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  • An Engineered Approach to Hydraulic Fracture the Vaca Muerta Shale

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 10/25/2018

    This lecture seeks to explain a systematic approach to characterize, constrain and validate such models through integration of prefrac diagnostic injections, core data, independently-determined fracture dimensions, and postfrac production data. The final objective is to build predictive models that can be used to improve completion strategies in this promising play.

    In recent years, several papers have been published on the subject of rock properties, stress and permeability models in the Vaca Muerta unconventional formation, with the intention of understanding fractured well performance. In most cases, however, these publications have failed on providing sufficient information to adequately describe the generated models, nor have studied in detail the benefits and limitations of applying different schools of thought and incorporating field measurements during the design and evaluation of hydraulic fractures. This lecture seeks to explain a systematic approach to characterize, constrain and validate such models through integration of prefrac diagnostic injections, core data, independently-determined fracture dimensions, and postfrac production data. The final objective is to build predictive models that can be used to improve completion strategies in this promising play.

    Hernan Buijs

    Sr. Reservoir Engineer, Wintershall Holding GmbH

    Mr. Buijs' main interests lie on reservoir characterization, formation damage and reservoir stimulation, with a deep involvement in the area of hydraulic fracturing complex HP/HT reservoirs and all related technology. Hernan is extremely active within the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), currently serving in the Completions & Business, Management and Leadership Advisory Committees. He developed and taught numerous custom made courses on hydraulic fracturing and reservoir characterization as university professor, invited speaker or company in-house expert on matter. He received several local, regional and international awards.  He earned an Industrial Engineering degree and a Petroleum Engineering degree at the Institute of Technology of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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  • Erosion Management in Upstream Oil & Gas Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered

    The presentation explains the approach used by the Oil and Gas Companies to manage the erosion threat in upstream projects and operations. The different aspects of the erosion management are discussed. These include erosion threat assessment, erosion modelling, mitigation methods, sand/erosion monitoring, and erosion risk assessment.

    The presentation explains the approach used by the Oil and Gas Companies to manage the erosion threat in upstream projects and operations. The different aspects of the erosion management are discussed. These include erosion threat assessment, erosion modelling, mitigation methods, sand/erosion monitoring, and erosion risk assessment.

    Dr. Ardjan Kopliku

    Speaker

    Dr. Kopliku is a materials and corrosion engineer working in the BP Upstream Engineering Center. He is the erosion subject matter expert and coordinates the work of the corrosion team in support of BP projects and operations. In NACE, Ardjan is the N1 “Corrosion Prevention and Control for Oil and Gas Production, Petroleum Refining, and Gas Processing Industries” Associate Technology Coordinator, he is the chair of TG 245 “Oil and Gas Production, Erosion Management” and chair of KS-5 “Visibility”.

    Ardjan graduated in Special Physics in Albania and obtained its Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic in Milan, Italy. He then joined the Italian oil company Eni as a material and corrosion engineer. He joined BP in 2004, where he has covered several roles. He has been the Discipline Lead for Corrosion, Materials and Welding, Corrosion Engineering Team Leader for the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Operations, and has led several multidisciplinary teams.

    In NACE, he has been the chair of STG 32 “Oil and Gas Production—Metallurgy” and chair of TG 299 “Petroleum, petrochemical, and natural gas industries—Materials for use in H2S-containing environments in oil and gas production” and has chaired the Symposium “Advances in Materials for Oil and Gas Production” during the NACE Corrosion Conference 2014.

    Ardjan is author of 29 papers and articles on corrosion and material selection.

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  • METTLER TOLEDO Expert Hour -- Good Titration Practice of Petrochemicals

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/23/2018

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

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    This Good Titration Practice (GTP) Petrochemical Webinar offers knowledge and tips to assist you in optimizing your oil and fuel analysis such as Karl Fischer water determination, TAN, TBN, and mercaptans.

    Matt Eby

    Technical Applications Consultant, METTLER TOLEDO

    Mr. Eby has a BA in Chemistry from Ohio University and has worked at METTLER TOLEDO for 15 years in a variety of roles related to titration sales, support, marketing, product management, key account management and technical consultation. Matt is currently a Technical Applications Consultant in the Laboratory Division of METTLER TOLEDO United States. Prior to working at METTLER TOLEDO, Matt worked in a pharmaceutical test lab as a Quality Control Chemist.

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

    About METTLER TOLEDO

    METTLER TOLEDO is a global manufacturer and marketer of scales and analytical instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications.

  • I MPD……..Do You?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 10/23/2018

    This discussion will take a close look at Managed Pressure Drilling in the context of Winner or Also Ran. For those new to MPD, a brief overview will allow everyone to be on a common page. Deployment on land, offshore and deepwater will be discussed, with case studies of why it was deployed and if the objective was achieved. Further, each case will also interrogate additional benefits that surpassed expectations. Analysis of MPD failures will also be discussed, so the argument is balanced. On conclusion, the audience will be able to assess for themselves…..is MPD a winner? And if not, why not?

    The drilling community are benefactors of fantastic technology waves that revolutionize how hydrocarbons are brought to society.  Over the years, some tremendous step-changes have completely altered drilling and production strategies.  Think about a few….. the Kelly rig….oh wait, the topdrive!  Mud motors….. the bent sub, the adjustable bend motor, rotary steerable systems……motor driven rotary steerable systems!  Milled tooth bits…..insert bits…..PDC bits…..steerable PDC bits……hybrid bits…..geometrical cutters on PCD bits!  The list goes on, and clearly these evolutions are paradigm shifts.  Others, however, never quite reach their promise.  Coiled tubing drilling, expandable casing, casing while drilling, 6 levels of multi-lateral technology that only subject matter experts can keep straight…….

    What differentiates the winners from the others?  Certainly, the math answers this question for most – dollars per foot.  A quick run on the economics of the project and you realize why some made it and others struggle.  If you dissect this question a bit more, you’ll realize the answer may lie in the beholder of who holds the calculator.  The drilling engineer can easily weigh the cost-benefit analysis against an AFE.  Some of these technologies deliver benefits that reach beyond the drilling engineer’s budget, though.  Reservoir contact, production improvement, well assurance over the life of the well…..these are more difficult equations to solve.  Elimination of trouble is one specific equation that fits squarely in the advanced math category, a place where some bright technologies go to die….

    This discussion will take a close look at Managed Pressure Drilling in the context of Winner or Also Ran.  For those new to MPD, a brief overview will allow everyone to be on a common page.  Deployment on land, offshore and deepwater will be discussed, with case studies of why it was deployed and if the objective was achieved.  Further, each case will also interrogate additional benefits that surpassed expectations.  Analysis of MPD failures will also be discussed, so the argument is balanced.  On conclusion, the audience will be able to assess for themselves…..is MPD a winner?  And if not, why not?

    Blaine Dow

    Drilling Consultant

    Mr. Dow, BSc Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada, 1993, skipped his graduation ceremony and joined Anadrill in Western Canada as an MWD engineer.  In 1994 he started directional drilling.  Good fortunes presented an opportunity to work in the Norwegian and Dutch North Sea for a year, preparing him for offshore Eastern Canada, where he spent 3 years on the Hibernia Platform.  After his field career, he’s focused his attention on client drilling challenges in many different capacities with Schlumberger.  The past 8 years, he’s focused his attention on MPD engineering, applications and technology development.  He’s been actively involved in SPE and IADC for the past 10 years, writing papers, serving on committees, and sharing ideas with passionate drillers.  

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  • Introduction to the Digital Oilfield 2.0

    Contains 9 Component(s), 1.10 credits offered

    The turn of the 21st century brought about more affordable sensors, field automation and process control technology to the industry.

    Description: 

    The turn of the 21st century brought about more affordable sensors, field automation and process control technology to the industry. At the time, the industry was enjoying high oil prices, although natural gas prices were declining due to major new supply discoveries in the Marcellus/Utica. New capital projects were designed, which collected large volumes and varieties of data. The availability of more data drove advances in workflow solutions that combined near-real-time data with structured data in order to produce the first predictive analytics solutions. This placed decision support for offshore drilling of complex wells, directional drilling for horizontal wells, equipment health for critical rotating equipment, water flood and steam flood optimization – onshore, at your fingertips, where your company experts lived.  The arrival of more, real-time systems and different varieties of data stressed the traditional data infrastructure. Data marts, federated or virtual architectures, and workflow orchestration were some of the approaches tried to enable these new workflow demands. This was in the midst of a high-price environment. A good business case could be made to increase production now, or add reserves to produce later. The focus was on volumes, not cost. Projects were scaled down or abandoned once the bottom dropped out of the oil market; turning the focus to cost reduction.

    Duration: 10.5 hours 

    Content: 

    • Emerging digital technologies
    • IT and OT convergence
    • Sensors and control systems (SCADA)
    • Remote decision support environments
    • Workflow automation
    • Process optimization        
    • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
    • Big Data
    • Digital core
    • Five stages of digitization

    To purchase this course as part of the series, go to: A Foundation for Petroleum Data Analytics

    Jim Crompton

    Speaker

    Jim retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years. After moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim established the Reflections Data Consulting LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for the Oil & Gas industry. 

    Jim was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data.” He is a frequent speaker at SPE conferences on Digital/Intelligent Energy. His interests lie in the full spectrum of the information value chain from data capture, data management, data visualization, data access, modeling and analytics, simulations and serious gaming.

    Jim graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS in Geophysical Engineering in 1974 and MS in Geophysics in 1976) before joining Chevron in Denver, Colorado.  He later earned an MBA degree (1996) from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas).

    In 1999, Crompton was elected to the position of chair of the general committee of PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange), the API electronic commerce subcommittee.  Jim was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models in the energy industry.

    In acknowledgement of his contributions in applications of information technology to business problems, Jim was named a Chevron Fellow in 2002. In 2013, Jim co-authored a book, titled The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer with Dr. Dutch Holland, focusing on the issues of the impact of emerging digital technology on oil and gas operations.

    In 2017, Jim was named as the PNEC Cornerstone award winner. Jim was selected to be on the board of the SPE Digital Energy Technology Section (DETS) and is chair of the Digital Transformation committee under DETS. Starting January, 2018, Jim teaches a graduate level course in “Petroleum Data Analytics” at the Colorado School of Mines.

    1.1 CEUs and 11 PDHs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • A Review of Data Analytics Techniques and Data Management Infrastructure

    Contains 9 Component(s), 0.40 credits offered

    Data volume is exploding — more than 90% of today’s data was created in the last few years, and there is an exponential increase in new types of data, with mobile, social media, video, and the Industrial Internet of Things adding to the growth of seismic, reservoir, drilling, production, and engineering data.

    Description: 

    Data volume is exploding — over 90% of today’s data was created in the last few years and there is an exponential increase in new types of data, with mobile, social media, video and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) adding to the growth of seismic, reservoir, drilling, production, and engineering data.

    Duration: 4.0 hours 

    Content: 

    • Volume, Velocity and Variety
    • Data federation
    • Data integration
    • Data modeling
    • Regression analysis
    • Neural networks        
    • Machine learning and deep learning
    • Business intelligence
    • Data visualization (dashboards, data story telling)
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Big Data

    To purchase this course as part of the series, go to: A Foundation for Petroleum Data Analytics

    Jim Crompton

    Speaker

    Jim retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years. After moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim established the Reflections Data Consulting LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for the Oil & Gas industry. 

    Jim was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data.” He is a frequent speaker at SPE conferences on Digital/Intelligent Energy. His interests lie in the full spectrum of the information value chain from data capture, data management, data visualization, data access, modeling and analytics, simulations and serious gaming.

    Jim graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS in Geophysical Engineering in 1974 and MS in Geophysics in 1976) before joining Chevron in Denver, Colorado.  He later earned an MBA degree (1996) from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas).

    In 1999, Crompton was elected to the position of chair of the general committee of PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange), the API electronic commerce subcommittee.  Jim was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models in the energy industry.

    In acknowledgement of his contributions in applications of information technology to business problems, Jim was named a Chevron Fellow in 2002. In 2013, Jim co-authored a book, titled The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer with Dr. Dutch Holland, focusing on the issues of the impact of emerging digital technology on oil and gas operations.

    In 2017, Jim was named as the PNEC Cornerstone award winner. Jim was selected to be on the board of the SPE Digital Energy Technology Section (DETS) and is chair of the Digital Transformation committee under DETS. Starting January, 2018, Jim teaches a graduate level course in “Petroleum Data Analytics” at the Colorado School of Mines.

    0.4 CEUs and 4 PDHs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • A Foundation for Petroleum Data Analytics

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This online training course will take an introductory look at the opportunities, challenges and specific requirements for petroleum data analytics for the energy industry.

    Description:

    The impact of digitization has profoundly affected the energy industry, including the oil and gas industry (Digital Oilfield), supply chains and utilities (smart grids). More data is available from the field and process instrumentation and control systems than ever before for detailed analysis to improve decision making at all levels, from the field to remote decision support centers to the boardroom. The Digital Oilfield is a reality but it is also evolving with the application of data science techniques. While oil prices have recovered from recent lows, the threat of a return to lower commodity prices are driving the need to improve productivity and efficiency of operations (operational excellence), to the existing drivers of a safe and environmentally benign operations footprint. These drivers along with the need for effective recovery of reserves, at an attractive return on investment for shareholders are the current focus of industry leaders.

    Duration: 19 hours total  

    Content:

    • Introduction to the Digital Oilfield 2.0
    • A Review of Data Analytics Techniques and Data Management Infrastructure
    • Application of Petroleum Data Analytics to Upstream Oil and Gas Use
      Cases

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    You may register for the entire series or each course individually.

    Presented by Jim Crompton, Reflections Data Consulting/Adjunct Professor, CO School of Mines.

    1.9 CEUs and 19 PDHs offered.

    Members : USD 300.00

    Non-members : USD 400.00

  • Application of Petroleum Data Analytics to Upstream Oil and Gas Use Cases

    Contains 9 Component(s), 0.40 credits offered

    Analytics is not new to the oil & gas industry. From the early days of seismic acquisition and processing, well log interpretation and reservoir simulation, industry experts have used various techniques up to the limit of existing computer power, to analyze and model data recorded in the field to make better decisions.

    Description:

    Analytics is not new to the oil & gas industry. From the early days of seismic acquisition / processing, well log interpretation / reservoir simulation, industry experts have used various techniques that tested the limits of existing computer power in order to analyze and model in-field data to make better decisions. However, with the advent of Big Data (increase in volume, variety and velocity), high performance computing, advanced statistics and artificial intelligence, data analytics’ capabilities for petroleum engineering and earth science have grown exponentially.

    Duration: 4.0 hours

    Content: 

    • Information intensity
    • Surveillance
    • Monitoring
    • Digital twin
    • Predictive analytics
    • Cyber security        
    • Complex well paths
    • Advanced analytics
    • Directional drilling
    • Smart fracking
    • Basin analysis (sweet-spotting)
    • Workflows
    • Data science

    To purchase this course as part of the series, go to: A Foundation for Petroleum Data Analytics

    Jim Crompton

    Speaker

    Jim retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years. After moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim established the Reflections Data Consulting LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for the Oil & Gas industry. 

    Jim was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data.” He is a frequent speaker at SPE conferences on Digital/Intelligent Energy. His interests lie in the full spectrum of the information value chain from data capture, data management, data visualization, data access, modeling and analytics, simulations and serious gaming.

    Jim graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS in Geophysical Engineering in 1974 and MS in Geophysics in 1976) before joining Chevron in Denver, Colorado.  He later earned an MBA degree (1996) from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas).

    In 1999, Crompton was elected to the position of chair of the general committee of PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange), the API electronic commerce subcommittee.  Jim was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models in the energy industry.

    In acknowledgement of his contributions in applications of information technology to business problems, Jim was named a Chevron Fellow in 2002. In 2013, Jim co-authored a book, titled The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer with Dr. Dutch Holland, focusing on the issues of the impact of emerging digital technology on oil and gas operations.

    In 2017, Jim was named as the PNEC Cornerstone award winner. Jim was selected to be on the board of the SPE Digital Energy Technology Section (DETS) and is chair of the Digital Transformation committee under DETS. Starting January, 2018, Jim teaches a graduate level course in “Petroleum Data Analytics” at the Colorado School of Mines.

    0.4 CEUs and 4 PDHs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • PRMS 2018 Update, Examples, and Usage: Excerpts from HEES

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.50 credits offered

    With excerpts taken from the 2018 Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium, this course provides an overview of the key changes in the 2018 Update, practical examples for interpreting common issues, and usage of the PRMS in regulatory environments.

    Description:

    With excerpts taken from the 2018 Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium, this course provides an overview of the key changes in the 2018 Update, practical examples for interpreting common issues, and usage of the PRMS in regulatory environments.

    Duration: 4 hours, 58 minutes

    Content: 

    • PRMS Journey to the Update in 2018
    • The 2018 PRMS and Key Updates
    • Panel Session: Stakeholder Views of PRMS's Evolution and Value
    • Introduction to PRMS Examples Initiative
    • PRMS Example: Practical Use and Understanding the Difference between Estimated Ultimate Recovery (EUR) and Technically Recoverable Resources (TRR)
    • PRMS Example: Clarification of Economic Viability and Commerciality of Projects
    • Quantifying the Differences between the SEC Regulations and the SPE PRMS
    • Perspectives on Value and Cash Flow of Reserves and Resources from Banking and Financing Views
    • Addressing Concerns and Misconceptions of Stakeholders

    Daniel DiLuzio

    Reserves Manager, Newfield Exploration

    Dan has 33 years of global industry experience and has been employed by Shell International, Total E&P and Encana in various engineering and management roles in development, operations, country management, business development, reserves, and reservoir engineering.  Dan holds BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University.  Dan is a member, and prior chair, of the SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC) since 2011 and was recently lead of the PRMS Update subcommittee.  He has served as SPE’s representative to the United Nations on classification of resources (UNFC), and various committees for resource evaluation ATWs.

    D. Ronald (Ron) Harrell

    Chairman Emeritus, Ryder Scott Company, Petroleum Consultants

    Mr. Harrell is a Petroleum Engineering graduate of Louisiana Tech University and continues as Chairman Emeritus of Ryder Scott Company, Petroleum Consultants.   Ron remains active in the industry as a licensed engineer in three states and serves on several Management and Advisory Boards including corporations, not-for-profit organizations and three universities. He is a Senior Advisor to RSK(UK)LTD, Board member of eCORP International plus Energy Advisory positions for The Carlyle Group and Morgan Stanley private equity energy divisions. 

    He is a founding member and immediate past Chairman of the UH Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board and an active member of the UH Subsea Engineering Program since its formation. Further, he is a founding member and Vice Chairman of the College of Engineering Advisory Board for Houston Baptist University. 

    Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) awards include the Legion of Honor (2007), Gulf Coast Section Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award (2007), SPE Distinguished Member Award (2007), SPE – AIME Mineral Economics Award (2009) and the Gulf Coast Section Public Service Award (2012). He served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2007-2008 delivering 34 lectures in 17 countries. He remains a member of SPE’s Distinguished Lecturers Selection Committee and is a peer reviewer for SPE M&I technical papers. Further, he serves as SPEE’s Observer on the SPE Oil & Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC).          

    Ron has provided expert engineering testimony before several regulatory agencies in Washington D.C., Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as well as US Federal Courts in Washington D.C., Alaska, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Kentucky and Texas. He has testified before state courts in Alabama, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. He has testified in International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations involving petroleum reserves and resources in North America, Italy, Jordan and Turkmenistan.

    Dan Olds

    Managing Senior Vice President and Board of Directors Member, Ryder Scott Petroleum Consultants

    Prior to joining Ryder Scott in 2001, Dan served as a manager of the energy consulting group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, engineering manager of Wintershall Energy, as well as reservoir and drilling positions with Tricentrol Resources and Cities Service Oil Company.  He received his BS in petroleum engineering at West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Houston. 

    At Ryder Scott, Olds has worked on projects on a world-wide basis, with responsibility for evaluations done to SEC, PRMS, and NI-151 standards.  He is responsible for projects in the far east and middle east, as well as North America.  He is a member of the audit groups of several major oil companies, as well as working with several national oil companies. 

    Olds is a licensed engineer in the state of Texas, a past president of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers and a current member of the SPE Oil & Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC). He served on the OGRC subcommittee that was responsible for drafting the current version of SPE-PRMS.

    Rawdon Seager

    Chief Reservoir Engineer and Global Director of Quality Assurance, Houston, Gaffney, Cline & Associates’

    Mr. Seager is a reservoir engineer with over 45 years of experience in the international oil and gas arena and has carried out numerous field studies, reserves assessments, and asset evaluations.  He has also given expert testimony during arbitration hearings. 

    Throughout his career, Rawdon has been deeply involved with the proper evaluation and reporting of oil and gas reserves and resources, a subject on which he now provides clients with advice and training.  Rawdon has spoken at various industry events as well as presenting in-house and public courses to clients on matters relating to reserves estimation, classification and reporting.  He is currently based out of Houston at Gaffney, Cline & Associates’ western hemisphere headquarters, where he is Chief Reservoir Engineer as well as Global Director of Quality Assurance. 

    Rawdon began his career in 1972 as a Petroleum Engineer with Shell International in Malaysia, Brunei, the Netherlands and Australia. In 1980 he joined Roy M. Huffington, Inc. in Indonesia where he became Petroleum Engineering Manager, before joining GCA in 1985 with whom he has held senior positions in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Argentina, Venezuela and the USA. 

    He has a BSc (Honors) in Physics from Bristol University, England and an MSc (Distinction) in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Imperial College, London.  Rawdon is a member of the SPE (Past-Chairman of the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee), SPEE (past member of the Board of Directors and current Vice-Chair of the Reserves Definitions Committee), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the UK Energy Institute. He is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer in the UK and is registered as a European Engineer with FEANI.

    Steve McCants

    Head of Reservoir Engineering, CC Energy Service Inc.

    Mr. McCants has over thirty-eight years of experience working in various positions of increasing responsibility. He is currently the Head of Reservoir Engineering at CC Energy Service Inc. Prior to that he held positions in Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) as Chief Subsurface Manager for the Mid-Continent Region, Director of Reserves and  worked in the Corporate Reserves Group. Additionally, he worked for Altura Energy, a limited partnership formed in 1997 through a combination of the former Amoco Corporation and Shell properties in the Permian basin. He began his career with Amoco Production Company. Steve has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) serving in many positions in the Gulf Coast Section, including Chairman, and now serves as the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC) Chairman for SPE.

    Dr. Luis F. Quintero

    Formation and Reservoir Solutions, Chief Advisor – Production Management, Halliburton

    Dr. Quintero was President of the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) from 2016-2017, Vice-President Technology and the recipient of the Medal of Honor for Career Services of SPWLA. Prior to joining Halliburton, he worked as President and Technical Leader of Oilfield Development Specialists (ODS). He obtained a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University.

    Luis started his career in 1984 as a wireline engineer in Bhubaneswar and Assam in India (offshore and onshore). He later advanced to positions in petrophysics, reservoir engineering, business development, financial analysis, project management and production management in over 40 countries. Luis is currently a member of the Oil and Gas reserves Committee (OGRC), a member of SPE's Legion of Volunteers, has been a Technical Editor of SPE Reservoir Evaluation, and the winner of SPE’s International PhD Student Contest.

    Throughout his career he has had the privilege of offering his thoughts about the oil and gas industry in keynote speeches in India, Colombia, London, Houston, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Quintero has written for the World Energy Monthly Review and offered TV interviews in the UK, Azerbaijan, and Colombia.

    Abhijit Gadgil

    Head of Petroleum Reserves, BHP

    Mr. Gadgil has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a Master’s degree from Rice University in Chemical Engineering. He has 37 years of petroleum industry experience in a variety of roles. Abhijit began his career with Mobil Oil in 1981, gaining increased levels of responsibility in the US and overseas. He worked for 11 years in UK and then in Germany in management positions in reservoir engineering and reservoir development. He returned to the US in 1997 as Manager of Corporate reserves. He continued his career with ExxonMobil in 2000 also as Manager of Corporate reserves. In 2013 Abhijit joined BHP as their Head of Petroleum Reserves. In his career across Mobil, ExxonMobil and BHP, Abhijit was the manager of Corporate Petroleum reserves for 20 years. Abhijit has been a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for 37 years. He served on the board of the SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC) from 2004 to 2007 and continues to be active in the OGRC.

    Rod Sidle

    Fellow (Reserves Advisor), Aucerna

    Mr. Sidle works for software firm Aucerna as a Fellow (Reserves Advisor) and is an independent consultant serving PetroSkills and other oil and gas company clients. His industry experience, including 35 years with Shell Oil Company/Royal Dutch Shell, has primarily been in reservoir engineering and economics with a focus on reserves estimation. Rod is a member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE), where he is currently the Chair of the Reserves Definition Committee, and a former member of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of SPE who has previously served as SPE Distinguished Lecturer and member of the SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC). Since retiring from Shell, Rod has worked as a lecturer on project evaluation at Texas A&M University in the Petroleum Engineering Department; a Director of Reserves at Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation; and the Reserves Manager for Sheridan Production Company, a privately funded oil and gas producer.  He has co-authored seven SPE papers, primarily on reserves related topics.

    Dr. Avi Chakravarty

    Senior Consultant, Global Reserves Group, Chevron

    Dr. Chakravarty holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, both from Imperial College in London.  In his 31 year career at Chevron he has held various positions including working offshore in the North Sea as a production engineer, managing NOJV teams in the UK,  leading Simulation Consulting teams in San Ramon and Aberdeen, and more recently working in the Global Reserves as Chair of  Europe, Eurasia and Middle East.  He is a longstanding SPE member and recently served as a member of the SPE Oil and Gas  Reserves Committee (OGRC).

    Elliott Young

    Practice Lead Reservoir Engineer, BHP Petroleum Reserves Group

    Mr. Young has been involved with resource management activities for more than 30 years in his professional career with BHP, ExxonMobil and Mobil.  He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia. He has served multiple terms on the SPE Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC) and also served as Chairperson of the OGRC. He has been a contributor to the 2007 and 2018 PRMS and  the companion Application Guidelines published by the SPE in 2001 and 2011.  He is currently lead of the SPE Examples subcommittee.

    Paul Johnson

    Reserves and Resources Investment Evaluation & Approvals, ConocoPhillips

    Paul currently works for ConocoPhillips in the corporate investment and evaluations group.  He has worked 32 years with ConocoPhillips in various locations (Europe,  Middle East, Asia, and North America). His expertise is asset optimization, reservoir management and reserves and resource evaluation. He graduated with a Master's degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1987 from LSU. Paul has been active in SPE and served on the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC), contributed to the recent version of Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS), and is currently on the CO2 Storage Resources Management System (SRMS) committee.

    Dr. John Lee

    Von Gonten Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University

    John holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked for ExxonMobil early in his career and specialized in integrated reservoir studies. He later joined the Petroleum Engineering faculty at Texas A&M, and became Regents Professor of Petroleum Engineering. While at A&M, he also served as a consultant with S.A. Holditch & Associates, where he specialized in reservoir engineering aspects of unconventional gas resources. He joined the University of Houston faculty in September 2011 and held the Cullen Distinguished University Chair until September 2015, when he rejoined the Texas A&M Faculty. He served as an Academic Engineering Fellow with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington during 2007-2008, and was a principal architect of the modernized SEC rules for reporting oil and gas reserves. He and his team received the SEC’s Law and Policy Award in 2009. John is the author/co-author of four textbooks published by SPE and has received numerous awards from SPE, including the Lucas Medal, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal and Honorary Membership. He has received Distinguished Achievement and Honorary Life Member Awards from SPEE. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

    Stephen R. Gardner

    BBVA Compass

    Mr. Gardner joined BBVA Compass in 2012, bringing four decades of petroleum engineering experience in domestic and international upstream project evaluations. He previously worked for El Paso E&P (now EP Energy), DeGolyer and MacNaughton, Williams Energy, and Schlumberger. He has reservoir and project management experience domestically and internationally, and is skilled in economic and government reserves reporting. He has led diverse personnel groups that have included engineers, geologists, business analysts, and IT professionals. Steve earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo California and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston. He is a 35+ year member of SPE and served on the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC) on the 2017-2018 update to PRMS – also a member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE) and a registered PE in Texas.

    0.5 CEUs and 5 PDHs offered.

    Members : USD 300.00

    Non-members : USD 400.00

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 10/10/2018

    Presented by Robert Lestz

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

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

    Robert Lestz

    President, Greyhorse Engineering and Technology

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

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