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  • Oil and Gas Economics and Uncertainty

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

    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.

    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.

    0.15 CEUs Offered.

  • Hydrocyclones for Water Treating—The Science and Technology

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/03/2013

    Presented by John M. Walsh

    Thirty years ago, the Colman-Thew paper was published describing the geometry and performance characteristics of a cyclone device for removing oil drops from water. Uptake of this technology occurred immediately throughout the industry.

    In this SPE Webinar, the fundamental science behind the hydrocyclone will be discussed together with practical considerations of model selection and implementation within a separation process. Field experience related to separation performance, detection and prevention of fouling will also be covered.

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    M. Walsh, SPE, is a principal engineer with GHD, an engineering and consultancy company specializing in water treatment. He recently retired from Shell where he was the global subject matter expert in upstream water treating.

    He has more than 20 years’ experience in the E&P industry, having worked in Shell technical centers for half of his career and in operating assets for the other half. He has designed water treating system, and has experience in nearly all areas of water treating for the oil and gas industry including conventional produced water treating systems, and water treating for waterflood, polymer flood, steamflood, sour hydrocarbons, and unconventional hydrocarbons.

    Walsh served on the SPE Board of Directors as the technical director for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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  • Flow Assurance-Managing Flow Dynamics and Production Chemistry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/20/2013

    This webinar presents an holistic approach to flow assurance.

    Assuring unimpeded flow from the reservoir to the refinery has game-changing impact on field development. Unnecessary investments can be avoided, when engineers are able to characterize and understand the fluid phase behavior controlled by the flow dynamics and production chemistry in well-bores and flow lines.

    This webinar presents an holistic approach to flow assurance. The course will introduce technologies, workflows and their deployment for the identification, characterization and management of flow impediments, such as slugging and precipitation of organic and inorganic solids.

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    Dr. Abul Jamaluddin is NExT Business Manager for North America and a Schlumberger Flow Assurance Advisor. He has over 22 years of industry experience with operators and the service industry. He joined Schlumberger in 1998 and has worked in business development and operations management in Americas, Middle East and Asia. His assignments included NExT Unconventional Program Director, Global Flow Assurance Advisor, Reservoir Sampling and Analysis Operations Manager for Middle East and Asia, and Fluids Business Development Manager for North and South America.

    He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, Canada. He is a co-inventor of eight patented processes and co-authored 100+ technical papers. He received three Best Technical Paper awards from GPA and CIM. He is an editor of SPEJ Production and Operations. He chaired IQPC conference, SPE Forums and ATWs.

    Dr. Jamaluddin was named the SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2004 – 2005 season and the SPE Distinguished Member in 2012.

    0.15 CEUs offered.

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  • Application of Low Viscosity Fluids to Hydraulic Fracturing – SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/14/2013

    Presented by Larry K. Britt

    The use of low viscosity fluids for hydraulic fracturing has a history as long as hydraulic fracturing itself. In the last fifty years, as more viscous fluids gained in popularity, the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids declined. In the last decade, however, the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids, such as, treated water in hydraulic fracturing has seen a resurgence in the industry. This presentation will focus on: Why this resurgence is occurring? Why use water as a fracturing fluid and why now?

    Larry K. Britt, NSI Fracturing, LLC, Tulsa, OK

    Since joining NSI in early 1999, Larry has specialized in the development and application of solutions to hydraulic fracturing problems throughout the world and owns and operates Britt Rock Mechanics Laboratory at the University of Tulsa.

    Britt’s experience includes the optimization, design, and execution of fracture stimulations and integrated field studies throughout the world. Prior to joining NSI he worked for Amoco Production Company for nearly twenty years. During the last six years with Amoco, he was fracturing team leader at Amoco’s Technology Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was charged with managing the development and application of fracturing technology for Amoco’s worldwide operations.

    Larry has twice served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, as a JPT editor, and on numerous SPE Forum Committees on Gas Reservoir Engineering and Hydraulic Fracturing. In addition, Larry has authored over thirty technical papers for the SPE on reservoir management, pressure transient analysis, and hydraulic fracturing as well as co-authored the SPE Primer on the “Design and Appraisal of Hydraulic Fractures”.

    He is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) where is on the Petroleum and Engineering Advisory Boards and a member of the Academy of Mines and Metallurgy.

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  • Shale Asset Management via Advanced Data-Driven and Predictive Analytics

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/13/2013

    Advanced Data-Driven Analytics provides much needed insight into hydraulic fracturing practices in Shale. Presented by Shahab D. Mohaghegh

    Advanced Data-Driven Analytics provides much needed insight into hydraulic fracturing practices in Shale. Unlike analytical and numerical modeling that are based on “Soft Data", Advanced Data-Driven Analytics incorporates “Hard Data". “Hard Data" refers to field measurements (facts) such as drilling information, well logs (Gamma ray, density, sonic, etc.), fluid type and amount, proppant type, amount and concentration, ISIP, breakdown and closure pressures, and rates, while “Soft Data" refers to variables that are interpreted, estimated or guessed (and never measured), such as hydraulic fracture half length, height, width and conductivity or the extent of the Stimulated Reservoir Volume (SRV).

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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 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.

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  • A Sustainability Perspective on the Real-World Environmental Impacts, Solutions, and Best Practices Across the Stages of the E&P Lifecycle—From Seismic Acquisition to Abandonment

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

    Presented by Melanie Brooke-Lander, David Hollas, David Hollas

    In this webinar we are particularly conscious of focusing on the distinctive Sustainability elements of Environmental Performance versus the elements one would typically see being addressed in the HSE community more compliance driven and technical and shorter time frames and not necessarily taking stakeholder views in to account nor de facto the social aspects of Environment.

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    Melanie Brooke-Lander, Baker Hughes - Moderator
    Melanie is Director of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Programs and Corporate Social Responsibility for the oilfield service company Baker Hughes. It was a newly created role when she stepped into it in 2009 and she has worked to establish and communicate Baker Hughes CSR strategy and practices and gain top-tier positions in investor rankings.

    Melanie has worked in the oilfield chemicals industry her whole career. She served for 5 years as the Chairman of the trade association, EOSCA (the European Oilfield Specialty Chemicals Association). In this role, Melanie collaborated with governmental agencies and other industry groups to shape the environmental legislation to protect the NE Atlantic Ocean from the impacts of oil and gas drilling operations. She is British and relocated from Aberdeen, Scotland to Houston in 2006. Melanie has an MSc in Applied Toxicology from the University of Surrey, U.K.

    David Hollas, Halliburton
    Throughout his career, David Hollas has maintained a strong interest in corporate social responsibility and environmental issues. He currently represents Halliburton, where he holds the position of Global Director of Sustainability and Environmental Performance.

    Before joining Halliburton in 2012, David held various environmental roles in other oilfield service companies, including National Oilwell Varco, Schlumberger, and Smith International.

    David's educational background is rooted in aquatic ecology, and he holds a master's degree in Environmental Science. He has published and presented numerous technical papers, including recent work on corporate environmental risk management. His work in the industry has been focused on environmental citizenship, impact reduction, and operational performance enhancement.

    In his role at Halliburton, he directs the company corporate citizenship and sustainability strategies and reporting. These issues are especially focused on hydraulic fracturing and manufacturing activities. In his free time, David helps coordinate volunteer tree planting events and is very active with various local conservation organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and the Houston Parks Board. David is a member of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and works frequently with the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

    Carmen Santamaria, Repsol
    Carmen joined Repsol, the main multinational Spanish O&G company, in 1987 and was recruited into Repsol’s Chemical Division. 

    She graduated in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Complutense and Environmental Engineering from EOI (Escuela de Organización Industrial) both in Madrid, Spain. Over the course of 23 years, her career has included assignments in Research and Development and the Engineering and Safety and Environment Division.

    In September 2011 she joined the Exploration and Production Business and is currently the environment and social management Manager. During the last 10 years she has been involved in environmental projects and studies worldwide.

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  • Deliquification of Horizontal Wells

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/30/2013

    Presented by T. Scott Campbell, Rajan Chokshi, Bill Lane, Stephen W. Turk

    Deliquification of Horizontal Wells will begin with discussions on applications of horizontal distribution, liquid loading, technologies used in vertical sections and challenges of deliquifying laterals. Presenters will then talk on state of the art technologies being utilized for horizontal wells and moving liquids, and will touch on planning lift methods during the life cycle of the well. The presentation will close with an open question and answer session.

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    T. Scott Campbell
    Scott Campbell is the US Business Unit Sales Manager for the Production Systems Group, Artificial Lift, Wellheads and Production Optimization. Mr. Campbell has been with Weatherford since 1992, with the start of his career at the McMurry Oil Tools manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Texas while earning a B.B.A. Marketing Degree from Sam Houston State University.

    Throughout his twenty years of artificial lift experience with Weatherford, Mr. Campbell maintained several positions including Field Sales and Service, District Operations and Sales Manager, Houston Business Development, Denver Account Manager, Rocky Mountain Sales Manager, and Global Business Unit Manager for Deliquification.
    As the North American Business Unit Manager for Deliquification Solutions, Mr. Campbell is involved in various industry functions including the SPE, the Denver Gas Well Deliquification Workshop, and has recently served on the ALRDC Board of Directors. Due to his involvement within the industry and his understanding of all forms of artificial lift techniques, Mr. Campbell led the development of the Weatherford Critical Velocity Reducing System (WCVR) which combines the multiple technologies of area reduction, foam assisted flow, and plunger lift to deliver maximum flexibility and unload extended-perforation interval gas wells.

    Rajan Chokshi
    Rajan works for Weatherford International as a Director of Training for Artificial Lift and Production Optimization Systems in Houston, TX.

    In a career spanning for almost 30 years, Rajan has worked on many petroleum and software engineering projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift design and optimization, and production optimization. He has made many presentations and continues to teach professional courses in the areas of artificial lift, gas lift, sucker rod pumping, multiphase flow, metering and production optimization. Besides training and competency, his interests are developing and nurturing young talent globally; technology integration and commercialization.

    Rajan holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the IIT, Kanpur, India, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, OK.

    Bill Lane
    Bill Lane is Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Weatherford Artificial Lift Systems and a member of the Weatherford Unconventional Resources Team. He has been with Weatherford and the former EVI for 19 years in various executive positions including vice presidential positions over the Progressing Cavity Pump Business Unit, the Elastomers Business Unit, Artificial Lift Systems Engineering, Compression Equipment, and Completion Equipment.
    Before joining Weatherford in 1994, Lane managed various engineering and manufacturing operations in the U.S. and internationally for Halliburton Energy Services. In 2003 he was the recipient of a Harts E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation.
    He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering Design, both from the University of Texas at Arlington. Lane has 37 years of experience in the O&G industry.

    Stephen W. Turk
    Stephen (Steve) Turk is the vice president of commercialization and competency for Weatherford’s Global Production Systems. A petroleum engineer, Turk has 29 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Before accepting his current role, Turk was vice president of Sales and Marketing for the US region from 2009 through 2012. He joined Weatherford’s Completion and Production Systems in 2003, and served as global director of the division through 2009.
    Prior to Weatherford, Turk was operations manager for Mission Resources Corporation, formerly Bargo Energy, from 1999 to 2003. He gained extensive experience in reservoir and production engineering working in a variety of engineering and managerial positions at Halliburton from 1997 to 1999, and Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation, where he began his career in 1984.
    A native of Pennsylvania, Turk earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College in Ohio. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

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  • Technical Aspects of Waterflooding

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/23/2013

    This one day virtual workshop looks at various elements within the domain of waterflooding including the design, practice, implementation, and surveillance of effective waterflooding.

    This one day virtual workshop looks at various elements within the domain of waterflooding including the design, practice, implementation, and surveillance of effective waterflooding. Each speaker shares their technical perspectives and challenges when it comes to this popular secondary drive mechanism.

    The presentation covers:

    •Waterflood process and design
    •Surveillance and monitoring
    •Challenges when water and oil mix
    •Impact on recovery efficiencies due to effective sweep during displacement

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    Professor Firoozabadi
    Professor Firoozabadi has published some 165 Journal papers in petroleum interfaces, thermodynamics of hydrocarbon reservoirs and production, and multiphase multispecies flow in permeable media. He has published mainly in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Journals, AIChE Journal, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Langmuir, Water Resources Research, Advances in Water Resources, Soft Matter, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, and Journal of Computational Physics. He has authored a graduate text,―Thermodynamics of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs,ǁ published by McGraw Hill in 1999. Firoozabadi has published some 70 papers in the Journals of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Journals. He is also the most published author in petroleum engineering in comparison to faculty members and scientists in petroleum engineering in the US. Firoozabadi’s major contributions include theoretical, experimental and advanced computational methods in thermodynamics, multiphase flow in subsurface, and kinetics of flow assurance in hydrocarbon energy production.  Firoozabadi has received three of the four major awards of SPE. These awards include the SPE/AIME Anthony Lucas Gold Medal (highest technical award), the SPE Honorary Membership Award, and the SPE John Franklin Carl Award, in recognition of setting the stage and new directions for petroleum production and environmental stewardship of hydrocarbon energy production. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.

    Baldev S. Gill
    Mr. Gill has over 14 years of professional and academic research in the areas of reservoir engineering practice, with specialty in reservoir simulation, field development, gas blow down studies, asphaltene precipitation and wettability. He has worked in the North Sea, Houston, West Texas, Michigan, Hague, Wyoming and California for large international companies including Schlumberger and Royal Dutch Shell. He has BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering, MSc Computer Aided Engineering, MSc Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London and Masters Chemical Engineering from Rice University. He has written and coauthored several technical papers in SPE journals. Currently he is a petroleum operations coordinator for Long Beach Gas & Oil, operator of the 8 Billion barrel Wilmington oil Field, which is under active waterflood. Awards and Honors . Invited Global Emerging leaders Conference from NAE, RAE and CAE, London . Invited Technical Speaker International Petroleum Week, London . San Fernando Valley, Engineers Council, Outstanding Engineering Merit Award Invited Robert Gordon Conference, Flow through Porous Media, Switzerland Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship Orange County Outstanding Engineering Merit Award National Academy of Engineering America-China Frontiers Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Paper Conference, London Imperial College London Fund: MSc Petroleum Engineering Schlumberger Corporation Scholarship, European Award Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Government Shell Oil Company Academic Scholarship; Rice University . Shell Oil Gold Service Recognition Award – Michigan Waterflood Field Development Visiting Scholar Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) . Halliburton Energy Services Case Award: Imperial College Research Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), UK Government Elected Professional Memberships Fellow of the Energy Institute, London (FEI) Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) Sr. Member American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Member Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Chartered Engineer, UK Engineering Council Former Chair of the Ethics Sub-Committee AIChE (50000 members) Chartered Petroleum Engineer and Chartered Chemical Engineer

    Dr. Abdus Satter
    Dr. Satter is the president of Satter and Associates, which was formed in Houston upon his retirement from Texaco in 1997. He has four decades of worldwide, diversified experience and expertise in reservoir engineering, reservoir simulator development and applications, water flood, enhanced recovery techniques and reservoir studies and operations. He has numerous publications in these areas. He has been involved in reservoir management projects in Cameroon, Denmark, Indonesia, Nigeria, Trinidad, USA, and UK. He has been active in consulting, teaching and training. Penn Well Publishing Company published his books as follows: Practical and Enhanced Reservoir Engineering: Assisted with Simulation Software (2008) Computer-Assisted Reservoir Management (2000), Integrated Water flood Asset Management (1998) Integrated Petroleum Reservoir Management (1994) Another of his books on Modern Reservoir Engineering – Fundamentals, Management, Recovery, and Reserves is in the process of being approved by Elsevier Company. He was 1996-97 Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer on Integrated Reservoir Management. He was again SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Asset Management throughout the Reservoir Life Cycle. He is an SPE Distinguished Member, Legion of Honor Member and Life Member.

    Dr. Ganesh C. Thakur
    Dr. Thakur is vice president, global advisor and fellow of Chevron Energy Technology Company. Thakur is a world-recognized leader in reservoir engineering & simulation, secondary recovery, reservoir and well productivity improvement, heavy oil, horizontal well technology and EOR. He is also known for the emergence of reservoir management (RM) —in particular waterflooding—as a key interdisciplinary practice. Dr. Thakur has an impressive list of publications and teaching engagements conducted around the world. His skills and expertise are called upon widely in the design and operation of RM programs, mentoring technical professionals, and serving as an ambassador of technical capabilities to National Oil Companies and Government Ministries. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and has served as Technical Director – Reservoir for the Board of Directors, and an SPE Distinguished Lecturer. Thakur has authored 60 technical and presidential column articles, three books, edited two SPE reprint series, and presented over 200 lectures/short courses around the world. He has been elected to represent the SPE on the National Petroleum Council (NPC). A past chairperson of the SPE Reprint Series, Thakur has served on the SPE Editorial Review and Forum Series committees and as short-course instructor on Integrated Reservoir Management and Waterflood Management. He received SPE’s 2005 Reservoir Description and Dynamics award, 2006 Penn State University’s outstanding alumni achievement award, and 1994 Orange County, California’s outstanding engineer of the year award. Thakur earned a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering plus an M.A. degree in mathematics, all from Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he earned an executive MBA degree from Houston Baptist University. He has served as an adjunct professor at USC, University of Texas (Permian Basin), University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and serving King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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  • Artificial Intelligence Applications in the E&P Industry and an Example of Short-Term Production Prediction Using Neural Networks

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/16/2013

    Presented by Dr. Luigi Saputelli

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used for more than two decades as a development tool for solutions in several areas of the E&P industry: virtual sensing, production control and optimization, forecasting, and simulation, among many others. Nevertheless, AI applications have not been consolidated as standard solutions in the industry, and most common applications of AI still are case studies and pilot projects.

    Dr. Saputelli is a petroleum engineer with 20+ years’ experience in reservoir engineering, field development, production engineering, drilling engineering, production operations and oilfield automation projects. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering (2003) from the University of Houston, a M.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering (1996) from Imperial College, London, and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering (1990) from Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela

    He worked as Production Engineering Senior Advisor at Hess Corporation (2009-2012), Halliburton (2003-2009) where he acted as technical lead of various major projects such as Petrobras’ Barracuda-Caratinga fields Real Time Operations project (2005-2006), PDVSA integrated modeling and field exploitation plans for Carito and Orocual fields (2006-2007). Dr. Saputelli later acted as Production Operations Regional Practice Manager and Field Development Global Practice Manager for Halliburton; also worked in PDVSA E&P (1990-2001) and acted as a well planning senior advisor, production technologist, reservoir modeling and simulation engineer.

    He has worked in various countries: Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Scotland and USA. He is an industry recognized researcher, lecturer, SPE Liaison and member of various committees. He has published over 50 industry papers and has three patents on applied technologies for reservoir management, real time optimization and production operations. He is currently President of Frontender Corporation and engaged in various Digital Oilfield implementations.

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  • Unconventional Completions--Wellbore Completions and Fracturing

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/09/2013

    This webinar discusses strategies for completing unconventional wells that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. This webinar defines completions as both the wellbore completion and the hydraulic fracturing. Presented by Aaron Burton, Sergey Kotov

    This webinar discusses strategies for completing unconventional wells that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. This webinar defines completions as both the wellbore completion and the hydraulic fracturing.

    Participants will learn the different types of wellbore completion options as well as the hydraulic fracturing options and how they compare in different applications. This will include plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems, coiled tubing-activated systems, fracturing fluids, proppants, additives, and general fracturing theory and design.

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    Aaron Burton is the business development manager for Unconventional Completions, a group primarily focused on the completion of shales and similar unconventional plays that require multistage hydraulic fracturing. Burton joined Baker Hughes as a field engineer trainee for completion tools after graduation. During his tenure in operations, he has held the roles of field engineer, operations coordinator, and district engineer. He has completed wells in several unconventional plays in North America, including the Bakken, Marcellus, and the Lower Huron.

    Burton holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.

    Sergey Kotov is the manager of the simulation, unconventional resources team, global marketing at Baker Hughes. He has over 17 years’ experience in stimulation of oil and gas reservoirs.

    He started with Canadian Fracmaster Company as a well stimulation department interpreter in 1995. After the acquisition of the company by BJ Services in 1999, he developed his career as a filed stimulation/cementing engineer. He designed and implemented hydraulic fracture treatments in all major oil and gas fields in Russia from the South of the Arctic Circle. As an application engineer of BJ Services Technology Research Center, he participated in the development and optimization of new stimulation technologies and implemented field trials in the US. He also provided technology transfer both domestically and internationally.

    As a senior stimulation specialist, Kotov provided engineering support to BJ Services operations in North Africa (fracturing, acidizing, water control, and etc.). He developed the stimulation strategy for several fields in Algeria and Libya.

    Kotov holds a M.S. in petroleum engineering from North Caucasus State Technical University in Stavropol, Russia; and a M.A in linguistics from State Linguistic University, Pyatigorsk, Russia.

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