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  • Integrated Historical Data Workflow: Maximizing the Value of a Mature Asset

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/09/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Anne Valentine

    Industry studies show that mature fields currently account for over 70% of the world’s oil and gas production. Increasing production rates and ultimate recovery in these fields in order to maintain profitable operations, without increasing costs, is a common challenge.

    This lecture addresses techniques to extract maximum value from historical production data using quick workflows based on common sense. Extensive in-depth reservoir studies are obviously very valuable, but not all situations require these, particularly in the case of brown fields where the cost of the study may outweigh the benefits of the resulting recommendations.

    This lecture presents workflows based on Continuous Improvement/LEAN methodology which are flexible enough to apply to any mature asset for short and long term planning. A well published, low permeability brown oil field was selected to retroactively demonstrate the workflows, as it had an evident workover campaign in late 2010 with subsequent production increase. Using data as of mid-2010, approximately 40 wells were identified as under-performing due to formation damage or water production problems, based on three days of analyses. The actual performance of the field three years later was then revealed along with the actual interventions performed. The selection of wells is compared to the selection suggested by the workflow, and the results of the interventions are shown. The field's projected recovery factor was increased, representing a gain of 1.4 million barrels of oil.

    Anne Valentine

    Principal Instructor for Production Engineering (Retired), Schlumberger

    Ms. Valentine has 35 years of experience in Canada and France in well and reservoir performance analysis, particularly related to waterflooding, unconventional reservoirs and candidate recognition for production enhancement. She built her expertise in performance analysis workflows and software through working on the Cold Lake heavy oil field as a reservoir and field engineer at Esso Resources Canada Limited, then consulting for Halliburton before joining Schlumberger in 2001. A graduate in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada, she has co-authored papers on analysis techniques for polymer floods, waterflood optimization and shale gas forecasting.

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  • Lost Circulation - A Challenge We Must Address

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 03/12/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Salim Taoutaou

    Lost circulation is the most troublesome and costly problem in the drilling operations, cost of material, non productive and lost rig time and lost holes amounts for more than 2,000 M$/year. Lost circulation can be categorized into induced losses, and losses occurring in naturally fractured formation. Although some progress using different lost circulation materials and different placement techniques has been done; curing losses is still an art and not a science. This presentation will cover the lost circulation challenges during the drilling, cementing and the consequences on the long term integrity of the well; and the  solutions related to preventing the losses to occur as well as the mitigation measures to combat the losses when they happen. In addition newly developed solutions, techniques and diagnostic tool to mitigate lost circulation will be presented.

    Salim Taoutaou

    Cementing and Well Integrity Technical Advisor, Schlumberger (Paris)

    Mr. Taoutaou manages the global development of the well integrity cementing domain strategy, providing optimal well integrity cementing solutions for clients. Through his 21 years in the oil and gas industry, he has held various positions in the North Sea region, the Middle East and Asia. He has authored more than 46 international journal and conference papers, he is the holder of six patents and was the recipient of the SPE 2014 Asia Pacific Regional Technical Award in Drilling Engineering. Salim Served as the SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2017-2018 season. He received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Guelma University, Algeria.

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  • Module 3: Formation Mechanical Properties and Geometry Effects

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/12/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    The focus of this webinar will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation mechanical properties and strength and structural geometry have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    The focus of this webinar will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation mechanical properties and strength and structural geometry have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    Mechanical properties and strength will be defined and the critical aspects (e.g., the assumption of elastic behavior) of these will be highlighted. Measurement of these in the field from log data as well as the important role of core testing will also be presented. In addition, this webinar will touch on the important role that geometry plays in a geomechanical evaluation including fault orientation in 3D space, well trajectory, and variations in mechanical properties and strength across a given evaluation domain.

    Dr. Marisela Sanchez-Nagel

    President, OilField Geomechanics LLC

    Dr. Sanchez-Nagel is currently President of OilField Geomechanics LLC, a women-owned business focused on petroleum geomechanics training and consulting. Sanchez-Nagel has nearly 25 years of industry experience having worked for Intevep, the technology arm of PDVSA in Venezuela; as President of Global GeoSolutions, an independent geomechanics consulting company in Latin America; for GMI; and as General Manager and President of Itasca Houston from 2007 to 2014. She has been President of OilField Geomechanics since its founding in 2014. Dr. Sanchez-Nagel is a 2012-2013 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, serves as a director for the SPE Geomechanics Technical Section, and has been active in both SPE (serving on the program committee for the recent SPE Forum on Geomechanics in Drilling and Completions) and ARMA (serving in multiple positions). Sanchez-Nagel has worked on many geomechanical projects around the world, and has presented at numerous geomechanics schools, especially in Latin and South America.

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  • Introduction to Petroleum Geomechanics: A three part series

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This three-part webinar series is focused on introducing the basics of geomechanics and geomechanics services to a wide audience - from service approvers (management), to engineers and scientists who might be called upon to support and evaluate the value of geomechanics efforts but who do not have specific training in geomechanics. While presented as a three-part series, the webinars are laid out in a fashion from more general to more technical.

    This three-part webinar series is focused on introducing the basics of geomechanics and geomechanics services to a wide audience - from service approvers (management), to engineers and scientists who might be called upon to support and evaluate the value of geomechanics efforts but who do not have specific training in geomechanics. While presented as a three-part series, the webinars are laid out in a fashion from more general to more technical.

    ***To learn more about and to register for each individual session, please click on the "content" tab above.***

    The first webinar is intended to present a high-level explanation and background on geomechanics for individuals who would both consider the need for geomechanics as well as determine the value for a given application. What geomechanics is (and isn’t) will be presented as well as some history and explanation of what geomechanics technical competence might look like.

    The second and third webinars are focused on specific technical issues surrounding geomechanics: formation stress, formation pressure, formation mechanical properties (and strength) and the influence of geometry. In a fair amount of detail, stress will be explained as well as its implications. Similarly, formation pressure (and the effect of pressure changes during production) will be presented. Then, formation mechanical properties and strength will be discussed, particularly in light of oil and gas operations (e.g., drilling a wellbore or depleting a reservoir). These two webinars will conclude with a presentation of the criticality of geometric issues, such as fault location and orientation and lithological variations, on geomechanics evaluations.

    ***This package gives you access to all three webinars in the series or you can click on each in the "content" tab to register for each individually.***

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/11/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    We joined the oil and gas industry from many backgrounds and are at different stages of our careers. Didn’t you think things were going to get simpler and clearer over time? In this webinar we will discuss career options, dealing with changes, opportunities as an entrepreneur, changing technology and social requirements.

    We joined the oil and gas industry from many backgrounds and are at different stages of our careers. Didn’t you think things were going to get simpler and clearer over time? In this webinar we will discuss career options, dealing with changes, opportunities as an entrepreneur, changing technology and social requirements.

    Dr. D. Nathan Meehan

    2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers President

    Dr. Meehan is President of Gaffney, Cline & Associates and the 2016 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Previously he was President of CMG Petroleum Consulting; Vice President of Engineering for Occidental Oil & Gas; and General Manager, Exploration & Production Services for Union Pacific Resources.

    Dr. Meehan holds a BSc in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. With more than 42 years experience, he served as Chairman of the Board of the CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation and twice as a Director of the Computer Modelling Group, Ltd., as Director of Vanyoganeft Oil Company, Nizhnyvartosk, Russia, as Director of Pinnacle Technologies, Inc., as a Director of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and as a Director of JOA Oil & Gas BV. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and the recipient of SPE’s Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in Petroleum Engineering, the Degolyer Distinguished Service Medal and the SPE Public Service Award. He recently received the World Oil Lifetime Achievement Award. He serves on the boards of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Energy Institute and the Penn State and University of Texas petroleum engineering departments. He is an appointed member of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and widely published author. Dr. Meehan is a licensed professional engineer in four states.

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  • Advancing Worker Well-Being and Productivity Through Total Worker Health

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/05/2018 at 10:00 AM (EST)

    Total Worker Health® (TWH) is a paradigm-shifting approach to safety, health, and well-being in the workplace. Total Worker Health seeks to establish a foundation for safety and health through which work can contribute to higher levels of well-being and productivity. It is defined as the integration of policies, programs, and practices that include protecting workers from safety and health hazards and promoting injury and illness prevention efforts and behaviors to advance worker well-being. This webinar will be focused on raising awareness of key industry stakeholders, particularly in the Gulf Coast Oil and Gas industry to the value of TWH and providing insights on how to operationalize TWH.

    Total Worker Health® (TWH) is a paradigm-shifting approach to safety, health, and well-being in the workplace. Total Worker Health seeks to establish a foundation for safety and health through which work can contribute to higher levels of well-being and productivity.  It is defined as the integration of policies, programs, and practices that include protecting workers from safety and health hazards and promoting injury and illness prevention efforts and behaviors to advance worker well-being. This webinar will be focused on raising awareness of key industry stakeholders, particularly in the Gulf Coast Oil and Gas industry to the value of TWH and providing insights on how to operationalize TWH. This event is collaboratively provided by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the UTHealth Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.

    Casey Chosewood

    Speaker

    More information coming soon!

    Kasia Curry

    Speaker

    Ms. Curry is a Global Health and Wellbeing Leader with 13+ years of experience in the health and wellbeing space. She creates the global strategic direction and programming for the culture of wellbeing worldwide at Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE). Utilizing her experiences and knowledge of benefits design, safety, program design and human behavior, she creates partnership across functions and regions to advance the workforce wellbeing initiatives as a business priority. 

    Kasia has worked in various settings, starting with a small business implementing a culture of safety and health and has assisted in analysis and policy and health education program development at government agencies. Following her Master’s in Public Health she designed and delivered health programming to GE employees and families. In expanding the role to include Health Benefits, Kasia integrated healthcare costs saving synergies and health care literacy initiatives into a comprehensive wellbeing model. 

    Kasia holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany with a specialization in Behavioral and Community Health and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Siena College. Her personal interests focus on her passion of wellbeing including running, hiking, mindfulness and her family.

    Dr. Gloria Sorenson

    Speaker

    Dr. Sorensen is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  She also leads the Harvard Chan School Center for Work, Health and Well-being, a NIOSH Total Worker Health® Center of Excellence.  Her research focuses on integrated approaches to worker and worksite health and safety, and has included intervention studies across a range of industries (e.g., manufacturing, construction, health care, social service, and transportation, and with small and large worksites).  She also has ongoing worksite tobacco control research in India.

    Dr. Kenneth Lindemann

    Moderator

    Dr. Lindemann is a board certified internist with more than 25 years of professional leadership experience helping multinational corporations integrate, mitigate and communicate occupational and global public health risks. From 1989 to 2011, Dr. Lindemann was a member of ExxonMobil’s global health leadership team, where he focused on strategic health management for new exploration ventures, mega-projects and oil & gas production operations in areas of the world challenged by public health risks and limited medical infrastructure.  He is currently the principal of shmAdvisors, LLC and strategic consultant to Corporate Medical Advisors; a team of physicians dedicated to providing specialized advice to business entities concerned about managing health-related impacts on global operability, worker well-being and workforce productivity. 

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  • Module 2: Introduction to Earth Stresses

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 11/28/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    The focus of this second webinar in the series will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation stress, strain (deformation), and formation pressure have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    The focus of this second webinar in the series will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation stress, strain (deformation), and formation pressure have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    Stress and strain will be defined and the critical aspects (e.g., the role of effective stress) of these will be highlighted. Measurement of these in the field will also be presented. In addition, this webinar will touch on the important role that formation pressure – and specifically changes in formation pressure – plays in oilfield geomechanics. The webinar will also touch on the means to predict and measure formation pressures.

    Dr. Richard Plumb

    Principal Consultant, Plumb Geomechanics, LLC

    Dr. Plumb is principal consultant at Plumb Geomechanics, LLC and a visiting scholar at Tufts University. He is a globally recognized geoscientist with over 45 years of geomechanics experience worldwide. Previously he worked 29 years for Schlumberger.  He spent 15 years in research helping to develop the science and borehole measurements used to characterize earth stress and rock mechanical properties.  For the next 14 years he led the geomechanics consulting business and the geomechanics technical domain within Schlumberger.

    His recent work includes: developing geomechanical models supporting planning and drilling exploration wells drilling in tectonically active regions of Iraq and Peru; mentoring Ph.D. students at M.I.T. and Tufts University and providing geomechanics training. His current interests include: understanding how mineral composition and texture affects the rheology of sedimentary rock and factors that govern the contemporary state of stress in sedimentary basins. 

    Dr. Plumb holds a B.A. in Physics and Geology from Wesleyan University, a M.A in Geology from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Columbia University.  He holds 6 U.S. patents and has over 70 publications in academic and industry journals.  He is an active member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society or Petroleum Engineers, the American Rock Mechanics Association and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. 

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  • The Importance of Water Conveyance in Water Management for Onshore Oil and Gas

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 11/27/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    This presentation will paint a picture of water management’s complex similarities and differences among the basins and how it may impact your operations.

    Water management of unconventional oil and gas continues to evolve rapidly but in different ways in the key basins.  Understanding how  the different factors impacting water management vary across the United States is important to understanding the local dynamics.  There are some universal trends such as more water is being used per well, lower quality water is being used and infrastructure continues to be built out.  There are also key differences among the top regions in the volume of water produced, ability to install impoundments, practicality of water pipelines and availability of disposal.  This presentation will paint a picture of water management’s complex similarities and differences among the basins and how it may impact your operations.

    Michael Dunkel

    Global Technology Leader, Jacobs

    Mr. Dunkel is the upstream water Global Technology Leader for Jacobs.  He works with oil and gas clients on water management.  Mr. Dunkel is the lead investigator for Jacob’s study with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board related to water recycling. He is also a leader of the Groundwater Protection Council report on their produced water re-use that covers the US shale plays.

    Previously, Mr. Dunkel was Director of Sustainable Development for Pioneer Natural Resources.  His team championed efforts to reduce fresh water use, increase water recycling and plan water management.  Mr. Dunkel was co-chair of the Energy Water Initiative, a group of 18 energy companies raising water management standards.

    Michael held positions in engineering management and project management for 18 years at Pioneer, including global projects. Prior to Pioneer, Mr. Dunkel held a variety of engineering roles at Marathon Oil.

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  • QRI Expert Hour -- Efficient Management of Mature Waterfloods Using a Physics-Based, Data-Driven Approach

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/14/2018 at 10:00 AM (EST)

    Content for this webinar is provided by QRI. By registering, your contact information will be shared with the sponsor.

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    Experts present a powerful new solution that combines the fundamentals of subsurface flow physics with advanced data-driven techniques to quickly build waterflood models based on available geologic, completion and production data. Compared to conventional full-physics model generation workflows for large fields with multiple decades of production history, this new technology’s models are typically built in short time frames, ready for full-field surveillance and optimization. The cloud-based feature provides a flexible platform capable of guiding daily production operations through fast production forecasts and optimization of both existing wells and new drills. The workflow delivers low capital, high impact, short-term recommendations for improved waterflood performance. This directly translates to substantial improvement in capital efficiency and OPEX reduction in mature waterfloods.

    Dr. Xiang Zhai

    Sr. Data Analyst, Quantum Technologies

    Dr. Zhai has a broad range of experience in applied mathematics and physics, including machine learning, data mining, deep learning, artificial intelligence, theoretical and numerical PDEs and ODEs, numerical simulation, and optimization. He has used these tools to quantitatively model and interpret complex petroleum engineering problems and other large-scale dynamic systems. A PhD graduate from Caltech, Dr. Zhai was quickly promoted at QRI to the leader of New Technologies group, a multi-disciplinary R&D group exploring many cutting-edge technologies for the oil and gas industry. Dr. Zhai led the development effort of several major QRI technologies, including SpeedWise® Waterflood Management, a robust waterflood optimization software that combines critical physics with data-driven models. Dr. Zhai also developed SpeedWise Unconventionals®, a technology that uses public and private data to identify opportunities in the unconventional fields, including well spacing optimization, target identification, well performance prediction, and drilling and completion design optimization.  Dr. Zhai is also in charge of QRI's Automated Machine Learning toolbox development, a tool that aims to conduct intelligent, robust and enterprise-level machine learning and data analytics in a fully automated fashion. Dr. Zhai and his team’s technologies have been applied across the world, including the Middle East, East Asian, Mid Asian, North America, and Latin America.

    Dr. Feyisayo Olalotiti

    Analyst, Quantum Technologies

    Dr. Olalotiti has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry as an engineer, an educator, and in research. A PhD graduate from Texas A&M University, Dr. Olalotiti helped design and develop the SpeedWise® Waterflood Management (SWM®) suite for QRI. Previously with PetraNova, he worked on the world’s largest anthropogenic CO2 EOR and storage project. While pursuing his graduate degrees at Texas A&M University, he worked as a teaching assistant for numerous engineering courses. During this time, he was also a Research Assistant on the Model Calibration and Efficient Reservoir Imaging (MCERI) project.  He also held internships with Chevron, where he worked on the RESQML–INTERSECT simulation workflow development, and with Schlumberger, where he developed an efficient unconventional reservoir evaluation engine. Dr. Olalotiti has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the Chevron Fellowship award, the Graduate Fellowship award from the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, and the ExxonMobil Undergraduate Scholarship award.

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  • Attracting Perfect Customers for Achieving Your Goals

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 11/14/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    In this webinar the speaker will teach the audience a method to attract the "perfect-fit" customers that will help them to achieve their goals. None of us can achieve our goals alone. If we think about something that we have achieved recently, we will have to admit that there was at least a key person that was instrumental in that win. Rather than leaving it to chance, the speaker will teach us how to align with those people that will help us achieve our goals, in an strategic way.

    In this webinar the speaker will teach the audience a method to attract the "perfect-fit" customers that will help them to achieve their goals. None of us can achieve our goals alone. If we think about something that we have achieved recently, we will have to admit that there was at least a key person that was instrumental in that win. Rather than leaving it to chance, the speaker will teach us how to align with those people that will help us achieve our goals, in an strategic way.

    The concept of "customers" is stretched to those who help us achieve our goals in any way, including employers, bosses, colleagues, providers, business partners, etc. It goes beyond the customer who writes a check for our company's products. Traditional Marketing is based on catering to our customer's needs. In this "attraction" method we will learn how to decide what we want our customers to expect of us. It is a method that empowers us and puts us in charge. In turn, it demands accountability. When we decide what we want our perfect customers to expect of us, there is no more space for excuses or complaints. We are committing to deliver only what we have chosen to deliver. This is a much more effective way to achieve our goals, because our perfect customers want, what we want to deliver. In that space, “push” and “pull” are equal, effectiveness increases and the sales cycle decreases.

    Marinma Dorado

    Facilitator, Business Coach and Consultant

    Ms. Dorado has a BSc. Chemical Engineering by the Complutense University in Madrid, and an MSc. Petroleum Engineering by Imperial College, London. After 6 years working in Houston, she came back to the Imperial College Business School for an MBA specialized in Finance.

    She worked for 18 years in the oil and energy sector in different US, UK and Canadian Engineering software firms. She specialized in Upstream Engineering Software and introduced this technology in different private oil companies and N.O.C.s around the world. Her role involved not only opening markets for this technology but also training engineers. As a consultant, she participated in implementing oil production optimization projects.

    During the 6 years she lived in Houston, she was very active in the SPE Gulf Coast, especially in the Facilities Engineering Study Group, which she led at some point.

    In 2012, she founded The Big Crew Change to provide Facilitation, Business Coaching and Consulting to companies and individuals around the world in the areas of improving engagement and tangible results, leveraging the power of passion and clarity of purpose.

    Since January 2018 she has taken a role of business development in Envirosuite, an Australian provider of environmental management software. Marinma is passionate about empowering sustainability leadership with technology and with Envirosuite she can blend that interest in sustainability with her passion for business coaching.

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