Pros: 3 meals a day a given free. while on tour, coffee, tea, milo, snacks etc are always on the shelves.
Cons: every personal is to work a maximum of 12 hours. if worked more than 12 hours, than it becomes a safety issue.
A typical day at work with a sample catcher on site is: describing every cuttings sample on the tray, register the description into the log sheet, enter percentages of the lithologies, update the Geo, update the Formation Evaluation Log (FEL), check surveys and enter into the Log, check palynology data and enter into log, get drill data every 50m interaval – more... from Data interpreter and enter into log, check for gas peaks and their cinematographic break down, update the Daily Mud logging Report (DMR), check for cavings and update the cavings register and report to the wellsite geologist, pack dried samples into split samples, samplex sample and bulk samples, watch for any abnormal changes in pump pressure, casing pressure, mud volumes and tell the DE or if he is not inside the unit, call the driller immediately, If the DE is not inside the unit, answer calls from the intercom and act accordingly. Finally write a stop card daily. The rate at which I work is determined by drilling rate (ROP) and pump rate. If the pump rate and drill rates increases, my adrenaline level rises and I use to work faster and still obtain the best & quality output.
I learnt to think fast, work smart and work faster. Doing many things all within a short span of time..
Baker Hughes management in general is good. However, with the winding down of the mud logging contracts coming close to end, I see that there's is no plan for me, meaning I will not have a job. Could be because, I come under a consultant and Baker doesn't deal with me directly. The mud logging unit is well managed by unit managers, consumables are stock taken per month, the soft ware system is not so complex.. Baker pays mud loggers very well and that's one thing so unique about Baker.
The hardest part of the job is, to work in the night shift to finalize all the reports and submit by 3am while at the same time I have to collect 3m interval samples myself and log while the drilling rate and the pump rates a so high. While I was speeding up and down the shakers, describing samples, logging, updating reports & logs, the gas trap needed to be repositioned, had to change a pit sensor and the company man asked for metal shavings on the ditch magnet. Knowing at the back of my mind that I was going to submit all the reports by 3am. This is the time I wish my body system change into a robot or just quit and walk off the job.
The most enjoyable part of the the job is logging Darai Limestone Formation in my country (Papua New Guinea), during a dry season with virtually no samples on surface to describe and log. I was entering in Geo as 'Loss circulation & no sample'. I did updated the DMR and other drilling parameters onto the log but I was so relaxed my whole 28 days in the field. That was fun and very enjoyable and I will not forget. – less