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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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • 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


    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.