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  • Killer Communication Skills

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 08/28/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Participants will reap the benefits of effective communication and learn how to motivate and persuade others without resorting to the traditional command and control approach.

    Through this webinar, participants gain the essential basics of powerful and effective communication. They will learn the pitfalls of communication and how to communicate clearly. Participants will reap the benefits of effective communication and learn how to motivate and persuade others without resorting to the traditional command and control approach.

    Brent Darnell

    Owner/Founder, Brent Darnell International

    Mr. Darnell has been teaching critical people skills and emotional intelligence to engineers since 2000. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record breaking program that “transforms Alpha males into service focused leaders”. His bestselling books, The People Profit Connection and the Tough Guy Survival Kit along with online courses are helping to transform the industry.

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  • Optimism in Reservoir Production Forecasting – Impact of Geology, Heterogeneity, Geostatistics, Reservoir Modeling, and Uncertainty

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/10/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by W. Scott Meddaugh

    The oil and gas industry uses static and dynamic reservoir models to assess volumetrics and to help evaluate development options via production forecasts.   The models are routinely generated using sophisticated software.  Elegant geological models are generated without a full understanding the limitations imposed by the data or the underlying stochastic algorithms.  Key issues facing reservoir modelers that have been evaluated include use of reasonable semivariogram model parameters (a measure of heterogeneity), model grid size, and model complexity.  However, reservoir forecasts tend to be optimistic – a statement not provable with data in the public domain.  Yet, conversations at technical meetings, the lack of industry publications highlighting actual forecast accuracy, the development of more detailed reservoir models (presumably to yield better forecasts), all suggest that the industry could improve its reservoir performance forecast accuracy.  For example, dynamic models that use larger grid cells yield optimistic forecasts for some recovery processes as compared to forecasts obtained from models built with smaller grid sizes.  Also, the use of stochastic earth models and well placement optimization workflows will likely yield optimistic forecasts.  Overall, the impact of cell size, model parameters, inadequate use of analog data, and poorly constrained well location optimization may increase forecast optimism by 5-10 recovery factor units or more. Knowing what workflow aspects may contribute to forecast optimism should enable the industry to generate more reliable forecasts and make better use of capital.

    Dr. W. Scott Meddaugh

    RL Bolin Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Geology, Midwestern State University

    Dr. Meddaugh joined the Midwestern State University in 2013 as the RL Bolin Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Geology.  He has 32 years of experience with Chevron including technical project management experience on projects in the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Middle East, West Africa, and Australia.   He is a member of the SPE, AAPG, and EAGE and is an Associate Editor for the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Evaluation Journal.  He received a PhD in geology from Harvard in 1983.  He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer reviewed and SPE technical papers on forecast optimism, reservoir characterization, and modeling.

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  • Importance of Human Rapport in the Digital Revolution

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/02/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar will focus on the importance of keeping human rapport and trust at the heart of the company culture at the time of full digital revolution.

    This webinar will focus on the importance of keeping human rapport and trust at the heart of the company culture at the time of full digital revolution.

    Pierre Bismuth

    Expert Speaker

    Pierre is a statistician economist (ENSAE), Senior Advisor Human Resources for Accenture Strategy, Former VP HR Schlumberger Limited (1994-2004), Chairman of NExT (training company for oilfield sector 2004-2008), and Chairman of the WIST (Women in Science and Technology) from (2004-2008). He worked successfully in France, Singapore, Japan, California and New York in both oilfield and electronic sector. He consulted for Oil & Gas advertising groups, the steel industry, reinsurance, and security companies. His domains of expertise include company culture, talent management, diversity, HR strategy, and leadership.  Pierre is also a board member/advisor of two start ups (Khairrhos and Tovifit).

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  • Career Resilience: Practical Tools

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/25/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Coping with difficult times at work has become incrementally difficult, as large corporations as well as small companies expect every single individual to be resilient and even enthusiastic in front of adversity. But what is resilience and how could we forge our own resilience at work?

    Coping with difficult times at work has become incrementally difficult, as large corporations as well as small companies expect every single individual to be resilient and even enthusiastic in front of adversity. But what is resilience and how could we forge our own resilience at work?  

    Our comprehension of what is resilience at work, and what is needed to become resilient individuals is now more important than ever for Oil and Gas professionals, to better wade the tempestuous waves of the workforce, technology and even markets in our industry. Resilience can be taught, and may very well be the difference between thriving or succumbing when facing work difficulties.

    Maria A. Capello

    Executive Advisor, Kuwait Oil Company

    Maria Angela is an awarded advisor for the oil and gas industry, expert in field development and transformational management and leadership strategies. She has more than 33 years of experience, growing a solid knowledge of NOCs and service companies in the Middle East, USA and Latin America.

    She is currently an executive advisor in Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), and champions the standardization of reservoir management best practices across the company and key technical talent development programs. She is also the Lead Advisor of the KPC Professional Women Network, aiming to benefit the female workforce of the 9 companies of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation holding.

    With more than 57 publications, Maria Angela recently authored the book “Learned in the Trenches – Insights on Leadership and Resilience” (Springer, 2018). She believes that improving an individual, team, or corporation starts with clear strategic goals, communicated in simple and appealing ways. 

    Maria Angela is a Distinguished Member, Distinguished Lecturer, and international Distinguished Service awardee of the SPE. Chairs SPE Public Service Award Committee, is a JPT Associate Editor (Field Development), member of the new Business, Management and Leadership Council and is an advisor of SPE Women in Energy.  She was Vice-President of SEG, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, is SEG Honorary Lecturer and Lifetime Member, Chair of the SEG Women’s Network, and a member of the Board of Directors for the SEG Advanced Modelling (SEAM).  Maria Angela Capello has a MS of the Colorado School of Mines (USA), and is certified in Coaching, Business and Marketing.

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  • Electromagnetics: Technologies for Reservoir Surveillance and Monitoring

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/24/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This presentation will outline the theory of cross-well EM system, survey design and modelling, data acquisition configuration and workflow. Two field examples will be presented to demonstrate the usefulness of the method for fluid monitoring, reservoir characterization and locate by-passed hydrocarbon.

    The formation electrical resistivity is a basic petrophysical parameter used to evaluate subsurface reservoirs, particularly in petroleum fields. Data are normally collected in open holes immediately after drilling, applying galvanic or inductive physics in wireline deployed tools. The tools themselves are very well engineered devices in continuous development since the late 30’s. When used in combination with gamma ray and neutron porosity logs, resistivity logging data are frequently used to estimate lithology and fluid saturations and thereby evaluate the quality of oil bearing strata.

    As reservoirs become more mature it has become imperative to extend this knowledge deeper into the reservoir to better characterize the rocks and fluids distribution away from the wells, and thereby improve field management. This can be accomplished by applying tools that are sensitive to the reservoir scale. One of these tools is inductive crosswell electromagnetics (EM).

    Cross-well EM, initially developed in the 1990’s, involves applying inductive physics and 2D/3D inversion to interrogate the interwall resistivity distribution. The method has developed into a mature technology in the oil and gas community, especially for EOR and time lapse studies. A cross-well EM system consists of a transmitter in one well that broadcasts a time varying magnetic field in the 3D region surrounding the boreholes, and multiple receivers that detect the magnetic field in another well some distance away. The collected data are used to image the interwall conductivity structures providing insights to fluid distribution and saturation mapping. 

    With the same physics, one can place the transmitters on surface and keep the receivers in a well, then it is a surface to borehole EM measurements. Alternatively, the receivers can be placed on the surface and the transmitter is placed in a well, then we have borehole to surface EM measurements. Both source-receivers configurations can image subsurface EM structures, but with much larger investigation range than the crosswell EM.     

    This presentation will outline the theory of cross-well EM system, survey design and modelling, data acquisition configuration and workflow. Two field examples will be presented to demonstrate the usefulness of the method for fluid monitoring, reservoir characterization and locate by-passed hydrocarbon. The first example is time lapse survey in the Middle East to monitor water flood. The project consists of five surveys in two and half years. The data and interpretations clearly demonstrate the water flood pattern and effectiveness of using cross-well EM for monitoring. The second example is from a cross-well EM survey on two horizontal wells, the first ever in the world. The purpose of the survey is to understand the water breakthrough from a peripheral injector to a producer and map water flood path through a system of fractures. The data interpretation requires 3D modelling/inversion, a very challenge task considering the limited data coverage. The final resistivity model is used to compute saturation map and define by-passed hydrocarbon which resulted in placement of new wells. 

    Dr. Ping Zhang

    Principal Geophysicist, Schlumberger

    Dr. Zhang received his PhD degree in geophysics from Uppsala University in 1989.  He joined Schlumberger in 1999 where he is currently Principal Geophysicist. Ping was an assistant researcher in University of Montreal, Canada from 1990 to 1994 and an area geophysicist for Inco Ltd, a mining company in Canada from 1995 to 1998. His research has focused on the application of electromagnetic (EM) technologies for geophysical exploration and characterization, with emphasis on developing numerical techniques that are used for interpretation of EM data. Ping has worked on crosswell EM data quality control, processing, inversion and interpretation for petroleum applications. He is also actively involved in studies and development for reservoir monitoring and characterization. He is member of SPE and SEG.

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  • Prediction and Management of Fines Migration for Oil & Gas Production

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/12/2018 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

    Presented by Pavel Bedrikovetsky

    Fines migration is the most common formation damage mechanism that challenges the economic viability of petroleum development projects. The phenomenon has been widely reported for production and injection wells, drilling, completion, waterflooding and pressure depletion with water support. It is explained by the lifting of reservoir fines, their migration and pore plugging with consequent permeability decline.  

    We introduce a maximum retention function for fines that models fines mobilization and allows coreflood interpretation, well impairment history analysis and well behavior prediction. The laboratory and field case studies presented validate the approach. The reservoir study presented shows how to use the coreflood- and well-history data for reliable prediction of productivity decline, its prevention, and mitigation.    

    The traditional view of fines migration is that it should be avoided because of its detrimental effect on reservoir permeability and hence well productivity. However, the permeability decline effect provides a relatively simple method for water mobility control. We show laboratory and field cases where, compared with “normal” waterflooding, the fines-assisted low salinity waterflood results in a significant increase in reservoir sweep due to fines lifting and permeability decline in the swept zone.  

    Additionally, in oil and gas reservoirs, the injection of a small fresh water bank into watered out wells, or above the hydrocarbon-water contact, decelerates the invaded water and significantly decreases water production. Huf-n-puf by low-salinity water significantly decreases water production in oil- and gas wells.  

    Reliable prediction of productivity decline due to fines migration and its effective management to enhance oil and gas production is the key message of this lecture.  

    This lecture stimulates the petroleum engineer’s thinking into productivity enhancement options and, in particular, that natural or deliberately induced fines migration may often assist in oil and gas production.

    Dr. Pavel Bedrikovetsky

    Professor, Petroleum Engineering, University of Adelaide

    Dr. Bedrikovetsky authored a seminal book on reservoir engineering and over 200 papers in international journals and SPE. His research covers formation damage, waterflood and EOR.

    Pavel holds an MSc in Applied Mathematics, a PhD in Fluid Mechanics and a DSc in Petroleum Engineering from the Russian Gubkin Oil and Gas University. He was a Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology and at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He boasts 35 years of industrial experience in Russia, Europe, Brazil and Australia.

    Pavel serves as a short course instructor and a Program Committee member at numerous SPE Conferences. He was a 2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer.

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  • Cold Jet Expert Hour -- Increase Efficiency and Reduce Downtime with Dry Ice Cleaning

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 03/28/2018 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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

    This presentation will discuss the value of dry ice cleaning within the oil and gas industry. Dry ice cleaning utilizes recycled CO₂ in the form of solid dry ice particles as the cleaning media, which provides a non-abrasive cleaning solution that allows equipment to be cleaned without dismantling or relocation of tooling to other plant areas.

    David Watson

    Director of Business Development for Contract Cleaning, Cold Jet, LLC

    Cold Jet manufactures and distributes dry ice cleaning and dry ice production equipment worldwide.  David joined Cold Jet in the Inside Sales pilot program in 2008.  He was promoted 8 months later and relocated to Canada where, for the past 7 years, he has served as Regional Sales Manager of Canada.  During his time as a RSM, David managed all sales, growth initiatives, customer support and distribution relationships within the Canadian territory. In his time in outside sales, he consistently met or exceeded revenue targets and displayed the ability to plan, develop and execute effective business solutions.  As it happens, the contracting vertical was his most successful segment which accounted for more than 40% of his business year after year.  His transition into business development for the contracting segment arose due to a desire to grow professionally.  David’s current goals are to grow the contracting market and help support Cold Jet’s installed customer base via marketing initiatives that include – but aren’t limited to – tradeshows, publications, speaking engagements, open-houses and webinars.  David holds a B.B.A. in International Business from Eastern Kentucky University by way of education also in the Netherlands and Mexico.  

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

    About Cold Jet®

    Cold Jet® is the world leader in developing innovative, environmentally responsible dry ice cleaning solutions that help companies reduce maintenance costs, enhance product quality, prolong equipment life and improve productivity and worker safety. Cold Jet's extensive line of dry ice cleaning systems are used in a variety of industries, making productive use of recycled carbon dioxide while eliminating the need for chemicals and water in the cleaning process. In addition, the company's dry ice production equipment is used by every major gas company worldwide to produce the highest density dry ice available.  Cold Jet is a private company with global headquarters in Loveland, Ohio, and international operations in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.coldjet.com or call 1-800-337-9423 or +1 513-831-3211 (International).

  • Blowout Prevention and Relief Well Planning for the Wheatstone Big-Bore Gas Well Project

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 03/28/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The offshore Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia utilizes subsea big-bore gas wells as the preferred method of producing the field.

    The offshore Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia utilizes subsea big-bore gas wells as the preferred method of producing the field. Wheatstone wells use a 9–5/8" production conduit from the top of the gas pay zone to the ocean floor. Well bores of this size are necessary to match the large productive capacity of the gas reservoirs they penetrate. This producing scenario provides the obvious benefit of yielding large volumes of gas through the use of relatively few wells. Each of those highly productive wells, however, also represents a source of gas that, if accidently allowed to flow unhindered, could present an uncommonly difficult well control challenge. It is for this reason that the Wheatstone Drilling and Completions Team evaluated a wide range of possible reservoir and well architecture scenarios to fully understand the possible scale of relief well responses that might be necessary in the event of a blowout. The conclusions from this evaluation were surprising. Our originally-planned well design concept called for penetrating the Wheatstone gas reservoirs with a casing shoe set 950m vertically above. Our analysis indicated that 3–4 relief wells would be simultaneously required to bring a blowout under control. Based on these results, both the well and the drilling execution plan were redesigned to minimize the number of required relief wells. In summary, the redesign amounted to setting casing immediately (i.e., = 3m) above the gas reservoir before actually penetrating it, with the resulting benefit of reducing the required number of relief wells to 2. Although this reduction is beneficial, it should be noted that there is only one documented subsea case where 2 or more relief wells have been drilled with the intent of simultaneously pumping into both to effect a dynamic kill. Given this fact, our well control-related preparations for executing this project were more extensive than that of preceding projects.

    This paper chronicles the full extent of the engineering and operational planning performed to ensure that no uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases occurred during the execution of the Wheatstone Project's subsea big-bore gas wells and, if a blowout were to occur, that the response to such an unprecedented event would be sufficient and robust. Covered in the paper are (1) reservoir deliverability modeling, (2) dynamic kill modeling, (3) gas plume modeling, (4) relief well trajectory and mooring planning, (5) pilot hole execution planning, (6) a newly applied LWD technology for sensing resistivity vertically below the drill bit and (7) a discussion of future research that has been identified as necessary to better define the fluid injectivity capabilities of subsea relief wells.

    Eric Upchurch

    Senior Drilling Superintendent, Chevron

    Dr. Upchurch is a Senior Drilling Superintendent for Chevron’s subsea Frade Redevelpment Project in Brazil.  He previously held a similar position with Chevron in Australia, overseeing D&C planning, engineering design and operational implementation of the subsea Wheatstone LNG Project.  He has 32 years of experience in drilling, completions, and production engineering in the Gulf of Mexico, California, Alaska, Thailand, Angola, Australia and Brazil.  Upchurch has authored several papers covering the fields of petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, system dynamics, and fluid mechanics and has been granted 2 US patents in the areas of drilling rig design and rock fracture mechanics.  He holds a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, an MS in mechanical engineering from California State University, and a PhD in aerospace engineering (specializing in fluid mechanics) from the University of Southern California and is a registered professional engineer in the states of California, Texas & Colorado.  Upchurch serves on the SPE Editorial Review Committee, was chosen as an SPE Outstanding Technical Editor in 2012 and has assisted in the planning of several SPE conferences. email: eupchurch@chevron.com and eric_r_upchurch@yahoo.com.

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  • Mind Reading, Listening and Being Nice

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 03/27/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The webinar will offer straightforward practical steps you can use immediately in the workplace. Some interactive exercises will get you thinking about your own non-technical competence.

    Most organizations in the oil and gas industry realize that further improvements in safety and productivity will come from improving the people management skills of their people at all levels. However, so many programs of non-technical skills (also called crew resource management and human factors) are not as effective as they could be because they are too general. We have to be more specific about communication skills, team working, leadership skills, and situational awareness. In this webinar Dr Bill gets to the heart of the matter and shows how the basics of mind reading (yes, you can read people’s minds), really listening and being nice, are the foundation of most non-technical skills subjects. The webinar will offer straightforward practical steps you can use immediately in the workplace. Some interactive exercises will get you thinking about your own non-technical competence.

    Dr. William Robb

    Safety Improvers

    Dr. Bill of Safety Improvers has been delivering non-technical skills for companies in the oil and gas industry for 22 years. His special skill is in presenting complex behavioral and management issues in plain English. This enables people to apply what they learn about themselves quickly and effectively. Bill has assisted large and medium-size organizations in the oil and gas industry in over 13 countries improve people and asset performance by showing how straightforward techniques of people management can improve morale, productivity and safety. . Bill has doctoral degrees from the universities of Glasgow and South Africa and has published eight detailed manuals on improving safety performance. In July 2010, Bill received an award from the Aberdeen Branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for his outstanding contribution to health and safety in the oil and gas industry.

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  • SEC Reserves Reporting Regulations Series

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This four-part webinar series will cover the reserves reporting regulations of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

    This four-part webinar series will cover the reserves reporting regulations of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. 

    Presented by Professor John Lee

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

    Topics discussed include:

    (1) reserves definitions;
    (2) reserves reporting requirements;
    (3) SEC guidance; and
    (4) recent information derived from the SEC in public presentations and comment letters.

    Series Format

    Each webinar is a 1-hour presentation followed by a live/recorded 30-minute Q&A session. 

    ***This package gives you access to all four webinars in the series or you can click to register for each individually.***