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  • Smart Production Monitoring Enabled by Virtual Well Metering

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/25/2019

    ​Virtual Metering technology has been used in offshore oil and gas wells for over a decade with great success. They provide a cost-effective, yet reliable solution to monitor production continuously. They also serve as ready back-up to “physical” multiphase meters, which are both expensive and less reliable.

    Virtual Metering technology has been used in offshore oil and gas wells for over a decade with great success. They provide a cost-effective, yet reliable solution to monitor production continuously.  They also serve as ready back-up to “physical” multiphase meters, which are both expensive and less reliable.

    On one asset that has been producing for over 18 years, Virtual Metering enabled reliable production metering, where it was previously not possible to do any type of well testing.    In this case, the production metering process was successful because the Virtual Metering utilized multiple methods to predict flowrates and was able to keep predicting accurate flowrates, even as various pressure/temperature measurements / sensors in and around the wells failed over time.

    Another key component to the successful implementation of virtual meters is to leverage all data, including export meters, to calibrate the system. However, calibration presents unique challenges, especially in situations in which multiple wells are commingled and measured at a common meter. Recent advances in Data Analytics present a great opportunity to simplify the complex calibration challenge. On a recent project, several of the physical subsea multiphase meters were not performing reliably, and the back-up virtual meters required a higher level of accuracy (i.e., >99%), as these meters were used for allocation purposes.  With only one export meter available as a point of calibration, Data Analytics was used to automate the complex calibration process that led to more than an 80% reduction in calibration times. These developments and advanced in the technology has allowed the Virtual Metering software to be scalable for application on vast networks such as shale well and coal seam gas, in addition to conventional producing assets.

    Lastly, Virtual Metering technology has proven to be an excellent backup to full multiphase meters on each well.  Because Virtual Metering facilitates improved visualization of the whole field’s production performance, the users can determine if there are any biases in each individual multiphase meters and actually helps improve the accuracy of these “physical meters”.

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  • QRI Expert Hour -- Using Advanced Analytics, Computational Algorithms, and AI to Automate Geological Target Identification (and Other Geological Workflows)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/24/2019

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

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    The rise of advanced analytics in oil & gas has resulted in great efficiency gains especially in the area of automated field/reservoir diagnostics. However, the solution space is still labor-intensive, mired in subjective geologic interpretations and hindered by the lack of interdisciplinary data integration. In this webinar, a QRI expert presents a robust framework that fully streamlines opportunity identification, as well as a platform that automates geologic/engineering workflows. The technology uses a series of computational and data-driven algorithms to solve the various sub-problems encountered in the process of identifying field development opportunities.

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

  • Developing Data Science Specialties Targeting Oil & Gas Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/23/2019

    This webinar will try to shed some light on how the Oil & Gas industry can develop this critical proficiency in Data science and Data-driven technologies in order to reap the promised rewards of improving efficiency, cost savings, and enhancing operational safety.​

    Data science and Data-driven technologies, such as Data analytics and AI (Machine Learning, Deep Learning) have achieved real value creation in various industries such as Retail, Finance, Manufacturing, Advertising and Social platforms.  However, and in spite of the possession of large volumes of data by the Oil & Gas companies, they did not yet realize the full potential of these technologies and their data. This webinar will try to shed some light and share my thoughts on how the Oil & Gas industry can develop this critical proficiency in Data science and Data-driven technologies in order to reap the promised rewards of improving efficiency, cost savings, and enhancing operational safety.

    Zaki Al Awwami

    Saudi Aramco

    Mr. Al Awwami is an accomplished Information Technology Senior Systems Consultant with more than 30 years of experience working in the Oil & Gas industry.  He is skilled in IT Strategy & Planning, Big Data Analytics, Digital Transformation, AI/ML/DL technologies, Enterprise Architecture, HPC, High Performance and Enterprise Storage, Data Protection, Cloud Computing, Database and Data Warehouse solutions, System Administration, and IT Infrastructure Operations and Service Management. Mr. Al Awwami has a Master Degree in Computer Science.

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  • Preparing the Next Generation Workforce for the Digital Transformation of the Oil and Gas Industry -- Interview with Jessica Iriarte

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/23/2019

    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.

    Preparing the next generation workforce for the digital transformation of the Oil & Gas Industry is a critical task. The Big Crew Change of professionals hired in the 1970s and 1980s is largely over with and a new generation is taking their place. Beyond the obvious changes in technology, what other skills will the new petroleum engineer need and what new challenges will they face in the digital oilfield 2.0?

    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: Jessica Iriarte, Research Manager, Well Data Labs.

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

    Jessica Iriarte

    Research Manager, Well Data Labs

    Jessica leads the Research and Development team at Well Data Labs. The team analyzes large completion data sets to drive engagement with customers and to automate the recognition of events in time-series metered frac data. She holds BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering and has over 7 years of experience working with well completions, research, and data analytics.

    Jessica serves as the SPE Denver Section Young Professionals Chairperson and is a recipient of the 2018 Denver Business Journal Top Woman in Energy and 2019 SPE Rocky Mountain Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award.

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  • Understanding & Defining Well Barriers for Well Integrity

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/10/2019

    The terms "Well Barrier" and "2 Independent Barriers" are used throughout well integrity management literature. However, there are misunderstandings as to what truly constitutes a Barrier and what are 2 Barriers, as opposed to 2 isolations or redundancy. Physical Barriers, their construction or installation and verification against performance criteria are the foundation of establishing and maintaining a well's integrity. Understanding how a system of components (barrier elements) is used to establish a barrier can become complex especially when there are multiple sources each requiring their own containment. This webinar will discuss and review fundamental concepts, to bring some clarity to these essential topics.

    The terms "Well Barrier" and "2 Independent Barriers" are used throughout well integrity management literature. However, there are misunderstandings as to what truly constitutes a Barrier and what are 2 Barriers, as opposed to 2 isolations or redundancy. Physical Barriers, their construction or installation and verification against performance criteria are the foundation of establishing and maintaining a well's integrity. Understanding how a system of components (barrier elements) is used to establish a barrier can become complex especially when there are multiple sources each requiring their own containment. This webinar will discuss and review fundamental concepts, to bring some clarity to these essential topics.

    Tore Fjagesund

    Founder/Managing Director, Wellbarrier

    Mr. Fjagesund is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellbarrier, a company providing well barrier/well integrity software solutions and services.  He has degrees in mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering and has worked with well integrity issues since 1998. 

    Mr. Fjagesund worked with Flopetrol / Schlumberger from 1980 to 1991, doing well testing in Saudi Arabia and holding management positions in Brunei, Italy and Norway. He has worked as an independent consultant since 1992; mainly working with Norsk Hydro and Statoil on intelligent completion, well integrity and drilling and well management systems.  

    Tore  co-founded Wellbarrier in 2007 and is currently employed by Schlumberger to run the Wellbarrier business, following its acquisition. In addition to working with well integrity issues, he has set up management systems for drilling and well operations for several national oil companies in Norway and is a co-author of the Norsok D-010 standard.

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  • Wellbore Integrity Restoration: New Life for Old Wells

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/09/2019

    Presented by Greg Galloway

    As wellbores age, the potential for loss of wellbore integrity due to challenges such as, corrosion, stress, fatigue and other factors increase. Stimulation and tertiary recovery methods such as CO2 floods, as well as the introduction of disposal into depleted zones can negatively affect the wellbore by introducing conditions outside of the initial well design criteria. In a given field, many if not all wells will experience similar issues because the well design and life-of-well conditions are similar. Restoring wellbore integrity is a viable alternative to plugging and abandoning these compromised wellbores. 

    Both current and potential issues in production casing and tubing strings can be identified through a number of methods ranging from abnormal annular pressures to cased-hole logging techniques designed to measure the in situ casing dimension, cement presence and bond quality. 

    Once the wellbore condition has been identified, decisions can be made on the best method to restore that wellbore’s integrity. These solutions range from cement squeezes to seal the leak, to patches of various configurations to repair leaking connections, or long sections of the affected casing, to cementing a new string of casing or tubing into the wellbore. 

    This presentation will focus on identification of wellbore conditions and methods you can employ to restore wellbore integrity, thereby restoring production, maximizing recoverable reserves and preventing potential damage to people or the environment.

    Greg Galloway

    Product Line Manager, Weatherford’s Solid Expandable Systems

    Mr. Galloway's career has focused on drilling optimization and increased efficiency and has been involved in the early development of several oilfield technologies. He is Vice-Chairman of the AADE Deepwater and Emerging Technologies committee where he also served as Chairman. Greg held roles with SPE as a board member, has served on many industry programs, workshop steering committees, and session chair. 

    Greg has a Petroleum Technology Degree, has authored over 30 technical papers and is named inventor on over 25 patents related to drilling optimization, drilling with casing, expandable tubulars and particle-impact drilling.

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  • How to Build and Manage a Team of Community Liaison Officers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/09/2019

    Community liaison officers play a critical role in developing and maintaining relationships with communities in and around the sites of company operations. When their role is structured and supported well, they make an essential contribution to a company’s social licence to operate; they are key to the implementation of international standards and other corporate commitments; they provide insight and local knowledge which enhances the company’s ability to manage a range of risks and uncertainties; and they are a familiar and accessible face with whom community members can raise concerns, realise opportunities and resolve grievances.

    Community liaison officers play a critical role in developing and maintaining relationships with communities in and around the sites of company operations. When their role is structured and supported well, they make an essential contribution to a company’s social licence to operate; they are key to the implementation of international standards and other corporate commitments; they provide insight and local knowledge which enhances the company’s ability to manage a range of risks and uncertainties; and they are a familiar and accessible face with whom community members can raise concerns, realise opportunities and resolve grievances.

    In 2017-2018, Clare Bebbington (Audire Consultants) and Emma Wilson (ECW Energy) carried out research to explore some of the challenges faced by CLOs in their frontline roles. The research included a survey of over 120 CLOs from 31 countries and representing 25 companies. The results were published in an SPE paper in 2018 and led to the development of a toolkit for companies building resilient community liaison teams, launched by IPIECA in 2018. In 2019 Clare and Emma launched a new phase of the project, exploring the ways in which gender influences corporate community engagement in resource-extraction projects. This webinar will explore the key findings from Phase 1 of this project and reflect on how the IPIECA toolkit has been used since its launch, and will also provide some insights into the current phase of the project.

    Clare Bebbington

    Consultant

    Ms. Bebbington runs her own non-technical risk consultancy advising international companies, industry associations and civil society organizations. She has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, much of it managing non-technical risk for major investments in challenging political and security environments. She has led Fellowship programs in good governance and the rule of law for the next generation of young leaders from the Former Soviet Union, is a founding trustee of a major cultural heritage project in Iraq and a member of the External Advisory Panel of Oxford University’s History Faculty.

    Dr. Emma Wilson

    Director, ECW Energy Ltd.

    Dr. Wilson is an independent researcher and consultant, director of ECW Energy Ltd., Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, and Associate of the Consultation Institute, UK. She has over 20 years’ experience of researching and consulting on energy and extractive industries, community relations, indigenous rights and corporate responsibility. A fluent Russian speaker, she combines academic publishing, based primarily on field work in Russia, Greenland and Norway, with consultancy work for industry, including impact assessment and social audit of industrial facilities, mainly in Central Asia. She has also worked on energy-related projects in Africa and the Middle East.

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  • PetroTalk: The Case for Incorporating Data Sciences

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Presented by Andrea Popei, Supervisor Reservoir Management Team, Chevron

    In an effort to create Web-delivered content that addresses some of the more challenging issues in the oil and gas industry, SPE is considering the implementation of PetroTalks, a platform for SPE to share major presentations from key conferences, applied technology workshops, and summits. Designed to support competency development and knowledge transfer, PetroTalks will capture presentations made by academic thought leaders and subject matter experts addressing current and future industry challenges.

    Presented at the 2018 Petroleum Engineering Education Colloquium in Katy, Texas.

    Andrea Popei

    Supervisor Reservoir Management Team, Chevron

  • PetroTalk: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Industry and Academia

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Presented by Shahab Mohaghegh, Professor, West Virginia University

    In an effort to create Web-delivered content that addresses some of the more challenging issues in the oil and gas industry, SPE is considering the implementation of PetroTalks, a platform for SPE to share major presentations from key conferences, applied technology workshops, and summits. Designed to support competency development and knowledge transfer, PetroTalks will capture presentations made by academic thought leaders and subject matter experts addressing current and future industry challenges.

    Presented at the 2018 Petroleum Engineering Education Colloquium in Katy, Texas.

    Shahab Mohaghegh

    Professor, West Virginia University

  • PetroTalk: GeoScience Emphasis

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Presented by Larry Lake, Professor, University of Texas

    In an effort to create Web-delivered content that addresses some of the more challenging issues in the oil and gas industry, SPE is considering the implementation of PetroTalks, a platform for SPE to share major presentations from key conferences, applied technology workshops, and summits. Designed to support competency development and knowledge transfer, PetroTalks will capture presentations made by academic thought leaders and subject matter experts addressing current and future industry challenges.

    Presented at the 2018 Petroleum Engineering Education Colloquium in Katy, Texas.

    Larry Lake

    Professor, University of Texas