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  • 21st Century Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/23/2019

    ​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.

    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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  • Capturing our Geomechanics Legacy to Understand Its Future -- Interview with Dr. Maurice Dusseault

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/19/2019

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    This series of industry interviews will focus on understanding and capturing the historical legacy of petroleum geomechanics from the experts who created it. From this historical foundation, these same experts with consider the future path, focus and value of petroleum geomechanics.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future. 

    Interview with: Dr. Maurice Dusseault, Professor of Geological Engineering, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada

    Interviewed by: Neal B. Nagel, PhD – Chief Engineer and Principal, Oilfield Geomechanics LLC; Chair, SPE Geomechanics Technical Section (GTS)

    Dr. Maurice B. Dusseault

    Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept., University of Waterloo

    Dr. Dusseault is a Professional Engineer and teaches Geological Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He carries out research in deep underground engineering issues including oil production, hydraulic fracturing, energy storage, geothermal energy, carbon sequestration, and deep injection disposal of granular solids and liquid wastes (including biosolids, oilfield wastes, and civil wastes). He holds over 90 international patents, has about 570 full-text papers published in journals and conferences and has taught Petroleum Geomechanics short courses in 28 countries. He is involved in energy technologies that can be downscaled to community levels to provide robust and reliable heat and power: geothermal, natural gas approaches, compressed air energy storage, and heat geo-storage. Many of the general energy processes he works on involve hydraulic fracture implementation to generate communication, or analysis to prevent hydraulic fracturing onset.

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  • Produced Water Treatment and Reuse – A Global Perspective

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/17/2019

    This Webinar will compare and contrast the different types of produced water and the different ways in which produced water is handled in various regions around the globe. The objective is to demonstrate how different factors, which vary from one region to another, such as hydrocarbon development, produced water type, regulations, water scarcity, and water volumes result in dramatically different strategies for disposing and/or reusing produced water.

    This Webinar will compare and contrast the different types of produced water and the different ways in which produced water is handled in various regions around the globe. The objective is to demonstrate how different factors, which vary from one region to another, such as hydrocarbon development, produced water type, regulations, water scarcity, and water volumes result in dramatically different strategies for disposing and/or reusing produced water.

    Differences in produced water handling from one region to another are explained in both practical terms mentioned above, and in terms of the fundamental science and engineering of water treatment. Fundamental factors such as the chemistry of the oil and water, treatment chemistries, fluid mechanics of processing systems, particle size distributions, and different types of emulsions are brought to life. Real-world examples are laid out, and explained both in practical terms and in terms of the fundamentals. The material is presented from an independent, technology neutral view point. The Webinar will wrap up with a discussion of where the industry is likely to go in the next five or ten years in terms of reducing cost and water footprint.

    John Walsh

    Principal Technologist, Worley

    Dr. Walsh has worked as a water specialist for over thirty-five years. He is currently a Principal Technologist for Worley. Before Worley, he was the Global Water Treatment Subject Matter Expert for Royal Dutch Shell. He has worked on projects in fourteen countries and was involved in essentially all aspects of water treatment in upstream oil and gas. He started his career as a water treatment engineer with Westvaco Paper Company.

    Until recently he was the President and Managing Director of the Produced Water Society, an international organization of upstream water treatment specialists. He remains on their Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is the designated instructor for the SPE water treatment courses. He has recently authored a two-volume book which can be found on Amazon by searching “Produced Water Walsh.” He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Rig Security in the IOT World

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/10/2019

    A growing trend in our industry is to move from back-office (and potentially isolated) processing to data fed analysis and decision making at the edge were the drilling bit meets the geology. To accomplish this level of integration and data-centric automation, analytical engines have an insatiable hunger for data! With traditional workflows this data would reside in a corporate data store protected by physical and logical barriers to secure and protect it as a corporate asset. In this new world of edge-based analytics, we need to balance this thirst for data with the need for protection of the data asset and security from digital threats. In this webinar we will discuss several technics for connecting, converting and standardizing data for analytical use and also protecting the corporate network including considering physical and network barriers like an air gap to isolate the rig while still allowing for authorized interactivity.

    A growing trend in our industry is to move from back-office (and potentially isolated) processing to data fed analysis and decision making at the edge were the drilling bit meets the geology. 

    To accomplish this level of integration and data-centric automation, analytical engines have an insatiable hunger for data!  With traditional workflows this data would reside in a corporate data store protected by physical and logical barriers to secure and protect it as a corporate asset.

    In this new world of edge-based analytics, we need to balance this thirst for data with the need for protection of the data asset and security from digital threats.

    In this webinar we will discuss several technics for connecting, converting and standardizing data for analytical use and also protecting the corporate network including considering physical and network barriers like an air gap to isolate the rig while still allowing for authorized interactivity.

    Jon Curtis

    Chairman Emeritus, Petrolink International Limited and Vice President of Saudi Arabia, Petrolink

    Jon Curtis is a member of numerous professional organizations and is the former Chair of SPE’s Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section (DUPTS) and the current Technical Section Liaison, where he works with other leaders to provide comprehensive solutions across drilling operations. Mr. Curtis is author of multiple SPE papers including those concerning data architecture of real-time drilling and completions information and the integration of real-time, drilling sensor data with drilling reporting data. He graduated from Oxford University where he studied Metallurgy and Materials Science.

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  • Performance of a Highly Hydrophobic Coating for Solids Management in Production Systems

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/27/2019

    ​Deposition of inorganic and organic solids in production systems compromises throughput and can cause other operational and safety issues. Once formed, remediation of deposits is costly, often resulting in lost production. In this presentation, we evaluate the performance of a highly hydrophobic diamond like carbon (DLC) coating on deposition of common production system solids.

    Deposition of inorganic and organic solids in production systems compromises throughput and can cause other operational and safety issues. Once formed, remediation of deposits is costly, often resulting in lost production. Solids management strategies typically involve a combination of chemical injection, thermal management and periodic chemical or mechanical remediation operations specific for each depositing species. Internal coatings offer another potential approach to solids management. In this presentation, we evaluate the performance of a highly hydrophobic diamond like carbon (DLC) coating on deposition of common production system solids. The coating is a 200-nanometer thick functionalized amorphous DLC coating that is molecularly bonded to the substrate through a plasma deposition process. The impact of the coating on deposit formation and adhesion is investigated through use of bench scale, pilot scale and field scale experiments for wax, asphaltene, inorganic scales and hydrates. Based on the positive results of the performance testing, a commercial-scale application facility has been designed, constructed and in commercial operation.

    Dr. John Ratulowski

    Reservoir Fluids and Flow Assurance Consultant

    Dr. Ratulowski received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and his PhD also in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. He has worked for 16 years in the reservoir and facilities engineering departments of the Bellaire and Westhollow Shell Technology Laboratories in Houston. During this time John was involved in thermal recovery projects, equation of state development, physical property and phase behavior measurement and organic solids measurement and modelling. In 1999, John assumed the role of Vice President – Research for DB Robinson After the acquisition of DBR by Schlumberger in 2001, John acted as Reservoir Fluids Research Director at Schlumberger’s DBR technology center in Edmonton Alberta Canada and Reservoir Geosciences Research Director at Schlumberger Dow Research Center in Cambridge Massachusetts until his retirement in 2017. John is currently an independent consultant in the areas of reservoir fluids and flow assurance.

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  • Completion Solutions for Multi-Stage Stimulation of Unconventional Resources

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/19/2019

    Hydraulic fracturing has been used to stimulate hydrocarbon reservoirs for over 70 years, yet no single optimal methodology has emerged.

    Hydraulic fracturing has been used to stimulate hydrocarbon reservoirs for over 70 years, yet no single optimal methodology has emerged. Variations in rock and fluid properties, regulatory regimes and, most importantly, ever changing economic factors force completion engineers to constantly revise and adjust stimulation techniques. In the first decade of the 21st Century, as North America moved to exploit shale gas both cemented plug-and-perf, as well as open hole ball drop systems were deployed in low stage count wells to hold land positions through production. When the natural gas price collapsed in the 2009 financial crisis, North American operators applied these same techniques to various tight lithologies to extract oil. Multi-stage stimulation of unconventional reservoirs has now reversed years of production decline in North America and opened-up new resource plays around the world. By 2014, light oil production enabled the United States to replace OPEC as the swing producer controlling the global oil price. Despite the 2014 – 2016 downturn, increasing unconventional supply has enabled the USA to overtake Saudi Arabia in oil production and it is the price of breakeven production in North American shale basins that currently controls the floor for global oil prices. This has ushered in a new phase of lower oil prices with profound implications for completion technology. As producers pursue longer laterals with higher stage counts and proppant loading, cemented completions have come to dominate the market in the U.S. Challenges in this market are: effective stimulation of the toe section of extended reach laterals, controlling frac length in multi-point entry stimulations and cost-effective strategies for uniform reservoir exploitation. Low cost options for toe subs may conflict with requirements to test casing integrity prior to stimulation, while single point entry ball drop, pump down collet and coil tubing activated sleeves offer control of fracture extent but are costly and multi-point entry systems offer lower cost options but are frequently inefficient in draining resources. Rather than one optimal way to produce all unconventional resources, combinations of these systems are discussed that offer completion engineers the versatility they require to provide cost-effective stimulation in response to varying reservoir and economic conditions.

    Dr. Ian Bryant

    President/CEO, Packers Plus Energy Services Inc

    Dr. Bryant provides leadership to the executive team that is responsible for developing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives at Packers Plus.

    With over 34 years of industry experience, Dr. Bryant worked for both a major operator and a major service company before joining Packers Plus. A central theme to his career has been applying technology to improve both productivity and ultimate recovery from oil, gas and gas-condensate reservoirs. In the past 18 years, he has been intimately involved in developing technologies to improve the efficiency of exploration and exploitation of tight gas, coalbed methane, shale oil and shale gas.

    Dr. Bryant holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of Reading. He is past-chair of the SPE Development Geology and Geophysics Committee and represented Schlumberger on the AAPG Corporate Advisory Board. Dr. Bryant is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers; American Association of Petroleum Geologists; the European Society of Geoscientists and Engineers; and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. He holds 20 patents and has authored over 50 publications.

    He enjoys outdoor activities in his free time including cycling, hiking, skiing and scuba. He has two grown children, Jonathan and Berenice and he resides with his wife, Lisa in Houston, Texas.

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  • Capturing our Geomechanics Legacy to Understand Its Future -- Interview with Dr. John McLennan

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/19/2019

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    This series of industry interviews will focus on understanding and capturing the historical legacy of petroleum geomechanics from the experts who created it. From this historical foundation, these same experts with consider the future path, focus and value of petroleum geomechanics.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    Interview withJohn McClennan – USTAR Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah  

    Interviewed by: Neal B. Nagel, PhD – Chief Engineer and Principal, Oilfield Geomechanics LLC; Chair, SPE Geomechanics Technical Section (GTS)

    Dr. John McLennan

    USTAR Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah

    Since October 2009, Dr. McLennan has been a USTAR Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. He has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Energy & Geoscience Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Utah, since January 2008. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, awarded in 1980. He has more than thirty-five years of experience with petroleum service and technology companies. He worked nine years for Dowell Schlumberger in their Denver, Tulsa and Houston facilities. Later, John was with TerraTek in Salt Lake City, Advantek International in Houston, and ASRC Energy Services in Anchorage. He has worked on projects concerned with subsurface energy recovery (hydrocarbon, geothermal) in a variety of reservoir environments, throughout the world. He is a past president of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA).

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  • Predicting Drilling Dysfunction With AI-powered Automation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/18/2019

    To adapt to a rapidly changing market, oil and gas operators above all need to seek out stability in their operations, and that means eliminating, or at least minimizing, drilling dysfunction. Artificial intelligence applications offer the industry new ways to reach this goal.

    To adapt to a rapidly changing market, oil and gas operators above all need to seek out stability in their operations, and that means eliminating, or at least minimizing, drilling dysfunction. Artificial intelligence applications offer the industry new ways to reach this goal, including:

    Prescriptive maintenance: Using machine learning algorithms, prescriptive analytics use historical and current data to predict an impending asset failure, pinpoint when and why it will happen, and recommend potential plans of action.

    Monitoring downhole conditions: AI algorithms use sensor data to analyze downhole conditions and immediately alert personnel when an issue arises, increasing speed and accuracy of detection. 

    Increased operational safety and insights: Natural language processing technology is able to extract information from unstructured data, including insights on well and reservoir performance and on potential safety hazards.

    Cyber threat detection: Anomaly detection software monitors the behavior of devices within a network and flag any unusual behaviors or abnormal signals being sent out, allowing them to catch even subtler cyber attacks.

    Philippe Herve

    VP of Solutions, SparkCognition

    Mr. Herve joined SparkCognition as the VP of Solutions. Herve is an executive with US and international success in operations, P&L, technology, business development, marketing, sales, and client relations.

    Herve’s comprehensive experience in oil and gas spans large-scale project leadership, IT, engineering, manufacturing, and operation.

    Herve holds multiple patents in the field of ultrasonic and has authored many technical papers. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Over the years, Mr. Herve has frequently been published in Bloomberg, Oil & Gas Journal, Journal of Petroleum Technology, World Oil, The Houston Chronicle, Drilling Contractor, and is a frequent speaker on diverse management and engineering subjects.

    Herve was a late comer to the AI revolution. He only started working on Artificial Intelligence in 1985.  Artificial Intelligence had already been defined 30 years earlier.

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  • Entrepreneurship in the Oilfield

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/12/2019

    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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  • Use of Drones in Mechanical Integrity and Process Safety Assurance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/11/2019

    Anadarko has created an internal drone department called the Aerial and Visual Analytics Team and one of their primary responsibilities is the safe and efficient deployment and management of drones in our theaters of operations around the world. Information will cover the areas of interest for training pilots to conduct safe and productive flights to generate the data our business units need to make better, more timely decisions. This enhanced training program also reduces net risk and effects lower LOE.

    Anadarko has created an internal drone department called the Aerial and Visual Analytics Team and one of their primary responsibilities is the safe and efficient deployment and management of drones in our theaters of operations around the world. Information will cover the areas of interest for training pilots to conduct safe and productive flights to generate the data our business units need to make better, more timely decisions. This enhanced training program also reduces net risk and effects lower LOE.

    Tracy Lamb

    VP of Regulatory and Safety Affairs, AUVSI

    As VP of Regulatory and Safety Affairs for AUVSI, Tracy brings 23 years of experience in commercial flight operations. She has over 7000 flight hours as an International Airline pilot flying the Boeing 737, she is also a Senior Certified Flight Instructor with over 3000 hours of flight instruction delivery and over 1000 hours as a Charter Pilot in the Australian outback and Asia Pacific. She also has over 1100 hours as an international corporate jet pilot, flying the Cessna Citation range of aircraft to remote islands including; Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Nauru, Christmas & Cocas Islands and Indonesia. (her movie star passengers included Mathew McConaughey!). She is also a certified UAS pilot with 5 years of commercial UAS operations flying missions in the Agriculture, Mining, research and industrial plant installation sectors in Australia and in Europe. She was the 109th person to receive an ‘Unmanned Operators Certificate’ in Australia. She has been chased by brown snakes and wild emu’s in this role on several occasions.

    Her post-graduate research has won academic Awards through Griffith University in Aviation Safety, Human Factors, Crew Resource Management, Safety Management Systems and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. She has an MBA in Aviation and continues her research towards a PhD. As an ‘ISO 9000:2008 Lead Auditor’ in her previously role she conducted operational safety audits and inspections on Airlines and Aircraft operators including; helicopter and Unmanned Aircraft Operators and Maintenance Organisations around the world. For 3 years, Tracy was the Global project lead for this organisation, developing Unmanned Inspection Capabilities in the Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain, Canada the South America.

    As an appointed industry subject matter expert, Tracy contributes as part of Working Group 7 on the ICAO RPAS Panel, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the Aviation Rule Making Committee (ARC), the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Team (UAST), and the ICAO Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Group on Unmanned Traffic Management (UAS AG - UTM).

    Wayne Rodieck

    Manager, Aerial and Visual Analytics Department, Anadarko

    Wayne has been in and around the Oil & Gas business for over 40 years. He spent his childhood in Tyler, Texas working in the family’s steel fabrication business, building natural gas processing equipment. After attending Baylor University where he acquired a Business Degree in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems, Wayne went on to become a landman for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. He has spent the last 12 years building spatial data departments at Anadarko and has just recently been appointed as manager of the newly formed Aerial and Visual Analytics department. Wayne and his team of geospatial analysts are turning drones into actionable intelligence gathering business tools. He is a Part 107 FAA certificated commercial pilot with over 400 flight hours flying commercial drones all over the world and the Gulf of Mexico.

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