David, experience fosters adaptability
Now Alwyn and Dunbar Well Operations Manager, David has spent most of his working life learning the drilling trade in an international career full of technical achievements.
Evolving with technology
During 30 years in drilling, working onshore and offshore, on both platforms and mobile drilling rigs, one thing I’ve learnt is that the next challenge is never far away. Today, that challenge lies in integrating modern drilling systems into 30 year-old technology, enabling us to increase offset distances and target reservoirs with ever greater accuracy.
Having been involved in the start up of production on Total’s Alwyn North platform, in 1987, my current role has brought me full circle, via France, The Netherlands and the USA. When I returned to Scotland in 2005, back to Aberdeen where my career began, I returned with more than 20 years of drilling experience gained from across the world.
My career has blended on-the-job training and experience with classroom-based learning at France’s prestigious Institute Français du Pétrole. I’ve been involved in supervising onshore rigs in rural France, the drilling of huge wells from offshore jack-up and semi submersible rigs, as well as spells overseeing the testing and commissioning of Total’s minimum facilities Dunbar drilling platform. That experience is invaluable in my role today, overseeing drilling activities on a mature field in the Northern North Sea. The fact we recently completed our 56th well from a 40-slot platform underlines how complex drilling activities have become.
"Having been involved in the start up of production on Total’s Alwyn North platform, in 1987, my current role has brought me full circle."
2009 - Present
Well Operations Manager – Alwyn North and Dunbar, North Sea
2008 - 2009
Well Examiner for Total E&P UK, Aberdeen, Scotand
1997 - 2005
Drilling Engineer in France, Well Operations Superintendent in Texas, Project Engineer in the Netherlands
1993 - 1997
Commissioning Superintendent for the Dunbar Drilling Package, Drilling Supervisor on the Dunbar Platform, North Sea
1991 - 1993
Drilling Supervisor, Paris Basin, France
1987 - 1991
Trainee Drilling Supervisor, Aberdeen, Scotland; Night Drilling Supervisor, Alwyn North and mobile drilling rigs, North Sea