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Upcoming Web Events

  • Do’s and Dont’s of Matrix Stimulation

    Includes a Live Event on 05/25/2016 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    On the basis of his 45 years' worldwide experience the presenter will discuss the main reasons for failures (the Don'ts), and will provide the audience with recommendations (the Do's) for their consideration, debate, use, further investigation and feedback.

    Properly designed, executed and evaluated matrix stimulation treatments do achieve remarkable production enhancement at much lower costs and simpler logistics compared to other stimulation methods, if and when formation damage (skin) is the true limiting factor to economical well productivity.

    Final success is strongly dependent upon several key factors, including quality of pre-job's, well problem analysis, candidate selection, design criteria, fluids' choice and placement, real-time monitoring of skin evolution, quality of decision making at the well site. Despite the huge amount of literature available on the subject of matrix stimulation, the percentage of failures worldwide is still extremely high, mainly due to bad habits and practices cemented over time, flaws, wrong beliefs, obsolete training, that still plague these operations everywhere.

    On the basis of his 45 years' worldwide experience the presenter will discuss the main reasons for failures (the Don'ts), and will provide the audience with recommendations (the Do's) for their consideration, debate, use, further investigation and feedback.

    Giovanni Paccaloni

    President-Elect, President and Past President of the Society of Petroleum (2004 to 2006)

    From 2007 to current, Giovanni Paccaloni is a consultant based in Milan, Italy. Since joining ENI-AGIP in 1971, he has worked worldwide in various technical and leadership roles, including: Manager - Production Optimization Technologies, VP Corporate E&P Laboratories, VP Drilling, Production Optimization and Subsurface Geology; VP R&D and Technology Planning.

    An SPE member since 1986, Giovanni served as SPE Director for the Europe and Africa Region during 1995-99 and was named an SPE Distinguished Member in 2000. He was Chairperson of the Italian Section twice. His many international SPE activities include: Chair of the Forum Series Implementation Committee (1993-95), Forum Series Coordinating Committee (1995-97) and 1992 Forum Series in Europe Steering Committee. He was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 1988-89, speaking on the topic of “Optimization of Matrix Stimulation Treatments". From 2004 to 2006 Giovanni served as President-Elect, President and Past President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International.

    In 2013, Giovanni received the SPE-AIME Honorary Member Award. He is the inventor of both the first real-time Matrix Stimulation Method, and the widely adopted MAPDIR matrix stimulation technique, winning the AGIP-ENI Technological Development Award in 1997. During his career, he has authored and co-authored many technical papers, including articles published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) and SPEPE. Paccaloni holds an MS degree in industrial chemistry from the U. of Bologna. He retired from ENI at end of 2006.


  • 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. 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.

    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.

  • 3-Phase Separation: Identifying and Addressing Issues Before They Happen

    Includes a Live Event on 04/27/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Identification of conditions that impair 3 phase separation performance: gas quality, oil quality, or water quality and ways to address is critical in systems design and operation.

    Identification of conditions that impair 3 phase separation performance: gas quality, oil quality, or water quality and ways to address is critical in systems design and operation. Mitigation of these conditions is an integral part of the design phase of separations system to address potential separation challenges before they happen. Many of the mitigation can also be applied in later project life to address changing conditions in the field or re-purposing of the equipment. Flow unevenness, slugging, foaming, liquid carryover, or oil carry under, and solids handling and types of technologies to address them will be discussed with selected examples that illustrate the working principles in action.

    Luis Caires

    CAMERON Director of Product Development for Liquids

    Luis Caires is currently Director of Product Development – Liquids (Oil Treatment, Produced Water and Sea Water) at CAMERON's Process Systems Technology Center in Houston TX. He has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry both in upstream and downstream international projects.

    Luis spent 20 years of his career in his native Venezuela working for the oil and gas industry through the private sector and his engineering consulting practice. He relocated to the United States in 2007 when he joined NATCO's Process Solutions Group. After NATCO became part of CAMERON he joined the Process Systems R&D team in 2010. He has 5 patents granted /pending on process technologies as inventor or co-inventor (most of them related to MEG reclamation).

    A member of SPE, AIChE, and ACS who speaks several languages, he holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas Venezuela.

  • Expatriate Security

    Includes a Live Event on 04/20/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Signing up for your first foreign work assignment can be a daunting undertaking. Particularly if the posting is to an unfamiliar environment. Rather than solely provide an inflexible list of security do's and don'ts, this presentation will broadly outline useful handrails for logically assessing risk environments along with providing an appreciation of fundamental risk mitigation strategies.

    Signing up for your first foreign work assignment can be a daunting undertaking. Particularly if the posting is to an unfamiliar environment.

    Personal risk perceptions and responses amongst expatriate candidates can vary markedly; ranging from blind bravado through to debilitating angst.

    Rather than solely provide an inflexible list of security do's and don'ts, this presentation will broadly outline useful handrails for logically assessing risk environments along with providing an appreciation of fundamental risk mitigation strategies.

    Hans Fah

    Security and Crisis Response Director, WorleyParsons North America

    Hans Fah is a practitioner in the 'special risks' domain. Currently the Security and Crisis Response Director for WorleyParsons North America, Over the past 15 years, Hans has developed and managed travel and expatriate risk programs throughout the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.

  • The Challenges of Applying Digital Oilfield to Artificial Lift – A Field Perspective

    Includes a Live Event on 04/13/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This presentation will take you through some of the history of artificial lift monitoring, both down hole and on surface, so you have a background in what is out there today, and also highlights what can be done today and what is possible, and will attempt to high light the challenges of implementing digital oilfield projects from a field equipment suppliers perspective.

    Digital oilfield often concentrates on the software and organisational aspects of this approach, while the power of these systems will also depend on the quality of data and level of control implemented at the field sites. This presentation will take you through some of the history of artificial lift monitoring, both down hole and on surface, so you have a background in what is out there today, and also highlights what can be done today and what is possible, and will attempt to high light the challenges of implementing digital oilfield projects from a field equipment suppliers perspective. This session should give you a high level overview of the issues, practical limitations, and challenges at the well site and down hole to get the source data and controls for your project where you want them.

    This presentation/training session will cover:
    • Some basic outline of what is important to monitor around artificial lifted wells
    • A brief history of what the oil field has done over the last 100 years in terms of monitoring and control of pumps, with some examples.
    • An outline of what a typical ESP well has today in terms of remotely accessible measurement and control, with field examples, of good and bad cases.
    • An outline of digital oil field development around artificial lift, where it has got to and some idea of where it will get to in the next few years, with field examples.
    • A summary of the challenges around artificial lifted wells in terms of integration into an operators intelligent digital oilfield system from an equipment suppliers perspective, touching on validation of data, comparison of logged vs continuous data, and building systems that cope with intermittent data, as well as the need to co-operative working between operator and supplier.

    Dave Shanks

    Expert Presenter

    Dave Shanks has 27 years of permanent down-hole gauge design and installation, having initially worked in research and hard disk drive design, and then 5 years in the UK North sea oil field sector on platform and subsea, permanent monitoring and logging tools. He started his own business in 1994 mostly developing and manufacturing monitoring systems for PCPs and ESPs and installing a world record 137 sensors in one well in a subsea fluid level monitoring project.

    In his 27 years in the oil business Dave worked in various regions around the world on monitoring rod pumps, PCPs and ESP as well as reservoir monitoring and later fluid monitoring, with projects in Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, China, Indonesia, USA, Canada, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Congo, Sudan and UK.

    Mr. Shanks has designs and patents on flow and fluid measurement, wireless gauge systems, downhole related telemetry and a patent for the first hard drive for the MAC. Recently, for new ESP sensor, cable based fluid sensors, and extreme high temperature sensors and systems. Dave also direct experience of subsea controls, subsea sensors and systems, oil field pump control and monitoring.

    Specialties: innovative product design, analogue, digital and processor based systems, mixed mechanical and electronic systems. He has extensive knowledge of oil field, completions, artificial lift, and reservoir monitoring. The last 9 years he has been working on novel distributed and point oil field multiphase flow and fluid level measurement.

  • Personal Branding

    Includes a Live Event on 04/05/2016 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

    This personal branding webinar is for professionals who want to raise their level of influence in their area of expertise, stand out in a crowded market and ultimately create new career opportunities for themselves.

    Stand out in a low price environment – Kick start your personal brand in 3 easy steps

    Creating an authentic, compelling, “stand-out” personal brand is one of the strategies for successful career management. The low oil price, fewer projects, extreme competition for jobs and the explosion of online information and social media mean that a strong professional brand is now a necessity. It is a key differentiator. Across every industry sector, we are seeing a rise in personal branding and its direct correlation to influence and leadership.

    This personal branding webinar is for professionals who want to raise their level of influence in their area of expertise, stand out in a crowded market and ultimately create new career opportunities for themselves.

    In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn:

    • What a personal brand is and why it will help you stand out
    • Transforming from self-promotion to authentic personal branding without feeling like a fake
    • Mistakes people make with their personal brand and how you can easily avoid them
    • 3 easy things you can do today to kick start your personal brand

    Molly Green

    Career Management Expert

    Molly Green is a career management expert, an executive coach and creator of the careers program Everyone Wants to Hire You. Having held leadership roles in HR and Recruitment in both operating and service companies, Molly has narrowed down some of the key success criteria no matter what company, culture or country in which you work.

    Molly has interviewed 1000s of candidates, coached and trained hiring managers through the hiring process and advised at CEO level on talent issues. She has a clear picture of what companies are looking for, how to position yourself for the next opportunity and how to perform successfully at interview.

    Molly was educated in the US and has spent much of her career working internationally in Australia, Southeast Asia and the US. Her career management program Everyone Wants to Hire You specializes in helping professionals position themselves for career growth and trajectory.

    “Finding a way to be your ultimate self at work - that is my passion! Being involved in the best projects, companies or opportunities fires us up! It makes going to work worth it."

On Demand Web Events

  • Multifunctional Foams for EOR

    Recorded On: 01/26/2016

    Improved oil recovery in initially oil-wet carbonate core floods will be demonstrated. Implication for the field scale will be discussed.

  • Introduction to Facilities Sand Management

    Recorded On: 01/21/2016

    This webinar serves as an introduction to a two-day course on Facilities Sand Management (FSM). FSM is tasked with the goal of ensuring sustained hydrocarbon production when particulate solids are present in well fluids, while minimizing the impact of these produced solids on surface equipment.

  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    Recorded On: 01/14/2016

    While we may not always be aware of it, we negotiate and resolve conflict every day. This web event will introduce you to a practical, user friendly approach to negotiation and conflict resolution known as the mutual gains model.

  • Managing Sand Production in Unconsolidated Reservoirs

    Recorded On: 12/15/2015

    This presentation reviews the fundamental causes and impact of sand production before introducing the various sand control techniques used across the industry along with their respective advantages and challenges. It is aimed at young professionals who would like to develop a basic understanding of sand control completions.

  • Recent Advances in Rate-Time Analysis – Application to Production Data from Unconventional Oil Reservoirs

    Recorded On: 12/10/2015

    Decline curve analysis methods are the most widely used methods of performance forecasting in the petroleum industry. However, when these techniques are applied to production data from unconventional reservoirs they yield model parameters that result in infinite (nonphysical) values of reserves. Because these methods were empirically derived the model parameters are not functions of reservoir/well properties. Therefore detailed numerical flow simulation is usually required to obtain accurate rate and expected ultimate recovery (EUR) forecast. But this approach is time consuming and the inputs in to the simulator are highly uncertain. This renders it impractical for use in integrated asset models or field development optimization studies. The main objective of this study is to develop new and “simple” models to mitigate some of these limitations.

  • How To Make a Breakthrough

    Recorded On: 12/09/2015

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