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  • Human Factors in Drilling: Are there practical tools for use at the wellsite?

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/12/2014

    Research sponsored by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and others has suggested that creating a sense of ‘chronic unease’ in relation to barrier integrity and operation of safety-critical systems, combined with understanding of the psychological issues that create error-producing conditions, will strengthen defenses against major accidents occurring. The question remains as to the best way to embed the necessary skills through teaching, coaching, and assessment and their integration into routine working practices. The purpose of the webinar is to present the concept of Threat and Error Management to the audience, to engage with them and to seek their feedback as to whether this approach is viable in today’s operational climate. If not, then what?

    Research sponsored by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and others has suggested that creating a sense of 'chronic unease' in relation to barrier integrity and operation of safety-critical systems, combined with understanding of the psychological issues that create error-producing conditions, will strengthen defenses against major accidents occurring. The question remains as to the best way to embed the necessary skills through teaching, coaching, and assessment and their integration into routine working practices. Experience from aviation suggests that successful implementation of non-technical skills needs to be combined with a clearly defined operational framework. Such an operational framework, however, is not widely observed in the drilling community at present.

    Threat and Error Management is an integral part of current aviation-based Crew Resource Management and has helped deliver the levels of safety that today we accept as normal. The webinar will make the case for introducing a similar approach in drilling operations, but by enhancing existing practices rather than through a wholesale new initiative. The webinar will illustrate how these concepts might be used in drilling operations to enhance routine risk management activities. It is hoped that active use of these methods in every-day drilling operations will help to instill a sense of chronic unease and concern for barrier integrity, thereby reducing the chance of minor anomalies cascading into major accidental events.

    The purpose of the webinar is to present the concept of Threat and Error Management to the audience, to engage with them and to seek their feedback as to whether this approach is viable in today's operational climate. If not, then what?


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    Dr. John L. Thorogood

    Independent Technical Advisor

    Dr. John L. Thorogood is an independent technical advisor to operators, service companies and research institutes in the areas of technology, technical policies, drilling automation, remote area exploration projects and arctic operations. He has researched human factors issues associated with the command and control of drilling operations. He worked in operations and technology for BP and heritage companies from 1973 until 2007 in many parts of the world, including deep-water and frontier exploration operations in Sakhalin, the Faroe Islands, UK sector, and in Norway. He is the author of more than 40 papers and has BA and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, is a member of the Editorial Review Committee and a member of the SPE/IADC Drilling Conference Programme Committee.

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  • Unlocking Ten Trillion Barrels of Global Oil Shale Resources; The State of the Industry

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

    Presented by Khosrow Biglarbigi

    The development of global oil shale resources has regained significant attention around the world in the past few years. Several factors have contributed to this, including high oil prices, emerging recovery technologies, increasing world demand for liquid hydrocarbons, and the continued decline in U.S. conventional oil production.

    The United States has vast deposits of oil shale – Nearly 2.0 trillion barrels across the eastern and western states. Significant oil shale deposits also exist around the world, particularly in the Middle East/North Africa, Russia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. The development of this massive resource, however, is constrained by a number of key factors including, but to limited to; 1) resource access, 2) technology, 3) economics, 4) environmental and regulatory issues, and 5) infrastructure.

    A comprehensive analysis has been completed to address these issues and assess the commercial viability of this resource in the United States and around the world. The analysis is based on a representative sample (about 70 Billion Barrels) of U.S. oil shale resource divided among multiple development “tracts”. Four (4) production technologies were also considered. These technologies included emerging in-situ processes as well as traditional mining with surface retorting technology. Each development “tract” was screened for the potential application of each recovery technology. A detailed economic evaluation was conducted for each “tract” and the selected technology. The analysis indicated that with a concerted effort from industry, local, state, and Federal governments, the oil shale potential reserves could reach up to 800 billion barrels in the United States and as much as 1.3 trillion barrels world-wide depending on the oil price.

    Khosrow Biglarbigi

    President/Director, INTEK Inc

    Mr. Khosrow Biglarbigi is the President and Director of Petroleum Engineering of INTEK Inc, an energy management consulting firm in Arlington, VA. He has over sixteen years experience in evaluating conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources, economic analysis, and public policy analysis.

    Mr. Biglarbigi is currently managing several oil shale exploration projects in the Middle East/North Africa region, utilizing both surface and near-surface retort technologies. Mr. Biglarbigi has earned both a M.S. and B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa. He has authored numerous publications related to oil shale, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Horizontal wells, resource evaluation and the development of oil and gas models. Mr. Biglarbigi was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the subject of oil shale in 2009-2010.

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  • Meeting the Challenges of Effective Occurrence Investigations

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/05/2014

    Occurrences (accidents and incidents), whether they take place in the transportation industry, health care settings or in highly industrialized plants, occur regularly and all too frequently, sometimes with fatal and disastrous results. Occurrences place a great burden on organizations, their workers, and at times the general public. They are very costly both in personal and financial terms, as are the investigations into the causes of these occurrences in terms of time and money. Drawing on hard experience gained by conducting systematic safety investigations in a variety of industrial settings, the webinar will address the challenges organizations face when confronted by the need to conduct a safety investigation.

    Occurrences (accidents and incidents), whether they take place in the transportation industry, health care settings or in highly industrialized plants, occur regularly and all too frequently, sometimes with fatal and disastrous results. Occurrences place a great burden on organizations, their workers, and at times the general public. They are very costly both in personal and financial terms, as are the investigations into the causes of these occurrences in terms of time and money.

    Not performing a comprehensive and effective investigation however, results in an often unrecognized cost which can be termed the “opportunity cost" – the failure to develop a full understanding of the contributing factors of the occurrence, thereby learning from it. In terms of ensuring a safe work environment, this may be the most significant cost to the organization. This “opportunity" cost is often expressed in the all too common response to occurrences – finding someone (the human) to name, blame, shame and train (or otherwise sanction). This approach may seem to be satisfying in the short term, however it rarely leads to significant improvement in safety or the prevention of further damages and cost in the future.

    Drawing on hard experience gained by conducting systematic safety investigations in a variety of industrial settings, the webinar will address the challenges organizations face when confronted by the need to conduct a safety investigation. Specific topics will include:

    • The impact of corporate safety culture on effective safety investigations
    • The contribution of human and organizational factors to occurrence causation, and how
    to investigate for them
    • How to ensure your organization has an effective investigation “system" in place
    • Why investigate, the types of Investigations and how to decide when to investigate
    • The role of the “part-time" investigator
    • The human factors of occurrence investigation - Dealing with investigator bias
    • Developing effective safety recommendations

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

    The web event will be of interest to all those interested in developing an effective investigation system, and in developing skills in effectively investigating the causes of accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions in their environment - for example Managers, OHS Committee members, Ergonomists, Accident/Incident Investigators, OHS and Risk Managers, and Injury Prevention Coordinators.


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    Maury Hill, MSc. Erg

    Consultant

    Following a career as a human factors specialist and occurrence investigator in the Canadian military, Maury Hill served 15 years with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, first as its technical authority for human factors, responsible for the provision of human factors support to accident and incident investigations. As such, he was the lead human factors investigator for several major rail, marine and aviation accidents. He used a systems approach to program development and implementation to successfully introduce a new approach to investigations, focusing on a systematic approach to the investigating for human factors in accident causation. He later became Manager, Macro Analysis, responsible for planning and directing a program of Macro Analysis projects, including cross-modal studies, in which trends, hazards and systemic safety deficiencies in the national transportation system were identified, analyzed and validated.

    He is currently providing authoritative consulting services domestically and internationally to industry, the International Air Transport Association, health care organizations and government in such areas as safety investigations, integrated safety management systems and organizational development, with a particular focus on human factors. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Carleton University, and a Master of Science in Ergonomics degree from Loughborough University, U.K.

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  • Oilfield Development

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The development and production of an oil or gas field is among the most involved and challenging business undertakings.

    Description:

    The development and production of an oil or gas field is among the most involved and challenging business undertakings. Learn the steps involved in field development, from its initial planning stages, through reservoir analysis, subsurface design and construction of surface facilities. This module also covers components of long-term production, reservoir management and facilities maintenance.

    Duration:  2 hours

    Content:

    • Overview
    • Stage One: Identification and Assessment of Opportunities
    • Stage Two: Analyze Alternative Development Options
    • Stage Three: Optimizing the Preferred Development Plan
    • Stage Four: Execution of the Field Development
    • Stage Five: Manage Field Performance over Its Life Cycle



    0.2 CEUs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • Gas Processing and NGL Markets

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course offers an overview of the expanding gas processing sector, which has been impacted by the rapid development of unconventional gas. It explains how rich natural gas is first separated into methane and NGL and transported to fractionation plants, where it is separated into ethane, LPGs (propane and butanes) and natural gasoline.

    Description:

    This course offers an overview of the expanding gas processing sector, which has been impacted by the rapid development of unconventional gas. It explains how rich natural gas is first separated into methane and NGL and transported to fractionation plants, where it is separated into ethane, LPGs (propane and butanes) and natural gasoline. Special attention is given to the various uses for these liquid hydrocarbons, the market prices and economics of various rich gas streams when separated and marketed into individual components and their historical international market supply-demand and pricing profiles.

    Duration:  2 hours

    Content:

    • Overview
    • Gas Processing and Fractionation
    • Market Options for Natural Gas Liquids
    • Supply, Demand and Pricing of Natural Gas Liquids
    • Comparison of Market Values of Dry and Rich Gases
    • Midstream Fees and Revenues from Gas Processing
    • Summary
    • References
    • Appendix: Some Gas Industry Acronyms



    0.2 CEUs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • Reservoir Management

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Describes the reservoir management techniques used to maximize production.

    Description:

    Describes the reservoir management techniques used to maximize production. Once production begins, the reservoir is only a part of a larger system, and understanding the relationships among all elements--the wellbore, tubing string, artificial lift equipment, surface control devices, separators, treaters, tanks and measuring devices--is crucial to economical and safe recovery.

    Duration:  1 hour, 40 minutes

    Content:

    • Rock and Fluid Properties
    • Natural Drive Mechanisms in Petroleum Reservoirs
    • Improved Oil Recovery
    • Reservoir Simulation
    • Reservoir Management: References and Additional Information



    0.17 CEUs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • Oil and Gas Industry Overview

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A comprehensive overview of the industry; learn what petroleum is, where it comes from and how it affects all of our lives on a daily basis. NOTE: This module is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic.

    Description:

    A comprehensive overview of the industry; learn what petroleum is, where it comes from and how it affects all of our lives on a daily basis. Become familiar with the various phases of the Oil and Gas Value Chain - upstream, midstream and downstream - the key industry players, the basics of oil and gas supply, demand and pricing and the challenges that the industry faces as demand for these important forms of energy grows by 50% in the next 25 years.

    NOTE: This module is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic.


    Duration:  2 hours

    Content:

    • Overview
    • Crude Oil and Natural Gas: From Source to Final Products
    • Measurement Units and Conversion Factors
    • Oil and Gas Value Chain
    • Main Global Players in the International Petroleum Industry
    • World Primary Energy Markets and the Role of Hydrocarbons
    • Important Oil and Gas Statistical References
    • Websites of Importance
    • Acknowledgments

    Members: USD 115.00

    Non-members: USD 150.00


    0.2 CEUs offered

  • Offshore Production Facilities

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    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), Includes Credits

    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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