Katya is one of the founders of Actus Veritas Geoscience and the CEO of PetroXP Alliance. She has more than 25 years of experience in the Petroleum Industry. Katya is a uniquely qualified professional with experience in geoscience, development, and implementation of specialized technical assessments and applied technologies in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry. Katya managed geographically spread teams responsible for delivering global projects. She developed and coordinated implementations of technology roadmaps for subsurface multidisciplinary teams across multiple locations.
2018 GSH Honorary Membership Award for contribution to the profession
2008 AWC Award for Leadership in Technology
2019 – Pres Co-Founder, PetroXP Alliance
PetroXP Alliance fosters an innovative business environment for the deployment and success of small businesses. The alliance is founded on #HI+AI+OI (Human+Augmented+Organizational Intelligence) working together
2016 – Pres Managing Director, Actus Veritas Geoscience, LLC
AVGeo is a Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Team of International Experienced Geoscientists and Engineers Providing Advisory Services and the Delivery of Integrated Technical Projects
2014 – 2016 Exploration Advisor, Murphy Oil
Explorationist Advisor - International Exploration New Ventures Team
2011 - 2014 Geoscience Advisor, Apache Corporation
Geoscience Advisor - Worldwide Exploration and New Ventures
2011 - 2011 Geophysical Advisor, Western Growth Area, Brazil, BHP Billiton
Brazil Exploration, Atlantic Margin.
2008 - 2011 Geophysical Advisor - Exploration New Ventures, BHP Billiton
Working on mega-regional petroleum system assessments in South Atlantic and country-specific projects in West Africa and South America. Interpreting seismic, gravity, and magnetics data in integrated study and testing the concepts in plate reconstructions.
2000 - 2008 Global Subsurface Computing Manager, BHP Billiton
In charge of a team of petroleum specialists in geoscience, drilling, petroleum engineering technologies and data management. Defined and implemented multi-year technology strategy
Learning from mistakes: Creating value from understanding the reasons we fail
It is overall our view that creaming curve analysis is most valuable when it discriminates between the plays and playtests, when it may indeed identify missed opportunities or even new plays when combined with as thorough an understanding of the history of the basin as possible. "Lumping" the statistics together appears not to serve this purpose, at least in predictive mode, when trying to build a new portfolio and incorporate the potential value of speculative or conceptual plays.
The absence of evidence does not necessarily mean the evidence for absence – exploration beyond first-order basin statistics
Basin and play exploration are inherently governed by the management of risk and uncertainty at the portfolio level. Exploration investment decisions biased by risk-averse teams are susceptible to first-order basin statistics which may reflect a historical “poor” exploration history and exhaustion of existing play concepts. New concepts, new models, new thinking, and consideration of alternatives often result in a paradigm shift despite previous negative results.
Oil and Gas Asset Marketing in COVID-19 Environment
As a consequence of COVID-19, most trade shows and events planned during 2020-2021 will be virtual, which places new demands on the exhibitors. To differentiate the company or the opportunities available for sale, and to draw the attention of the event visitors, new digital offerings are required.
Survey Results: Adaptation or remission : what next for E&P?
The purpose of the survey is to collect information across different companies and geographies and help the industry in recovery after the crisis. There are many publications about how lost we became and the recognition that people want to return to a "new normal." There is an understanding that this "new normal" should reflect not only our new hygiene practices but also help us to reconnect with our lives, families, and friends, make our work more meaningful, and help us to focus on things that are important in our lives.
Scratch 2020: Let's plan for 2021. Second private Interview with Oil and Gas CEO
The playbook for fiscal responsibility has an accepted approach in the low-price environment: cut cost. But what gets cut first, and do we cut an opportunity to grow in the future? If you could find Guyana basin today - would you? We continue to explore these questions in private conversations with C-Level Executives testing different perceptions shared behind closed doors. We hope these insights are considered to help the industry to emerge from the crisis in a better state.
Как организовать удалённую работу инженера-нефтяника во время карантина
Интервью во время карантина: Современные и экономически выгодные компьютерные системы включающие в себя программы, хранилище данных и способы работы с ними, разработанные и оптимизированные в 21м веке, позволяют компаниям быстро перейти на полный удаленный метод работы с максимальным экономическим успехом.
Why Value Networking is essential or why shopping for skills on LinkedIn might get one in trouble.
An example of the difference between U3 Explore and LinkedIn approach to professional networking. I use LinkedIn regularly myself following the posts of the people whose opinion I value and from whom I learn. Today on LinkedIn, I came across a simple explanation of why building a Value Network that is assembled and promoted not by paid campaigns but by our personal experiences will save us from trouble. The bottom line is that paid advertisements do not guarantee the quality of advice or service. Reference-based relationships do.
Adaptation or remission : what next for E&P?
Technical expertise and business acumen have differentiated sustainable performance among E&P competitors. 2020 First Quarter earnings results evidence the pressures that face the future direction of the global E&P industry. Capital discipline strategies have reshaped the forward outlook of companies and for industry professionals uncertainty will be foremost in their thoughts. What will emerge from this period?
What geoscientists should focus on to deliver the value post Coronavirus?
It appears that statistical models today are substituting factual business analysis in decision making. People are trying to predict all possible outcomes of their models with little control and/or understanding of the parameters that are impacting the quality and reliability of the result. Over the last four years, oil and gas companies were focused on hiring data scientists, and Geoanalytics is often called to help. Yet, mathematical modeling of the physical processes is not a new concept.
Survey Results Report: "Oil and Gas: Let's Check our Corona Virus Related Temperature"
This analysis uses the data collected over March 25th- April 5th. By the digital nature of our survey, the responses are biased towards technically enabled companies and individuals that were set up for occasional remote work. We analyze 1- the overall level of the system preparedness for such an extraordinary situation when the majority of the workforce is working from home, where the entire family is streaming homeworks, videos, and videoconferencing; 2- social aspects of the remote working; 3- feedback on the support provided for remote workers and ideas on post-crisis recovery
Oil and Gas: Let's check our Corona-virus related temperature
How do we prepare ourselves for the post-coronavirus world? Will the small businesses survive this? Will the dramatic cost-cutting exercises of corporations help them re-tool for the new future or will they just return to “business as usual”?
Scratch 2020: Let's plan for 2021. First private Interview with Oil and Gas CEO
Most professionals in oil & gas agree that the current industry crisis is going to be deeper than any of the previous ones and that it is going to last through 2020, without any significant improvements. Industry leaders have to make bold yet calculated moves in this new business landscape. In private conversations, different perceptions are shared behind closed doors, while the public industry gatherings offer mainly promotional information. It is unlikely that this industry is going to be able to emerge from this down-cycle without having honest conversations about its current state.
Opening white page of 2020
In 2019 Oil and Gas corporations were still focused on optimization of the individual processes often without shared value across the organizations. The digital era continues to generate large volumes of data which consists of both- noise and valid information. I think the key question for 2020 is-"How one can separate the information from the noise and make valid decisions?" and therefore, the question of the proper balance between digital and human capabilities in the decision-making process is still open in 2020
Supporting renewed interest in exploration of South Atlantic Margin: New Best Fit Plate Tectonic Model for South Atlantic Opening
There is a renewed interest in exploration for oil and gas in deep and shallow waters of South Atlantic. The hopes are high especially with recent exploration success offshore Guyana and Mauritania. Delineation of the basins and mapping the extents of the pursued plays are two out of several critical components of the comprehensive geologic analysis and are fundamental to exploration success. During the last decade, deepwater drilling in South Atlantic proved multiple assumptions of the earlier geologic models of continent-ocean transition inadequate.
The lessons of Silicon Valley and why the model doesn’t fit Houston
There is so much talk about building new Silicon Valley in Houston but I think there is very little understanding of what it really is and what should be built in Houston.
Digital Transformation or Digital Maturation
Steven Zobell in his article published by Forbes magazine in March of 2018 estimates that in 2018 enterprises will invest $1.3 trillion USD in Digital Transformation projects to “improve efficiencies, increase customer value and create new monetization opportunities”. In the same research, Steven analyses the reasons why 70% of these initiatives will not reach the objectives. AVGeo specialists were involved in digital workflow improvement projects in 2018 and would like to share our experiences and see if the predictions of Steve Zobell were correct.
Human Capital In a World of Analytics and Big Data in Exploration Workflows
In this presentation, I've discussed human cognitive learning while working with different sets of Big Data in Petroleum Exploration workflows. An effective reduction in the volumes of Big Data without information loss, AI in seismic interpretation and spatial analytics, and a visual aggregation of the single-threaded evaluations into a comprehensive multithreaded business decision are required for delivery of successful exploration programs
My Take on Forecasting of Oil Prices
I think the biggest driver in oil price vulnerability is a human factor once again and people tend to overreact to the bad news. They do not take the time to take a step back and to look at a longer trend.
Opening a white page of 2019
The New Year had started, and it's time to take an objective look at lessons learned in 2018, and the new opportunities ahead in 2019.
Solving the Passive Margin Play Map Paradox offshore Uruguay – The Value Density Proposition
Presented at First HGS/EAGE Conference on Latin America, November 2019 The existing perceptions of the offshore Uruguay petroleum system assessment may be challenged by an analysis of the failure modes of three exploration wells drilled in the basin. This is an underexplored basin with a poor exploration record. Arguably, the wells tested prospect-specific locations but left other plays of interest untested.