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  • Developing an Advanced Safety Culture – Non-Compliance and the Just and Fair Culture

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/20/2015

    Presented by Patrick Hudson

    Recent analyses of major incidents, both within and outside the Oil and Gas industry, have highlighted the crucial role played by the safety culture of organizations. The safety culture determines whether the organization takes safe and environmentally responsible operations into account, and if so, how seriously.

    Studies on safety culture, and by extension the HSE culture, have shown how a number of distinct cultures can be recognized, ranging from the Pathological, clearly not a culture of safety, through the Reactive and Calculative to the more advanced Proactive and Generative cultures. This 5-step Culture Ladder has been recognized as the industry standard by the OGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) and has also been accepted as a standard for downstream activities by the OECD. This presentation outlines the different levels of culture and describes how an organization can progress up the ladder, in terms related to the development of safety management systems.

    One major issue is whether there are well-developed procedures and if those procedures are actually followed. Non-compliance to procedures has repeatedly been identified as the No. 1 cause of incidents and how organizations deal with non-compliance is diagnostic of their level of culture. The presentation will describe a new approach that meets the requirement for advanced safety cultures that they be Just and Fair, and be seen so by all parties, without allowing individuals to get away with reckless violations while recognizing that people often find themselves working in an environment where procedural non-compliance represents a way to achieve performance.


    Patrick Hudson

    Former SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Patrick Hudson is one of the world's leading authorities on the human factor in the management of safety, in the oil and gas industry, in commercial aviation and in medicine. He was Project Leader of the Tripod Research program for Shell International Exploration and Production since 1986 and was part of the team that developed Shell's approach to safety management systems after the Piper Alpha disaster. He then led Shell Group's Hearts and Minds research program on developing safety culture in the Oil and Gas industry that won the Energy Institute Communication award in 2005. He also advises BP, where he is Distinguished Advisor to the Safety Culture and Leadership program, Total, British Gas, Dong Energy and ENI-Agip. He consults regularly to the OGP. He was the Safety Plenary speaker for the SPE HSE conference in Caracas in 1998 and again delivered the plenary address on safety in Calgary in March 2004. He regularly chairs and gives keynote addresses for industry conferences.

    His involvement with aviation includes working with companies such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysian and Singapore Airlines, and Airbus. He is a regular advisor to the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) based in Montreal and works with the Dutch, US, Australian and Canadian aviation regulatory authorities. He is increasingly asked to advise other industries, including the mining industry. In 2005 he was appointed to the safety oversight board of the European Union's main nuclear research reactor.

    Patrick was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer during the 2012-13 lecture season.

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  • Upgrading Crude Oil Separators and Systems for Mature Oil Fields

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/14/2015

    You may not be able to make 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 live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE. The presentation considers original end of field life design constraints on crude oil separators and in a logical progression illustrates how hidden capacity in a separator can be identified and used to upgrade the separator, both by maximizing the use of available volume in the separator and also by the use of upgraded process internals. The presentation also describes the methods available for installing upgraded internals covering clamp type internals through to full vessel modification including fitting of new process nozzles.

    The presentation considers original end of field life design constraints on crude oil separators and in a logical progression illustrates how hidden capacity in a separator can be identified and used to upgrade the separator, both by maximizing the use of available volume in the separator and also by the use of upgraded process internals.

    The presentation also describes the methods available for installing upgraded internals covering clamp type internals through to full vessel modification including fitting of new process nozzles.

    Aspects including mechanical design evaluation, HSE compliance requirements and chemical treatment considerations are also covered.

    The presentation will include about 20 specially-prepared illustrations to enable the audience to follow the subjects covered in the presentation. In addition photographs of typical retrofit internals will also be included.

    Summary and Conclusions

    • For crude oil separators, associated equipment and systems the late life field operation design case (usually maximum produced water production) is constrained by the economics of initial facility development budgets
    • Once this design point is reached achieving both produced water flow rate and quality (oil-in-water content) requires upgrade of the separators and equipment
    • Additionally, tie-ins of satellite fields can require upgrade of crude oil separators and associated equipment and systems
    • This presentation has demonstrated a logical approach to investigating available capacity once original design point has been reached
    • Whilst this presentation has focused on crude oil separator upgrades for handling late life field production it must be remembered that such upgrades have to take a holistic perspective and consider the complete crude oil, hydrocarbon gas and produced water processing system requirements. It is only by considering the complete production facilities that successful late field life production can be correctly designed for resulting in the maximizing of hydrocarbon production and recovery.


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    Graeme Smith

    Consultant Process Engineer

    Mr. Smith is a Process Engineering Consultant who has spent over 10 years working on a range of global upstream projects including concept development for new offshore facilities, troubleshooting and optimization of oil-water separation processes and equipment through to design reviews and provision of operator training.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Monash University, Australia.

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  • Hydraulic Lift: Jet Pump & Piston Pump

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/13/2015

    This is the sixth 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 will introduce 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. Final webinar will be 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. Click on each event listed below to register for all of the sessions you wish to attend.

    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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    Toby Pugh

    Director of Hydraulic Technical Support\Training for Weatherford Completion & Production Systems

    Toby Pugh is Director of Hydraulic Technical Support\Training for Weatherford Completion & Production Systems, a division of Weatherford International Ltd. Immediately prior to joining Weatherford in 2001, Mr. Pugh served as International Sales Manager for Halliburton Production Services. Most of his 40+ year career was spent with the Guiberson Division of Dresser Industries where he held a variety of positions ranging from Manager of Research and Engineering to Regional Manager. Mr. Pugh holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a registered Professional Engineer, has been awarded four US patents, one European patent, has authored four SPE papers, and given technical presentations on the use of jet pumps for high volume production (at the European Artificial Lift Forum), the use of jet pumps to produce heavy oil (at the SPE/IBP Artificial Lift Heavy Oil in Brazil), an economic study comparing the life cycle costs for ESP's, rod pumps and jet pumps (SPE Applied Technology Workshop in Colombia) and the use of jet pumps to dewater gas wells and for frac fluid recovery (at the Middle East Artificial Lift Forum). He is the co-author of a magazine article that was published in the August, 2006 issue of World Oil on how using jet pumps increased production and reduced expenses for Nexen-Canada. He also contributed the chapter on hydraulic pumps in the latest book published by Dr. James Lea and the chapter on hydraulic pumps for book used by Dr. William Lyons at New Mexico State University.



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  • Electrical Submersible Pumping (ESP)

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/16/2014

    This is the fifth 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 will introduce 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. Final webinar will be 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. Click on each event listed below to register for all of the sessions you wish to attend.

    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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    Cesar Gomez

    Weatherford International

    Cesar Gomez works for Weatherford International as a Product Line Manager for production systems in Houston, Texas. In a 15 year career, Cesar has worked with centrifugal pumps in different industries including water, wastewater and petroleum. He has worked on many ESP related projects globally including, design, operations, optimization, maintenance, troubleshooting and software. Cesar holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science and an associate in applied science in electronics and communications from the University of Texas at Brownville.

    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.

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  • SPE Certification and PE Exam Review

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This preparatory study course will share best practices for engineering professionals getting ready to take the professional registration or the SPE certification exam.

    Description:

    This preparatory study course will share best practices for engineering professionals getting ready to take the professional registration or the SPE certification exam.

    Duration: 13 hours, 5 minutes

    Expiration: This course expires 12 months from date of registration.

    Content: 

    • Questions similar to those found on a typical exam will be reviewed in an effort to raise awareness of exam content.
    • Areas covered include drilling and completions, production logging, economics, reservoir engineering, and formation evaluation.

    Participants will:

    • Be able to strategically approach the study process
    • Know of valuable reference materials needed for successful completion of the exam
    • Be made aware of general procedures and requirements for registration

    Note: The SPE Certification exam has changed to a 70 question, multiple choice, and seven hour exam. The SPE Certification exam can now be taken via computer based testing at over 700 exam centers around the globe. The U.S. PE License exam is still an 80 question, multiple choice, and eight hour exam. In the video, references to ABET or NCEES pertain to the U.S. PE License exam.


    For more information about SPE Certification, click here.

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    Robert W. Chase

    Professor and Chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College

    Robert W. Chase is professor and chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College and has served in that position since 1978. Prior to this, he served as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at West Virginia University from 1976 to 1978. He worked previously for Halliburton Services, Gulf Research and Development Company, and the Department of Energy. He has served as a consultant to Columbia Gas, NiSource, Dominion Resources, EQT (formerly Equitable Resources), Cabot Oil and Gas and CONSOL Energy/ CNX. He has published numerous technical papers in the areas of natural gas engineering and well testing, but his primary devotion has been to undergraduate petroleum engineering education.

    Chase was a member of SPE’s Board of Directors from 1991–1994. He has served as chair of the Education and Accreditation Committee of SPE and president of the Association of Heads of US Petroleum Engineering Schools. He served one year as SPE’s representative on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in addition to serving as a visitor on numerous ABETS visiting teams.

    Chase received his BS, MS, and PhD in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State.

    ​Richard G. Hughes

    Professional-in-residence at the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering (PETE) at Louisiana State University

    Richard G. Hughes is a professional-in-residence at the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering (PETE) at Louisiana State University. He earned a BS in petroleum engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and held various production, reservoir and IT positions with Tenneco Oil Company, Dwights EnergyData and Amerada Hess.

    Hughes earned his MS and PhD in petroleum engineering from Stanford University, then joined the University of Oklahoma’s Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering as an assistant professor. His research interests include using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery and carbon sequestration, modeling multiphase flow in porous media and rock fractures, production data analysis, natural gas storage and reservoir engineering of unconventional resources.

    1.3 CEUs and 13 PDHs offered.

    Members: USD 450.00

    Non-Members: USD 550.00

  • Emerging Approaches to Fatigue Risk Management

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This web event includes presentations from two speakers on the topic. Dr. Mollicone will give an overview of biological factors that contribute to fatigue in a context relevant to the oil and gas industry. He will discuss leading tools to objectively quantify fatigue-related performance deficits and will demonstrate the brief 3-minute Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT). ______________________________________________________________ In the last ten years three new streams of R&D have upset the 100 year status quo of how we view light at night. Dr. Martin Moore-Ede will discuss the progress of this R&D, and some innovative new approaches to managing these risks and avoiding an LED-induced shift worker health epidemic.

    This web event includes presentations from two speakers on the topic.

    Dr. Mollicone will present an overview of biological factors that contribute to fatigue in a context relevant to the oil and gas industry. He will discuss leading tools to objectively quantify fatigue-related performance deficits and will demonstrate the brief 3-minute Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT).

    The brief PVT was originally developed to enable astronauts to assess their behavioral alertness while on the International Space Station. The brief PVT is now available on Android and iOS platforms for use by industry. He will discuss proactive approaches incorporating objective measures like the PVT that employers, employees and contractors in the oil and gas industry can take to reduce the risk of accidents at work and on the commute home.

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    In the last ten years three new streams of R&D have upset the 100 year status quo of how we view light at night. First, a growing body of human epidemiological studies and research on animal models has demonstrated a significant increased risk of breast, prostrate and colon-rectal cancers, as well as diabetes and metabolic syndrome in shift workers exposed to light on overnight shifts. Second, the discovery of a new visual system pathway, involving the photopigment melanopsin in the retina, has shown that these health risks of light exposure are mediated through blue light wavelengths which suppress melatonin and disrupt the circadian system. Third, largely driven by energy conservation, we have abandoned Edison's low-blue emitting incandescent light bulbs in favor of LED light chips which emit an intense blue spike right at the wavelengths which trigger maximum response in the melanopsin-health risk pathway.

    Dr. Martin Moore-Ede will discuss the progress of this R&D, and some innovative new approaches to managing these risks and avoiding an LED-induced shift worker health epidemic.


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    Daniel Mollicone, Ph.D

    Ph.D

    Dr. Daniel Mollicone, Ph.D. holds degrees in Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Mollicone's research and development activities focus on assessment of performance deficits associated with fatigue from sleep loss, night work, extended duty hours, and work overload.

    Dr. Mollicone has led projects to develop fitness for duty systems for industry. He has been Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I) on research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), on topics related to cognitive performance measurement, fitness for duty, and Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS).

    Martin Moore-Ede, M.D., Ph.D.

    Chairman & CEO of CIRCADIAN

    Dr. Martin Moore-Ede, Chairman & CEO of CIRCADIAN®, first became interested in the challenges of fatigue as a surgical resident working 36-hour shifts. As a Harvard Medical School professor (1975 – 1998), he led the team that located the biological clock in the human brain that controls the timing of sleep and wakefulness, and pioneered research on how the human body can safely adapt to working around the clock.

    In 1983 he founded the research & consulting group CIRCADIAN®, which now advises more than half of the Fortune 500 corporations & many international companies, on corporate shiftwork strategies and fatigue risk management systems. Among the new technologies that CIRCADIAN is currently developing for 24/7 workplaces are circadian-modulated smart LED lighting systems.

    Moderator - Steve E. Lerman, MD, MPH, FACOEM

    Occupational Health Manager,

    Clinical Center of Excellence & Americas South,
    Medicine and Occupation Health,
    Exxon Mobil Corporation

    Dr. Lerman received a BA in biology from Rutgers University, an M.P.H. from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and an M.D. from Washington University Medical School. He trained in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, completed a residency in Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine with broad expertise in Occupational & Environmental Health.

    Dr. Lerman joined ExxonMobil in 1988 and has served in a variety of positions within the Medicine and Occupational Health Department and ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc. He conducted several studies of the health of the workforce including studies to assess whether exposure to bright lights helps employees adjust to diurnal variations required in shift work.

    He chaired the ANSI Committee RP755 which developed a standard on Fatigue Risk Management Systems for Personnel in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries (RP-755) and the ACOEM Fatigue Management in the Workplace Taskforce which developed ACOEM's Guidance document on Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace.

    Dr. Lerman is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental & Community Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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  • Integrated Reservoir Modeling – Challenges and Solutions (Evening Session)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Presented by Dr. Mohan Kelkar

    Integrated reservoir modeling involves integration of geological, geophysical and engineering data to develop a comprehensive reservoir description. An appropriate application of the process involves several challenges. These include: scale and resolution of various data sources, quality and information content of information, qualitative observations and solutions of inverse models. The presentation will discuss various methods of overcoming these challenges. Through series of case studies, a work flow process will be discussed which will allow the development of multiple, history matched, reservoir descriptions which can quantify uncertainties in future performance. The proposed work flow is practical; at the same time, will overcome the drawbacks of conventional approaches.

    Dr. Mohan Kelkar

    Williams Endowed Professor and Chairman of Petroleum Engineering Department

    Dr. Mohan Kelkar is Williams Endowed Professor and Chairman of Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Tulsa. His primary research interest is in reservoir characterization and integrated reservoir modeling. He has worked with various oil companies and government agencies in developing practical solutions to integration problems. As a consultant, he is also involved in many reservoir studies which involve integration of various sources of data. He is the author of a best-seller “Applied Geostatistics for Reservoir Characterization," published by SPE. In addition, he has published numerous papers in various SPE publications.

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

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  • Robotic Drilling Systems

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/19/2014

    Since 2007, Robotic Drilling Systems AS (RDS) has developed robotic technology for an unmanned drill floor. This has included the development of a new generation of pipe handlers, iron roughnecks, elevators, slips, control systems and man-machine interfaces, and a new machine: the drill floor robot. RDS will present the results and status of its research and development program, and discuss how the robotic drill floor will be introduced in the industry.

    Since 2007, Robotic Drilling Systems AS (RDS) has developed robotic technology for an unmanned drill floor. This has included the development of a new generation of pipe handlers, iron roughnecks, elevators, slips, control systems and man-machine interfaces, and a new machine: the drill floor robot. The drill floor robot will perform the manual tasks carried out on the drill floor today. RDS presented a full-scale prototype of the robotic drill floor in 2010, and ran numerous tests through 2012.


    In 2013 RDS presented an industrial version of the drill floor robot, and are now designing and building an industrial version of the robotic drill floor. All machines are fully electrical robots with autonomous capabilities. RDS will present the results and status of its research and development program, and discuss how the robotic drill floor will be introduced in the industry.


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    Kenneth Mikalsen

    CTO, Robotic Drilling Systems AS, Sandnes, Norway

    Mr. Mikalsen is a process engineer with more than seventeen years of robotic research and development experience, with a strong focus on industry and customer integration. He has ten years of experience from general industry and automotive, and the last seven years in developing and introducing robotics in the oil and gas drilling industry. Mikalsen also has comprehensive experience from development and integration of ground breaking technologies.

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  • Progressing Cavity Pumping (PCP)

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/19/2014

    This is the fourth 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 will introduce 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. Final webinar will be 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. Click on each event listed below to register for all of the sessions you wish to attend.

    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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  • Facility Operability: Designing Operable Facilities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/18/2014

    The Oil & Gas industry has been designing and constructing facilities for decades, and they have all been started up and operated successfully. Why do we need to pay special attention to “Facility Operability?” The truth is that facility start-ups have been less than efficient and have resulted in months of delay before reaching nameplate rated performance. When planned and executed correctly, a comprehensive Facility Operability program should not result in added facility costs or delayed project schedule. In this presentation the speaker will share the things of primary importance with regard to ”Facility Operability” ie. the experiences and learnings of almost 10 years of working with these issues. This presentation is intended to be an interactive session where the audience will share experiences and ask plenty of questions.

    You may not be able to make 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 live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    The Oil & Gas industry has been designing and constructing facilities for decades, and they have all been started up and operated successfully. Why do we need to pay special attention to “Facility Operability?”

    The truth is that facility start-ups have been less than efficient and have resulted in months of delay before reaching nameplate rated performance. When planned and executed correctly, a comprehensive Facility Operability program should not result in added facility costs or delayed project schedule.

    The term “Facility Operability” means the ability of an organization to operate a facility in a safe and efficient manner. Although this goal is usually achieved, there always seem to be things that could have gone better, or designed better, or designed safer. These troubles can sometimes lead to major problems or major events. In aggregate, they can be very costly.

    A proactive Facility Operability system is intended to prevent various types of facility operation issues throughout the life of the facility.

    In this presentation the speaker will share the things of primary importance with regard to ”Facility Operability” ie. the experiences and learnings of almost 10 years of working with these issues. This presentation is intended to be an interactive session where the audience will share experiences and ask plenty of questions.


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    Bill Capdevielle

    President & Founder, Bill Capdevielle Enterprises, LLC

    Mr. Capdevielle is an oil & gas consultant with 39 years experience. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1971, and a MS in Systems Management from University of Southern California in 1975.

    Bill has diverse experience in the upstream Oil & Gas Industry. His experience includes various technical, management, and operations assignments. Bill served as an Offshore Installation Manager for Mobil North Sea and has spent the last 10 years working in the Facility Operability area.

    He retired from Mobil in 2000, and from Hess in April of this year to start his own technology innovation consulting firm. Bill specializes in finding nanotechnologies used in other industries and applying them to the upstream oil & gas industry. He also offers consulting in field development planning, facility operability, and project support.

    Bill is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineering, the Texas Professional Engineering Society, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Bill also served as a co-chair for the Oil & Gas Symposium at the 2013 and 2014 NanoTech conferences.

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