This week we chatted to Richard; he told us about the intricacies of his job, his journey to EPI and a surprise wake up at 2 o’clock in the morning.
What is your role at EPI? And what do you do?
I work within the EPI Applied Geophysical Solutions division as a Senior Geophysicist, running the seismic processing side of the business. My role is varied but the main emphasis is on seismic processing QC projects and seismic production processing (particularly marine data). Here at EPI we process data in-house and specialise in small to medium-sized 2D and small 3D projects with bespoke re-processing of vintage data being a particular speciality. On the processing QC side, I am frequently out and about visiting processing contractors on behalf of our clients. Other aspects of my role include internal and offshore technical support, meeting clients, tendering, and attending conferences, with a bit of technical reading & training thrown in for good measure whenever time permits.
What brought you to EPI group
I joined EPI quite by chance in early 2017, when the company I had worked for previously finally succumbed to the slump in oil price and ceased trading in late 2016. Whilst taking a couple of months off and working my way through an alarmingly long list of home DIY tasks I applied for a temporary position at EPI, having heard about the opening through a mutual friend of another EPI employee. During my interview, it was felt that my skill set was more suited to a different role and happily I was offered my current position on a permanent basis with a remit to help grow the seismic processing & QC side of the business.
What is your favourite part of your job/working at EPI?
The variable nature of the job and the flexible working environment. EPI is very supportive when it comes to balancing work with a busy family life and they give me the freedom to work accordingly.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact about you.
I’m not sure about the ‘fun’ part but whilst living in a shared house at University I was once extracted from my bed at 2.00a.m. at gunpoint by a police firearms squad and dog unit (they were looking for my housemate).