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  • A Soft Transformation Approach to Career Success -- Interview with Dr. Behrooz Fattahi

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/14/2019

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on how soft competencies play a significant role in the new work place environment.

    A discussion of the growth and augmentation of work experience (time effect), the career socio-economic, cultural and regional impact (place effect), relates achieving career success to that of progression in human capabilities (people effect).  Success can be measured in many different ways, and by a variety of criteria such as educational achievement, wealth, private lifestyle, family and marriage, career achievement, etc.  But whether there is an absolute and universal definition or benchmark for success, soft competencies have emerged as universally accepted essential ingredients for achieving success in many aspects of our private and professional lives.  The discussion will include clear evidence on how national and international professional societies, government organizations, and universities worldwide are rushing to include soft competencies in their programs to produce a new generation of work force that can achieve rapid career success in the new competitive and demanding workplace environment.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on how soft competencies play a significant role in the new work place environment.

    Interview with: Dr. Behrooz Fattahi, AIME/SPE Honorary Member, President, The EnerTrain Institute, 2014 President, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), and 2010 President, Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE)

    Interviewed by:  Mike Mason, Business Management and Leadership Committee

    Dr. Behrooz Fattahi

    AIME/SPE Honorary Member, President, The EnerTrain Institute, 2014 President, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), and 2010 President, Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE)

    Dr. Behrooz Fattahi holds Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. After 37 years of working in the industry, he retired from Aera Energy LLC, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil companies in 2014.  He was the Heavy Oil Development Coordinator at Aera, and in his last position as the Learning Advisor, he taught internal company technical courses including topics on reservoir engineering and enhanced oil recovery.

    Prior to joining the oil industry, he conducted research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, and taught a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics at Iowa State University. He joined the petroleum industry in 1977 by joining Shell International.

    Dr. Fattahi is a past member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and American Association of University Professors. He served as the Executive Editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, and on the board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) as the Director of the Western North America Region, President of SPE Americas Inc., SPE’s Vice President-Finance, and SPE Foundation Vice President. He served as a member of the United States National Petroleum Council. Dr. Fattahi is the recipient of AIME/SPE’s DeGolyer Medal for Distinguished Service to SPE, the profession of engineering and geology, and to the petroleum industry; AIME’s 2016 Presidential Citation, and is recognized by SPE as a Distinguished Member, “A Peer Apart,” and AIME/SPE’s Honorary Member.  He is a 2018-2019 SPE Distinguished Lecturer.

    Dr. Fattahi served as the Chairman of the Board, and the 2010 President of SPE International. He was the 2014 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, AIME.  He is now the President of the EnerTrain Institute, providing petroleum technical training and consulting internationally.

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    Non-members:  USD 50.00

  • Lost Circulation - A Challenge We Must Address

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 03/12/2019

    Presented by Salim Taoutaou

    Lost circulation is the most troublesome and costly problem in the drilling operations, cost of material, non productive and lost rig time and lost holes amounts for more than 2,000 M$/year. Lost circulation can be categorized into induced losses, and losses occurring in naturally fractured formation. Although some progress using different lost circulation materials and different placement techniques has been done; curing losses is still an art and not a science. This presentation will cover the lost circulation challenges during the drilling, cementing and the consequences on the long term integrity of the well; and the  solutions related to preventing the losses to occur as well as the mitigation measures to combat the losses when they happen. In addition newly developed solutions, techniques and diagnostic tool to mitigate lost circulation will be presented.

    Salim Taoutaou

    Cementing and Well Integrity Technical Advisor, Schlumberger (Paris)

    Mr. Taoutaou manages the global development of the well integrity cementing domain strategy, providing optimal well integrity cementing solutions for clients. Through his 21 years in the oil and gas industry, he has held various positions in the North Sea region, the Middle East and Asia. He has authored more than 46 international journal and conference papers, he is the holder of six patents and was the recipient of the SPE 2014 Asia Pacific Regional Technical Award in Drilling Engineering. Salim Served as the SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2017-2018 season. He received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Guelma University, Algeria.

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  • Novel Approaches for Solving Flow Assurance Problems

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.1 credits offered Recorded On: 02/28/2019

    ​When developing new fields, O&G companies may face many challenges regarding production and flow assurance. It is common that further investigation and R&D efforts are required and, as a result of this activity, new models to represent those new problems are developed. A natural way forward after experimental investigation and modeling activities is the implementation of such models in simulators, to ultimately be used for design and troubleshooting. However, commercial tools are generally “black-boxes” and do not provide the necessary customization flexibility to the end user, which prohibits them from testing new models within a reasonable timeframe.

    When developing new fields, O&G companies may face many challenges regarding production and flow assurance. It is common that further investigation and R&D efforts are required and, as a result of this activity, new models to represent those new problems are developed. A natural way forward after experimental investigation and modeling activities is the implementation of such models in simulators, to ultimately be used for design and troubleshooting. However, commercial tools are generally “black-boxes” and do not provide the necessary customization flexibility to the end user, which prohibits them from testing new models within a reasonable timeframe.

    In that light, this presentation will focus on a new framework that enables expert users to implement new models over a base 1D multiphase flow solver through its dedicated plug-in architecture. As an example of this framework, the implementation of hydrate formation, transport and agglomeration models and how other flow assurance problems such corrosion, erosion, wax deposition can be tackled using its current modeling capabilities, will be presented.

    Vinicius Girardi

    Business Development Manager, ESSS

    Mr. Girardi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Petroleum Engineer Degree at PUC-Rio. Vinicius’ experience spans over 10 years in the use of simulation for engineering applications, ranging from 1D multiphase flow to reservoir modeling. Vinicius has worked at ESSS since 2011 and has fostered partnerships between Oil & Gas companies, Universities, Research institutions and ESSS in order to develop R&D projects related to simulation and new software technologies.

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  • Monitor, Automate and Optimize ESP Operations Using Advanced Process Control (APC)

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 02/26/2019

    In this webinar, we describe one of the initiatives under Saudi Aramco’s digital transformation strategy. It is a simple yet innovative application of Advanced Process Control (APC) that facilitates continuous optimization of the performance of Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP), to not only comply with the assigned production targets, but also to automatically meet the operational constraints.

    With the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology and IR4.0, digital information is becoming more integrated into our daily operations.  Such a modality of operation allows all disciplines in an organization to collaboratively manage and operate their assets to achieve the maximum value. 

    In this webinar, we describe one of the initiatives under Saudi Aramco’s digital transformation strategy. It is a simple yet innovative application of Advanced Process Control (APC) that facilitates continuous optimization of the performance of Electric Submersible Pumps (ESP), to not only comply with the assigned production targets, but also to automatically meet the operational constraints.   The successful implementation of this technology on multiple oil wells in an onshore oilfield has demonstrated significant power savings of 10% to 20%, and is expected to minimize premature failures and extend pump life.

    Kalpesh Patel

    Speaker

    Mr. Patel began his career in 1992 as an Instrumentation & Control Engineer before getting involved in Advanced Process Control and Optimization (APC) in upstream, downstream and petrochemical processes.

    He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Control Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India.  He has worked in a number of countries including India, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the USA during his twenty plus year career in APC. 

    Mr. Patel holds a patent related to oil processing in unconventional oilfield and has filed another patent related to oil processing in conventional oilfields. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in Canada, and the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) in Saudi Arabia.  Kalpesh is also certified as an Automation Professional (CAP) by the International Society of Automation in the USA.

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  • Insights from Engagements with 144 Safety Functional Leaders

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered 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), 0.15 credits offered

    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), 0.15 credits offered 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), 0.15 credits offered 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), 0.15 credits offered 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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