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  • Job reference: RMS0148531

Senior Operations Surveyor

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Houston
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 04/11/2014
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The Company:
Our client, a major international oil and gas operator, seeks Senior Operations Surveyor to join their team!

The Role:
To manage the planning, execution, evaluation and continuous improvement of onshore survey services provided to a varied range of customers across our client. To ensure customer requirements are met and customer risks are managed, with special emphasis on HSE, asset and information integrity, and ensuring that the customer realizes the full potential and value of Geomatics. The role of the Sr. Operations Surveyor is to plan, coordinate, and manage onshore survey activities for construction, well, pipeline, and facilities operations. The Sr. Operations Surveyor oversees the performance of the survey operations and contractors to ensure the services meet technical, regulatory, HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment), cost and timeline requirements of the projects.

• The annual spend on survey services for projects managed by this incumbent are about $3.0 million on average.
• No direct reports, but on each project, multiple contract survey crews will report directly to the incumbent.
• On average the incumbent will manage about 10,000 man hours of contractor HSE Exposure yearly.
• A failure in the survey aspects of one of these projects could result in project delays. Delaying can result in millions of dollars of loss. In any year, indirectly influenced would total approximately $10 million.
• The role is HSE critical. In addition to the direct exposure of the survey crew, the data acquired during these surveys which is used to design well pads, roads, pipeline routes, etc. must be of the highest quality to ensure the resulting design is safe and appropriate.

• Coordination and project management of all Geomatics operations projects and activities within a specific area of interest.
• Coordination of mapping activities with support from Geomatics GIS staff as necessary.
• Define Geomatics scope of work and cost estimates based on project requirements.
• Initiate and participate in the tendering process for Geomatics contracts
• Technical and operational guidance / advice to survey contractors, on-site representative, and project team.
• Monitor progress and technical and HSSE compliance (including regulatory, cost and schedule) to ensure that Geomatics-related contractual requirements are met.
• Provide evaluation and feedback to survey contractors regarding technical and HSSE performance.
• Review and approve invoices for Geomatics projects to ensure alignment with contract rates.
• Report cost to Project Team and applicable cost controllers / finance representatives.
• Implementation of client's Onshore Geomatics standards and procedures and input into the survey contractors proposed project execution plan.
• Implementation / adaptation of new regulatory or technical procedures in the workflow.
• Analyse the operational, cost, and technical performance of newly developed technology for process improvement.
• Share learning from operations with in other subject matter areas in UA.

• Growing Geomatics involvement and relationship with Onshore teams where survey activities may have previously been provided by others (construction, drilling, pipeline, etc.)
• Involvement of Geomatics early in planning, pre-scouting, table-top studies.
• Ensuring Geomatics is notified of all operations (field work, mapping & office support) which will require Geomatics support. Requires direct communication with project staff on regular basis.
• Prioritization of the workload to ensure the project team requirements / schedule are clearly understood and met.
• Communication between the project teams and Geomatics on current and future project activities.
• Proper cost coding assigned early to ensure prompt payment of all invoices.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
A Sr. Operations Surveyor should be a highly motivated individual with good communication and networking skills. He/she should have a strong business sense coupled with the commitment to deliver step changes in terms of project efficiency and profitability.
Prior work in the projects environment, new technology application, and working in multi disciplined teams a distinct advantage.
Knowledge and Skills:
• Geomatics or related (B.Sc.) degree preferred with Survey Certificate from a university or degree from a technical college.
• Registered Profressional Land Surveyor preferred. Familiar with General rules of procedures and practices requirements, primarily in the state of Texas.
• Five (5) to ten (10) years experience of relevant Geomatics Operations experience in the Oil and Gas Business.
• Technical and operational knowledge of every phase in Onshore Geomatics operations.
• Knowledgeable in coordinate systems, projections, spatial data management and the importance of d
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