acquisition operation. ….it's hard to grasp the true size of the T-class vessels towing a 16 streamer spread until observing it in person. The number of moving parts and factors that must seamlessly come together to produce a successful result is mind-boggling. My first time seeing the instrument room, with what seems like a hundred monitors displaying countless amounts of data, information being relayed from department to department, was a big surprise. I was very impressed by the ability of all the departments to work in harmony to achieve the end of goal of collecting high quality data as efficiently as possible."
Colin: I was most surprised by the diversity. I enjoyed working with different nationalities.
Would you recommend the internship to others?
Ben: "Absolutely, 100%. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. In terms of the quality of work, comfort and amenities, PGS really sets the bar high. This internship has provided me with invaluable experience that was passed onto me in a manner in which I could learn and grow my skills as a geophysicist very naturally..... I'm now able independently to contribute to the project as a whole."
"To put it plainly, if you have the opportunity to partake in an internship with PGS, take it. Besides all that, I can't think of a cooler summer job to tell your friends and family about!"
Colin: "I would recommend the internship to others because I am very impressed with safety and how PGS treated me as an intern.