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  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental and Occupational Health Challenges

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/05/2013

    Presented by Mr. Michael Parker, Mr. Eric J. Esswein

    The presentation will review ongoing study and advocacy efforts being led by the American Petroleum Institute (API), focusing on EPA's national hydraulic fracturing study and their work in Pavillion Wyoming.

    Occupational health and safety practices to effectively control the chemical and physical hazards of this technology will also be discussed. There is a lack of published information regarding the variety and magnitude of chemical exposure risks to oil and gas extraction workers.

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    Mr. Michael Parker, Retired, ExxonMobil Production Company - Technical Advisor
    Mr. Parker recently retired after over 35 years of service as a Technical Advisor within ExxonMobil Production Company's Upstream Safety, Health, and Environment organization. Mr. Parker provided technical support and guidance to ExxonMobil affiliates world-wide on a range of issues including drilling and production discharges, underground injection control, spill prevention and control, facility decommissioning, artificial reef programs, marine environmental issues, carbon capture and storage, hydraulic fracturing and general issue management coordination.

    At retirement, Mr. Parker Chaired the American Petroleum Institute’s Upstream Environmental Subcommittee, the Carbon Capture and Storage Work Group and the Hydraulic Fracturing Workgroup and was Upstream Environmental and Regulatory Issue Management Coordinator for ExxonMobil Production Company. Mr. Parker is currently Principal of Parker Environmental and Consulting.

    Mr. Parker is a graduate of the University of Texas and Texas A&M University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Parker also serves on the Board of Directors of the Armand Bayou Nature Center.

    Mr. Eric J. Esswein, Captain, USPHS, Sr. Industrial Hygienist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Western States Office, Denver, CO

    Eric is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service assigned as a senior industrial to CDC/NIOSH where he has worked for more than 20 years. Eric conducts field-based occupational health research in oil and gas extraction as part of the NIOSH Field Effort to Assess Chemical Exposure Risks for Oil and Gas Workers.

    Eric holds bachelor and master’s degrees in environmental health/toxicology and public health/industrial hygiene and is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene. He is the first named inventor for two patents in the area of chemical detection and decontamination.

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  • Deepwater Well Construction Optimization

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/22/2013

    Presented by JC Cunha

    As our industry moves to new offshore frontiers, with exploration wells being drilled in increasingly deeper waters, this presentation will discuss some of the technical challenges present in such operations, the magnitude of the costs involved, the risks and the need for well-structured planning, operation follow-up and post-drilling analysis. This will include possible risk analysis studies, use of real time data and importance of compliance with safety and environmental standards and regulations. An approach to optimize deepwater drilling operations will be described.

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    JC Cunha is Drilling Manager for Ecopetrol America where he is responsible for the company’s offshore operations in the GOM and gives support for Ecopetrol offshore operations in South America. Prior to his current position JC was Well Operations Manager for Petrobras America working on the company’s ultra-deepwater drilling program in the GOM.

    Previously Dr. Cunha was a professor at the University of Alberta in Canada and before that he held several technical and managerial positions for Petrobras and Petrobras International in projects in South America, the GOM and Africa.

    He has authored more than 50 technical papers and also wrote chapters for two recently published SPE books. JC has a PhD in petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA. A past JPT Editorial Committee Chair, JC is currently the co-chair for the SPE Technical Communities Coordinating Committee (TC-CC).

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  • Petroleum Reserves Estimates – Where we Have Been, Where we Are and Where we Appear to be Headed

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/15/2013

    Presented by Ron Harrell

    This presentation clarifies what the term “oil and gas reserves and resources means in several contexts. All reserves estimates must be based on a sound understanding of the prevailing definitions and the value of adequate high-quality data. Trained, ethical and independent reserves evaluators must interpret and present these estimates. The term “independent" should apply to internal reserves staff as well as third-party reserves evaluators.

    This presentation will describe ongoing efforts by the sponsors of the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) issued in 2007 to engage evaluators worldwide to begin to explore evolutionary modifications to the PRMS embracing geological appraisal and technological advances since 2007. Included also will be a listing of many countries and stock exchanges adopting all or part of the PRMS for their regulatory reporting and governance.

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    Ron Harrell is Chairman Emeritus at Ryder Scott Company LP, He joined the firm in 1968 and retired in 2006.. Mr. Harrell has managed reservoir engineering and geological studies worldwide, including property evaluations for acquisitions and divestitures, financing, and reservoir management. He graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

    At various national and international conferences and in numerous other venues, Mr. Harrell has delivered hundreds of presentations related to oil and gas appraisals, reserves definitions and classifications as well.

    He has led the way in exploring emerging issues on reserve reporting requirements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Harrell is a past chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC). He chaired the four Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers forums that addressed SEC interpretive positions on petroleum reserves definitions. Mr. Harrell is a member of SPE, SPEE, API Houston Chapter and TIPRO as well as a licensed professional engineer in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. He continues his activities on the OGRC as SPEE”s designated observer.

    He serves on several industry boards including two universities, two not-for-profits and as a Senior Advisor for three privately-held organizations involved in petroleum exploration and development, investment management and private capital placement.

    Mr. Harrell was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2007-08 lecture season. He delivered 34 presentations in 17 countries during his tour.

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  • Effects of Complex Reservoir Geometries and Completion Practices on Production Analysis in Tight Gas Reservoirs – SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/11/2013

    Presented by Stuart Cox

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    Production analysis is commonly performed in tight gas reservoirs as this analytical technique can be used to quantify reservoir flow capacity, gas in-place, and reservoir geometry (both area and aspect ratio). The results have been used to estimate the effective drainage area, infer completion efficiency and evaluate infill drilling potential for tight gas reservoirs. The question addressed in this lecture is, “When performing production analysis, can complex reservoir geometries and completion practices cause linear flow, limited effective fracture half lengths and limited drainage areas to be predicted". The short answer is "yes". Complex reservoir geometries and post production completion techniques do influence the results obtained from transient production decline analysis. This talk will demonstrate the effects of stress dependent permeability, radial composite reservoirs and multi-layered reservoirs on the results obtained from production analysis. The completion issues addressed will include hydraulic fracture cleanup, fracture conductivity reduction and liquid loading. Laboratory studies and field examples will be presented that demonstrate the effect of liquid loading on well performance and the resulting production increase after the liquid loading was eliminated. The ability to analyze the effects clearly helped us to correctly evaluate well performance and implement steps to improve future well performance. For tight gas reservoirs it is common to observe limited drainage areas and linear flow geometries. In some cases these results are inconsistent with the expected geological structural and character of the reservoir. Complex reservoir geometries and flow conditions can contribute to this phenomenon. The one idea I would like members to take away from this lecture is that "Production analysis is a powerful analytical technique that can shed light on completion and reservoir performance. However, many common events that occur in wells can compromise the accuracy of the results and when properly addressed can result in improved well performance.

    Stuart Cox is a Senior Technical Consultant with Marathon's Technology Services organization in Houston, Texas. He has 28 years of experience focused on operations and reservoir engineering. Since 1990 Stuart’s primary focus has been production optimization of tight gas reservoirs. Over the past twelve months Stuart has made eight technical presentations outside the company at industry meetings on the topics of production analysis and well optomization. He was also a guest lecturer at Tulsa University and New Mexico Tech this past year. Stuart is an inhouse instructor for Marathon Oil Company for pressure transient analysis and production analysis. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1984 and is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Oklahoma. Stuart has authored twelve papers published by SPE on this topic.

    Stuart was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009-10.

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  • Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) Reliability

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 04/10/2013

    Where is the industry in terms of ESP technology and reliability? This presentation will strive to provide answers, plus provide information on work in progress around the globe that may also be applicable to understanding and improving ESP performance. Presented by Shauna Noonan

    Where is the industry in terms of ESP technology and reliability? This presentation will strive to provide answers, plus provide information on work in progress around the globe that may also be applicable to understanding and improving ESP performance.

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    0.15 CEUs Available

    Shauna Noonan, SPE, is a Staff Production Engineer for ConocoPhillips in Houston, where she works as an artificial lift specialist in the Completions and Production Technology group. Her current responsibilities include development and validation of artificial lift and completion systems for thermal applications and improving artificial lift reliability. Noonan has worked on artificial lift projects worldwide at ConocoPhillips and previously at Chevron for more than 18 years. She has chaired many industry artificial lift forums and ISO and API committees and is the author or coauthor of numerous papers on the subject of artificial lift. Noonan began her career working for Chevron Canada Resources and holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta. She is a member of the SPE Production and Operations Advisory Committee, Associate Editor for the SPE Production & Operations journal, and a member of the JPT Editorial Committee and the SPE Production and Operations Award Committee.

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  • Level Control Detection Selection

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/03/2013

    Presented by Roar Fjøsne

    Subsea Processing in general requires maintenance free reliable high-end instrumentation. In addition to current methods and technologies and what technology to be used in which cases, recent concept studies on radars, electromagnetism's and ultrasonic's will be addressed.

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    Roar Fjøsne works as a Senior Specialist Engineer at FMC Subsea Process Power, Process Control & Instrumentation. His main objective is to lead the R&D activities relevant for Subsea Process applications and to be the link between Customers and Suppliers.
    Mr. Fjøsne holds a bachelor in cybernetics and electronics and has 20 years of experience within Automation including engineering, programming and commissioning (EPC) prior to the last 6 years with FMC Controls and Instrumentation.

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  • Journey of Well Integrity

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/27/2013

    Presented by Paul Hopmans

    We will examine well integrity activities and answer the following questions: 1) How transparent are we and do we have proof that our wells are safe? 2) How are we handling public opinion as we strive to ensure environmental safety and retain the license to operate? This important event will also discuss what operators must apply to assure well integrity and what evidence they need to conclusively demonstrate that the well possesses the required integrity.

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    My name is Paul Hopmans. I was born on 11 September 1950 in the city of Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands as one of eight children and grew up in the country side.
    In education I enjoyed Technical college four years , Merchant Navy Engineering college four years, some years sailing in the southern hemisphere, and further studies for chief engineer.
    This was followed with four years in chemical industry, cryogenic gas plants. In that period I married and built my first house in the countryside. We have two boys and a girl who had the same pleasure of growing up in the countryside.
    I joined Shell as a completion and well intervention engineer in 1978, my main profession, with a considerable part of workover and drilling experience including subsea, offshore/onshore activities with brown and green field developments in Europe, Africa , Middle East and Asia.
    I was assigned the Principle Technical Expert (PTE) role for well integrity as a result of my passion for compliance to standards. This triggered my interested in IT and how to visualize compliance and the design of a well integrity management system. Its success led to the well engineering and well control applications that provide visibility in compliance, as well as the new era of communication platforms and real time optimization engineering/deep water drilling activities.
    As PTE I am involved in global industry standards for ISO well integrity in the operation phase and well integrity governance over life cycle- a new work proposal recently initiated. I am active as Chairperson for the SPE Well Integrity Technical Section, the Well Integrity Global Integrated Workshop Series, and regularly participate in SPE events. My aspiration is to provide industry with improved standards, effective communication of its application, and to yield a more safe environment.

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  • Capturing the Hearts and Minds of PE Students—Sharing Effective Teaching Approaches

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/26/2013

    Presented by Dr. Matthew Balhoff, Yildiray Cinar, Dr. Marshall C. Watson

    In this webinar, the three recipients of the Teaching Fellow Award will share their teaching practices that enable them to motivate students to excel. A common theme from all three is to show you sincerely care about each individual student and his or her success.

    Dr. Matthew Balhoff is currently an assistant professor in the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department (PGE) at UT-Austin. He worked as a postdoc in the Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM) group in the Institute of Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin from 2005-2007. Dr. Balhoff’s research consists of modeling flow and transport through porous, subsurface media with applications to hydrocarbon recovery, carbon storage and sequestration, and chemical EOR. He teaches courses on reservoir engineering, numerical reservoir simulation, fluid properties, and numerical methods with computer programming. Dr. Balhoff received his BS in 2000 and PhD in 2005, both in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University.
    A note from Dr. Balhoff: Students are most successful with instructors that interact with them inside and outside of class, have “active learning” exercises that encourage them to “learn by doing”, and collaborate with peers both on short, in-class problems and in major, team-based projects. An imaginary barrier often exists between faculty and students which hinders learning during these interactions. Students are often intimidated by their instructors because they are older, more educated, and appear busy. Furthermore, college instructors are often subject to stereotypes (such as being disconnected from young culture). These perceptions lead to students being intimidated, afraid to ask questions during class, and disinterested in visiting during office hours. This perceived barrier results in a classroom atmosphere that is absent of active learning styles. Instead of a learning environment that involves dialogue between students and faculty, student questions, and feedback to the instructor, students are left to transcribe notes for an hour. In this presentation, pedagogical techniques for breaking this barrier are described.

    Yildiray Cinar is a senior lecturer in petroleum engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He holds BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University and a PhD from Clausthal Technical University. His research areas of interest include experimental, numerical and analytical reservoir engineering, enhanced oil and gas recovery, special core analysis and CO2 sequestration. He has written more than 75 papers in these areas. He holds the 2011 Faculty Excellence of Teaching Award, 2012 SPE Asia-Pacific Region Distinguished Faculty Award and 2012 SPE Teaching Fellow Award. He is an associate editor for SPE Journal and Journal of Petroleum Sci. & Eng.

    A note from Mr. Cinar: In this presentation I will talk about project-based learning in petroleum engineering. First, I will give a brief description of project-based learning. Then I will present my 5-year observations of peer assessments, performance prediction and diversity of the students. The presentation will end with a few concluding remarks.

    Dr. Marshall C. Watson, Roy Butler Chair and Chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, has been a professor at Texas Tech serving on the petroleum engineering faculty since 2006. As the recipient of multiple teaching awards, he teaches undergraduate senior level design courses and graduate courses in EOR, property evaluation and unconventional reservoirs.
    Marshall received a BS from Cornell University and his MS and PhD from Texas Tech in Petroleum Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and three other states. Prior to arriving at Tech, his industry experience was with both major and independent oil companies, beginning with Shell Oil Company working as a production and reservoir engineer in the Permian Basin. Marshall has authored and co-authored several presentations, technical papers, and courses including the recently published SPEE Monograph 3, “Guidelines for the Practical Evaluation of Undeveloped Reserves in Resource Plays”.
    Marshall is member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the Roswell and West Texas Geological Societies. He was the SPEE 2012 President. Marshall has two patents, one for horizontal drilling and the other for hydraulic fracturing.
    A note from Dr. Marshall: This presentation will focus on techniques I have developed over the years to convey the theory taught in the classroom to application in the field.

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  • Modeling and Simplicity: Occam’s Razor in the 21st Century

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/21/2013

    Presented by Larry W. Lake

    This presentation gives a brief review of the use of models in reservoir engineering. It then reviews the use of simple (nonsimulation) models in current practice. The latter falls into the category of “cogent" models (Bratvold and Bickel) that allow the execution of multiple simulations and thereby enables decision-making.

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    Larry W. Lake is a professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds B.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and Rice University, respectively. Dr. Lake is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four textbooks and the editor of three bound volumes. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), won the 1996 Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal of the AIME, the Degoyer Distinguished Service Award in 2002, and has been a member of the National Academy of Engineers since 1997

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  • Overview of Current DFIT Analysis Methodology

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/14/2013

    Presented by Robert D. Barree

    The use of diagnostic fracture injection tests “DFITs" has become relatively commonplace in the fracturing industry. This web event will cover the basics of consistent test design and evaluation as it is currently understood. The presentation will focus on correct methodology for conducting and interpreting a DFIT, data that can be obtained, and the realistic limitations of the

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    Robert D. Barree is president and principal investigator of Barree & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in stimulation and well performance optimization. Previously Dr. Barree was a Senior Technical Consultant at Marathon's Petroleum Technology Center. His 24 years’ experience at Marathon developed extensive expertise in the areas of well completion, stimulation, numerical simulation, special core analysis, formation damage, rock mechanics, and equipment design. He has been involved in the development of hydraulic fracture design simulators and fracture diagnostic procedures since 1980 and is the primary author of the fully three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulator GOHFER.
    Dr. Barree is the author of more than sixty technical publications. He has served as SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of new philosophies in hydraulic fracturing. Dr. Barree has also served on many technical committees for SPE annual and regional meetings, Applied Technology Workshops, and Forum Series. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and Colorado School of Mines.

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