Hassan Odhwani

Hassan Odhwani graduated in 2005 from the University of Calgary receiving his B.Sc in Geophysics. In October 2005, he was hired as a Seismic Processor for Geo-X Processing (now Divestco Inc.). Currently, he is working in a group that specializes in AVO processing. Using the principles and methodologies he acquired through his degree, Hassan excels at his work and is very passionate about what he does.

Q: What is the title of your job and what do you do?

A: Processing Geophysicist

Q: Who do you work for, and where are you based?

A: I process raw seismic data which is acquired out in the field and turn it into a true representation of the subsurface. The seismic section that I create can be interpreted by an seismic interpreter to pick drilling locations for oil and gas reserves.

Q: What is your typical routine?

A: I mainly work from 8:00am 5:00pm. May at times have to work over weekends and late at night for projects that need immediate turn around.

Q: Where do you work?

A: Mainly office work

Q: What equipment/machinery do you use?

A: Seismic processors work on high performance computers using very sophisticated programs

Q: What education or training is required for your job?

A: Four year Bachelors program, concentrating on Geophysics.

Q: What kind of personal traits do you recommend for this profession?

A: Must be able to work as a team and individually. Creativity is important (should be able to think out of the box). Should be able to picture things/objects in 3-D Need to be strong in Physics and Calculus.

Q: What is the salary range of your job?

A: Starting is around $40,000. After 5 years of experience your salary may go up to $75,000. Salary ranges can also be found on the APEGGA website.

Q: What do you like best about your job?

A: The best part about my job is the fact that I get to tackle different challenges every day. No one day is the same.

Q: What are the advantages?

A: The benefits/advantages of this field is that I get to work on data from all over the place.

Q: What are the advancement opportunities for this career?

A: After a few years of experience, a person can become a team lead and then work their way up to a management position. If one is really into the research and development they can transition into a development role and be a part of world class technology.

Q: How physically demanding is your job?

A: There is no physical labour required.

Q: Why did you choose this career?

A: I found geophysics to be captivating. You never stop learning and new challenges come up every day.

Q: What is your advice to newcomers?

A: Always be open to suggestions. Be a sponge and absorb.

Q: Any other comments to share?

A: I look forward coming to work every day! Not everyone can say that

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