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  • Insights from Engagements with 144 Safety Functional Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/20/2019

    SPE presents this webinar to share the findings from in-depth interviews with 144 senior safety functional leaders (> 70% VPs of Safety or above) from 120 corporations which collectively employ more than 6.8 million employees and with combined revenues of US $4.2 trillion, operating across a wide range of industry sectors.

    SPE presents this webinar to share the findings from in-depth interviews with 144 senior safety functional leaders (> 70% VPs of Safety or above) from 120 corporations which collectively employ more than 6.8 million employees and with combined revenues of US $4.2 trillion, operating across a wide range of industry sectors. Over 20% of the survey participants represented oil and gas companies.  The findings from the survey are a synthesis of insights from this extremely-well informed body of individuals on the changing stakeholder expectations related to safety, key cultural challenges, the total scale of their economic investment in safety and value derived from it, the role of technology in safety, trends in contractor safety, the role of leaders in defining safety culture, and their future investment plans for safety.

    Brian Kraus

    Global Managing Partner for Safety Transformation Services, ERM

    Mr. Kraus specializes in the design, development and deployment of large scale programs and initiatives to drive rapid transformations in HSE culture and performance. He has been instrumental in developing a range of innovative approaches to deliver sustained behavioral change on the frontline, coaching leaders on practical actions they can take to deliver up to 80% reductions in incident and accident statistics, and broader operational performance improvement. Brian has worked closely with senior leaders of the world’s most successful companies, their leaders on the frontline and HSE professionals over 20 years working in this field. He has written widely on HSE performance improvement and delivered inspirational keynote addresses on this topic at seminal events. He is a graduate engineer with a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School. He previously worked in industry and as a strategic management consultant.

    Trey Shaffer

    Senior Partner, ERM

    Mr. Shaffer helps clients with a broad range of sustainability, environmental and safety challenges. Trey was elected to the SPE International Board of Directors as the HSSE-SR Technical Director from 2014 to 2017.  During his term on the SPE International Board of Directors, Trey chaired the SPE Climate Change Task Force and assisted the Board of Directors in developing a Climate Change Strategy for SPE. In 2016, Trey was elected as Vice Chair of the SPE Gulf Coast Section and completed his term as Chair in August 2017. He will serve the Gulf Coast Section as Past Chair through August 2019. In 2010, he was recognized by the SPE Gulf Coast Section and received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the area of HSSE-SR. He was the co-chair of the SPE International 2016 HSSE-SR Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Trey supports numerous SPE activities globally and is a frequent speaker on environmental and sustainability topics. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1987. He lives in Texas with his wife and three daughters.

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  • The Mentoring Journey

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Want to boost your soft or technical skills? Become a mentor or a mentee. Understand how to make a difference in another person’s life by sharing your knowledge. Grasp the importance of learning new skills in a supportive environment. Learn about the SPE eMentoring program. Mentoring is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

    Want to boost your soft or technical skills? Become a mentor or a mentee. Understand how to make a difference in another person’s life by sharing your knowledge. Grasp the importance of learning new skills in a supportive environment. Learn about the SPE eMentoring program. Mentoring is a journey. Enjoy the ride!

    Patricia E. Carreras

    Business, Management and Leadership Committee

    Ms. Carreras main interests are reservoir engineering, field development planning, reservoir simulation, mentoring and coaching. She has worked for more than 25 years for major, independent and consulting oil and gas companies. Ms. Carreras has a vast international work experience developed in Houston, Ciudad del Carmen (Mexico), and Buenos Aires, among other locations. She is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, currently serving in the Business, Management and Leadership Committee, and volunteering as a mentor for the eMentoring program. Ms. Carreras holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, and a ME degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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  • Module 3: Formation Mechanical Properties and Geometry Effects

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/25/2019

    The focus of this webinar will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation mechanical properties and strength and structural geometry have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    The focus of this webinar will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation mechanical properties and strength and structural geometry have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    Mechanical properties and strength will be defined and the critical aspects (e.g., the assumption of elastic behavior) of these will be highlighted. Measurement of these in the field from log data as well as the important role of core testing will also be presented. In addition, this webinar will touch on the important role that geometry plays in a geomechanical evaluation including fault orientation in 3D space, well trajectory, and variations in mechanical properties and strength across a given evaluation domain.

    To purchase this course as part of the series, go to: Introduction to Petroleum Geomechanics: A Three Part Series.

    Dr. Marisela Sanchez-Nagel

    President, OilField Geomechanics LLC

    Dr. Sanchez-Nagel is currently President of OilField Geomechanics LLC, a women-owned business focused on petroleum geomechanics training and consulting. Sanchez-Nagel has nearly 25 years of industry experience having worked for Intevep, the technology arm of PDVSA in Venezuela; as President of Global GeoSolutions, an independent geomechanics consulting company in Latin America; for GMI; and as General Manager and President of Itasca Houston from 2007 to 2014. She has been President of OilField Geomechanics since its founding in 2014. Dr. Sanchez-Nagel is a 2012-2013 SPE Distinguished Lecturer, serves as a director for the SPE Geomechanics Technical Section, and has been active in both SPE (serving on the program committee for the recent SPE Forum on Geomechanics in Drilling and Completions) and ARMA (serving in multiple positions). Sanchez-Nagel has worked on many geomechanical projects around the world, and has presented at numerous geomechanics schools, especially in Latin and South America.

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  • Introduction to Petroleum Geomechanics: A Three Part Series

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This three-part webinar series is focused on introducing the basics of geomechanics and geomechanics services to a wide audience - from service approvers (management), to engineers and scientists who might be called upon to support and evaluate the value of geomechanics efforts but who do not have specific training in geomechanics. While presented as a three-part series, the webinars are laid out in a fashion from more general to more technical.

    This three-part webinar series is focused on introducing the basics of geomechanics and geomechanics services to a wide audience - from service approvers (management), to engineers and scientists who might be called upon to support and evaluate the value of geomechanics efforts but who do not have specific training in geomechanics. While presented as a three-part series, the webinars are laid out in a fashion from more general to more technical.

    ***To learn more about and to register for each individual session, please click on the "content" tab above.***

    The first webinar is intended to present a high-level explanation and background on geomechanics for individuals who would both consider the need for geomechanics as well as determine the value for a given application. What geomechanics is (and isn’t) will be presented as well as some history and explanation of what geomechanics technical competence might look like.

    The second and third webinars are focused on specific technical issues surrounding geomechanics: formation stress, formation pressure, formation mechanical properties (and strength) and the influence of geometry. In a fair amount of detail, stress will be explained as well as its implications. Similarly, formation pressure (and the effect of pressure changes during production) will be presented. Then, formation mechanical properties and strength will be discussed, particularly in light of oil and gas operations (e.g., drilling a wellbore or depleting a reservoir). These two webinars will conclude with a presentation of the criticality of geometric issues, such as fault location and orientation and lithological variations, on geomechanics evaluations.

    ***This package gives you access to all three webinars in the series or you can click on each in the "content" tab to register for each individually.***

  • Role of Digital Twin and Data Analytics in Hydrocarbons Project and Asset Life Cycle Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/23/2019

    Digital Twin development for a Greenfield facility starts from the design and engineering phase. It is developed based on staged execution as the 3D engineering model of a plant is developed. Besides 3D, it has 4D/5D BIM capability which has cost as well as schedule dimensions also to control the project more effectively and efficiently and improve the project NPV. Digital Twin and data centric approach brings all the documents and data of the project phase at a centralized place.

    Digital Twin development for a Greenfield facility starts from the design and engineering phase. It is developed based on staged execution as the 3D engineering model of a plant is developed. Besides 3D, it has 4D/5D BIM capability which has cost as well as schedule dimensions also to control the project more effectively and efficiently and improve the project NPV. Digital Twin and data centric approach brings all the documents and data of the project phase at a centralized place. Moreover, the Digital twin will eliminate any errors, inconsistencies, constraints and bring efficiency for the engineering as well as procurement, fabrication and construction phases of the project. The data analytics plays a great role to get the insight from the past projects data and apply the learning and analytics to improve the current project performance by bringing the real-time performance data from the Digital Twin of various defined KPIs e.g. capex, schedule, man-hours, quality etc. 

    The Project Digital Twin further becomes the foundation for O&M Digital Twin. O&M Digital Twin houses not only project information, data and documents but also all the operations and maintenance real-time plant operating data and asset management work orders history and it is a ‘Single source of truth’ for the project and asset lifecycle management system. Using O&M Digital Twin, operator can monitor the plant performance and operate & maintain it in an efficient, effective and optimum way from anywhere in the world. O&M Digital Twin with remote operations system and condition based maintenance system improves the production and efficiency of the plant, reduces opex and enhances the uptime. The data analytics including machine learning adds predictive operations & maintenance layer to the physics based models to look the historical data in the O&M Digital Twin and add more value in predicting anomalies and improving the plant performance and uptime while adding more cash flow and NPV for the whole life cycle of the plant.

    Nikhil Chauhan

    Director of Strategy, KBR Corporate

    Nikhil leads strategy development and deployment of KBR’s Global and Regional Businesses and currently leads digitalization across the organization. Nikhil has been instrumental in driving key initiatives in KBR such as heading digitalization, leading various strategic alliances, and starting new businesses e.g. KBR Consulting.

    Prior to the strategy development role in KBR, Nikhil worked with other engineering services companies in business solutions and techno-commercial functional areas. Nikhil has lived and worked at different places around the world including Asia, Middle East, Europe and Americas.

    Nikhil is an MBA from Rice University and a Chemical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He lives in Houston with his wife and two sons.

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  • What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/15/2019

    We joined the oil and gas industry from many backgrounds and are at different stages of our careers. Didn’t you think things were going to get simpler and clearer over time? In this webinar we will discuss career options, dealing with changes, opportunities as an entrepreneur, changing technology and social requirements.

    We joined the oil and gas industry from many backgrounds and are at different stages of our careers. Didn’t you think things were going to get simpler and clearer over time? In this webinar we will discuss career options, dealing with changes, opportunities as an entrepreneur, changing technology and social requirements.

    Dr. D. Nathan Meehan

    2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers President

    Dr. Meehan is President of Gaffney, Cline & Associates and the 2016 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Previously he was President of CMG Petroleum Consulting; Vice President of Engineering for Occidental Oil & Gas; and General Manager, Exploration & Production Services for Union Pacific Resources.

    Dr. Meehan holds a BSc in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. With more than 42 years experience, he served as Chairman of the Board of the CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation and twice as a Director of the Computer Modelling Group, Ltd., as Director of Vanyoganeft Oil Company, Nizhnyvartosk, Russia, as Director of Pinnacle Technologies, Inc., as a Director of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and as a Director of JOA Oil & Gas BV. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and the recipient of SPE’s Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in Petroleum Engineering, the Degolyer Distinguished Service Medal and the SPE Public Service Award. He recently received the World Oil Lifetime Achievement Award. He serves on the boards of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Strategic Energy Institute and the Penn State and University of Texas petroleum engineering departments. He is an appointed member of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and widely published author. Dr. Meehan is a licensed professional engineer in four states.

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  • Well Integrity Standards & Practices – ISO 16530 and API RP 90

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/09/2019

    Over the last few years there have been several initiatives to instigate or update well integrity standards and practices around the globe. Two of these in particular will be discussed in this webinar. First, a summary of main highlights of the ISO Standard 16530-1 which was published in 2017 will be presented. Secondly will be some of the changes that have taken place in API RP 90, especially the newly issued first edition of API RP 90-2, published in 2016.

    Over the last few years there have been several initiatives to instigate or update well integrity standards and practices around the globe. Two of these in particular will be discussed in this webinar.  First, a summary of main highlights of the ISO Standard 16530-1 which was published in 2017 will be presented. Secondly will be some of the changes that have taken place in API RP 90, especially the newly issued first edition of API RP 90-2, published in 2016.

    Alex Crabtree

    Principal Engineer, Product Development, Oceaneering International Inc.

    Alex has more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with both service and operating companies.  Currently he holds the position of Principal Engineer within Oceaneering’s Product Development group. Work assignments have included the Middle East, Far East, North Sea and North America. He is currently chairman of the SPE Well integrity Technical Section.  Alex was a part of the working group that authored the ISO 16530-1 & 16530‑2 Well Integrity Standards.

    Gary Limb

    Principal Engineer, Well Integrity, ConocoPhillips Company

    Gary has more than 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  Currently, he holds the position Principal Engineer, Well Integrity within ConocoPhillips’ Global Wells Group in Houston, Texas.  Work assignments have included Louisiana, Alaska, and Texas.  He was part of the working group that authored the ISO 16530-1 & 16530-2 Well Integrity Standards and the API RP 90-2 “Annular Casing Pressure Management for Onshore Wells”, and is currently working on the refresh of API RP 90-1 “Annular Casing Pressure Management for Offshore Wells”.

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  • Mindfulness – Beyond the Hype

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/12/2018

    In this webinar you will hear from experienced speakers debunking the myths about mindfulness being a hype and discussing the benefits to the workplace as well as individuals. The concept of Mindfulness is seen everywhere we look, on magazine covers, ads for the newest medication app, and in the health fitness centers. But is it hype or is there something behind this?

    In this webinar you will hear from experienced speakers debunking the myths about mindfulness being a hype and discussing the benefits to the workplace as well as individuals. The concept of Mindfulness is seen everywhere we look, on magazine covers, ads for the newest medication app, and in the health fitness centers. But is it hype or is there something behind this? 

    Mindfulness has ancient roots from practices that evolved from Hinduism and Buddhism. These practices have shifted from East to West and can be experienced from retreats to workplace sessions to personalized apps. But is there a real impact to mindfulness on individuals’ health or the health and productive of a company? 

    This discussion will provide the science behind mindfulness and research showing the impacts to the business and personal performance. Our experts will share real industry experiences with best practices that can be easily implemented anywhere.  We will also have the opportunity of listening directly to the testimonial of someone who benefited from his organization’s Mindfulness program. 

    The audience will have the opportunity to ask the experts further questions on the topic.

    Bruce Greenhalgh

    Global Health and Wellbeing Clinical Lead, British Telecom

    Mr. Greenhalgh is currently Global Health and Wellbeing Clinical Lead at BT (British Telecom) the UK’s leading telecommunications provider. Previously he was head of Employee Assistance at Accenture. He has an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, is an accredited therapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

    Bruce has developed and delivered programs globally on wellbeing across all levels within multi-nationals including Accenture, BT, HSBC, Microsoft and O2. He has presented on related topics at conferences across Europe, in Asia and the USA. He has delivered to diverse audiences such as psychiatrists, corporate lawyers, wellbeing professionals and educators.

    In and out of work Bruce has a keen interest in Mindfulness which he now teaches and practices in a range of diverse settings such as therapeutically, counselor training, summer schools, retreats, and for small private groups and charities. In corporate settings Bruce has integrated mindfulness training as part of wellness programs and more recently as part of executive training for senior managers. He trained to teach mindfulness on the masters program at Bangor university (wales) and  is certified by the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute created in Google and based in San Francisco.

    Debbie Jeremiah

    Neuro-Focused Learning Professional

    Ms. Jeremiah is a thought leader and speaker at international conferences in the fields of neuro-management, mindfulness and resilience in the workplace, with the emphasis on digital solutions to increase reach and lower costs. She also represents GE in the workplace working party group of the Mindfulness Initiative (the mindfulness advocacy project that produced the ‘UK Mindful Nation Report 2015’) and contributed to the writing of the ‘Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace’ report.

    Prior to this Debbie was a Crotonville Learning Manager within GE’s L&D Center of Expertise, managing the complete life cycle requirements for delivering leadership and professional skills classes to 25,000 GE employees across Northern Europe (2013-15).

    Debbie has an Executive Masters with Distinction in NeuroLeadership from the Institute of NeuroLeadership, having undertaken pilot research within GE, exploring practical ways to improve collective intelligence, trust and engagement through changing the way teams behave in meetings.

    She is a Toastmasters ‘Competent Communicator’ and is certified to deliver a range of GE Leadership Skills classes, including Presentation Skills and Influening Skills and is also a ‘Time to Think’ Thinking Environment® Transforming Meetings facilitator, teaching teams how to run smart meetings; improving thinking, outcomes and engagement.

    Debbie has a BA(Hons) in Business Studies and was a Chartered Accountant for 17 years. Prior to her career change at GE, Debbie had a range of change manager and financial controllership roles, including Ferrari, Johnson & Johnson, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Symantec. She founded Cabin Fever, a luxury niche mountain log cabin travel company and was a volunteer for the youth development charity Raleigh International, helping to lead expeditions in Patagonia and Outer Mongolia.

    Charles Obukofe

    IT Program & Project Manager

    Mr. Obukofe is an IT Programme & Project Manager, with over 30 years work experience in the IT and Telecommunication sector.

    Before leaving British Telecom plc, in August 2018, Charles worked in several roles ranging from Design, Billing,  Product management, HR, Sales Account Leadership in the U.K.  At the age of 43 years, Charles was diagnosed with Chronic Depression and at 51years old, Charles was diagnosed with Dyspraxia. 

    Charles was introduced to Mindfulness in 2013 and since then has used Mindfulness meditation and living as a tool to enjoy life both at work and at home.

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  • Module 2: Introduction to Earth Stresses

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/28/2018

    The focus of this second webinar in the series will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation stress, strain (deformation), and formation pressure have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    The focus of this second webinar in the series will be on defining the issues and the critical role that formation stress, strain (deformation), and formation pressure have on the geomechanics of oilfield applications.

    Stress and strain will be defined and the critical aspects (e.g., the role of effective stress) of these will be highlighted. Measurement of these in the field will also be presented. In addition, this webinar will touch on the important role that formation pressure – and specifically changes in formation pressure – plays in oilfield geomechanics. The webinar will also touch on the means to predict and measure formation pressures.

    To purchase this course as part of the series, go to: Introduction to Petroleum Geomechanics: A Three Part Series.

    Dr. Richard Plumb

    Principal Consultant, Plumb Geomechanics, LLC

    Dr. Plumb is principal consultant at Plumb Geomechanics, LLC and a visiting scholar at Tufts University. He is a globally recognized geoscientist with over 45 years of geomechanics experience worldwide. Previously he worked 29 years for Schlumberger.  He spent 15 years in research helping to develop the science and borehole measurements used to characterize earth stress and rock mechanical properties.  For the next 14 years he led the geomechanics consulting business and the geomechanics technical domain within Schlumberger.

    His recent work includes: developing geomechanical models supporting planning and drilling exploration wells drilling in tectonically active regions of Iraq and Peru; mentoring Ph.D. students at M.I.T. and Tufts University and providing geomechanics training. His current interests include: understanding how mineral composition and texture affects the rheology of sedimentary rock and factors that govern the contemporary state of stress in sedimentary basins. 

    Dr. Plumb holds a B.A. in Physics and Geology from Wesleyan University, a M.A in Geology from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Columbia University.  He holds 6 U.S. patents and has over 70 publications in academic and industry journals.  He is an active member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society or Petroleum Engineers, the American Rock Mechanics Association and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. 

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  • The Importance of Water Conveyance in Water Management for Onshore Oil and Gas

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This presentation will paint a picture of water management’s complex similarities and differences among the basins and how it may impact your operations.

    Water management of unconventional oil and gas continues to evolve rapidly but in different ways in the key basins.  Understanding how  the different factors impacting water management vary across the United States is important to understanding the local dynamics.  There are some universal trends such as more water is being used per well, lower quality water is being used and infrastructure continues to be built out.  There are also key differences among the top regions in the volume of water produced, ability to install impoundments, practicality of water pipelines and availability of disposal.  This presentation will paint a picture of water management’s complex similarities and differences among the basins and how it may impact your operations.

    Michael Dunkel

    Global Technology Leader, Jacobs

    Mr. Dunkel is the upstream water Global Technology Leader for Jacobs.  He works with oil and gas clients on water management.  Mr. Dunkel is the lead investigator for Jacob’s study with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board related to water recycling. He is also a leader of the Groundwater Protection Council report on their produced water re-use that covers the US shale plays.

    Previously, Mr. Dunkel was Director of Sustainable Development for Pioneer Natural Resources.  His team championed efforts to reduce fresh water use, increase water recycling and plan water management.  Mr. Dunkel was co-chair of the Energy Water Initiative, a group of 18 energy companies raising water management standards.

    Michael held positions in engineering management and project management for 18 years at Pioneer, including global projects. Prior to Pioneer, Mr. Dunkel held a variety of engineering roles at Marathon Oil.

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