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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.

    0.15 CEUs Available

  • 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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  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as a Catalyst for Culture Change

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/22/2014

    Presented by Howard Duhon

    SOPs are frequently developed late in the project, after the design is completed and construction is well underway. They may be used for little other than operator training. Following the initial facility startup, they may even end up on a shelf collecting dust. In this environment SOPs have little influence on either the design or the operation of the facility. This webinar suggests methods for generating SOPs that accomplish the dual goals of improved design and improved, safer operation.


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    Howard Duhon is the Systems Engineering Manager and a principal of Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering, Inc. (GATE) in Houston, TX. He has 38 years of experience in the Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industries mainly in process design and project engineering roles.

    For the past 15 years that work has mainly involved deepwater developments and has been focused on managing the interfaces between topsides and other disciplines. Duhon has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Throughout his career he has had a particular interest in the study of decision theory and in the application of that knowledge to improve project execution.

    In 2013 he was named to the SPE Board of Directors as the Projects, Facilities and Construction Technical Director.

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  • 2013 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award Recipients

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/17/2014

    Presented by Dr. David DiCarlo, Dr. Shenglai Yang, Dr.Phaneendra Kondapi

    The SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award recognizes Petroleum Engineering Faculty who have demonstrated innovative teaching techniques.

    This webinar will feature best practices from the three 2013 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award recipients: David DiCarlo, Shenglai Yang and Phaneendra Babu Kondapi.

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    Dr. David DiCarlo is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a PhD in Physics from Cornell University, he has also worked as an Acting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and as a Physical Scientist with the Agricultural Research Service.

    His research focuses on applying advanced experimental techniques to understanding fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs. In particular, this research touches on three-phase flow (water, oil, and gas), surfactant imbibition, compositional displacements, flow stability, and the effect of nanoparticles on multi-phase flow in porous media. He is the author of over 60 refereed publications, and 20 conference proceedings papers.

    Dr. Shenglai Yang is PhD, Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the China University of Petroleum (CUPB) in Beijing, China. Dr. Yang has served in CUPB since 1996 where he is the leader of the teaching team and chief lecturer on the courses of “Petrophysics” and “Gas Production Engineering”. The course he taught was awarded “Excellent University Courses in Beijing” in 2009 and “National Excellent University Courses” in 2010.

    Sheglai Yang is also the lab head of Oil & Gas Field Development Engineering and conducts research work on properties of reservoir fluid and reservoir rock and on percolation mechanics in porous media. He holds 8 patents; has authored over 100 technical articles and edited 3 books. Dr. Yang has supervised over 100 master students and 5 PhD students. Shenglai earned a BS degree, MS degrees and a PhD in mining engineering from Taiyuan University of Technology, China; the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and China University of Mining and Technology, respectively. He finished his postdoctoral work in China University of Petroleum, Beijing.

    Dr.Phaneendra Kondapi has been a KBR Adjunct Professor of Subsea Engineering at University of Houston since January 2011. He designed and developed a new industry-ready graduate level course, Flow Assurance, and teaches using Reverse Circular Teaching method developed by him. He has also been involved in the development of first and only Subsea Engineering program in the US.

    Dr. Kondapi has worked with FMC Technologies as an Engineering Manager of Flow Management team in Subsea Processing group from 2010 to 2014. Prior to FMC, he worked with Multiphase Solutions – Houston, TRAX Corporation – Lynchburg, VA, ABB Simcon – New Jersey , Atlantic Simuation – New Jersey and Triangle Simulation – India for over 13 years around the globe developing flow assurance management systems and operator training simulators for process and power plants.

    He is an active member of the OTC Program Committee, SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section and SPE Global Training Committee. He is a founding member of AIChE-UEFA forum, Global Subsea University Alliance and founding faculty advisor of Subsea Engineering Society.

    Dr.Kondapi received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University, India.

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  • Managing Dual Careers—Work-Life Integration in a 24/7 World

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/27/2014

    Presented by Eve Sprunt, Ph.D.

    Three SPE Talent Council Surveys and a Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) survey provide valuable insights into how to enhance employee retention. The “big crew change" has altered the workforce in both visible and invisible ways. While it is obvious that more women are working in the petroleum industry, the transition from a workforce largely composed of “dominant earners" to a workforce with many dual career couples has also occurred.

    Eve Sprunt, Ph.D.

    Now a consultant, Eve worked for Chevron from 2000 through 2013 serving in a wide range of roles most recently as the Advisor, Geological R&D. From 2009 through mid 2012, she was the Business Development Manager, for Chevron Energy Technology Company. From 2006 through 2008, as University Partnership and Recruitment Manager, she managed Chevron’s worldwide recruiting and university philanthropy. Before that as the Senior Technical Advisor for Chevron Technology Ventures and Manager of the Advanced Energy Focus Area, she managed strategic research in non-hydrocarbon energy sources. Earlier, she served as Venture Executive in Chevron Technology Ventures for the Venture Equities and Energy and Power Funds. Her first role with Chevron was as Senior Science and Technology Coordinator, Health, Environment, and Safety, managing the corporation’s global climate change policy.

    Before joining Chevron, Sprunt worked for 21 years for Mobil Corp., including positions in upstream new business development. For the first 15 years of her career, Eve worked in research and development in a wide range of technologies, including formation evaluation, formation damage, and hydraulic fracturing, authoring 23 patents and having a significant impact on the assessment and development of major fields.

    In 2013, Eve was selected as the recipient of the highest award given by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The SWE Achievement Award is “Bestowed for an outstanding contribution over a SIGNIFICANT period of time in a field of engineering.” She was honored for “game-changing contributions to the petroleum industry, to the science and practice of geosciences and petroleum engineering, and to the advancement of women engineers.”

    A member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 1980, Sprunt was the 2006 President of SPE. In 2010, she was selected as the recipient of the highest honor that SPE presents to an individual, Honorary Membership. She was recognized as a prolific contributor to the dissemination of technology, as an author, speaker and as a tireless SPE leader, including serving as SPE President. Sprunt is a 2000 SPE Distinguished Member and served as a member of the SPE Board of Directors during 1991–94. She also served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer during 1998–99. Sprunt served as Program Committee Chairperson of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in 1988.

    She holds 23 patents and has authored 28 technical articles, edited two books, and has written over 120 editorials for petroleum industry publications including SPE’s member publication, Journal of Petroleum Technology and Hart’s E&P. She is a founder of the Society of Core Analysts and has served on visiting committees for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Colorado School of Mines. Sprunt holds BS and MS degrees from MIT in earth and planetary sciences and a PhD degree from Stanford University in geophysics.

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  • Challenges of Upstream Operations to General Separator Design

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/25/2014

    Presented by Mike Power

    The webinar will present an overview of current Gravity Separator Design Guidelines and how the guidelines are applied for Upstream Operations. Key to the design of separators are the challenges of upstream operating conditions including high turbulence, emulsions, solids, and surging rates among others.


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    Mike Power
    Senior Process Engineer
    Process & Process Safety, UEC
    BP Exploration, Sunbury UK

    Michael Power has 25 years of experience with BP Upstream Engineering Center specializing in Separation and Sand Management. He has extensive experience troubleshooting operational separation challenges and the impact of solids management on separator performance. Michael also has experience working for Petrochemical Contractors, National Oil Company, Chemicals, and in Refining.

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  • Cement Placement and Evaluation—Progress in Last 10 years

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2014

    Presented by Gunnar DeBruijn

    The main objective of a primary cement job is to provide complete and permanent isolation of the formations behind the casing. To do this, cement must displace all mud from the annulus. After having used rules of thumb or semi-empirical models to design this displacement process for years the industry started to use displacement simulators in the late 90s. The most significant improvements made regarding these numerical simulations over the last years will be presented and the practical limitations of these new simulators discussed.


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    Gunnar DeBruijn
    Schlumberger

    DeBruijn has 24 years of experience working in the oil industry, mostly in cementing. He has worked across Canada, North America and in Deepwater around the world supporting cementing and well integrity initiatives in almost every well environment: Arctic, CBM, CSS, Deepwater, ERD Heavy Oil, Horizontal, HPHT, Offshore, SAGD and Shale Gas wells. Gunnar received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 at the University of Alberta. He is registered as an SPE Professional, and a Professional Engineer in Texas, and Canada. Gunnar also contributes regularly to API Standards as a member of Subcommittee 10 on Well Cements. He is also active on standards such as API RP 90-1, API RP 90-2, API RP 96, API Bul. 97 which are relevant to Well Integrity.

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