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  • Field Automation for data collection and control in O&G beyond SCADA

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/26/2018

    This presentation will discuss how the Internet of Things (IoT) is irreversibly changing the way businesses think about field automation and data collection, as well as the current state of leading edge IoT, the advantages and disadvantages of SCADA, and the future of leading edge IoT technologies.

    In this webinar, Ryan Benoit, Ambyint's Chief Technology Officer, will discuss how the Internet of Things (IoT) is irreversibly changing the way businesses think about field automation and data collection, as well as the current state of leading edge IoT, the advantages and disadvantages of SCADA, and the future of leading edge IoT technologies.

    Ryan Benoit

    Chief Technology Officer, Ambyint

    Mr. Benoit has worked in technology for over 15 years and has served in various technical roles where he advanced, mentored, and lead consulting, solution, and product development initiatives across a number of technology companies including Matrikon (acquired by Honeywell), Thoughtworks, NavNet, and Clarocity (formerly Zaio). He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

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  • How Can We Thrive In Deepwater Gulf of Mexico With US Shale Threats?

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/26/2018

    The talk will be focused on ideas and technologies that can be applied to achieve 20-50% improvement in CAPEX or operating efficiency without increasing risk profile. Specific field development ideas and efficiency improvements will be discussed.

    In our new reality of $50 – 60/bbl of oil, innovation and efficiency are critical to survive and thrive. Innovation is perceived to be a trial and error process where failure is necessary to learn. Adoption of new concepts and technologies is relatively slow in Gulf of Mexico because the perceived cost of failure is high.

    The talk will be focused on ideas and technologies that can be applied to achieve 20-50% improvement in CAPEX or operating efficiency without increasing risk profile. Specific field development ideas and efficiency improvements will be discussed. Active participation of operators and suppliers to bring such efficiencies would allow Gulf of Mexico (GoM) to remain relevant, support and compete with US Shale.

    Nikhil Joshi

    Asset Manager, Anadarko

    Mr. Joshi is currently asset manager for the western Gulf of Mexico facilities at Anadarko. He has 19 years of experience working in areas of flow assurance, production engineering, reservoir engineering  and fluid phase behavior. Nikhil has published over 40 papers related to flow assurance, phase behavior and multiphase measurements and presented at multiple conferences. He has a bachelors and masters from University of Houston in Chemical Engineering and a masters in finance from Harvard.

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  • Electromagnetics: Technologies for Reservoir Surveillance and Monitoring

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/24/2018

    This presentation will outline the theory of cross-well EM system, survey design and modelling, data acquisition configuration and workflow. Two field examples will be presented to demonstrate the usefulness of the method for fluid monitoring, reservoir characterization and locate by-passed hydrocarbon.

    The formation electrical resistivity is a basic petrophysical parameter used to evaluate subsurface reservoirs, particularly in petroleum fields. Data are normally collected in open holes immediately after drilling, applying galvanic or inductive physics in wireline deployed tools. The tools themselves are very well engineered devices in continuous development since the late 30’s. When used in combination with gamma ray and neutron porosity logs, resistivity logging data are frequently used to estimate lithology and fluid saturations and thereby evaluate the quality of oil bearing strata.

    As reservoirs become more mature it has become imperative to extend this knowledge deeper into the reservoir to better characterize the rocks and fluids distribution away from the wells, and thereby improve field management. This can be accomplished by applying tools that are sensitive to the reservoir scale. One of these tools is inductive crosswell electromagnetics (EM).

    Cross-well EM, initially developed in the 1990’s, involves applying inductive physics and 2D/3D inversion to interrogate the interwall resistivity distribution. The method has developed into a mature technology in the oil and gas community, especially for EOR and time lapse studies. A cross-well EM system consists of a transmitter in one well that broadcasts a time varying magnetic field in the 3D region surrounding the boreholes, and multiple receivers that detect the magnetic field in another well some distance away. The collected data are used to image the interwall conductivity structures providing insights to fluid distribution and saturation mapping. 

    With the same physics, one can place the transmitters on surface and keep the receivers in a well, then it is a surface to borehole EM measurements. Alternatively, the receivers can be placed on the surface and the transmitter is placed in a well, then we have borehole to surface EM measurements. Both source-receivers configurations can image subsurface EM structures, but with much larger investigation range than the crosswell EM.     

    This presentation will outline the theory of cross-well EM system, survey design and modelling, data acquisition configuration and workflow. Two field examples will be presented to demonstrate the usefulness of the method for fluid monitoring, reservoir characterization and locate by-passed hydrocarbon. The first example is time lapse survey in the Middle East to monitor water flood. The project consists of five surveys in two and half years. The data and interpretations clearly demonstrate the water flood pattern and effectiveness of using cross-well EM for monitoring. The second example is from a cross-well EM survey on two horizontal wells, the first ever in the world. The purpose of the survey is to understand the water breakthrough from a peripheral injector to a producer and map water flood path through a system of fractures. The data interpretation requires 3D modelling/inversion, a very challenge task considering the limited data coverage. The final resistivity model is used to compute saturation map and define by-passed hydrocarbon which resulted in placement of new wells. 

    Dr. Ping Zhang

    Principal Geophysicist, Schlumberger

    Dr. Zhang received his PhD degree in geophysics from Uppsala University in 1989.  He joined Schlumberger in 1999 where he is currently Principal Geophysicist. Ping was an assistant researcher in University of Montreal, Canada from 1990 to 1994 and an area geophysicist for Inco Ltd, a mining company in Canada from 1995 to 1998. His research has focused on the application of electromagnetic (EM) technologies for geophysical exploration and characterization, with emphasis on developing numerical techniques that are used for interpretation of EM data. Ping has worked on crosswell EM data quality control, processing, inversion and interpretation for petroleum applications. He is also actively involved in studies and development for reservoir monitoring and characterization. He is member of SPE and SEG.

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  • PSE Expert Hour -- Produce More From Your Field

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/17/2018

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

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    Determining the optimal operational strategy for an oil & gas asset requires addressing several complex questions simultaneously: which wells to operate, which to choke back, which to apply gas lift to, how to manage the production–facilities interaction and how to meet processing constraints. Malcolm Woodman, formerly with BP, will describe how next generation model-based optimization technology is increasingly used to address these challenges and is assisting operators in maximizing production while simultaneously reducing operating costs.

    Malcolm Woodman

    Production Optimisation Specialist, PSE

    Dr. Woodman started consulting for PSE in 2016, after more than 25 years with BP. For the last 10 years at BP, Malcolm was Project Manager, Program Manager and Technical Lead for the use of model-based optimization in BP Upstream. His key responsibility was the development of systems to allow the use of commercial production modeling packages for production optimization on the operating assets, not just by central modeling specialists. Malcolm is the author of many peer-reviewed journal papers and conference presentations, covering topics including three phase distillation, use of thermodynamics packages in industry, and production optimization.

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

    About PSE

    Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) is the leading supplier of Advanced Process Modeling software and model-based engineering and innovation services to the process industries. PSE Oil & Gas delivers next-generation model-based solutions to oil & gas operators and engineering companies for all stages of design and operation.

  • Prediction and Management of Fines Migration for Oil & Gas Production

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/12/2018

    Presented by Pavel Bedrikovetsky

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    Fines migration is the most common formation damage mechanism that challenges the economic viability of petroleum development projects. The phenomenon has been widely reported for production and injection wells, drilling, completion, waterflooding and pressure depletion with water support. It is explained by the lifting of reservoir fines, their migration and pore plugging with consequent permeability decline.  

    We introduce a maximum retention function for fines that models fines mobilization and allows coreflood interpretation, well impairment history analysis and well behavior prediction. The laboratory and field case studies presented validate the approach. The reservoir study presented shows how to use the coreflood- and well-history data for reliable prediction of productivity decline, its prevention, and mitigation.    

    The traditional view of fines migration is that it should be avoided because of its detrimental effect on reservoir permeability and hence well productivity. However, the permeability decline effect provides a relatively simple method for water mobility control. We show laboratory and field cases where, compared with “normal” waterflooding, the fines-assisted low salinity waterflood results in a significant increase in reservoir sweep due to fines lifting and permeability decline in the swept zone.  

    Additionally, in oil and gas reservoirs, the injection of a small fresh water bank into watered out wells, or above the hydrocarbon-water contact, decelerates the invaded water and significantly decreases water production. Huf-n-puf by low-salinity water significantly decreases water production in oil- and gas wells.  

    Reliable prediction of productivity decline due to fines migration and its effective management to enhance oil and gas production is the key message of this lecture.  

    This lecture stimulates the petroleum engineer’s thinking into productivity enhancement options and, in particular, that natural or deliberately induced fines migration may often assist in oil and gas production.

    Presented by Pavel Bedrikovetsky.

    Dr. Pavel Bedrikovetsky

    Professor, Petroleum Engineering, University of Adelaide

    Dr. Bedrikovetsky authored a seminal book on reservoir engineering and over 200 papers in international journals and SPE. His research covers formation damage, waterflood and EOR.

    Pavel holds an MSc in Applied Mathematics, a PhD in Fluid Mechanics and a DSc in Petroleum Engineering from the Russian Gubkin Oil and Gas University. He was a Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology and at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He boasts 35 years of industrial experience in Russia, Europe, Brazil and Australia.

    Pavel serves as a short course instructor and a Program Committee member at numerous SPE Conferences. He was a 2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer.

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  • HSE: Countering Human Trafficking Risks and Strategies for the Oil and Gas Industry

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/10/2018

    The city of Houston developed a countering human trafficking risk strategy as part of post-disaster for the business community. This includes understanding human trafficking and labor exploitation and post disaster risks. This presentation will discuss potential risks to the industry and provide recommendations for intervention and prevention of labor exploitation.

    The city of Houston developed a countering human trafficking risk strategy as part of post-disaster for the business community.  This includes understanding human trafficking and labor exploitation and post disaster risks.  In the aftermaths of a disaster, a sudden demand for workers can lead to the exploitation of workers. There has been a precedent of legal cases related to Hurricane Katrina and related to the oil and gas industry.  In areas where oil and gas development increases and especially in remote areas where workers and services may be limited, there is a risk for illicit labor recruiters to provide workers to contractors in their supply chain.  This presentation will discuss potential risks to the industry and provide recommendations for intervention and prevention of labor exploitation.

    Minal Patel Davis

    Special Advisor on Human Trafficking

    Ms. Davis serves as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Special Advisor on Human Trafficking, the first municipal-level position of its kind in the U.S. Appointed in July 2015, Ms. Davis is charged with making a local impact on human trafficking in the 4th largest city in the U.S. from a policy-level perspective and by advancing systems change. She developed and is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by a U.S. city. Ms. Davis is passionate about helping other cities in their own anti-human trafficking efforts, and has spoken on several local, national, and international panels to present the City of Houston’s approach. Ms. Davis received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from New York University.

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  • Importance of Characterizing Uncertainties in Multiphase Flow Predictions

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/29/2018

    Confidence in multiphase flow predictions can influence key decisions on design, location, and operations of pipeline and associated facilities. These decisions in turn can profoundly affect system reliability, operability, safety, and overall project economics.

    Confidence in multiphase flow predictions can influence key decisions on design, location, and operations of pipeline and associated facilities.  These decisions in turn can profoundly affect system reliability, operability, safety, and overall project economics. To the extent possible, multiphase predictions and recommendations need to be supported by quantitative assessments of uncertainty and level of confidence. Most of industry’s limited resources for funding research typically result in slight incremental improvements of flow predictions with little focus on quantifying the uncertainties and establishing level confidence in those predictions for field applications. An argument is made for spending more of our limited resources in characterizing uncertainties of existing models.

    Gene Kouba

    Research Consultant (Ret.), Chevron

    Dr. Kouba is retired from Chevron where he was a Research Consultant for Chevron’s Energy Technology Company. His research interests primarily include issues in multiphase flow transport and separation. He has authored or co-authored over 100 technical papers and 9 patents. He holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.  Kouba was the recipient of the 2014 SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Award.

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  • Cold Jet Expert Hour -- Increase Efficiency and Reduce Downtime with Dry Ice Cleaning

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/28/2018

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

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    This presentation will discuss the value of dry ice cleaning within the oil and gas industry. Dry ice cleaning utilizes recycled CO₂ in the form of solid dry ice particles as the cleaning media, which provides a non-abrasive cleaning solution that allows equipment to be cleaned without dismantling or relocation of tooling to other plant areas.

    David Watson

    Director of Business Development for Contract Cleaning, Cold Jet, LLC

    Cold Jet manufactures and distributes dry ice cleaning and dry ice production equipment worldwide.  David joined Cold Jet in the Inside Sales pilot program in 2008.  He was promoted 8 months later and relocated to Canada where, for the past 7 years, he has served as Regional Sales Manager of Canada.  During his time as a RSM, David managed all sales, growth initiatives, customer support and distribution relationships within the Canadian territory. In his time in outside sales, he consistently met or exceeded revenue targets and displayed the ability to plan, develop and execute effective business solutions.  As it happens, the contracting vertical was his most successful segment which accounted for more than 40% of his business year after year.  His transition into business development for the contracting segment arose due to a desire to grow professionally.  David’s current goals are to grow the contracting market and help support Cold Jet’s installed customer base via marketing initiatives that include – but aren’t limited to – tradeshows, publications, speaking engagements, open-houses and webinars.  David holds a B.B.A. in International Business from Eastern Kentucky University by way of education also in the Netherlands and Mexico.  

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    About Cold Jet®

    Cold Jet® is the world leader in developing innovative, environmentally responsible dry ice cleaning solutions that help companies reduce maintenance costs, enhance product quality, prolong equipment life and improve productivity and worker safety. Cold Jet's extensive line of dry ice cleaning systems are used in a variety of industries, making productive use of recycled carbon dioxide while eliminating the need for chemicals and water in the cleaning process. In addition, the company's dry ice production equipment is used by every major gas company worldwide to produce the highest density dry ice available.  Cold Jet is a private company with global headquarters in Loveland, Ohio, and international operations in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.coldjet.com or call 1-800-337-9423 or +1 513-831-3211 (International).

  • Blowout Prevention and Relief Well Planning for the Wheatstone Big-Bore Gas Well Project

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/28/2018

    The offshore Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia utilizes subsea big-bore gas wells as the preferred method of producing the field.

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    The offshore Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia utilizes subsea big-bore gas wells as the preferred method of producing the field. Wheatstone wells use a 9–5/8" production conduit from the top of the gas pay zone to the ocean floor. Well bores of this size are necessary to match the large productive capacity of the gas reservoirs they penetrate. This producing scenario provides the obvious benefit of yielding large volumes of gas through the use of relatively few wells. Each of those highly productive wells, however, also represents a source of gas that, if accidently allowed to flow unhindered, could present an uncommonly difficult well control challenge. It is for this reason that the Wheatstone Drilling and Completions Team evaluated a wide range of possible reservoir and well architecture scenarios to fully understand the possible scale of relief well responses that might be necessary in the event of a blowout. The conclusions from this evaluation were surprising. Our originally-planned well design concept called for penetrating the Wheatstone gas reservoirs with a casing shoe set 950m vertically above. Our analysis indicated that 3–4 relief wells would be simultaneously required to bring a blowout under control. Based on these results, both the well and the drilling execution plan were redesigned to minimize the number of required relief wells. In summary, the redesign amounted to setting casing immediately (i.e., = 3m) above the gas reservoir before actually penetrating it, with the resulting benefit of reducing the required number of relief wells to 2. Although this reduction is beneficial, it should be noted that there is only one documented subsea case where 2 or more relief wells have been drilled with the intent of simultaneously pumping into both to effect a dynamic kill. Given this fact, our well control-related preparations for executing this project were more extensive than that of preceding projects.

    This paper chronicles the full extent of the engineering and operational planning performed to ensure that no uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases occurred during the execution of the Wheatstone Project's subsea big-bore gas wells and, if a blowout were to occur, that the response to such an unprecedented event would be sufficient and robust. Covered in the paper are (1) reservoir deliverability modeling, (2) dynamic kill modeling, (3) gas plume modeling, (4) relief well trajectory and mooring planning, (5) pilot hole execution planning, (6) a newly applied LWD technology for sensing resistivity vertically below the drill bit and (7) a discussion of future research that has been identified as necessary to better define the fluid injectivity capabilities of subsea relief wells.

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  • Mind Reading, Listening and Being Nice

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/27/2018

    The webinar will offer straightforward practical steps you can use immediately in the workplace. Some interactive exercises will get you thinking about your own non-technical competence.

    Most organizations in the oil and gas industry realize that further improvements in safety and productivity will come from improving the people management skills of their people at all levels. However, so many programs of non-technical skills (also called crew resource management and human factors) are not as effective as they could be because they are too general. We have to be more specific about communication skills, team working, leadership skills, and situational awareness. In this webinar Dr Bill gets to the heart of the matter and shows how the basics of mind reading (yes, you can read people’s minds), really listening and being nice, are the foundation of most non-technical skills subjects. The webinar will offer straightforward practical steps you can use immediately in the workplace. Some interactive exercises will get you thinking about your own non-technical competence.

    Dr. William Robb

    Safety Improvers

    Dr. Bill of Safety Improvers has been delivering non-technical skills for companies in the oil and gas industry for 22 years. His special skill is in presenting complex behavioral and management issues in plain English. This enables people to apply what they learn about themselves quickly and effectively. Bill has assisted large and medium-size organizations in the oil and gas industry in over 13 countries improve people and asset performance by showing how straightforward techniques of people management can improve morale, productivity and safety. . Bill has doctoral degrees from the universities of Glasgow and South Africa and has published eight detailed manuals on improving safety performance. In July 2010, Bill received an award from the Aberdeen Branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for his outstanding contribution to health and safety in the oil and gas industry.

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