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  • 4D Seismic Monitoring for Assessing Reservoir Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 09/12/2018

    This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding reservoir heterogeneity and its impact on the success of hydraulic fracturing in shale wells.

    Hydraulic fracture stimulation is an essential part of economically producing from unconventional resources such as shale and tight and stone reservoirs. Within the subsurface, reservoir heterogeneity and variability in elastic rock properties significantly control the response to hydraulic fracturing efficiency and effectiveness of hydraulic fracture stimulation. Understanding the link between the reservoir heterogeneity and the rock response to stimulation is essential to better develop and produce shale and tight reservoirs with efficient recovery. This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding reservoir heterogeneity and its impact on the success of hydraulic fracturing in shale wells. 

    A square-mile section within the Wattenberg Field, Colorado, USA, the Niobrara was hydraulically fracture stimulated and produced using 11 horizontal wells. These wells were used as a well spacing test to understand the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing within the Niobrara and Codell formations. A three-dimensional geomechanical model was generated as an input to the hydraulic fracture simulation modeling.  4D time-lapse seismic and microseismic were also used to characterize the reservoir response to hydraulic fracturing and two years of production. The seismic monitoring was observed to be beneficial for the validation of hydraulic fracture simulation modeling results. Furthermore, the integrated analysis indicated that there is potential room for improvement and optimization needed for efficiently developing the Niobrara and Codell formations within the Wattenberg Field.

    Ahmed Al-Fataierge

    Geophysical Engineer, Saudi Aramco

    Mr. Al-Fataierge is an exploration geophysicist with 10 years of hands-on experience in the exploration and development of several conventional and unconventional reservoirs within Saudi Arabia and North America. Ahmed obtained his B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Houston in 2009. He also graduated with a M.S. in Geophysical Engineering and Minor in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2017.

    Ahmed has a passion for interdisciplinary integration of information for the better development of hydrocarbon resources. His technical background stretches beyond geology and geophysics through his work on multiple interdisciplinary studies. He is an accomplished explorationist successfully drilling several gas exploration wells within Saudi Arabia. Currently, he works within Saudi Aramco on the assessment and development of several unconventional resource plays within Saudi Arabia.

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  • A Conversation on the Interdisciplinary Nature of Geomechanics in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 09/06/2018

    One of the most interesting aspects of applying oilfield geomechanics is arguably the amount of interdependency with other disciplines. While the pursuit of integrated, interdisciplinary approaches is increasingly common in our industry, this state of affairs can still be considered discretionary.

    One of the most interesting aspects of applying oilfield geomechanics is arguably the amount of interdependency with other disciplines. While the pursuit of integrated, interdisciplinary approaches is increasingly common in our industry, this state of affairs can still be considered discretionary. This means that technical teams can freely judge the value of inviting the contribution from other disciplines given a state of imperfect information. One example of such condition is being unable to decide on the need of involving experts from other disciplines: Is it a lack of reliable data feeding our physics models or a missing piece of physics (or knowledge) captured only by another discipline?

    Interestingly, such discretionary opportunities are very few in the world of geomechanics. Compared to many of the core subsurface and engineering disciplines in our industry, the application geomechanics is an essentially –and necessarily- integrated effort. This situation has interesting repercussions in modelling and communication strategies employed for geomechanics projects where the observations, measurements and results most likely belong to members of a different technical domain. While showing examples of the field applications of geomechanics, we will explore how geomechanical workflows have adapted to cater for the commonality of technically diverse stakeholders and how circumventing some of these challenges might find an audience in other disciplines, especially young professionals concerned with technical communication skills.

    Adrian Rodriguez-Herrera

    Numerical Geomechanics Expert

    Mr. Rodriguez-Herrera is a numerical geomechanics expert with background in petroleum engineering, numerical methods and software development. He started his career with a series of assignments in Schlumberger technology centers for heavy oil and reservoir geomechanics. Over the past 9 years, his experiences have comprised a blend of innovation, software development and international consulting projects. Spanning topics around reservoir engineering, drilling, well integrity and hydraulic fracturing, his focus lies in the development of methodologies and software applications that bridge the gap between operational or geophysical observations and the underlying geomechanical mechanisms that could explain them. He has consulted on the application of these topics for operators in over 20 countries, and led the development of several of the enabling software technologies. Since 2016, he leads the Geomechanics Centre of Excellence in London, Schlumberger’s global consultancy team for oilfield applications of numerical geomechanics.

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  • QRI Expert Hour -- Evaluate and Enhance Artificial Lift System Performance Through Data-Driven and Model-Based Technology

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/06/2018

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

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    Improve and assess the performance of artificial lift system by employing a technology to implement smart analytics for increasing production, reserves and capital efficiency.

    Dr. Hamed Darabi

    Technology Execution Leader, QRI

    Dr. Darabi is the technology execution leader at Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI). His current responsibility is to maintain key QRI technologies, expand QRI’s intellectual property, and ensure high-quality delivery of QRI technologies to clients. Since 2013, Dr. Darabi served as the team lead for multiple filed studies, and was involved in the development various QRI's proprietary products. He also worked on several giant fields in Middle East to implement QRI technologies and perform reservoir studies. Prior to QRI, Dr. Darabi worked as reservoir engineer at Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation and various companies in Middle East, since 2006. His experience spans reservoirs in California, Kuwait, Partitioned Zone, Iran, UAE, Mexico, and Iraq. Dr. Darabi received his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, where he extensively studied reservoir simulator development and mathematical modeling. For his dissertation, he developed a non-isothermal compositional simulator to model asphaltene precipitation, flocculation, and deposition in oil reservoirs and near wellbore. Moreover, he studied the condition of asphaltene precipitation in Asab field in UAE during CO2 Injection.

    Dr. Ehsan Davani

    Senior Production Engineer, QRI

    Dr. Davani is a senior production engineer at Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI) with over 10 years of worldwide industry experience. He has an extensive knowledge in artificial lift optimization, integrated production modeling, digital oil field and asset management. He was involved in field development planning and artificial lift optimization projects in seven giant fields in Colombia and Peru. Prior to QRI, Dr. Davani worked in Chevron and EDG consulting engineers for eight years. He was leading a team to build and implement of an integrated production digital oilfield system for Chevron deep-water assets in the Gulf of Mexico, Angola, Nigeria, and Thailand.

    Dr. Davani is a registered Texas professional engineer (PE). He has (co)authored several technical papers and a book. He also serves as an associate editor in Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (JNSGE) since 2013.

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

  • Machine Learning And Data Analytics In Flow Assurance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 08/30/2018

    The democratization of machine learning and data analytics has thrown open a variety of new tools to the industry. A few examples will be shown in this presentation showing how these tools can be used ranging from reduction in study times to creating new methods of studying/troubleshooting difficult problems.

    The democratization of machine learning and data analytics has thrown open a variety of new tools to the industry. These tools create new opportunities in the flow assurance area in both design studies and in operations phase. A few examples will be shown in this presentation showing how these tools can be used ranging from reduction in study times to creating new methods of studying/troubleshooting difficult problems.

    Dr. Prabu Parthasarathy

    VP of Intelligent Operations, Wood

    Dr. Parthasarathy completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in CFD application to multiphase flow from the University of Houston. He started at Wood in 2002 as a flow assurance engineer and has led flow assurance teams in various phases of design. As the VP of intelligent Ops within Wood, Prabu looks after a portfolio of software products and services that deal with operational issues in the upstream, downstream, manufacturing and other industries.

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  • Killer Communication Skills

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 08/28/2018

    Participants will reap the benefits of effective communication and learn how to motivate and persuade others without resorting to the traditional command and control approach.

    Through this webinar, participants gain the essential basics of powerful and effective communication. They will learn the pitfalls of communication and how to communicate clearly. Participants will reap the benefits of effective communication and learn how to motivate and persuade others without resorting to the traditional command and control approach.

    Brent Darnell

    Owner/Founder, Brent Darnell International

    Mr. Darnell has been teaching critical people skills and emotional intelligence to engineers since 2000. In 2012 he was awarded Engineering News Record’s top 25 newsmaker’s award for his record breaking program that “transforms Alpha males into service focused leaders”. His bestselling books, The People Profit Connection and the Tough Guy Survival Kit along with online courses are helping to transform the industry.

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  • Embracing the Possible: Applying Cross-Transferable Data Analysis and A.I. Innovation from Other Industries

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 08/14/2018

    This presentation will explore draw on relevant examples using data, predictive analytics, A.I., augmented intelligence systems from the company’s partnerships with oil and gas operators and service companies.

    This presentation will explore the following points, drawing on relevant examples using data, predictive analytics, A.I., augmented intelligence systems from the company’s partnerships with oil and gas operators and service companies: subsurface workflows, drilling ops management (precision, avoidance of stuck pipe), asset health monitoring and failure prediction, optimized P&A strategies, but also within aerospace: aircraft digital twins, ‘the Conscious Aircraft’, intelligent helicopter pilot decision-support, aircraft landing-gear failure prediction, transport: National-scale rail network monitoring and failure prediction. 

    • Accelerating innovation through applied learning from other sectors (aerospace, transport, banking services)
    • Bench-marking the oil and gas (energy) sector against the innovation curve of other industries
    • Examples of cross-transferable capability, intelligence and application
    • The shift from strategy to action and implementation
    • Fundamental change: avoiding siloed teams, siloed data and isolated programs
    • Removing the blinkers and improving visibility and collaboration

    Angela Mathis

    Chief Executive, ThinkTank Maths Limited

    Ms. Mathis, CEO and co-founder of ThinkTank Maths Limited (Edinburgh), providing mathematics, (predictive) data analysis and AI-based software solutions for ‘augmented intelligence’ decision-support to oil and gas, aeronautics, space, defence, health and banking services. Partnership projects include Smart Cities/Airports, ‘The Conscious Aircraft, drilling accuracy quality control and asset failure prediction.

    Angela joined the Board of the Scottish Oil Club in 2015. She is a Council member of ADS, UK trade body for Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space, and on the Market and Economics Advisory Group, UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

    Her professional history is in international technology commercialization at I.C.I., Nobel’s Explosives (Scotland), Polyurethanes (Belgium), Lucent Avaya (EMEA). She launched the Iomega Zip drive across Europe achieving $600m revenue in 2 years, and led the commercial expansion of PSINet Europe.

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  • Liquid – Liquid Coalescers

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 08/08/2018

    The presentation will cover basic design philosophies involved in properly designing a liquid liquid separation vessel along with some case studies.

    As rightly said, Liquid Liquid separation is often termed as a “Black Box” in the industry, as, accurately predicting BS&W and the efficiency of “continuous in dispersed” has always remained questionable . Whether engineering a new Coalescer vessel, or debottlenecking an existing separator, full knowledge and understanding of the basic principles involved are required and the design should be treated as a system design rather than an equipment design, as, neglecting the fundamental principle may result into inadequate performance. Often overlooked are the capabilities of properly selected and designed internals for the enhancement of simple gravity separation, location of coalescing equipment’s due to mechanical constraints, residence time as the length needs to as short as possible, velocities of continuous & dispersed phase as the diameters are fixed, potential of fouling due to presence of solid, inversion point etc etc. The presentation will cover basic design philosophies involved in properly designing a liquid liquid separation vessel along with some case studies.

    Moize Turkey

    Applications Engineering Manager, AMACS Process Tower Internals

    AMACS specializes in providing solutions for phase separation & mass transfer internals for upstream, midstream and downstream industries. Over 10 years of his tenure, Mr. Turkey's experience with AMACS (previously ACS) includes Process/Applications Engineering, Technical Sales & Project Management and Design Engineering & Drafting.  He graduated with a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas & B.E. in Chemical Engineering from University of Pune, India.

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  • Applications of Drone Acquisitions in Geology

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 07/17/2018

    In this webinar the speaker will show examples of drone acquisitions applied to geology, and share ideas on the techniques and areas of application of this technology.

    In this webinar I will show some examples of my drone acquisitions applied to geology, trusting that this will be a good opportunity to share ideas on the techniques and areas of application of this technology. In general, I use drones to generate digital models of the topography that can help understanding certain geological features in a more intuitive way.

    I publish the models in Sketchfab, which I found to be a very effective platform for sharing 3D models. I complete them in different ways, by adding annotations, animations, integration with geological maps and sections, interpretation of geological surfaces, 3D printed scale models. The main application that I see for these models is to provide support to the work in the real field, either in preparation for an actual field trip, or as a means of sharing observations on a remote location. In one case though, I have used a model not just as a 3D display, but rather as a digital dataset to test geological concepts in a more rigorous way.

    The areas of acquisition of my models are mostly from Spain although one model is from the Venezuelan Andes and another one is from the SE coast of Italy. Finally, another model is related to an archaeological topic.

    Riccardo Rocca

    Geologist

    Mr. Rocca is a geologist in petroleum exploration, focusing on regional geology, data integration and prospects evaluation.He worked with ENI (Italy), Halliburton-Landmark (Nigeria-Angola), and Repsol (Spain-Venezuela). He is an enthusiast in electronics and remote controlled models.He has been practicing drone flights, images acquisition and photogrammetry since 2015.Mr. Rocca is interested in using the information from drones to help understand features in the landscape related to geological processes.

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  • Optimum Mud Overbalance And ROP Limits For Managing Wellbore Stability In Horizontal Wells In A Carbonate Gas Reservoir

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 07/11/2018

    Saudi Aramco has been drilling horizontal and multilateral wells to develop gas fields. Due to production-induced decreasing reservoir pressures along with tight nature of the reservoir rock, development activities have focused more in placing wells towards the minimum horizontal stress direction and complete with multistage hydraulic fracturing aimed to improve lateral reservoir contact enabling higher production at sustained rates thereby increasing recovery with less number of wells to be drilled.

    Saudi Aramco has been drilling horizontal and multilateral wells to develop gas fields. Due to production-induced decreasing reservoir pressures along with tight nature of the reservoir rock, development activities have focused more in placing wells towards the minimum horizontal stress direction and complete with multistage hydraulic fracturing aimed to improve lateral reservoir contact enabling higher production at sustained rates thereby increasing recovery with less number of wells to be drilled.

    Horizontal wells drilled in the minimum horizontal stress direction are more challenging due to complex geological conditions and compressional in-situ stress conditions. The data shows that some wells were drilled without major difficulty while some other wells encountered more problems leading to stuck pipe events. A detailed study was conducted to identify the nature of these problems and ascertain major controlling factors for this variable drilling experience to make future operations safer and more efficient through recommendations based on a diagnostic analysis of the observed problems in existing wells.

    Analysis of data suggests that excessive borehole breakouts and faster rate of penetration (ROP) are the key contributing factors to the observed drilling challenges. In addition, differential sticking has been found a potential risk across high porosity and/or depleted zones. As a result, optimum mud weight based on predrill geomechanics model was recommended to manage the hole stability. In addition, a safe limit of ROP as a function of hole azimuth was identified to manage efficient hole cleaning and avoid stuck pipe due to pack-off.  The recommendations made based on this analysis enabled successful drilling and timely completion of several horizontal wells across the field.

    Khaqan Khan

    Geomechanics Specialist, Gas Reservoir Management

    Mr. Khan is a geomechanics subject specialist with Gas Reservoir Management (GRMD), where his role is to assist various aspects of field development activities focused on well planning, drilling, completions and stimulation. Prior to Saudi Aramco, he worked with Schlumberger as a lead geomechanics engineer and regional geomechanics manager in the Middle East with GeoMechanics Internationl Inc. as a geomechanics specialist and with KFUPM as a geomechanics engineer. During his 20+ years of experience, he managed and technically led several consulting projects on geomechanics aspects of reservoir management and field development. He earned a MS degree from KFUPM in geomechanical engineering.

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  • Automation - How Can Good Go So Bad?

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 06/28/2018

    With the implementation of new technology on deep-water units, there have been huge strides made towards a safer and more efficient way of drilling wells. However, with the introduction of these advancements different challenges also arise. In fact, as new technologies are introduced, the more important team skills, or Crew Resource Management becomes.

    With the implementation of new technology on deep-water units, there have been huge strides made towards a safer and more efficient way of drilling wells. However, with the introduction of these advancements different challenges also arise. In fact, as new technologies are introduced, the more important team skills, or Crew Resource Management becomes. With new technology, teams change and confidence in the new roles and responsibilities can suffer, which can effect communication and ultimately decision making. Piggy backing off the success of the aviation industry, at Maersk Training, we've found an efficient way to ensure that teams utilize each other to mitigate human error and more fluently adapt new technologies into their operations is by integrating three pieces of training. Specifically, we focus on merging high fidelity simulations with technical training and Crew Resource Management. This presentation highlights how to best train crews going into operations with MPD.

    Evelyn Baldwin

    Technical Instructor/Curriculum Developer, Maersk Training Houston

    Ms. Baldwin has spent 15 years as a technical instructor and curriculum developer, covering topics as diverse as communications and tracking systems for the International Space Station, blow out preventer MUX control systems, and crew resource management. 

    She has a B.S. in Physics and Adult Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently the lead for CRM instruction and curriculum design at Maersk Training Houston.  Her previous employment stops have included NASA and GE Oil & Gas.

    Matthew Roberts

    Maersk Training Houston

    Mr. Roberts spent over 20 years in the US Marine Corp flying multi-crewed aircraft and instructing air crews on Crew Resource Management.  His has lead Marines at all levels of command during his tenure in the Corps.  His specialties in the human factor domain center on Leadership and the optimization of high performance teams.  Matthew comes to Maersk Training Houston by way of Rice University where he taught Leadership, Ethics, Management, Communication and Teamwork at various academic levels.

    He has a B.A. in Exercise Physiology from University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), a M.S. in Leadership from Boston University and a M.S. National Defense/Organizational Development from the Royal Military College of Canada.  He is also a certified Crew Resource Management Instructor and Facilitator.

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