SPE Online Education
SPE Live: Technical Director Series — Completions and HSES
This SPE Live will feature Karen Olson (Completions Technical Director) and Annamaria Petrone (HSES Technical Director), and moderated by Terry Palisch (past Completions Technical Director). The speakers will begin by reviewing how health and safety management has been impacted by the COVID pandemic, including how our industry is keeping its workers safe, as well as applying learnings as we go.
We will then move into a discussion on Sustainability, in particular, what the industry is doing today in our completions and operations to address this significant topic. While there is much headway to be made, many companies are now discussing Sustainability with the same importance as they do safety and environmental. Karen and Annamaria will also provide their insights on where we are headed and what major developments need to occur in order to safely and economically address the sustainability of not only our operations but our industry.
This SPE Live is categorized under the Completions and Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical disciplines.
Terry Palisch (Moderator)
VP of Technology and Engineering
Terry Palisch is the vice-president of technology and engineering at CARBO Ceramics, located in Richardson, TX. After completing his BS in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Palisch worked as a senior petroleum engineer for 10 years with ARCO in Alaska and for four years as a petroleum advisor with ARCO in Algeria, North Africa. In 2004 he joined CARBO Ceramics, and in his current position Palisch leads a team of technologists dedicated to developing and championing new products and services as well as advising clients on completion/fracture optimization. He has authored over 40 SPE papers, is past chairman of the SPE Dallas Section and ATCE Technical Program Chair, and just completed his term as the Completions Technical Director on the SPEI Board. He has been awarded the SPE MidCon Region Completions Optimization & Technology Award and the Regional Service Award. In 2018 Palisch was recognized as a Distinguished Member of SPEI, and received the award for Distinguished Service. He was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumni at Missouri S&T (formerly UMR).
SPE Technical Director, Completions
Karen Olson is a senior completions advisor for Well Data Labs and an independent consultant. She previously was technology director for Southwestern Energy Company. Olson has been a completion/ reservoir engineer for more than 37 years, starting her career as a fracturing engineer for The Western Company of North America. She has also worked at S.A. Holditch and Associates, Mobil Oil, and BP.
SPEI Technical Director, HSES
Annamaria Petrone, SPEI Technical Director, HSES [2021-2023], is a safety professional with over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Her work experience includes risk assessment and management, safety and compliance management, HSE and process safety/asset integrity audits, loss prevention, RAM (reliability, availability, and maintainability) analysis and maintenance, simultaneous operations, manual of permitted operations, and ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) demonstration. She has been involved and has held HSE responsibilities on major greenfield and operational projects, which include sour-gas and oil processing facilities (Kashagan, Karachaganak, offshore UK, UAE, onshore Italy), pipelines, and drilling projects.
She is an active member of the IOGP Safety Committee and has been an SPE Distinguished Lecturer from 2013–2014 and in 2021 was nominated to the SPE International Board to serve as HSES Technical Director for a three year term.
Petrone holds master's degrees in civil engineering from University of Ancona, Italy, and in reliability availability, and maintenance analysis from Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy.