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  • Data-Driven (Fact-Based) Reservoir Modeling of Mature Assets

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/17/2014

    Presented by Shahab D. Mohaghegh

    In this webinar a novel approach to reservoir modeling that is based on measured data is presented. This technology that has been named “Top-Down Modeling – TDM" integrates fundamentals of reservoir and production engineering with latest advances in machine learning and predictive analytics. It is a formalized, comprehensive, empirical, and multi-variant, reservoir model, developed solely based on field measurements (logs, cores, well tests, seismic, etc.) and historical production/injection data.

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    Shahab Mohaghegh

    WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY & INTELLIGENT SOLUTIONS, INC.

    Shahab D. Mohaghegh, a pioneer in the application of Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining in the Exploration and Production industry, is the president and CEO of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (ISI) and Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University. He holds B.S., MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering

    He has authored more than 150 technical papers and carried out more than 50 projects for NOCs and IOCs. He is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer and has been featured, four times, in the Distinguished Author Series of SPE's Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT). He is the founder of SPE's Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics Technical Section that focuses on the application of AI and data mining in the upstream. He has been honored by the U.S. Secretary of Energy for his technical contribution in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (Macondo) incident in the Gulf of Mexico and was a member of U.S. Secretary of Energy's Technical Advisory Committee on Unconventional Resources (2008-2014). He represents the United States in the International Standard Organization (ISO) on Carbon Capture and Storage.

    Shahab D. Mohaghegh
    Intelligent Solutions, Inc. & West Virginia University

    Shahab D. Mohaghegh is the president and CEO of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. (ISI) and Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University. A pioneer in the application of Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining in the Exploration and Production industry, he holds B.S., MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

    He has authored more than 150 technical papers and carried out more than 50 projects many of them with major international companies. He is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer and has been featured in the Distinguished Author Series of SPE’s Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT) four times. He is the program chair of Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics, SPE’s Technical Section dedicated to data mining. He has been honored by the U.S. Secretary of Energy for his technical contribution in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon (Macondo) incident in the Gulf of Mexico and is a member of U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Technical Advisory Committee on Unconventional Resources. Shahab is the designated U.S. liaison (WG4) representing the Unites States in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for CO2 capture and storage.

    0.15 CEUs offered.

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  • Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing: An Overview of Well Monitoring with DTS and DAS

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/04/2014

    This seminar will introduce the audience to the concepts and applications of distributed fiber-optic sensing for well and reservoir monitoring.

    This seminar will introduce the audience to the concepts and applications of distributed fiber-optic sensing for well and reservoir monitoring. An overview of distributed temperature, strain and acoustic sensing, commonly referred to as DTS, DSS and DAS, will provide a basic understanding of the principles of fiber-optic distributed measurements and the types of instrumentation and sensing cables used to make these measurements.


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    Dennis Dria is president and petroleum technology advisor for Myden Energy Consulting, PLLC (2010-present). He has 36 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, including 9 years with the Standard Oil Company and 21 years with Shell, in a combination of upstream and downstream oil and gas R&D and E&P operating division positions.

    At the time he left Shell in 2010, he was a Staff Research Engineer working in the areas of fiber-optic technology development, fiber-optic data management and integration and technology implementation for well and reservoir monitoring. Prior to this he was Engineering Advisor for Shell’s Global Implementation Team for Reservoir Surveillance Technologies during which he identified appropriate in-well monitoring technologies for Shell “top 70” global development projects, resulting in field surveillance plans for more than 20 major E&P projects. He also was Shell’s Global Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Production Logging and Permanent Sensing and SME for Mud Logging.

    Under Myden Energy Consulting, PLLC, Dennis advises clients on the "right-fit" technology to provide key data and information which result in actionable recommendations for appropriate implementation timing and methods, and assists in deployment, data management, information extraction and interpretation. He has completed more than 20 consulting projects for 16 industry clients, including onshore unconventional gas and oil, deep-water dry tree and subsea wells/fields, and has developed and taught 4 fit-for-purpose short courses.

    Dr. Dria earned his BS in Physics and Mathematics from Ashland University (1977) and his PhD in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (1989). He is author or coauthor of 23 US patents and 15 technical publications and is a contributing editor to the current SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook. A 30+ year member of the SPE, he has chaired the SPE International Continuing Education Committee and the SPE-Gulf Coast Section Continuing Education Committee, served as technical committee member for the 2010 SPE Annual Technology Conference and Exhibition as chair of the Production Monitoring & Control technical subcommittee, served as a technical program member on several SPE Forums and Applied Technology Workshops, including the SPE Forum for Fields of the Future (2005) and the SPE Applied technology Workshops on Intelligent Completions (2008) and Reservoir Monitoring (2009), and chaired the SPE Applied Technology Workshops on Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Well and Reservoir Monitoring (2009-2013). Between 2008 and 2013 he gave 12 invited presentations at engineering conferences and workshops, including the conference keynote address at the 2011 International Conference on Reservoir Surveillance and Management, Xi’an, China. As 2011-2012 Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, he delivered his lecture on E&P Applications of Fiber-Optic Technologies to 25 audiences in 15 countries.

    0.15 CEUs offered

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  • Releasing Shale-Gas Potential With Fractured Horizontal Wells

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/24/2014

    Presented by Dr. Erdal Ozkan

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    This lecture presents a discussion of the characteristics of shale reservoirs and their impact on the performance of fractured horizontal wells. Key parameters of productivity are identified and explained. Emphasis is given to the estimation of the extent of reservoir fracture network, prediction of the efficiency of matrix drainage, and their impact on the estimation of well's drainage volume. The main idea to take away from this lecture is that some conven-tional reservoir engineering interpretations and practices may not be adequate (or appropriate) for shale reservoirs. Examples are presented to highlight practices/problems in the interpretation of well performance from fractured horizontal wells in shale reservoirs.


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    Dr. Erdal Ozkan is a professor of Petroleum Engineering and co-director of Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies at Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he was on the faculty at Istanbul Technical University. He has BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Tulsa, all in Petroleum Engineering. His research interests are horizontal well technology, pressure-transient analysis, modeling fluid flow in porous media, and shale reservoirs.

    Dr. Ozkan has authored or co-authored over one hundred technical papers, co-authored a book, and contributed chapters to the Well Testing Monograph and Reservoir Engineering Handbook of SPE. He has served as the Executive Editor of SPEREE, Chief Editor of The Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, and the Associate Editor of JERT. He was involved in the organization of several SPE conferences, forums, and workshops including the recent meetings on shale reservoirs. Dr. Ozkan is a member of the SPE RD&D Advisory Committee and a Technical Director of the SPE Research and Development Technical Section. He is a Distinguished Member of the SPE and the recipient of the 2007 SPE Formation Evaluation Award.

    Dr. Ozkan was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2011-12 season.

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  • New Deepwater Technologies From JPT Young Technology Showcase

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/20/2014

    Presented by Art J. Schroeder Jr., James Dech, Brock Williams

    This webinar event is mini-panel of young technologies deployed in deepwater which have been featured in JPT under the Young Technology Showcase series. It will feature a short keynote addressing the importance of new technology for present and future deepwater developments, followed by two presentations on Young Technologies.

    The two presentations include:

    1. A new Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) technique called EC-Drill for use on floating drilling vessels.

    2. Today's oilfields are continuously increasing in complexity, risk and cost. Because of these constraints, the gathering of reservoir surveillance data with permanently installed sensors or production logging tools (PLT) may often be cost-prohibitive or technically unfeasible.


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    Art J. Schroeder Jr.
    Manager for DeepStar® Deepwater Research Consortium

    Art has over 25 years experience in operations, engineering, construction, strategy development, and crisis management. He is currently providing consultancy services to DeepStar, a Chevron managed 80+ member consortium focused on collaborative space, deepwater technology identification and development. He sits on several corporate, professional, and civic boards and has published numerous technical papers

    Art was graduated from Georgia Tech with both a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering, and from the University of Houston with an MBA, major in Finance and International Business. He has also completed several post graduate certificate programs.

    James Dech
    Senior Drilling Engineer, AGR Subsea

    James A. Dech has over 34 years in the upstream oil industry with nearly 27 years in the development and evaluation of the application of new technologies. He is currently a Senior Project Engineer for AGR Enhanced Drilling providing engineering, technical, and software support for the development of the new MPD (Managed Pressure Drilling) system they are developing.

    Prior to joining AGR, he worked in a similar capacity with Ocean Riser System and was an international consultant working for companies primarily in Mexico and Norway. He also worked was a Vice President for 6 years for Maurer Engineering and 12 years for Atlantic Richfield Company where he was involved with the initial development and field testing of the medium-radius horizontal drilling systems and participated in several horizontal drilling projects around the world. He has a BSPE from Marietta College, Ohio in 1979.

    Brock Williams
    General Manager RESMAN USA

    Brock Williams joined RESMAN as General Manager for RESMAN’s North American operations in 2010. Prior to RESMAN, Brock spent 28 years working for BP in a variety of positions in Lafayette, Louisiana; Aberdeen, Scotland; Anchorage, Alaska and Houston, Texas. Brock’s last assignment in BP was Intelligent Wells Project Manager where he worked with technology providers to develop reservoir surveillance technologies.

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  • Embedding Sustainability Into Operations

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/21/2014

    Presented by Fernando L. Benalcazar, Michael Frederik Ellekjaer

    The increasing demand for production of oil and gas continues and for sustainability purposes, basic sustainability principles shall be considered for the future of our industry. The oil and gas industry has regarded, and some companies have adopted, the Brundtland Commission definition of Sustainable Development as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs", which was officially adopted 21 years ago at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.


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    Fernando L. Benalcazar is Vice President of Global Implementation and VP Latin America for Equitable Origin, the world’s first independent social and environmental certification, certificate trading and ecolabel system for oil and gas exploration and production, a company based in New York, Bogota and Quito.

    In this role, Fernando has responsibility for leading a team of functional specialists, providing leadership on implementation of EO Certification System for clients ‘senior management, establishing long-term partnerships with key stakeholders; and promoting sustainability culture, innovation and commitment among its clients.

    Benalcazar has more than 21 years of leadership experience in management, community affairs, EHS, field operations, corporate responsibility and challenging engineering and project development.

    Fernando joined Equitable Origin in July 2011 from APDProyectos and Tanganyika Oil and Gas where he spent 4 years in Syria and Ecuador, most recently as Vice President Corporate Affairs and EHS. Prior to these companies, with EnCana as Director of EHS where he served for almost 7 years in France, Canada and Ecuador; and with Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation for almost 9 years where he served in several EHS and community affairs roles in Oman, United States, Venezuela and Ecuador.

    In 1997, he helped establishing Occidental´s EHS Management System worldwide, from inception to implementation auditing; in 2004, he contributed to a new Corporate Responsibility Policy within EnCana focusing on governance, sustainability, stakeholder engagement, community programs, social risk assessment and safety processes.

    Benalcazar holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering from COPPE-Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in the United States, Past-President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) in Ecuador, Director in SPE Ecuador and member of SPE´s Sustainability Committee.


    Michael Frederik Ellekjaer is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility in Maersk Drilling where he joined in 2009 recruited to establish the new CSR function. Maersk Drilling supports global oil and gas production by providing high-efficiency drilling services to oil companies around the world. In recent years received a lot of praise for their CSR work, internally in the A.P. Moller Maersk group and externally in the industry amongst peers and customers.

    Michael leads a team of specialists within CSR while also having the overall responsibility for coordinating CSR efforts within other functions i.e. working with the environmental team, legal compliance officers, procurement etc and also takes a leading role in the overall APMM sustainability efforts.

    Due to these and other merits, Michael sits on the SPE Sustainability Committee and a member of the IPIECA Social Responsibility working group, and Michael is also a sought after speaker on the topic of CSR, especially regarding how to make CSR strategically relevant, the integration of CSR into the business and the change management needed to succeed.

    Formerly Michael was a management consultant focusing on business strategy and organizational transformation. Michael was instrumental to tripling the size of the consultancy where he was an equity partner from 2002 to 2008. Michael has held a number of honorary offices and as member of various boards of directors. In 2007 Michael took an executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School where Michael ended in top 5 with highest grades in all strategy classes and the final strategy thesis. By education Michael is an army officer including having served in Bosnia.

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  • LNG Basics for Petroleum Engineers

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/14/2014

    Presented by Michael Choi

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    This session will provide an overview of LNG liquefaction facilities, from inlet gas receiving to LNG storage and loading. However, the focus is on the liquefaction process and equipment. Differences among the commercially available liquefaction processes (cascade, single mixed refrigerant, propane-pre-cooled mixed refrigerant, double mixed refrigerant, nitrogen, etc.) will be discussed. The aim is to provide SPE members with a clear understanding of the technologies, equipment and process choices required for a successful LNG project.


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    Michael Choi is a Process Engineering Fellow in ConocoPhillips’ Global Production Department located in Houston, Texas. His specialties are production facilities, sour gas treating and LNG. He was the lead process engineer for CoP’s Qatargas3 LNG project. Prior to joining Conoco in 1985, Michael worked in various engineering capacities with El Paso Natural Gas, Aminoil and Getty Oil/Texaco.

    His work has led to a number of SPE publications and six US patents for separator design, emissions control system for glycol dehydrators and subsea processing and storage systems. Michael has been active in SPE as member of the PF&C Committee, program chairman and member of the ATCE and other international conferences and forums. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1974 with a BS degree in chemical engineering.

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

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  • Workflow for Applying Simple Models to Forecast Production From Hydraulically Fractured Shale Wells

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/09/2014

    Presented by John Lee, Professor of Petroleum Engineering and holder of the Cullen Distinguished University Chair at The University of Houston.

    The industry has devoted a great deal of attention in recent years to production decline models that might serve as alternatives to the Arps hyperbolic decline model for hydraulically fractured wells with long-duration transient flow. These efforts have arisen because the Arps model was developed for reservoirs in the boundary-dominated flow regime, whereas much onshore development in North America has focused on ultra-low permeability reservoirs, such as shale, which may remain in the transient flow regime for many months or years.


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    John Lee is Professor of Petroleum Engineering and holder of the Cullen Distinguished University Chair at The University of Houston. Lee holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Lee worked for ExxonMobil early in his career and specialized in integrated reservoir studies. He later joined the Petroleum Engineering faculty at Texas A&M, and became Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering. While at A&M, he also served as a consultant with S.A. Holditch & Associates, where he specialized in reservoir engineering aspects of unconventional gas resources.

    Lee joined the University of Houston faculty in September 2011. He served as an Academic Engineering Fellow with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington during 2007-8, and was a principal architect of the modernized SEC rules for reporting oil and gas reserves.

    Lee is the author of three textbooks published by SPE and has received numerous awards from SPE, including the Lucas Medal, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal and Honorary Membership. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

    0.15 CEUs offered.

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  • Result-Based and Earned Value–A New Integrated PM Approach

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/07/2014

    Presented by Williams Chirinos

    Statistics show that around 2 out of 3 projects have difficulties meeting the three successful criteria; delivered on time, with a final actual cost on or below budget, and in full compliance with the requirements. This webinar presents a new integrated project management approach to encourage organizations and project people to introduce changes in the way that projects are handled nowadays.


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    Williams Chirinos is president of INEXERTUS, Inc. a project management consulting firm specializing in providing software applications, training and consulting services to implement the latest and most effective project management techniques. 

    Chirinos has project management experience and expertise, substantiated by more than 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry and EPC environments. He obtained his Industrial Engineering degree in Venezuela and a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering at The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States.

    Chirinos is a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holder and an active PMI member since 2006. Currently he is an Associate Editor of the Oil and Gas Facilities for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and was a Technical Editor Reviewer from 2005 to 2012. He is also the President of the PMI Southern Alberta Chapter Toastmasters Club.

    0.15 CEUs available

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  • Hydraulic Fracture Identification and Production Log Analysis in Unconventionals Using DTS

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/11/2013

    Presented by Kyle Friehauf

    Typical North American shale wells are characterized by long horizontals and multiple stages of hydraulic fracturing. In most cases, the completions and production is left unmonitored. This requires the completion and reservoir engineers to assume that the fracs are being placed and are productive as designed, without any confirmation. In few select cases, the number of fractures has been determined with pressure diagnostics, radioactive tracers, or permanent fiber optic monitoring.

    This presentation will discuss an additional method which uses Distributed Temperature (DTS) with an intervention. This new method takes advantages of the fact that the cooling from a hydraulic fracture remains in the reservoir for long periods of time (months).


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    Kyle Friehauf is a Senior Completions Engineer in the Completions Technology group of ConocoPhillips in Houston. His responsibilities included identifying and developing technologies for hydraulic fracturing and other stimulation methods.

    His current focus is on interpretation of well monitoring data in unconventional resources. He has been at ConocoPhillips since 2009. He has a PhD from the University of Texas and BS from the Colorado School of Mines, both in Chemical Engineering.

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  • Oil and Gas Economics and Uncertainty

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/04/2013

    Presented by Rodney (Rod) Schulz

    Just about all petroleum engineers know how to calculate the basic econometrics: Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV) and Profitability Index (PI), as well as other calculations such as earnings, cash flow, etc. However, at the outset, does one actually know the parameters used in the calculations? Is there any uncertainty in costs, production rates and future product prices? In summary, oil and gas professionals work in an uncertain world with significant unknowns at every turn. This webinar will give an engineer a few tools and thoughts on how to quantify and think about their unique situations so that they can better serve their companies, the industry and society at large.

    Rodney (Rod) Schulz is formerly from ConocoPhillips where he held a variety of engineering (primarily reservoir), finance, and organizational efficiency positions throughout North America over 15 years. Since leaving ConocoPhillips in 2009, Schulz has served as an expert witness on oil and gas asset valuation for a federal bankruptcy court and a major international law firm.

    In addition to his oil and gas production experience. He has also served as the financial director/CFO for an organization with 150 employees in six states. In 2003, while still with ConocoPhillips, he started Schulz Financial, a retail investment advisory company that now manages $7 million for 27 households/40 clients and boasts a 98% client retention ratio through a very difficult time for equity markets. Currently, Schulz is putting together several oil and gas field redevelopment deals in south Texas while continuing to grow Schulz Financial and Schulz Consulting.

    Schulz has a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.