Exploration & Production

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Exploration & Production

Supplying Energy to the World

TBS clients explore and produce oil and natural gas, supplying energy that powers, connects, and transforms both global and local communities. Our suite of integrated professional services leverages engineering, surveying, and environmental resources, consistently delivering successful project outcomes. From pre-planning and due diligence, drilling to production, and operations to abandonment, we earn our clients’ trust through superior client service and an unrelenting commitment to enhancing efficiencies through all aspects of project delivery. In-depth knowledge of our clients’ project goals and processes forms the basis of our service-focused approach, resulting in seamless, full-service project solutions. Responsive service, integrated solutions, and client advocacy—our part in supporting our clients as they provide energy throughout the world.

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Exploration & Production Solutions


  • Field-wide Maps
  • Feasibility Reviews
  • Permitting
  • Hazards
  • Topographic/Bathymetric/Hazard Surveying
  • Environmental Surveying
  • Lease Nomination Plats
  • Offshore Block Shoots
  • BOEMRE Offshore EIA’s
  • Land Ownership Base Maps
  • Access Route, Drill Site, and Well Staking
  • Offshore Rig Moves
  • Permitting
  • As-drilled Surveys
  • Environmental Compliance


  • Due Diligence of Existing Facilities
  • Compliance Audit / Reviews
  • Flow Line Route Analysis
  • Surveying
  • Permitting
  • As-Built
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Permitting
  • Surveying
  • Marine Positioning
  • Site Clearance Survey & Reporting
  • Total Project Management
  • Offshore Platforms & Pipelines
  • Decommissioning, Abandonment,
    & Removal
  • Environmental Compliance
  • As-Built Surveying
  • Laser Scanning
  • 3D Models
  • Commingling Permits
  • Process Flow Diagrams
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • GIS & Mapping
  • Air Permitting and Modeling

The Life Cycle of an Oil & Gas Well

An Exploration and Production Project

Step 1: Planning
  • Well Locations
  • Unitization Surveys
  • State Lease Nominations
  • Flowline Surveys
  • Magnetometer Surveys
  • Bathymetric Surveys
  • Aerial Base Maps
  • Routing and Planning
  • Base Maps
  • 3D Laser Scanning
  • SUE
  • Due Diligence for Lease Acquisition
  • FAA Permitting
  • Wetlands / Coastal Permitting
  • Wetland Delineations
  • Oyster Assessments
  • Environmental Assessments / NEPA
  • Threatened and Endangered Species
  • Biological Assessment
  • Parish and County Approvals
  • State Highway Approvals
  • Air Permitting
  • Water Permitting
  • Due Diligence – Phase I and II
  • Pre-drill Soil Sampling and Analysis
  • Due Diligence for Lease Acquisition
  • Flood Elevation Certificates
  • No-Rise Certificates
  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies
  • Specification Development
  • Access Roadway Design
  • Civil Site Work
  • Drainage Systems
  • FEMA Floodplain Development Permits (FDP)
  • Due Diligence for Lease Acquisition
Step 2: Drilling
  • GPS Positioning
  • Drilling Permits and Compliance
  • Permit to Drill Oil and Gas Wells and Amendments
  • SUE
  • Drilling Permits and Compliance
  • Permit to Drill Oil and Gas Wells and Amendments
  • Fresh Water Well and Frac Supply Well Permits
  • Work Permits (Oil, Gas and Injection Wells)
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Water Board Letter Requests
  • Drilling Rig Regulatory Plans (SPCC, Emergency, Coast Guard)
Step 3: Completions
  • Completions Well Bore Details-Used for Completions Planning Showing Perforation Points
  • Work Permits (Oil, Gas and Injection Wells)
  • Completion Packages (Oil, Gas and Injection Wells)
  • RRC and OOC Completion Forms
Step 4: Production
  • 3D Laser Scanning
  • Flowline Surveys
  • Subsidence Surveys
  • As-Built Surveys
  • Asset & Data Management
  • Base Maps
  • Unit Survey Plats
  • UAS Services
  • Commingling and LACT Unit Permitting
  • TIER II Reporting
  • Air Permitting and GHG Reporting
  • Saltwater Disposal Well Permitting
  • Work Permits (Oil, Gas & Injection Wells)
  • Allowables/Authority to Transport (R-4)
  • Weekly Drilling Reports
  • Monthly Production Reporting
  • T-4 Pipeline Reporting
  • Utility Line Engineering
  • Production Facilities Layout and Design
  • Equipment Sizing
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)
  • Pump and Compressor Stations
  • Meter and Regulatory Stations
  • Pig Launcher / Receiver Stations
  • Tank Storage Facilities
  • Vent / Flare Relief Systems
  • Process Flow Diagrams, P&IDs, Isometrics, Plans & Elevations, Alignment, Alignment Sheets, 3D Modeling
  • Specification Development
  • Piping Design Including Pipe Specifications, Supports, Valves, Insulation, Specialty Items
  • Piping Network Hydraulic Studies
  • Pipe Stress Analysis
  • Equipment Sizing and Specification
  • ASME Pressure Vessel Detailed Design and Analysis
  • Equipment Foundations
  • Pipe Racks and Supports
  • Equipment and Personnel Platforms
  • Cable Tray, Duct Bank, Wire-way and Conduit Systems
  • Control and Monitoring Systems (PLC, DCS, Remote I/O, etc.)
  • Grounding
  • Lighting Systems
  • Lightning Protection
  • Medium and Low Voltage Power Distribution
  • Security Systems, CCTV, Access Control
  • Control Logic
  • Instrument Loop Sheets
  • Instrument Plans
  • Panel / Rack Design
  • Systems Integration
Step 5: Abandonment
  • Site Clearance Applications and Verifications
  • Trawling and Sonar Surveys
  • Hazard Surveys
  • Positioning
  • Dive Vessel Support
  • Platform / Pipeline Removal Support
  • Wetlands / Coastal Permitting
  • Wetland Delineations
  • Oyster Assessments
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Threatened & Endangered Species
  • Biological Assessment
  • Parish and County Approvals
  • State Highway Approvals
  • Phase I and II Due Diligence for Divestiture and Clean-up
  • Plug & Abandonment Packages (Oil, Gas and Injection Wells)

Getting Things Done

Safely and Efficiently

Quite simply, it’s an approach that gets things done safely. Year in and year out, we have helped countless oil and gas companies with well locations, flowlines and facilities from the Rio Grande, to the Piney Woods of North Louisiana, to the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Now, it’s your turn to enjoy success.

Project Spotlights

See all of our latest projects in our full project portfolio

Professional Services

We perform a variety of services for our clients to take their project from start to finish

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Air Compliance

Water Quality Compliance & Permitting

Solid/Hazardous Waste Material Management

Coastal and Natural Resources

NEPA and Due Diligence

O&G/Pipeline Regulatory

Monitoring and Data Management

Additional Services

Customer Satisfaction

We let our customers speak for us

“ As a Landman, I have worked on projects with T Baker Smith for many years. I continue to utilize their services because they are professional, trustworthy and assist me, the client, in finding the most efficient resolution for varying types of challenges whether it’s surveying or permitting. ”

Carol M. Sledge, CPL
“ What keeps me coming back to T. Baker Smith is the dedication that Kenny and his team exhibits every day; it is one of the most valuable things to me. I cannot recall one time TBS did not follow through on getting what we asked for. You get what you pay for, and with TBS, we do not have to sit and babysit or redo the work. ”
Craig Guidry

“ We have worked previously with other consultants and find that TBS’ reliability and capability are superior to their competition. They are always available to assist us at Rebecca, Magnolia, Coulon, Acadia, St. Bridget and Evergreen Plantations as well as the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater Reintroduction project, by providing surveying and modeling support. ”

Jacob A. Giardina