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  • Optimizing Completions for Unconventional Reservoirs

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

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    ​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.

  • 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.

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

    Includes a Live Event on 08/17/2015 at 9:00 AM (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.

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    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.

  • What You Need to Know about Investigations Affecting Operations in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Includes a Live Event on 07/14/2015 at 12:30 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. Please join us for a presentation on 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.

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    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.

    Please join us for a presentation on 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.

    Those participating in the In-Person Event or the Webinar event will fulfill the Ethics requirement of 1 PDH for this year.

    For more information on how to attend the live, in-person event click here.

    Tracy LeRoy

    Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

    Tracy LeRoy is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP. She focuses on litigation and dispute resolution for energy industry participants. She has recently handled cases related to renewable fuel commodities, agricultural commodities, drilling rights, leasehold disputes, and disputes over agreements surrounding the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and gas. Tracy also represents companies in the energy industry, and their officers and directors, in internal and independent investigations of corporate conduct, compliance, and reporting, including representing audit committees and special litigation committees in such matters.

    David Denton, Jr.

    Litigation Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

    David Denton, Jr. is a litigation associate in Sidley's New York office. David has extensive experience representing clients in complex civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. David also handles white-collar criminal defense matters and internal corporate investigations. He has advised clients on foreign corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions compliance safeguards. Previously, David worked as a law clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Transforming E&P Applications through Big Data Analytics

    Includes a Live Event on 07/09/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Click to find out more about what each of the three speakers will discuss!

    Data Driven Analytics in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry
    Shahab D. Mohaghegh

    When it comes to data driven analytics there seem to be more questions than there are answers. This is quite natural when a novel technology tries to find its rightful place in a well-established industry. In this section of this three-part presentation, we attempt to address the questions that usually arise by petroleum professionals when data driven analytics is brought up. The objective is to clarify some of the confusion that seem to be surrounding the practical and useful implementation this technology in the upstream oil and gas industry.
    The questions that will be addressed are: What is Data-Driven Analytics / Data Analytics? What are the main components of this technology? Who should be the owners and the champions of Data-Driven Analytics in a company? Is this an IT related technology or is more related to drilling, completion, geosciences, reservoir and production engineering? What are the commonalities and differences between the application of this technology in the oil and gas industry as compared to other industries? Who are the main players? What expertise are required? What is the relationship between Data-Driven Analytics and Physics? Is it really a black box? How does “Big Data” relate to data driven analytics? What is the manifestation of “Big Data” in our industry? How should this technology be incorporated in the operating companies? Who are the vanguards in our industry? Why is the academia not involved?

    Geoscience Data Analytics: What can it do for me?
    Dr. Srikanta Mishra

    “Data analytics” has become quite the buzzword in recent years across a multitude of disciplines ranging from marketing to science and engineering. It involves analyzing data using advanced statistical methods to understand hidden patterns of association and input-output relationships in large, complex, multivariate data sets. The field of geoscience data analytics, i.e., the application of data analytics in E&P operations, is also emerging as an exciting new development. In this talk, I will provide an overview of various data analytics techniques that can be applied to understand “what the data say” in the context of oil and gas operations. Examples from reservoir characterization, production evaluation and reservoir performance will be used to demonstrate the applicability of these techniques and their potential for extracting data-driven insights as an aid to improved decision making.

    Exploiting data value in real-time upstream production operations
    Dr. Luigi Saputelli

    To increase the opportunities for profitability, upstream operators have deployed sophisticated hardware for remote sensing and actuation of wells and facilities. However, efficient transformation of data acquisition into value-added actions still a challenge. Assimilation of real time data offer unique advantages in answering crucial questions for improving asset performance. The combination of data-driven predictive analytics, large computer power and multidimensional data visualization propose opportunities for discovering deep knowledge previously hidden by traditional engineering and statistical methods. During the last decades, a number of predictive models, from outside E&P industry, have been adapted to upstream production and real-time data surveillance. Typical real-time production applications include reservoir model response, virtual metering and soft sensing. In this presentation, some success stories using linear time series, neural networks, fuzzy logic and reduced order modeling will be displayed and analyzed. Key challenges and R&D requirements in applying data driven techniques in real-time data analysis will also be addressed.

    Shahab Mohaghegh

    President and CEO, Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (ISI)/ Professor, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, West Va. University

    Shahab Mohaghegh is the president and CEO of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (ISI) the pioneers of data driven analytics in the upstream E&P industry. He is also professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at West Virginia University. With more than 22 years of experience in the application of Artificial Intelligence & Data Mining in petroleum engineering, he has developed innovative workflows and technology that incorporates hybrid forms of neural networks, genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic in solving problems and building predictive models related to smart wells, smart completions, and smart fields as well as to drilling, completion, well stimulation, surface facility optimization, formation evaluation, seismic inversion, reservoir characterization, reservoir simulation, and reservoir management.

    He has authored more than 180 technical papers. He was a SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2007-2008) and has been featured in the Distinguished Author Series of SPE's Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) four times. He was the former chair of the SPE Global Training Committee and currently chairs SPE Book committee.

    He has been honored by the U.S. Secretary of Energy for his technical contribution in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (Macondo) incident in the Gulf of Mexico and was a member of U.S. Secretary of Energy's Technical Advisory Committee on Unconventional Resources. Mohaghegh represents the Unites States in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for CO2 capture and storage.

    Mohaghegh holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

    Dr. Srikanta Mishra

    Institute Fellow & Senior Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

    Dr. Srikanta Mishra is Institute Fellow & Senior Research Leader at Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest independent contract R&D organization. He is responsible for developing and managing a technology portfolio related to reservoir modeling and data analytics for geological carbon storage, shale gas development and improved oil recovery projects. Dr. Mishra is the author of 175+ technical publications, and an Associate Editor of Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering. He holds a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University.

    Dr. Luigi Saputelli

    President, Frontender Corporation

    Dr. Luigi Saputelli is a petroleum engineer with 24 years' experience in reservoir engineering, field development, production engineering, drilling engineering, production operations and oilfield automation projects. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering (2003) from the University of Houston, a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering (1996) from Imperial College, London, and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering (1990) from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela

    Luigi worked as technical lead for the development of the integrated reservoir management framework for ADNOC and its operating companies in the UAE (2014-2015), senior advisor in the North Kuwait Sabriyah-Mauddud, SEK Burgan GC01 and WK Minagish Oolite Kuwait Oil Company Digital Oil field efforts (2012-2014), Production Engineering Senior Advisor in Hess Corporation (2009-2012), Halliburton (2003-2009) where he acted as technical lead of various major projects such as Petrobras Barracuda-Caratinga fields Real Time Operations project (2005-2006), KOC KwIDF Digital Oilfield projects (2012-2014), PDVSA integrated modeling and field exploitation plans for Carito and Orocual fields (2006-2007); he later acted as Production Operations Regional Practice Manager and Field Development Global Practice Manager for Halliburton. He also worked in PDVSA E&P (1990-2001) and acted as a well planning senior advisor, production technologist, reservoir modeling and simulation engineer.

    He has worked in several countries such as Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Scotland and USA. He is an industry recognized researcher, lecturer, SPE Liaison and member of various SPE committees.

    He has published more than 60 industry papers and three patents on applied technologies for reservoir management, real time optimization and production operations.

    He is currently the president of Frontender Corporation, and he is currently engaged in various Digital Oilfield implementations around the world.

  • “Getting To Zero – The Road to Stavanger”

    Includes a Live Event on 06/30/2015 at 1:00 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. 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.

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    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. During the session, participants will hear how Baker Hughes established their Perfect HSE Day and the remarkable results it has provided, quadrupling their number of incident free days in only two years, achieving the equivalent of a perfect quarter in 2014. Additionally, through audience interaction, your voice will be heard in assisting to frame a roadmap for the industry that will be used in subsequent “Getting to Zero – The Road to Stavanger" events, all leading to the 2016 industry workshop intended to produce a way forward for the industry; and, as well to be published and tracked in SPE Now. Your experience and ideas are needed to help shape the future of the industry to be able to achieve this vision. And, to help answer and provide context we will explore the following:

    • What's our Baseline
      • Current range of FIR, TRIR & LTIR (in million hours worked) and MVCR (in million kilometers driven) of local companies attending the session;
      • % of companies attending the session that are actively pursuing Incident Free with specific efforts;
      • Describe the various ways Incident Free is being defined;
      • Identify barriers to be overcome to challenge belief of Incident Free not being believed as achievable;
      • Identify Incident Free actions being taken by companies;
    • What's our Path forward
      • Propose individual company or joint actions to promote Incident Free achievement;
      • Propose leading indicators to drive achievement;
      • Propose lagging indicators to measure progress.
      For more information about the live in-person event, click here.

    Jack Hinton

    Vice President – Health, Safety, & Environment for Baker Hughes

    Jack Hinton has 38 years of industry experience, which includes 26 years with Texaco as Vice President and Director HSE, and 10 years with Baker Hughes, ensuring strategic directions drive efficiency, effectiveness and step-change to address industry HSE challenges. He holds a BS -Biology/Chemistry, MS -Environmental Science, and DrPH -Occupational Health; and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas since 1984 (his alma mater), presently serves on the Management Committee of the International Oil & Gas Association (IOGP), and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health since 2006.

    John Karish

    Corporate Director of SHE for Ensco plc

    John Karish is the Corporate Director of SHE for Ensco plc, based in Houston, TX, a position he has held for the past 9 years. He is responsible for ensuring continuous improvement in Ensco's SHE performance. Prior to that he served in a number of drilling, assurance and HSE roles with BP and its legacy companies. John has been actively involved in SPE Global E&P HSE Conferences since 2004 – as an author, Program Committee co-chair and panel moderator. He was also the Steering Committee Co-chair for the 2010 SPE Forum Series – “Getting to Zero – An Incident Free Workplace: How Do We Get There?” John was awarded the 2013 SPE Global HSSE& SR Award.” He is a Senior Member of SPE.

On Demand Web Events

  • Progressing Cavity Pumping (PCP)

    This is the fourth in a series of eight webinars on Artificial Lift. Click to find out more information about this event and the rest of the series!

  • Electrical Submersible Pumping (ESP)

    This is the fifth in a series of eight webinars on Artificial Lift. Click to find out more information about this event and the rest of the series!

  • Hydraulic Lift: Jet Pump & Piston Pump

    This is the sixth in a series of eight webinars on Artificial Lift. Click to find out more information about this event and the rest of the series!

  • Plunger Lift and Capillary Deliquification

    This is the seventh in a series of eight webinars on Artificial Lift. Click to find out more information about this event and the rest of the series!

  • Production Optimization for Artificial Lift

    This is the last in a series of eight webinars on Artificial Lift. Click to find out more information about this event and the rest of the series!

  • Decision Making: What makes a decision ‘good’?

    Much is yet to be learned about how and why we make decisions, one of our most complex and essential human behaviors. Decision making occurs at all levels in organizations, from strategic decision makers to operational decision makers. Typically, it is the outcome of the decision that determines whether a decision is good or not, however, typically it is the decision making process that affects the outcome. This presentation will include factors that influence both individual and collaborative decision making, including the impact of cognitive biases. The factors that can help, as well as hinder, decision making will also be discussed. Suggestions from the SPE Technical Report, 2013, entitled The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture, will be described in the context of improving the decision making process.