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Upcoming Webinars

  • Emerging Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Technology for Oil and Gas Industry

    Includes a Live Event on 09/27/2016 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    A new breed of Remote Sensing (RS) platform known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is emerging. According to the UAS Roadmap 2007-2032 document an Unmanned system is “A powered vehicle that does not carry a human operator, can be operated autonomously or remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Unmanned vehicles are the primary component of unmanned systems.” UAS are widely used in military applications that are “ Dull, Dirty and Dangerous” missions. The size of the aircraft ranges from as small as 10 cm (micro air vehicle) to Global Hawks with wingspan as wide as 70 m. Over the years there have been numerous terminologies that is being associated with UAS namely “ Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV)”, “Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV)”, and “Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV).” UAS can be equipped with a variety of multiple and interchangeable imaging devices, and sensors such as digital videos, infrared cameras, thermal, multi-spectral and hyper-spectral sensors, synthetic aperture radar, laser scanners, chemical, biological, and radiological sensors and weather monitoring devices. Small sized UAS (sUAS) platforms will be ideal for Aerial Robotics in facility inspection and monitoring of deep water production platforms, offshore and onshore facilities, rapid response and assessment tool to monitor an oil spill, monitoring endangered species along oil and gas operation corridors, and security of our critical infrastructure from threats. Robotics technologies present an opportunity to develop reliable and deployable solutions to support business processes while removing personnel from the operating theatre or accessing areas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. Nicholls Geomatics program started investigating the adoption of emerging UAS technology in the Post- Katrina era for monitoring and mapping the coast. Since its inception as a research endeavor in 2005, the sUAS program has now grown into a mature component of Geomatics program instruction and research. The ongoing research projects include characterization of Louisiana barrier islands, inspection of offshore platforms, infrastructure monitoring, and precision agriculture. A sUAS certification program is being designed to prepare students in UAS related careers.

    Dr. Balaji Ramachandran

    Geomatics Program, Nicholls

    Dr. Ramachandran, received his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Bangalore University, India in 1992. He worked in a post-graduate institution as research assistant in a UN funded sustainable development project. He decided to pursue his graduate studies in United States. He received his Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering and Sciences with a concentration in Hydrologic Sciences from University of Florida in 1997. He also received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2003 from University of Florida. He has two concentrations in Computer & Information Science & Engineering and Urban & Regional Planning. He worked as a research engineer for a year at Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation lab, University of Central Florida.

    He joined the Geomatics Program, Department of Applied Sciences at Nicholls in Aug of 2004. Ramachandran's areas of interest include Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Remote Sensing, UAS, and Hydrographic Surveying, Laser Scanning, Spatial Data Mining, Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Wearable Computing, Data Fusion, Decision Support Systems, and Environmental Planning. His research is usually inter-disciplinary in nature and pioneers in adoption of Geospatial technologies in different disciplines.

    His research Drishti, a wireless pedestrian navigation system for the blind and disabled, augments contextual information to the visually impaired and computes optimized routes based on user preference, temporal constraints, and discovered dynamic obstacles. Notable media coverage was an article in the Technology Section of the New York Times that appeared on October 17, 2002. The above work is applied for patent under the title “Pedestrian navigation and spatial relation device” and is currently pending (PGPUB# 20050060088).

    In the past ten years, Ramachandran is responsible for developing the Geomatics program at Nicholls. He has been awarded the Contractor's Educational Trust Fund Super Endowed Professorship and T Baker Smith Endowed Professorship for his efforts in helping build this new program. He also directs the state of the art Geospatial Technology Center at Nicholls. He is currently managing several projects on GIS applications, datawarehousing of regional GIS datasets, monitoring coastal erosion and subsidence using GNSS, and Internet based GIS applications. He is also working on emerging technologies unmanned aerial systems for mapping barrier islands, monitoring critical infrastructure, Oil and Gas related industries and terrestrial laser scanning for coastal erosion in the State of Louisiana. He is also founding member of the Pelican Chapter (Louisiana) of AUVSI.

    Ramachandran has received research and equipment grants totaling $ 3,000,000 to date. He is currently funded (or has received funding from) by Delta Regional Authority, Homeland Security Department of Defense, Microsoft Corporation, Trimble Navigation Ltd, Navigation Electronics Inc., Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR), Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Lafourche Parish Government, British Petroleum, SHELL, Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol, Suwannee River Water Management District, Florida Division of Forestry, Nicholls Research Council, and School of Forest Resources and Conservation University of Florida.

  • An Integrated Simulation Approach to Field Development Planning

    Includes a Live Event on 09/29/2016 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    Historically supply of subsea equipment has been mainly a product business: the operating company (client) has generated a specification and the equipment vendor designs, manufactures, tests and delivers a product to meet that specification. Over time some clients began to see the value of instead ordering integrated products (e.g. trees + controls) or in some cases “systems” (e.g. trees, controls, umbilical, manifolds, jumpers, connectors) – more scope for supplier innovation, fewer interfaces to manage, fewer integration issues. OneSubsea was formed in 2013 with the intention to take this evolution one stage further by strengthening the link between the subsea equipment supplier and the reservoir. To this end, integrated reservoir and production system simulation workflows have been developed and applied to expedite and improve the field development planning process. This talk will give an overview of these workflows and examples of how they have been applied in practice.

    Ian Roberts

    Flow Assurance Engineer/Manager, OneSubsea (a Schlumberger company)

    Based in Houston, Ian has more than 20 years' experience in the oil and gas industry. Ian graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a master's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in multiphase flow. He has undertaken a variety of roles during his career including: software developer; consultant; project manager and team lead, all within the flow assurance discipline. Currently Ian works for OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, and is the North America regional manager for the Production Assurance team, part of OneSubsea's Integrated Solutions division. In this role he is instrumental in making OneSubsea's Optimize from Pore to Process vision a reality through performing integrated studies and early engineering on subsea system deliveries and developing new technology and workflows.

    Elena Valova

    Senior Reservoir Engineer, OneSubsea (a Schlumberger company)

    During her 12 years career, Elena has worked in software support, technical sales, software development, and consulting for Petroleum Engineering. Elena's goal is to make it standard practice to integrate reservoir with production assurance, subsea engineering and economics and through the use of innovative simulation workflows to minimize risk and make more confident decisions regarding field development planning.

  • Using Nano Drug Release Technology for Effective Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Cleanup in Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs

    Includes a Live Event on 10/11/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    In this presentation, the speaker will demonstrate how to use a nano drug carrier used by the pharmaceutical industry for delayed drug release to entrap, protect, and delay the release of enzymes for effective fracturing fluid cleanup.

    Hydraulic fracturing is widely used by the oil and gas industry to stimulate hydrocarbon production in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Multistage-fracturing in horizontal wells are responsible for the recent boom in unconventional oil and gas productions worldwide. The main issue with hydraulic fracturing is the formation damage caused by incomplete cleanup of the water-based fracturing fluids, which is especially critical in unconventional reservoirs with tight formation rocks. Breakers such as oxidizers or enzymes are commonly used to break the viscous fracturing fluids to facilitate better fracture cleanup. However, the current-state-of-the-art suffers from either premature or incomplete breakdown of the fracturing fluids resulting in inefficient fracture creation or incomplete fracture cleanup, respectively.

    In this presentation, the speaker will demonstrate how to use a nano drug carrier used by the pharmaceutical industry for delayed drug release to entrap, protect, and delay the release of enzymes for effective fracturing fluid cleanup. The nano drug carrier selected is polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) nanoparticles. It is a simple and flexible platform where a negatively charged polyanion and a positively charged polycation are mixed to form nanoparticles through charge-charge interaction. The enzyme can then be loaded into the PEC nanoparticles. The delayed release of enzyme can be controlled by engineering the compositions of the PEC nanoparticles. Laboratory results will be presented to show that PEC nanoparticles not only can delay the release of enzyme to facilitate effective breakdown of the crosslinked guar but can also protect the enzyme so that it can survive temperature and pH outside its normal performance envelop. The implication for the unconventional reservoirs with tight formation rocks is that we have developed a tool that could potentially allow the industry to use more viscous fracturing fluid for better proppant carrying capability without having to worry about the formation damage due to incomplete fracturing fluid cleanup.

    Jenn-Tai Liang

    John E. & Deborah F. Bethancourt Professor, Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, TAMU

    Professor Liang joined TAMU in August 2014. Before joining TAMU, Liang was a professor of Petroleum Engineering and director of Tertiary Oil Recovery Program at The University of Kansas. Prior to that, he served as a program manager in upstream oil and gas and environmental research at the US DOE Idaho National Laboratory. His main research focus is on developing promising uses of nanotechnology for oilfield applications in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Based on drug-delivery technologies from the pharmaceutical industry, his research group successfully developed chemical delivery systems that use nano drug carriers to protect oilfield chemicals from the hostile underground environments. This is accomplished by delaying the release of entrapped chemicals so that they can be transported to desired locations in the reservoir. Example applications in improved oil recovery include in-depth conformance control, chemical and microbial EOR, flow assurance and hydraulic fracturing fluid cleanup. Liang has been awarded six U.S. patents with five more pending for his work in nanotechnology. He received 2016 SPE IOR Pioneer Award and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-2016 lecturer season.

  • Measuring Sustainability Performance

    Includes a Live Event on 10/11/2016 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    Sustainability performance is integral to the way companies like Ikea, Unilever and Novo Nordisk conduct business. When energy industry business decisions are made to “include” sustainability, people can find themselves at a loss to describe what this really means. Measuring sustainability performance can be an even more abstract concept. Aggregation of sustainability data is done for many reasons, some central to our business, others to satisfy external needs.

    Appropriate measures of sustainability performance depend on where you and your company sit on the sustainability maturity curve and which segment, department or organization is tasked to carry out the work. Imagine you've been tasked to make a project or program more sustainable. Where do you start? Often, understanding what others have done, having the right people in the room to create a game plan and determining how performance gets measured will help you achieve your sustainability goals. Why is this important?If you measure it, it will get done.

    Flora Moon

    Sustainability Practice Director, Expressworks International

    Ms. Moon is Sustainability Practice Director at Expressworks, a change management consultancy. For over 15 years she has adeptly guided petrochemical clients like DuPont, Williams, Halliburton and Chevron to navigate systemic and cultural change. In April, 2016 she moderated the SPE panel on Sustainability and Performance in Stavanger, Norway. She co-leads the SPE Sustainability Technical Section Performance Sub-Committee.

    Flora has created sustainability capability and capacity in communities serving on the Houston (Texas) Resilience Committee and as project manager / special advisor to a number of public and private projects. She is also the co-designer of a private sustainability investment strategy for Merrill Lynch.

  • How to Write a Good Technical Paper - 10/18/2016

    Includes a Live Event on 10/18/2016 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on How to Write a Good Technical Paper. In this presentation, Mr. Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors. Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

    In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on How to Write a Good Technical Paper.

    In this presentation, Mr. Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors. Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

    Byron Haynes, Jr.

    Reservoir Engineering Learning Advisor, Shell

    Byron Haynes is a principal reservoir engineer with Shell Oil Company with more than 28 years of experience working on projects in Texas, Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. His current assignment is chief reservoir engineer for Shell Kuwait Exploration and Production. He is a Shell subject matter expert for miscible gas flooding and PVT. Haynes is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Texas and has served as chairman of the Alaska Board of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors. He has been an active member of SPE since 1978 serving on a number of diverse committees. He has published a number of technical papers for SPE and currently serves as an associate editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering journal.

  • The Dichotomy of Stresscage versus Frac-Pack

    Includes a Live Event on 10/19/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions.

    Frac-Pack completions, in the Gulf of Mexico, are a standard sand control completion method and have proven popular and reliable across many Gulf of Mexico wells and fields. More recently, Wellbore Strengthening has become common practice as a method to overcome challenges drilling through depleted zones. The relative success of these drilling and completion approaches and their rapid and widespread application has resulted in ever more depletion. However, their compatibility remains in question; after all one technique relies on breaking down the rock for fracturing whereas the other relies on plugging/blunting fracture and increasing fracture breakdown pressure.

    So while these two techniques independently represent uniquely optimal solutions to their challenges, there is growing evidence that their combined application within the same wellbore has created a number of issues. The Wellbore Strengthening application is associated with the plugging of small fractures which have been induced in the wellbore wall, thereby increasing the effective fracture gradient, which allows for the drilling of substantial depletion effect. However, the presence of a range of widely distributed particle sizes in the mud system, as well as increased general solids loading, may result in deep and invasive plugging of the permeable formations and any smaller fractures within the same open-hole sections. When these plugged formations are then the target for subsequent hydraulic fracturing operations, not unsurprisingly there is a significant potential to create near wellbore problems that can complicate or bring into question the ability to install a Frac-Pack completion.

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions. These examples will provide some evidence of the interactions, but more importantly, demonstrate the contradiction that these two techniques potentially represent. In addition to the case histories, the Webinair will outline various engineering approaches that should be considered, including geo-mechanical analysis of well placement, identification of near wellbore issues prior to and during the fracturing operations, careful management of stress caged solids makeup, mud management and Frac-Pack design in order to avoid or overcome these challenges.

    All of this helps ensure that we do not create the paradox of being able to drill through the conventionally undrillable but then create the unfraccable as a result.

    Martin Rylance

    Senior Advisor for Fracturing & Stimulation, BP

    Martin Rylance has worked with BP, their partners and JVs (SOHIO, Maxus, TNK-bp, VICO … etc), for 30 Years, since graduating with a BSc (Hons.) in Pure Mathematics. During his time with BP, his positions in the Company have included; the Head of Fracturing and Stimulation for BP Worldwide, the Interventions Team-Leader with BPX in Colombia, the Chief Engineer with TNK-bp in Moscow and Project Manager with BP in a number of frontier areas.

    Technically, he has been involved in all aspects of pumping operations, well-control, well interventions and pressure service, hydraulic fracturing, snubbing, stimulation, coiled-tubing, PWRI and cuttings re-injection.

    In more recent Years he has specialised in tight and unconventional resource development, hydraulic fracturing in tectonic regimes and HPHT environments. During his career with BP he has been responsible for the implementation of numerous campaigns, pilots and exploration programmes. Having lived in 10 Countries, pumped in more than 30, he has been responsible for Teams delivering 10's of 1,000's of fracturing & stimulation treatments around the world.

    He has numerous papers and publications to his name with the SPE, IPTC and various Numerical and Geological Societies, Articles, Reports and Patents; an active Member of the SPE, (SPE Distinguished Member and Distinguished Lecturer Hydraulic Fracturing 2007/2008 and 2013/2014), he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics in London.

On Demand Webinars

  • Programming for Engineers

    Recorded On: 09/21/2016

    In this four-day webinar series, participants will review fundamental computer science and programming concepts in the context of writing Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) "macros" to automate Microsoft Excel.

  • Assessing and Improving Data Quality for more Effective Data Analytics

    Recorded On: 09/14/2016

    When using analytical data in real-time to produce predictive answers and situational awareness, having confidence in the data is paramount. This webinar will discuss a few examples of the impact of low quality of acquired data and how it will errode the confidence needed to make real time decisions. We will further discuss a few examples of how data can be assessed for appropriate use and a few techniques to augment this data when answers are needed. This webinar helps show how a company can use open standards-based solutions like the proposed Energistics Data Assurance process to qualify data for use in the analytical and decision making processes.

  • Production Optimization for Unconventional Reservoirs through Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

    Recorded On: 08/25/2016

    The optimization of production from unconventional reservoirs is a multi-component process that requires proper characterization and understanding of the reservoir properties that control flow capacity and deliverability,coupled with economic considerations for the development. Improving the performance from these complex reservoirs requires collaboration between the geoscience discipline and the reservoir and completion engineers.

  • Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team

    Recorded On: 08/24/2016

    This webinar will present several components of the drivers for innovation. The role of the individual and skills needed to bring into team work will be discussed, as well what soft skills are necessary to be a successful member of a team. This webinar will include the possible impact of the current product price on the drive to reduce cost through collaborative effort.

  • From Data to Decisions - The Analytics Lifecycle

    Recorded On: 08/17/2016

    Data driven capabilities are migrating from science experiment to main stream capabilities at many E&P companies. This brings with it a need to have sound workflows. In this webinar we will present common methodologies that frame the analytics lifecycle of converting raw sensor measurements and unstructured data into scalable, auditable and repeatable solutions. SAS and Intel in conjunction with the PD2A and DSATS technical sections of the SPE will present a webinar on the step by step workflows required to do this. The Webinar will close with a look into the future of both advanced analytics and on device intelligence.

  • Latest Developments in Drilling and Cementing R&D

    Recorded On: 08/16/2016

    A comprehensive overview will be given of latest developments in Dr. van Oort’s Drilling R&D group at the University of Texas at Austin and its collaborating partners. New work will be presented in the fields of cementing/zonal isolation, novel drilling fluid testing and design, drilling-related rock mechanics, drilling automation and drilling data analytics. If you want to learn more about what is new in the fields of real-time cementing sensors, superior alternatives to portland cement and improved zonal isolation & well abandonment, high-performance water-based mud replacements for oil-/synthetic-based muds, novel shale-fluid testing techniques, conventional and new thermal wellbore strengthening, multi-phase flow simulation / automated well control / MPD control, and high-frequency data analytics, then this is a presentation you should consider attending.