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  • Personal Mastery of Soft Skills

    Includes a Live Event on 11/12/2015 at 8:30 AM (EST)

    Instructors will use a system level gap analysis and closure model to clarify how softs skills are employed with the five system principles to achieve desired results.

    Professionals train for years in academia to gain technical skills and knowledge to prepare themselves for the business world. Adding soft skills and an understanding of how systems work to their repertoire, enables professionals and managers to reach higher levels of performance. Instructors will use a system level gap analysis and closure model to clarify how softs skills are employed with the five system principles to achieve desired results.

    System Principles:

    A system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets
    No one individual can see the whole system
    Systems have a purpose
    In large systems cause/effect is not easily perceived
    Information is the lifeblood of the system

    Soft Skills:

    Engaging the whole system
    Productive Conversations
    Mental Models
    Emotional Management
    Advocacy and Inquiry
    Balancing: Task-Self-Relationships


    Gary Andrew Eagleson

    Engineering Consultant

    Gary Andrew Eagleson is currently an engineering consultant working on various projects for independent oil companies in Bakersfield, California. He began his career in 1979 after graduating with a BS in electrical engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA. His career has spanned over 35 years working for TRW Subsea, Schlumberger Offshore, Shell Oil, CalResources, Aera Energy, and KSI Engineering. Gary's held both engineering and operations management positions for facilities development and surveillance, reservoir development and surveillance, SCADA implementation, custody transfer measurement, and producing operations.

    Narandja Milanovich Eagleson

    SPE Soft Skills Committee Member

    Narandja Milanovich Eagleson has over 34 years of upstream oil and gas experience in facilities engineering, project engineering, engineering management, and internal consulting (coaching and teaching in learning and leadership development). She is member of SPE's Soft Skills Committee and has co-authored articles on the subject of soft skills in JPT and TWA. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees of mechanical engineering from Rice University. She also holds master's degrees in both counseling and in depth psychology and a doctorate degree in depth psychology from from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California, USA.

  • CFD Optimization of Scrubber Inlet Design

    Includes a Live Event on 10/08/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The purpose of this seminar is to illustrate the effectiveness of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in guiding re-design of a scrubber inlet within the constraints of the project team.

    Over the years, a variety of scrubber inlets have been devised by engineers. Those designs attempt to uniformly distribute the flow, maximize liquid capture, and reduce liquid re-entrainment. In many cases, the designs are based on engineering intuition. Some testing of these designs has been done, mostly with air-water flows, and then implemented across a wide range of flow rates and fluid properties. Unfortunately, the industry has seen evidence of scrubber mal-performance too many times using traditional design approaches. We now have better tools.

    The purpose of this seminar is to illustrate the effectiveness of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in guiding re-design of a scrubber inlet within the constraints of the project team. This seminar will use CFD to look at several typical scrubber inlet devices such as the angled baffle plate to induce swirl, the V-baffle for momentum breaking, and the inlet vane distributor for uniform gas distribution. At least one example of step-by-step incremental re-design will be shown where there could be no welding on the vessel and yet the predicted performance of the scrubber inlet was improved several-fold. A methodology and evaluation criteria for scrubber inlets will be explained that can be generally applied to a wide variety of scrubber applications. This seminar focuses on scrubber design and engineering methods, rather than the intricacies of setting up and running CFD.

    Dr. Lee D. Rhyne

    Research Consultant, Chevron Energy Technology Company

    Dr. Lee D. Rhyne is a Research Consultant within the Flow Assurance Team of Chevron Energy Technology Company. He is a subject matter expert on Multiphase Flow and CFD for the Chevron Energy Technology Company supporting equipment design and troubleshooting in upstream and downstream as well as guiding University research in multiphase flow, sand transport, CFD development. For many years he has been the chairperson of the industrial sponsors for the Transient Multiphase Flow Consortia, Imperial College London. Lee has supported field operations and major capital projects using CFD for over twenty years. Additionally, Lee has over 35 years of continual experience in the Oil & Gas industry and is now a member of the Chevron family. He has worked in a variety of positions including Reservoir Chemistry, Production Chemistry, Technical Computing, and Multiphase Flow Simulation and has combined all these skills into his current position in Flow Assurance. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Human Factors in Automation

    Includes a Live Event on 09/22/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This event will review the introduction of automation to safety-critical industries and demonstrate that humans are never fully taken out of the operational loop; rather their roles and tasks are redefined, sometimes requiring different personnel altogether.

    Why include human factors engineering in the design of automated rigs? On the surface it seems like a reasonable question. Why would we need to consider the needs of human operators if they are to be replaced by drilling systems automation technology. Ms. DiFiore will review the introduction of automation to other safety-critical industries and demonstrate that humans are never fully taken out of the operational loop; rather their roles and tasks are redefined, sometimes requiring different personnel altogether. Anticipating the changing roles of personnel during the evolution of an automated system as well as ensuring that their operational requirements are met through user-centered design is an integral part of adopting a successful automated system. Ms. DiFiore will conclude with a review of relevant human systems integration practices that will steer the industry to awareness of the human elements that must be addressed to successfully realize drilling systems automation.

    Amanda DiFiore

    CIRCADIAN Expert Services

    Amanda DiFiore is a human factors engineer who has worked in the transportation industry for the past 14 years. She has worked to improve the safety and efficiency of transportation operations in aviation, rail and transit working in both the government and the private sector. Specifically, her work has spanned human systems integration, work space design and evaluation, applied cognition and organizational development and training. Ms. DiFiore served as an engineering psychologist for the Department of Transportation for 7 years and has since worked in the private sector as a government contractor and fee-for-service human factors consultant. Most recently, Ms. DiFiore has been applying her human factors skills to drilling operations including human-centered design of a driller's work space. Ms. DiFiore is the Human-Systems Integration group lead on the Drilling Systems Automation (DSA) Roadmap, a cross-industry effort to define the necessary short- and long-term steps required for successful automation implementation.

  • “Getting To Zero – The Road to Stavanger” - Europe

    Includes a Live Event on 09/14/2015 at 6:00 AM (EDT)

    The third in a series of events leading to a culminating workshop that will be held with the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, the SPE Gulf Coast Section is hosting an interactive session to initiate the industry's conversation as to how we can eliminate HSE incident occurrence.

    Elimination of HSE incident occurrences is being achieved by more and more organizations. The Best Practices they are employing are being seen as a way to catalyze a break-through in the industry. The goal is to reestablish for the industry, the improvement trend in HSE performance metrics that was being seen a few years ago, but has recently plateaued.

    The third in a series of events leading to a culminating workshop that will be held with the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, the SPE Gulf Coast Section is hosting an interactive session to initiate the industry's conversation as to how we can eliminate HSE incident occurrence. During the session, participants will hear how Baker Hughes established their Perfect HSE Day and the remarkable results it has provided, quadrupling their number of incident free days in only two years, achieving the equivalent of a perfect quarter in 2014. Additionally, through audience interaction, your voice will be heard in assisting to frame a roadmap for the industry that will be used in subsequent “Getting to Zero – The Road to Stavanger" events, all leading to the 2016 industry workshop intended to produce a way forward for the industry; and, as well to be published and tracked in SPE Now. Your experience and ideas are needed to help shape the future of the industry to be able to achieve this vision. And, to help answer and provide context we will explore the following:

    What's our Baseline

    Current range of FIR, TRIR & LTIR (in million hours worked) and MVCR (in million kilometers driven) of local companies attending the session;
    % of companies attending the session that are actively pursuing Incident Free with specific efforts;
    Describe the various ways Incident Free is being defined;
    Identify barriers to be overcome to challenge belief of Incident Free not being believed as achievable;
    Identify Incident Free actions being taken by companies;

    What's our Path forward

    Propose individual company or joint actions to promote Incident Free achievement;
    Propose leading indicators to drive achievement;
    Propose lagging indicators to measure progress.

    Jack Hinton

    Vice President – Health, Safety, & Environment for Baker Hughes

    Jack Hinton has 38 years of industry experience, which includes 26 years with Texaco as Vice President and Director HSE, and 10 years with Baker Hughes, ensuring strategic directions drive efficiency, effectiveness and step-change to address industry HSE challenges. He holds a BS -Biology/Chemistry, MS -Environmental Science, and DrPH -Occupational Health; and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas since 1984 (his alma mater), presently serves on the Management Committee of the International Oil & Gas Association (IOGP), and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health since 2006.

    John Karish

    Corporate Director of SHE for Ensco

    John Karish is the Corporate Director of SHE for Ensco plc, based in Houston, TX, a position he has held for the past 9 years. He is responsible for ensuring continuous improvement in Ensco's SHE performance. Prior to that he served in a number of drilling, assurance and HSE roles with BP and its legacy companies. John has been actively involved in SPE Global E&P HSE Conferences since 2004 – as an author, Program Committee co-chair and panel moderator. He was also the Steering Committee Co-chair for the 2010 SPE Forum Series – “Getting to Zero – An Incident Free Workplace: How Do We Get There?" John was awarded the 2013 SPE Global HSSE& SR Award." He is a Senior Member of SPE.

  • Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations in Horizontal Well Completions

    Includes a Live Event on 09/09/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Far-field complexity is consistently a chief discussion point in horizontal well completions. The majority of this discussion is driven by microseismic measurements that frequently show large “stimulated reservoir volumes” with events that extend in multiple directions and large distances away from the wellbore. However, a frequently overlooked issue is the extreme complexity that can be generated near the wellbore, within a few meters, that might have an even larger effect on production and reserve recovery. This webinar will discuss these impacts and considerations that should be made when designing stimulation treatments in horizontal wells under various conditions.

    Far-field complexity is consistently a chief discussion point in horizontal well completions. The majority of this discussion is driven by microseismic measurements that frequently show large “stimulated reservoir volumes” with events that extend in multiple directions and large distances away from the wellbore. However, a frequently overlooked issue is the extreme complexity that can be generated near the wellbore, within a few meters, that might have an even larger effect on production and reserve recovery. This near-wellbore complexity is a function of longitudinal growth components along the wellbore which can be significant, even in a well that is drilled perpendicular to maximum horizontal stress. With the creation of both longitudinal and transverse fracture components, important treatment outcomes such as near-wellbore conductivity and fracture clean-up can be significantly impacted. Additionally, wellbore diversion techniques can be hampered. This webinar will discuss these impacts and considerations that should be made when designing stimulation treatments in horizontal wells under various conditions.

    ​Jennifer L. Miskimins

    Senior Consulting Engineer, Barree & Associates

    Jennifer L. Miskimins is a senior consulting engineer with Barree & Associates based in Lakewood, Colorado, where she specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and production issues, as well as, teaches a variety of short courses.

    Prior to joining the company, she was an associate professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines, where she taught classes in completions, stimulation, petroleum economics, and multidisciplinary integration. Prior to joining Mines, she worked for Marathon Oil Company as a production engineer and production supervisor in a variety of locations.

    Miskimins was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and again in 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. She served as the Executive Editor for the SPE Production & Operations Journal from 2008-2011 and has served on the Production & Operations Advisory Committee since 2010. She has also held positions on numerous other SPE committees.

    Miskimins holds a BS from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and MS and PhD degrees from the Colorado School of Mines, all in petroleum engineering.

  • “Proposed Technologies to Address E&P’s Growing Energy Challenges”

    Includes a Live Event on 09/08/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world’s fast-growing energy needs and we don’t have all the answers. To address these situations, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) held a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges. This webinar will feature the three winning projects that address these challenges. The featured speakers will be: Vaihab Bahadur (first place); Mustafa Akbulut and Cenk Temizel (second place) and Omar Laghrouche (third place).

    The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world's fast-growing energy needs and we don't have all the answers. To address these situations, the Society of Petroleum
    Engineers (SPE) held a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges.

    This webinar will feature the three winning projects that address these challenges. The featured speakers will be: Vaihab Bahadur (first place); Mustafa Akbulut and Cenk Temizel
    (second place) and Omar Laghrouche (third place).

    "Electrical wetting-based techniques for flow assurance, pumping and steam generation benefits"
    Dr. Vaibhav Bahadur

    Electrical control of wettability is a powerful tool to influence surface phenomena and offers significant benefits in the areas of flow assurance, crude transportation and steam generation. This novel technology exploits the difference in electrical properties of water versus hydrocarbons, instead of the chemistry differences. Electrically attracted water films can prevent hydrocarbon-surface contact and reduce foulant deposition; this has flow assurance benefits for tubing, process equipment and in refineries. This technology can also be used to drastically reduce pumping power for heavy oil transport and enhance steam generation for SAGD applications. This talk provides an overview of the technology and discusses various applications.

    “Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR"
    Mustafa Akbulut and Cenk Temizel

    This project is primarily aimed at developing novel supramolecular assemblies with adjustable viscosity and interfacial properties that have robust tolerance against high temperatures and salinities. Such supramolecular assemblies will be used to significantly improve the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of displacement fluids used in EOR.

    Water injection increases the percentage of recovery by means of providing pressure support and displacing the oil from injectors to producers. In such a displacement process, mobility ratio is important for a more efficient displacement of oil by the injected fluid where mobility ratio can be improved using the fluids involving supramolecular gelling agents, resulting in increased volumetric sweep. Supramolecular solutions have two key advantages over polymer solutions. First, while polymers degrade and break up upon experiencing sudden extreme shear stresses and temperatures, supramolecular solutions merely disassemble and re-assemble. Therefore, supramolecular solutions can be considered as healable polymer solutions in a way. Second, supramolecular solutions can adapt to the confining environment. For instance, when a height molecular weight polymer macromolecules are forced to flow into narrow channels and pores, molecular scission processes can take places. On the other hand, when building blocks of supramolecular assembly are forced into narrow channels and pores, they can assemble to form smaller nanostructures and maintain their molecular integrity. This translate into enhanced longevity and reusability of supramolecular solutions over polymer solutions. Supramolecular solutions can have significant impact on the cases where thermal methods cannot be used for some viscous oils due to thin zones, permafrost conditions and environmental constraints. Overall, there is a significant potential for application of supramolecular solutions in the US and throughout the world. This is especially important considering that the current analysis indicates that 50% of the oil produced in the USA and world will be through EOR technologies in the next 10-15 years.

    “Special Elements for Subsurface Imaging"
    Omar Laghrouche

    Wave propagation modelling arises in many engineering applications including subsurface imaging of the Earth's structure for geophysical exploration. The numerical modelling of such problems by domain based approaches requires grids sufficiently fine in comparison to the wavelengths to get accurate results. When typically the piecewise linear element is implemented, around ten nodal points per lower wavelength are needed to ensure adequate resolution of the wave pattern. However, in the case of high frequency (small wavelength) and/or large domain of interest, such as in seismic imaging, the mesh requires a huge number of elements and consequently the procedure becomes computationally expensive and impractical.

    The aim of the proposed work is to accurately model forward wave problems for subsurface imaging with:
    •Coarse mesh grids where the elements are capable of containing many wavelengths per nodal spacing
    •No need to refine the mesh for increasing frequency
    •Elements capable of reproducing all wave effects including interface and free surface effects
    •High quality results with errors orders of magnitude lower than those obtained by standard methods
    •Significantly reduced numbers of degrees of freedom in comparison to standard methods

    The resulting improvement in computational efficiency will enable problems of direct wave scattering for seismic imaging to be simulated using computing facilities available in most engineering design offices and within practical times.



    Mustafa Akbulut

    Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

    Mustafa is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. He earned a PhD degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Akbulut then joined Princeton University as a post-doctoral researcher to conduct research on various aspects of soft-condensed matter. Currently, his group at Texas A&M University conducts a broad range of research activities in the area of interfacial phenomena in nanotechnology. Akbulut has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in the field of interfacial phenomena.

    Cenk Temizel

    Reservoir Engineer, Aera Energy LLC

    Cenk received his BSc and MSc degrees in petroleum engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara (2003) and University of Southern California (2005), respectively. He carried out research at Stanford University in heavy oil recovery at Department of Energy Resources Engineering. He has international experience working for Schlumberger and Halliburton overseas as a reservoir engineer in England, the Middle East and Houston working on reservoir simulation, EOR and smart field projects. Currently, he is a reservoir engineer at Aera Energy LLC (a Shell-ExxonMobil Affiliate) in Bakersfield, California. He serves as a technical editor for Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal and PetroWiki. He is serving as the Young Professional Chair at Society of Petroleum Engineers San Joaquin Valley Section in Bakersfield, California. He is the recipient of the Halliburton Innovation and Technology Award in 2012 and second place at Society of Petroleum Engineers' Global Research and Development Competition in 2014. He has more than 15 publications in SPE along with 2 issued and 2 pending US patents.

    Omar Laghrouche

    Professor, Heriot-Watt University

    Omar Laghrouche is a Professor who holds a chair in Structural Dynamics & Vibration at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. He obtained his PhD in soil-structure interaction at Ecole Centrale Nantes, France, in 1996. He then moved to Durham University in the UK where he worked as a Research Fellow. From 2004, he is full academic at Heriot-Watt University. He has pioneered enriched FEM wave formulations, both for Helmholtz problems and elastic waves, and has over 15 years' experience in their development.

    Dr. Vaibhav Bahadur

    Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Vaibhav Bahadur (VB) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His areas of interest and expertise include flow assurance, thermal management and materials. VB worked for 4 years in industry R&D at GE Global Research and Baker Hughes, after a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Purdue University) and a Postdoc (Harvard University). He has more than 25 journal & conference publications in the above fields, 1 patent and 8 patent applications. He is the winner of the SPE R&D competition at SPE ATCE 2014 in the Netherlands.

On Demand Web Events

  • PetroTalk

    Presented by Jennifer Cross, Sociology Professor at Colorado State University

  • What You Need to Know about Investigations Affecting Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Recorded On: 07/14/2015

    You may not be able to make it to the presentation 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. Please join us for a presentation on What You Need to Know about Investigations, including a discussion of how internal and government-driven investigations work, what to expect if your company is being investigated, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws affecting operations in the oil and gas industry, and related ethical issues, presented by Tracy LeRoy and David Denton of Sidley Austin, LLP.

  • Transforming E&P Applications through Big Data Analytics

    Recorded On: 07/09/2015

    Click to find out more about what each of the three speakers will discuss!

  • “Getting To Zero – The Road to Stavanger” - North America

    Recorded On: 06/30/2015

    You may not be able to make it to the presentation 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. Elimination of HSE incident occurrences is being achieved by more and more organizations. The Best Practices they are employing are being seen as a way to catalyze a break-through in the industry. The goal is to reestablish for the industry, the improvement trend in HSE performance metrics that was being seen a few years ago, but has recently plateaued. The first in a series of events leading to a culminating workshop that will be held with the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, the SPE Gulf Coast Section is hosting an interactive session to initiate the industry’s conversation as to how we can eliminate HSE incident occurrence.

  • Understanding the Potential of Case-Based Reasoning in the Oil Industry (Morning Session)

    Recorded On: 06/25/2015

    Case-based-reasoning (CBR) is another soft computing technology developed to deal with uncertainty, approximate reasoning and exploit knowledge domain. Case-based reasoning, also known as computer reasoning by analogy, is a simple and practical technique that solves new problems by comparing them to ones that have already been solved in the past, thus saving time and money. This paper provides a general framework of case-base reasoning along with a review of the four-step cycle that characterizes the technology (retrieve, reuse, revise and retrain), followed by two specific applications where the technology was used in field operations.

  • Understanding the Potential of Case-Based Reasoning in the Oil Industry (Evening Session)

    Recorded On: 06/25/2015

    Case-based-reasoning (CBR) is another soft computing technology developed to deal with uncertainty, approximate reasoning and exploit knowledge domain. Case-based reasoning, also known as computer reasoning by analogy, is a simple and practical technique that solves new problems by comparing them to ones that have already been solved in the past, thus saving time and money. This paper provides a general framework of case-base reasoning along with a review of the four-step cycle that characterizes the technology (retrieve, reuse, revise and retrain), followed by two specific applications where the technology was used in field operations.