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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.***

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

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered

    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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  • Attracting Perfect Customers for Achieving Your Goals

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 11/14/2018

    In this webinar the speaker will teach the audience a method to attract the "perfect-fit" customers that will help them to achieve their goals. None of us can achieve our goals alone. If we think about something that we have achieved recently, we will have to admit that there was at least a key person that was instrumental in that win. Rather than leaving it to chance, the speaker will teach us how to align with those people that will help us achieve our goals, in an strategic way.

    In this webinar the speaker will teach the audience a method to attract the "perfect-fit" customers that will help them to achieve their goals. None of us can achieve our goals alone. If we think about something that we have achieved recently, we will have to admit that there was at least a key person that was instrumental in that win. Rather than leaving it to chance, the speaker will teach us how to align with those people that will help us achieve our goals, in an strategic way.

    The concept of "customers" is stretched to those who help us achieve our goals in any way, including employers, bosses, colleagues, providers, business partners, etc. It goes beyond the customer who writes a check for our company's products. Traditional Marketing is based on catering to our customer's needs. In this "attraction" method we will learn how to decide what we want our customers to expect of us. It is a method that empowers us and puts us in charge. In turn, it demands accountability. When we decide what we want our perfect customers to expect of us, there is no more space for excuses or complaints. We are committing to deliver only what we have chosen to deliver. This is a much more effective way to achieve our goals, because our perfect customers want, what we want to deliver. In that space, “push” and “pull” are equal, effectiveness increases and the sales cycle decreases.

    Marinma Dorado

    Facilitator, Business Coach and Consultant

    Ms. Dorado has a BSc. Chemical Engineering by the Complutense University in Madrid, and an MSc. Petroleum Engineering by Imperial College, London. After 6 years working in Houston, she came back to the Imperial College Business School for an MBA specialized in Finance.

    She worked for 18 years in the oil and energy sector in different US, UK and Canadian Engineering software firms. She specialized in Upstream Engineering Software and introduced this technology in different private oil companies and N.O.C.s around the world. Her role involved not only opening markets for this technology but also training engineers. As a consultant, she participated in implementing oil production optimization projects.

    During the 6 years she lived in Houston, she was very active in the SPE Gulf Coast, especially in the Facilities Engineering Study Group, which she led at some point.

    In 2012, she founded The Big Crew Change to provide Facilitation, Business Coaching and Consulting to companies and individuals around the world in the areas of improving engagement and tangible results, leveraging the power of passion and clarity of purpose.

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  • QRI Expert Hour -- Efficient Management of Mature Waterfloods Using a Physics-Based, Data-Driven Approach

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/14/2018

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

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    Experts present a powerful new solution that combines the fundamentals of subsurface flow physics with advanced data-driven techniques to quickly build waterflood models based on available geologic, completion and production data. Compared to conventional full-physics model generation workflows for large fields with multiple decades of production history, this new technology’s models are typically built in short time frames, ready for full-field surveillance and optimization. The cloud-based feature provides a flexible platform capable of guiding daily production operations through fast production forecasts and optimization of both existing wells and new drills. The workflow delivers low capital, high impact, short-term recommendations for improved waterflood performance. This directly translates to substantial improvement in capital efficiency and OPEX reduction in mature waterfloods.

    Dr. Xiang Zhai

    Sr. Data Analyst, Quantum Technologies

    Dr. Zhai has a broad range of experience in applied mathematics and physics, including machine learning, data mining, deep learning, artificial intelligence, theoretical and numerical PDEs and ODEs, numerical simulation, and optimization. He has used these tools to quantitatively model and interpret complex petroleum engineering problems and other large-scale dynamic systems. A PhD graduate from Caltech, Dr. Zhai was quickly promoted at QRI to the leader of New Technologies group, a multi-disciplinary R&D group exploring many cutting-edge technologies for the oil and gas industry. Dr. Zhai led the development effort of several major QRI technologies, including SpeedWise® Waterflood Management, a robust waterflood optimization software that combines critical physics with data-driven models. Dr. Zhai also developed SpeedWise Unconventionals®, a technology that uses public and private data to identify opportunities in the unconventional fields, including well spacing optimization, target identification, well performance prediction, and drilling and completion design optimization.  Dr. Zhai is also in charge of QRI's Automated Machine Learning toolbox development, a tool that aims to conduct intelligent, robust and enterprise-level machine learning and data analytics in a fully automated fashion. Dr. Zhai and his team’s technologies have been applied across the world, including the Middle East, East Asian, Mid Asian, North America, and Latin America.

    Dr. Feyisayo Olalotiti

    Analyst, Quantum Technologies

    Dr. Olalotiti has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry as an engineer, an educator, and in research. A PhD graduate from Texas A&M University, Dr. Olalotiti helped design and develop the SpeedWise® Waterflood Management (SWM®) suite for QRI. Previously with PetraNova, he worked on the world’s largest anthropogenic CO2 EOR and storage project. While pursuing his graduate degrees at Texas A&M University, he worked as a teaching assistant for numerous engineering courses. During this time, he was also a Research Assistant on the Model Calibration and Efficient Reservoir Imaging (MCERI) project.  He also held internships with Chevron, where he worked on the RESQML–INTERSECT simulation workflow development, and with Schlumberger, where he developed an efficient unconventional reservoir evaluation engine. Dr. Olalotiti has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the Chevron Fellowship award, the Graduate Fellowship award from the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, and the ExxonMobil Undergraduate Scholarship award.

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

  • Module 1: Overview of Petroleum Geomechanics

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 11/14/2018

    The focus of this webinar will be on defining what geomechanics is, why/when it is important in oilfield operations, and the history and technical competence of geomechanics.

    The focus of this webinar will be on defining what geomechanics is, why/when it is important in oilfield operations, and the history and technical competence of geomechanics. This webinar is primarily focused on decision-makers and less-technical individuals who have a need to understand geomechanics from a cost/value perspective, but who would not be expected to specify or evaluate geomechanics services themselves.

    Dr. Neal Nagel

    Chief Engineer, OilField Geomechanics LLC

    Dr. Nagel has over 30 years of industry experience having worked for ConocoPhillips for 20 years and as a consultant since then. He is a well-known expert in petroleum geomechanics and, specifically, the geomechanics of Unconventionals. Nagel has given many invited SPE, AAPG, HGS, SEG, and SPWLA presentations and training courses and has authored or coauthored more than 50 technical papers, with 20+ related to Unconventionals, including a keynote presentation at the 2014 SPE HFTC. He is currently the chairman of the SPE Geomechanics Technical Section, a recent petroleum geomechanics track lead for the annual ARMA conference, is a past SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2004 and 2016), was chief editor of the 2010 SPE Monograph on Solids Injection, and has served on the SPE Drilling and Completions Committee and been a local SPE section officer.

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  • Shale Development - Does Cheap Energy Really Mean Flaming Tap Water?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 11/08/2018

    Presented by William Fleckenstein

    Shale development in the US has been ongoing for at least the last decade, and many lessons can be learned from the US experience to help prevent air emissions and aquifer contamination in future developments around the world.  Media reports and films such as "Gasland" imply that shale development is widely polluting fresh water aquifers and the atmosphere, with a wide range of estimates of contamination. This lecture examines the risk of contamination of aquifers through wellbores, either by hydrocarbon migration or hydraulic fracturing operations, and is primarily based on a comprehensive three-year study funded by the US National Science Foundation examining nearly 18,000 wells drilled in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado, plus other relevant studies.  In the midst of the Wattenberg field is heavy urban and agricultural development, with over 30,000 water wells interspersed with the oil and gas wells, resulting in a natural laboratory to measure aquifer contamination. Lessons learned have universal applications with clear relationships established between well construction methods in both conventional and unconventional wells and contamination risks.

    Dr. William Fleckenstein

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Colorado School of Mines

    Dr. Fleckenstein is an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines, where he served as Interim Petroleum Engineering Department Head 2012-2014, and he also serves as the managing partner in Fleckenstein, Eustes & Associates, consulting on projects worldwide. He holds BSc, ME, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has 30 years experience primarily in drilling, completions and workovers, with direct experience on over 200 wells and involvement in horizontal wells and stimulations since 1990. Dr. Fleckenstein has numerous publications and patented technologies in multi-stage fracturing, annular seal testing, and downhole hydraulic rotation. 

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  • Separation internals: Field Installation and Inspection To Enable The Potential For Good Performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 11/06/2018

    This presentation has the goal to describe how a proper factory inspection and field installation of the separation internals needs to be carried out. The installation and inspection must address the key issues that might occur to avoid poor separator performance.

    The process design of a separator many times requires solutions with a number of complex separation internals, which combined will provide the desired process performance. Even with the best designs, if the separation internals are not fabricated according to the defined requirements, do not fit in the vessel correctly, or even worse, are not properly installed, all the process design efforts are worthless. Field installation and inspection verification of internals is a critical step. This presentation has the goal to describe how a proper factory inspection and field installation of the separation internals needs to be carried out. The installation and inspection must address the key issues that might occur to avoid poor separator performance.

    Joao Paulo Sena

    Senior Project Manager, TechnipFMC

    Mr. Sena is a senior project manager for TechnipFMC, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Joao Paulo has extensive management experience on EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) projects for oil, gas and water processing modules (pressure vessels, skids, separation internals) for the upstream and downstream markets. He has a Masters of Sciences degree in Aeronautical Engineering by the Brazilian Air Force Institute of Technology (ITA).

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  • Leadership in the Digital Age -- Interview with Shaharuddin Hamid Mustapha

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/31/2018

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on how leadership challenges are similar yet different, in the world of digital transformation.

    Leadership is always important in any strategic program, but is the leadership challenge in a digital world any different that in safety or operational excellence programs?  To ensure global viewpoints and perspectives are considered, these interviews will feature top industry leaders who are developing and adopting digital solutions.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on how leadership challenges are similar yet different, in the world of digital transformation.

    Interview with: Shaharuddin Hamid Mustapha, Head of Integrated Operations, Center of Excellence, PETRONAS

    Interviewed by: Steve Smart, Digital Manager, Accenture Consulting

    Shaharuddin Hamid Mustapha

    Head of Integrated Operations, Center of Excellence, PETRONAS

    Shaharuddin leads the digitalization program across the Upstream Business. Currently, he is driving the implementation of digital oilfields, value chain optimization and future field development. He also leads the operations of the PETRONAS Digital Collaboration Centre in the PETRONAS Twin Towers. A Mechanical Engineering graduate, Shaharuddin started his career as a design and performance engineer in Motorsports, completing 5 seasons with the Sauber PETRONAS Formula 1 team. He progressed to managing research & development projects in automotive powertrains, fuel and lubricants testing, subsea robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles at PETRONAS Research before joining the Upstream Business.

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    Non-members : USD 50.00

  • 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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