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Jovan Segura

global repair and maintenance manager for drill bits, Halliburton

Houston, Texas

New tech is revolutionizing the natural gas and oil industry

The Problem Solver Putting Data to Work

New tech is revolutionizing the natural gas and oil industry

August 15, 2022

Jovan Segura is ready to solve any issue that comes his way. Segura is forward-looking, creating solutions for challenges before they even arise and leading a team that improves natural gas and oil operations every day. He’s part of a generation of energy workers committed to ensuring the world has the power it needs in the coming years, as the global population grows. 

“I want to tackle the hard problems,” says Segura, a global repair and maintenance manager for drill bits, tools used to extract natural gas and oil from the ground, at Halliburton.

Each morning, he is energized to achieve more for his company and for his team. He fosters a collaborative environment, partnering with colleagues to identify ways to make continual advancements.

“There are so many creative ideas within our team,” he notes, adding that the open-minded work environment helps foster innovation.

The prevailing attitude is, “if it doesn’t work, what do we learn from it? Let’s iterate from that,” he says. “The culture is that of wanting to take a challenge and be creative with how we fix it.”

Technology Driving Sustainability

The willingness to embrace out-of-the-box thinking is one major factor fueling his team’s success. Another element is the energy industry’s adoption of technological advances.

“One of the biggest things empowering our progress is the digitization of our systems,” Segura says. “We’re able to have finite details that we weren’t able to have before. We’re able to use information to make much better, faster decisions.”

The adoption of new tools, systems, and devices — such as adding sensors to drill bits and being able to process that data in real-time — has been a game-changer for the natural gas and oil industry.

“We have sensors that can withstand the temperatures and the forces happening at the bottom of the drill stream,” Segura states. “That gives us information we didn’t have before. With new information, new opportunities are identified, and we get new improvements.”

That, in turn, will help with sustainability measures.

“In the grand scheme of things, we’re not going to need the same amount of resources to create the same amount of energy as we did before,” Segura says. “As we continue to improve our processes and produce energy with fewer resources, it’ll benefit the environment as a whole.”

Energy Fueling the Nation

Segura is proud to work in natural gas and oil. He also knows there is much about his job and the energy sector that deserves more attention and discussion.

“There’s a big gap in understanding the entire scope of what the oil and gas industry provides us,” he adds. “I think people need to see the industry as an energy industry. It’s an industry that provides the energy needed for the country to run.”

The benefits — such as reliable electricity — “are probably taken for granted,” he adds, “Yet, it keeps our schools open, our homes running, and our hospitals going. It’s continuously fueling our innovation as a country.”

That knowledge, along with his steadfast desire for progress, makes Segura confident in the future of natural gas and oil.

“We’re an industry that is used to challenges,” he says. “We have the right people to solve problems and come out ahead.”

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