Best shot images

  • Thirty three years in the oil and gas industry and I never get tired of watching a sunset. This photo was taken from the helideck of the Ocean Onyx mobile offshore drilling unit which is currently drilling for Beach Energy, offshore Australia. I’m looking out over the Otway Basin and the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean. How far south are we? Well if I was to get in…
  • I’m proud to share the nice celebration of a big milestone recently achieved: 100,000 b/d produced in Iara license by the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel P-68. Congratulations to Total E&P Do Brasil and all involved. It is only the beginning of this incredible adventure.
  • One of the challenges I faced during the organization of the virtual Petrofusion event was the creation of an augmented reality filter of a hardhat for the event sponsor, Total.
  • Now more than ever, one of the biggest values of SPE membership is the professional networking opportunity. From personal experience, the sense of community I've found by being involved with SPE and the connections I've made along the way have been of the greatest benefit.
  • This photo was taken in December 2018 during my PhD defense at the University of Calgary. The people in the photo from the left are Gordon Moore, Larry Lines, Farouq Ali, Thomas Harding, Raj Mehta, and Roberto Aguilera. Each of them are experts in their field. This photo means a lot to me. I truly believed in "Standing on the shoulders of giants." Interestingly, Hardi…
  • Picture location: Took the photos at home, but the hard hat itself was made in Indonesia.
  • What does a reaction engineer do when his (or her) lab gets shut down by a virus pandemic? Re-purpose your equipment to make direly needed hand sanitizer for the local medical center (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). Together with my RAPID graduate students Nasser Al Azri and Riddhesh Patel, we received permission to keep our 20 L batch reactors running to mi…
  • Location: Beach Energy’s Cooper Basin Oil and Gas Fields, South Australia.
  • I recently spent 16 days rafting down the Grand Canyon on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed the incredible and varying geology along the way. This picture really blew my mind. The bottom half of my hand is sitting on the 1.7 billion-years-old Vishnu Schist Formation, and the top half is sitting on the 550-million-years-old Tapeats Sandstone Formation. My hand is literall…
  • Budding petroleum engineers may find the two pictures interesting as they reflect India’s oil history. I picked them up from DEW Journal’s archives. The first picture shows elephant carts setting out for seismic survey in upper Assam during formative years of the oil industry in India. Amazing how things have changed over the years.
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