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Upcoming Webinars

  • Case Study – The Successes and Challenges of Using Drilling Automation Technology and Optimization Process in a Well Factory Environment

    Includes a Live Event on 06/08/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    A recent drilling automation project provided an opportunity to use the drilling measurements to improve drilling operations in a North Dakota well factory application. Wired pipe and downhole measurements were used to control the rig draw works from down hole WOB. Seeing the measurement data on the data aggregation system also drove a human learning process as drillers saw and adjusted operational parameters to improve the drilling process. This also pointed to the key drilling system limiters and enabled substantial reduction of invisible lost time. We will present a few examples of the learning process and discuss potential next steps.

    A recent drilling automation project provided an opportunity to use the drilling measurements to improve drilling operations in a North Dakota well factory application. Wired pipe and downhole measurements were used to control the rig draw works from down hole WOB. Seeing the measurement data on the data aggregation system also drove a human learning process as drillers saw and adjusted operational parameters to improve the drilling process. This also pointed to the key drilling system limiters and enabled substantial reduction of invisible lost time. We will present a few examples of the learning process and discuss potential next steps.

    Matt Isbell

    Drilling Optimization Advisor, Hess

    Matt Isbell graduated from the University of Texas with a BSME and has 27 years of experience optimizing drilling performance in fields around the world. He is a Drilling Optimization Advisor at Hess focused on developing and implementing a continuous improvement process to target and address value limiters during drilling and completion operations.

    Keith Trichel

    Drilling Engineering Advisor, Bakken Drilling Performance Team, Hess

    Keith Trichel graduated from Texas A&M University with a BSME and has 34 years of experience including a number of roles focused on optimizing drilling performance in different applications around the globe. He is a Drilling Engineering Advisor in the Bakken Drilling Performance Team at Hess. His primary focus is to drive continuous improvement efforts aimed at identifying and eliminating ROP limiters in order to improve well delivery time and reduce cost.

  • Beyond Bias and Stereotypes: Embracing Multiculturalism from Within

    Includes a Live Event on 06/14/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    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.

    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.

    Maria Capello

    Senior Advisor, Oil and Gas

    Maria A. Capello is a senior advisor in oil and gas that propelled important transformational changes in NOCs and ISCs in Latin America and the Middle East, in Field Development, Strategic Planning, Reservoir Management, Personnel Development, and Diversity. She is currently an executive advisor in Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), Greater Burgan Asset, in the planning and strategic initiatives of the Directorate. She formerly worked for Halliburton and PDVSA.


    Maria is a MS in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines (USA). She volunteers extensively for professional societies, and is a “Distinguished Member" and “Regional Service" awardee of the SPE, and the Field Development editor for the SPE's Journal of Petroleum Technology JPT. She was Vice-President of SEG in 2005, and has received the SEG “Honorary Lifetime Membership" award for her exceptionally meritorious service and notable career in the oil industry.

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

    Includes a Live Event on 06/14/2016 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.

    Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, and Commissioning (EPIC) Contracts are widely used today for Oil & Gas projects worldwide. By their very nature the EPIC contract puts the responsibility for the “lump-sum", “turn-key" delivery of the project on the Contractor with the Company being maintained at arm's length and any Contract “extras" resulting in change orders to the Contract. For a Company with a robust HSE culture influencing the HSE performance of an EPIC contractor presents a significant challenge.

    In 2013 Marathon EG Production Ltd (MEGPL) entered into an EPIC contract with Heerema Fabrication Group for the delivery of a new gas compression platform (Alba B3) to be bridge-connected to existing infrastructure in the existing MEGPL Alba production area offshore Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. From contract development through to engineering, fabrication, and offshore installation MEGPL project team personnel continually strived to achieve project goals and contractual requirements for occupational health, facility safety design, and environmental concerns. The focus of this HSE influence was not only on the Contractor but extended to the sub-Contractor companies as well. This presentation outlines the actions and efforts by the MEGPL personnel to successfully influence HSE performance without affecting (increasing) the lump sum Contract price.

    Bryan Wallace

    Speaker

    Mr. Wallace is the Project Director for the Marathon Oil Alba B3 Compression Project being installed in the existing Alba production area offshore Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. He has over thirty years of experience in Oil & Gas projects and operations both downstream and upstream with a predominance of offshore international experience including Indonesia, Norway, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. He also served as a member of the Management Committee for the joint venture Waha Oil Company in Libya where his responsibilities included championing the implementation of a safety management system. Wallace has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and has authored multiple technical papers.

  • Digital Oilfields: World-class Implementation Strategies

    Includes a Live Event on 06/21/2016 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

    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.

    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.

    Steve Smart

    Speaker

    Steve Smart is a leading technology advisor to subsurface engineering teams in the oil & gas industry. Driven by a relentless passion to help engineers get what they really want, Steve has led and advised on the technical development of major digital oilfield solutions on some of the largest development projects in the world. From these experiences he deeply believes that successful innovation in Digital Oilfields can be achieved without mega-budgets and should be driven, not by IT project management, but by the grass-roots needs of real engineers facing real problems.

  • Decision Quality in Multi-Company Projects

    Includes a Live Event on 06/22/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    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.

    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.

    Janeen Judah

    2017 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers

    Janeen Judah is the general manager of Chevron's Southern Africa business. Previously, she served as president of the
    Chevron Environmental Management Company and general manager of reservoir and production engineering at Chevron Energy Technology Company.

    Ms Judah joined Texaco in 1998 as a senior petroleum engineer in the international production group and had advanced to senior production adviser when the company merged with Chevron in 2002. Before Texaco, she worked in oil and gas consulting, legal practice, and spent 11 years at Arco Oil and Gas Company in engineering and legal positions.

    She has been recognized for her university support and advocacy for women engineers by the Texas A&M University's Petroleum Engineering Department, Texas A&M's Dwight Look College of Engineering, and the Society of Women Engineers. She serves on the advisory boards of all three organizations.

    Ms. Judah was an SPE student chapter officer and has served in many leadership roles, including chair of both the Permian Basin and Gulf Coast sections, two terms on the international SPE Board of Directors, regional Director of Gulf Coast North America, and currently as the Board's vice president of finance. She earned an SPE Distinguished Service Award and is an SPE Distinguished Member.


    Pat Burdett

    Lead Editor, SPE’s Technical Report “Guidance for Decision Quality for Multi-company Upstream Projects"

    Mr. Burdett is the lead author of a multi-company expert committee which drafted the SPE Technical Report:
    “Guidelines for Decision Quality for Multi-Company Upstream Projects", published in 2016.

    Burdett has held various positions in Decision Quality and Analysis throughout his 10 employment with Chevron, where he currently serves as Appraisal Decision Analysis Lead.

    • Dec 2014 – Oct 2015, Decision Analysis Consultant, Chevron
    • 2006 – 2015, Decision Analysis Consultant
    • 2001 – 2004, Project Finance Director, El Paso Corporation
    • 1997 – 2001, Project Finance Manager, Unocal Corporation

    Pat has authored the following SPE Papers:

    • “A VOI Analysis of an Appraisal Well DST", pending publication
    • SPE paper 162903, “Reining in the Data Junkies – Having the Guts Not to Appraise" Sept 2012


  • Flow Assurance in Single Phase Liquid Systems

    Includes a Live Event on 06/23/2016 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    The presentation will compare and contrast liquid systems with subsea systems and provide practical examples of the single-phase issues.

    Flow assurance was born primarily out of the need to address complex, high-cost problems in multiphase flow, heat transfer, and phase equilibria/fluid properties in subsea wells, flowlines, and risers. In liquid systems, these problems either do not exist or are easier to address. For instance, paraffin deposition is a widespread issue in oil pipelines, but is routinely handled via pigging. However, other issues, unique to liquid transportation systems, arise. These include numerically difficult solutions, the need for simultaneous modeling on small and large scales, difficult thermal behavior, leak detection, pipe forces, batching, drag reduction, unusual fluids, slack line, and detailed control schemes and process equipment. The presenter has spent 20 years doing subsea flow assurance and the last five years focusing on liquid systems and has found them equally challenging. The presentation will compare and contrast liquid systems with subsea systems and provide practical examples of the single-phase issues.

    Trent Brown

    Principal Flow Assurance Consultant, DNV GL

    Trent is responsible for directing and performing technical consulting projects for gas and liquid pipeline hydraulic and thermal designs, surge analyses, capacity analyses, optimization, leak detection, and development of operating strategies at DNV GL. He also provides support to companies doing specialized development work involving thermal and hydraulic issues for pipelines and wells.

    Previously, Trent worked for Conoco in the Production Research group performing research and technical consulting on flow assurance issues such as transient multiphase flow, paraffin deposition, and hydrate formation. He was a co-founder of Multiphase Solutions, Inc. where he was a principal consultant in flow assurance and developed software for real-time and offline models for dynamic process simulation and dynamic multiphase flow simulation. Prior to joining DNV GL, Trent was the Engineering Manager for ITP, Inc. where he supervised and performed thermal and mechanical designs of highly insulated pipe-in-pipe systems.

    Trent has a B.Sc., M. Sc., and Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

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