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  • Financial Management of R&D: Best in Class Metrics

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/20/2021 at 10:00 AM (EST)

    In this presentation, we share a review of available methods that can be used to decide on future R&D projects, evaluate existing projects and quantify the impact of completed projects through the implementation of their technological outcomes and/or commercialization.

    Investment in R&D is essential for technological advancement adding value to the organization in terms of revenue generation, costs reduction and/or efficiency improvements. Sustainability of the oil and gas business and its future growth is dependent on how fast and effective technology development is. During this process, there are risks that varies from one stage to another. First, there are technical risks associated with the R&D phase that vary from one project to another brining uncertainty to the creation of the final technology product. Moreover, after the technology is produced, there is still risk in the market penetration process and the competitiveness of the technology, hence, another risk factor is introduced. Research has shown that implementation of the right financial tools is a key attribute for a successful research and development (R&D) cycle. Therefore, it is of interest for managers, scientists and engineers to be equipped with the right financial tools that ensure the budget and all related resources are diverted to the right projects. In this presentation, we share a review of available methods that can be used to decide on future R&D projects, evaluate existing projects and quantify the impact of completed projects through the implementation of their technological outcomes and/or commercialization.

    This webinar is categorized under the Data Science and Engineering Analytics technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dr. Ghaithan Al-Muntasheri and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dr. Ghaithan Al-Muntasheri.

    Dr. Ghaithan Al-Muntasheri

    R&D Director, Aramco Americas

    Dr. Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri is the R&D Director for Aramco Americas based in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he oversees all of the Aramco R&D Centers in the US with an R&D scope that spans all key Upstream and Downstream disciplines. These cover all Upstream discovery and recovery domains from exploration to drilling & production, reservoir engineering and artificial intelligence. In addition, he oversees R&D in key Downstream applications related to catalysis, membranes,  and fuel/engine research and forecast. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technologist of Production Technology Team under Saudi Aramco Upstream R&D Organization, EXPEC Advanced Research Center. Al-Muntasheri has been working for Saudi Aramco for the last 19 years. He holds BS and MS degrees both in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He also holds a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands (2008).  After his PhD, he developed new chemicals, filed new patents, and deployed key technologies in the area of oilfield chemistry. Dr. Al-Muntasheri served as the Chairman of the SPE Saudi Arabia Section (SPE SAS) for the term 2011/2012.  He also served as the Chairman of the 2011 SPE SAS Annual Technical Symposium & Exhibition, in AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia. He was recognized in many occasions by more than 15 awards with the latest being, the 2018 SPE Distinguished Membership Award. He is the author/co-author of one book chapter and around 90 peer reviewed papers and conference presentations. He is the inventor/co-inventor of more than 30 US patents.

    SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the

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  • Drilling Optimization, Risk and Uncertainty Reduction, and Future Workforce Education Using Big Data Analysis

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/22/2017

    Oil and gas operators are progressively adopting novel sensor and data-streaming technologies and their powerful data analytics capabilities in their continuous quest to improve drilling efficiency and remove risk and uncertainty. In this presentation, it is shown how operators partnered with the drilling automation research group (RAPID) at the University of Texas at Austin to develop a workflow for big data analysis and visualization. The objectives were to maximize the value derived from surface and downhole data, establish an analysis toolkit, and train students on data analytics—a necessary job function of any future drilling engineer. The operators provided data sets, business and technical objectives, and guidance for the project, while a multi-disciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students piloted an analysis workflow.

    Oil and gas operators are progressively adopting novel sensor and data-streaming technologies and their powerful data analytics capabilities in their continuous quest to improve drilling efficiency and remove risk and uncertainty. In this presentation, it is shown how operators partnered with the drilling automation research group (RAPID) at the University of Texas at Austin to develop a workflow for big data analysis and visualization. The objectives were to maximize the value derived from surface and downhole data, establish an analysis toolkit, and train students on data analytics—a necessary job function of any future drilling engineer. The operators provided data sets, business and technical objectives, and guidance for the project, while a multi-disciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students piloted an analysis workflow. The students developed methods to: 1) understand and clean the data; 2) structure, combine, and condense information; 3) visualize, benchmark, and interpret the data, as well as derive key performance indicators (KPIs); and 4) automate these processes. Students investigated bottom hole assembly (BHA) and directional drilling performance using a combination of auto-generated visuals (e.g., BHA designs, annotated time vs depth curves) and newly developed tools (e.g., tortuosity, 3D well trajectory plots combined with operational data). Methods for 'push a button' investigations of mechanic specific energy (MSE), vibration, torque and drag were also developed by calculating specific KPIs from the raw measurement data. The analysis work itself coupled with the attempt to improve the workflow processes served as a meaningful and highly effective way to identify significant improvement opportunities for the operators, and at the same time educate students and prepare them to be the “drilling engineers of the future” with proficiency in data analytics.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

    SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the

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    Dr. Eric van Oort

    Speaker

    Dr. van Oort holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam, and held a variety of senior technical and managerial roles over a 20-year period with Royal Dutch Shell. He joined UT Austin in early 2012 to return to his passion for teaching and R&D as tenured Professor in Petroleum Engineering. Dr. van Oort is a co-Principal Investigator of the Offshore Energy Safety Institute (OESI), is the co-founder of two start-up companies (Genesis RTS and R5 Automation) and is CEO of his own consulting firm (EVO Energy Consulting). At UT, he runs one of the largest drilling R&D groups in academia, with 15 graduate students, 10+ undergraduate researchers, 6 full-time research scientists and additional support staff. He is the director of the RAPID (Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling) consortium. He is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and SPE Distinguished Member. His areas of expertise include: complex well construction, drilling automation, real-time monitoring (RTM), drilling optimization, rock-fluid interactions and wellbore geomechanics, drilling fluid design, cementing & zonal isolation, hydraulic fracturing and associated water management.

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  • Production Technology

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Describes the production technology techniques used to maximize production.

    Description:

    Describes the production technology techniques used to maximize production. Once production begins, the reservoir is only a part of a larger system, and understanding the relationships among all elements--the wellbore, tubing string, artificial lift equipment, surface control devices, separators, treaters, tanks and measuring devices--is crucial to economical and safe recovery.

    Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

    Content:

    • Well Completions
    • Surface Production Facilities
    • Production System Performance
    • Artificial Lift
    • Production Technology: References and Additional Information

    This online training course is categorized under the Production and Operations discipline.

    0.17 CEUs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • Upstream Oil and Gas Agreements

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how oil and gas leases are negotiated with a landowner in the U.S. and analyze the two main forms of agreements, the Concession Agreement and the Production Sharing Contract, used by host countries around the world.

    Description:

    Upstream agreements define the legal, business and working relationships that exist between companies that explore for and produce oil and gas, and the government agencies or private parties that own the mineral rights. Learn how oil and gas leases are negotiated with a landowner in the U.S. and analyze the two main forms of agreements, the Concession Agreement and the Production Sharing Contract, used by host countries around the world.

    Duration:  2 hours

    Content:

    • Overview
    • Historical Perspective
    • Methods for Obtaining a Host Government Agreement
    • Four Types of Exploration Agreements
    • Joint Operating Agreements
    • Nicola Case Study
    • Sandland Business Game
    • Summary
    • Glossary of Terms
    • Model Form for International Joint Operating Agreement

    This online training course is categorized under the Management discipline.

    0.2 CEUs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • Your Data…Streamlined. Faster. Easier. Trusted... And With Less Turbulence.

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/11/2017

    Join Ross Philo (CEO of Energistics) and Jay Hollingsworth (CTO) as they present an overview of these new capabilities and the impact they will have in delivering critical well-related information in a trusted format more quickly, and more comprehensively, than ever before. Learn how standards help save time and costs, open up the competitive landscape, and are the key to innovation and digital transformation.

    Everyone has heard of WITSML; nowadays it is practically ubiquitous for transferring well-bore and drilling-related data from an offshore well to onshore real-time monitoring centres. But did you know that WITSML has recently been revised to offer significant new capabilities? Most importantly, the latest version of WITSML is built on a common technical architecture that allows data from production-related information as well as earth-model information (handled by PRODML and RESQML respectively) to be consumed as part of an overall spectrum of data objects covering the entire development workflow – thus opening up a breadth of integrated information never before possible, and allowing activities such as real-time adaptation of drilling plans versus an earth model in order to optimize well placement in the reservoir. The standards also include data assurance objects to increase confidence in the underlying quality of the data, as well as audit trail capabilities to keep track of changes to key data.

    But that’s not all. The latest coordinated release of the Energistics standards also includes an update to the Energistics Transfer Protocol (ETP), which has been proven to deliver data at least 10x faster from data source to destination. In the words of one major oil company, the data transfer is now so performant and streamlined that it is like being on the rig watching the operation in real time, to the extent that they can reduce the need for key staff to go offshore.

    Join Ross Philo (CEO of Energistics) and Jay Hollingsworth (CTO) as they present an overview of these new capabilities and the impact they will have in delivering critical well-related information in a trusted format more quickly, and more comprehensively, than ever before. Learn how standards help save time and costs, open up the competitive landscape, and are the key to innovation and digital transformation. 

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

    Sponsored by: 

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    Ross Philo

    President and CEO, Energistics

    As President and CEO of Energistics, Ross Philo provides the industry experience and strategic leadership for the organization to achieve its key goals related to the development and adoption of data exchange standards for the oil and gas sector. His responsibilities include strategic planning, operations and financial management, communications and public relations, strategic alliances, building an inclusive global user community and facilitating a collaborative standards development environment. He is a member of the Energistics Board of Directors and a member of the Standards Leadership Council.

    Ross has 35+ years of global experience in energy, high-tech and public service organizations. His executive leadership experience includes roles as CIO in very large and complex, multi-national organizations, plus additional roles as CEO and board member of smaller startup technology companies. During his career, he has led the development of a number of industry-changing technology innovations and has extensive cross-functional experience, including strategy, business development, manufacturing, engineering, operations, marketing and communications.

    Following an extensive international career with Schlumberger, during which he held a wide range of management roles of increasing responsibility, he was appointed CIO at Halliburton Energy Services. The IT group he led was named as one of the Top 100 IT organizations by Computerworld, and was recognized by SAP as their only Core Competency Center within the energy sector. After Halliburton, he ran a small global communications company before joining Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for creating and delivering industry-focused solutions in the energy, mining and utility sectors. He was then hired by USPS as their first CIO where he successfully led a range of complex projects related to mail services, involving thousands of client organizations and billions of transactions. He returned to the energy industry after USPS, initially as CIO with Maersk Oil in Copenhagen, and then as EVP Information Technology with FTS International, a leading privately-held company focused on reservoir stimulation and related services.

    He has broad multi-cultural experience, having lived and worked in some 30 countries, including various assignments across Europe, plus the US, Canada, North and West Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Far East. Ross attended Imperial College of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom where he graduated with a Bsc(Eng) with first class honors. He is currently based in Houston, Texas.

    Jay Hollingsworth

    Chief Technology Officer, Energistics

    Jay Hollingsworth is currently Chief Technology Officer for Energistics. In this role, he is responsible for the technical adequacy of the standards stewarded by the organization, including WITSML, PRODML, and RESQML among others.

    Jay has a BS plus post-graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans. In addition, he attended graduate school in Computer Science at University of Texas in Dallas. As his career advanced as an Environmental and Process Engineer, he focused on technical computing – first as a consultant and then for 20 years at Mobil Oil. At Mobil he was responsible for the data model of their FINDER global master data store and the suite of engineering applications in global use. After leaving ExxonMobil, he spent time in Landmark’s data modeling group before settling at Schlumberger. He spent 10 years at Schlumberger where he was responsible for the data modeling group and was the Portfolio manager for the Seabed database technology. After Schlumberger, he was an Industry Principal at Oracle, focusing on oil & gas solutions.

    Jay is active in numerous industry organizations, including APSG, ISO, SPE and SEG. He was a Technical Editor of the SPE Microcomputer Journal and is currently on the Board of the SPE Digital Energy Technical Section. He was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of PPDM and served as past president of APSG.

  • Talent Management And Career Development

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Key tools for career development are discussed and compared.

    Description:

    Considers the critical value of a career development program to an organization. You will learn the five stages in the career lifecycle and the needs of an employee at each stage. Key tools for career development are discussed and compared.

    Duration:  2 hours, 30 minutes

    Content:

    • Why Career Development?
    • Career Life-cycle
    • Tools for Career Development
    • Generational Issues
    • Career Development Issues
    • Career Questions
    • Summary and Additional Reading
    • Practice Self-Assessment
    • Self-Assessment

    This online training course is categorized under the Management discipline.

    0.25 CEUs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • Planning for Hydrate Formation under Extreme Conditions of Pressure and Brine Salinity

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/23/2017

    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.

    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.

    Reliable predictions of hydrate phase equilibrium at extreme conditions, in terms of high salinity and high pressure, are necessary for development and operations in ultra-deep water oil and gas fields. The challenges go beyond hydrate management in pipe flow, such as, setting depth of surface-controlled subsurface safety valve (SCSSV) and effective risk mitigation during drilling, completions and workover activities. An increasing number of fields are being developed/operated with high salinity brines. While the hydrate challenges are recognized, one must also consider the coupling with salt precipitation, which may lead to scale deposition. However, current prediction tools commonly used for hydrates provide inconsistent results and are untested for conditions at ultra-high pressures (up to 30,000 psia), in particular for high salinity brines. This presentation will discuss measurements completed within DeepStar® 12202 Gas Hydrate Formation Under Extreme Conditions of High Pressure and High Salinity and modeling of hydrates phase behavior for high salinity brines (saturated and near-saturated) with different types of salts (NaCl, KCl, CaCl2, MgCl2, NaBr and CaBr2, as single salts and mixtures) for pressures up to 30,000 psia. To bridge the gap between the measured data and its applicability, a simple but robust correlation is developed that capture the hydrate suppression temperature, at a given pressure, for high salinity brines. The correlation is shown to be applicable for any salt system (single and mixed). The data and correlation are critical tools for the flow assurance engineer for successful hydrate management under such extreme conditions of pressures and brine salinities. This work was initiated, technically guided and funded by DeepStar®, Global Deepwater Technology Development Program as part of Phase XII projects in the Flow Assurance (X200) Committee.


    Amadeu Sum

    Professor, Colorado School of Mines

    Amadeu Sum is a Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and leads the Phases to Flow Laboratory. He has worked in flow assurance related topics for over 20 years covering gas hydrates, waxes, asphaltenes, and multiphase flow. He has worked on numerous JIPs and with DeepStar to advance the knowledge and develop solutions to flow assurance problems. He works closely with industry and numerous researchers around the globe.

  • Underperforming Gas Scrubbers: How to Fix Them and How to Avoid Them

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/29/2017

    The aim of this presentation is to illustrate how an inadequate sizing methodology hinders scrubber performance.

    The aim of this presentation is to illustrate how an inadequate sizing methodology hinders scrubber performance. Old fashion practices still in used today, do not go deep enough into the fundamentals of the separation process, may rely on incorrect assumptions regarding flow distribution, and usually are not supported by representative test data. These shortcomings however, must be questioned when so often result in the need for expensive fixes just after plant startup. By making the design process itself the target of interest, this presentation provides a new perspective for the task of scrubber design. This important step, many times overlooked, can mean the difference between underperforming facilities in need of costly vessel upgrades post start-up and well-conceived facilities that can achieve the required separation performance from day one.

    This webinar is categorized under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline.

    Sponsored by: 

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    Elizabeth G. Morillo

    Senior Process Engineer, TechnipFMC

    Ms. Morillo is a senior process engineer for TechnipFMC based in Houston, TX. In her current role, Elizabeth oversees the design of separation systems for the Americas. In her 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry she has held various positions in operations, engineering, and R&D focusing on pressure pumping services and hydrocarbon processing (crude oil dehydration and stabilization, gas and water treatments). She holds 2 U.S. Patents and has a Chemical Engineering Degree from Universidad Simon Bolivar. She is currently working on a Master's of Science in Subsea Engineering at the University of Houston. Elizabeth can be reach at Elizabeth.morillo@technipfmc.com 

  • Drilling and Well Completions

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Get an introduction to the basics of the rotary drilling process and learn the dramatic advances in drilling technology that have taken place in recent years.

    Description:

    Geological studies and seismic surveys can indicate an oil or gas prospect, but the only way to know if that prospect contains oil or gas is to drill wells. Get an introduction to the basics of the rotary drilling process and learn the dramatic advances in drilling technology that have taken place in recent years.

    Duration:  2 hours

    Content:

    • Overview
    • Well Planning
    • Well Design
    • Drilling Operations
    • Formation Evaluation and Testing
    • Well Completion
    • Summary
    • References
    • Additional Resources
    • Acknowledgments

    This online training course is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

    0.2 CEUs offered.

    Members : USD 115.00

    Non-members : USD 150.00

  • Assessing Well Integrity Risk: A Qualitative Model

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/23/2017

    For successful delivery of Well Integrity, there needs to be an understanding of the risks that can cause undesirable events such as safety hazards or loss of containment. Performing a risk assessment on a well, or type of well, will help determine and rank the potential risks and provide information that allows limited resources to be applied in the most effective manner.

    For successful delivery of Well Integrity, there needs to be an understanding of the risks that can cause undesirable events such as safety hazards or loss of containment. Performing a risk assessment on a well, or type of well, will help determine and rank the potential risks and provide information that allows limited resources to be applied in the most effective manner. The main objectives of performing a risk assessment include:

    • Follow a formal process to assess risk consistently and to enable comparison between well barrier failure mode scenarios;
    • Qualitatively assess well barrier failure risk for every segment of a well;
    • Document suggestions that are offered by the risk assessment team for mitigating well barrier failure risk; and
    • Provide a report of the methodology, failure mode scenarios, risk ranking, and potential mitigation actions for use as a reference tool for managing well integrity on a routine basis.

    Attend this webinar to gain additional insights into these risks and the Well Integrity Risk Assessment Model.

    This webinar will cover topics that apply to both Completions and Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical disciplines.

    Jerry Dethlefs

    Well Integrity and Diagnostics Engineer

    Mr. Dethlefs is a Well Integrity and Diagnostics Engineer, retired from ConocoPhillips after 27 years with the company and 36 years in the oil & gas industry. His experience includes well operations, intervention, production operations, and drilling. For the past 18 years his focus has been on well integrity issues including policy, diagnostics, best practices, program management, risk assessments and regulatory compliance. Jerry has managed Well Integrity programs in both an operating unit (Alaska) and at the corporate level (Global Wells, Houston, Texas). Jerry has been an active contributor to SPE and industry forums. He was a Distinguished Lecturer during the 2010-2011 tour season and is a Technical Paper Reviewer. In addition, he has authored or co-authored papers on well integrity issues, provided training seminars and has been an SPE Well Integrity conference committee member. Jerry was also a committee member for Well Integrity documents API 90 and 91, and ISO 16530. Jerry has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in General Engineering, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE, Environmental) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Oregon State University.