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The SPE Webinars include live webinars, and on-demand online training courses and videos.

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Upcoming Webinars

  • Using Nano Drug Release Technology for Effective Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Cleanup in Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs

    Includes a Live Event on 10/11/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    In this presentation, the speaker will demonstrate how to use a nano drug carrier used by the pharmaceutical industry for delayed drug release to entrap, protect, and delay the release of enzymes for effective fracturing fluid cleanup.

    Hydraulic fracturing is widely used by the oil and gas industry to stimulate hydrocarbon production in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Multistage-fracturing in horizontal wells are responsible for the recent boom in unconventional oil and gas productions worldwide. The main issue with hydraulic fracturing is the formation damage caused by incomplete cleanup of the water-based fracturing fluids, which is especially critical in unconventional reservoirs with tight formation rocks. Breakers such as oxidizers or enzymes are commonly used to break the viscous fracturing fluids to facilitate better fracture cleanup. However, the current-state-of-the-art suffers from either premature or incomplete breakdown of the fracturing fluids resulting in inefficient fracture creation or incomplete fracture cleanup, respectively.

    In this presentation, the speaker will demonstrate how to use a nano drug carrier used by the pharmaceutical industry for delayed drug release to entrap, protect, and delay the release of enzymes for effective fracturing fluid cleanup. The nano drug carrier selected is polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) nanoparticles. It is a simple and flexible platform where a negatively charged polyanion and a positively charged polycation are mixed to form nanoparticles through charge-charge interaction. The enzyme can then be loaded into the PEC nanoparticles. The delayed release of enzyme can be controlled by engineering the compositions of the PEC nanoparticles. Laboratory results will be presented to show that PEC nanoparticles not only can delay the release of enzyme to facilitate effective breakdown of the crosslinked guar but can also protect the enzyme so that it can survive temperature and pH outside its normal performance envelop. The implication for the unconventional reservoirs with tight formation rocks is that we have developed a tool that could potentially allow the industry to use more viscous fracturing fluid for better proppant carrying capability without having to worry about the formation damage due to incomplete fracturing fluid cleanup.

    Jenn-Tai Liang

    John E. & Deborah F. Bethancourt Professor, Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, TAMU

    Professor Liang joined TAMU in August 2014. Before joining TAMU, Liang was a professor of Petroleum Engineering and director of Tertiary Oil Recovery Program at The University of Kansas. Prior to that, he served as a program manager in upstream oil and gas and environmental research at the US DOE Idaho National Laboratory. His main research focus is on developing promising uses of nanotechnology for oilfield applications in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Based on drug-delivery technologies from the pharmaceutical industry, his research group successfully developed chemical delivery systems that use nano drug carriers to protect oilfield chemicals from the hostile underground environments. This is accomplished by delaying the release of entrapped chemicals so that they can be transported to desired locations in the reservoir. Example applications in improved oil recovery include in-depth conformance control, chemical and microbial EOR, flow assurance and hydraulic fracturing fluid cleanup. Liang has been awarded six U.S. patents with five more pending for his work in nanotechnology. He received 2016 SPE IOR Pioneer Award and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015-2016 lecturer season.

  • Measuring Sustainability Performance

    Includes a Live Event on 10/11/2016 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.

    Sustainability performance is integral to the way companies like Ikea, Unilever and Novo Nordisk conduct business. When energy industry business decisions are made to “include" sustainability, people can find themselves at a loss to describe what this really means. Measuring sustainability performance can be an even more abstract concept. Aggregation of sustainability data is done for many reasons, some central to our business, others to satisfy external needs.

    Appropriate measures of sustainability performance depend on where you and your company sit on the sustainability maturity curve and which segment, department or organization is tasked to carry out the work. Imagine you've been tasked to make a project or program more sustainable. Where do you start? Often, understanding what others have done, having the right people in the room to create a game plan and determining how performance gets measured will help you achieve your sustainability goals. Why is this important?If you measure it, it will get done.

    Flora Moon

    Sustainability Practice Director, Expressworks International

    Ms. Moon is Sustainability Practice Director at Expressworks, a change management consultancy. For over 15 years she has adeptly guided petrochemical clients like DuPont, Williams, Halliburton and Chevron to navigate systemic and cultural change. In April, 2016 she moderated the SPE panel on Sustainability and Performance in Stavanger, Norway. She co-leads the SPE Sustainability Technical Section Performance Sub-Committee.

    Flora has created sustainability capability and capacity in communities serving on the Houston (Texas) Resilience Committee and as project manager / special advisor to a number of public and private projects. She is also the co-designer of a private sustainability investment strategy for Merrill Lynch.

  • How to Write a Good Technical Paper - 10/18/2016

    Includes a Live Event on 10/18/2016 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on How to Write a Good Technical Paper. In this presentation, Mr. Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors. Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

    In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on How to Write a Good Technical Paper.

    In this presentation, Mr. Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors. Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

    Byron Haynes, Jr.

    Reservoir Engineering Learning Advisor, Shell

    Byron Haynes is a principal reservoir engineer with Shell Oil Company with more than 28 years of experience working on projects in Texas, Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. His current assignment is chief reservoir engineer for Shell Kuwait Exploration and Production. He is a Shell subject matter expert for miscible gas flooding and PVT. Haynes is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Texas and has served as chairman of the Alaska Board of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors. He has been an active member of SPE since 1978 serving on a number of diverse committees. He has published a number of technical papers for SPE and currently serves as an associate editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering journal.

  • The Dichotomy of Stresscage versus Frac-Pack

    Includes a Live Event on 10/19/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions.

    Frac-Pack completions, in the Gulf of Mexico, are a standard sand control completion method and have proven popular and reliable across many Gulf of Mexico wells and fields. More recently, Wellbore Strengthening has become common practice as a method to overcome challenges drilling through depleted zones. The relative success of these drilling and completion approaches and their rapid and widespread application has resulted in ever more depletion. However, their compatibility remains in question; after all one technique relies on breaking down the rock for fracturing whereas the other relies on plugging/blunting fracture and increasing fracture breakdown pressure.

    So while these two techniques independently represent uniquely optimal solutions to their challenges, there is growing evidence that their combined application within the same wellbore has created a number of issues. The Wellbore Strengthening application is associated with the plugging of small fractures which have been induced in the wellbore wall, thereby increasing the effective fracture gradient, which allows for the drilling of substantial depletion effect. However, the presence of a range of widely distributed particle sizes in the mud system, as well as increased general solids loading, may result in deep and invasive plugging of the permeable formations and any smaller fractures within the same open-hole sections. When these plugged formations are then the target for subsequent hydraulic fracturing operations, not unsurprisingly there is a significant potential to create near wellbore problems that can complicate or bring into question the ability to install a Frac-Pack completion.

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions. These examples will provide some evidence of the interactions, but more importantly, demonstrate the contradiction that these two techniques potentially represent. In addition to the case histories, the Webinair will outline various engineering approaches that should be considered, including geo-mechanical analysis of well placement, identification of near wellbore issues prior to and during the fracturing operations, careful management of stress caged solids makeup, mud management and Frac-Pack design in order to avoid or overcome these challenges.

    All of this helps ensure that we do not create the paradox of being able to drill through the conventionally undrillable but then create the unfraccable as a result.

    Martin Rylance

    Senior Advisor for Fracturing & Stimulation, BP

    Martin Rylance has worked with BP, their partners and JVs (SOHIO, Maxus, TNK-bp, VICO … etc), for 30 Years, since graduating with a BSc (Hons.) in Pure Mathematics. During his time with BP, his positions in the Company have included; the Head of Fracturing and Stimulation for BP Worldwide, the Interventions Team-Leader with BPX in Colombia, the Chief Engineer with TNK-bp in Moscow and Project Manager with BP in a number of frontier areas.

    Technically, he has been involved in all aspects of pumping operations, well-control, well interventions and pressure service, hydraulic fracturing, snubbing, stimulation, coiled-tubing, PWRI and cuttings re-injection.

    In more recent Years he has specialised in tight and unconventional resource development, hydraulic fracturing in tectonic regimes and HPHT environments. During his career with BP he has been responsible for the implementation of numerous campaigns, pilots and exploration programmes. Having lived in 10 Countries, pumped in more than 30, he has been responsible for Teams delivering 10's of 1,000's of fracturing & stimulation treatments around the world.

    He has numerous papers and publications to his name with the SPE, IPTC and various Numerical and Geological Societies, Articles, Reports and Patents; an active Member of the SPE, (SPE Distinguished Member and Distinguished Lecturer Hydraulic Fracturing 2007/2008 and 2013/2014), he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics in London.

  • Health Management Contract Guidelines for Clients and Contractors

    Includes a Live Event on 10/19/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar is intended to inform professionals who either manage health contracts or who have responsibilities in supporting contracts of this nature (Procurement, HSE professionals, etc.) that in the workplace, an effective health management system requires active and positive collaboration bewteen operators and contractors.

    This webinar has been organized by the SPE HSSE-SR Health Subcommittee in collaboration with IOGP (International Oil and Gas Producers Association) /IPIECA (the global oil and gas association for environmental and social issues). The IOGP/IPIECA Health Committee has been in existence since 2003 and functions as a forum where their members can identify, debate and share best health practices. This committee develops guidance and recommendations on occupational, environmental and public health issues that are relevant to oil and gas industry organizations and the communities where they operate.

    This webinar is intended to inform professionals who either manage health contracts or who have responsibilities in supporting contracts of this nature (Procurement, HSE professionals, etc.) that in the workplace, an effective health management system requires active and positive collaboration bewteen operators and contractors. Without such as system then there is the potential for:

    • Loss of life
    • Health-related accidents
    • Injuries and illness
    • Disruptions in operations

    In 2015, to assist the operator and contractor relationship and to avoid potential confusion regarding responsibilities and expectations of both parties, the IOGP/IPIECA health committee published a guideline document entitled “Health Management Contract Guidelines for Clients and Contractors". The document provides guidance on:

    • health management system elements, requirements and deliverables;
    • establishing roles and responsibilities between contractor(s) and client/operator;
    • health aspects related to the pre-qualification, bidding and execution phase; and
    • promoting transparency and effective communication on health management in contracts.

    This webinar will involve key speakers from a leading service contractor, Eugene Toukam, Schlumberger VP HSE for Europe and Africa and a major healthcare company, Simon Hawthorne, VP Legal, and UnitedHealthcare Global Medical, providing examples of real problems that can occur in the absence of such a strategic contract management plan. Finally, Dr. Alex Barbey, International Health Coordinator, Schlumberger Limited, who chaired the IOGP/IPIECA health taskforce which produced the guideline will explain how utilization of the guidelines can avoid the issues described and prevent a negative impact due to deficiencies in contract management.

    Dr. Alex Barbey

    International Health Coordinator, Schlumberger Limited

    Dr. Alex Barbey, trained in the USA and France, has been the International Health Coordinator for Schlumberger Limited since 1989, managing health issues in over 100 countries, covering more than 110,000 employees in the company, including almost 15,000 expatriate employees plus their families.

    Dr. Barbey chaired the International Oil and Gas Producer's Association health committee that created the “Health management contract guidelines for clients and contractors”.

    Simon Hawthorne

    VP Legal, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical

    Simon Hawthorne joined UnitedHealthcare Global Medical in July 2012 as General Counsel. In January 2015, he moved into a commercial role leading business growth until this Summer when he took on a new role as VP Legal across United Healthcare Global's businesses.

    Simon has worked closely across UnitedHealthcare Global and United Health Group businesses in order to successfully design quality solutions for our clients operating in remote and challenging environments.

    In his commercial role Simon had responsibility for the company's Sales, Solution Design and New Market Entry team including the establishment of joint ventures and strategic partnerships to support growth.

    Simon is in the relatively unique position of forging ahead with deals from a commercial perspective to working with commercial teams and clients in his legal role to interpret needs and ensure contractual balance, clarity of terms and conditions and achieving overall fairness to both sides of a contract.

    He also leads RFP's and contractual negotiations with United Healthcare's external vendors and therefore has exposure to service arrangements from both a supplier and a vendor's perspective.

    Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Simon was Head of Market Structures for AVIVA's European Health businesses, where he was responsible for organizational design and strategy. Simon previously was Head of Legal and Compliance for CIGNA International's European business. He started his legal career in Scotland as a litigator in private practice, specialising in corporate litigation.

    During the last 15 years, Simon has gained extensive exposure within the international healthcare and insurance markets to the challenges of business growth in challenging market conditions.

    Simon is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

    Dr Phil Sharples

    Global Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Global Medical

    Dr Phil Sharples has been Senior Medical Director at UnitedHealthcare Global Medical since 2006 and is responsible for the clinical care delivery to UnitedHealthcare Global Medical clients.

    Phil is responsible for healthcare governance and clinical excellence working closely with other clinical functions in UnitedHealthcare Global in order to deliver quality healthcare solutions to clients. He has demonstrated the ability to facilitate and manage numerous projects whilst maintaining excellent client and colleague relationships.

    Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare Global, Phil worked internationally for a substantial part of his professional career. Philip trained as a General Practitioner in the British Army serving abroad in Germany and Hong Kong, then spent eight years as a senior partner in a NHS General Practice in London furthering his interest in Occupational Health and Travel Medicine. Phil then gained valuable oil and gas industry experience as part of the international medical team for Chevron and through his work for Chevron as a Medical Director in Nigeria and Kazakhstan before joining UnitedHealthcare Global .

    Phil has a proactive involvement in the business development of the company and is a member of the International Association of Oil & Gas producers / The International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association Health Sub Committee and has helped to define industry health guidelines. Phil is also a member of the Institute of Remote Healthcare and as a keen interest in professional development and works in close liaison with colleagues to improve professional training standards.

    Phil is a graduate of the University of London.

    Eugene Toukam

    Vice President, HSE, Schlumberger

    Eugene Toukam is currently the Schlumberger Vice President, HSE for Europe and Africa based in Paris, France. This is a position he has held since April 2015. He has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry working within the Schlumberger group. Prior to his current assignment Eugene held several senior management positions in the company and over the years has distinguished himself as an experienced leader in Operations, HSE, Strategic and Operations management within the company and externally. His recent previous positions in Schlumberger include: Vice President and Group Managing Director, Southern and Eastern Africa based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Group Security and HSE Manager for Nigeria and West Africa based in Lagos, Nigeria; Well Services Operations Manager, Sub Sahara Africa based in Luanda, Angola Nd various operations and field engineer roles in locations spanning Canada, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

    Eugene's professional development includes short courses in Strategic Marketing Management at the Havard Business School, USA and Strategic Finance Management at the IMD Lausane, Switzerland.

    Eugene has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, both from Ecole Polytechnique, Cameroon.

  • New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together

    Includes a Live Event on 10/20/2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Why do women often feel belittled, betrayed, or sabotaged by other women in the workplace? Why do women so often report feeling unheard and unsupported in workplace environments? Based on her original research, published in her book, NEW RULES FOR WOMEN: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together (Third Bridge Press; September 2014), Dr. Anne Litwin reveals startling paradoxes that spur misunderstandings, conflict, and between women on the job, along with structural issues that can make it difficult for women to feel valued or supported. She will share powerful solutions and tools for ways male and female leaders can create work environments that truly value the contributions of both women and men.

    Why do women often feel belittled, betrayed, or sabotaged by other women in the workplace? Why do women so often report feeling unheard and unsupported in workplace environments? Based on her original research, published in her book, NEW RULES FOR WOMEN: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together (Third Bridge Press; September 2014), Dr. Anne Litwin reveals startling paradoxes that spur misunderstandings, conflict, and between women on the job, along with structural issues that can make it difficult for women to feel valued or supported. She will share powerful solutions and tools for ways male and female leaders can create work environments that truly value the contributions of both women and men.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn what patterns exist in working relationships among women and how women's expectations can create misunderstandings
    • Examine structural issues that create unique challenges for women in organizations
    • Learn what male and female leaders can do to help women succeed

    Anne Litwin

    Consultant and Coach

    Anne Litwin (Ph.D.) has been a consultant to organizations and a coach to senior managers for more than 30 years in the USA and internationally. She has worked in China, Africa, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Mexico, Europe, and Canada. She has been the C.E.O. of her family retail business and is past-Chair of the Board of Directors of NTL Institute. She recently authored a book entitled, New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together. Dr. Litwin is also co-editor of the book, Managing in the Age of Change, along with numerous journal articles. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Fielding in 2008. Dr. Litwin believes that each stage of life and/or turn of events open opportunities to ask new questions and discover new sides of ourselves – if we have the courage to grab the moment.

On Demand Webinars

  • Emerging Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Technology for Oil and Gas Industry

    Recorded On: 09/27/2016

    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.

  • Programming for Engineers

    Recorded On: 09/22/2016

    In this four-day webinar series, participants will review fundamental computer science and programming concepts in the context of writing Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) "macros" to automate Microsoft Excel.

  • Assessing and Improving Data Quality for more Effective Data Analytics

    Recorded On: 09/14/2016

    When using analytical data in real-time to produce predictive answers and situational awareness, having confidence in the data is paramount. This webinar will discuss a few examples of the impact of low quality of acquired data and how it will errode the confidence needed to make real time decisions. We will further discuss a few examples of how data can be assessed for appropriate use and a few techniques to augment this data when answers are needed. This webinar helps show how a company can use open standards-based solutions like the proposed Energistics Data Assurance process to qualify data for use in the analytical and decision making processes.

  • Production Optimization for Unconventional Reservoirs through Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

    Recorded On: 08/25/2016

    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.

  • Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team

    Recorded On: 08/24/2016

    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.

  • From Data to Decisions - The Analytics Lifecycle

    Recorded On: 08/17/2016

    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.