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Helen Cromie  
 
people info
Name Helen Cromie
Nationality British
Position Geoscientist
Drivers

One of the main attractions initially was the opportunity to work abroad at a young stage in my career. It is not often that you can experience three different offices, three different jobs and three different cultures in your first two years after university.

In addition, Maersk has continued to offer me further excellent opportunities beyond the graduate scheme. My current posting in Copenhagen working in Corporate Production Development has been a unique chance to work with company experts on one of Maersk Oil’s biggest projects; the Al Shaheen field, Qatar.

As one of the youngest staff in the department it has been a steep learning curve, but I have as much responsibility as any other team member to deliver for our partners. That’s exciting!

Balance

I love to work with people and integrate information, so I find it inspiring to work in such a multicultural environment and as part of a global team with our Doha office. I just counted 16 nationalities on a quick trip around the office!

Everyone has naturally a slightly different view on the world, and that’s fascinating. I am definitely empowered to drive my own objectives and technical development within the team requirements.

Many of us work to short timescales and we are in frequent dialogue with our partners, so team members are often very busy or travelling. Despite this there is a strong camaraderie, fostered through lunches together and out-of-office activities which are encouraged by management. I like to think we look out for if anyone is overloaded or working unsustainably. At the end of the day, we are busy because the project is important.

Solutions

I’ve been lucky enough to work on a range of interesting projects in my time at Maersk. My second MITAS placement was in the newly formed three-person West Greenland exploration team where we worked mostly with sparse outcrop data, seabed samples and 2D seismic lines to demonstrate the potential of the area. It has been extremely satisfying to see years later that Maersk Oil have now secured acreage and acquired 3D seismic.

More recently I was part of a challenging cross-office, cross-discipline project to rejuvenate an existing structural model. This involved the integration of many interested parties in separate locations, various datasets across different reservoirs and scales, and a relatively short deadline. After a huge combined effort, the new fault pattern now has stakeholder alignment and the value of the project has started to show in the reservoir modeling results.