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  • Prediction and Management of Fines Migration for Oil & Gas Production

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 04/12/2018

    Presented by Pavel Bedrikovetsky

    Fines migration is the most common formation damage mechanism that challenges the economic viability of petroleum development projects. The phenomenon has been widely reported for production and injection wells, drilling, completion, waterflooding and pressure depletion with water support. It is explained by the lifting of reservoir fines, their migration and pore plugging with consequent permeability decline.  

    We introduce a maximum retention function for fines that models fines mobilization and allows coreflood interpretation, well impairment history analysis and well behavior prediction. The laboratory and field case studies presented validate the approach. The reservoir study presented shows how to use the coreflood- and well-history data for reliable prediction of productivity decline, its prevention, and mitigation.    

    The traditional view of fines migration is that it should be avoided because of its detrimental effect on reservoir permeability and hence well productivity. However, the permeability decline effect provides a relatively simple method for water mobility control. We show laboratory and field cases where, compared with “normal” waterflooding, the fines-assisted low salinity waterflood results in a significant increase in reservoir sweep due to fines lifting and permeability decline in the swept zone.  

    Additionally, in oil and gas reservoirs, the injection of a small fresh water bank into watered out wells, or above the hydrocarbon-water contact, decelerates the invaded water and significantly decreases water production. Huf-n-puf by low-salinity water significantly decreases water production in oil- and gas wells.  

    Reliable prediction of productivity decline due to fines migration and its effective management to enhance oil and gas production is the key message of this lecture.  

    This lecture stimulates the petroleum engineer’s thinking into productivity enhancement options and, in particular, that natural or deliberately induced fines migration may often assist in oil and gas production.

    Presented by Pavel Bedrikovetsky.

    Dr. Pavel Bedrikovetsky

    Professor, Petroleum Engineering, University of Adelaide

    Dr. Bedrikovetsky authored a seminal book on reservoir engineering and over 200 papers in international journals and SPE. His research covers formation damage, waterflood and EOR.

    Pavel holds an MSc in Applied Mathematics, a PhD in Fluid Mechanics and a DSc in Petroleum Engineering from the Russian Gubkin Oil and Gas University. He was a Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology and at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. He boasts 35 years of industrial experience in Russia, Europe, Brazil and Australia.

    Pavel serves as a short course instructor and a Program Committee member at numerous SPE Conferences. He was a 2008-2009 SPE Distinguished Lecturer.

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  • HSE: Countering Human Trafficking Risks and Strategies for the Oil and Gas Industry

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 04/10/2018

    The city of Houston developed a countering human trafficking risk strategy as part of post-disaster for the business community. This includes understanding human trafficking and labor exploitation and post disaster risks. This presentation will discuss potential risks to the industry and provide recommendations for intervention and prevention of labor exploitation.

    The city of Houston developed a countering human trafficking risk strategy as part of post-disaster for the business community.  This includes understanding human trafficking and labor exploitation and post disaster risks.  In the aftermaths of a disaster, a sudden demand for workers can lead to the exploitation of workers. There has been a precedent of legal cases related to Hurricane Katrina and related to the oil and gas industry.  In areas where oil and gas development increases and especially in remote areas where workers and services may be limited, there is a risk for illicit labor recruiters to provide workers to contractors in their supply chain.  This presentation will discuss potential risks to the industry and provide recommendations for intervention and prevention of labor exploitation.

    Minal Patel Davis

    Special Advisor on Human Trafficking

    Ms. Davis serves as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Special Advisor on Human Trafficking, the first municipal-level position of its kind in the U.S. Appointed in July 2015, Ms. Davis is charged with making a local impact on human trafficking in the 4th largest city in the U.S. from a policy-level perspective and by advancing systems change. She developed and is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by a U.S. city. Ms. Davis is passionate about helping other cities in their own anti-human trafficking efforts, and has spoken on several local, national, and international panels to present the City of Houston’s approach. Ms. Davis received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from New York University.

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  • Importance of Characterizing Uncertainties in Multiphase Flow Predictions

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 03/29/2018

    Confidence in multiphase flow predictions can influence key decisions on design, location, and operations of pipeline and associated facilities. These decisions in turn can profoundly affect system reliability, operability, safety, and overall project economics.

    Confidence in multiphase flow predictions can influence key decisions on design, location, and operations of pipeline and associated facilities.  These decisions in turn can profoundly affect system reliability, operability, safety, and overall project economics. To the extent possible, multiphase predictions and recommendations need to be supported by quantitative assessments of uncertainty and level of confidence. Most of industry’s limited resources for funding research typically result in slight incremental improvements of flow predictions with little focus on quantifying the uncertainties and establishing level confidence in those predictions for field applications. An argument is made for spending more of our limited resources in characterizing uncertainties of existing models.

    Gene Kouba

    Research Consultant (Ret.), Chevron

    Dr. Kouba is retired from Chevron where he was a Research Consultant for Chevron’s Energy Technology Company. His research interests primarily include issues in multiphase flow transport and separation. He has authored or co-authored over 100 technical papers and 9 patents. He holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.  Kouba was the recipient of the 2014 SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Award.

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  • Cold Jet Expert Hour -- Increase Efficiency and Reduce Downtime with Dry Ice Cleaning

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/28/2018

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

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    This presentation will discuss the value of dry ice cleaning within the oil and gas industry. Dry ice cleaning utilizes recycled CO₂ in the form of solid dry ice particles as the cleaning media, which provides a non-abrasive cleaning solution that allows equipment to be cleaned without dismantling or relocation of tooling to other plant areas.

    David Watson

    Director of Business Development for Contract Cleaning, Cold Jet, LLC

    Cold Jet manufactures and distributes dry ice cleaning and dry ice production equipment worldwide.  David joined Cold Jet in the Inside Sales pilot program in 2008.  He was promoted 8 months later and relocated to Canada where, for the past 7 years, he has served as Regional Sales Manager of Canada.  During his time as a RSM, David managed all sales, growth initiatives, customer support and distribution relationships within the Canadian territory. In his time in outside sales, he consistently met or exceeded revenue targets and displayed the ability to plan, develop and execute effective business solutions.  As it happens, the contracting vertical was his most successful segment which accounted for more than 40% of his business year after year.  His transition into business development for the contracting segment arose due to a desire to grow professionally.  David’s current goals are to grow the contracting market and help support Cold Jet’s installed customer base via marketing initiatives that include – but aren’t limited to – tradeshows, publications, speaking engagements, open-houses and webinars.  David holds a B.B.A. in International Business from Eastern Kentucky University by way of education also in the Netherlands and Mexico.  

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

    About Cold Jet®

    Cold Jet® is the world leader in developing innovative, environmentally responsible dry ice cleaning solutions that help companies reduce maintenance costs, enhance product quality, prolong equipment life and improve productivity and worker safety. Cold Jet's extensive line of dry ice cleaning systems are used in a variety of industries, making productive use of recycled carbon dioxide while eliminating the need for chemicals and water in the cleaning process. In addition, the company's dry ice production equipment is used by every major gas company worldwide to produce the highest density dry ice available.  Cold Jet is a private company with global headquarters in Loveland, Ohio, and international operations in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.coldjet.com or call 1-800-337-9423 or +1 513-831-3211 (International).

  • Blowout Prevention and Relief Well Planning for the Wheatstone Big-Bore Gas Well Project

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 03/28/2018

    The offshore Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia utilizes subsea big-bore gas wells as the preferred method of producing the field.

    The offshore Wheatstone LNG Project in Western Australia utilizes subsea big-bore gas wells as the preferred method of producing the field. Wheatstone wells use a 9–5/8" production conduit from the top of the gas pay zone to the ocean floor. Well bores of this size are necessary to match the large productive capacity of the gas reservoirs they penetrate. This producing scenario provides the obvious benefit of yielding large volumes of gas through the use of relatively few wells. Each of those highly productive wells, however, also represents a source of gas that, if accidently allowed to flow unhindered, could present an uncommonly difficult well control challenge. It is for this reason that the Wheatstone Drilling and Completions Team evaluated a wide range of possible reservoir and well architecture scenarios to fully understand the possible scale of relief well responses that might be necessary in the event of a blowout. The conclusions from this evaluation were surprising. Our originally-planned well design concept called for penetrating the Wheatstone gas reservoirs with a casing shoe set 950m vertically above. Our analysis indicated that 3–4 relief wells would be simultaneously required to bring a blowout under control. Based on these results, both the well and the drilling execution plan were redesigned to minimize the number of required relief wells. In summary, the redesign amounted to setting casing immediately (i.e., = 3m) above the gas reservoir before actually penetrating it, with the resulting benefit of reducing the required number of relief wells to 2. Although this reduction is beneficial, it should be noted that there is only one documented subsea case where 2 or more relief wells have been drilled with the intent of simultaneously pumping into both to effect a dynamic kill. Given this fact, our well control-related preparations for executing this project were more extensive than that of preceding projects.

    This paper chronicles the full extent of the engineering and operational planning performed to ensure that no uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases occurred during the execution of the Wheatstone Project's subsea big-bore gas wells and, if a blowout were to occur, that the response to such an unprecedented event would be sufficient and robust. Covered in the paper are (1) reservoir deliverability modeling, (2) dynamic kill modeling, (3) gas plume modeling, (4) relief well trajectory and mooring planning, (5) pilot hole execution planning, (6) a newly applied LWD technology for sensing resistivity vertically below the drill bit and (7) a discussion of future research that has been identified as necessary to better define the fluid injectivity capabilities of subsea relief wells.

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  • Mind Reading, Listening and Being Nice

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 03/27/2018

    The webinar will offer straightforward practical steps you can use immediately in the workplace. Some interactive exercises will get you thinking about your own non-technical competence.

    Most organizations in the oil and gas industry realize that further improvements in safety and productivity will come from improving the people management skills of their people at all levels. However, so many programs of non-technical skills (also called crew resource management and human factors) are not as effective as they could be because they are too general. We have to be more specific about communication skills, team working, leadership skills, and situational awareness. In this webinar Dr Bill gets to the heart of the matter and shows how the basics of mind reading (yes, you can read people’s minds), really listening and being nice, are the foundation of most non-technical skills subjects. The webinar will offer straightforward practical steps you can use immediately in the workplace. Some interactive exercises will get you thinking about your own non-technical competence.

    Dr. William Robb

    Safety Improvers

    Dr. Bill of Safety Improvers has been delivering non-technical skills for companies in the oil and gas industry for 22 years. His special skill is in presenting complex behavioral and management issues in plain English. This enables people to apply what they learn about themselves quickly and effectively. Bill has assisted large and medium-size organizations in the oil and gas industry in over 13 countries improve people and asset performance by showing how straightforward techniques of people management can improve morale, productivity and safety. . Bill has doctoral degrees from the universities of Glasgow and South Africa and has published eight detailed manuals on improving safety performance. In July 2010, Bill received an award from the Aberdeen Branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers for his outstanding contribution to health and safety in the oil and gas industry.

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  • Edge Analytics at the Rig

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 03/27/2018

    By moving algorithms to the wellsite, the oil and gas industry will be able to take advantage of the new field of Edge Analytics. This webinar will discuss what will be needed to permit high frequency Edge solutions at the point of data acquisition.​

    The traditional way to support remote drilling operations is through real-time operation centres. These RTOCs rely upon timely and accurate data from the wellsite in order to provide rapid support and responses in the event of well issues. Often there is a considerable lag in the time it takes for drilling data to be acquired, transmitted and analysed, so that critical incidents are not identified quickly enough. There is then a strong case for data analytics to be made at the point of acquisition.

    The Big Data revolution is transforming the way that information can be stored and analysed, and machine learning can now be used to identify patterns of behaviour from offset well data, leading to the potential to predict non-productive time events such as a well kick or stuck pipe. By moving algorithms to the wellsite, the oil and gas industry will be able to take advantage of the new field of Edge Analytics. This webinar will discuss what will be needed to permit high frequency Edge solutions at the point of data acquisition.

    Jon Curtis

    President, Petrolink Group

    Mr. Curtis is President of the Petrolink Group, a real-time data acquisition, management and analytics consortium. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including Chairperson of SPE Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section (DUPTS) where he works with other leaders to provide comprehensive solutions across drilling operations. Mr. Curtis started his career in the wireline logging industry and then founded Offshore Communications Services in 1988, to provide wellsite data management services in the UK North Sea. The company later became Petrolink as the company's service portfolio evolved through the 1990's. Mr. Curtis graduated from Oxford University where he studied Metallurgy and Materials Science.

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  • SEC Reserves Reporting Regulations Series

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This four-part webinar series will cover the reserves reporting regulations of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

    This four-part webinar series will cover the reserves reporting regulations of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. 

    Presented by Professor John Lee

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

    Topics discussed include:

    (1) reserves definitions;
    (2) reserves reporting requirements;
    (3) SEC guidance; and
    (4) recent information derived from the SEC in public presentations and comment letters.

    Series Format

    Each webinar is a 1-hour presentation followed by a live/recorded 30-minute Q&A session. 

    ***This package gives you access to all four webinars in the series or you can click to register for each individually.***

  • Wellbore Ranging Technologies, Intercept, Applications and Best Practices

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.15 credits offered Recorded On: 03/22/2018

    The subject of Well Intercept has frequently been dealt with in best practice manuals, guidelines and check sheets. This eBook will attempt to capture in one document the main points of interest for public access through the Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE) Wellbore Positioning Technical Section (SPE WPTS) or otherwise commonly referred to as the, Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA).

    The subject of Well Intercept has frequently been dealt with in best practice manuals, guidelines and check sheets. This eBook will attempt to capture in one document the main points of interest for public access through the Society of Petroleum Engineer (SPE) Wellbore Positioning Technical Section (SPE WPTS) or otherwise commonly referred to as the, Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA).

    This eBook was written by the SPE WPTS (aka ISCWSA) Well Intercept Sub Committee (WISC) and is intended to develop good practice in wellbore intercept applications and promote its understanding within the oil and gas wellbore construction industry.

    The intent of this document is to help engineers determine the appropriate ranging methods and technologies for a given positioning objective. Depending on the objective complexity, there may not be a silver bullet or one technology on its own that may provide a complete solution. In many applications, a combination of ranging technologies and methods, involving multiple industry expertise may be required to achieve the desired objectives.

    Benny Poedjono

    Schlumberger Petro-Technical Expert

    Mr. Poedjono is a Schlumberger Petro-Technical Expert, an Advisor in Wellbore Positioning, Interception and Relief Well Operations based in Sugar Land, Texas. He started his career with Schlumberger in 1982 as field engineer and has held various positions in operations, management, engineering, technical, support and business development and has worked in more than 29 countries. His recent areas of expertise are in Geomagnetic Referencing, Advanced Wellbore Positioning, Acoustic Ranging, Collision Avoidance Management, Wellbore Interception, Relief Well Operation, Platform and Pad Design and Robotics for Oil and Gas. Benny is also serving on the SPE, EAGE, ISCWSA, ATC and API RP 78 Recommended for Wellbore Positioning. He has published more than 50 technical papers and holds many various patents. Benny is a graduate of Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia with a Bsc and Ir degree in Digital Electronic Engineering.

    Chad Hanak

    President, Superior QC

    Dr. Hanak has an extensive background in navigation and automated systems. He has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, specializing in statistical estimation and control theory. Chad spent the first decade of his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he designed guidance and navigation systems for both manned and unmanned spacecraft. Some of his design work includes aerocapture guidance at Titan and Neptune, low thrust trajectory optimization to Mars and Jupiter, crater-based lunar navigation, and autonomous navigation flight software for the Orion manned spacecraft.  Chad left NASA in 2011 to go work for Baker Hughes, where he worked in the R&D department. His work at Baker Hughes and elsewhere includes both active and passive magnetic ranging system developments, among other technologies. 

    Pete Schiermeier

    Global Technical Advisor, Survey Management/Survey/Ranging, Halliburton

    Mr. Schiermeier is a Global Technical Advisor for Survey Management/Survey/Ranging services with Halliburton and is currently based in Houston Texas. After graduating from the University of Idaho in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology,  Mr. Schiermeier was employed as an underground mine geologist and specializing in geologic mapping, underground mine design and mine surveying. His introduction to the oilfield started in 2007 where he has spent the last 11  years within Sperry Drilling management and operational roles  specializing in advanced wellbore placement, magnetic referencing (time varying field, crustal field), ranging technology, product development/management and global technical services for engineering solutions . Mr. Schiermeier is active within the SPE, Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA) and API RP 78 groups.

    Roger Goobie

    SME/Well Placement Technical Specialist, BP GWO

    Mr. Goobie joined the oilfield over 23 Yrs ago, after graduating from the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. Hons in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He started his career working for a major service company (Schlumberger) in 1995 and joined BP in 2011.  Over the years he has held several technical and managerial positions and have worked in several countries and areas around the world including; Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, India and the United States. 

    He has been a member of the SPE for the last 17 years and have authored and presented over a dozen technical papers on a wide variety of Drilling Optimization topics.  A few of his SPE publications have been peer reviewed by the SPE to assure delivery of the highest technical integrity. 

    In 2014 Roger received the SPE North America Gulf Coast Regional Drilling Engineering Award which recognizes and rewards him for aligning himself with the SPE’s vision and goals of technology dissemination. 

    Roger is an active member of the SPE Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA).  The primary aim of this group is to produce and maintain standards for the industry relating to wellbore survey accuracy.  He is also serving on the Operators Wellbore Survey Group (OWSG) and the API RP 78 Recommended Practice for Wellbore Positioning working group. 

    Roger currently works for BP GWO as an SME and is the Well Placement Technical Specialist for their western hemisphere operations.

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  • QRI Expert Hour -- Using a Data-Driven Technology to Improve Drilling Efficiency

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/21/2018

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

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    Experts show how a data-driven technology was applied to hundreds of wells in a major oil field, quickly processing and aggregating large data sets, identifying drilling bottlenecks, and improving drilling efficiency. 

    Dr. Hamed Darabi

    Technology Execution Leader, QRI

    Dr. Darabi is the technology execution leader at Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI).  Since 2013, Dr. Darabi served as the team lead for multiple field studies, and was involved in the development of various proprietary products at QRI. 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. Ali Karimi

    Drilling and Completion Analyst, QRI

    Dr. Karimi is a drilling and completion analyst at Quantum Reservoir Impact (QRI). He also worked at University of Texas at Austin as a research scientist in 2013 where he worked on drilling and completion research projects related to multi-phase gas influx modeling, drilling automation, thermal fluid design and modeling, managed pressure drilling modeling, and wellbore strengthening. These projects were sponsored by major operators and service companies including ConocoPhillips, Shell, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, NOV, Saudi Aramco, etc., as part of Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling (RAPID) consortium. He has (co)authored more than 30 technical papers, holds 5 patents, and serves as an associate editor in Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (JNSGE).

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