Name: Therese DeBenedette
Where do you live? Arvada
Company: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
How long have you been working in northeastern Colorado? Since August 2013 (1.5 years)
What is your job title and duties?
I am an engineering technologist, which basically means I organize, merge and analyze data and provide tools for engineers, operators and management to better manage the Wattenberg Field. My primary focus is to enhance the efficiency of the team when it comes to gathering and analyzing data and to make the right decisions. In short, I’m a data geek.
How did you get into the industry?
I was working in aerospace as a software engineer and test engineer and a friend in the industry mentioned that Anadarko was looking to add engineering techs that have a software background to better help data processes. The interview and job posting was right up my alley!
What is the most interesting thing about your job?
There is always a new challenge to solve. Nothing is repetitive and there are so many great ideas of how we can continuously improve and bring our analysis into a new era.
What is the best part of your job?
I love the excitement from people when I can create something that makes their job easier and saves them time. My favorite thing to do is reduce the team’s labor intensity.
What is the hardest part about your Job?
I’m always surprised at how spread out the data in the industry is because of the diversity of our assets, the tremendous scale of the business, and the breadth of the reach of our operations. As we continuously learn and develop newer facilities and technology, we upgrade equipment, which becomes a new dataset, constantly increasing the data diversity. In aerospace, we had a single article we worked on, which had tons of data points to analyze, but it was a single type of product, so there was a somewhat finite data set. In oil and natural gas, the data sets change every day and we need to adapt to be efficient.
What do you do in your spare time?
Volunteerism, school, sports? My entire immediate family lives in close proximity, so we see each other all the time, and we have dinner each month with about 20 people. I’m on the board of directors for a volleyball club for which I used to play, and other than that, I just love enjoying the beauty of Colorado with my husband and my dog.
What are your future ambitions in the industry?
I never want to be too far from my data. I want to be a part of teams to work on processes to “pre-analyze” our data: start letting our computers help out our operators by predicting issues with them and for them. With some of the leaps we’ve made in our data tools, we are in a place where we can use more complex methods and algorithms to help us work smarter.
What does the Wattenberg Field and the DJ Basin mean to you?
Being a Colorado native, the DJ Basin is my home. I never plan to leave Colorado, so this will always be my home. I know all the important things that northeast Colorado provide to our wonderful state. When I go to farmers markets, I buy products from the farmers and ranchers in the DJ basin, and of course I’m employed and am working in an asset that has plenty to do, even in the current market environment. Needless to say, my home has been a really great provider.
How do you feel about the current environmental debate going on with “fracking” in Colorado?
For more reasons than just growing up in Boulder, I was always taught to use what you need, conserve, reuse, recycle and appreciate nature. My parents were always conscious of the environment, and they were both engineers, so they would always look at everything from the mind of an analyst.
Very early on, I was taught to always question what you hear and do the research yourself, and always make sure everything is backed up by science and fact. I think we as Coloradans could have a much better discussion if we are always centered on science. I love the advice: “everything in moderation.” I truly believe if we all find common ground in everyone’s beliefs that we can continue to operate safely and provide a product that we collectively use every day.I also think it’s important to remember it’s about more than gasoline prices or alternative fuels.
Before coming to the industry, I didn’t realize how many everyday items that are essential to modern life are made from petroleum products, such as plastics, fabrics, medicines and protective clothing. If we, as an industry, continue to listen and more effectively communicate these things, I believe we will be able to have a much more respectful and solutions-focused discussion. How do you feel about the politics of the industry and how it might affect your future in the industry? I am thrilled to be working for a company that is so balanced.
Because of the values that are at the core of our company and how strongly our employees believe in those values, I know that Anadarko will continue to be involved in all the right measures and will continue to be a leader in the industry. I have so much faith in the company to do what is right, and I’m confident in my future because I support the company’s wonderful leadership and my colleagues.
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