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Upcoming Webinars

  • Public-Private Partnerships in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Includes a Live Event on 05/10/2016 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.

    Shell invests in research and development programs that drive technology advancement in order to meet the many challenges associated with exploring and operating in the offshore environment. Shell is actively working with academic, non-profit, business partners, and government stakeholders to develop and implement long term environmental monitoring programs. These programs, or public-private partnerships (PPPs), help Shell to operate safely and responsibly in the marine offshore environment.

    Working collaboratively leverages and integrates complementary strengths of each partner to better address critical science priorities. Furthermore, collaborative and integrated PPPs engage the marine community through the collection of long-term data to improve resource management. These programs have allowed Shell to optimizes operational efficiency and lower costs for collecting scientific information, while providing valuable opportunities to engage with various stakeholders

    PPPs range from OCS baseline data acquisition and characterizing ecosystem services, long term monitoring of ocean processes, and ocean observing technology development. In the Gulf of Mexico, PPPs provide a multi-purpose mechanism for helping meet the resource management needs of the communities and regulators, identifying potential knowledge gaps, meeting industry regulatory requirements, supporting operational planning, and supporting industry's license to operate through collection of baseline and long term (multi-year) data where needed.

    Ruth Perry

    Marine Scientist and Regulatory Policy Specialist, Shell Exploration and Production

    Ruth Perry is a Marine Scientist and Regulatory Policy Specialist responsible for physical and biological oceanography, ocean observing, and policy for Shell Exploration and Production offshore teams. Ruth integrates marine science and ocean technology into regulatory policy advocacy and decision-making in the areas of marine sound, marine spatial planning, ocean observing, and marine mammal and life science, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic. Ruth has over 10 years of research and field experience studying the offshore physical environment, deploying and operating ocean observing systems, and marine mammal observing in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. Ruth earned a doctorate in Oceanography from Texas A&M University and joined Shell in 2014.

    Stephen Truchon

    Marine Scientist, Shell

    Mr. Truchon is a Marine Scientist at Shell's Westhollow Technology Center in Houston, Texas. Steve has a Master's degree and over 25 years of experience in areas of impact and ecological risk assessment, natural resource damage assessment, and ecological restoration of freshwater and marine habitats. Steve focuses on identifying opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico where industry could become more proactive in the collection of baseline and long-term monitoring data and has developed marine science-based strategies for artificial reefing and in support of selecting decommissioning alternatives for deepwater platforms.

  • Protecting the Digital Oil Field from the Emerging Cyber Threats

    Includes a Live Event on 05/11/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    No matter what we call our Digital Oil Fields – intelligent, smart, integrated, or whatsoever, the ultimate fact is that those fields are data-driven oilfields that are interconnected in between and integrated with business networks and systems. Technological systems may be vulnerable within and may fail due to outside impacts including the cyber risks, however the technology advancement wheel would not stopover because of such emerging cyber threats. We do understand that there is no fully secure system on this earth, however we can still have an advanced level of robust cyber security controls that can be injected during the design of the digital oil field that makes it robust against the emerging cyber threats.

    No matter what we call our Digital Oil Fields – intelligent, smart, integrated, or whatsoever, the ultimate fact is that those fields are data-driven oilfields that are interconnected in between and integrated with business networks and systems. Technological systems may be vulnerable within and may fail due to outside impacts including the cyber risks, however the technology advancement wheel would not stopover because of such emerging cyber threats. We do understand that there is no fully secure system on this earth, however we can still have an advanced level of robust cyber security controls that can be injected during the design of the digital oil field that makes it robust against the emerging cyber threats.

    Ayman Al Issa

    Cyber Expert

    Ayman has over 22 years of experience in the fields of Automation, Information Technology, and Cyber Security. He has graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering in 1992 and verse in different backgrounds like industrial control systems, systems engineering, and building cyber security strategies and models. He is a member in the Cyber Security Advisory boards of top rated worldwide universities for the advancement of researches on industrial cyber security. He is an active member in different international Security Innovation Alliances that are focused in a worldwide program for improving the security of industrial control systems by the close collaboration of the leading IT Security and industrial control system vendors. He is also information contributor to the ISA99/IEC62443 Industrial Automation and Control Systems Cyber Security Standards, and he is currently leading workgroup 1 in the standard. Realizing that security measures are always behind the emerging cyber risks, he developed an ICS defense-in-depth industrial cyber security model that aims to early detection of threats based on security-through-vision-and-integration. Ayman worked for ADMA-OPCO for 17 years and he was the Digital Oil Fields Cyber Security Advisor. He joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 2014 as the Chief Technologist & Senior Advisor/Architect in Industrial Cyber Security – MENA.

  • Climate Change Science: Fact, Fiction, and the Unsettled

    Includes a Live Event on 05/12/2016 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    Climate change is a popular topic in today’s society. It is difficult to go a day without hearing something about it in the media. Let’s take the emotions out of the equation and learn from the world renowned scientist, Dr. Judith Curry, about the science behind climate change.

    Climate change is a popular topic in today's society. It is difficult to go a day without hearing something about it in the media. Let's take the emotions out of the equation and learn from the world renowned scientist, Dr. Judith Curry, about the science behind climate change.

    We will come away from this webinar with a better understanding of the following:

    • the history of climate and climate science
    • the facts, fiction, and the unsettled aspects of climate science
    • key climate studies
    • recent developments
    • influence humans and the petroleum industry have to impact the climate

    Judith Curry

    President/Co-Founder, CFAN

    Dr. Judith Curry's career in academic research and administration, most recently at Georgia Tech, has led to her current focus on managing the translation of cutting-edge research to forecast products that support the mitigation of weather and climate risk for public and private sector decision makers.

    Dr. Curry is also actively engaged at the intersection of science and public policy. She is frequently called upon to give Congressional testimony and serve as an expert witness on matters related to weather and climate.

    Dr. Curry is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.

    Dr. Curry received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Chicago in 1982. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, she has held faculty positions at the University of Colorado, Penn State University and Purdue University. Dr. Curry's research interests span a variety of topics in atmospheric sciences, including: climate dynamics of the Arctic; climate dynamics of extreme weather events; cloud microphysics; and reasoning about climate uncertainty. Dr. Curry is coauthor of the books Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans and Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Microphysics of Clouds and has published over 190 journal articles.

    Dr. Curry has recently served on the NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee, the DOE Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council and the National Academies Climate Research Committee and the Space Studies Board.

    Curry is proprietor of the blog Climate Etc. (judithcurry.com), which discusses current topics in climate science, climate and energy policy, challenges at the science-policy interface, and use of social media in engaging with the public on complex and controversial topics.

  • Ethical Considerations When Changing Employers

    Includes a Live Event on 05/17/2016 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. Many in the oil and gas industry have been affected by the downturn and have found a new job or will find employment in the future. Not only will this presentation satisfy an ethics PDH, it will also be a great opportunity to learn of the many legal obligations employees need to be aware of during transition.

    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.

    Many in the oil and gas industry have been affected by the downturn and have found a new job or will find employment in the future. Not only will this presentation satisfy an ethics PDH, it will also be a great opportunity to learn of the many legal obligations employees need to be aware of during transition.

    Please join us to learn about ethical considerations applicable to employees who are changing employers, including common employment contract terms, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality issues, and common law obligations employees owe employers under Texas law.


    Tracy LeRoy

    Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

    Tracy LeRoy is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP. She focuses on litigation and dispute resolution for energy industry participants. She has recently handled cases related to renewable fuel commodities, agricultural commodities, drilling rights, leasehold disputes, and disputes over agreements surrounding the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and gas. Tracy also represents companies in the energy industry, and their officers and directors, in internal and independent investigations of corporate conduct, compliance, and reporting, including representing audit committees and special litigation committees in such matters.

    Sarah Valenti

    Litigation Associate, Sidley Austin

    Sarah Valenti is a litigation associate in the Houston office of Sidley Austin. Prior to joining Sidley, Sarah served as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice's Commercial Litigation Branch in Washington, D.C., where she represented the United States in lawsuits involving government contracts, constitutional claims, and fraud, and in appeals concerning federal employment and veteran's benefits.

    Sarah earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Rutgers University School of Law where she was an editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion. She earned her B.A., with high honors, from Pennsylvania State University. Sarah is actively involved in providing pro bono services to the local community and previously served as a guardian ad litem in two high-conflict child custody cases. She received the Department of Justice's John W. Douglas Pro Bono Award for her efforts.

  • Oilfield Mineral Scale Prediction and Control at Extreme Conditions, T, P, Composition

    Includes a Live Event on 05/19/2016 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Scale control is becoming more important as wells are deeper, as they produce more water, and ironically as wells produce low water cuts (evaporation).

    Scale control is becoming more important as wells are deeper, as they produce more water, and ironically as wells produce low water cuts (evaporation). There are two levels of scale prediction, one is an absolute prediction of the supersaturation versus temperature and pressure and changing composition. The other is to predict how the supersaturation changes with production conditions. The results of over 10,000 experiments from the past 150 years have been screened and scale prediction modeled for calcium, strontium, and barium sulfates, calcite, and halite using Pitzer theory of electrolyte activity coefficients combined with EOS-based VLE modeling by Prof. Vargas for hydrocarbons, acid gases, and water at various TDS values. In addition, several thousand density values versus T, P, and compositions were used to refine the Pitzer coefficients. All of this information is included in the software ScaleSoftPitzer, supported by a consortium of 26 oil and gas and service companies. A statistical argument related to measurement might be made that these calculated supersaturation results are as accurate as will ever be needed. A summary of these modeling results will be shown along with recent applications to controlling scale formation at HTHP, with some surprising results at HP.

    Mason Tomson

    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

    Professor Mason Tomson holds a BS degree in Chemistry and in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, Houston, TX. He teaches courses and does research on aquatic processes. He has authored or coauthored over 300 articles in high impact journals, including Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Environmental Science and Technology, Oil and Gas Journal, and numerous SPE journals; he holds several patents, and has authored two books. He presently directs the Brine Chemistry Consortium at Rice University, twenty six oil and gas production and service companies. Research on arsenic removal published in Science, 2006 was named one of the top five nanotech breakthroughs by Forbes magazine; three of his graduate students, Heather Shipley, Sujin Yean, and Ping Zhang have won the Outstanding Young Scientist awards at SPE International Oilfield Scale Symposium, Aberdeen, Scotland.

  • Understanding Inflow and Injection Control Devices: Using Completion Tools to Manipulate Reservoir Performance

    Includes a Live Event on 05/24/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    In this presentation is an exploration of the origins of the most influential types of ICD in use today, contrasting strengths, weaknesses, published performance characteristics, and ideal reservoir application.

    One poorly understood area of completions engineering is in the use of inflow/injection control devices or ICDs, a type of completion tool that manipulates mechanical skin to try and promote the long-term production of desired hydrocarbons over less desired reservoir fluids. In exploring the underlying mechanisms of ICD action, it becomes possible for operators worldwide to understand how ICD usage affects the economics of new and existing field developments while minimizing errors in ICD completion design that may counteract the benefits of ICD application. In this presentation is an exploration of the origins of the most influential types of ICD in use today, contrasting strengths, weaknesses, published performance characteristics, and ideal reservoir application. Furthermore, it delves into the frontiers of ICD design and development, exploring how novel autonomous ICD geometries provide a bridge to the oft-hyped “smart" well of the future, while discussing how ICD-based completion designs have positively impacted traditional production designs in sandstones, fractured carbonates, and how they likely will be used in the future in unconventional plays such as SAGD/heavy oil applications and fractured shale fields.

    Sudiptya Banerjee

    Sr. Global Application Engineer, Packers Plus Energy Services

    Sudiptya Banerjee specializes in inflow/injection control technology and reservoir simulation. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (M.S., Petroleum Engineering) and Case Western Reserve University (B.S., Chemical Engineering), Sudiptya began his career working as a field engineer for Schlumberger Well Services, living and working in locations ranging from Western Oklahoma to Saudi Arabia. Upon leaving Schlumberger, Sudiptya spent the next five years at the Baker Hughes Center for Technology Innovation, developing and launching new products ranging from premium sand control screens to novel geometries for autonomous flow control devices; he holds three patents related to adaptive inflow control alone. An author on a number of papers related to completions in a sand control environment and frequent presenter at various SPE technical workshops, Sudiptya now teaches the SPE short course on Horizontal Completions and is pursuing a Ph.D. investigating the use of flow control devices in a SAGD environment at Texas A&M University. Additionally, he has recently committed to building a new sand control division within Packers Plus Energy Services with the hopes of it being a platform for novel and exciting new oilfield technologies.

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