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  • 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.



    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Strategies for Global Communication in the Oil & Gas Industry

    Includes a Live Event on 09/03/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    As companies expand across the globe, challenges to communications grow as well. To work effectively with others from different cultures, the first step is to recognize, and understand differences, then deal sensitively with people from other backgrounds.

    As companies expand across the globe, challenges to communications grow as well. To work effectively with others from different cultures, the first step is to recognize, and understand differences, then deal sensitively with people from other backgrounds.

    To communicate effectively, a company must recognize that cultural differences (not just the language) can be a barrier to, or hinder, the effective exchange of ideas or information. All people, of all cultures, want to feel valued, respected, and understood. The challenge is in knowing which words or actions will be perceived as such, allowing for open lines of communications.

    Lori Dalrymple

    CEO/Founderm Architecture of Communication

    Lori is an industry professional in Soft Skills training, complemented by university study of the sciences to understand the technical aspect of working with professionals in the Oil & Gas Industry. She holds degrees in Communications, Performance, and Marketing, and is working on her Masters in Multicultural Psychology. Lori has developed a Global Multicultural Training Program for corporate management and employees called “Architecture of Communication”. This training helps different cultures to understand each other based on their cultural context, allowing professionals to achieve higher levels of communication, both internal and external, which affects every global business's bottom line. She is an expert in the training of presentation skills, and one on one communication for clients who speak English as a second language.

  • Human Factors / Crew Resource Management: Perspectives for Inputs to Risk Management Framework

    Includes a Live Event on 09/02/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Oil and gas industry interest in applying Human Factors Concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo Spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew Resource Management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention. The challenge is to synthesize this information, get beyond theory, and present operating company managements with specific ideas and recommendations - insights and actionable ideas as to how human factors and CRM concepts can be applied to reduce the overall risk exposure of the enterprise. The presentation will discuss and suggest several key “take aways” – potential “low hanging fruit” of ideas where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk.

    ***Originally scheduled for June 24, 2015.***

    Oil and gas industry interest in applying Human Factors Concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo Spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew Resource Management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention.

    Senior risk management professionals, most of whom are engineers, are generally quite familiar with the extensive and well developed concepts dealing with Occupational Safety and Process Safety Management. It is generally accepted that a majority of accidents are the result of human error. The broad range of information related to human factors, developed primarily by non engineering disciplines such as psychology based research and studies of human behavior, can help the enterprise manage risk by:

    a) reducing human error AND
    b) reliability of interactions between individuals involved in managing risk within the enterprise.

    The challenge is to synthesize this information, get beyond theory, and present operating company managements with specific ideas and recommendations - insights and actionable ideas as to how human factors and CRM concepts can be applied to reduce the overall risk exposure of the enterprise.

    The presentation will discuss and suggest several key “take aways" – potential “low hanging fruit" of ideas where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk. This will include:

    • An overview of relevant and key human factors and CRM ideas presented in recent industry forums and publications.
      • Perspectives, based in part on extensive interviews with industry and military pilots, on how and where aviation and associated CRM practices can be applied to the oil and gas industry.
      • Key HF/CRM “take aways" from writings of two controversial military leaders: General George Patton and Admiral Hyman Rickover

    Philip Grossweiler

    Principal Consultant, M&H Energy Services

    CDR USCGR (Ret)
    Exxon (Ret)
    ASME Congressional Fellow – 2007 to 2008 (Science and Technology)

  • Water Management in a Down Market

    Includes a Live Event on 08/26/2015 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    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.


    Low oil prices are driving low utilization rates resulting in downward pricing pressure across many key segments. Rig count is less than half the level of 2014 Q4 despite some recovery in oil prices in 15 H1. According to PacWest, frac demand, well spuds, horizontal wells and stages fractured, and frac pricing are projected to drop by an average of 35% in 2015. The US oilfield water management services market is expected to contract by 19% from $23.2B in 2014 to $18.9B in 2015. Which segments of the water management value chain are being impacted the most and why? How are market conditions exacerbating requests for pricing concessions? Where has rig movement been concentrated? Can we expect to see consolidation in the market? How are operators adapting to the new market conditions and what does the mean for service companies? Has the cost of water treatment declined and, if so, which technologies are the most predominant and what are the trade-offs? How does new legislation such as WOTUS Rule and the threat of more regulatory pressure impact the water management landscape? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our panel session, Water Management in a Down Market.

    April Sharr

    Business Development Manager

    Ms. April Sharr is the Business Development Manager for Water Management at Baker Hughes. Ms. Sharr began her career at Baker Hughes in 2009 as a Market Intelligence Analyst in the Global Strategy & Corporate Development group where she focused on emerging global unconventional markets, pressure pumping, and water management. She frequently presents on the topic of water management at oil & gas industry conferences. She most recently presented Reducing Operational Costs in Fresh & Produced Water Treatment at the DUG Permian Basin 2015, sat on the Water Management for Hydraulic Fracturing panel at the SPE Oklahoma City Production & Operations Symposium, and ran a Water Use in Hydraulic Fracturing workshop for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Ms. Sharr is currently on the Board of Directors for the Women's Energy Network, a non-profit organization. She holds an MBA from Rice University with a concentration in Finance and Marketing, and a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin in Engineering Route to Business with a dual focus on Aerospace Engineering and Management Information Systems. Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Ms. Sharr held various business analytics and consulting roles at Dell, Crédit Agricole, PG&E, Deloitte & Touche, and SEER Technologies.

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

    Includes a Live Event on 08/17/2015 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

    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 (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 is understandable because of the ease associated with connecting to the wellhead, simply pumping a treatment, and watching water production decrease (and hopefully oil and gas production increase).

    While most systems reported in the literature have not experienced sustained usage, a few have experienced success. In recent years, these systems have begun to be incorporated into other areas, such as additives to fracturing fluids, diverters for acidizing treatments, and as leakoff-control agents. While all of these applications are not necessarily geared toward controlling water production, they have resulted in increased experience with the chemicals and increased acceptance of water-reduction applications.

    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.

    Larry Eoff

    Chemist, Halliburton

    Larry Eoff is currently a chemist with Halliburton at the Houston Technology Center in Houston, Texas. He spent five years in Halliburton's cement product development group, followed by two years with Aquaness Chemicals. After returning to Halliburton, he has spent fifteen years in the water control product development group and is currently the team lead for both the water control and acid groups. He holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Arkansas. He has authored more than 30 papers and holds more than 60 US patents.

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

On Demand Web Events

  • “Getting To Zero – The Road to Stavanger”

    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.

  • Fluids for Fracturing Petroleum Reservoirs

    Recorded On: 06/23/2015

    Hydraulic Fracturing (HF) is a well-established process to enhance the productivity of oil and gas wells. This stimulation process is conducted in reservoirs where the rock does not naturally flow the petroleum fluids. This is the case in many oil and gas reservoirs especially shales. In the HF process, the reservoir stresses are overcome by use of fluids to initiate fractures. The initiation of the fracture is not enough to produce petroleum fluids. This process involves key and critical changes in the physical and chemical properties of the fluids involved. This lecture will shed light on these changes from material science point of view. Various existing technologies for HF fluids will be discussed. This should give a clear understanding of the current state of the art in this field. The talk will also shed light on the current challenges that the industry faces. This will help the attendees draw broad lines on the current research themes in this area.

  • Managing Project Complexity

    Recorded On: 06/23/2015

    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. Most projects overrun their budget and/or schedule significantly and/or produce less oil/gas than promised. The complexity of our projects and project design teams is at least partially responsible for project failure rates. An SPE Work Study group is presently addressing the impact of complexity and its contribution to project failures. The presentation will include preliminary findings from that study.

  • Scrubbers: Advances in High Capacity Scrubber Internals and Performance Boosting with Inline Pre-Separation

    Basic scrubber design and internal technologies were highlighted in the STTS 3-March 2015 Webinar: “Scrubber Design for Gas-Liquid Separation: A Holistic Approach”. In continuation with our theme on Scrubber Designs, this webinar will focus on high capacity internals advancements and services in which these internals may be applied. Enhanced separation efficiency and/or capacity can be further obtained when combined with a pre-separator upstream of the high capacity scrubber in the form of an inline cyclonic separator. Various concept and layouts will be presented and discussed.