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Introduction

CVA’s activities are driven by a simple idea: acting as a technical partner to connect people with projects.

 

Our reputation is based on the professionalism of our 250+ staff workers, our network of recognized experts and on the quality of the solutions we develop.

 

Our approach consists in working closely with our clients’ teams to analyze their needs and objectives and propose the most appropriate response.

 

The solutions we develop span the entire Oil & Gas chain, and the expertise we have built up is transferable to other areas such as the environment, deep geothermal energy, underground storage, nuclear energy, mining & quarrying, and water resources management.

PIERRE VINOUR - ETIENNE CAVALLUCCI

Technical expertise to support your projects worldwide

Who we are

Our activity sectors

The CVA group brings more than 30 years of experience in assisting industrial partners to deliver successful projects.

Near and subsurface studies

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  • Environmental studies
  • Impact studies
  • Water and soil pollution management and remediation
  • Natural hazards
  • Civil engineering/networks
  • Former mining sites remediation

Geo-resources exploration& management

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  • Oil and gas/fossil fuels
  • Deep geothermal energy
  • Underground storage (hydrocarbon, CO2, energy, waste)
  • Water resources
  • Mining and quarrying

Chemical process industry

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  • Refining/petrochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Water treatment
  • Agrochemistry
  • Pharmaceutical

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Our professions

As your partner, CVA can help identify competences, act as an umbrella company, offer technical assistance and provide consulting and project management services.

Geosciences and Reservoir

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Our expertise is multi-disciplinary and spans the entire chain, from data acquisition to synthesis, including information processing, data management, interpretation and integration.

  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Petrophysicists
  • Geotechnicians
  • Geochemists
  • Reservoir engineers
  • Hydrologists / Hydrogeologists
  • Environmental engineers
  • Geomatics professionals / Topographers

Geologists

Geologists conduct subsurface studies using field data (outcrops, surveys, cores, logs, seismic data). Digital tools are increasingly used to create subsurface models, synthetize results and interact with other disciplines (drilling, reservoir engineering, hydrogeology). Geologists are involved in all areas related to geo-resources, and knowledge and protection of the subsurface.

Geophysicists

Geophysicists use non-destructive investigation methods to obtain images of the subsurface. Depending on the depth of the objective, the desired resolution and the imaging target, they select the appropriate method, define the acquisition and processing strategy, and produce an interpretation.

Petrophysicists

Petrophysicists are specialists in determining the physical properties of rocks based on cores and logs. In particular, they calculate porosities, permeabilities, saturations and identify the type of fluids in place. As specialists, they mainly deal with geological reservoirs (fossil fuels and storage, deep geothermal energy).

Geotechnicians

Geotechnicians determine the behavioural properties of rocks by using field measurements (geotechnical drilling and sampling, pressuremeter tests, penetrometer tests, compaction) or by conducting various laboratory experiments on samples (creep, resistance to stress…). Their work helps improve the understanding of the near-surface subsoil, mainly in the areas of buildings, infrastructures, the environment and natural hazards.

Geochemists

Geochemists collect, analyze and interpret the nature and distribution of chemical elements in soils, rocks and fluids. They can trace the origin, age and history of minerals (mineral geochemistry) and/or those of hydrocarbons and water (organic geochemistry). Geochemists are especially in demand in the areas of fossil fuels, deep geothermal energy, water resources and environmental studies.

Reservoir engineers

Reservoir engineers study the dynamic behaviour of reservoirs (oil and gas bearing, storage, geothermal) using simulations and interpreting and integrating production data. They are involved in reservoir exploitation activities: development planning, monitoring, production forecasting and optimization.

Hydrologists / Hydrogeologists

Hydrogeologists study groundwater, in particular aquifers, from a static point of view (reservoir formation) as well as a dynamic point of view. They interpret well data (characteristics of the water, pumping tests) and simulate flow. They are involved in quantifying, producing and protecting water resources. In the case of aquifer storage or deep geothermal projects, their activities are close to those of a reservoir engineer. Hydrologists study surface water. They observe and measure precipitation, river flows, water runoff, infiltration and evaporation, and the impact of anthropogenic activities. They are involved in the areas of planning, natural hazards and the environment.

Environmental engineers

Environmental engineers predict and measure the environmental impact of development. They propose preventive or curative solutions to control pollution, reduce noise pollution and manage waste. Those solutions are defined in accordance with regulations and must be compatible with urban and industrial planning. Environmental engineers thus also act as an interface between companies, local authorities, government agencies, associations and regional Directorates of Ministries. Environmental engineers are consequently involved in all areas affected by sustainable development and they assist all industrial development projects.

Geomatics professionals / Topographers

Geomatics is a discipline incorporating geography and computer science. Geomatics professionals deal with geolocation data. They are involved in the fields of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). They are familiar with the different projection systems and can align geographic data to produce intelligent maps that are used for results synthesis, communication and decision-making. Geomatics professionals can have a dual expertise (e.g. geology and geomatics), which allows them to examine critically the data they manage. Topographers handle terrain topographical data, mainly to create maps and feed GIS (Geographic Information Systems). The fields of applications are very varied: urban planning, environment, transport, energy, sustainable development, marketing, health, etc.

Drilling and well services

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  • Operation & supervision
  • Well Engineering
  • Fluids & Cement
  • Well Productivity

Operation & supervision

  • Assistant driller
  • Driller
  • Tool pusher
  • Well Service supervisor
  • Company man
  • Subsea supervisor
  • Drilling superintendent
  • Wellsite Safety officer

Well Engineering

  • Subsea engineer
  • Drilling engineer
  • Directional driller
  • Completion engineer
  • Fluids & Cement specialist

Fluids & Cement

  • Fluids & cement supervisor
  • Fluids & cement superintendent
  • Cement specialist
  • Drilling fluids specialist
  • Mud engineer

Well Productivity

  • Completion engineer
  • Reservoir Wellbore Interface Engineer
  • Well intervention specialist

Production and Surface

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  • Electrician / Instrumentation technician
  • Mechanic
  • QA / QC
  • Commissioning
  • Auditing
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Production Technician
  • Maintenance Engineer / Technician
  • Surface facilities Engineer / Technician
  • Well integrity

Electrician / Instrumentation technician

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Mechanic

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QA / QC

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Commissioning

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Auditing

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Petroleum Engineer

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Production Technician

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Maintenance Engineer / Technician

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Surface facilities Engineer / Technician

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Well integrity

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Chemical processes

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Process industries operate continuously as they employ physicochemical processes to produce large quantities of high quality base materials.
Those materials are part of the composition of numerous everyday objects and products (e.g.: fuels, polymers, food-processing...).

  • Outdoor operators
  • Console operators
  • Polyvalent operators
  • Chief operators
  • Laboratory chemists and technicians
  • Maintenance supervisors and technicians
  • Instrument technicians
  • Process engineer in an engineering company
  • Commissioning & start up engineer / technician
  • Production engineer / technician
  • Technical services engineer / technician

Outdoor operators

Outdoor operators are skilled workers of the process industry. They monitor the functioning of the outdoor equipment, start up and shut down machines, and ensure that the plant is operating safely.

Console operators

Console operators are technicians who run the production facilities from a central digital console. They work together with the outdoor operators. They can also be called system or panel operators depending on the production sites.

Polyvalent operators

Polyvalent operators are skilled workers who shut down and restart production installations. They must be able to sample and analyze raw materials and products.

Chief operators

Chief operators are experienced supervisors who coordinate the activities of the operators in their teams (outdoor, polyvalent and console operators). Their objective is to run the production facilities in accordance with instructions, in a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way.

Laboratory chemists and technicians

Laboratory technicians are specialized technicians who run analyses, interpret them, and manage and communicate the results. They also help keep analytical instruments in good working order.

Maintenance supervisors and technicians

Maintenance supervisors ensure that maintenance work is carried out smoothly by factory workers or contract workers, in order to guarantee the availability and reliability of the equipment needed for production operations.

Instrument technicians

Instrument technicians are specialized in the maintenance of field instruments, digital control systems and programmable controllers. They coordinate and monitor the activities to ensure that the work is successfully conducted, in accordance with safety and environmental rules and in keeping with specifications. They liaise between maintenance and operator teams. This role requires a good knowledge of the installations, the equipment offered by providers and maintenance contracts.

Process engineer in an engineering company

He sizes the units (equipment, instrumentation, piping) in the fields of chemistry, bio-processes, oil and gas surface processing. He simulates and optimizes operation of the units, he participates in various project reviews.

Commissioning & start up engineer / technician

He ensures that the plant was built according to plans. He is involved in the different phases of starting the unit until the final reception by the customer.

Production engineer / technician

He supports the production manager, ensures day to day technical management of the unit and is the liaison with development, research, logistics and other departments.

Technical services engineer / technician

He provides process skills to different specialties (inspection, maintenance, process control, HSEQ, etc.),  he participates in major projects in all these areas, and in the operational activities of these departments.

Big Data and Data Management

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We offer a customized and multi-disciplinary approach whose scope depends on your specific needs in terms of data organization, integrity and availability.

  • Data managers
  • Document managers / Controllers
  • Database managers
  • Specialized graphics designers
  • Geomatics cartographers
  • Data processing analysts
  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst

Data managers

Data managers collect and organize company data and information to optimize their exploitation. They make sure that data is homogeneous and consistent before its use in studies. They are familiar with both the data they handle and computer sciences. They are able to use database managements systems, as well as SQL-like query languages and specialized software programs.

Document managers / Controllers

Document managers search for and manage documentary sources and information according to business needs. They provide a physical and digital document library (hard and soft copies) and facilitate access. They communicate relevant, qualified and controlled information. They are familiar with the area of work and with the documents they handle. They possess a good command of information technologies (retrieval, storage, digitization, transmission…).

Database managers

Database managers reliably organize and manage corporate database management systems. They must guarantee their consistency, quality and security. They help select software packages and help implement databases. They subsequently install, set up, manage and optimize the database(s). Beyond the technical aspect, they take into account the corporate environment and the needs and requests of the users.

Specialized graphics designers

Specialized graphics designers vectorize hard data into digital data. They produce data that is formatted in accordance with professional standards. They have a technical background, a good knowledge of the data they handle and a good command of digitization tools.

Geomatics cartographers

Geomatics cartographers design and produce maps with software tools that are dedicated to mapping and geomatics. They work with digital data in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).   They must be able to design databases and map products, and to produce maps or geographical studies using various data and the appropriate methods.

Data processing analysts

Data processing analysts are in charge of managing and preparing data, retrieving information from any medium, and delivering it in the expected format.   They are involved on an ad hoc basis in subsurface or data management projects to write automation scripts. They also develop tools and software, create codes or improve existing ones.   They can also monitor daily system performance and technological developments to ensure the implementation of software upgrades, the availability of sufficient memory space, and the optimum performance of the architecture and platform.   They report and document their activities in order to allow traceability and continuity.

Data scientist

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Data analyst

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QHSE

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A CVA team with HSE experts will help you improve the management of safety, health and environmental risks in the work environment. We meet your requirements in the context of regulatory obligations or your company policies.

  • HSE site coordinators
  • HSE engineers/managers
  • Assistants to the HSE engineer/manager
  • HSE technicians
  • HSE auditors
  • HSE instructors

HSE site coordinators

HSE site coordinators coordinate the safety of site workers during construction and during later interventions. They provide coordination during design (risks identification, description of means to prevent accidents) and execution.

HSE engineers/managers

HSE managers must identify, assess and manage all occupational risks: working conditions, safety of assets and people, environmental protection. In order to reduce and control all those risks, they launch some prevention activities (fire drills, equipment checks), controls (compliance with safety standards), studies and other diagnoses (to assess and predict risks). They can also establish an Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) management system in accordance with ISO standards (IS09001/ISO14001/ISO18001/CEFRI/MASE).

Assistants to the HSE engineer/manager

Assistants to the HSE manager roll out and run risk prevention policies. They examine work positions, organize safety visits, monitor the fire safety records, ensure the management of waste, and provide advice on the storage and handling of hazardous products.

HSE technicians

HSE technicians implement risk prevention actions. They follow up on tests, checks and controls that are due in accordance with health and safety rules. They take measurements and samples in the work environment, ensure that the occupational health and safety registers are kept up to date, organize the procurement of chemical products, supply, control and hand out personal protective equipment (PPE). They are involved in and/or coordinate responses to accidents or fire.

HSE auditors

HSE auditors reporting to HSE managers carry out audits and diagnoses in offices, for projects, on sites, at subcontractors. They verify that the systems are compliant with the clients’ contractual requirements or with specific references. They check the application of operating procedures and instructions, assess the existing structures and suggest some improvements.

HSE instructors

HSE instructors provide ad hoc training and awareness programs on any HSE topic for company staff.

Support functions

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Administrative teams are a key component of successful projects. They complement technical functions by providing support in the vital areas of human resources, legal issues, management and communication.

  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Lawyers
  • Financial controllers
  • Communication officers
  • Procurement

Human Resources (HR)

HR managers, officers and assistants are tasked with the following:

  • Daily follow up of employees, from recruitment to contract end (employment contracts, payroll, interviews, training…)
  • Expatriate staff management (from visa application to local settling in)
  • Social monitoring, implementation and follow up of employee representatives’ bodies
  • Professional assessment of candidates
  • Outplacement

Lawyers

They provide expertise in the following fields:

  • French mining law, oil and gas regulations
  • Environmental, planning and zoning rules
  • Contracts and property rights

Their role is to offer a wide range of services in terms of regulations reviews and legal assistance through:

  • Legal support for the provision of a service
  • Or temporary work as a corporate legal adviser

Financial controllers

Financial controllers analyze performance with the various department heads. They develop action plans to achieve corporate targets and can define areas in need of improvement if objectives are not met.

Communication officers

Communication officers convey a positive technical image both internally and externally. They are comfortable with writing and communication tools and create communication materials that present a company favorably.

Procurement

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Integrated studies

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Multi-disciplinary teams supervised by seasoned experts

CVA can offer multi-disciplinary integrated studies thanks to a wide range of competencies. CVA offers innovative approaches to deal with the most complex challenges. Studies are supervised by experts who check data quality and tailor methodologies to client expectations. They participate in projects and monitor their progress by sharing their expertise and validating processes and results.

Technical assistance

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Consulting and expertise, project support

CVA is organized to quickly answer any technical and project management questions and expeditiously provides the expected competencies. Our know-how has grown around a multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified experts who adapt their approach to the specificities of each project.

Temporary work

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Temporary increase in workload, filling of vacant positions (sick leave, termination of employment, training, transfer...)

CVA meets your needs in terms of qualified and operational temporary staff. CVA identifies and recommends candidates with suitable profiles who will fit in your teams and successfully conduct their tasks. With 30 years’ experience CVA guarantees the qualifications of seconded staff. We offer great responsiveness to provide temporary manpower for your projects and simplification of your human resources management.

Recruitment

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Search for candidates for fixed-term or permanent positions, skills assessment.

Alignment between the needs of the companies and the wishes of the candidates: thanks to a consultant team comprised of recruitment specialists with a technical background CVA can select the candidates with the best profiles.

  • For candidates: personal interviews focused on technical skills, verification of references
  • For companies: analysis and understanding of your needs and objectives in association with your teams

We also conduct technical assessments of the candidates based on their technical skills and knowledge of the business.

Trainings

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Skills building programs and mentoring.

As an accredited training center CVA can offer skills building programs through transfer of know-how. Our expert instructors are industry professionals and academics. They design teaching supports that fit your needs and technical or administrative profiles. We also offer mentoring by our experts for your projects.

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Storage and databases management

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Management of your digital filing databases and your physical documents.

CVA Engineering manages your databases, documents and digital data. We ensure that indexing is of quality, efficient and lasting.

  • Copy and transcription of magnetic tapes
  • Document storage: hard and soft copies (administrative, technical, contractual documents, and more).
  • Drafting of procedures to search and deliver documents. Barcodes, digitization, filing…
  • Reception, indexing, loans, destruction, history management, preservation, security.
  • Quality control of databases.

Who we are

Localisation

CVA has built a network of partners in order to provide worldwide services and advice and to be close to staff members and clients.