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  • Offshore Production Facilities

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.33 credits offered

    Starting with a broad look at the offshore oil and gas industry, including its history, current scope, trends, challenges and an overview of regulatory environments, this Topic examines the primary design considerations for offshore production facilities and identifies key drivers and decision factors in offshore project development.

    Description:

    Starting with a broad look at the offshore oil and gas industry, including its history, current scope, trends, challenges and an overview of regulatory environments, this Topic examines the primary design considerations for offshore production facilities and identifies key drivers and decision factors in offshore project development. It goes on to describe the various types of platforms, surface components and subsea production facilities: their design features, equipment components operating considerations and areas of application. Included are discussions of offshore pipelines, production equipment and operations, and requirements for decommissioning and removal of offshore facilities. The presentation concludes with case studies of deepwater operations in West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.

    Duration:  3 hours, 20 minutes

    Content:

    • Overview Of The Offshore Petroleum Industry
    • Primary Design Considerations For Offshore Production Facilities
    • Development Project Drivers And Key Decision Factors
    • Platforms And Surface Facilities
    • Subsea Production Facilities
    • Offshore Pipelines
    • Offshore Production Equipment And Operations
    • Decommissioning And Removal Of Offshore Facilities
    • Offshore Development: Case Studies
    • Offshore Production Facilities: References and Additional Information


    Members: USD 115.00

    Non-members: USD 150.00

    0.33 CEUs offered.

  • Well Planning

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.33 credits offered

    Introduces the drilling procedure and provides a clear "blueprint" for the safe, efficient drilling of a well. Integrates the mud, casing, bit, cementing and safety programs. Presents an understanding of how a well proposal is initiated and justified economically.

    Description:

    Introduces the drilling procedure and provides a clear "blueprint" for the safe, efficient drilling of a well. Integrates the mud, casing, bit, cementing and safety programs. Presents an understanding of how a well proposal is initiated and justified economically.

    Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes

    Content:

    • Well Planning Overview
    • Well Selection
    • AFE Preparation
    • Well Plan Organization and Data Gathering
    • Well Design Considerations
    • Rig Design Considerations
    • Procedures
    • Drilling Contracts
    • Cost Reviews
    • Well Planning: References and Additional Information


    0.33 CEUs offered.

    Members: USD 115.00

    Non-members: USD 150.00

  • Gas-Lift

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/21/2014

    This is the third in a series of eight webinars on Artificial Lift. Click to find out more information about this event and the rest of the series!

    Join us for this SPE Webinar Series on Artificial Lift! This series includes eight webinars on artificial lift technologies at an introductory level.

    The first webinar introduces participants to what, why and how of the artificial lift space. Webinars two through seven will present one form of artificial lift method with basic discussion on its components and application envelope. The final webinar is on production optimization with artificial lift, digital oil field implementation examples. Animations and questions will be introduced for audience engagement and participation.

    Each webinar will be about one-hour long followed by Q&A.

    Webinar 1: Introduction to Artificial Lift Aug 27 '14
    Webinar 2: Reciprocating Rod Lift (RRL) Sep 23 '14
    Webinar 3: Gas-Lift Oct 21 '14
    Webinar 4: Progressing Cavity Pumping (PCP) Nov 19 '14
    Webinar 5: Electrical Submersible Pumping (ESP) Dec 16 '14
    Webinar 6: Hydraulic Lift: Jet Pump & Piston Pump Jan 13 '15
    Webinar 7: Plunger Lift and Capillary Deliquification Feb 10 '15
    Webinar 8: Production Optimization for Artificial Lift Mar 3 '15


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    Rajan Chokshi

    Weatherford International

    Rajan Chokshi works for Weatherford International as Director of training and business development for artificial lift and production optimization systems in Houston. In a career spanning over 30 years, Rajan has worked on many petroleum and software engineering projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift design, and production optimization. He continues to teach professional courses in these areas. His interests are developing and nurturing young talent globally, technology integration and commercialization. Rajan holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the IIT-Kanpur, India, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum from the University of Tulsa, USA.

    Bill Lane

    Weatherford Artificial Lift Systems

    Bill Lane is an artificial-lift technologies consultant with 40 years of oil and gas experience. In addition to serving on the Weatherford unconventional resources team, he held executive positions in the Company's progressing cavity pump, elastomers, compression equipment, artificial lift, and completion equipment disciplines. Before joining Weatherford in 1994, Bill managed various US and international engineering and manufacturing operations at Halliburton. In 2003, he received a Harts E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. In 2015, he received an SPE Gulf Coast Section Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering.

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  • Assessment of Forecast Uncertainty in Mature Reservoirs

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/21/2014

    Presented by Jorge Landa

    Modern and efficient reservoir management is imperative, given the ever-increasing demand for oil. Making the right decision on reservoir development utilizing all available data in a timely manner is the key to a successful operation. For mature reservoirs, this requires high-quality uncertainty assessment of long-term performance forecast estimations. One critical and difficult component of the total uncertainty in forecasting is the one that stems from the implicit uncertainty in the geological and reservoir simulation models. In fact, regardless of the amount of reservoir data that we collect, there is no way to define the reservoir model uniquely. This reality suggests that we use an integrated probabilistic framework and incorporate production data into the reservoir model to reduce the associated uncertainty in reservoir characterization and performance forecasting.

    The technical challenge is in obtaining a probabilistic description of the reservoir models. For mature reservoirs, this implies finding not one, but a large number of reservoir models that are consistent not only with the geological data but also with the production data. Applying smart sampling techniques combined with Monte Carlo simulation within a probabilistic framework, and utilizing available high-performance computing resources, it is feasible to find multiple solutions to the history matching problem. These solutions, in turn, can be used to estimate uncertainty for making good-quality reservoir management decisions in a realistic time frame. This presentation demonstrates the practicality of an approach to solve this critical problem using a real field example.

    Jorge Landa

    Research Consultant, Chevron Energy Technology Co.

    Jorge Landa is a research consultant in reservoir engineering with Chevron Energy Technology Co. in Houston, TX. His work experience before joining Chevron includes 15 years with Halliburton. He holds MS and PhD degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has written papers in the areas of history matching, uncertainty assessment, well testing and data integration in reservoir characterization.

    Jorge was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2007-08 lecture season.


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  • Completion of Hydrocarbon Bearing Shale Reservoir – SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/17/2014

    Presented by George Waters

    The Distinguished Lecturer Program Presents:

    The development of source rocks as commercial hydrocarbon resources has dramatically affected the production of natural gas in the United States. A similar impact is now being made with the production of oil from organic shales. Exploitation of source rocks as reservoirs has generated interest around the globe with operators in many countries now evaluating the potential for their respective shales.


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    George Waters, Technical Manager, Unconventional Completions, Schlumberger.

    Mr. Waters is responsible for the geomechanical assessment and completion design of organic shale reservoirs under exploration and initial development outside of North America. He has performed appraisals of hydraulic fracture dimensions and producibility via laboratory and field measurements on multiple reservoirs in over of 20 countries on six continents.

    Mr. Waters has been involved in the stimulation optimization of organic shales since 2000 and has extensive experience in shale basins throughout North America. He is located in Oklahoma City. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University, a MS in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from Institut Francais du Petrole.

    Mr. Waters was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009-10.

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  • Understanding and Managing Budgets

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This course focuses on the basics of budgeting for organizations. It should prove helpful for any manager who needs to know about budgeting.

    You will learn about master budgets and the operating budgets managers use on a daily basis. You will calculate some simple budgets and will be exposed to cash budgeting. Other kinds of budgets (Activity-based budgeting (ABB); Zero-based budgeting (ZBB); Flexible budgeting; project budgeting) are also reviewed along with the process of budgeting.

  • Research Fellowship Award winners – Part 2: Advances on Sparse Representation of Reservoir Properties, Fluid Characterization Methods for Steam-Solvent Co-Injection, and Full-Resolution Simulations of Multi-Scale Processes

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/15/2014

    In November 2012, SPE named the six inaugural winners of the SPE Research Fellowship Award. The award provides initial seed funding to new faculty for creative research ideas and enables them to secure initial research funding to establish their network and credibility with the industry, in their field of study. It is also directed at developing and retaining faculty. This webinar is the second of two webinars, presenting the findings of three of the six award winners: Behnam Jafarpour, Ryosuke Okuno and Rami M. Younis.

    In November 2012, SPE named the six inaugural winners of the SPE Research Fellowship Award. The award provides initial seed funding to new faculty for creative research ideas and enables them to secure initial research funding to establish their network and credibility with the industry, in their field of study. It is also directed at developing and retaining faculty.

    This webinar is the second of two webinars, presenting the findings of three of the six award winners: Behnam Jafarpour, Ryosuke Okuno and Rami M. Younis.


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    Behnam Jafarpour

    Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

    Behnam Jafarpour is an assistant professor of petroleum and electrical engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. From 2008 to 2011, he served as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a PhD in environmental engineering and a SM degree in electrical engineering from MIT.

    Jafarpour currently leads the Subsurface Energy and Environmental Systems lab at USC focusing on systems-based approaches to characterization and development of subsurface energy and environmental resources.

    Ryosuke Okuno

    Assistant Professor, University of Alberta

    Ryosuke Okuno has served as an Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta since 2010. His research and teaching interests include enhanced oil recovery, thermal oil recovery, numerical reservoir simulation, thermodynamics, and multiphase behavior.

    Okuno has seven years of industrial experience as a reservoir engineer with Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd., and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada. He holds BE and ME degrees in Geosystem Engineering from the University of Tokyo, and a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Rami M. Younis

    Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa

    Rami M. Younis is an Assistant Professor at the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa. He is the Founder and Director of the Future Reservoir Simulation Systems and Technology (FuRSST) industrial research consortium. At FuRSST, he is working towards a future where predictive numerical simulators will literally write themselves, exploit their own insights into physics to expedite computation, and aid the invention of breakthrough technologies.

    Dr. Younis holds a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering and two MS degrees in Scientific Computing & Computational Mathematics and in Petroleum Engineering, all from Stanford University. He earned his B.Eng. degree with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Canada.

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  • PFC: Improving Business Decision Making to Improve Asset Development Economics

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/14/2014

    Incredibly the average E&P asset development over the past 15 years has had a generally dismal outcome and has delivered only 60% of the value (NPV) that it promised at sanction. Due to the increasing technical complexity and to some extent the demographics of the industry – both ours and our supply chain providers in EPC industry – we find ourselves unable to make consistent and robust profits on new field developments. This presentation looks at recent records of delivering E&P asset developments and their performance.

    You may not have made it to the presentation in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker as he spoke live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    Incredibly the average E&P asset development over the past 15 years has had a generally dismal outcome and has delivered only 60% of the value (NPV) that it promised at sanction. Due to the increasing technical complexity and to some extent the demographics of the industry – both ours and our supply chain providers in EPC industry – we find ourselves unable to make consistent and robust profits on new field developments. The world of E&P developments is seriously challenged and if we do not change, things are likely to get much worse.

    This presentation looks at recent records of delivering E&P asset developments and their performance. We will assess how we have chased volume over value. We will then investigate what are symptoms of the problem – chasing the wrong value levers and in turn destroying production and reserves recovery. We will discuss issues such as speed over value, portfolio management in today's context and whether the state of our EPC supply chain helps or hurts our projects. However, we will focus our attention on what we believe to be the real root cause of our performance and the changes needed in our approach.

    E&P asset delivery takes a great deal of cross-functional work and cooperation and that is not being delivered. We will end the talk by discussing a possible solution – creating business accountability in the form of an Asset Development Manager – a Chief Integrator if you will – who is actually responsible for integrating this complex puzzle and delivering barrels.


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    Neeraj Nandurdikar

    Director, Independent Project Analysis, Inc

    Mr. Nandurdikar is Director of the Exploration and Production (E&P) practice at Independent Project Analysis, Inc. Neeraj provides strategic direction and oversees the global practice including customer relations, intellectual property development, research, and project consulting services. Neeraj has spent the past 15 years in an advisory role working with the EVPs, VPs, heads of projects, and functional leaders of more than 30 different O&G operators and service providers around the world helping them design, build, and optimize their organizations and project delivery systems to adapt to the ever-changing project environment.

    Neeraj has authored several papers published in Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), delivered keynote addresses, and served as a committee member for several SPE workshops and conferences. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for SPE's Economics & Management journal.

    Neeraj holds an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa and an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Hydrocyclones for Water Treating—The Science and Technology

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Presented by John M. Walsh

    Thirty years ago, the Colman-Thew paper was published describing the geometry and performance characteristics of a cyclone device for removing oil drops from water. Uptake of this technology occurred immediately throughout the industry.

    In this SPE Webinar, the fundamental science behind the hydro-cyclone will be discussed together with practical considerations of model selection and implementation within a separation process. Field experience related to separation performance, detection and prevention of fouling will also be covered.


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    John M. Walsh, SPE, is a principal engineer with GHD, an engineering and consultancy company specializing in water treatment. He recently retired from Shell where he was the global subject matter expert in upstream water treating.

    He has more than 20 years’ experience in the E&P industry, having worked in Shell technical centers for half of his career and in operating assets for the other half. He has designed water treating system, and has experience in nearly all areas of water treating for the oil and gas industry including conventional produced water treating systems, and water treating for waterflood, polymer flood, steamflood, sour hydrocarbons, and unconventional hydrocarbons.

    Walsh served on the SPE Board of Directors as the technical director for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Research Fellowship Award winners – Part 1: Fracturing Fluids, Improved Hydrocarbon Estimation and Role of Microfractures on Hydraulic Fracturing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/08/2014

    In November 2012, SPE named the six inaugural winners of the SPE Research Fellowship Award. The award provides initial seed funding to new faculty for creative research ideas and enables them to secure initial research funding to establish their network and credibility with the industry, in their field of study. It is also directed at developing and retaining faculty. This webinar will be the first of two webinars, presenting the findings of three of the six award winners: Reza Barati, Zoya Heidari and A. Dahi-Teleghanii.

    In November 2012, SPE named the six inaugural winners of the SPE Research Fellowship Award. The award provides initial seed funding to new faculty for creative research ideas and enables them to secure initial research funding to establish their network and credibility with the industry, in their field of study. It is also directed at developing and retaining faculty.

    This webinar will be the first of two webinars, presenting the findings of three of the six award winners: Reza Barati, Zoya Heidari and A. Dahi-Teleghanii.


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    Reza Barati

    PhD, University of Kansas

    Reza Barati earned his PhD at the University of Kansas. He worked for the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) at the University of Wyoming before joining KU. His research interests include oilfield nanoparticles, characterization and simulation of conventional and tight shale reservoirs, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling of unconventional shale plays, enhanced waterflooding through modification of injection-brine and CO2 Mobility and conformance control.

    Arash Dahi-Taleghani

    Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University

    Arash Dahi-Taleghani is an assistant professor in the department of Petroleum Engineering at the Louisiana State University (LSU). He is conducting research on geomechanical aspects of underground blowout, zonal fractures at injector wells, mechanistic modeling of hydraulic fractures, microseismicity and geothermal engineering. Arash has a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a registered engineer in the state of Texas. He earned his BS in Civil engineering and MS in Structural mechanics and material both from Sharif University of Technology.

    ​Zoya Heidari

    Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

    Zoya Heidari is an assistant professor at the Petroleum Engineering Department of Texas A&M University and is the Chevron Corporation Faculty Fellow in Petroleum Engineering. She received a Ph.D. (2011) in petroleum engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Zoya is the founder and the director of the Texas A&M Joint Industry Research Program on “Multi-Scale Formation Evaluation of Unconventional and Carbonate Reservoirs”. She is also one of the recipients of 2012 SPE Petroleum Engineering Junior Faculty Research Initiation Award to develop her research program on formation evaluation of unconventional reservoirs. Before joining Texas A&M University, Zoya worked with the Formation Evaluation Research Group at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include petrophysics, well-log interpretation, borehole geophysics, inverse problems, rock physics, and reservoir characterization of unconventional and carbonate formations.

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