Sr. Reservoir Engineer - Denver, Colorado

at SM Energy
Location Denver, United States
Date Posted June 9, 2017
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 6



The North Rockies Reservoir Engineer will be a member of the Rockies Asset Team located in Denver and will assume a leadership role in the development of SM Energy’s Divide County Bakken assets in North Dakota.  The engineer will strive for continual improvement in existing assets by providing detailed technical/economic analyses and recommendations on development and exploration projects. This position operates under limited review while handling assignments of a broad scope and moderate difficulty.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop correlations between geological and completion variables and well performance.
  • Integrate learnings with the goal to increase asset value for each drilling cycle.
  • Evaluate oil and gas reserves for all cases at mid-year and year-end.
  • Initiate reservoir studies of existing assets to determine completion and spacing improvements.
  • Incorporates advanced production analysis in to workflow for well evaluation and forecasting purposes.
  • Ability to analytically model production data when required.
  • Conduct necessary preparation to justify development drilling, recompletions, workover opportunities or other expenditures.
  • Analyze the asset with a holistic tool kit including rate or pressure transient analysis, volumetrics, analytical or numerical modeling and decline curve analysis.
  • Prepare and update asset business plans and budgets.
  • Coordinate the creation of AFE’s to execute development plans.
  • Provide estimations of resource volumes and recoverable hydrocarbons using both probabilistic and deterministic volumetrics, EURs and recovery factors.
  • Strong Spotfire, Aries, and Fekete skills. Experience with simulation for development planning would be a large plus.
  • Conduct business with the highest ethical standards; demonstrate decision-making skills that ensure the safety of all persons associated with SM facilities.

Role-Specific Technical Knowledge & Skills:
Experience with development of a variety of unconventional resource plays. Command of fundamental reservoir engineering disciplines including decline curve analysis (DCA), rate transient analysis (RTA), volumetrics, recoveries, fluid behavior, simple analytical history matching, and flow regime identification. Proficient and strong understanding of Pressure-Temperatures phase diagrams for practical purposes.
Proficient and strong understanding of probabilistic and deterministic methods.  Can easily identify limitations in data set and range in certainty of results. Proficient and strong understanding principles of flow in porous media including capillary pressure, Darcy's law, and relative permeability.  Familiar with core analysis and petro-physical evaluations. Proficient and strong knowledge / experience relating to relating to geochemistry, operations, geological interpretation, well data integration, petrophysics and seismic attributes.

B.S. degree in Engineering is required

Typical Experience:
Minimum of 6 years of applicable experience

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