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  • Collaborative Negotiation Skills

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/15/2019 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Successful negotiations, as measured by a win-–win agreement, require that you invest time and effort in managing your negotiation from start to finish. It is a lot of work, but it is worth the effort needed to secure a win-win outcome. This webinar will reference many concepts, processes, and tools that you can use to achieve a win-win outcome.

    Business-to-Business (B2B) Collaborative Negotiations: The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Successful negotiations, as measured by a win-–win agreement, require that you invest time and effort in managing your negotiation from start to finish. It is a lot of work, but it is worth the effort needed to secure a win-win outcome. This webinar will reference many concepts, processes, and tools that you can use to achieve a win-win outcome. Negotiations are a normal part of an ongoing business relationship with your suppliers, customers and business partners. The goal of this webinar is to provide you with the skills needed to conduct a successful negotiation while strengthening the relationship between you and the other party. It is not unusual, even after preparing a detailed scope of work, that the other party wishes to change your offer. You should never feel your submitted offer is final, so in a spirit of collaborative negotiation, it is your responsibility to work with the other party to better satisfy their needs and still maintain the value of your offer. This is achieved by taking a flexible approach to finding mutually beneficial trades to modify the offer. This webinar describes the processes you can follow to prepare and skillfully manage the negotiation meeting to arrive at a win–win agreement. Finally, you know that not all negotiators will come to a negotiation with the principled win-win approach.  The other party may use pressuring tactics to obtain a concession from you in an effort to secure a better deal for them. The last part of this wibnar discusses how to effectively handle competitive negotiators in an effort to get them back on track to finding a win–win agreement. 

    JP Amlin

    Senior Training Consultant

    Mr. Amlin is a Senior Training Consultant with extensive experience in the technology and energy industries working with suppliers and operators. JP delivers fundamental and advanced sales programs to sell side companies and contract management to buy side companies globally.  He is the author of several publications relating to marketing, complex sales and advanced contracting methods.

    Prior to becoming a consultant, JP was Manager of Worldwide Sales Training for Schlumberger for 13 years. In this role he developed the content of Schlumberger’s sales training program, consisting of 15 different programs covering basic, intermediate and advanced training in selling skills, strategic sales plan development and execution, account management, sales management, negotiations, and demand generation. Prior to leading the sales training organization, JP was Vice President of Information Technology for Schlumberger’s Asia and Middle East regions. JP was also President of Schlumberger Indonesia and lived in Indonesia for 14 years. Prior to his roles in APAC, JP led the Schlumberger sales force in Canada and Alaska and brings a wealth of real-world experience in executive level operations management, sales and sales management.


     

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  • The Dream Well – Closing the Gap in Completions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/12/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Horizontals, Multi-zone, Openhole Packers, Barefoot, ICDs, ICVs, Frac Valves, Plug and Perf, Unconventional – Why are there so many lower completion types? There is a better way – all lower completions could be redesigned as a two-trip and intervention capable system.

    Horizontals, Multi-zone, Openhole Packers, Barefoot, ICDs, ICVs, Frac Valves, Plug and Perf, Unconventional – Why are there so many lower completion types? There is a better way – all lower completions could be redesigned as a two-trip and intervention capable system. Such systems could provide higher value and flexibility for unforeseen circumstances enabling future remediation. Scope changes could be made using OPEX adjustments rather than CAPEX investments. Sensor and  actuator reliability would increase as they become replaceable. Such a system could have permanent compartment packers and tubulars, but the flow control and flow sensing elements would be replaceable, upgradeable, and reconfigurable, optimizing the completion for the life of the well. The industry should create a single completions type that can be reconfigured “on demand” into all the types we presently use. The net result would be a hassle free, “Dream Well.”

    Brett Bouldin

    Petroleum Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco

    Mr. Bouldin is a Petroleum Engineering Consultant with Saudi Aramco with 36 years of product development experience in the completions industry. His career started with Baker Hughes, then he became a founding member of WellDynamics, which is now a Halliburton company prior to his appointment at Saudi Aramco for the previous 9 years. Brett initiates and manages Saudi Aramco’s completions development projects focusing on new tool deployments that would improve production recovery. He has authored 12 technical papers and articles with 38 granted US patents. Brett holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Saudi Arabia.

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  • Enabling Safer Offshore Energy Operations: Current Advances in Safety and Risk Assessment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/10/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Investigation of past incidents always reveal deficiencies that are not directly equipment-related, but may be non-technical in nature, such as procedural deviation, inadequate communication etc. Past risk assessment models only provide semi-quantitative approaches to incorporate them in the risk assessment and cannot capture their dynamic nature and dependency in a single model. Current research takes up the challenge of developing a framework and step-by-step methodology for quantitatively merging technical, operational, human and organizational factors contributing to the cumulative risk of a barrier failure. It also addresses their dynamic changes with time, considers their interactions with each other and incorporates the uncertainty of parameter estimation to assess the cumulative risk in a facility.

    Investigation of past incidents always reveal deficiencies that are not directly equipment-related, but may be non-technical in nature, such as procedural deviation, inadequate communication etc. Past risk assessment models only provide semi-quantitative approaches to incorporate them in the risk assessment and cannot capture their dynamic nature and dependency in a single model. Current research takes up the challenge of developing a framework and step-by-step methodology for quantitatively merging technical, operational, human and organizational factors contributing to the cumulative risk of a barrier failure. It also addresses their dynamic changes with time, considers their interactions with each other and incorporates the uncertainty of parameter estimation to assess the cumulative risk in a facility.

    Syeda Zohra Halim

    MSc, PhD Candidate

    Syeda Zohra Halim completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering in Spring 2019 with Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University.  Her research focused on developing a model for assessing cumulative risk arising from impaired barriers in offshore oil and gas facilities. In her work, she identified and analyzed organizational issues that contribute to increased risk and utilized Hierarchical Bayesian Analysis to show how such contributors can be quantified and brought together with technical factors to understand their dynamic holistic effect on risk.

    A keen supporter of promoting process safety, Zohra has actively been involved in multiple process safety related projects alongside her research work. Such projects include developing a PSM implementation plan for an international industrial corporation, analyzing BSEE incident investigation databases to determine leading causes behind incidents in offshore oil and gas facilities, developing process safety course materials for an international university, working in collaboration with IChemE to develop a roadmap for process safety for the 21st century and writing a book chapter on process safety for petroleum engineering students. She also works as a team member with the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) and volunteers frequently in their forums and workshops. Zohra has won the Texas Sea Grant Special Award, Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship and has held first position thrice at the Annual MKOPSC Poster Competition. She was elected Media Chair of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (ChEGSA).

    Before coming to Texas A&M University, Zohra completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). 

    James Pettigrew

    Principal Investigator and Director of Operations, Ocean Energy Safety Institute

    Retired Navy Captain Jim Pettigrew is the Principal Investigator and Director of Operations for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI). A partnership between Texas A&M University, University of Houston, and University of Texas – Austin; OESI provides a forum for dialogue, shared learning and cooperative research among academia, government, industry and other non-governmental organizations. OESI’s focus is offshore-related technologies and activities that help ensure safer and environmentally responsible offshore operations. Jim assumed the position of Director in May 2014, and Principal Investigator in December 2018.

    Throughout his three decades in the Navy, Pettigrew worked predominantly in operational oceanography, surface warfare and information warfare; managing and mitigating risk at all levels of operations. He served most recently as Chief of Staff for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command where he was responsible for the direction and leadership of a team of 150 people, executing a $300 million annual budget, the operations of 4,000 personnel worldwide, the nation's Master Clock, two world-class supercomputing facilities, and six military Oceanographic Survey Ships. He also had the privilege and honor of serving as the Commanding Officer for the Navy’s Global Atmospheric and Ocean Modeling Supercomputing Center (Fleet Numerical, in Monterey, CA) and as the Commanding Officer for the Navy’s only forward deployed Operational Oceanography support center in Yokosuka, Japan. He served twice in the Pentagon and was Joint-qualified serving with the U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs.

    Pettigrew received his Masters of Science in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and received his Bachelors of Science in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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  • Drilling Uncertainty – What Does the Drilling Fluid Have To Do With It?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/10/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Critical drilling issues are usually associated with convergence of pore and fracture pressure, and are intimately connected to the downhole behavior of drilling fluids and uncertainties associated with predicting their behavior during well construction. This presentation will highlight how drilling fluids affect uncertainties in pressure estimates and present strategies to quantify and overcome deficiencies.

    Critical drilling issues are usually associated with convergence of pore and fracture pressure, and are intimately connected to the downhole behavior of drilling fluids and uncertainties associated with predicting their behavior during well construction. Top areas of operational concerns, such as lost circulation, hole-cleaning, barite sag, wellbore stability, stuck pipe, etc. all share a common thread in hydraulics, and continue to plague drilling operations and efficiencies. From shallow sections to well completions, the drilling fluid and its imposed pressures represent the primary barrier for well control, and fluid hydraulics affects every stage of well construction.

    Current measurements provide at best a partial view of downhole pressure windows, and software technologies are necessary to fill in the gaps. A classic example includes optimum speeds for running casing where no downhole measurements currently exist. While the consequences of hydraulics-related problems are well documented, deeper understanding of downhole drilling fluid behavior is plagued by difficult to model dynamic conditions and transient operations. Uncertainties in predicting or simulating drilling fluid behavior impact monitoring and optimizing drilling performance. This presentation will highlight how drilling fluids affect uncertainties in pressure estimates and present strategies to quantify and overcome deficiencies.

    Dr. Sanjit Roy

    Global Engineering Applications Director, QMAX Solutions

    Dr. Roy has spent more than 25 years in the areas of drilling fluid research and technology development, specifically in hydraulics, rheology, and real-time analysis of drilling and drilling fluids performance and related areas. He has managed and also developed software to model drilling fluid behavior and drilling processes. He has made many SPE and AADE workshop presentations, and facilitated SPE forums on drilling fluid modeling, hydraulics, ECD management and real-time processes. He has more than 40 industry publications and is a member of SPE and AADE.

    Dr. Roy has a B. Tech. in Mining Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, and MS and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Carbon Storage in the Mt. Simon: Field Examples of Regional Deployment

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/06/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    The development of commercial-scale projects has been a strategic process across multiple phases leading to a succession of projects of increasing scale in the Central United States. Four major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in Decatur, Illinois and Terra Haute, Indiana exemplify the strategic pathway defined more than a decade ago by the U.S. Department of Energy – National Technology Laboratory (US DOE).

    The development of commercial-scale projects has been a strategic process across multiple phases leading to a succession of projects of increasing scale in the Central United States. Four major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in Decatur, Illinois and Terra Haute, Indiana exemplify the strategic pathway defined more than a decade ago by the U.S. Department of Energy – National Technology Laboratory (US DOE). Since 2003, the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), a US DOE Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, has been working to define regional CCS potential, conducting small enhanced oil and enhanced coalbed methane projects, and conducting a large-scale deep saline CCS storage project. As a direct outcome of the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP), a one million tonne storage demonstration, the Illinois Industrial Sources CCUS Project (ICCS) has expanded infrastructure and injection potential to industrial commercial-scale CCUS. Advancing CCUS even further, the CarbonSAFE Macon County and Wabash CarbonSAFE projects seek to conduct characterization leading to the development of a 50 million tonne storage complexes with the potential to receive and store CO2 from multiple sources. These projects combined provide an excellent example of how leveraging research, resources, relationships, and experience can drive CCUS toward commercialization.

    Dr. Sallie Greenberg

    Associate Director of Energy and Minerals, Illinois State Geological Survey

    Dr. Greenberg is the principal investigator for the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s seven regional sequestration partnerships and the founder of the Sequestration Training and Education Program (STEP). In these roles, Dr. Greenberg collaborates with teams of scientists, engineers, and policy makers working on several carbon capture and geologic storage projects, including the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project, CarbonSAFE Illinois, Wabash CarbonSAFE, and the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Projects. Over the last 15 years, she has consulted or contributed to more than 30 carbon capture and storage projects, especially in the areas of project development, risk reduction, and stakeholder engagement.

    Dr. Greenberg’s combination of advanced degrees in low temperature geochemistry and education provide a unique perspective on understanding public challenges related to balancing societal demands for energy with environmental concern. She currently is a Prairie Research Institute Science Fellow. Dr. Greenberg holds a Ph.D. in Secondary and Continuing Education and Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Alfred University in New York.

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  • Life Cycle Water Management: Internal and External Strategies

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/05/2019 at 11:00 PM (EDT)

    This presentation covers the life cycle issues around water management for the upstream industry, with a focus on tools, strategies and ideas on how to reduce risk, cost and liability.

    Water is an essential aspect of oil and natural gas operations.  Water sourcing, transportation, storage, use, discharge, and disposal continue to be issues that companies are working on to reduce associated risk, cost and liability.  Ms. Cooper will talk about the life cycle issues around water management for the upstream industry, with a focus on tools, strategies and ideas on how to reduce risk, cost and liability.  In addition, she will focus on how to better share information around a company’s water strategy for internal and external purposes.  This means sharing ideas on how to best engage internal stakeholders and address questions and concerns of external stakeholders.

    Jill Cooper

    Senior Principal at Geosyntec Consultants, Recent Chair of the Energy Water Initiative, Contributor of Water Collaboratory Advisory Group

    Ms. Cooper has over 25-years of environmental and sustainability experience in government, industry and a law firm. Her focus is on sustainability, EHS, water management, audits and due diligence, management systems, compliance, regulatory affairs, and stakeholder engagement. Her experience with water and the oil and natural gas industry is diverse and extensive. When working in-house at oil and gas companies, she oversaw their environmental water teams and was involved in regulatory permitting, compliance, life-cycle water management, water data and reporting systems, and risk evaluations at the regional and corporate level.

    Her produced water experience includes water sourcing, transport, storage, usage, disposal and treatment for release to the surface or reuse. Until recently, she was the chair of the Energy Water Initiative – a group of 23 upstream oil and gas companies that discuss and work together on life-cycle water strategies. She is also regularly asked to speak on the topic of produced and life-cycle water management for the industry by: government, research institutions, trade associations, and others. Recently, she was asked to serve on the Water Collaboratory Advisory Group (Colorado universities’ joint research facility).

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 08/20/2019 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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  • Using Well Heterogeneity as an Advantage to Designing Stage Specific Diverter Strategies

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 08/19/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This talk will discuss a methodology that examines well heterogeneity, and designs the diversion strategy based on the rock properties within each fracturing stage. In addition to rock properties, the method proposed utilizes stress shadows, perforation design, and modified pump schedules to ensure equal cluster stimulation in diverter applications.

    When hydraulically fracturing a horizontal wellbore with multiple perforation clusters, the fluid being pumped into the reservoir will preferentially take the path of least resistance. Perforations that are located in the lowest stressed rocks will take a larger amount of fluid, and those perforations located in highest stressed rocks will receive less, or in some cases none. One of the ways that engineers are trying to overcome these differences is the use of diverters. A fluid diverter is typically inserted at some point within a hydraulic fracturing pump schedule to seal off dominant fractures, allowing fluid to flow into under-stimulated fractures. 

    The problem with this methodology is that without reservoir knowledge, operators rely on rules of thumb developed through trial and error to determine when and how much diverter to use. Data has shown how this methodology can be ineffective, leaving some clusters over stimulated and others under-stimulated. Anecdotal evidence also supports these concerns  because equally sized diverter slugs do not always have equal pressure response.This talk will discuss a methodology that examines well heterogeneity, and designs the diversion strategy based on the rock properties within each fracturing stage. In addition to rock properties, the method proposed utilizes stress shadows, perforation design, and modified pump schedules to ensure equal cluster stimulation in diverter applications.

    The result of this workflow is a tool that has been used to maximize the effectiveness of diverters which has shown, through several case studies that will be discussed, to result in better producing wells at lower completions cost.

    Kevin Wutherich

    Chief Technology Officer, Drill2Frac

    Kevin has 20 years of industry experience both with an operator and in the service industry. Before joining Drill2Frac as the Chief Technology Officer, where he has worked for the last 2 years, he was the Director of Completions at Rice Energy where he led a team of engineers in creating the top performing wells in the region. Before that he held multiple positions including Stimulation Domain Expert over a fifteen-year career at Schlumberger. He is the lead inventor on seven patents related to fracturing procedures and tools, and has authored many SPE papers and contributed to several industry publications primarily focused on shale completions. Kevin has also been honored with multiple industry awards, most recently for his creation and development of  ”Engineered Diversion Strategies”, which was selected as the World Oil Awards “2018 Best Completion Technology”. Kevin received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

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  • Update Structural Models In Real Time Using Machine Learning While Drilling

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 08/13/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    ​This presentation and demonstration will focus on a machine learning workflow in the upstream Oil and Gas domain to predict formation tops by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to learn the well logs signatures.

    This presentation and demonstration will focus on a machine learning workflow in the upstream Oil and Gas domain to predict formation tops by applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to learn the well logs signatures. This deep learning model provides high quality predictions to aid the geologists in picking lithology markers consistently and in an accelerated fashion thus boosting their operational efficiency. The self-learning model, which is a unique differentiator of dataVediK and encompasses the detection of outliers and data quality issues and their subsequent validation and suggested corrections to improve the quality of data in an automated fashion during the model training process. The demo will then showcase a real-time drilling solution built using this ML model, whereby the formation tops are predicted, and the structural model is updated automatically as the GR log is acquired.

    Sunil Garg

    Founder and CEO, dataVediK

    Mr. Garg is the founder and CEO of dataVediK, an early stage startup specializing in Consulting, Big Data, Data Analytics, Machine Learning and end-to-end Data Ecosystems for Oil & Gas industry. Prior to this, he spent 20+ years establishing and growing Data Management, Big Data and Analytics business for Schlumberger. Sunil is a sought-after speaker at various industry conferences and also conducts Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain trainings for the Industry, the Government and the Academia.

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  • 21st Century Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 07/23/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    ​A research roadmap, based on data and input from experts across the offshore oil and gas industries, was developed to help prioritize R&D investments to improve offshore health, safety, environmental performance. The final report focuses on the Gulf of Mexico, while incorporating applicable findings and research from all offshore regions where oil and gas is produced.

    A research roadmap, based on data and input from experts across the offshore oil and gas industries, was developed to help prioritize R&D investments to improve offshore health, safety, environmental performance. The final report focuses on the Gulf of Mexico, while incorporating applicable findings and research from all offshore regions where oil and gas is produced. 

    The roadmap report is comprehensive, utilizing publications, subject matter experts, documents from the Offshore Energy Safety Institute (OESI) including “Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap for the 21st Century Forum for Dialogue” and the “Portfolio of Ocean Energy Safety Research Efforts.” Other documents include the 2018 The Research Partnership for a Secure Energy America (RPSEA) “R&D Plan”, a 2018 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Gulf Research Program (GRP) ‘Safer Offshore Energy System Summit.’;  in addition, the report utilizes SPE, SEG and IADC papers, and published summaries from other safety workshops and meetings. The SME’s submitted recommendations concerning broad topics, with several sub topics including; Drilling, Operations, Production, Transportation and Spills. The report recommendations include the need, value and, in some cases estimated level of effort for different safety areas. Areas covered include prevention, response and mitigation as well as needed advancements in information systems, internet security, data sharing, prediction and early detection.

    The Technology Road Map, developed in this effort, offers a unique opportunity to guide the applications of advanced technologies.  These new technology applications will continue the significant progress of current safety and environmental management systems and procedures. The Safety Research Roadmap, developed in cooperation with regulators, service providers and researchers, addresses an important need to identify and prioritize limited research investments. This report provides opportunities for cooperation and leveraging of funding and resources.

    Dr. Richard C. Haut

    President, Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America

    In December 2018, Dr. Haut became president of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a nonprofit corporation managing a public-private partnership to providing a sustainable, clean energy future for America. That same year, after over 40 years leading and performing research related to the development of oil and gas, he also founded HEST, LLC to address environmental and societal aspects of all oil and gas developments. He has been the managing director of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling program for over a decade, working with industry, universities and environmental organizations to provide unbiased science to address environmental and societal issues associated with petroleum drilling and production. The international effort was recognized by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, receiving their Chairman’s Environmental Partnership award in 2009 and Honorable Mention in 2016. The program was also honored with the VZ Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award at the 2015 Oil and Gas Awards and the South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable’s Impact Award in 2016. Dr. Haut has over 40 years of technical and management experience, including a ten-year assignment as a drilling and well technology manager for North Sea operations. He also was instrumental in establishing joint ventures and other joint industry programs, including the start-up of Enventure Global Technology where he was the Chief Operating Officer. In 1999 he received Hart Publication’s Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation and in 2002 received the Natural Gas Innovator of the Year Award from the Department of Energy. In 2015 Dr. Haut was selected as a Distinguished Member of the SPE. In 2018 SPE recognized him with the International Health, Safety and Environment Award, a prestigious honor. A 1974 graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, he went on to receive his M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee (1975) and his Ph.D. from Old Dominion University (1977). In 2019 Rose-Hulman honored Dr. Haut with a career achievement award. He and his wife, Annette, live in The Woodlands, TX, have three children and seven grandchildren.

    Jim Pettigrew

    Principal Investigator/Director of Operations, Ocean Energy Safety Institute

    Retired Navy Captain Jim Pettigrew is the Principal Investigator and Director of Operations for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI). A partnership between Texas A&M University, University of Houston, and University of Texas – Austin; OESI provides a forum for dialogue, shared learning and cooperative research among academia, government, industry and other non-governmental organizations. OESI’s focus is offshore-related technologies and activities that help ensure safer and environmentally responsible offshore operations. Jim assumed the position of Principal Investigator in December 2018, and Director in May 2014.

    Throughout his three decades in the Navy, Pettigrew worked predominantly in operational oceanography, surface warfare and information warfare; managing and mitigating risk at all levels of operations. He served most recently as Chief of Staff for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command where he was responsible for the direction and leadership of a team of 150 people, executing a $300 million annual budget, the operations of 4,000 personnel worldwide, the nation's Master Clock, two world-class supercomputing facilities, and six military Oceanographic Survey Ships. He also had the privilege and honor of serving as the Commanding Officer for the Navy’s Global Atmospheric and Ocean Modeling Supercomputing Center (Fleet Numerical, in Monterey, CA) and as the Commanding Officer for the Navy’s only forward deployed Operational Oceanography support center in Yokosuka, Japan. He served twice in the Pentagon and was Joint-qualified serving with the U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs.

    Pettigrew received his Masters of Science in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and received his Bachelors of Science in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University. 

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