Contact Information

  • Martin Wipf
    (832) 296-4759

Description

Well-rounded oil & gas professional with extensive geoscience experience across the value chain in industry and academia, including exploration, development, production, and research in unconventional resources. Broad geological operations background for unconventional and extended reach horizontal wells.

Comfortable making decisions in a fast-paced environment with constantly changing priorities.

Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with proven ability to develop Matlab, Python, SQL, and Excel codes to analyze large data sets. Experience with creative and innovative approaches to data analytics.

Employs excellent interpersonal skills on cross-functional teams to form consensus and focus on continuous improvement, pursuing common visions, always seeking to understand the big regional picture.

Industry

E&P

Location

Houston, willing to relocate

Experience

XTO ENERGY, Houston, TX 2018 - Present
Operations Geologist
Oversaw development planning and geosteering of >50 horizontal wells each budgeted at $10M. Generated drilling opportunities by integrating data from multiple disciplines (mapping, geophysics, structural geology, logging, engineering and production data). Designed and supervised data collection of wireline logging and execution of data gathering programs for pilot holes. Mentored new early career team members.
Reduced average drilling time 20% by optimizing daily operations and time management on multiple drilling rigs in the Permian basin in New Mexico.
Optimized development strategy and workflows for Poker Lake Unit in Delaware Basin by creating structural and stratigraphic framework maps, leveraging offset well logs and 3D seismic.
Assessed up-hole potential of >50 uneconomic wells and presented targets for cost effective recompletions or abandonment to management.
Provided mentoring, knowledge transfer and technical guidance to early career team members

EXXONMOBIL, EXXON NEFTEGAS LIMITED - YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK -SAKHALIN, Russia 2016 - 2018
Wellsite Geologist
Coordinated, while being deployed to rig site smooth start-up of Krechet Rig (world's largest land-rig) in Odoptu field on Sakhalin Island in Russia. Supervised drilling of 5 ($80-100M) extended reach wells of 11-13 km total length.
Performed quality assessment of geological well site data (MWD/LWD) prior to guarantee data delivery to Yuzhno office. Prepared and completed daily drilling and operations reports.
Interpreted real time data, ensuring well objectives were achieved.

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION COMPANY, Houston, TX 2013 - 2016
Exploration Geologist
Led team of 5 to build play wide geotechnical workflows and datasets to determine production-based assessments. Awarded Team ICE (Innovation, Creativity & Excellence) award by ExxonMobil's Upstream Research Company for data analytics in unconventional plays.
Quantified relative importance of performance driving parameters for 7 North American unconventional plays to gain exploration insights, utilizing multivariate statistical models based on play-wide datasets.
Wrote and modified existing matlab codes, creating datasets required for models and production assessments.

EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY, Houston, TX 2011 - 2013
Research Geologist
Led corporate efforts to characterize performance parameters for multiple tight liquid plays, utilizing advanced machine learning processes (Tree Classifiers, Transform)
Built multivariate models for 4 tight liquid plays (Eagle Ford, Vaca Muerta, La Luna, Posidonia).
Compiled and analyzed subsurface and core data relevant for reservoir characterization of tight liquid plays, (XRD, TOC, SRP-GRI, FIV, MICP, VR, SEM, thin sections).
Published multiple in house research reports and documentation recommending consistent reservoir quality assessment standards.

EXXONMOBIL PRODUCTION COMPANY, Houston, TX 2010 - 2011
Production Geologist
Mapped and assessed QIA deep-water channel levee system and identified potential well opportunities within Zafiro Development Area in Equatorial Guinea. Leveraged geophysical data sets (3 and 4D seismic data), stratigraphy, structural mapping, and visualizations.
Integrated hydrocarbon presence (gas / oil) into volumetric assessments and well plans, ensuring extent of lead was characterized.

EXXONMOBIL PRODUCTION GERMANY, GERMANY, Hannover, Germany 2009 - 2010
Project Geologist
Determined and proposed optimal well sites by evaluating and mapping thermal maturity of Lower Saxony. One exploration well was subsequently drilled based on recommendations.
1 dimensional thermal modeling and calibration of vitrinite reflectance data to explain cooling history of the Lower Saxony Basin.
Integrated wireline logging and core data to build petrophysical model of Posidonia Shale Gas in Lower Saxony Basin.

UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG, Heidelberg, Germany 2007 - 2008
Postdoctoral Researcher
Consulted for RWE / DEA, evaluated thermal history of Tarfaya and Reggane Basins, Morocco, and Algeria to assess potential for presence of gas.
Submitted report was utilized by RWE / DEA to plan exploration strategy in Tarfaya and Reggane Basins.
Conducted research on evolution and uplift history of Fuerteventura (Canary Islands), published results.

EMPA, SWISS FEDERAL LABORATORIES FOR MATERIALS, Switzerland 2006 - 2007
Analytical Chemist
Installed, configured, calibrated, and commissioned Quadrupole Ion rap (QIT) mass spectrometer and analyzed lake sediment samples for POP's (Persistent Organic Pollutants) such as flame retardants.

Awards and Certifications

Team ICE (Innovation, Creativity & Excellence) award by ExxonMobil's Upstream Research Company for data analytics in unconventional plays.

Skills

Operations Geology & Well Planning | Unconventional Resource Plays | Project Management | Reservoir Quality Characterization | Subsurface Characterization | Petrophysics | Real-time data | Data Integration | Data Analytics | Data Visualization | Analytical Methods | Geospatial Data Systems |

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Earth Sciences, ETHZ, (Swiss Institute of Technology) - Zürich, Switzerland, Zurich, PhD Thesis Title: Evolution of the Western Cordillera and coastal margin of Peru: evidence from low-temperature thermochronology and geomorphology.

Master of Science (MS), Earth Sciences, ETHZ, (Swiss Institute of Technology) - Zürich, Switzerland, Zurich, Master Thesis Title: Geology of the Abu Zenima Region, Sinai Egypt: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

Springboard Data Science Career Track expected completion June 2021
Student in an online program consisting of 500+ hours of hands-on curriculum, with 1:1 industry expert mentor oversight, and completion of 2 in-depth capstone projects. Mastering skills in Python, SQL, data analysis, data visualization, hypothesis testing, and machine learning.