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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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  • Minifrac Analysis: A Comprehensive Overview

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

    ​Minifrac Tests are also known as: Fracture Diagnostic Tests (FDT), Fracture Calibration Tests (FCT), or Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFIT).

    Minifrac Tests are also known as: Fracture Diagnostic Tests (FDT), Fracture Calibration Tests (FCT), or Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFIT). 

    The objectives of Minifrac Tests differ depending on the permeability of the formation, which dictates the type of test that is appropriate for the analogue treatments: Frac-Pack, Conventional Prop Frac, Acid Frac or Unconventional Frac. The design of the appropriate Minifrac Test also depends on the permeability of the formation; while the aim is to obtain the most information at the least cost, least time, and least formation damage.  The test procedures also differ, that is, we can have a Pump-in Shut-in Test, a Pump-in Flow-back Test, etc.

    Basic analysis techniques include: Linear Plots, Square Root Plots, Log-Log Plots, and G-Function Plots. A major parameter determined is the Closure Pressure, which is used to determine almost all other parameters: Efficiency, Pad size, Net-Pressure, etc. The Rate Step-Down Test analysis determines the three friction components: Pipe, Perforation, and Near-wellbore advanced analysis techniques include Before Closure Analysis, and After Closure Analysis. Besides the Flow regime (Bilinear, Linear, or Radial), other parameters can be determined: Permeability, Fracture Length, Reservoir Pressure, etc.  Step-Up Rate Test, useful for Acid Fracturing, includes the determination of The Fracture Extension Pressure, and the Minimum Horizontal Stress.

    Leon Massaras

    Expert Speaker

    Leon Massaras has over 25 years' experience in all types of oil and gas development projects worldwide. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  

    Leon is an international authority on hydraulic fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including deep HPHT applications with all types of placement techniques, such as Tubing, CTU, Jetting, etc. He has developed innovative analysis techniques (e.g., Enhanced Fracture Entry Friction Analysis, Median Ratio, Inverse Slope, and Screenout Index) Mr. Massaras is also highly experienced in many other types of well services such as Well Cementing, Completions, Formation Damage Remediation, Sandstone Matrix Acidizing, Sand Control, Perforating, Jetting Applications, Acidizing, Nitrogen, CTU, Log Analysis, Production Prediction, Well Testing and Analysis, Wellbore cleanout and Wellbore Repairs. 

    During his long career, Mr. Massaras has worked in all types of geological and geographical environments throughout the world. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at Halliburton, Resources Engineering Systems (RES), SLB NExT, Synergy, Pangea, and Stratagen.  

    Leon is a member of SPE. He has written a number of publications for SPE and related to Hydraulic Fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and has been an invited speaker at SPE and other conferences.

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  • Leadership in the Digital Age

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/29/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The webinar will summarize the perspectives and insights from industry experts in leadership positions on how leadership challenges are similar or different in the world of digital transformation.​

    Leadership is always important in any strategic program, but is the leadership challenge different in a digital world any different than for safety, environmental or for operational excellence programs? How is it different in today’s digital oilfield? How is emerging technology, commodity price cycles and increasing regulation impacting a leader’s role? The webinar will summarize the perspectives and insights from industry experts in leadership positions on how leadership challenges are similar or different in the world of digital transformation.

    Jim Crompton

    SPE Distinguished Lecturer (Former)

    Jim retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years. After moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim established the Reflections Data Consulting LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for the Oil & Gas industry. In 2017, Jim was named as the PNEC Cornerstone award winner. Jim was selected to be on the board of the SPE Digital Energy Technology Section (DETS) and is chair of the Digital Transformation committee under DETS. Starting January, 2018, Jim teaches a graduate level course in “Petroleum Data Analytics” at the Colorado School of Mines.

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  • Using the revised and improved API19B to enhance your perforating performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/16/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    ​For many years, the benchmark for indicating perforation performance in the well was a surface gun test into concrete. However, it became recognized that shooting an API concrete target at a surface could not be effectively correlated with actual downhole conditions of overburden, reservoir pressure and rock properties.

    For many years, the benchmark for indicating perforation performance in the well was a surface gun test into concrete. However, it became recognized that shooting an API concrete target at a surface could not be effectively correlated with actual downhole conditions of overburden, reservoir pressure and rock properties. After many years of effort on behalf of the Operators, the service contractors and manufacturers were finally persuaded to accept that the correlating of real well conditions with concrete was not helpful to the Operators and their well performance. Since then, new standards have been written to promote shots into stressed rock targets as the standard for identifying performance down hole. All the contractors and manufacturers now have dedicated facilities to provide stressed rock tests and are actively developing improved charges that work well in real reservoir conditions, rather than concrete at surface. Having passed through over a decade with almost no new developments in perforating, the last 5 years have seen significant developments in  technology, with contractors and manufacturers working actively to improve performance and technology.

    Mark S. Brinsden

    Expert Speaker

    Mark has 40 years of global experience in the oil field. Starting with Schlumberger in 1980 and leaving Shell after 12 years as Global Perforating Lead and Principal Technical Expert for Perforating in 2018, to form Vektor Energy Inc. in Houston. Mark is currently very active in the area of perforating, with several inventions in  perforating already developed and additional ones ready for development.

    Mr. Brinsden is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Founder and President of the International Perforating Forum – Perforators.org and Chairman of API RP 19B Perforating Standards Committee. He is very active in SPE, holding responsibilities such as: Associate Editor of SPE Drilling and Production Journal, Chairman of the SPE Energy Information Committee, Former SPE Distinguished Lecturer, member of the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee and a member of the SPE Completions Advisory Committee. Mark is a foremost global expert in Perforating and Energetics Technologies.

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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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  • Overview of ISO 27916 Standard as an alternative to EPA GHGRT Subpart RR

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/07/2019 at 10:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar will present context of the development of the ISO Standard 27916 and how it compares to and may be used as an alternative to GHGRP Subpart RR.

    With the recent expansion of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 45Q tax credit for CO2 storage, project developers are seeking this incentive to make the project financing viable. Guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recommends that the Environmental Protection Association (EPA) CO2 reporting rules, particularly Subpart RR of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP), be used to quantify CO2 incidentally stored during CO2-EOR, as well as for the injection of CO2 for storage in depleted hydrocarbon and saline reservoirs.  There has been much debate over the use and application of GHGRP Subpart RR to CO2-EOR as the means of establishing incidental storage quantification mechanisms that may serve as an alternative to the GHGRP requirements. More than five years ago, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) formed technical committee 265 (TC-265) dealing with carbon dioxide capture, transport and geological storage.   TC-265 was subdivided into six working groups, and international standards have been generated for post-combustion capture, pipeline transportation, geological storage (without storage quantification), and CO2-EOR (with incidental storage quantification, ISO 29716). This webinar will present context of the development of the ISO Standard 27916 and how it compares to and may be used as an alternative to GHGRP Subpart RR.

    Dr. Steven M. Carpenter

    Subject Matter Expert

    Dr. Carpenter is a seasoned executive with 30+ years of experience in the energy, mining, international, and federal contracting industry. He is an internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), climate change, carbon, and risk management issues. Dr. Carpenter currently is the Head of Delegation and Chair of the United States Technical Advisory Group (TAG) & National Mirror Committee (NMC) for ISO Technical Committee TC-265: Carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geological storage; and the International Convener for ISO Technical Committee TC-265 Carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geological storage, Working Group 2: Carbon Dioxide Transportation.

    Dr. Carpenter is the Chair of the CSA Groups Strategic Steering Committee on Natural Resources; a Trustee with the Energy Mineral Law Foundation; a Trustee with the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference at Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; received a lifetime appointment to the Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore; and is an active member of both the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

    Dr. Carpenter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Earlham College, a Master’s degree in Environmental Public Policy from Antioch University, and a Ph.D. in Transdisciplinary Approaches to CO2-EOR from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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  • Strategies for Passing the SPE Certification and PE License Exams

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/07/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar will share best practices for engineering professionals to prepare to take and pass the SPE Certification and/or the U.S. PE Licensure exams. The webinar will present a strategic approach to study, along with valuable exam day practices. Our presenter will share his personal experience with the certification exam that shares the same format and content as the U.S. PE exam.

    This webinar will share best practices for engineering professionals to prepare to take and pass the SPE Certification and/or the U.S. PE Licensure exams.  The webinar will present a strategic approach to study, along with valuable exam day practices.  Our presenter will share his personal experience with the certification exam that shares the same format and content as the U.S. PE exam.


    For more information on SPE Certification, click here: https://www.spe.org/training/certification.php

    For more information on U.S. PE Licensures, click here: https://www.spe.org/training/registration.php

    Dr. Mohammed Razik Shaikh, SPEC

    Expert Speaker

    Dr Razik Shaikh has over 20 years’ experience working in the Oil and Gas sector in Production and Development Geology in both Clastics and Carbonates; Oil and Gas; IOR and EOR working predominantly in the Middle East (for Dubai Petroleum Company, Shell/PDO and KUFPEC) and also South East Asia (Shell Malaysia, KUFPEC Malaysia and KUFPEC Indonesia).  Dr Shaikh has a BSc Honours Degree in Geology from Kingston Polytechnic and an MSc Degree in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College.  Dr Shaikh read for his Doctorate in Industrial Geology, specialising in Clastic Sedimentology, at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. 

    Dr Shaikh has substantial exposure in oil and gas fields, carbonates and clastic, both onshore and offshore deep and shallow water.  He has taken a Lead or Focal Point role in many projects ensuring deliverables and targets are both understood and met.  A key collaborator with Stakeholders and is experienced in presenting to Partners where necessary.  His main area of expertise include Well and Reservoir Management, Static Reservoir Modelling and Well Delivery. 

    Dr Shaikh has also served the SPE in numerous capacities including Northern Emirates Section Chairman in 2005.  He served as the Engineering Professionalism Committee Chairman in 2009 and 2014 and is currently a member of both the Business Management and Leadership Committee and Engineering Professionalism Committee.  He attained SPE Certification in 2006.

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  • Using Machine Learning to Optimize Completion Design

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 05/01/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    ​As the industry moves to more complex multi-pad, multi-well completion designs, intelligent completion optimization will require more sophisticated algorithms to improve the decision-making process. This is where the use of analytics and AI can directly drive efficiencies to unlock the production potential of unconventional reservoirs specifically during hydraulic fracturing. The growing volume and availability of completion and production data creates a revolutionary situation where building reservoir potential maps, planning pads and optimizing completion designs begins to benefit from the use of AI methods.

    As the industry moves to more complex multi-pad, multi-well completion designs, intelligent completion optimization will require more sophisticated algorithms to improve the decision-making process. This is where the use of analytics and AI can directly drive efficiencies to unlock the production potential of unconventional reservoirs specifically during hydraulic fracturing. The growing volume and availability of completion and production data creates a revolutionary situation where building reservoir potential maps, planning pads and optimizing completion designs begins to benefit from the use of AI methods.

    Andrey Bogdan

    Head of Analytics & Data Science and Technical Advisor, BJ Services

    Dr. Bogdan brings more than 11 years of leadership in technology development, combined expertise in Data Analytics and strong upstream Domain Knowledge, with specialties in the leading and invention of new technologies startup, machine learning, completion optimization and hydraulic fracturing. Dr. Bogdan holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from Novosibirsk State University and Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics. He is the inventor of more than 15 patents and patent applications, two trade secrets and has co-authored 29 publications

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  • Smart Production Monitoring Enabled by Virtual Well Metering

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Includes a Live Event on 04/25/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    ​Virtual Metering technology has been used in offshore oil and gas wells for over a decade with great success. They provide a cost-effective, yet reliable solution to monitor production continuously. They also serve as ready back-up to “physical” multiphase meters, which are both expensive and less reliable.

    Virtual Metering technology has been used in offshore oil and gas wells for over a decade with great success. They provide a cost-effective, yet reliable solution to monitor production continuously.  They also serve as ready back-up to “physical” multiphase meters, which are both expensive and less reliable.

    On one asset that has been producing for over 18 years, Virtual Metering enabled reliable production metering, where it was previously not possible to do any type of well testing.    In this case, the production metering process was successful because the Virtual Metering utilized multiple methods to predict flowrates and was able to keep predicting accurate flowrates, even as various pressure/temperature measurements / sensors in and around the wells failed over time.

    Another key component to the successful implementation of virtual meters is to leverage all data, including export meters, to calibrate the system. However, calibration presents unique challenges, especially in situations in which multiple wells are commingled and measured at a common meter. Recent advances in Data Analytics present a great opportunity to simplify the complex calibration challenge. On a recent project, several of the physical subsea multiphase meters were not performing reliably, and the back-up virtual meters required a higher level of accuracy (i.e., >99%), as these meters were used for allocation purposes.  With only one export meter available as a point of calibration, Data Analytics was used to automate the complex calibration process that led to more than an 80% reduction in calibration times. These developments and advanced in the technology has allowed the Virtual Metering software to be scalable for application on vast networks such as shale well and coal seam gas, in addition to conventional producing assets.

    Lastly, Virtual Metering technology has proven to be an excellent backup to full multiphase meters on each well.  Because Virtual Metering facilitates improved visualization of the whole field’s production performance, the users can determine if there are any biases in each individual multiphase meters and actually helps improve the accuracy of these “physical meters”.

    Dr. Dale Erickson

    Technical Authority and Technology Development Lead, Wood

    Dr. Erickson serves as the Technical Authority and Technology Development Lead for Wood’s Intelligent Operations group the Automation & Control business. At Wood he has pioneered the development of real-time, transient, multiphase flow simulators, leak detection systems, and control / optimization software for platforms / pipelines and has written most of the core code for the multiphase pipeline simulator.  In addition, he has been involved in numerous technical studies involving transient multiphase flow and dynamic process modelling.  Since 1996, has had a significant role in over 100 projects, by providing functional design, detailed design approval, trouble shooting, tuning, quality review and testing and technical supervision.   He worked in the area of flow assurance by writing the first version of the Colorado School of Mines Hydrate program in 1983; then developed high accuracy equations of state in conjunction with NIST in Boulder, Colorado while getting his PhD from Rice University. He co-developed a thermal soil model enhancement and a bundle model enhancement for OLGA, and developed the first commercial model for paraffin formation.  He has recently developed a model of SAGD well pad, including reservoir modelling and steam and production tubing.

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  • QRI Expert Hour -- Using Advanced Analytics, Computational Algorithms, and AI to Automate Geological Target Identification (and Other Geological Workflows)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 04/24/2019 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

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

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    The rise of advanced analytics in oil & gas has resulted in great efficiency gains especially in the area of automated field/reservoir diagnostics. However, the solution space is still labor-intensive, mired in subjective geologic interpretations and hindered by the lack of interdisciplinary data integration. In this webinar, a QRI expert presents a robust framework that fully streamlines opportunity identification, as well as a platform that automates geologic/engineering workflows. The technology uses a series of computational and data-driven algorithms to solve the various sub-problems encountered in the process of identifying field development opportunities.

    Wassim Benhallam

    Computational Geoscientist and Lead, Application Development at QRI

    With a bachelor's in computer science and a master's in geology, Wassim Benhallam uses his interdisciplinary skills to develop fast, automated, and data-driven solutions that incorporate geological and engineering data to prescribe how to maximize oil production. Since joining QRI, he has had the opportunity to deploy these technologies to identify workovers/recompletion opportunities and new drill locations in various oil fields in the Middle East, California, and Mexico. Mr. Benhallam also uses his quantitative background to develop cloud-based virtual assistant applications leveraging the latest machine learning (NLU) models and web technology to assist engineers and geoscientists in querying subsurface data, investigating reservoir problems, and extracting insights. During his graduate studies, he conducted multi-scale point pattern analysis of channel-belt sand bodies from the Straight Cliffs Formation in Utah and developed photorealistic outcrop models using DEM reconstruction from large LiDAR point clouds that can be used as quantitative inputs into reservoir models.

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