So Much Information, So Little Time
In my introductions at training seminars and industry events, such as the SPE New Hire Orientation, I often describe myself as an “oil industry lifer”. Some career highlights include:
- 18 years management experience with Schlumberger, Superior Oil -Mobile, Wilson Industries, and Exxon.
- 13 years energy consulting experience with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
- Consultant to US and International oil and gas companies since 1986.
- Management experience across Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream business segments.
- Active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and often presents at industry forums.
We all only have so much time in the day to read up on our industry, much less learn more about a totally new one. I thought it might be helpful to industry new hires or those looking to get into oil and gas to learn how an industry veteran stays abreast of developments in such a dynamic, global industry.
Of course I read the news and many industry reports, but after all these years I really rely on the following three publications to stay on top of the oil and gas industry. I like getting the printed magazines, but many resources and articles are available free online.
World Oil focuses on the Upstream processes of Exploration, Drilling, and Production and has a global perspective. There are sections to dive deeper into both onshore and offshore drilling and deepwater as well as developments in shale resources.
Oil and Gas Journal
Oil and Gas Journal has a large focus on Upstream as well, but also ties in Midstream activities such as processing and transportation. Their “General Interest” section covers many of the latest political developments.
Like many publication sites, while premium content requires a subscription, it is still an amazing resource just with the free stuff. Also be sure to check out their webcasts page.
Hydrocarbon Processing is definitely getting into the parts of our industry only a petroleum engineer could love! This publication fills in the Downstream segment that the other two are a bit lighter on, also with a global perspective.
Topics include refining, process engineering, petrochemicals, LNG, and environment & safety. Hydrocarbon Processing also has some great webinars, white papers, and handbooks – some free, some not.
Stay Informed, It’s Your Career!
Related Article: Upstream vs. Downstream
Read more about the difference between Upstream and Downstream segments of the oil and gas industry.
Which one works best for you will depend on where you are in your career, studies, or training. You may also need to supplement this global perspective with more localized publications.
This industry is always making news, it’s your job to know what is going on!
Best of luck, stay safe, and keep learning.