APA - Pore Pressure/Geomechanics Sr Advisor

Date: Apr 18, 2024

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77056

Company: Apache Corporation

Company Overview

Our primary product is energy, and where there is affordable, abundant energy, people are healthier, have access to better education, and are given greater opportunities to elevate their families to higher standards of living.

Nearly 3 billion people — roughly one-third of the global population — live without electricity or without clean cooking facilities. We are committed to providing energy in innovative and more sustainable ways to help raise the standard of living for those living in energy poverty and to meet the ongoing demands of people and economies around the world.

The products we deliver power increasingly cleaner electricity across the globe, fuel tractors and trucks, make fertilizer to keep the world's food supply on the table, and heat our schools, hospitals and businesses.

Our employees bring a wide range of talents and skills to the job every day to tackle complex business challenges. We believe in providing a truly rewarding work environment supported by a benefits platform that ranks among the best in our peer group. Our company offers career development opportunities where employees can grow personally and professionally. We promote employee benefits that cultivate a family-friendly work environment and focus on our employees' overall well-being.

We are committed to being a workplace where all employees are valued and can thrive with a sense of belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion benefits our individual employees, our company and our external stakeholders; we are better as an organization when various ideas and perspectives are brought to the table.

Apache Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA). Apache has operations in the United States, Egypt's Western Desert and the United Kingdom's North Sea and a sister company with exploration opportunities offshore Suriname. Whether supporting Apache, APA Corporation or one of its subsidiaries, team members are employed by Apache Corporation.

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Specific Responsibilities

The Pore Pressure/Geomechanics Sr Advisor for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s Petrophysics team at the company’s Houston office reporting to the Petrophysics Director.

This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

• Integrate offset well data, such as wireline logs (sonic, density, resistivity), together with measured pressures and connection gases to generate a pore pressure forecast using established prediction methodologies;  
• Generate real-time predictions of pore pressure and assist well drilling teams in operational decision-making; 
• Ability to use seismic velocity volumes to generate regional pore pressure forecasts (3D pressure volumes and/or 1D extractions at proposed well locations);
• Undertake stress-state and fracture gradient assessments, utilizing data such as wireline logs, mini-frac/leak off tests, lost circulation events, and back-analysis of drilling-induced features seen in image logs;
• Generate required mud weight profiles for planned wells through the analysis and integration of offset log data, drilling data, cavings analysis, image, and caliper log;
• Ability to perform wellbore stability analyses utilizing log, core/cuttings, and seismic data in various geological settings;
• Provide broad petroleum geomechanics support, as required, in the areas of critically stressed fault analysis and induced seismicity risk, lost circulation event remediation and prevention; and
• Mentor and provide pore pressure and geomechanics training to geology and engineering staff.

Qualifications & Experience

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

•    Minimum 20 years of relevant experience (in drilling PPFG/geomechanics) with an operator or service company
•    Master’s or PhD in Engineering, Science, Geoscience, Geomechanics, or related field
•    Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment and make real-time decisions throughout the drilling process
•    Strong communication, interpersonal, management, administrative, organizational, and leadership skills
•    Be able to work within various teams and present your work to technical staff and management
•    Experience implementing sound decisions when faced with multi-faceted problems
•    Expert knowledge of geomechanical software (Ikon-RokDoc, JewelSuite, or equivalent) and Microsoft Office Suite – Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams



The successful candidate should demonstrate and exhibit the following core competencies:

  • Communication: Writes, speaks, and presents information effectively and persuasively across communication setting;
  • Results: Pursues work with energy, drive, and results orientation to positively impact Apache's business success;
  • Collaboration: Works in partnership with others and encourages different perspectives, while building and maintaining trust; and
  • Culture: Willingness and ability to align one's behavior with the needs, priorities, and goals of Apache.

Apache Statement on Hiring

To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to base all employment-related decisions and actions exclusively on employment-related criteria. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to provide broad dissemination of job opportunities, as consistent with the nature of the positions. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to review its employment-related policies and actions on a regular basis to ensure that their application is consistent with their intent.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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