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MEET THE COMMITTEE - ANDREA BERNAL
The GPS Technical Call for Abstracts is open! We encourage that all technical professionals submit their abstract to present in front of a global audience, take part in discussions and network with the best in the industry.
This week we caught up with Andrea Bernal, President - Modelling & Reservoir Engineering Advisor at AnBound Energy Inc. about why she started working in energy, what trends she’s noticing globally and projects that she’s worked on.
GPS: What is your specialty? What abstracts will you be reviewing?
AB: My specialties are modelling and reservoir engineering. I will be reviewing abstracts on EOR, field development, geology and play development. I also have a big interest in team dynamics, so I will be reviewing abstract on people and talent as well.
GPS: What are some projects you’ve worked on?
AB: During my career I had the opportunity of working on multiple subsurface projects around the world focusing on geological modelling, reservoir simulation and data integration to better understand reservoir dynamics. Some of the projects include thermal EOR in the Athabasca region, carbonate thermal EOR in the Leduc Formation, Carbonate primary and waterflood in the Shuaiba formation in the middle east, Carbonate heavy oil in Cuba and Mexico, heavy oil recovery in sandstones in Venezuela and most recently gas reservoir in Colombia. I also enjoy getting subsurface teams to work together towards adding shareholder value by adding on the understanding of a reservoir. For the last couple of years, I have been coordinating a modelling/simulation team for one of our clients.
GPS: What trends are you noticing in global energy?
AB: I think hydrocarbons are here for the long run. Even when most developed countries are trying to move away from fossil fuels, we need to be realistic and instead of pretending to move away from it in the short term, we need to work collaboratively with other energy sectors to bank on our industry’s experience. I feel that eventually the industry will follow this trend and that energy diversification will happen from the very core of the hydrocarbon industry. At least, that is the only way I can see it succeeding.
GPS: What attracted you to working in energy?
AB: This industry has its ups and downs and you need to have a thicker skin to endure the challenges that come with it. Nevertheless, it is the industry that better compensates its people and that is a fact. I love my job, I really do. To see how we can improve not only how a reservoir gets produced and optimized, but how people and teams can work together towards the same goal is a great feeling.
GPS: What do you like to do in your free time?
AB: In my free time I love to spend time with my family. I have two small boys ages 9 and 7 that have very busy schedules, so my husband and I spend lots of time with them. They are great travellers, so we always go an at least one adventurous travelling a year. We are now taking piano lessons together and thanks to them we have started skiing, so they keep us challenging ourselves each day, which I love. I also do volunteer work at the boys’ school and at a couple of Catholic organizations on a regular basis.
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