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  • An Integrated Simulation Approach to Field Development Planning

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    Historically supply of subsea equipment has been mainly a product business: the operating company (client) has generated a specification and the equipment vendor designs, manufactures, tests and delivers a product to meet that specification. Over time some clients began to see the value of instead ordering integrated products (e.g. trees + controls) or in some cases “systems" (e.g. trees, controls, umbilical, manifolds, jumpers, connectors) – more scope for supplier innovation, fewer interfaces to manage, fewer integration issues. OneSubsea was formed in 2013 with the intention to take this evolution one stage further by strengthening the link between the subsea equipment supplier and the reservoir. To this end, integrated reservoir and production system simulation workflows have been developed and applied to expedite and improve the field development planning process. This talk will give an overview of these workflows and examples of how they have been applied in practice.

    Ian Roberts

    Flow Assurance Engineer/Manager, OneSubsea (a Schlumberger company)

    Based in Houston, Ian has more than 20 years' experience in the oil and gas industry. Ian graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a master's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in multiphase flow. He has undertaken a variety of roles during his career including: software developer; consultant; project manager and team lead, all within the flow assurance discipline. Currently Ian works for OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, and is the North America regional manager for the Production Assurance team, part of OneSubsea's Integrated Solutions division. In this role he is instrumental in making OneSubsea's Optimize from Pore to Process vision a reality through performing integrated studies and early engineering on subsea system deliveries and developing new technology and workflows.

    Elena Valova

    Senior Reservoir Engineer, OneSubsea (a Schlumberger company)

    During her 12 years career, Elena has worked in software support, technical sales, software development, and consulting for Petroleum Engineering. Elena's goal is to make it standard practice to integrate reservoir with production assurance, subsea engineering and economics and through the use of innovative simulation workflows to minimize risk and make more confident decisions regarding field development planning.

  • Minifrac Analysis: A Comprehensive Overview

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Minifrac Tests are also known as: Fracture Diagnostic Tests (FDT), Fracture Calibration Tests (FCT), or Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFIT).

    Minifrac Tests are also known as: Fracture Diagnostic Tests (FDT), Fracture Calibration Tests (FCT), or Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFIT). 

    The objectives of Minifrac Tests differ depending on the permeability of the formation, which dictates the type of test that is appropriate for the analogue treatments: Frac-Pack, Conventional Prop Frac, Acid Frac or Unconventional Frac. The design of the appropriate Minifrac Test also depends on the permeability of the formation; while the aim is to obtain the most information at the least cost, least time, and least formation damage.  The test procedures also differ, that is, we can have a Pump-in Shut-in Test, a Pump-in Flow-back Test, etc.

    Basic analysis techniques include: Linear Plots, Square Root Plots, Log-Log Plots, and G-Function Plots. A major parameter determined is the Closure Pressure, which is used to determine almost all other parameters: Efficiency, Pad size, Net-Pressure, etc. The Rate Step-Down Test analysis determines the three friction components: Pipe, Perforation, and Near-wellbore advanced analysis techniques include Before Closure Analysis, and After Closure Analysis. Besides the Flow regime (Bilinear, Linear, or Radial), other parameters can be determined: Permeability, Fracture Length, Reservoir Pressure, etc.  Step-Up Rate Test, useful for Acid Fracturing, includes the determination of The Fracture Extension Pressure, and the Minimum Horizontal Stress.

    Leon Massaras

    Expert Speaker

    Leon Massaras has over 25 years' experience in all types of oil and gas development projects worldwide. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  

    Leon is an international authority on hydraulic fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including deep HPHT applications with all types of placement techniques, such as Tubing, CTU, Jetting, etc. He has developed innovative analysis techniques (e.g., Enhanced Fracture Entry Friction Analysis, Median Ratio, Inverse Slope, and Screenout Index) Mr. Massaras is also highly experienced in many other types of well services such as Well Cementing, Completions, Formation Damage Remediation, Sandstone Matrix Acidizing, Sand Control, Perforating, Jetting Applications, Acidizing, Nitrogen, CTU, Log Analysis, Production Prediction, Well Testing and Analysis, Wellbore cleanout and Wellbore Repairs. 

    During his long career, Mr. Massaras has worked in all types of geological and geographical environments throughout the world. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at Halliburton, Resources Engineering Systems (RES), SLB NExT, Synergy, Pangea, and Stratagen.  

    Leon is a member of SPE. He has written a number of publications for SPE and related to Hydraulic Fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and has been an invited speaker at SPE and other conferences.

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  • IEA Sustainability Scenarios

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Scenarios for outlooks of energy demand and supply are important tools for policy makers and the industry to evaluate the impact of policy options on a number of societal development issues. Most of the outlooks incorporate a scenario with current (or announced) policies; they may also include variations, such as sensitivity analysis on exogenous factors (such as economic growth), or more fundamental changes such as strong carbon-reduction measures.

    Scenarios for outlooks of energy demand and supply are important tools for policy makers and the industry to evaluate the impact of policy options on a number of societal development issues. Most of the outlooks incorporate a scenario with current (or announced) policies; they may also include variations, such as sensitivity analysis on exogenous factors (such as economic growth), or more fundamental changes such as strong carbon-reduction measures.

    The current trends of energy demand would lead to continuous greenhouse gas emissions, testing the limits of sustainability. Additionally, meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, that target a major reduction in energy poverty would be very challenging.

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) developed a scenario, named Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS), that would address three major energy-related aspects, namely universal energy access, reduced greenhouse gas emissions that would be compatible with a (less than) 2-degree trajectory, and improvement in air quality. The presentation highlights major implications of the SDS in terms of global energy supply and demand, as well as policy and technology requirements. It also compares the investments requirements compared to current trends, and the implications for the oil and gas industry.

    Kamel Ben-Naceur

    CEO, Nomadia Energy Consulting

    Mr. Ben-Naceur was previously the Chief Economist for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Prior to that, he was the Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency, where his team was developing long-term energy supply and demand outlooks, including the annual World Energy Outlook and the Energy Technology Perspectives.

    In 2014, he was appointed Tunisia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, where he launched several initiatives to transform the sectors, including a long-term strategy, the reform of energy subsidies, and a new law for renewable energy.

    From 1981 to 2013, he held key positions in the world’s largest oilfield service company (Schlumberger), including Chief Economist and Technology President. He has more than 37 years of experience and knowledge in the energy and industry sectors around the world in both public and private service, and is the (co-)author of 19 books and over 130 publications.

    He is a graduate from the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Superieure. 

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  • Understanding of Asphaltene Precipitation and Deposition

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This talk will present different techniques developed to understand the asphaltene behavior and their associated assumptions, limitations and uncertainties.

    After several decades, the understanding of asphaltene precipitation and deposition still remains a problem for the oil industry due to the lack of reliable laboratory tests able to represent the field conditions. This makes the mitigation of asphaltene issues a greater challenge. This talk will present different techniques developed to understand the asphaltene behavior and their associated assumptions, limitations and uncertainties. Additional R&D efforts are required to improve the current state of art of asphaltene knowledge.

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  • Leadership in the Digital Age

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/28/2019

    The webinar will summarize the perspectives and insights from industry experts in leadership positions on how leadership challenges are similar or different in the world of digital transformation.​

    Leadership is always important in any strategic program, but is the leadership challenge different in a digital world any different than for safety, environmental or for operational excellence programs? How is it different in today’s digital oilfield? How is emerging technology, commodity price cycles and increasing regulation impacting a leader’s role? The webinar will summarize the perspectives and insights from industry experts in leadership positions on how leadership challenges are similar or different in the world of digital transformation.

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  • Does the Oil and Gas Industry Have the Right Organizational Culture for Digital Transformation? -- Interview with Helen Gilman

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/22/2019

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why many digital transformation projects fail, due to the lack of organizational culture.

    Many project look-backs from unsuccessful digital transformation projects point to the lack of the right organizational culture for the adoption of digital oilfield solutions. What is the right organizational culture for a data-driven enterprise? What is the role of executives versus bench level engineers? What is the importance of standardization versus local customization? How can an effective change management program help lower the barriers to adoption?  These are some of the questions that will be asked during this interview.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why many digital transformation projects fail, due to the lack of organizational culture.

    Interview with: Helen Gilman, VP at Wipro, Oil & Gas Consulting and Solutions  

    Interviewed by:  Jim Crompton, Reflections Data Consulting / CO School of Mines

    Helen Gilman

    Partner, Wipro Energy

    Helen Gilman is a Partner within Wipro’s Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities Consulting practice.  Helen started her career with Sema Group in the UK, working in the public sector and utilities industry on IT and business consulting projects.  In 2000, she moved to SAIC and the oil and gas industry, with SAIC’s oil and gas practice being acquired by Wipro in 2011.

    Since 2002 Helen has been focused on the Digital Oil Field (DOF) arena and has worked on DOF projects for operating companies across the world over the last 17 years.  She has broad experience of developing and implementing DOF strategies and solutions including collaboration environments and integrated operation centres. She has worked with global super-majors, national oil companies, independent oil and gas companies and small unconventional producers, helping them identify ways in which new and emerging digital technologies can deliver value to their business, and tackling the associated challenges of change management, organisation and cultural change, solution sustainability and leadership.

    Helen has served on the committees for SPE workshops and conferences across the world on Intelligent Energy, Digital Oil Field and Integrated Operations, and has published and presented several papers on various aspects of DOF strategy and implementation.

    She holds a BSc in Biophysics from Leeds University, and a Ph.D in Biophysics from Manchester University.

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  • Capturing our Geomechanics Legacy to Understand Its Future -- Interview with Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    This series of industry interviews will focus on understanding and capturing the historical legacy of petroleum geomechanics from the experts who created it. From this historical foundation, these same experts with consider the future path, focus and value of petroleum geomechanics.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    Interview with: Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers, Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering.

    Interviewed by: Neal B. Nagel, PhD, Chief Engineer and Principal, Oilfield Geomechanics LLC; Chair, SPE Geomechanics Technical Section (GTS)

    Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers

    Professor Emeritus

    After 23 years of service, Jean-Claude (J-C) Roegiers recently retired from Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at The University of Oklahoma where he developed the Rock Mechanics Curriculum; including Halliburton’s Rock Mechanics Laboratory, and the Fracturing Fluid Characterization Facility.

    Over the years, J-C (co)-advised over 85 graduate students; obtained in excess of 28 million dollars in external funding; founded a world-class Rock Mechanics Institute and has co-authored more than 250 technical papers. 

    In the area of public service, he has given numerous keynote addresses at national and international meetings and has been a technical reviewer for journals and governmental agencies. Jean-Claude is a founding member of ARMA; organized six SPE Forums and RockOil 2002 in Dallas.

    Among his recognitions and accomplishments are:
    1978 – Prix Scientifique de l’A.I.Lg, Belgium
    von Humboldt Fellow since 1980, Germany
    1988-1993 – Most Eminent Scholar, OCAST
    1988 – 2012 - McCasland Chair, OU
    Honorary Prof., China U. of Geosciences, Wuhan since 1998
    Honorary Prof., Heibei Arch. U. Sci. & Tech, China since 1998
    2002-2003 – Chaire Francqui au Titre Etranger, Belgium
    2005 – 2006 – JNC International Fellow, Japan
    ARMA Fellow since 2008
    Professor Emeritus since 2012

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  • Using the revised and improved API19B to enhance your perforating performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/15/2019

    ​For many years, the benchmark for indicating perforation performance in the well was a surface gun test into concrete. However, it became recognized that shooting an API concrete target at a surface could not be effectively correlated with actual downhole conditions of overburden, reservoir pressure and rock properties.

    For many years, the benchmark for indicating perforation performance in the well was a surface gun test into concrete. However, it became recognized that shooting an API concrete target at a surface could not be effectively correlated with actual downhole conditions of overburden, reservoir pressure and rock properties. After many years of effort on behalf of the Operators, the service contractors and manufacturers were finally persuaded to accept that the correlating of real well conditions with concrete was not helpful to the Operators and their well performance. Since then, new standards have been written to promote shots into stressed rock targets as the standard for identifying performance down hole. All the contractors and manufacturers now have dedicated facilities to provide stressed rock tests and are actively developing improved charges that work well in real reservoir conditions, rather than concrete at surface. Having passed through over a decade with almost no new developments in perforating, the last 5 years have seen significant developments in  technology, with contractors and manufacturers working actively to improve performance and technology.

    Mark S. Brinsden

    Expert Speaker

    Mark has 40 years of global experience in the oil field. Starting with Schlumberger in 1980 and leaving Shell after 12 years as Global Perforating Lead and Principal Technical Expert for Perforating in 2018, to form Vektor Energy Inc. in Houston. Mark is currently very active in the area of perforating, with several inventions in  perforating already developed and additional ones ready for development.

    Mr. Brinsden is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, Founder and President of the International Perforating Forum – Perforators.org and Chairman of API RP 19B Perforating Standards Committee. He is very active in SPE, holding responsibilities such as: Associate Editor of SPE Drilling and Production Journal, Chairman of the SPE Energy Information Committee, Former SPE Distinguished Lecturer, member of the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee and a member of the SPE Completions Advisory Committee. Mark is a foremost global expert in Perforating and Energetics Technologies.

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  • The Future Role of Oil

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/15/2019

    Presented by Dr. Iskander Diyashev

    One idea: Our industry is in the new era of greater competition and must become more efficient to continue to prosper. Only about 15 years ago "peak oil" theories were quite popular and accepted by the general public.  Another school of thought, based on the concept of resource triangle, stated that as technology develops and as prices increase, vast amounts of hydrocarbon resources will become commercial. Oil and gas prices did increase and this led to the unconventional oil and gas revolution. Recent analysis of resource potential based on technical data collected for North American basins (S.A.Holditch et al) showed that we may think of hydrocarbon resources as being essentially infinite for practical purposes.

    However  the cost of the resource development, as expressed by the production activation index (the CapEx required to create production stream of 1 stb/day) increased over the decade  from about  1000-10,000 USD/bopd range for conventional oil, up to 15,000 USD /bopd, and more in some cases. Maintaining production levels with unconventional resources requires continuous drilling. The rapid rate of decline of unconventional wells translates to roughly a three-fold increase in the cost of generating a unit of energy compared to conventional wells. At this order of magnitude of energy cost, other sources of energy and combinations of technologies become competitive with conventional fossil fuel based energy and transportation.

    3/4 of all the oil that we produce is used for 3 purposes: ground transportation, heating and electricity generation, and jet fuel. In this lecture we will discuss competitive technologies, their technical limitations, their progress in application and market penetration trends. These competitive technologies are solar power, electric automobiles, and magnetic levitation trains. The  high energy density of gasoline made conventional internal combustion engine cars prevalent at the turn of the  20th  century. But today, the higher energy efficiency of electric cars and improvements in battery technology are making electric vehicles competitive. We review how the future may look like and how our industry may adapt and change.  As the transition starts there will probably be long term demand destruction trend in OECD countries.

    It is likely that the industry will experience significant downward oil price pressure as alternative technologies become more competitive. We need to train young engineers in energy engineering rather than just petroleum engineering.

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  • Strategies for Passing the SPE Certification and PE License Exams

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/06/2019

    This webinar will share best practices for engineering professionals to prepare to take and pass the SPE Certification and/or the U.S. PE Licensure exams. The webinar will present a strategic approach to study, along with valuable exam day practices. Our presenter will share his personal experience with the certification exam that shares the same format and content as the U.S. PE exam.

    This webinar will share best practices for engineering professionals to prepare to take and pass the SPE Certification and/or the U.S. PE Licensure exams.  The webinar will present a strategic approach to study, along with valuable exam day practices.  Our presenter will share his personal experience with the certification exam that shares the same format and content as the U.S. PE exam.


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