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Upcoming Webinars

  • Drilling Real-time Prediction Environment In Saudi Aramco

    Includes a Live Event on 07/26/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The webinar discusses the data infrastructure that Saudi Aramco has built to support the initiated Upstream initiative “Drilling Ahead of Bit”. This involves addressed challenges, enabled applications and technologies and their business impact.

    The webinar discusses the data infrastructure that Saudi Aramco has built to support the initiated Upstream initiative “Drilling Ahead of Bit". This involves addressed challenges, enabled applications and technologies and their business impact.

    Mr. Salem Gharbi

    Petroleum Engineering Systems Analyst, Saudi Aramco

    Salem Al Gharbi, has more than 10 years' experience in developing engineering applications for drilling professionals. He holds M.S. degree in Computer science from KFUPM and M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University. Salem is the technical leader and architect of Saudi Aramco, “Drill Ahead of Bit” smart initiative. In addition he is an active member in SPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Program committee.

  • Diversity Fuels Innovation

    Includes a Live Event on 07/28/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical.

    Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical. How do we foster the authentic contributions of all members of a diverse team? With a focus on gender diversity, this webinar will address: 1) creating an inclusive environment that captures the unique talents of all team members and 2) for women, being effective in a male environment.

    Betty Shanahan

    Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services, Michigan State University

    Betty Shanahan, a member of the SPE Soft Skills Committee, served as the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) from 2002 to 2014. In 2016, the American Association of Engineering Societies recognized Betty contributions to the engineering profession and diversity in engineering with their Chair's Award. Betty's advocacy reaches forums as varied the K-12 community, corporate and engineering college leadership, Congressional briefings and international summits. She was a member of National Academy of Engineering committees for “Changing the Conversation” in the public understanding of engineering and for the Lifelong Learning Imperative in Engineering.

    Currently, Betty is a Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services at Michigan State University, focusing on the he strategic imperative to “advance our culture of high performance” for administrative and technical services. Prior to SWE, Betty spent 24 years in development, engineering management, and marketing for the electronics and software industries.

    Betty has earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and an M.B.A. in strategic management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.” In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Connecticut.

  • Latest Developments in Drilling and Cementing R&D

    Includes a Live Event on 08/16/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    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.

    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.

    Dr. Eric van Oort

    UT Austin Faculty

    Dr. van Oort holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam. He joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1991 and held a variety of senior technical and managerial roles over a 20-year period with Shell. He joined UT Austin in early 2012 to return to his passion for teaching and R&D as tenured Lancaster Professor in Petroleum Engineering. Dr. van Oort is a co-Principal Investigator of the Offshore Energy Safety Institute (OESI), is the co-founder of two start-up companies (Genesis RTS and R5 Automation) and is CEO of his own consulting firm (EVO Energy Consulting). At UT, he runs one of the largest drilling R&D groups in academia, with 15 graduate students, 10+ undergraduate researchers, 6 full-time research scientists and additional support staff. He is the director of the RAPID (rig automation and performance improvement in drilling) consortium, and works internationally through collaborations with Nortex and KAUST. He is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and SPE Distinguished Member. His areas of expertise include: deepwater and unconventional well construction, drilling automation, real-time monitoring (RTM), drilling optimization, rock-fluid interactions and wellbore geomechanics, drilling fluid design, zonal isolation, fit-for-purpose rigs and well manufacturing, hydraulic fracturing and associated water management.

  • From Data to Decisions - The Analytics Lifecycle

    Includes a Live Event on 08/17/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    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.

    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.

    Moray Laing

    US Industry Principal for Oil & Gas, SAS

    Mr. Laing joined SAS in 2013 as the US Industry Principal for Oil & Gas. He started his career at Baker Hughes where he spent 24 years working in both operations and new product development. In his final role at Baker Hughes Moray was the Director of innovation for the Gulf of Mexico region where his team were responsible for the rapid development and marketing of regionally specific technologies. Moray is passionate about advancing automation solutions in oil and gas, and the role that data driven solutions have to play. Moray holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Engineering from Robert Gordon's University, and an Executive MBA from Texas A&M University.

    Keith R. Holdaway

    SAS

    Mr. Holdaway is author of "Harness Oil and Gas Big Data with Analytics: Optimize Exploration and Production with Data Driven Models" published by Wiley in July 2014. He worked for several geophysical companies in his 15 year career, primarily at Petroleum Development of Oman as a geophysicist. He has worked over the past 15 years for SAS Institute to help harness SAS analytics to geophysical, geologic and reservoir engineering data to ascertain exploratory data analysis and appropriate modeling approaches to enable more robust forecasting and identify new field-reengineering strategies in mature assets. He has a Master's Degree in Geophysics from Durham University UK, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society in London.

    Philip Easterling

    SAS

    Mr. Easterling earned his B.A. degree in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Rice University and his M.S. degree in Applied Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 21 years of analytical software sales and consulting experience with SAS, including predictive modeling in manufacturing and service industries; optimization for logistics industries; and a broad range of analytic methods in the oil and gas industry. In addition, he has provided related training and mentoring services to both internal and external SAS customers. He also has over seven years of quantitative business experience in the competitive, deregulated US commercial airline industry.

    Anna Scott

    Energy Solution Architect, Intel

    Ms. Scott joined Intel in July 2015 as an Energy Solution Architect. She has spent 15 years in the oil refining business and 8 years in life sciences. Most recently she was the engineering manager of a privately held refinery, Big West Oil LLC, located in Utah. She started her career as a process engineer at Flint Hills Resources (Koch Industries) and then transitioned to UOP LLC, one of the premier developers of new technologies for refineries and petrochemical complexes in the world. At UOP LLC, Anna had roles in engineering and field operating services where she assisted in starting-up new processing units in refineries in the USA, Europe and Asia. Anna left UOP LLC to get her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Utah and to cofound a biotech company (Glycosan BioSystems, now merged with BioTime) that makes a semi-synthetic matrix used for 3D cell culture and tissue engineering. She worked as the Operations Manager for over two years, where she developed their first products and managed research relationships with multiple universities. Anna has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas, Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Utah, Executive MBA from the University of Utah, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center in Yokohama, Japan.

  • Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team

    Includes a Live Event on 08/24/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    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.

    Innovation has always played and will continue to play a very important role in our industry. Research shows that the best innovation emerges from team work rather than individual effort given that the complexity of today's problems often demand a combination of a variety skill sets which are best found in teams rather than an individual. 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.

    Egbert Imomoh

    2013 SPE President

    Mr. Imomoh was the 2013 SPE President and had previously served on the SPE board as the Regional Director for Africa. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Birmingham, England. He joined Shell in 1968 as a wellsite petroleum Engineer and held many technical and managerial positions in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Holland until he retired in 2002 as deputy MD of Shell Nigeria. Subsequently he joined the team that formed Afren and stepped down as Chairman of the board in June 2015.

    He joined the board of GTBank Nigeria in 2005 and retired in 2015 after serving as its Chairman for two years. He is currently Chairman of InvestmentOne, a financial services company in Nigeria. He has been honoured by the Nigerian Government as a Commander of the Niger and by Universities of Port Harcourt and Uyo with honourary doctorate degrees.


  • Production Optimization for Unconventional Reservoirs through Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

    Includes a Live Event on 08/25/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    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.

    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. Many times our initial expectations for the production performance from these reservoirs is based on a type curve from an average producer in the area with little consideration for the variations in reservoir quality at any given location. This practice is popular as it requires minimal external input for the development but it limits our ability to optimize performance. In addition to this practice, many times economic drivers and perception dictate completion and production practices that can further limit our ability to optimize production from these reservoirs.

    Stuart Cox

    Vice President of Reservoir Engineering, PetroEdge Energy IV LLC

    Before joining PetroEdge, Mr. Cox was the Chief Reservoir Engineer for Unconventional Resource Developments at Marathon Oil Company. He has over 30 years of industry experience. Over the past ten years his primary focus has been evaluation and production optimization of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. Stuart is a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer 2009-2010. In 2012 he received the Gulf Coast Region Formation Evaluation Award. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1984 and is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Oklahoma.

On Demand Webinars

  • 3 Phase Separators on Floating Production Systems; Design and Control Philosophies

    Recorded On: 06/28/2016

    This webinar focuses on the different aspects and requirements that need to be considered in order to obtain an optimal separator and internals design for floating facilities.

  • Flow Assurance in Single Phase Liquid Systems

    Recorded On: 06/23/2016

    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.

  • Decision Quality in Multi-Company Projects

    Recorded On: 06/22/2016

    What is Decision Quality and how is it helping companies and partnerships in the energy industry? Whether you are a decision maker, joint venture manager, team member, expert on Decision Quality or novice, this webinar will provide insight into working with multi-disciplinary, multi-company teams to enable quality decisions. Attend this webinar and learn strategies to evaluate and communicate complex decisions, and become familiar with the decision-maker’s toolbox and how the tools can best serve you and your organization in your multi-company and internal projects.

  • Digital Oilfields: World-class Implementation Strategies

    Recorded On: 06/21/2016

    Digital Oilfields aim to maximize oilfield recovery, eliminate non-productive time, and increase profitability through the design and deployment of integrated workflows. In practice, Digital Oilfield implementations have proven to be challenging; largely due to the complexities of transforming workflows that cross functional boundaries and from the technical difficulty of integrating disparate systems. In this webinar, Steven Smart will discuss industry lessons learned from Digital Oilfield projects around the world, and share some of his own insights into how these complex systems can best be developed in a cost-effective way.

  • Beyond Bias and Stereotypes: Embracing Multiculturalism from Within

    Recorded On: 06/14/2016

    Shifting our own perspectives about other cultures is a result of an internal reflection and approach to work and life that proves to be pivotal in to enable progressive career paths and business expansions in the oil industry worldwide.

  • Influencing safety in EPIC projects: Case Study of the Alba B3 Offshore Gas Compression Project

    Recorded On: 06/14/2016

    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.