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Early Bird Petroleum Engineering is a collaborative platform open to all sites in the Total Exploration & Production (E&P) branch. It allows our experts and technicians to share their knowledge and experience to better tackle the challenges set by petroleum engineering.

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Weekly videoconferences to develop a transverse petroleum engineering culture - Best Innovators 2016 - Exploration Production - Total

Early Bird is a collaborative learning initiative that aims to encourage knowledge sharing and develop a generalist culture in the field of petroleum engineering in E&P. First launched in May 2014, the initiative has so far seen 90 sessions and 4,500 participants (two thirds of whom were from E&P subsidiaries).

In essence, Early Bird consists of weekly video conferences, held in English, open to all E&P technicians around the world. Over a dozen sites (including FPSOs) take part. Events are easy to register for, thanks to automatic Outlook invites, and sessions usually take place in the morning (08:15-09:00 French time) in order to minimize disruption to the working day. The format is a 35-minute presentation by a technician, who delivers a clear and specific message, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Sessions are recorded and can be replayed on a knowledge management platform.

Cross-Fertilization and Knowledge Management

This new form of interaction means experts in the E&P branch can expand their knowledge in the various subject areas under discussion, be it sub-surface, wells, pipe flow, fluid treatment, architecture, development, or production optimization. There are four types of session:

  • Review of the basics;
  • Operational feedback;
  • Innovations for value creation;
  • Introduction to other fields.


Besides the ease with which events can be organized and attended, Early Bird also:

  • Fosters a collaborative culture of sharing to better meet today’s technological challenges (deepwater, extreme cold, unconventionals, EOR, reservoirs that are more depleted/mature/complex, etc.);
  • Collectively optimizes the value of our projects and helps them to grow thanks to a cross-fertilization of ideas;
  • Enables everyone to know who is a specialist within their field and thus expand their network;
  • Encourages employees to mix regardless of age, experience, subsidiary or business line;
  • Strengthens relationships between subsidiaries and isolated sites;
  • Makes the most of this exchange with a library available online.


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