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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/01/2022 at 12:00 PM (EST)

    Successful geothermal reservoir exploration, characterization, and development requires a thorough understanding of the physical properties of reservoir rocks and their associated fracture systems.

    Laboratory analysis of Rock and Fluids for Carbon Utilization and Storage pave the path to carbon neutrality through two aspects: first, extension of asset life through enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from depleted reservoirs; and second, safe and environmentally impactful carbon storage in both depleted reservoirs and/or existing aquifers. From the onset of any project, measurements are critical for the characterization of storage capacity, chemical alteration potential during injection, caprock integrity and containment, and conformance monitoring.

    For safe and environmentally impactful carbon injection and storage, which we will be focusing on the webinar, core analysis laboratories must study the pristine rock, CO2 interaction with target reservoirs, and sensitivity of caprock-to-CO2-rich-fluids, striving for new dynamic balance between maximum storage, injectivity and containment; all while maintaining public safety. These studies cover three main pillars: (1) Storage characterization which includes reservoir mapping, site characterization, porosity, salinity, and matrix chemistry; (2) Injectivity/CO2 exposure emphasizing reservoir injection rates which take into account CO2-Brine / CO2-Hydrocarbon and rock-CO2-rich fluid interactions, injection operation influence on stresses affecting both reservoir and caprock, and CO2-caprock integrity; and finally (3) Containment and conformance for long-term monitoring and mitigation of unexpected events.

    We will define laboratory’s role in CCUS projects as part of the unbreakable “Log (Seismic) – Laboratory – Modeling” value chain, discuss what differentiates a CO2-ready lab, and what new technologies must be put in service to achieve successful development and operations of carbon storage.

    Laboratory measurements provide invaluable insight into challenges of assessment and characterization of the current state of the reservoir; Further, laboratories help in understanding ‘what’s next?’, and are uniquely positioned to tackle the challenges yet to manifest themselves during the carbon business lifecycle.

    This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.

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

    Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev

    Dr. Vitaly Afanasiev is the Business Development Manager for Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratories, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He joined Schlumberger in 2005. During the first part of his career, Vitaly was running and, later, managing sampling operations, wellsite and laboratories analysis of fluids and rocks in Russia, United Arab Emirates, and United States. The latter part of his career has been focused on sales and commercial aspects, business development and introduction of new technologies, including digital rock analysis for rock and fluids characterization with worldwide coverage. Vitaly works to strengthen laboratories ability to provide invaluable insight into resolving the challenges that lie within assessment and characterization of state of the reservoir, to help in understanding ‘what’s next’ for the client, and to be ready to tackle the challenges that yet to manifest themselves in Energy Transition applications. V. Afanasiev holds a PhD degree in management of social and economic systems.

    Craig Lindsay (Moderator)

    A geologist by background, with a Bsc. Hons. Upper 2nd Class in Geology from the University of Liverpool (1981), Craig Lindsay has 40 years of experience in the core analysis industry. After 18 years working in the lab in a wide variety of roles, Craig joined Helix RDS consultancy in 2002 and went on to found Core Specialist Services in 2010.

    Core Specialist Services are a consultancy specialising in the planning, design and management of core based studies. Craig has manged more than 200 technical projects since founding Core Specialist Services.

    Craig served as President of the Society of Core Analysts from 2012-13.

    Craig is a member of the SPE Reservoir Technical Discipline‘s Advisory Committee - Reservoir Technology of the 21ST Century, sub-committee Core Analysis – tasked with charting the future course of the discipline of core analysis.

    Special interests are in new technology – automated core logging, machine learning and artificial intelligence for core data interpretation and core visualisation in Virtual and Augmented Reality.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/17/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This presentation will cover following topics: Basic hydraulics, DRA basics, Case studies, and Subsea Injection equipment available.

    The injection of Drag Reducing Agents (DRA), is a valuable tool for pipeline operators to greatly increase the flexibility of a pipeline asset. Their value can be realized all across the pipeline lifecycle, as operational goals change with changing market conditions. DRAs, whose active ingredient is an ultra-high molecular weight polymer, are injected into pipeline fluids to reduce the level of turbulence occurring in the pipe. This effect is quantified by a calculated quantity termed drag reduction. The application of DRA allows operators to maximize their existing pipeline assets by increasing the pipeline flow rate, reducing operational pressures, minimizing operating expense, or a combination of these, all with little or no modification to the asset or other capital expenditure. As the operational goals of the pipeline operator change over the life of the asset, DRA can be applied to meet those changing goals almost effortlessly.

    This presentation will cover following topics:  Basic hydraulics, DRA basics, Case studies, and Subsea Injection equipment available.

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

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

    Dr. Yung Lee

    Dr. Yung Lee is the Director of Engineering & Technical Services for LiguidPower Specialty Products Inc. (LSPI). He has been involved in the development and evolution of drag reducing agents (DRA) technology for over 30 years, and has played an instrumental role in LSPI's 40-year track record of global DRA technology leadership. Launched under Conoco, the business continued under ConocoPhillips when the two companies merged, and under Phillips 66 when it spun off from ConocoPhillips, prior to the acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway in 2014.

    Dr. Lee has been granted 5 patents around the development of new DRA products for the pipeline industry, and has written and presented numerous papers focused on fluid flow and DRA applications.

    Dr. Lee holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining the business in 1988, he held a variety of positions within research and engineering for several different organizations.

    Nikhil Joshi (Moderator)

    Nikhil Joshi is the Director of Innovation and Technology at Talos Energy. In his current role, Nikhil is focused on energy transition and use of current O&G skillsets to be applied towards carbon capture and sequestration, hydrogen, geothermal and wind power generation, among others. He has written over 50 technical papers and presented at several events and enjoys bringing non-conventional technical and commercial solutions to non-trivial challenges.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/27/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    The presentation focuses on the first stage of the roadmap covering the first 18 months to high pressure hydrocarbon testing. As well as on a review of the scientific basis of the testing envelopes, linked to field studies, CFD work through the evaluation of the design and the low-pressure prototype testing and how these and other factors relate to the higher concept design. The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate the scientist basis to increase industry understanding of this decarbonization technology and demonstrate roadmap of the preproduction qualification work.

    The development of the Pseudo Dry Gas (PDG) Concept has now been approved and funded for high pressure full system testing (TRL5 - API / TRL8 - NASA) within the first phase. The project has been provided significant grant funding from British, Norwegian and Australian Governments due to the step change of operational CO2 emissions from upstream gas gathering systems in relation to ‘energy add’ concepts, upwards of 70%-90%. Furthermore, this broad governmental support is further reinforced by a consortium of three Operators working within the Net Zero Technology Centre framework towards first deployment.

    Pseudo Dry Gas (PDG) technology is based on the concept of changing the resistance curve in gas tiebacks. From the quadratic behavior seen with standard multiphase flow subsea tiebacks to a linear behavior starting at lower back pressure with PDG. The changing of the resistance curve enables significantly more efficient use of existing downhole energy. This efficient flow is created by the means of removing the liquid at multiple points within a pipeline and inducing dry gas hydraulic behavior.  

    The presentation focuses on the first stage of the roadmap covering the first 18 months to high pressure hydrocarbon testing. As well as on a review of the scientific basis of the testing envelopes, linked to field studies, CFD work through the evaluation of the design and the low-pressure prototype testing and how these and other factors relate to the higher concept design. The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate the scientist basis to increase industry understanding of this decarbonization technology and demonstrate roadmap of the preproduction qualification work.

    This webinar is categorized under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction and Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical disciplines.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Terry Wood and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Terry Wood.

    Terry Wood

    Terry Wood, Subsea Engineering Manager and Global Flow Assurance SME for Worley, has over twenty years’ experience in the Energy industry from conventional oil and gas developments to CCUS and Hydrogen projects. He provides technical assurance to all projects with a flow assurance and subsea processing element, whilst providing strategic leadership for the global flow assurance group.  Terry is a technical advisor on subsea processing technologies being developed internally and externally, has worked on a number of subsea processing studies and has presented at numerous conferences / seminars on subsea processing. He is active member of the Pseudo Dry Gas Separator system being developed by Worley, a subsea separator and pumping system.

    Terry has managed a number of deepwater subsea projects during the Concept and FEED phases. He continues to evolve his understanding of flow assurance an thermodynamics in the area of energy transition and in particular his recent involvement with CCUS and Hydrogen projects.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/25/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    This webinar brings together specialists from operating and engineering companies, as well as equipment suppliers, to talk about their experiences in managing a diverse range of Flow Assurance problems in different parts of the world.

    Conventional approaches to the management of Flow Assurance problems have often resulted in incremental emissions. We documented examples such as:

    • The use of gas and diesel-powered pumps for chemical injection and boosting applications.
    • Depressurization / blowdown operations of high-pressure, wet gas and/or multiphase lines to dislodge and/or mitigate hydrate plugs.
    • Inefficient flaring during the management of a process upset or severe slugging event.

    Advances in power generation and storage, chemical injection systems and fully automated process controls can help with reducing both the frequency of unplanned interruptions to production and the emissions of methane and/or CO2 from field operations.

    This webinar brings together specialists from operating and engineering companies, as well as equipment suppliers, to talk about their experiences in managing a diverse range of Flow Assurance problems in different parts of the world. The common theme of these case studies is that the application of non-traditional approaches and new technologies/techniques offers an opportunity to reduce emissions and improve operational efficiency.

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

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Doug Turner, Ryan Dyjur, Russ Graham, and Prabu Parthasarathy and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Doug Turner, Ryan Dyjur, Russ Graham, and Prabu Parthasarathy.

    Doug Turner

    Ryan Dyjur

    Russ Graham

    Prabu Parthasarathy

    Prabu Parthasarathy is the vice president of Intelligent Operations within the Applied Intelligence business at Wood. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and started as a Flow Assurance engineer at Wood over 19 years ago. He has led project teams in various phases of design in the Americas, Australia and India, while expanding his role into operations and management. As the vice president of Intelligent Operations, Prabu looks after a portfolio of software products and services that deal with design and operational issues in the upstream, midstream, downstream, manufacturing and multiple other industries.

    Amir Alwazzan (Moderator)

    Dr. Amir Alwazzan is the Production Assurance Manager for Technology & Innovation of Dragon Oil (a Member of ENOC Group). Prior to joining Dragon Oil in April 2015, he was the Flow Assurance Advisor with OneSubsea (a Cameron-Schlumberger company) based in Houston, TX, USA. He also worked for Schlumberger, McDermott Subsea, AMEC-Paragon and some other international companies, universities and institutions in different locations worldwide. During his 34 years of corporate, managerial and technical experience, Dr. Alwazzan has been involved in offshore and onshore projects in the USA, Canada, Middle East, Southeast Asia, North & West Africa and in the Caspian Sea regions at different capacities. He has authored and co-authored several technical papers and has been serving as a reviewer for three (3) peer-review international journals in the field of Petroleum Engineering, Science and Technology.

    Dr. Alwazzan is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer accredited by the UK’s Engineering Council and Energy Institute and a registered EUR-ING with FEANI. He holds a PhD degree in Transient Multiphase Flow in Flowlines from the University of Malaya, Malaysia and MSc and BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Baghdad University, Iraq. Dr. Alwazzan is a member of the SPE’s JPT Editorial Review Board, Distinguished Lecturer Committee and the Production & Facilities Advisory Committee.

    Bob Pearson (Moderator)

    Bob Pearson, P. Eng., is the current SPE Technical Director for Production & Facilities. He has extensive experience includes Field Development Planning and Production Engineering for onshore, shelf and deep-water projects, as well as completions design for Conventional and Unconventional Wells. After working for 13 years for major Operators (Shell International and Petro-Canada (now Suncor)), he has spent the last 38 years working as a consult with APA Petroleum Engineering and RPS Energy, as well as his own independent companies in Singapore, Australia & Canada. He currently based in Canada and provides advisory and peer review services through Glynn Resources Ltd. Bob Pearson has a BSc. (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the U.K. and is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA in Alberta, Canada. He joined the SPE in Aberdeen in 1975. 

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/17/2022 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    In 2018, the U.S. DOE selected a site near Milford, Utah, for the FORGE laboratory. The location met the criteria of adequate and accessible subsurface temperature with benign seismicity and appropriate environmental attributes. Since its inception, multiple vertical monitoring wells -for geophone emplacement – have been drilled, along with a 65° lateral.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (U.S. DOE) Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) is a field laboratory for developing and testing new technologies for characterizing, creating, and sustaining Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) in a controlled environment.

    In 2018, the U.S. DOE selected a site near Milford, Utah, for the FORGE laboratory. The location met the criteria of adequate and accessible subsurface temperature with benign seismicity and appropriate environmental attributes. Since its inception, multiple vertical monitoring wells -for geophone emplacement – have been drilled, along with a 65° lateral.

    This inclined well, 16A(78)-32, drilled in late 2020, was stimulated in three stages near its toe during April 2022. A second inclined well will be drilled in early 2023 to penetrate microseismic clouds from these treatments. These three stages will test open hole versus cased-perforated completions, low viscosity versus “temperature-tolerant” higher viscosity fluids, temperature tolerant isolation and perforation technologies, and an assessment of the role of natural fractures during stimulation in crystalline formations. Areas of technology development are highlighted including cementing, isolation, treatment strategies, conductivity and connectivity development, and challenges related to conformance and immunity to undesirable seismicity.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling technical discipline.

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

    John McLennan

    Since October 2009, Professor John McLennan has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. He has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Energy & Geoscience Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Utah since January 2008. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, awarded in 1980. Before joining the University of Utah he had more than twenty-five years of experience with petroleum service and technology companies. He worked for Dowell and Dowell Schlumberger in Denver, Tulsa, and Houston, with TerraTek in Salt Lake City, Advantek International in Houston, and ASRC Energy Services in Anchorage. He has worked on projects concerned with subsurface energy recovery and storage (hydrocarbon, geothermal) in a variety of reservoir environments throughout the world.

    David Curry (Moderator)

    David Curry is the R&D Technical Section Vice-Chair until October 2022.  He retired in 2017 after spending over 30 years in drilling-related research, technology development and drilling performance improvement.  David has been SPE Technical Director for Drilling and Completions, Executive Editor for SPE Drilling and Completions, Chair of the R&D Committee and Chair of the R&D Technical Section.  He is currently EUR Program Chair of the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section.  He has had more than 50 technical papers published, holds 19 patents, and is a “Peer Apart” having reviewed more than 100 SPE papers.  He is a Distinguished Member of the SPE and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and has MA and PhD degrees from Cambridge University.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    This webinar focuses on the convenience of using the fractional approach to analyze transient pressure and rate field data. Also, this webinar addresses the pressure transient analysis with the fractal and the triple-porosity/dual-permeability models and the production consequences of these two more general continuous models.

    The pore structures of conventional and unconventional reservoirs have various scales of heterogeneity, which lead to multiple flow mechanisms at different scales. 

    Non-Darcy flow may occur at high and low velocities, at the lower end we have the sub-diffusion that occurs in unconventional resources and that can be captured using a fractional temporal derivative of Darcy’s law.

    In naturally fractured reservoirs, the fractal geometry eliminates the assumptions used in the traditional dual-porosity model, because the geological/geomechanical origins of most fracture networks do not justify them. In addition, a triple-porosity/dual-permeability formulation considers both a fracture network and a dissolution cavities network.  Both the fractal dual-porosity and the triple-porosity/dual-permeability continuous models are more general than the traditional dual-porosity model. 

    The fractional and fractal approaches represent two ways to capture anomalous diffusion, which is more overarching than the classical normal diffusion, usually assumed in most numerical simulators.

    This webinar focuses on the convenience of using the fractional approach to analyze transient pressure and rate field data.  Also, this webinar addresses the pressure transient analysis with the fractal and the triple-porosity/dual-permeability models and the production consequences of these two more general continuous models.

    This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Rodolfo Camacho and Wei-Chun Chu and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Rodolfo Camacho and Wei-Chun Chu.

    Rodolfo Camacho

    Rodolfo Gabriel Camacho-Velázquez is a professor in the petroleum engineering department at the National University of Mexico, where he teaches courses related to naturally fractured reservoirs and provides guidance and monitors research progress on the subject.

    He worked with Pemex for 25 years, where he was the manager of different positions identifying assets’ technical needs and provided guidance on the dynamic characterization and behavior of complex, naturally fractured reservoirs. 

    Camacho is the current SPE Reservoir Technical Director, a member of the SPE Reservoir Advisory Committee, and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2015–2016 season. In 2008, he received the Lester C. Uren Award. 

    Camacho-Velázquez was president of SPE’s Mexico Section from 2004 to 2007, and review chairman for SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering from 1997 to 1999.

    Camacho-Velázquez holds master’s and doctorate degrees in petroleum engineering from The University of Tulsa, and a bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering from the National University of Mexico.

    Wei-Chun Chu

    Weichun Chu retired from Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) in 2019 as an Engineering Technical Specialist. He has 41 years of reservoir engineering experience in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs with primary focus on pressure analysis. Before rejoining PXD in Irving, Texas, he was with OMV in Vienna, Austria and PXD in London, UK. In 2000, he retired from Marathon Oil Company as a Technical Consultant in Littleton, Colorado. He has designed and analyzed all types of well tests for oil, gas and water reservoirs around the world including formation testing. Weichun holds a BS degree in Chemistry from New Mexico Tech and a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and is a member of SPE.

    Erdal Ozkan (Moderator)

    Erdal Ozkan is a Distinguished Member of SPE and a professor at Colorado School of Mines.He holds BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Tulsa. His specialties are reservoir engineering, flow in porous media, PTA/RTA, and unconventional reservoirs. He has written over 150 papers, a book, and several book contributions. Ozkan received the SPE Lester C. Uren (2013),Formation Evaluation (2007),and Rocky Mountain North America Reservoir Description and Dynamics (2018) Awards. He was a Distinguished Lecturer (2011-2012)and the Reservoir Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors(2018-2021).

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Automated Well Control is a new technology set to revolutionize secondary well control procedures. This webinar introduces the technology, details the reasons why the technology is required, describes how it works, and demonstrates the methodology used.

    Machine automation is present all around us, ensuring safety, value and efficiency by optimizing processes normally managed by humans. 

    Automated Well Control is a new technology set to revolutionize secondary well control procedures by ensuring that in the event of an unplanned influx, a well is made safe quickly and consistently.

    This webinar introduces the technology, details the reasons why the technology is required, describes how it works, and demonstrates the methodology used to show that the technology is not only a tool to enhance secondary well control, but provides a real value proposition for any well construction project.

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

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Bryan Atchison and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Bryan Atchison.

    Bryan Atchison

    Bryan graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. Following two years working with a Drilling Contractor, he returned to university graduating with a Masters in Petroleum Engineering. He has held Drilling Supervisor, Engineering, Superintendent and Drilling Manager positions in Operators. 

    He then joined Robert Gordon University in 2017 in a business facing role delivering and creating courses that optimize the skill sets of well engineering personnel for well control and high risk critical operations using numerical drilling simulators. The university environment coupled with a career in well engineering enabled the research and development for Automated Well Control. 

    In 2018, Bryan co-founded Safe Influx Ltd, the first company to provide fully Automated Well Control. He is Managing Director at Safe Influx.

    Deep Joshi (Moderator)

    Deep Joshi is a Research Engineer at Corva. He has a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He joined Corva in 2021 as an intern in 2019 and 2020 and full-time in 2021. He has a bachelor's in Petroleum Engineering from PDEU, India and a Masters in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Houston. His research focuses on Directional drilling, drilling automation, and data science.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/29/2022 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    CCS is seen by many bodies such as the IEA and the IPCC as a one of the key enablers to decarbonising the economy. Transportation of CO2 is a key focal area in any CCS project but while dehydration of natural gas for transportation is well understood and regulated, the same cannot yet be said for CO2.

    CCS is seen by many bodies such as the IEA and the IPCC as a one of the key enablers to decarbonising the economy. Transportation of CO2 is a key focal area in any CCS project but while dehydration of natural gas for transportation is well understood and regulated, the same cannot yet be said for CO2. Dehydration specifications need to consider important project parameters such as ambient temperatures, CO2 pressures, contaminants, and materials of construction. Based on the selected specification, the most suitable method for implementing the dehydration should be selected, along with the optimum location of the dehydration equipment in the multi-stage pressure-boosting plant. These challenges and a methodology for overcoming them will be explored in this presentation.

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

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Ross Weiter and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Ross Weiter.

    Ross Weiter

    Ross Weiter has over 30 years of experience in all areas of the upstream oil and gas industry. This includes time spent in concept engineering, front-end engineering design, detail design, operation support and several years of site work. His experience includes many CCS studies for various clients such as Santos, Wesfarmers, Arctic LNG2, Woodside, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Korea National Oil Company, BG and others. Ross spent most of his career working in Perth, Western Australia with three years in Muscat working for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Today he is a Principal Consultant at Advisian, where he is also the CCS Lead for the Asia-Pacific Region.

    Nikhil Joshi (Moderator)

    Nikhil Joshi is the Director of Innovation and Technology at Talos Energy. In his current role, Nikhil is focused on energy transition and use of current O&G skillsets to be applied towards carbon capture and sequestration, hydrogen, geothermal and wind power generation, among others. He has written over 50 technical papers and presented at several events and enjoys bringing non-conventional technical and commercial solutions to non-trivial challenges.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/26/2022

    The focus of this webinar centers around automation and mechanization (topics that overlap but distinctly different) – the data systems and structure that go with it, as well as what the problems are inherent to things moving forward with various forms of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

    The focus of this webinar centers around automation and mechanization (topics that overlap but distinctly different) – the data systems and structure that go with it, as well as what the problems are inherent to things moving forward with various forms of AI (Artificial Intelligence).

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling technical discipline.

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Chuck Wright and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Chuck Wright.

    Chuck Wright

    Chuck Wright has been with NOV for 15yrs as of Oct2022 and started in ReedHycalog’s PDL (Pressurized Drilling Laboratory). He has been involved in various forms of drilling research and accelerating products to market. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuc Eng, MBA in general business, and an MIT degree in Advanced Technologies (agreement between NOV and MIT). He has 23yrs with US military (retired) and came out of power generation/petro chemical prior to NOV. Currently the R&D Ops Manager at NOV’s Springett Technology Center located in Navasota, Texas with his fingers in a little bit of everything these days.

    Brendan Smith (Moderator)

    Brendan Smith is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at SeekOps. Leading up to the formation of SeekOps, Brendan conducted research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab where his focus was on laser spectroscopy applications, leveraging intelligent autonomous aerial systems for detection of methane leak anomalies. In 2017, Brendan spun-off his research from JPL and his graduate studies on unmanned systems conducted at the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems, and Automation (MESA) Lab at the University of California, Merced to tackle a large problem in oil & gas – methane emissions. SeekOps utilizes small unmanned aerial systems for effective and accurate gas emissions monitoring.

    Brendan leads a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and software developers in the commercialization and new applications of the miniature tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) trace-gas sensors in the energy industry. SeekOps works with major Oil & Gas and Renewable or Biogas and Landfill customers to provide rapid, comprehensive, and cost-effective drone-based methane emission measurements globally.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/22/2022

    The 2021 US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will allocate some $4.7B to the States, the Federal land management agencies and the Tribes to fund the plugging and remediation of 100,000+ documented orphaned wells in the USA over the next decade. It is, therefore, pertinent to discuss the technologies and best practices that could help with these initiatives.

    Advancement in management of methane emissions, is discussed in two parts: measurement and detection technology and design-emissions-out approach to new facilities installations.  

    There is currently available a multitude of technology solutions capable of detecting and quantifying methane emissions emitted from facilities – and these solutions are evolving rapidly.

    New energy production facilities will have to go beyond the current responsive approach to locating and fixing fugitive emissions. New facilities merit a more innovative approach in "design-emissions-out" in equipment selection and specification. This involves incremental upfront capital investments for infrastructure, such as power supply, electrification of actuators and rotating equipment, and automation. 

    Join our panelists and moderator as we discuss our present state of methane emissions management and exchange ideas for best future facility design practices as well as the role of the Regulators as facilitators and in leveling the playing fields.

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

    All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Nick Pinto and Jim Crompton and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Nick Pinto and Jim Crompton.

    This webinar is a collaboration between SPE, IOGCC and EDF.

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    Nick Pinto

    Nick Pinto is a Sr. Product Manager for Baker Hughes’s Methane Emission Measurement & Detection product group within the newly formed Climate Technology Solutions growth area.  

    In this role he is responsible for managing both the existing technology solutions as well as the development of new solutions aimed at addressing requirements in the rapidly evolving space of emissions management. He works closely with major operators in the Oil & Gas and other industrial verticals, as well as state, national, and global regulatory agencies, and industrial standards organizations to better assist operators with technology solutions enabling their implementation of effective emissions management programs.  

    Prior to his current role, Nick spent nearly 10 years with Emerson in a variety of global Product Management and Business Development roles focusing on industrial safety and gas detection, gas quality analysis, gas compositional analysis and chromatography, and continuous emissions monitoring gas analysis.  

    Nick is based in Houston, TX and a graduate of University of Houston-Downtown (B.S.) and Texas A&M University (M.S.).

    Jim Crompton

    Jim retired from Chevron in 2013 after almost 37 years with the major International Oil & Gas Company. After moving from Houston to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jim established the Reflections Data Consulting LLC to continue his work in the area of data management and analytics for Exploration and Production industry.  

    Jim graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS in Geophysical Engineering in 1974 and MS in Geophysics in 1976) before joining Chevron in Denver, Colorado. He later earned an MBA degree (1996) from Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas).  

    In 1999, Crompton was elected to the position of chair of the general committee of PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange), the API electronic commerce subcommittee. Jim was able to influence the direction of the standards setting activities towards emerging technologies, such as XML, and new electronic business models in the energy industry.  

    Crompton worked on the IT merger integration organization study team in 2001 as part of the Chevron & Texaco merger which developed the IT organization structure and IT strategic direction for the corporation where he received a President's Award for this activity.  

    In acknowledgement of his contributions in applications of information technology to business problems and in working to develop industry standards in electronic data exchange, Jim was named a Chevron Fellow in 2002 and served as the chair of the Fellows Network from 2006-2008.  

    Jim was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010-2011, speaking on the topic of “Putting the Focus on Data.”  

    In 2013, Jim co-authored a book, titled The Future Belongs to the Digital Engineer with Dr. Dutch Holland, focusing on the issues of the impact of emerging digital technology on oil and gas operations, the workforce impact of the Digital Engineer and the change management challenges of trying to adopt this kind of transformational change on a large organization. Jim worked with Dr. Steve Cooper, president of EnergyIQ on a new book titled “The Digital Journey of the Oil and Gas Industry” (2019).  

    In 2017, Jim was named as the PNEC Cornerstone award winner for career accomplishments in data management. Jim serves on the PPDM Denver Leadership team to help organize the activities of this local group. Jim was also selected to be on the board of the SPE Digital Energy Technology Section (DETS) and is chair of the Digital Transformation committee under DETS. Jim serves as Technical Editor and previously served as an Associate Editor for SPE publications.  

    Jim works with the Payne Institute of Energy Policy in areas of application of data analytics to issues around Responsible Gas and Methane Abatement.  

    In October 2019, Jim received the SPE’s International Award recipients for Management and Information discipline. SPE’s awards are intended to recognize those members who’ve contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society, as well as those who’ve made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines at the international level.

    Darcy W. Spady (Moderator)

    Darcy W. Spady, P.Eng, is the Managing Partner of Carbon Connect International, a company that specializes in emissions reduction;training, baseline measurement, quantification,and de-carbonization implementation. As the 2018 SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) International President he represented SPE personally in 49 different countries. Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry. He also serves on several boards in various positions; General Magnetic (cleantech), MNP Petroleum and EnAct (energy poverty awareness). Spady presently serves as the Industry Chair for the Remediation & Reclamation program at Olds College in Alberta, Canada. He has a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta.

    This SPE webinar is sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

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