Aberdeen Insight Programme

Date: 07/24/2013
Location: Aberdeen

Investigating Particle Size Distribution

The Insight Programme

The Schlumberger Insight Programme, designed to encourage and promote women in engineering, kicked-off with a two day event in Aberdeen on July 2. A group of 18 successful applicants toured the Schlumberger reservoir characterisation, drilling and production facilities, gaining insight into what we do and the technologies we develop and use on a daily basis.

Day One

The first stop was at Drilling Tools & Remedial where the group discussed the technologies and services involved in the drilling and positioning of oil and gas wells and once kitted out in PPE, they embarked on a workshop tour. Next, they visited Drilling & Measurements where they met female field engineers who talked to them about directional-drilling, measurement-while-drilling,

and logging-while-drilling. Then, they visited Wireline, where the technologies involved in finding and defining hydrocarbon resources were explained.

The first day concluded in Testing Services with another workshop tour allowing them to see relevant equipment and tools being used for pressure and flow rate measurements for E&P, both downhole and at the surface. By now, the group had a greater understanding of Schlumberger and the numerous opportunities that it has to offer.


Day Two

An introduction to Artificial Lift, explaining production equipment and optimization services was followed by a workshop visit. Cementing, Stimulation and Coil Tubing were discussed in Well Services and CemCRETE demo kits showed how the particle-size distribution principle works for specialty blends. They then had an interactive session with former field engineers who discussed their career paths, experiences and opportunities throughout their time in Schlumberger. The programme concluded with a fun lunch, where any remaining questions were answered.


Two days of direct contact with personnel from various segments, with different backgrounds and career paths enabled them to ask more informed questions, express their interests and/or concerns and receive honest and direct responses they could relate to. The event was a great success, and participants stated that:

“Talking to the panel of women about their experiences was extremely useful, the general impression I got was anything is achievable if you work hard.”

“It has completely confirmed that I would love to get into the upstream oil services.”

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