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  • Capturing our Geomechanics Legacy to Understand Its Future -- Interview with Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    This series of industry interviews will focus on understanding and capturing the historical legacy of petroleum geomechanics from the experts who created it. From this historical foundation, these same experts with consider the future path, focus and value of petroleum geomechanics.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    Interview with: Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers, Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering.

    Interviewed by: Neal B. Nagel, PhD, Chief Engineer and Principal, Oilfield Geomechanics LLC; Chair, SPE Geomechanics Technical Section (GTS)

    Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers

    Professor Emeritus

    After 23 years of service, Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers recently retired from Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at The University of Oklahoma where he developed the Rock Mechanics Curriculum; including Halliburton’s Rock Mechanics Laboratory, and the Fracturing Fluid Characterization Facility.

    Over the years, J-C (co)-advised over 85 graduate students; obtained in excess of 28 million dollars in external funding; founded a world-class Rock Mechanics Institute and has co-authored more than 250 technical papers. 

    In the area of public service, he has given numerous keynote addresses at national and international meetings and has been a technical reviewer for journals and governmental agencies. Jean-Claude is a founding member of ARMA; organized six SPE Forums and RockOil 2002 in Dallas.

    Among his recognitions and accomplishments are:
    1978 – Prix Scientifique de l’A.I.Lg, Belgium
    von Humboldt Fellow since 1980, Germany
    1988-1993 – Most Eminent Scholar, OCAST
    1988 – 2012 - McCasland Chair, OU
    Honorary Prof., China U. of Geosciences, Wuhan since 1998
    Honorary Prof., Heibei Arch. U. Sci. & Tech, China since 1998
    2002-2003 – Chaire Francqui au Titre Etranger, Belgium
    2005 – 2006 – JNC International Fellow, Japan
    ARMA Fellow since 2008
    Professor Emeritus since 2012

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  • Using the revised and improved API19B to enhance your perforating performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/16/2019

    ​For many years, the benchmark for indicating perforation performance in the well was a surface gun test into concrete. However, it became recognized that shooting an API concrete target at a surface could not be effectively correlated with actual downhole conditions of overburden, reservoir pressure and rock properties.

    For many years, the benchmark for indicating perforation performance in the well was a surface gun test into concrete. However, it became recognized that shooting an API concrete target at a surface could not be effectively correlated with actual downhole conditions of overburden, reservoir pressure and rock properties. After many years of effort on behalf of the Operators, the service contractors and manufacturers were finally persuaded to accept that the correlating of real well conditions with concrete was not helpful to the Operators and their well performance. Since then, new standards have been written to promote shots into stressed rock targets as the standard for identifying performance down hole. All the contractors and manufacturers now have dedicated facilities to provide stressed rock tests and are actively developing improved charges that work well in real reservoir conditions, rather than concrete at surface. Having passed through over a decade with almost no new developments in perforating, the last 5 years have seen significant developments in  technology, with contractors and manufacturers working actively to improve performance and technology.

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  • The Future Role of Oil

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/15/2019

    Presented by Dr. Iskander Diyashev

    One idea: Our industry is in the new era of greater competition and must become more efficient to continue to prosper. Only about 15 years ago "peak oil" theories were quite popular and accepted by the general public.  Another school of thought, based on the concept of resource triangle, stated that as technology develops and as prices increase, vast amounts of hydrocarbon resources will become commercial. Oil and gas prices did increase and this led to the unconventional oil and gas revolution. Recent analysis of resource potential based on technical data collected for North American basins (S.A.Holditch et al) showed that we may think of hydrocarbon resources as being essentially infinite for practical purposes.

    However  the cost of the resource development, as expressed by the production activation index (the CapEx required to create production stream of 1 stb/day) increased over the decade  from about  1000-10,000 USD/bopd range for conventional oil, up to 15,000 USD /bopd, and more in some cases. Maintaining production levels with unconventional resources requires continuous drilling. The rapid rate of decline of unconventional wells translates to roughly a three-fold increase in the cost of generating a unit of energy compared to conventional wells. At this order of magnitude of energy cost, other sources of energy and combinations of technologies become competitive with conventional fossil fuel based energy and transportation.

    3/4 of all the oil that we produce is used for 3 purposes: ground transportation, heating and electricity generation, and jet fuel. In this lecture we will discuss competitive technologies, their technical limitations, their progress in application and market penetration trends. These competitive technologies are solar power, electric automobiles, and magnetic levitation trains. The  high energy density of gasoline made conventional internal combustion engine cars prevalent at the turn of the  20th  century. But today, the higher energy efficiency of electric cars and improvements in battery technology are making electric vehicles competitive. We review how the future may look like and how our industry may adapt and change.  As the transition starts there will probably be long term demand destruction trend in OECD countries.

    It is likely that the industry will experience significant downward oil price pressure as alternative technologies become more competitive. We need to train young engineers in energy engineering rather than just petroleum engineering.

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  • Strategies for Passing the SPE Certification and PE License Exams

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/07/2019

    This webinar will share best practices for engineering professionals to prepare to take and pass the SPE Certification and/or the U.S. PE Licensure exams. The webinar will present a strategic approach to study, along with valuable exam day practices. Our presenter will share his personal experience with the certification exam that shares the same format and content as the U.S. PE exam.

    This webinar will share best practices for engineering professionals to prepare to take and pass the SPE Certification and/or the U.S. PE Licensure exams.  The webinar will present a strategic approach to study, along with valuable exam day practices.  Our presenter will share his personal experience with the certification exam that shares the same format and content as the U.S. PE exam.


    For more information on SPE Certification, click here: https://www.spe.org/training/certification.php

    For more information on U.S. PE Licensures, click here: https://www.spe.org/training/registration.php

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  • Using Machine Learning to Optimize Completion Design

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/01/2019

    ​As the industry moves to more complex multi-pad, multi-well completion designs, intelligent completion optimization will require more sophisticated algorithms to improve the decision-making process. This is where the use of analytics and AI can directly drive efficiencies to unlock the production potential of unconventional reservoirs specifically during hydraulic fracturing. The growing volume and availability of completion and production data creates a revolutionary situation where building reservoir potential maps, planning pads and optimizing completion designs begins to benefit from the use of AI methods.

    As the industry moves to more complex multi-pad, multi-well completion designs, intelligent completion optimization will require more sophisticated algorithms to improve the decision-making process. This is where the use of analytics and AI can directly drive efficiencies to unlock the production potential of unconventional reservoirs specifically during hydraulic fracturing. The growing volume and availability of completion and production data creates a revolutionary situation where building reservoir potential maps, planning pads and optimizing completion designs begins to benefit from the use of AI methods.

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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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