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  • Business and Human Rights – What is Your Company’s Responsibility?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/09/2014

    Presented by Roper Cleland, Yadaira Orsini, Ursula Wynhoven, Nili Safavi

    This webinar is an opportunity to hear from three experts and further understand elements of business respect for human rights. Ursula Wynhoven, the General Counsel as well as the Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability for the United Nations Global Compact, will review the international framework for business and human rights with an emphasis on expectations of and opportunities for companies in the extractive sector. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are reflected in business standards ranging from IFC Requirements and the Equator Principles to OECD Standards for Multinational Corporations.


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    Roper Cleland is Senior Manager for the Social Responsibility Working Group at IPIECA. Before joining IPIECA, Roper worked in international development and human rights organizations, including on an Access to Justice program in Sri Lanka and on indigenous peoples programs. She is also a trustee at Concordis International, a peace-building organization with expertise in East Africa.

    Roper holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Vassar College and an MA in Social Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

    Yadaira Orsini is a political scientist from Javeriana University and holds a Master’s Degree on Security Studies in the Superior School of War, both in Bogota. She has worked as a researcher on business, conflict and human rights issues in think tanks in Colombia and Brazil and has worked as Social Responsibility and Human Rights Coordinator in Occidental Petroleum in Colombia.

    Ms Orsini has experience in the work with communities and national and multinational companies from the extractive sector and others such as agribusiness and construction, in addressing security and human rights issues, stakeholder engagement and conflict transformation.

    Currently, Ms Orsini is working in International Alert as Senior Programme Officer for Latin America, where she coordinates the work on business and human rights issues with extractive companies, civil society organizations and state agencies in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.

    Ursula Wynhoven is the General Counsel as well as the Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability for the United Nations Global Compact, the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. She is a member of the office’s Executive Team.

    In addition to managing legal affairs and governance matters, Ursula founded and is overall responsible for the office's work programs on the various dimensions of social sustainability, including human rights and labor principles, women’s empowerment, business and children, indigenous peoples' rights, and human trafficking, and on business and the rule of law.

    Ursula joined the UN Global Compact in 2002. Ursula worked in private legal practice and government human rights agencies in both Australia and the US before joining the UN. Ursula has also worked for the Secretariat of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s corporate responsibility initiative.

    Among other academic qualifications, Ursula has two Masters of Law degrees - from Columbia Law School, where she was also a Human Rights Fellow, and from Monash University Law School in Australia. She has been an Adjunct Professor in Corporate Sustainability, Transnational Business and Human Rights at Fordham Law School in New York since 2007. She is admitted to practice law in jurisdictions in Australia, United States (California), and England and Wales. Ursula is also a Trustee of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law and a Girl Scout troop leader.

    Nili Safavi is BP’s Human Rights Expert. She is a member of BP’s Environment and Social Responsibility Team within the Central Safety and Operational Risk function based in Sunbury, UK.

    Nili is responsible for: helping BP to align more closely with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; providing human rights expertise and support to BP businesses, segments and functions; developing internal tools, guidance and standards on respecting human rights and integrating into business processes; and
    developing capability within the company through training, workshops and online materials.

    Prior to joining BP, Nili worked for DNV as a social responsibility consultant, advising clients across a wide range of industries on managing human rights, labor rights and societal issues and impacts. She has worked for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on protecting human rights in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters and for NGOs on humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons. Nili began her career working at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigating and prosecuting white collar financial crime and later worked at an International Law form on international arbitration and litigation cases.

    Nili is of Iranian origin, grew up in New York City and now resides in London. In addition to English, she speaks fluent French, Farsi and Spanish.

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  • Predicting Droplet Size Distribution

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/25/2014

    Presented by Gene E. Kouba

    This presentation will discuss a modified two-parameter methodology in which the minimum droplet size that can be created from available energy along with the maximum droplet size that can survive in the flow are used to characterize the droplet size distribution. Evaluations of this methodology over a range of dispersion suggest that the approach can be universally applied to dispersion of liquid in gas, liquid in liquid, and gas in liquid.Increasing costs associated with separators - often in difficult, remote applications - drives the desire to improve separator selection and avoid over-sizing the device by improving confidence in separator performance predictions.


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    Gene E. Kouba is a senior research consultant in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company and works closely with Advanced Production Systems, Flow Assurance, and Compact Modular Production Systems teams. His areas of interest include measurement, transport, separation, and modeling of multiphase flows.

    Recent efforts have focused on methodologies for predictions of the following: smallest entrained droplet size, foam characterization, separator performance, probability of sand transport, sand bed removal rate, and improvements to “top-kill” well killing operations. He has developed and deployed several designs of compact separators and flow conditioning devices.

    Kouba received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University, Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and currently holds memberships in SPE, ASME, and Sigma Xi.

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  • Re-Fracturing: Timing, Prerequisites, Diversion and Application

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/17/2014

    Presented by George E. King

    Refracturing, as explained by a number of authors, is an accepted, efficient re-stimulation process for rate and recovery enhancement, with application roots in the mid 1950's, that has made an interesting and sometimes economical comeback in shale and other low permeability, liquids-rich reservoirs. This presentation will address the question of when refracs may be economical by examination of production data, (resource recovery, well pressures, rate, composition, etc.), geological factors (TOC, stresses, saturations, regional fracture presence, etc.), well layout (orientation, well spacing, frac spacing, cluster design, etc.) and frac design (fluid type, proppant quality, rate per cluster, etc.).


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    George E. King is a registered professional engineer with 42 years industry experience with most aspects of completion, well construction and well failure analysis. He is Apache’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor. He has written 67 papers, book chapters and articles. His work has focused on unconventional formations, sand control, perforating, fracturing and well construction risk analysis. Degrees include a BS in Chemistry (Okla. State), BS in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa where he was also an Adjunct professor in completions engineering at night for eleven years.

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  • Human Error: Why We Make Mistakes At Work

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/17/2014

    Presented by Andrew Dingee

    The human element is the most flexible and adaptable part of a company's management system, but it is also the most vulnerable to influences that can adversely affect its performance. With the majority of accidents resulting from less than optimum human performance, there has been a tendency to label them as human error. However, the term “human error" is of little help in safety management. How do you fix human error? Although it may indicate where in the system the breakdown occurred, it provides no guidance as to why it occurred. An error attributed to humans may have been design-induced, or stimulated by inadequate equipment or training, badly designed procedures, or a poor layout of checklists or manuals.


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    Andrew Dingee chairs the SPE Human Factors Technical Section and has designed a safety management for an operator. He worked extensively in aviation safety after leaving active duty from the Marine Corps where he was an aviation instructor. He transitioned to the oil and gas industry in 2010, bringing lessons learned from the recent revolution in aviation safety to the oilfield environment.

    He has worked with companies developing SEMS programs and doing SEMS audits. Andrew worked at a major operator. He is the author of “Hanger Talk”, which focused on the human error element of incidents.

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  • Water Treating—Taking the Mystery out of Water Soluble Organics

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/10/2014

    Presented by Dr. John Walsh

    Produced water, whether it comes from primary production, water flood, steam flood, or enhanced oil recovery, contains hydrocarbons that are dissolved in the water and hydrocarbons that are dispersed as droplets. According to regulations in the United States, as well as many other countries in the world, both the dissolved and the dispersed hydrocarbons must be removed before produced water can be surface discharged. The design of most oil and gas facilities includes units such as settling vessels and tanks,


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    Dr. John Walsh has recently joined Cetco as Director of Technical Water Treatment. He has nearly thirty years experience in water treatment having worked for Shell for over twenty years, and Westvaco Paper Company prior to Shell.

    At Shell, he was the Global Subject Matter Expert for Upstream Water Treatment. In that role, he provided troubleshooting, operational, design and water management support in all aspects of upstream water treatment including: produced water, water flood, conventional and unconventional hydraulic fracturing, polymer flood, seawater desalination, and evaporation technologies for steam flooding. He has provided first hand onsite troubleshooting support in 14 countries around the world.

    He is an associate editor of Oil and Gas Facilities magazine. He recently served on the Board of Directors of SPE. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Produced Water Society.

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  • The Human Factor:  Process Safety and Culture

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/28/2014

    Presented by Kenneth E. Arnold, J. Ford Brett, Andrew Dingee

    In July 2012 the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) held a two-day summit on human factors to create a common understanding of the strategic challenges for the oil and gas E&P industry, to identify what is known and unknown in the field, and to explore possible actions to accomplish the needed change indicated by the U.S. National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling report.

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    Kenneth E. Arnold, a consultant, has over forty-five years of industry experience with 16 years at Shell Oil Company. He founded Paragon Engineering Services in 1980 which was purchased by AMEC in 2005. Ken retired from AMEC in 2007 and is currently Senior Technical Advisor for WorleyParsons and an independent consultant providing project management, facilities engineering and engineering management consulting to the oil and gas industry. Ken was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005.
    Arnold is has served on the Board of SPE as Vice President of Finance and as the first Director of Projects, Facilities and Construction. He is on the Editorial Board of “Oil & Gas Facilities” and recently chaired a national Research Council report on measuring the effectiveness of offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems.
    Ken is co-author of two textbooks and over 50 technical articles on project management and facilities design. He has twice been chosen as an SPE distinguished lecturer and was named 2003 Houston Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Arnold has taught facilities engineering at the University of Houston and is a recipient of the SPE Public Service Award, the SPE DeGolyer Medal and the SPE Production Engineering Award.
    He has received an American Petroleum Institute citation for his work in promoting offshore safety and was recognized by the Offshore Energy Center in 2009 for his pioneering work in helping to develop API RP 14C. Ken is a registered professional engineer and serves on the advisory board of the engineering schools of both Tulane University and Cornell University, a Trustee of Southwest Research Institute.

    J. Ford Brett consults in the area of petroleum project management, and has delivered workshops and short courses in more than 20 countries. He has worked on numerous exploration and development drilling projects in the Bering Sea, North Slope of Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, offshore Trinidad, and the Overthrust Belt in Wyoming. He has been granted more than 25 US patents and is the author or co-author of more than 30 technical publications.

    For his work on improved oilwell drilling techniques, he was honored in 1996 with a nomination for the National Medal of Technology, the United States' highest technology award. In 2000, he received the American Society for Competitiveness Philip B. Crosby Medal for Global Competitiveness Through Quality in Knowledge Management, Best Practices Transfer, and Operations Improvement. Brett has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for SPE. He holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering and physics from Duke University (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa), an MBA degree from Oklahoma State University, and an MSE degree from Stanford University. Brett currently is the President of PetroSkills.

    Andrew Dingee chairs the SPE Human Factors Technical Section and has designed a safety management for an operator. He worked extensively in aviation safety after leaving active duty from the Marine Corps where he was an aviation instructor. He transitioned to the oil and gas industry in 2010, bringing lessons learned from the recent revolution in aviation safety to the oilfield environment.

    He has worked with companies developing SEMS programs and doing SEMS audits. Andrew worked at a major operator. He is the author of “Hanger Talk”, which focused on the human error element of incidents.

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  • Transferring Analytics into Oil & Gas: Powerful stories of the unexpected crossover of data analytics techniques between industry sectors.

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/14/2014

    Presented by Nicholas Clarke

    Despite the world being ever more connected data-wise, it remains relatively poor at sharing knowledge on how to solve complex problems. But look hard enough and you find that you can link unsolved problems in one domain to solved problems in another. New Technology is making innovative technology transfer a reality. In this webinar, we will present some powerful stories of how techniques and experience from one sector have crossed industry boundaries.


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    Nicholas Clarke. Following a career in academic research, Nicholas has worked with Tessella in the commercial technology sector since 1999. His wide ranging work has included developing Tessella’s award winning Asset Management and Performance Optimization Software. Moving through technical roles as an analyst and program manager, Nicholas is now Head of Analytics. The years spent crunching numbers required to model and visualize chemical bond formation are a strong complement to those spent more recently in solving practical problems in industry.

    They combine to give Nicholas a great feel for the creative use of data. Nicholas combines his own knowledge with the weight of experience of his Tessella colleagues to craft an analytics practice focused upon delivering tools and techniques to improve decision making under the most challenging conditions.

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  • Ethics for Engineers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/13/2014

    This hour-long presentation is intended to meet the continuing education requirements of most state boards and to remind engineers of some of the obligations they carry as part of their professional careers.

    In the webinar we will discuss the reasons why governments, primarily state governments, impose continuing training requirements in ethics, the place and history of ethics in society, specific ethical considerations for the engineering profession and the recently approved SPE Guide to Professional Conduct. This hour-long presentation is intended to meet the continuing education requirements of most state boards and to remind engineers of some of the obligations they carry as part of their professional careers.

    Larry Brown is a licensed professional engineer in Oklahoma and Texas. He is interested in promoting engineering professionalism throughout the petroleum industry, having served as both a member and chairman of SPE’s Engineering Professionalism Committee and chairman of the SPE task force on engineering certification.

    Brown’s undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and he holds MS and PhD degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering, respectively, from the University of Tulsa. He has practiced petroleum engineering for more than 40 years and is a Distinguished Member of SPE.

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  • Social Investment Performance

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/29/2014

    Presented by Alison Colwell

    Over recent years, energy companies have worked to expand traditional philanthropy into approaches that more explicitly address risk management, social license, and shared value objectives. The webinar will explore this evolution as well as discuss some of the major success factors and challenges associated with determining social investment priorities, managing design and implementation requirements, assessing social investment performance, and reporting on impacts.


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    Alison Colwell oversees the design and execution of BSR's projects on human rights, community engagement and development, responsible labor, strategy integration, and gender across industries, primarily with energy and extractives companies. She has conducted field work with communities and stakeholders in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Her human rights project work with the extractives industry includes implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (GPs) and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. She also co-created a tool for companies to assess human rights risks and opportunities aligned with the GPs, and a tool to prioritize community investment opportunities aligned with both company strategy and community needs.

    Prior to joining BSR, Alison worked with bilateral and multilateral international development agencies, including the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, the International Development Research Centre, and NGOs affiliated with the Organization of American States. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

    Alison holds an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University, and a B.Com. and a B.A. in Global Development Studies from Queen's University.

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  • Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells—Realizing the Paradigm Shift that has been 30 years in Development - SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/24/2014

    Presented by Dr. C. Mark Pearson

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    "The latest multi-stage well completion and stimulation technologies have revolutionized the development of unconventional resources."

    The presentation is divided into three sections:

    (1) A review of horizontal well stimulation technology development - including the authors first-hand experience of west Texas tests in the 80's, North Slope Alaska wells in the 90's, and current applications in a variety of unconventional resources.
    (2) A discussion of the two main types of multi-stage completion technologies being employed together with the application of both cross-linked and slickwater fracturing.
    (3) A case history from the Central Basin of the Bakken shale in North Dakota.


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    Dr. C. Mark Pearson is an SPE distinguished member who has over 30 years experience in both the E&P and service industries. He is a well known industry expert in the field of well completion and stimulation technology having published over 30 technical papers and having received a number of industry accolades for the economic impacts of his work.

    He is President of Liberty Resources LLC, a Denver-based independent E&P company currently focused on a 2-rig drilling and completion program in the Bakken shale oil of ND where he and his team have applied multi-stage completion and stimulation technology over the past 4 years to the extent that they use 35-stage horizontal wells as a standard for field development.

    Mark was an SPE lecturer in 2001-02 and 2012-13.

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