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  • Entrepreneurship in the Oilfield

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 06/12/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar will focus on entrepreneurship in the oilfield, from germinating an idea, to pilot testing, raising capital, and scaling.

    This webinar will focus on entrepreneurship in the oilfield, from germinating an idea, to pilot testing, raising capital, and scaling.

    Omar Abou-Sayed

    CEO, Advantek Waste Management Services

    Mr. Abou-Sayed's experience spans the global energy, chemicals, oilfield services, and clean tech industries. He has worked in a variety of engineering, business, and organization-wide leadership roles within SuperMajor oil companies, blue chip management consulting firms, private equity funds, and venture-backed startups. He currently serves as CEO of Advantek Waste Management Services, a private equity backed industrial waste management company which operates primarily in the oil and gas market. He also acts as President at Advantek International, a global oilfield consulting firm focused on hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics, and data analytics and artificial intelligence applications within oil and gas. Omar began his career at BP, where he held a variety of engineering roles. Omar holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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  • The Future Role of Oil

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/15/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Dr. Iskander Diyashev

    One idea: Our industry is in the new era of greater competition and must become more efficient to continue to prosper. Only about 15 years ago "peak oil" theories were quite popular and accepted by the general public.  Another school of thought, based on the concept of resource triangle, stated that as technology develops and as prices increase, vast amounts of hydrocarbon resources will become commercial. Oil and gas prices did increase and this led to the unconventional oil and gas revolution. Recent analysis of resource potential based on technical data collected for North American basins (S.A.Holditch et al) showed that we may think of hydrocarbon resources as being essentially infinite for practical purposes.

    However  the cost of the resource development, as expressed by the production activation index (the CapEx required to create production stream of 1 stb/day) increased over the decade  from about  1000-10,000 USD/bopd range for conventional oil, up to 15,000 USD /bopd, and more in some cases. Maintaining production levels with unconventional resources requires continuous drilling. The rapid rate of decline of unconventional wells translates to roughly a three-fold increase in the cost of generating a unit of energy compared to conventional wells. At this order of magnitude of energy cost, other sources of energy and combinations of technologies become competitive with conventional fossil fuel based energy and transportation.

    3/4 of all the oil that we produce is used for 3 purposes: ground transportation, heating and electricity generation, and jet fuel. In this lecture we will discuss competitive technologies, their technical limitations, their progress in application and market penetration trends. These competitive technologies are solar power, electric automobiles, and magnetic levitation trains. The  high energy density of gasoline made conventional internal combustion engine cars prevalent at the turn of the  20th  century. But today, the higher energy efficiency of electric cars and improvements in battery technology are making electric vehicles competitive. We review how the future may look like and how our industry may adapt and change.  As the transition starts there will probably be long term demand destruction trend in OECD countries.

    It is likely that the industry will experience significant downward oil price pressure as alternative technologies become more competitive. We need to train young engineers in energy engineering rather than just petroleum engineering.

    Dr. Iskander Diyashev

    Instructor, Petroskills

    Dr. Diyashev is an instructor for Petroskills since 2008. The PetroSkills Alliance is a training organization for the 30 member companies representing more than 40% of the world’s oil production.

    Dr. Diyashev had taught numerous classes in the fundamentals of petroleum, reservoir, and production engineering. The advanced level classes that Dr. Diyashev has instructed include oil and gas reserves evaluation, well test design and analysis and gas reservoir management.

    Prior to his current job with Petroskills, Dr. Diyashev worked in various engineering and leadership roles for S.A. Holditch and Associates, Schlumberger, Sibneft, Geo-Alliance and NRK-Technology. 

    Dr. Diyashev served on the SPE International board of directors in 2006-2008, and participated in various SPE technical and organizing committees for SPE conferences. Dr. Diyashev holds Ph.D degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University (1998) and BS and MS degrees in Physics (Molecular and Chemical Physics) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  

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  • Wellbore Integrity Restoration: New Life for Old Wells

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

    Presented by Greg Galloway

    As wellbores age, the potential for loss of wellbore integrity due to challenges such as, corrosion, stress, fatigue and other factors increase. Stimulation and tertiary recovery methods such as CO2 floods, as well as the introduction of disposal into depleted zones can negatively affect the wellbore by introducing conditions outside of the initial well design criteria. In a given field, many if not all wells will experience similar issues because the well design and life-of-well conditions are similar. Restoring wellbore integrity is a viable alternative to plugging and abandoning these compromised wellbores. 

    Both current and potential issues in production casing and tubing strings can be identified through a number of methods ranging from abnormal annular pressures to cased-hole logging techniques designed to measure the in situ casing dimension, cement presence and bond quality. 

    Once the wellbore condition has been identified, decisions can be made on the best method to restore that wellbore’s integrity. These solutions range from cement squeezes to seal the leak, to patches of various configurations to repair leaking connections, or long sections of the affected casing, to cementing a new string of casing or tubing into the wellbore. 

    This presentation will focus on identification of wellbore conditions and methods you can employ to restore wellbore integrity, thereby restoring production, maximizing recoverable reserves and preventing potential damage to people or the environment.

    Greg Galloway

    Product Line Manager, Weatherford’s Solid Expandable Systems

    Mr. Galloway's career has focused on drilling optimization and increased efficiency and has been involved in the early development of several oilfield technologies. He is Vice-Chairman of the AADE Deepwater and Emerging Technologies committee where he also served as Chairman. Greg held roles with SPE as a board member, has served on many industry programs, workshop steering committees, and session chair. 

    Greg has a Petroleum Technology Degree, has authored over 30 technical papers and is named inventor on over 25 patents related to drilling optimization, drilling with casing, expandable tubulars and particle-impact drilling.

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  • CCS and Mid-century Strategies for the Energy Transition

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 03/19/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Dozens of leading studies (IPCC, governments, think tanks, NGOs) analyze what needs to be done to manage climate change risk and limit global temperature rise to 2C or 1.5C by 2050. ERM has reviewed a range of these studies and found that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) arises in all of them as a key response option necessary to achieve the outcome. ERM will summarize the energy transition pathways suggested by such studies, highlight the role of CCS in them and contrast that outlook with the status of CCS today.

    Dozens of leading studies (IPCC, governments, think tanks, NGOs) analyze what needs to be done to manage climate change risk and limit global temperature rise to 2C or 1.5C by 2050.  ERM has reviewed a range of these studies and found that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) arises in all of them as a key response option necessary to achieve the outcome.  ERM will summarize the energy transition pathways suggested by such studies, highlight the role of CCS in them and contrast that outlook with the status of CCS today.

    Lee Solsbery

    Technical Director, Energy and Climate Change, ERM

    Mr. Solsbery joined ERM in London and over 18 years worked from the U.K., Singapore, Norway, Netherlands and now Houston, Texas. He has provided climate risk advice to industry clients in oil & gas, mining, power generation, cement, transportation, pulp and paper, agriculture, energy-intensive manufacturing as well as multi-sector conglomerates. Lee was one of four ERM co-authors of the TCFD Technical Supplement on Scenario Analysis to assess impacts of different energy transition pathways. Among other projects, he is currently supporting oil and gas firms on Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) analysis of CO2 reduction options, scenario analysis to model climate risk and regulatory issues for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

    Lee served four terms on the Board of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and one term on the Technical Advisory Group to the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund. Lee previously worked nine years at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris where he was: Energy Policy Desk Officer for four IEA countries, then Executive Assistant to the IEA Executive Director, then Division Head for Energy and Environment where he co-founded and co-managed the OECD/IEA UNFCCC Climate Experts Group. He led the IEA’s input to the UNFCCC and IPCC and other international bodies dealing with climate change. He has participated in the Rio Earth Summit and in 19 of the 24 UNFCCC COPs to date.

    Trey Shaffer

    Senior Partner, ERM

    Mr. Shaffer helps clients with a broad range of sustainability, environmental and safety challenges. Trey was elected to the SPE International Board of Directors as the HSSE-SR Technical Director from 2014 to 2017.  During his term on the SPE International Board of Directors, Trey chaired the SPE Climate Change Task Force and assisted the Board of Directors in developing a Climate Change Strategy for SPE. In 2016, Trey was elected as Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section and completed his term as Chair in August 2017. He will serve the Gulf Coast Section as Past Chair through August 2019. In 2010, he was recognized by the SPE Gulf Coast Section and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the area of HSSE-SR. He was the co-chair of the SPE International 2016 HSSE-SR Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Trey supports numerous SPE activities globally and is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability topics. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1987. He lives in Texas with his wife and three daughters.

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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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  • Insights from Engagements with 144 Safety Functional Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 02/20/2019 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    SPE presents this webinar to share the findings from in-depth interviews with 144 senior safety functional leaders (> 70% VPs of Safety or above) from 120 corporations which collectively employ more than 6.8 million employees and with combined revenues of US $4.2 trillion, operating across a wide range of industry sectors.

    SPE presents this webinar to share the findings from in-depth interviews with 144 senior safety functional leaders (> 70% VPs of Safety or above) from 120 corporations which collectively employ more than 6.8 million employees and with combined revenues of US $4.2 trillion, operating across a wide range of industry sectors. Over 20% of the survey participants represented oil and gas companies.  The findings from the survey are a synthesis of insights from this extremely-well informed body of individuals on the changing stakeholder expectations related to safety, key cultural challenges, the total scale of their economic investment in safety and value derived from it, the role of technology in safety, trends in contractor safety, the role of leaders in defining safety culture, and their future investment plans for safety.

    Brian Kraus

    Global Managing Partner for Safety Transformation Services, ERM

    Mr. Kraus specializes in the design, development and deployment of large scale programs and initiatives to drive rapid transformations in HSE culture and performance. He has been instrumental in developing a range of innovative approaches to deliver sustained behavioral change on the frontline, coaching leaders on practical actions they can take to deliver up to 80% reductions in incident and accident statistics, and broader operational performance improvement. Brian has worked closely with senior leaders of the world’s most successful companies, their leaders on the frontline and HSE professionals over 20 years working in this field. He has written widely on HSE performance improvement and delivered inspirational keynote addresses on this topic at seminal events. He is a graduate engineer with a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School. He previously worked in industry and as a strategic management consultant.

    Trey Shaffer

    Senior Partner, ERM

    Mr. Shaffer helps clients with a broad range of sustainability, environmental and safety challenges. Trey was elected to the SPE International Board of Directors as the HSSE-SR Technical Director from 2014 to 2017.  During his term on the SPE International Board of Directors, Trey chaired the SPE Climate Change Task Force and assisted the Board of Directors in developing a Climate Change Strategy for SPE. In 2016, Trey was elected as Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section and completed his term as Chair in August 2017. He will serve the Gulf Coast Section as Past Chair through August 2019. In 2010, he was recognized by the SPE Gulf Coast Section and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the area of HSSE-SR. He was the co-chair of the SPE International 2016 HSSE-SR Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Trey supports numerous SPE activities globally and is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability topics. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1987. He lives in Texas with his wife and three daughters.

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  • The Mentoring Journey

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 02/12/2019 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    Want to boost your soft or technical skills? Become a mentor or a mentee. Understand how to make a difference in another person’s life by sharing your knowledge. Grasp the importance of learning new skills in a supportive environment. Learn about the SPE eMentoring program. Mentoring is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

    Want to boost your soft or technical skills? Become a mentor or a mentee. Understand how to make a difference in another person’s life by sharing your knowledge. Grasp the importance of learning new skills in a supportive environment. Learn about the SPE eMentoring program. Mentoring is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

    Patricia E. Carreras

    Business, Management and Leadership Committee

    Ms. Carreras main interests are reservoir engineering, field development planning, reservoir simulation, mentoring and coaching. She has worked for more than 25 years for major, independent and consulting oil and gas companies. Ms. Carreras has a vast international work experience developed in Houston, Ciudad del Carmen (Mexico), and Buenos Aires, among other locations. She is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, currently serving in the Business, Management and Leadership Committee, and volunteering as a mentor for the eMentoring program. Ms. Carreras holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, and a ME degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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  • Role of Digital Twin and Data Analytics in Hydrocarbons Project and Asset Life Cycle Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 01/23/2019 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    Digital Twin development for a Greenfield facility starts from the design and engineering phase. It is developed based on staged execution as the 3D engineering model of a plant is developed. Besides 3D, it has 4D/5D BIM capability which has cost as well as schedule dimensions also to control the project more effectively and efficiently and improve the project NPV. Digital Twin and data centric approach brings all the documents and data of the project phase at a centralized place.

    Digital Twin development for a Greenfield facility starts from the design and engineering phase. It is developed based on staged execution as the 3D engineering model of a plant is developed. Besides 3D, it has 4D/5D BIM capability which has cost as well as schedule dimensions also to control the project more effectively and efficiently and improve the project NPV. Digital Twin and data centric approach brings all the documents and data of the project phase at a centralized place. Moreover, the Digital twin will eliminate any errors, inconsistencies, constraints and bring efficiency for the engineering as well as procurement, fabrication and construction phases of the project. The data analytics plays a great role to get the insight from the past projects data and apply the learning and analytics to improve the current project performance by bringing the real-time performance data from the Digital Twin of various defined KPIs e.g. capex, schedule, man-hours, quality etc. 

    The Project Digital Twin further becomes the foundation for O&M Digital Twin. O&M Digital Twin houses not only project information, data and documents but also all the operations and maintenance real-time plant operating data and asset management work orders history and it is a ‘Single source of truth’ for the project and asset lifecycle management system. Using O&M Digital Twin, operator can monitor the plant performance and operate & maintain it in an efficient, effective and optimum way from anywhere in the world. O&M Digital Twin with remote operations system and condition based maintenance system improves the production and efficiency of the plant, reduces opex and enhances the uptime. The data analytics including machine learning adds predictive operations & maintenance layer to the physics based models to look the historical data in the O&M Digital Twin and add more value in predicting anomalies and improving the plant performance and uptime while adding more cash flow and NPV for the whole life cycle of the plant.

    Nikhil Chauhan

    Director of Strategy, KBR Corporate

    Nikhil leads strategy development and deployment of KBR’s Global and Regional Businesses and currently leads digitalization across the organization. Nikhil has been instrumental in driving key initiatives in KBR such as heading digitalization, leading various strategic alliances, and starting new businesses e.g. KBR Consulting.

    Prior to the strategy development role in KBR, Nikhil worked with other engineering services companies in business solutions and techno-commercial functional areas. Nikhil has lived and worked at different places around the world including Asia, Middle East, Europe and Americas.

    Nikhil is an MBA from Rice University and a Chemical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He lives in Houston with his wife and two sons.

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  • What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 01/15/2019 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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  • Well Integrity Standards & Practices – ISO 16530 and API RP 90

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 01/09/2019 at 10:30 AM (EST)

    Over the last few years there have been several initiatives to instigate or update well integrity standards and practices around the globe. Two of these in particular will be discussed in this webinar. First, a summary of main highlights of the ISO Standard 16530-1 which was published in 2017 will be presented. Secondly will be some of the changes that have taken place in API RP 90, especially the newly issued first edition of API RP 90-2, published in 2016.

    Over the last few years there have been several initiatives to instigate or update well integrity standards and practices around the globe. Two of these in particular will be discussed in this webinar.  First, a summary of main highlights of the ISO Standard 16530-1 which was published in 2017 will be presented. Secondly will be some of the changes that have taken place in API RP 90, especially the newly issued first edition of API RP 90-2, published in 2016.

    Alex Crabtree

    Principal Engineer, Product Development, Oceaneering International Inc.

    Alex has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with both service and operating companies.  Currently he holds the position of Principal Engineer within Oceaneering’s Product Development group. Work assignments have included the Middle East, Far East, North Sea and North America. He is currently chairman of the SPE Well integrity Technical Section.  Alex was a part of the working group that authored the ISO 16530-1 & 16530‑2 Well Integrity Standards.

    Gary Limb

    Principal Engineer, Well Integrity, ConocoPhillips Company

    Gary has more than 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  Currently, he holds the position Principal Engineer, Well Integrity within ConocoPhillips’ Global Wells Group in Houston, Texas.  Work assignments have included Louisiana, Alaska, and Texas.  He was part of the working group that authored the ISO 16530-1 & 16530-2 Well Integrity Standards and the API RP 90-2 “Annular Casing Pressure Management for Onshore Wells”, and is currently working on the refresh of API RP 90-1 “Annular Casing Pressure Management for Offshore Wells”.

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