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

    Contains 2 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 2 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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  • 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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  • Attracting Perfect Customers for Achieving Your Goals

    Contains 2 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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  • Shale Development - Does Cheap Energy Really Mean Flaming Tap Water?

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 11/08/2018 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    Presented by William Fleckenstein

    Shale development in the US has been ongoing for at least the last decade, and many lessons can be learned from the US experience to help prevent air emissions and aquifer contamination in future developments around the world.  Media reports and films such as "Gasland" imply that shale development is widely polluting fresh water aquifers and the atmosphere, with a wide range of estimates of contamination. This lecture examines the risk of contamination of aquifers through wellbores, either by hydrocarbon migration or hydraulic fracturing operations, and is primarily based on a comprehensive three-year study funded by the US National Science Foundation examining nearly 18,000 wells drilled in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado, plus other relevant studies.  In the midst of the Wattenberg field is heavy urban and agricultural development, with over 30,000 water wells interspersed with the oil and gas wells, resulting in a natural laboratory to measure aquifer contamination. Lessons learned have universal applications with clear relationships established between well construction methods in both conventional and unconventional wells and contamination risks.

    Dr. William Fleckenstein

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Colorado School of Mines

    Dr. Fleckenstein is an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines, where he served as Interim Petroleum Engineering Department Head 2012-2014, and he also serves as the managing partner in Fleckenstein, Eustes & Associates, consulting on projects worldwide. He holds BSc, ME, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has 30 years experience primarily in drilling, completions and workovers, with direct experience on over 200 wells and involvement in horizontal wells and stimulations since 1990. Dr. Fleckenstein has numerous publications and patented technologies in multi-stage fracturing, annular seal testing, and downhole hydraulic rotation. 

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  • An Engineered Approach to Hydraulic Fracture the Vaca Muerta Shale

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 10/25/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This lecture seeks to explain a systematic approach to characterize, constrain and validate such models through integration of prefrac diagnostic injections, core data, independently-determined fracture dimensions, and postfrac production data. The final objective is to build predictive models that can be used to improve completion strategies in this promising play.

    In recent years, several papers have been published on the subject of rock properties, stress and permeability models in the Vaca Muerta unconventional formation, with the intention of understanding fractured well performance. In most cases, however, these publications have failed on providing sufficient information to adequately describe the generated models, nor have studied in detail the benefits and limitations of applying different schools of thought and incorporating field measurements during the design and evaluation of hydraulic fractures. This lecture seeks to explain a systematic approach to characterize, constrain and validate such models through integration of prefrac diagnostic injections, core data, independently-determined fracture dimensions, and postfrac production data. The final objective is to build predictive models that can be used to improve completion strategies in this promising play.

    Hernan Buijs

    Sr. Reservoir Engineer, Wintershall Holding GmbH

    Mr. Buijs' main interests lie on reservoir characterization, formation damage and reservoir stimulation, with a deep involvement in the area of hydraulic fracturing complex HP/HT reservoirs and all related technology. Hernan is extremely active within the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), currently serving in the Completions & Business, Management and Leadership Advisory Committees. He developed and taught numerous custom made courses on hydraulic fracturing and reservoir characterization as university professor, invited speaker or company in-house expert on matter. He received several local, regional and international awards.  He earned an Industrial Engineering degree and a Petroleum Engineering degree at the Institute of Technology of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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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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