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  • The Impact of Administrative Controls and Management Enforcement  on Human Performance

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/26/2013

    Presented by Edward Skompski

    When investigating incidents or accidents, there is a fundamental relationship between administrative controls (including procedures/policies) and the management portion of enforcement/accountability. The question is not only, "Do policies and procedures impact human performance?", but should also be "How much to policies and procedures impact human performance?". I want to discuss the role management and corporate culture have on the use of procedures and policies and what can be done to change both the management culture as well as the working culture with these documents.


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    Edward Skompski has an Engineering Degree from the University of Florida, 1989. He has worked for the past 16 years helping companies improve both Human and Equipment performance through better Root Cause Analysis and corrective action design. Through teaching accident investigation, performing investigations and audits, and working with companies implementing improved systems he has been able to improve the safety, reliability, and productivity of thousands of workers and hundreds of companies.

    Many industries including mining, pretrochemical, chemical, aviation and healthcare have benefitted from Ed's experience and expertise. In the healthcare industry for example, he has worked extensively with both Patient Safety and Risk management to improve the quality of care provided to patients, as well as improving the work place for healthcare professionals. Prior experience includes working in the fields of health safety and environment with years of experience managing environmental cleanup and characterization.

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  • Produced Water Management--“Waste to Value” - SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/19/2013

    Presented by Dwyann Dalrymple

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    Produced Water Management has become a worldwide concern.

    Local conditions and requirements vary significantly. The end result obtained of proper produced water management in the oil and gas industry is that it is a savings to the company, not a cost.


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    Dwyann Dalrymple is currently with Nalco as an Industry Development Manager and serves the PRODUCED WATER COMMUNITY (Middle East - Africa – Asia) Board of Directors as its Science Advisor. He worked as a Scientific Advisor for HALLIBURTON’S Conformance Technology/Production Enhancement Group for over 30 years, in all phases of water control and well preparation including conformance technology, clay control, and improved oil recovery methods as well as the development and implementation of those technologies. He has successfully consulted on procedures and job recommendations around the world. His most recent work led to the development and application of several novel chemical systems for water shut-off, gas shutoff, and improved wellbore integrity. He has authored hundreds of publications on these topics and holds 30 patents related to Conformance technology, acidizing, sand control, fracturing and cementing.

    Mr. Dalrymple was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2010-11 lecture season.

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  • Selection and Troubleshooting of Flotation Equipment for Produced Water Treating

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.3 credits offered Recorded On: 11/29/2012

    This Webinar will start with a broad overview of the different types of flotation equipment available on the market for produced water treating. Presented by John M. Walsh

    This Webinar will start with a broad overview of the different types of flotation equipment available on the market for produced water treating. Then the fundamental mechanisms of oil drop capture by gas bubbles will be described in some detail. Equipment design considerations will be discussed together with features of particular brands and models of equipment. Finally, representative performance data will be presented and discussed in light of the mechanisms and design details.


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    John M. Walsh is the subject matter expert for Shell in the area of produced water treating. He has more than 20 years experience in the E&P industry, having worked in the Shell technical centers for half of his career and in operating assets for the other half. He has designed water-treating systems, and provided troubleshooting support to assets all over the world including deepwater US, Brazil and Nigeria, the North Sea, onshore Europe, and onshore Middle East. He has experience in conventional produced water treating systems, and water treating for water flood, polymer flood, and steam flood. Having earned a PhD in chemical engineering, together with extensive experience in operating units, he brings a unique combination of fundamental knowledge with first hand practical experience. He has presented more than 40 papers on the subject of produced water treating at various conferences and workshops. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPE as the technical director for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline.
    John M. Walsh is the subject matter expert for Shell in the area of produced water treating. He has more than 20 years experience in the E&P industry, having worked in the Shell technical centers for half of his career and in operating assets for the other half. He has designed water-treating systems, and provided troubleshooting support to assets all over the world including deepwater US, Brazil and Nigeria, the North Sea, onshore Europe, and onshore Middle East. He has experience in conventional produced water treating systems, and water treating for water flood, polymer flood, and steam flood. Having earned a PhD in chemical engineering, together with extensive experience in operating units, he brings a unique combination of fundamental knowledge with first hand practical experience. He has presented more than 40 papers on the subject of produced water treating at various conferences and workshops. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPE as the technical director for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline.

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  • Perforating With Lasers: Are You Ready for the Power of Light?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/28/2012

    Presented by Brian C. Gahan

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    Lasers are on track to provide safe, non-explosive, damage-free perforations. The many advances, advantages, and uses for this technology are discussed.


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    Brian C. Gahan is founder and president of Laser Rock Technologies, LLC, a private energy consulting firm in Cary, Illinois, USA. He was a Senior Scientist and Manager, E&P Technology Development for 16 years in the Exploration & Production Research Group for Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines, Illinois. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering, Master of Chemical Engineering and an MBA in finance, and is a registered professional engineer. He is a longtime member of the SPE. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Gahan has authored and co-authored more than 40 papers and technical publications, and is a co-inventor on a U.S. Patent.

    Mr. Gahan was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2008-09 lecture season.

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  • Nanotechnology Applications in Drilling Fluids

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/06/2012

    Presented by Katherine Price, M-I SWACO

    Lasers are on track to provide safe, non-explosive, damage-free perforations. The many advances, advantages, and uses for this technology are discussed.


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    Brian C. Gahan is founder and president of Laser Rock Technologies, LLC, a private energy consulting firm in Cary, Illinois, USA. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist and Manager, E&P Technology Development for 16 years in the Exploration & Production Research Group for Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines, Illinois. He holds a BS in petroleum engineering, Masters in chemical engineering and an MBA in finance, and is a registered professional engineer. He is a 27-year member of the SPE, and a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the Laser Institute of America (LIA). In 2004, he was elected to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Gahan has authored and co-authored more than 40 papers and technical publications, and is a coinventor on a U.S. Patent.

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  • Simultaneous Stimulation Of Multi-Well Pads Using Multi-Zone Stimulation Technology

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/23/2012

    Presented by Randy C. Tolman

    The Distinguished Lecturer Program Presents:

    This presentation will describe the background leading to the conception and development of novel reservoir stimulation technologies, reveal lessons learned and refinements in their deployment, and disclose information on field implementation and economic impact.

    Take-away: Performing numerous stimulation treatments selectively, rapidly and in a cost-efficient way is essential to the economic viability of exploiting thick and multi-layer low permeability reservoirs.


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    Randy C. Tolman was project coordinator for ExxonMobil’s Piceance Development Project
    located in western Colorado. As a native of the Rocky Mountains, he joined Exxon’s Oklahoma City District in 1982 with primary responsibilities for on site supervision of completion operations in the Rockies. In 1985 he joined the start up team for Exxon’s LaBarge Project as first line supervisor. 1988-94 was spent in West Texas working secondary and CO2 flood oil recovery operations. He subsequently returned to Exxon’s LaBarge project in 1994 as Sr. Field Supt., and in 1999 began working with Exxon’s Upstream Research Company, assisting in development of the technology he will be presenting. He is listed as the Lead Inventor for 7 of the patents covering Multi Zone Stimulation Technology. In 2001 he transferred to Houston, Texas to work full time on tight gas sand development in ExxonMobil’s Production Dept. technology. He retired June 2010 from ExxonMobil and now runs a private consulting service.

    Randy was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2010-11 lecture season.

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  • New Options for Produced Water Treatment and Re-Use in Gas/Oil Shale Fracturing

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2012

    Presented by David Burnet

    The advent of multi-stage high volume fracturing of gas and oil shales has brought about the need to reuse frac flow back and produced brine for subsequent well drilling and completion operations. To meet this need, advanced water treatment technology is being developed and implemented in numerous projects in the U.S. and Canada. Along with the new field practices is coming the need to find more affordable and more rapid analytic techniques to monitor these processes.


    This web event covers the rapid onset of various techniques to manage produced water in unconventional development. We focus on first the need to reduce the water footprint of drilling and completion and then describe some of the successful processes that are being employed. We conclude with examples of advanced analytic techniques that Texas A&M GPRI is using in field trials to monitor its multi-stage pre-treatment processes in both the Marcellus and the Eagle Ford Shales.


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    David Burnett is the Director of Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) and is the Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Petroleum Engineering. He served as the Managing Partner of the U.S. DOE Project DE-FC26-05NT42658 Field Testing of Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems representing a $4 million joint partnership among university/industry and government organizations dedicated to reducing the impact of O&G operations in environmentally sensitive areas. He currently is one of the principals in the RPSEA funded EFD program focusing on integrating advanced technologies for low impact drilling. In addition through GPRI, he leads a research team developing advanced membrane filtration technology to reduce waste water volumes at rig sites, including flow back fracturing fluids. He received the 2006 Hearst Energy Award for Technology in the oil industry and his research team won Gulf Publishing’s 2008 World Oil Awards (environmental, health and safety).

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  • Diagnosing and Resolving Chemical and Mechanical Problems in Produced Water Treating Systems

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/18/2012

    Presented by Ted Frankiewicz

    In this talk, three interactive aspects of produced water treatment will be discussed: water chemistry; process hardware; and chemical treatment.

    The key message is that in order to design and operate a water treatment system that performs reliably and effectively, it is essential to understand and integrate the fundamentals of system chemistry, process operations, and equipment design.


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    Ted Frankiewicz has more than 30 years' experience with Occidental Petroleum, Unocal Corp., Natco Group, and, currently, SPEC Services. He has a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago, holds 15 patents, and has written more than 25 professional publications. At Unocal, he was responsible for developing the water treatment systems that were installed in the Gulf of Thailand to remove mercury and arsenic as well as residual oil from produced water. At Natco Group he developed an effective vertical column flotation vessel design and used CFD to diagnose problems with existing water treatment equipment, as well as designed new equipment. His combined expertise in oilfield chemistry, the design of process equipment, and the development of process systems has provided him with unique insights into the issues that challenge operators as their water production and water treatment costs escalate over time.

    Ted was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2009-2010 lecture season.

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  • Flow Conditioning Impact on Separations

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/12/2012

    Presented by Cris Heijckers

    An important factor in the performance of separation vessels is the distribution of fluid flows within the vessels. In this webinar we will discuss the effects of inlet piping layouts on the flow distribution as it enters a vessel. The main objective of this webinar is to provide basic insight in the effects of upstream piping layout on flow distribution into a vessel.


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    Cris Heijckers has a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, with process equipment as specialization. Upon completion of his thesis on the characterization of an Axial Flow demisting cyclone, he joined CDS Engineering. At CDS, he worked for ten years in Research & Development, (senior) process engineer and manager functions. The last six years at CDS he was responsible for process design and sales of separation equipment in the Asia Pacific region. In 2008, Cris co-founded Kranji Solutions Pte Ltd in Singapore, a company that specializes in separation knowledge and services such as CFD and design analysis studies, R&D and separation vessel design software. His R&D, offshore and design and analysis experience have provided him with in-depth insights into the intricacies of separation phenomena and equipment.

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  • Trapped Annular Pressure Mitigation with a Shrinking Spacer Fluid

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/31/2012

    Presented by Ben Bloys

    This presentation discusses the development of a new mitigation method approach for the challenges of thermal expansion and high pressure, causing the collapse of casing and tubing strings. This new method has created a water-based spacer fluid that will be used just ahead of the cement. This discussion covers the initial lab work, a mid-scale test-well trial and a full-scale land-based field trial of all the equipment and processes necessary to apply the technology in deep water.

    The technology was jointly developed by Chevron, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Lucite International and Baker Hughes.


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    Ben Bloys is the manager for Chevron’s Technology Alliance with Los Alamos National Laboratories. He also manages several University technology development programs. Ben worked for 17 years at the ARCO Technology Center before joining Chevron in 2000. He holds a BS degree in chemistry from Angelo State University (1984). He has 31 technical publications, 18 patents and is a member of SPE, AADE, ACS and API.

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