Field Sessions - California

Field Sessions - California



On the fun side we saw Mount Rushmore, clouds in front of Crazy Horse memorial, Devils Tower and a lot of beautiful driving sights throughout eastern Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Datoka, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

All of the companies that helped us did a great job, showed our student top notch safety protocols, and a great time. Thanks to all.

Group picture with a Bakken frac job in the background.


Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our many alumni and friends, the 2016 PEGN 315 California Field Session was a great success. Al Sami, Dr. Nicole M. Smith (Shultz Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Humanitarian Engineering at CSM), 40 students, six Teaching Assistants (Abla Rhouma, Ganna Savchenko, Olawale Adekunle, Ayush Rastogi, Moutaz Saleh, Charis Karakatsanis) and I enjoyed an eight-day field session in Southern California.

production facilities. We also enjoyed a visit to C & J Energy Services/Tiger Wireline in Signal Hill where the students learned about wireline logging, well perforating, and pipe recovery equipment and services. We appreciate the hospitality shown to us by CRC and Tiger during our time in California.

Our first field tour was to Aera Energy’s (Aera) Belridge field. Aera engineers and CSM alums Ilsa Gustafson, Linda Mohammad, George Hunsaker, Ryan Stef, Matt Erbes, Christine Birkholz, Laura Lunsford, and Tanner Ottaway hosted us for breakfast, a tour of field operations and vendor services, and lunch. We also enjoyed the quiz bowl with prizes moderated by Ryan Stef and comments by Andy Anderson, Vice President of Belridge Operation. We thank all of our alums and Aera for an informative and exciting first day in the field!

California Resource Corporation (CRC) and Mines alums Tom Turner (PE), Max Willis (PE), Dan Fletcher (PE), Tim Gross (GE), and Robert Sebag (PE) hosted us at CRC’s Long Beach office for lunch and presentations on CRC assets, Wilmington Field and THUMS islands. After a safety meeting, we took a boat ride to Island White for a tour of the drilling rig and

2016 Shell Beach Geology Field Trip.