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

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 12/04/2018 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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  • Storage: The New Frontier of Integrity – What’s in it for Oil and Gas?

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 10/03/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Underground storage is currently a 100-year-old industry and integrity has always been at its heart. Are there some lessons to take home for oil and gas?

    Underground storage is currently a 100-year-old industry and integrity has always been at its heart.  Are there some lessons to take home for oil and gas?

    In many Oil and Gas projects, the asset’s life can be related to reserve depletion.  This is not so with storage facilities. Maintenance of aging infrastructure, together with the economic benefit versus cost, are the main drivers for defining storage lifetime. In natural gas storage, for instance, depleted reservoirs are cyclically-pressured up and down according to injection/withdrawal volumes and rates.  Pressure in these reservoirs is sometimes increased above the original formation pressure. Storage sites have to sustain repeated cyclic and, sometimes, erratic loadings for many years and there is no fixed lifetime or sell-by date.   What is great about storage is that there are plenty of published data to baseline and benchmark integrity performance. Oil and gas integrity regulations (NORSOK D-010, ISO 16530) brought the integrated view, management and systematic approach to decide when a well can be safely operated.

    In my presentation, I plan to address the following questions:

    1. What are the right questions to ask about the integrity of a storage facility?
    2. How do you baseline reservoir and well integrity for a monitoring period that could potentially be as long as 100 years and obtain consistent results through time?
    3. What are the forthcoming challenges and new frontiers?
    4. What lessons learnt or upcoming challenges can be shared with Oil & Gas projects?

    Nicolas Bonnier

    Drilling and Completions, Geostock

    Mr. Bonnier started with Geostock in 2009 and is currently the drilling and completions team leader where he has been driving Well Integrity since 2013.  Geostock is an international company specializing in consultancy, engineering, design,  construction management, operations and maintenance services for underground storage facilities.  In his previous career, Nicolas worked as a drilling and project engineer for Schlumberger IPM and the EPC contractor Eiffel Offshore. He holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London, UK, and from the School of Mines, in Nancy, France.  He is an SPE member.

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  • Career Resilience: Practical Tools

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 10/02/2018 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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  • Crisis Management

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/20/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar seeks to disconnect crisis management from public relations by discussing how individuals involved in crisis management behave, why processes and procedures can help crisis teams become more effective, and how communications should best be managed.

    Crisis Management is a key skill that is often neglected in today’s world. With ever increasing media pressure and stakeholder scrutiny, the manner in which a corporation seeks to protect its reputation and manage its human, technical, and operational assets is critical. Many books have been written on the subject of crisis management but the key elements of human behavior, situational awareness, and team connectivity are not always treated as an integrated network.

    This webinar seeks to disconnect crisis management from public relations by discussing how individuals involved in crisis management behave, why processes and procedures can help crisis teams become more effective, and how communications should best be managed. Crisis management is not a role for everybody but the objective of the presentation is to make everybody aware of the pitfalls and the dangers so that they can contribute to overall success in a crisis situation.

    Stephen Whittaker

    Speaker

    Mr. Whittaker spent more than 40 years in the oilfield service industry after graduating in aeronautical engineering from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He worked in field engineering and operations for 10 years and sales and marketing for 10 more before moving to communications for the remainder of his career. As director of communications before retirement, Stephen was a member of a core team that deployed a company-wide program designed to raise awareness of crisis management and communications within his organization. In addition to his technical education and development, Stephen has been a member of the SPE since 1976 and is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

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  • Passive Reservoir Monitoring by Use of Inter-well Tracers

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/19/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    In this presentation, the speaker will briefly review the status of tracer technology, present recent improvements and highlight case studies that apply these methodologies.

    The use of tracers to monitor transport processes is a generic and versatile technique with a range of applications. In the subsurface domain, inter-well tracer testing has been used in more than 1000 injectors to monitor water and gas flooding worldwide the last 2-3 decades and has been used to map well-to-well communication and sweep and as a means to improve reservoir understanding. Recent tracer technology development, including new interpretation methodologies and access to a wide range of new tracers, has further strengthened this application of tracers. In this presentation, the status of tracer technology will be briefly reviewed. Recent improvements, including partitioning tracers will also be presented. Case studies that apply these methodologies will be highlighted. Operational challenges and pitfalls to avoid will also be discussed, as well as measures to be taken to assure reliability of the results.

    Dr. Olaf Huseby

    VP Technology & Interpretation, Restrack

    Dr. Huseby holds a PhD in Reservoir Physics from the University of Oslo (Norway). After PhD and Post-Doc studies in Poitiers and Paris on transport processes in discrete fracture networks, Olaf has 17 years’ research and consultancy experience in reservoir and tracer studies, including inter-well gas and water tracers, partitioning inter well tracers to assess oil saturation and single well tracer testing. He co-developed Restrack's interpretation schemes for inter-well and single well tracer data, including simulation as well as analytical techniques. He has published more than 40 scientific papers, and co-chaired and co-organized several SPE workshops, including SPE's 2014 and 2016 workshops on tracer technology that took place in Dubai and Kuwait respectively; and was co-chair of SPE tracer technology workshop that was held in March 2018 in Abu Dhabi.

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  • Deploying Machine Learning on the Oilfield: From the Labs to the Edge

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/13/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Deploying machine learning-based predictive models to the oil field is quite challenging. They are remote, hazardous, and have spotty connectivity to the cloud. The world of operationalizing a model is very different than the perfect lab environment where the models are born.

    Deploying machine learning-based predictive models to the oil field is quite challenging. They are remote, hazardous, and have spotty connectivity to the cloud. The world of operationalizing a model is very different than the perfect lab environment where the models are born. 

    In this presentation, we will present the requirements of our oil and gas customers and explain how we were able to meet those requirements, such that we could deploy a new generation of analytics with a complete software engineering discipline and mentality around it by taking advantage of the Microsoft IoT Edge platform. This is currently a pilot project under way and, due to the engineering principles in place, we are able to complete a loop from the field to the lab and back again.

    Matthieu Boujonnier

    Analytics Application Architect, Schneider Electric

    Mr. Boujonnier is responsible for transforming data scientists' dreams (read: quick and dirty python code) into reality (read: o18n on the cloud and embedded devices). However, should he tweak their data and models them better, he will not stop himself.  Data science is a mindset, not a curriculum.

    Before joining Schneider Electric, Matthieu was designing solutions for major telecom and IT Services companies (Orange, Atos) and especially for Schlumberger where he was part of the architecture team working on remote management infrastructures for field services (drilling, fracturing, acidizing) and production optimization (ESP). Matthieu received his Master in Computer Sciences in France (Polytech Montpellier) and Canada (UQAM).

    Fahd Saghir

    Solution Manager, Upstream Oil & Gas, Schneider Electric

    In his latest role Fahd is responsible for outlining automation and software solutions for the Upstream Oil & Gas market and provide support to Schneider’s regional/international teams with technical input which help solve diverse Oil & Gas problems using the latest operation and information technologies.      

    An Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Houston, who has 10+ years’ experience in Upstream/Midstream/Downstream Oil & Gas sector where he has been providing Smart Field solutions to National and International Oil  Companies. His focus has been in creating Optimisation Solutions based on the latest hardware and software automation technologies for the Exploration, Production and Operations verticals within the Oil & Gas sector.

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  • 4D Seismic Monitoring for Assessing Reservoir Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/12/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding reservoir heterogeneity and its impact on the success of hydraulic fracturing in shale wells.

    Hydraulic fracture stimulation is an essential part of economically producing from unconventional resources such as shale and tight and stone reservoirs. Within the subsurface, reservoir heterogeneity and variability in elastic rock properties significantly control the response to hydraulic fracturing efficiency and effectiveness of hydraulic fracture stimulation. Understanding the link between the reservoir heterogeneity and the rock response to stimulation is essential to better develop and produce shale and tight reservoirs with efficient recovery. This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding reservoir heterogeneity and its impact on the success of hydraulic fracturing in shale wells. 

    A square-mile section within the Wattenberg Field, Colorado, USA, the Niobrara was hydraulically fracture stimulated and produced using 11 horizontal wells. These wells were used as a well spacing test to understand the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing within the Niobrara and Codell formations. A three-dimensional geomechanical model was generated as an input to the hydraulic fracture simulation modeling.  4D time-lapse seismic and microseismic were also used to characterize the reservoir response to hydraulic fracturing and two years of production. The seismic monitoring was observed to be beneficial for the validation of hydraulic fracture simulation modeling results. Furthermore, the integrated analysis indicated that there is potential room for improvement and optimization needed for efficiently developing the Niobrara and Codell formations within the Wattenberg Field.

    Ahmed Al-Fataierge

    Geophysical Engineer, Saudi Aramco

    Mr. Al-Fataierge is an exploration geophysicist with 10 years of hands-on experience in the exploration and development of several conventional and unconventional reservoirs within Saudi Arabia and North America. Ahmed obtained his B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Houston in 2009. He also graduated with a M.S. in Geophysical Engineering and Minor in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2017.

    Ahmed has a passion for interdisciplinary integration of information for the better development of hydrocarbon resources. His technical background stretches beyond geology and geophysics through his work on multiple interdisciplinary studies. He is an accomplished explorationist successfully drilling several gas exploration wells within Saudi Arabia. Currently, he works within Saudi Aramco on the assessment and development of several unconventional resource plays within Saudi Arabia.

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  • A Conversation on the Interdisciplinary Nature of Geomechanics in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 09/06/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    One of the most interesting aspects of applying oilfield geomechanics is arguably the amount of interdependency with other disciplines. While the pursuit of integrated, interdisciplinary approaches is increasingly common in our industry, this state of affairs can still be considered discretionary.

    One of the most interesting aspects of applying oilfield geomechanics is arguably the amount of interdependency with other disciplines. While the pursuit of integrated, interdisciplinary approaches is increasingly common in our industry, this state of affairs can still be considered discretionary. This means that technical teams can freely judge the value of inviting the contribution from other disciplines given a state of imperfect information. One example of such condition is being unable to decide on the need of involving experts from other disciplines: Is it a lack of reliable data feeding our physics models or a missing piece of physics (or knowledge) captured only by another discipline?

    Interestingly, such discretionary opportunities are very few in the world of geomechanics. Compared to many of the core subsurface and engineering disciplines in our industry, the application geomechanics is an essentially –and necessarily- integrated effort. This situation has interesting repercussions in modelling and communication strategies employed for geomechanics projects where the observations, measurements and results most likely belong to members of a different technical domain. While showing examples of the field applications of geomechanics, we will explore how geomechanical workflows have adapted to cater for the commonality of technically diverse stakeholders and how circumventing some of these challenges might find an audience in other disciplines, especially young professionals concerned with technical communication skills.

    Adrian Rodriguez-Herrera

    Numerical Geomechanics Expert

    Mr. Rodriguez-Herrera is a numerical geomechanics expert with background in petroleum engineering, numerical methods and software development. He started his career with a series of assignments in Schlumberger technology centers for heavy oil and reservoir geomechanics. Over the past 9 years, his experiences have comprised a blend of innovation, software development and international consulting projects. Spanning topics around reservoir engineering, drilling, well integrity and hydraulic fracturing, his focus lies in the development of methodologies and software applications that bridge the gap between operational or geophysical observations and the underlying geomechanical mechanisms that could explain them. He has consulted on the application of these topics for operators in over 20 countries, and led the development of several of the enabling software technologies. Since 2016, he leads the Geomechanics Centre of Excellence in London, Schlumberger’s global consultancy team for oilfield applications of numerical geomechanics.

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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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  • Embracing the Possible: Applying Cross-Transferable Data Analysis and A.I. Innovation from Other Industries

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 08/14/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This presentation will explore draw on relevant examples using data, predictive analytics, A.I., augmented intelligence systems from the company’s partnerships with oil and gas operators and service companies.

    This presentation will explore the following points, drawing on relevant examples using data, predictive analytics, A.I., augmented intelligence systems from the company’s partnerships with oil and gas operators and service companies: subsurface workflows, drilling ops management (precision, avoidance of stuck pipe), asset health monitoring and failure prediction, optimized P&A strategies, but also within aerospace: aircraft digital twins, ‘the Conscious Aircraft’, intelligent helicopter pilot decision-support, aircraft landing-gear failure prediction, transport: National-scale rail network monitoring and failure prediction. 

    • Accelerating innovation through applied learning from other sectors (aerospace, transport, banking services)
    • Bench-marking the oil and gas (energy) sector against the innovation curve of other industries
    • Examples of cross-transferable capability, intelligence and application
    • The shift from strategy to action and implementation
    • Fundamental change: avoiding siloed teams, siloed data and isolated programs
    • Removing the blinkers and improving visibility and collaboration

    Angela Mathis

    Chief Executive, ThinkTank Maths Limited

    Ms. Mathis, CEO and co-founder of ThinkTank Maths Limited (Edinburgh), providing mathematics, (predictive) data analysis and AI-based software solutions for ‘augmented intelligence’ decision-support to oil and gas, aeronautics, space, defence, health and banking services. Partnership projects include Smart Cities/Airports, ‘The Conscious Aircraft, drilling accuracy quality control and asset failure prediction.

    Angela joined the Board of the Scottish Oil Club in 2015. She is a Council member of ADS, UK trade body for Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, and on the Market and Economics Advisory Group, UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

    Her professional history is in international technology commercialization at I.C.I., Nobel’s Explosives (Scotland), Polyurethanes (Belgium), Lucent Avaya (EMEA). She launched the Iomega Zip drive across Europe achieving $600m revenue in 2 years, and led the commercial expansion of PSINet Europe.

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