Technology and innovation build value.

As a premier operator of top-tier assets in the Midland Basin and South Texas, we utilize state-of-the-art digital technology in our operations, and we continually seek innovative ideas to help us optimize capital efficiency and well performance, reduce our impact on shared natural resources and to operate in an efficient, safe, and responsible manner.

Here are some important examples:

Optimized Performance

SM Energy has cultivated in-house expertise in geomechanical modeling and fracture simulation that allows us to tailor our completions to specific reservoir intervals across our assets to take into account changes in geology. This results in minimizing well interference and optimizing well performance.

Safer Drilling

By integrating seismic inversion data—now being performed in-house—into our well planning and geosteering models, we have substantially increased our rate of penetration, saving costs by reducing drill time and the number of drill bits required per well. Less time drilling leads to fewer potential instances of injury and spills as well as less fuel and emissions per pad.

Increase in Efficiency

By integrating near real-time operational data with our subsurface models we are able to drive cross functional innovation enabling proactive operational decisions that can result in increased efficiencies.

Quality Assets

About 10% of our total team resides in our geosciences department. When you combine this expertise with data analytics and artificial intelligence, it’s not a coincidence that we have some of the best wells in the Midland Basin.

Utilizing IT & Technology

Our IT organization excels at finding ways to analyze, utilize, and distribute data to the entire organization to allow them to stay on the leading edge.

Training & Education

We work to ensure that our team has the skills and education needed to adapt to technological advances. The entire organization has the opportunity to develop and maintain the skills needed to succeed in our advanced data and technological environment. We foster discussion of innovative technologies and methods being employed across the company, provide training on the latest analytic platforms, and offer work on data-driven projects that improve operational efficiencies.

The only way we operate is responsibly.

We are committed to protecting the safety and health of our employees, while supporting the professional development of our diverse and thriving team. We are leaders in environmental stewardship, integrating processes and goals throughout the organization while encouraging technical and innovative solutions to safeguard our surroundings. We seek to build and maintain strong partnerships with our stakeholders by investing in and connecting with the communities where we live and work.


We conduct our business in a manner that prioritizes the health and safety of all, adheres to high ethical standards, demonstrates a commitment to operational excellence and complies with applicable laws and regulations.


SM Energy strives to operate in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in support of our industry’s efforts to ensure the supply of sustainable, abundant and affordable energy. Innovation and collaboration are pillars supporting our commitment to protecting the environment and being good stewards of shared natural resources.

Stakeholder Engagement

An important part of our corporate purpose is to have a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. We believe that open, honest dialogue with all stakeholders helps make us a good neighbor. By proactively engaging with local officials, landowners, emergency responders and peer operators, we seek to quickly identify and address concerns related to our operations, and to support and improve the communities where we operate.