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  • Fracturing Without a Drop of Water - Lessons Learned Fracturing With LPG

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/10/2018

    Presented by Robert Lestz

    The practice of hydraulic fracturing has come under increased scrutiny in recent years for a number of reasons.  One technology developed to address the technical inefficiencies of fracturing also answered many of the environmental concerns. In 2008, fracturing with gelled LPG as an alternative to water was introduced to the industry to enhance well performance.  LPG offered a non-damaging fluid which originally came from the reservoir itself.  Due to its favorable viscosity, miscible, surface tension, and phase behavior properties, longer effective fracture lengths and fluid recoveries approaching 100% were envisioned.  Furthermore, it eliminated the use of water and the related water handling costs and long term disposal issues.  

    Today this technology/service is no longer available to the industry as the sole provider has left the market.  This presentation will review the hypothesis of why LPG is an ideal fracturing fluid and share historical successes, failures, and lessons learned along with ongoing efforts to advance the next generation of light hydrocarbon fracturing. Ideally members will take away a greater appreciation of the successes associated with LPG fracturing and an understanding that the business failure was not due to the technology but to its misunderstanding and  misapplications.

    Robert Lestz

    President, Greyhorse Engineering and Technology

    Mr. Lestz is a petroleum engineer with 34 years of industry experience. He co-invented the LPG Fracturing technology and worked at GasFrac as their CTO. He spent 22 ½ years at Chevron working in the areas of fracturing, artificial lift, completions, and well operations. He holds 5 patents and has additional patents pending. He previously served on the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council’s Board of Directors, the US DOE Oil Shale Ad Hoc Group, ICoTA US Chapter President, the advisory board of the University of Utah Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, and a SPE Distinguished Lecturer.

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  • Storage: The New Frontier of Integrity – What’s in it for Oil and Gas?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/03/2018

    Underground storage is currently a 100-year-old industry and integrity has always been at its heart. Are there some lessons to take home for oil and gas?

    Underground storage is currently a 100-year-old industry and integrity has always been at its heart.  Are there some lessons to take home for oil and gas?

    In many Oil and Gas projects, the asset’s life can be related to reserve depletion.  This is not so with storage facilities. Maintenance of aging infrastructure, together with the economic benefit versus cost, are the main drivers for defining storage lifetime. In natural gas storage, for instance, depleted reservoirs are cyclically-pressured up and down according to injection/withdrawal volumes and rates.  Pressure in these reservoirs is sometimes increased above the original formation pressure. Storage sites have to sustain repeated cyclic and, sometimes, erratic loadings for many years and there is no fixed lifetime or sell-by date.   What is great about storage is that there are plenty of published data to baseline and benchmark integrity performance. Oil and gas integrity regulations (NORSOK D-010, ISO 16530) brought the integrated view, management and systematic approach to decide when a well can be safely operated.

    In my presentation, I plan to address the following questions:

    1. What are the right questions to ask about the integrity of a storage facility?
    2. How do you baseline reservoir and well integrity for a monitoring period that could potentially be as long as 100 years and obtain consistent results through time?
    3. What are the forthcoming challenges and new frontiers?
    4. What lessons learnt or upcoming challenges can be shared with Oil & Gas projects?

    Nicolas Bonnier

    Drilling and Completions, Geostock

    Mr. Bonnier started with Geostock in 2009 and is currently the drilling and completions team leader where he has been driving Well Integrity since 2013.  Geostock is an international company specializing in consultancy, engineering, design,  construction management, operations and maintenance services for underground storage facilities.  In his previous career, Nicolas worked as a drilling and project engineer for Schlumberger IPM and the EPC contractor Eiffel Offshore. He holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London, UK, and from the School of Mines, in Nancy, France.  He is an SPE member.

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  • Career Resilience: Practical Tools

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/02/2018

    Coping with difficult times at work has become incrementally difficult, as large corporations as well as small companies expect every single individual to be resilient and even enthusiastic in front of adversity. But what is resilience and how could we forge our own resilience at work?

    Coping with difficult times at work has become incrementally difficult, as large corporations as well as small companies expect every single individual to be resilient and even enthusiastic in front of adversity. But what is resilience and how could we forge our own resilience at work?  

    Our comprehension of what is resilience at work, and what is needed to become resilient individuals is now more important than ever for Oil and Gas professionals, to better wade the tempestuous waves of the workforce, technology and even markets in our industry. Resilience can be taught, and may very well be the difference between thriving or succumbing when facing work difficulties.

    Maria A. Capello

    Executive Advisor, Kuwait Oil Company

    Maria Angela is an awarded advisor for the oil and gas industry, expert in field development and transformational management and leadership strategies. She has more than 33 years of experience, growing a solid knowledge of NOCs and service companies in the Middle East, USA and Latin America.

    She is currently an executive advisor in Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), and champions the standardization of reservoir management best practices across the company and key technical talent development programs. She is also the Lead Advisor of the KPC Professional Women Network, aiming to benefit the female workforce of the 9 companies of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation holding.

    With more than 57 publications, Maria Angela recently authored the book “Learned in the Trenches – Insights on Leadership and Resilience” (Springer, 2018). She believes that improving an individual, team, or corporation starts with clear strategic goals, communicated in simple and appealing ways. 

    Maria Angela is a Distinguished Member, Distinguished Lecturer, and international Distinguished Service awardee of the SPE. Chairs SPE Public Service Award Committee, is a JPT Associate Editor (Field Development), member of the new Business, Management and Leadership Council and is an advisor of SPE Women in Energy.  She was Vice-President of SEG, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, is SEG Honorary Lecturer and Lifetime Member, Chair of the SEG Women’s Network, and a member of the Board of Directors for the SEG Advanced Modelling (SEAM).  Maria Angela Capello has a MS of the Colorado School of Mines (USA), and is certified in Coaching, Business and Marketing.

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  • Leadership in the Digital Age -- Interview with Greta Lydecker

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/26/2018

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on how leadership challenges are similar yet different, in the world of digital transformation.

    Leadership is always important in any strategic program, but is the leadership challenge in a digital world any different that in safety or operational excellence programs?  To ensure global viewpoints and perspectives are considered, these interviews will feature top industry leaders who are developing and adopting digital solutions.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on how leadership challenges are similar yet different, in the world of digital transformation.

    Interview with: Greta Lydecker, Managing Director, Chevron Upstream Europe

    Interviewed by:  Jim Crompton, Reflections Data Consulting / CO School of Mines

    Greta Lydecker

    Managing Director, Chevron Upstream Europe

    Greta currently serves as Managing Director of Chevron Upstream Europe’s (CUE) Business Unit (BU).  Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, CUE manages exploration and production in the UK, Norway, Denmark and Greenland.

    Greta earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Allegheny College and a Master of Science degree, in Geophysics from Boston College.  She began her career with Chevron in 1982.

    Prior to joining CUE, Greta served as Vice President of the San Joaquin Valley BU, responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas production in California with core operations in eight field locations.

    Greta has previously held the position of President of Chevron Environmental Management Company (EMC). EMC provides environmental liability management and decommissioning services for Chevron in over 50 countries around the world. Projects include well, offshore platform and pipeline decommissioning and abandonment, site remediation and cleanup for refineries, service stations and terminals.  Over her career, Greta also held a variety of technical positions and roles in Gas Marketing, Corporate Planning and Finance, Asset Development, Drilling and Operations.  Greta served on Chevron’s Capital Stewardship Organisational Capability Design Team, and in her role as General Manager of Operational Excellence (OE) for Chevron Corporation, guided the overall strategic direction of OE including the implementation of the company’s OE management system.

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    Non-members:  USD 50.00

  • Siemens Expert Hour -- Modern Well Control Equipment: Metal Hard Hat, Fireproof Coveralls, Athey Wagon…..CFD!

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2018

    Content for this webinar is provided by Siemens. By registering, your contact information will be shared with the sponsor.

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    Alistair will explain how CFD and other simulation tools are utilized by Wild Well Control to quantify and reduce risk, plan operations and improve response effectiveness.  Subjects that will be covered will include gas dispersion, subsea plume modelling, fire simulation, cryogenic freezing, erosion along with a multitude of multiphase flow situations.

    Alistair E. Gill, P.E

    General Manager, Engineering Services, Wild Well Control

    Alistair is General Manager of the Engineering Services department at Wild Well Control. Wild Well Control is the leading emergency planning and response company in Oil and Gas. He has 27 years post graduate experience in mechanical and other engineering disciplines. He has worked in the energy industry, primarily in the upstream sector of the Oil and Gas industry, since 1998. Alistair developed a wide knowledge of computational mechanics and simulation in both structural and fluid dynamic disciplines. Has been a FEA/CFD practioner for 20+ years. Alistair has a 1st class honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and holds a Professional Engineering license in Texas, where he now lives and works. Engineering Services provides advanced simulation expertise in support of Wild Well Control’s emergency response and planning activities.

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    Content for this webinar is provided by Siemens. By registering, your contact information will be shared with the sponsor.

    Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of software solutions to drive the digital transformation of industry, creating new opportunities for manufacturers to realize innovation. With headquarters in Plano, Texas, and over 140,000 customers worldwide, Siemens PLM Software works with companies of all sizes to transform the way ideas come to life, the way products are realized, and the way products and assets in operation are used and understood. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

  • Crisis Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This webinar seeks to disconnect crisis management from public relations by discussing how individuals involved in crisis management behave, why processes and procedures can help crisis teams become more effective, and how communications should best be managed.

    Crisis Management is a key skill that is often neglected in today’s world. With ever increasing media pressure and stakeholder scrutiny, the manner in which a corporation seeks to protect its reputation and manage its human, technical, and operational assets is critical. Many books have been written on the subject of crisis management but the key elements of human behavior, situational awareness, and team connectivity are not always treated as an integrated network.

    This webinar seeks to disconnect crisis management from public relations by discussing how individuals involved in crisis management behave, why processes and procedures can help crisis teams become more effective, and how communications should best be managed. Crisis management is not a role for everybody but the objective of the presentation is to make everybody aware of the pitfalls and the dangers so that they can contribute to overall success in a crisis situation.

    Stephen Whittaker

    Speaker

    Mr. Whittaker spent more than 40 years in the oilfield service industry after graduating in aeronautical engineering from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He worked in field engineering and operations for 10 years and sales and marketing for 10 more before moving to communications for the remainder of his career. As director of communications before retirement, Stephen was a member of a core team that deployed a company-wide program designed to raise awareness of crisis management and communications within his organization. In addition to his technical education and development, Stephen has been a member of the SPE since 1976 and is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

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  • Passive Reservoir Monitoring by Use of Inter-well Tracers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/19/2018

    In this presentation, the speaker will briefly review the status of tracer technology, present recent improvements and highlight case studies that apply these methodologies.

    Click here for a sneak peek of the webinar.

    The use of tracers to monitor transport processes is a generic and versatile technique with a range of applications. In the subsurface domain, inter-well tracer testing has been used in more than 1000 injectors to monitor water and gas flooding worldwide the last 2-3 decades and has been used to map well-to-well communication and sweep and as a means to improve reservoir understanding. Recent tracer technology development, including new interpretation methodologies and access to a wide range of new tracers, has further strengthened this application of tracers. In this presentation, the status of tracer technology will be briefly reviewed. Recent improvements, including partitioning tracers will also be presented. Case studies that apply these methodologies will be highlighted. Operational challenges and pitfalls to avoid will also be discussed, as well as measures to be taken to assure reliability of the results.

    Dr. Olaf Huseby

    VP Technology & Interpretation, Restrack

    Dr. Huseby holds a PhD in Reservoir Physics from the University of Oslo (Norway). After PhD and Post-Doc studies in Poitiers and Paris on transport processes in discrete fracture networks, Olaf has 17 years’ research and consultancy experience in reservoir and tracer studies, including inter-well gas and water tracers, partitioning inter well tracers to assess oil saturation and single well tracer testing. He co-developed Restrack's interpretation schemes for inter-well and single well tracer data, including simulation as well as analytical techniques. He has published more than 40 scientific papers, and co-chaired and co-organized several SPE workshops, including SPE's 2014 and 2016 workshops on tracer technology that took place in Dubai and Kuwait respectively; and was co-chair of SPE tracer technology workshop that was held in March 2018 in Abu Dhabi.

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  • Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement: The Sky Scenario

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/19/2018

    A new energy system is emerging. The Paris Agreement has sent a signal around the world: climate change is a serious issue that governments are determined to address. By 2070 there is the potential for a very different energy system to emerge.

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    A new energy system is emerging. The Paris Agreement has sent a signal around the world: climate change is a serious issue that governments are determined to address. By 2070 there is the potential for a very different energy system to emerge.
     
    The Sky Scenario outlines what we believe to be a technologically, industrially, and economically possible route forward, consistent with limiting the global average temperature rise to well below 2°C from pre-industrial levels. It reveals the potential for an energy system to emerge that brings modern energy to all in the world, without delivering a climate legacy that society cannot readily adapt to. The changes are economy-wide, sector-specific, and amount to re-wiring the global economy in just 50 years.

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  • Creating Geologically Realistic Models Used for Reservoir Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/18/2018

    Presented by Dave Stern

    To make sensible reservoir management decisions, it is necessary to predict future reservoir performance. This allows testing and optimization of reservoir management strategies before making large investments. When displacement mechanisms change or geologic description is different from current well locations, this prediction is usually done with reservoir simulation models. Because geologic features determine the connectivity and productivity of the reservoir, it is important to ensure that models realistically represent the reservoir description in order to provide plausible predictions. Challenges associated with constructing these models include:

    1. Uncertainty in the geologic description – measurements are sparse, and do not always resolve the relevant features.  It isn’t always known which features are relevant to reservoir performance.
    2. Geometry and stacking of geologic objects like channels and lobes are difficult to represent in cellular models
    3. Multiple descriptions may exist that are consistent with available data

    This presentation describes how reservoir models are used in making reservoir management decisions, and outlines a strategy for creating realistic reservoir models. Examples are provided of applying some elements of this strategy and examples of application to conventional reservoirs are reviewed.

    Dr. Dave Stern

    Retired from ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

    Dr. Stern joined URC in 1984 with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT.  Research areas include experimental measurement of gas injection performance, development and use of simplified models for reservoir management, gridding and scale-up, and history matching. He led a team that developed tools for construction of simulation models from detailed geologic models, worked with software developers to implement that technology, and trained the rest of the corporation in its use.  Dave is the author of an SPE distinguished author paper on practical aspects of gridding and scale-up, describing learnings from that experience. Dave also led a team that developed tools and methods for history matching, with emphasis on preserving geologic realism during the history match process.  The team worked with software developers to implement the tools, and trained the rest of the corporation in their use. He finished his career at ExxonMobil as a reservoir engineering advisor to a large project that develops and maintains software for reservoir modeling and simulation. 

    Dave is a career-long member of SPE, and has served as session chair or discussion leader in SPE forums on gridding and scale-up, reservoir modeling for asset teams, and data analytics.

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  • Deploying Machine Learning on the Oilfield: From the Labs to the Edge

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/13/2018

    Deploying machine learning-based predictive models to the oil field is quite challenging. They are remote, hazardous, and have spotty connectivity to the cloud. The world of operationalizing a model is very different than the perfect lab environment where the models are born.

    Deploying machine learning-based predictive models to the oil field is quite challenging. They are remote, hazardous, and have spotty connectivity to the cloud. The world of operationalizing a model is very different than the perfect lab environment where the models are born. 

    In this presentation, we will present the requirements of our oil and gas customers and explain how we were able to meet those requirements, such that we could deploy a new generation of analytics with a complete software engineering discipline and mentality around it by taking advantage of the Microsoft IoT Edge platform. This is currently a pilot project under way and, due to the engineering principles in place, we are able to complete a loop from the field to the lab and back again.

    Matthieu Boujonnier

    Analytics Application Architect, Schneider Electric

    Mr. Boujonnier is responsible for transforming data scientists' dreams (read: quick and dirty python code) into reality (read: o18n on the cloud and embedded devices). However, should he tweak their data and models them better, he will not stop himself.  Data science is a mindset, not a curriculum.

    Before joining Schneider Electric, Matthieu was designing solutions for major telecom and IT Services companies (Orange, Atos) and especially for Schlumberger where he was part of the architecture team working on remote management infrastructures for field services (drilling, fracturing, acidizing) and production optimization (ESP). Matthieu received his Master in Computer Sciences in France (Polytech Montpellier) and Canada (UQAM).

    Fahd Saghir

    Solution Manager, Upstream Oil & Gas, Schneider Electric

    In his latest role Fahd is responsible for outlining automation and software solutions for the Upstream Oil & Gas market and provide support to Schneider’s regional/international teams with technical input which help solve diverse Oil & Gas problems using the latest operation and information technologies.      

    An Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Houston, who has 10+ years’ experience in Upstream/Midstream/Downstream Oil & Gas sector where he has been providing Smart Field solutions to National and International Oil  Companies. His focus has been in creating Optimisation Solutions based on the latest hardware and software automation technologies for the Exploration, Production and Operations verticals within the Oil & Gas sector.

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