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Upcoming Web Events

  • “How to MAKE a breakthrough – what the step changes from the past in a cyclical industry can tell us about making big performance improvements tomorrow”

    Includes a Live Event on 12/09/2015 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    ​This webcast outlines a study that investigated the common characteristics among eight 'breakthroughs' in drilling and completion performance.

    This webcast outlines a study that investigated the common characteristics among eight 'breakthroughs' in drilling and completion performance. The breakthroughs studied came from a wide range of operations – deep water drilling, shallow on shore wells, gravel pack completions, heavy oil fracing and re-completion, extended reach, and others. These diverse operations all had one thing in common: they increased value or decreased the costs of these operations by 33% to 50% in almost a single step. The webcast finds the common character ties between all of these step changes to find the keys necessary to “make" a breakthrough happen in other areas.

    Ford Brett

    CEO, PetroSkills

    Mr. Brett has worked on drilling projects on six continents and consulted in over 45 countries.

    He holds over 30 patents, has authored over 30 technical publications, has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and is a registered professional engineer.

    He's served the Society of Petroleum Engineers as a Distinguished Lecturer and as the Drilling and Completions Technical Director.

    In 2010 he served on the U.S. Department of Interior's Macondo 30-day peer review panel, and recently he served on a National Academy of Engineering Committee to advise the US Government on auditing Safety and Environmental Management Systems.

  • Leveraging Aerospace Technologies To Improve Drilling Operations

    Includes a Live Event on 12/08/2015 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    ​Bringing wells to completion safely and ahead of schedule is a complex challenge. Technologies and engineering processes developed in the aerospace industry can be leveraged to address this challenge. The webinar will discuss the revolution that is occurring in the control of cyber-physical systems and how this can be applied to the drilling industry.

    Bringing wells to completion safely and ahead of schedule is a complex challenge. Technologies and engineering processes developed in the aerospace industry can be leveraged to address this challenge. The webinar will discuss the revolution that is occurring in the control of cyber-physical systems and how this can be applied to the drilling industry. Cyber-physical systems are systems where humans and machines interact through computer controls to perform complex tasks. Unmanned space exploration, autonomous aircraft, cars that drive themselves, personal robots, shopping over the internet, are all examples of how rapid changes are occurring in almost every industry due to advancements in computer based controls. Topics will include how to engineer improvements in safety, improvements in performance, how to apply disciplined systems engineering processes and advanced control methods to challenges in conventional and MPD drilling, and automated drilling platforms.

    Kevin A. Wise

    Senior Technical Fellow, Advanced Flight Controls, Boeing Phantom Works, President/CEO of Innovative Control Technologies, LLC and Chief Advisor at Kelda Drilling Controls in Norway

    Kevin A. Wise received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1980, 82, and 87, respectively. Since joining Boeing in 1982, he has developed vehicle management systems, flight control systems, and control system design tools and processes for advanced manned and unmanned aircraft systems. Some recent programs include Dominator, Phantom Eye Hydrogen Powered UAS, QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target, and X-45 J-UCAS. At INNCON he has worked with oil and gas companies to apply advanced control methods to improve drilling operations. His research interests include intelligent autonomy and battle mgmt, aircraft dynamics and control, automated drilling systems, robust adaptive control, optimal control, and robustness theory. He has authored more than 90 technical articles, has a text book on robust and adaptive control theory, and teaches control theory at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an IEEE Fellow, and Fellow of the AIAA.

  • 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.

  • Proppant Conductivity Determination - Laboratory Measurement and Extension to Reservoir Conditions

    Includes a Live Event on 11/04/2015 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    ​The testing of proppants in the laboratory to determine conductivity and permeability at closure stress provides critical data for evaluating proppant performance. The data obtained from these tests are important for proppant suppliers and manufacturers in evaluating their sources of supply or in adjusting or modifying manufacturing processes. For the operator it is a basis for comparing performance, quality and value. The webinar will discuss how this data is obtained and the limitations in its use and application.

    The testing of proppants in the laboratory to determine conductivity and permeability at closure stress provides critical data for evaluating proppant performance. The data obtained from these tests are important for proppant suppliers and manufacturers in evaluating their sources of supply or in adjusting or modifying manufacturing processes. For the operator it is a basis for comparing performance, quality and value. The webinar will discuss how this data is obtained and the limitations in its use and application. Misuses of the data will also be described. Further the accumulation of knowledge in our understanding of the behavior of proppants has led to modifications and improvements to the conductivity testing apparatus and in test procedures. The evolution of conductivity testing over the last three decades will be reviewed. The influence on the test results of critical components of the equipment design and procedures, including loading of the conductivity cell, flow rates and cell design, will also be discussed. The presentation will also describe how the standard conductivity apparatus can be used to evaluate various aspects of proppant damage mechanisms such as gel damage, embedment, spalling, and stress cycling and how this data can then be utilized to estimate conductivity in the propped fracture at reservoir conditions.

    Bob Duenckel

    Vice President, Stim-Lab Division of Core Laboratories

    Bob Duenckel is Vice President, Stim-Lab Division of Core Laboratories where he leads the Stim-Lab Proppant Consortium and supports the various unique testing capabilities Stim-Lab provides to the industry. Prior to joining Stim-Lab he was Director of Technical Development with CARBO Ceramics, Inc. In this role he directed the Proppant Research and Development activities for CARBO. Before joining CARBO he had held various engineering, supervisory and management positions with Marathon Oil Company. His primary areas of interest are in oil and gas exploitation and development with emphasis in hydraulic fracture optimization and diagnostics. He holds 11 US patents and has co-authored numerous technical papers. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

  • Arctic Petroleum Resources: Basis for Petroleum Activities in the 21st Century - English Version

    Includes a Live Event on 11/03/2015 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    Do we have an alternative to the development of oil and gas fields located in the Arctic offshore areas? The development of Arctic resources is inevitable although there is no hurry in doing that now. However, the future role of the Arctic region is of paramount importance, and its resources should be further explored and assessed. There is no doubt that in the second part of XXI century production of HC in the Arctic petroleum mega basin will be as important in energy supply as Persian Gulf and West Siberia basins today.

    The Arctic continental shelf is believed to be the area with the highest unexplored potential for oil and gas. Despite a common view that the Arctic has plentiful of hydrocarbon resources there are ongoing debates regarding the potential of this region as a future energy supply base. Driving forces for such discussions are geopolitics, environmental concern, assessment and delineation of Arctic resources, technology available for their successful development and the market demand for energy supply.

    It is not only petroleum resources of the Arctic that are poorly explored. Our general knowledge of global ecosystems and the overall impact on them made by human activities is scarcely studied. There is very little knowledge on how offshore oil and gas resource development will impact climate change in a long-term perspective. This is especially important for the vulnerable Arctic areas and northern seas. New regulations and environmental standards should be jointly developed by the international community.

    Do we have an alternative to the development of oil and gas fields located in the Arctic offshore areas? The development of Arctic resources is inevitable although there is no hurry in doing that now. However, the future role of the Arctic region is of paramount importance, and its resources should be further explored and assessed. There is no doubt that in the second part of XXI century production of HC in the Arctic petroleum mega basin will be as important in energy supply as Persian Gulf and West Siberia basins today.

    Anatoly Zolotukhin

    Professor, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas

    Anatoly Zolotukhin serves as Counsellor on International Affairs and is a Director of the Institute for Arctic Oil and Gas Technologies. He holds Doctor Honoris Causa title at several Russian universities and serves as Chaired professor at the Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk, Russia). From 2008 he serves as Vice President of the World Petroleum Council. He holds MS in applied mathematics, MS, PhD and Doctor of Science degrees in petroleum engineering. He serves as professor at the Gubkin University for over 35 years and at various positions at the University of Stavanger for 20 years. He is the author of 18 monographs and textbooks and more than 130 papers, supervised 12 PhD theses and numerous MS theses at several universities worldwide. Work for nearly 10 years in Statoil. Participated in more than 50 industrial projects, including Shtokman gas-condensate field and Vankor oil field development. Recipient of the Gubkin award (the highest award in Russian petroleum industry), Vernadsky's and Einstein's medals from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the title Honoris Causa in Education from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

    Anatoly was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2013-14 lecture season.

  • Arctic Petroleum Resources: Basis for Petroleum Activities in the 21st Century - Russian Version

    Includes a Live Event on 11/03/2015 at 12:00 AM (EST)

    Do we have an alternative to the development of oil and gas fields located in the Arctic offshore areas? The development of Arctic resources is inevitable although there is no hurry in doing that now. However, the future role of the Arctic region is of paramount importance, and its resources should be further explored and assessed. There is no doubt that in the second part of XXI century production of HC in the Arctic petroleum mega basin will be as important in energy supply as Persian Gulf and West Siberia basins today.

    The Arctic continental shelf is believed to be the area with the highest unexplored potential for oil and gas. Despite a common view that the Arctic has plentiful of hydrocarbon resources there are ongoing debates regarding the potential of this region as a future energy supply base. Driving forces for such discussions are geopolitics, environmental concern, assessment and delineation of Arctic resources, technology available for their successful development and the market demand for energy supply.

    It is not only petroleum resources of the Arctic that are poorly explored. Our general knowledge of global ecosystems and the overall impact on them made by human activities is scarcely studied. There is very little knowledge on how offshore oil and gas resource development will impact climate change in a long-term perspective. This is especially important for the vulnerable Arctic areas and northern seas. New regulations and environmental standards should be jointly developed by the international community.

    Do we have an alternative to the development of oil and gas fields located in the Arctic offshore areas? The development of Arctic resources is inevitable although there is no hurry in doing that now. However, the future role of the Arctic region is of paramount importance, and its resources should be further explored and assessed. There is no doubt that in the second part of XXI century production of HC in the Arctic petroleum mega basin will be as important in energy supply as Persian Gulf and West Siberia basins today.

    Anatoly Zolotukhin

    Professor, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas

    Anatoly Zolotukhin serves as Counsellor on International Affairs and is a Director of the Institute for Arctic Oil and Gas Technologies. He holds Doctor Honoris Causa title at several Russian universities and serves as Chaired professor at the Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk, Russia). From 2008 he serves as Vice President of the World Petroleum Council. He holds MS in applied mathematics, MS, PhD and Doctor of Science degrees in petroleum engineering. He serves as professor at the Gubkin University for over 35 years and at various positions at the University of Stavanger for 20 years. He is the author of 18 monographs and textbooks and more than 130 papers, supervised 12 PhD theses and numerous MS theses at several universities worldwide. Work for nearly 10 years in Statoil. Participated in more than 50 industrial projects, including Shtokman gas-condensate field and Vankor oil field development. Recipient of the Gubkin award (the highest award in Russian petroleum industry), Vernadsky's and Einstein's medals from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the title Honoris Causa in Education from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

    Anatoly was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2013-14 lecture season.

On Demand Web Events

  • How to Present Your Paper

    Recorded On: 08/25/2015

    In an effort to assist authors present papers at conferences, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on How to Present Your Paper. In this web event Byron will take the author from preparation to delivery within the presentation process. Post presentation Byron will field questions from participants.

  • Selective Water-Reduction Systems: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? - Morning Session

    Recorded On: 08/17/2015

    Selective water-reduction systems (also known as relative permeability modifiers or disproportionate permeability modifiers) with consistent, sustained performance have been pursued by the oil and gas industry for many years. This presentation discusses the mechanisms of selective water-reduction systems, case histories for both water reduction and alternate applications, and how this class of compounds and their applications could potentially be improved for increased success in the future. The intended take home message from this talk is that selective systems DO work and are showing great promise for other oilfield operations.

  • Selective Water-Reduction Systems: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? - Evening Session

    Recorded On: 08/17/2015

    Selective water-reduction systems (also known as relative permeability modifiers or disproportionate permeability modifiers) with consistent, sustained performance have been pursued by the oil and gas industry for many years. This presentation discusses the mechanisms of selective water-reduction systems, case histories for both water reduction and alternate applications, and how this class of compounds and their applications could potentially be improved for increased success in the future. The intended take home message from this talk is that selective systems DO work and are showing great promise for other oilfield operations.

  • 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

    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!