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  • Drilling Automation and Downhole Monitoring with Physics-based Models

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 05/12/2020 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Dr. John Hedengren

    The drilling industry faces challenging market conditions that motivate the use of automation to reduce costs and decrease well manufacturing variability. The objective of this presentation is to motivate automation initiatives that utilize physics-based models for predictive monitoring and control. This presentation explores current progress, challenges, and opportunities to control critical drilling conditions such as downhole pressure in Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD). The 3 essential elements of automation are explored with a perspective on recent advancements in automation due to downhole measurement availability through wired drillpipe. However, only a small fraction of drilling systems currently utilize wired drillpipe. In automated rig systems, there is additional potential to unlock the predictive capabilities of physics-based models to "see" into the near future to optimize and coordinate control actions.

    A convergence of several key technologies creates an opportunity to use sophisticated mathematical models within automation. A significant challenge is the size of the physics- based models that have too many adjustable parameters or are too slow in simulation to extract actionable information. This presentation shows how fit-for-purpose models can be used directly in the automation solutions. These fit-for-purpose models have unlocked new ways to think about automation in drilling. For example, rate optimization and pressure control have traditionally been separate applications in MPD. Simulation studies suggest significant potential improvement when combining the two applications.

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

    Dr. John Hedengren

    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University

    Dr. Hedengren received a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he developed the APMonitor Optimization Suite and worked with ExxonMobil on Advanced Process Control. His primary research focuses on accelerating automation technology in drilling. Other research interests include fiber optic monitoring, Intelli-fields, reservoir optimization, and unmanned aerial systems.  In addition to drilling automation, he is a leader of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), applying UAV automation and optimization technology to energy infrastructure.

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  • Global Climate Change Wars and Fossil Energy; Current and Future Realities

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 03/05/2020 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    Presented by Dr. George Stosur

    Global climate change remains top of the agenda for lively discussion on TV documentaries, frightening newspaper headlines, science magazines and foreign policy journals. 

    The sudden abundance of relatively clean and inexpensive shale oil and gas is profoundly changing global energy markets. Despite the rapid growth of renewable energy, the fact remains that fossil fuels will continue to dominate world energy consumption for decades to come. Therefore, fossil fuel consumption will continue to produce greenhouse gas emissions that are linked to global warming. Public and political pressure, however, is to curtail the use of oil and gas hydrocarbons or find solution for permanent disposal of heat trapping gases. This is no longer an option for the future; it is a political necessity. 

    Carbon dioxide sequestration and storage presents a huge challenge for research and development. Massive projects will eventually be required, leading to many opportunities, new businesses and specialized services. Most of these activities will fall on the shoulders of petroleum engineers and geologists.

    This presentation provides a view on global climate change issues, starting with causes and effects, the positions of believers and skeptics and the often contradictory arguments of scientists and policy makers, with the likely political consequences for the petroleum industry.

    Dr. George Stosur

    Speaker

    Dr. Stosur managed oil and gas R&D programs at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. for 22 years. He was responsible for DOE-sponsored research at universities, National Laboratories and joint R&D projects with several countries. Other experience includes Chevron and Shell Oil R&D in EOR, heavy oil, and the first trial of using nuclear explosive to fracture ultra-low permeability formations. He served as an SPE Section Director, SPE Distinguished Lecturer and guest speaker for several cruise lines. Authored 86 papers and contributed to a five-volume encyclopedia on hydrocarbons. He holds two M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering.

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  • Enhanced Production Through Surface Facilities Sand Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 01/21/2020 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    Presented by Dr. Hank Rawlins

    All oil & gas wells produce sand – either a little or a lot! Conventional sand control, which includes production limits or completions, has two downsides:

         1.          neither method achieves maximum production

         2.          both methods fail at some point - allowing solids to overwhelm the surface facility

    Solids handling then becomes an expensive maintenance problem, HSE incident, or downtime production loss. What if the facility handled sand without interruption or equipment downtime? Even better, what if sand co-production improved recovery or restarted shut-in wells? Facilities Sand Management (FSM) skillfully handles solids to sustain production while minimizing the effects on operations.

    FSM methodology uses five discrete steps: Separation, Collection, Cleaning, Dewatering, and Transport. All steps must be followed, with a focus on the approach - not a piece of equipment. Separation removes sand and solids from the flow stream, while Collection gathers the solids into a central location and isolate them from the process. Cleaning, if required, removes associated oil and Dewatering removes associated liquids – both to simplify handling and minimize handling volume. Transport brings the solids to disposal location, which may be discharge, landfill, ship-to-shore, or injection. Each step is integral to simplify operations and extend equipment life, and all steps can be incorporated into new or existing facilities. Solids handling should not be viewed as a waste stream treatment problem – it is a critical flow assurance task. FSM provides a degree of skill to solids handling to sustain flow in surface operations and enhance production.

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

    Dr. Hank Rawlins

    Technical Director, eProcess Technologies

    Dr. Rawlins has 25 years’ experience in the upstream oil & gas industry. He actively conducts research in Facilities Sand Management, Produced Water Treatment, and Compact Separations Systems - and blogs weekly, teaches courses, and has fifty-six publications on these topics. Hank served as the chair of the SPE Separations Technology Technical Section (2013-2015), was an SME Henry Krumb Lecturer (2011-2012), and co-authored the PEH Chapter on Produced Water Treatment. Dr. Rawlins holds a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, is a registered Professional Engineer, and serves as adjunct professor at Montana Tech.

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  • The Exceptional Price Performance of Oil - Explanations and Prospects

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/24/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Dr. Roberto Aguillar.

    Oil price developments over the past 45 years have been truly spectacular. In constant money, prices rose by 759% between 1970-72 and 2012-14. This can be compared with a price index for metals and minerals, which increased by a mere 38%. Analysis shows that the exceptionality of oil’s upward price push over the past decades cannot be adequately explained by cost-raising depletion or by OPEC interventions. The better explanation is an inadequate development of production capacity, caused by above-ground hurdles; e.g. onerous fiscal regimes and conflicts over resource rents. Despite past experience, a turning point has been reached where scarcity, uncertain supply and high prices will be replaced by abundance, undisturbed availability and suppressed price levels. Technical advances in drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which led to fast rising oil and natural gas production in the US but is also applicable to unconventional and conventional formations worldwide, will assure ample and diversified future supply. Although short-run price spikes may occur, oil prices are unlikely to prevail above the total production costs of new supplies, which are estimated to settle at $40-60/barrel in the coming two decades. Expanding global gas output and trade will likely depress gas prices as well. It is concluded that oil and gas will continue to play an important role in satisfying energy demand, from Asia to the Americas, with innovation that will allow for economic production in spite of low prices.

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

    Dr. Roberto Aguilera

    Research Fellow, Curtin University Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Australia

    From 2013-2017, Dr. Aguilera was an analyst with the OPEC Secretariat, Vienna, and a co-author of their annual World Oil Outlook. Previous affiliations include IIASA, University of Vienna, Catholic University of Chile and Servipetrol. He has participated in numerous energy studies, including with the World Petroleum Council and US National Petroleum Council. He holds PhD and Master degrees from Colorado School of Mines and a Bachelor’s from Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. His publication record comprises The Price of Oil, a book published by Cambridge University Press (2015) in English and Chinese.

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  • Data Science Project from End to End: A Sucker-Rod Pump Example

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/16/2019 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    The concepts behind the digital oilfield will be discussed and how they fit together into creating an ecosystem to deliver value. Concrete elements will be presented that illustrate the entire value chain and technology stack necessary to deliver on the promise of the digital oilfield. We illustrate this vision with a concrete example in which live data from an entire oilfield full of sucker-rod pumps is fed into a central facility, analyzed for predictive maintenance, and used to perform proactive maintenance on the pumps.

    The concepts behind the digital oilfield will be discussed and how they fit together into creating an ecosystem to deliver value. Concrete elements will be presented that illustrate the entire value chain and technology stack necessary to deliver on the promise of the digital oilfield. We illustrate this vision with a concrete example in which live data from an entire oilfield full of sucker-rod pumps is fed into a central facility, analyzed for predictive maintenance, and used to perform proactive maintenance on the pumps. Apart from various physical technologies, we will go into some detail on the analytics used to obtain the result. While the digital oilfield is a large complex made up of many moving parts, the central message of this webinar is that there are two essential factors that govern the success of the entire enterprise: Analytics and change management. Both of these will be discussed and the value of the final outcome will be quantified. Finally, we will present some lessons learned that can be applied to any digital oilfield.

    Dr. Patrick Bangert

    Founder/CEO, Algorithmica Technologies

    Dr. Bangert is the founder and CEO of Algorithmica Technologies, a machine learning company specializing in oil and gas applications. He was educated as a theoretical physicist and took his PhD in applied mathematics from University College London. After a few research positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Patrick became Assistant Professor of applied mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. In 2005, he founded Algorithmica in order to bring the machine learning methods from the ivory tower into real-life practice. He now analyzes empirical data from upstream and downstream plants the world over to provide production optimization and predictive maintenance using machine learning methods. Patrick lives in Cupertino, California.

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  • Collaborative Negotiation Skills

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/15/2019 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Successful negotiations, as measured by a win-–win agreement, require that you invest time and effort in managing your negotiation from start to finish. It is a lot of work, but it is worth the effort needed to secure a win-win outcome. This webinar will reference many concepts, processes, and tools that you can use to achieve a win-win outcome.

    Business-to-Business (B2B) Collaborative Negotiations: The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. Successful negotiations, as measured by a win-–win agreement, require that you invest time and effort in managing your negotiation from start to finish. It is a lot of work, but it is worth the effort needed to secure a win-win outcome. This webinar will reference many concepts, processes, and tools that you can use to achieve a win-win outcome. Negotiations are a normal part of an ongoing business relationship with your suppliers, customers and business partners. The goal of this webinar is to provide you with the skills needed to conduct a successful negotiation while strengthening the relationship between you and the other party. It is not unusual, even after preparing a detailed scope of work, that the other party wishes to change your offer. You should never feel your submitted offer is final, so in a spirit of collaborative negotiation, it is your responsibility to work with the other party to better satisfy their needs and still maintain the value of your offer. This is achieved by taking a flexible approach to finding mutually beneficial trades to modify the offer. This webinar describes the processes you can follow to prepare and skillfully manage the negotiation meeting to arrive at a win–win agreement. Finally, you know that not all negotiators will come to a negotiation with the principled win-win approach.  The other party may use pressuring tactics to obtain a concession from you in an effort to secure a better deal for them. The last part of this wibnar discusses how to effectively handle competitive negotiators in an effort to get them back on track to finding a win–win agreement. 

    JP Amlin

    Senior Training Consultant

    Mr. Amlin is a Senior Training Consultant with extensive experience in the technology and energy industries working with suppliers and operators. JP delivers fundamental and advanced sales programs to sell side companies and contract management to buy side companies globally.  He is the author of several publications relating to marketing, complex sales and advanced contracting methods.

    Prior to becoming a consultant, JP was Manager of Worldwide Sales Training for Schlumberger for 13 years. In this role he developed the content of Schlumberger’s sales training program, consisting of 15 different programs covering basic, intermediate and advanced training in selling skills, strategic sales plan development and execution, account management, sales management, negotiations, and demand generation. Prior to leading the sales training organization, JP was Vice President of Information Technology for Schlumberger’s Asia and Middle East regions. JP was also President of Schlumberger Indonesia and lived in Indonesia for 14 years. Prior to his roles in APAC, JP led the Schlumberger sales force in Canada and Alaska and brings a wealth of real-world experience in executive level operations management, sales and sales management.


     

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  • Oil and Gas in the Era of Decarbonization

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/10/2019 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    ​As global efforts to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated fossil fuel use, it is important to consider new opportunities for the oil and gas industry and its potential role in decarbonization.

    As global efforts to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated fossil fuel use, it is important to consider new opportunities for the oil and gas industry and its potential role in decarbonization. The new abundance of natural gas resources (from both conventional and unconventional sources) and ever-expanding LNG capabilities provide global opportunities for fuel switching from coal to natural gas yielding both environmental and climate benefits. The wide distribution of global gas resources (and natural gas liquids) provide a critically important thermal fuel for the developing world. Finally, the massive amounts of CO2 need to be sequestered in the subsurface to limit global warming to 2 degrees (as agreed to in the Paris Accords) makes extensive use of depleted oil and gas reservoirs as the only reasonable pathway to sequester sufficient  volumes of carbon dioxide by mid-century to positively impact climate change. The oil and gas industry of the future needs to be a business both producing hydrocarbons and sequestering CO2

    Dr. Mark D. Zoback

    Stanford University

    Dr. Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity as well as the Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage.  Dr. Zoback conducts research on in situ stress, fault mechanics, and reservoir geomechanics with an emphasis on shale gas, tight gas and tight oil production. He is the author of a textbook entitled Reservoir Geomechanics published by Cambridge University Press in 2007, now in its 15th printing and is the author/co-author of approximately 400 technical papers. His online course in reservoir geomechanics has been completed by approximately 10,000 students from around the world. His newest book, entitled Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics (written with former PhD student Arjun Kohli), was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. Dr. Zoback has received a number of awards and honors including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011.  He served on the National Academy of Engineering committee investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident and the Secretary of Energy’s committee on shale gas development and environmental protection. He currently serves as the Chair-elect of the SPE Technical Committee on CCUS as well as the SPE Task Force on Climate Change.

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  • How Do We Quantify Subsurface Uncertainty and Reduce It?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/02/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    ​All subsurface models derived from seismic and offset well data have uncertainties inherent in the data even after all possible steps have been taken to process the data to maximize the accuracy. There is, however, one more step that could be taken – to quantify the remaining uncertainty. This is a relatively new technology that has value in exploration and drilling. For drilling applications this means a statistical 3D earth model at the well location instead of a fixed, deterministic one.

    All subsurface models derived from seismic and offset well data have uncertainties inherent in the data even after all possible steps have been taken to process the data to maximize the accuracy. There is, however, one more step that could be taken – to quantify the remaining uncertainty. This is a relatively new technology that has value in exploration and drilling. For drilling applications this means a statistical 3D earth model at the well location instead of a fixed, deterministic one.

    The drilling marker positions (depths) are represented as the best estimate plus an uncertainty distribution, for example 10% - 90% probability window, around it. Similarly pore pressure estimates, derived from velocities, come with confidence bounds. Statistical subsurface enables better well plans and contingencies before the spud and better decision making while drilling.

    Dr. Cengiz Esmersoy

    Technology Advisor, Schlumberger

    Dr. Esmersoy is a Technology Advisor with Schlumberger in the areas of geophysics, drilling, logging, and integrated solutions. He has a large number of publications and received Hart's E&P Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation (twice), OTC Spotlight on Technology Award (twice), the SEG Best Paper at The Leading Edge award, and a number of company recognitions including the Performed by Schlumberger Chairman's Award. Cengiz has a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and has been active with SEG, SPE, EAGE, and SPWLA, serving in many committees and organizing events. He has been the GEOPHYSICS Associate Editor and the Chairman of the SEG Research Committee.

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  • Using Downhole Fiber Optic Temperature Sensing Technology to Monitor, Control and Improve Well Performance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/18/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Dr. Ding Zhu

    Downhole sensing technology today provide engineers continuous measurements for flow condition diagnosis. The measurements include temperature, pressure, acoustic, and strain, with distributed temperature sensors (DTS) and distributed acoustic sensors (DAS) being more commonly used compared with other measurements. Since the optical fiber technology introduced to the industry, it has advanced dramatically. Many field applications have been proven effective and beneficial. From downhole flow condition characterization, we can diagnose flow problems, monitor, control, and optimize producing and injecting well performance, monitor well stimulation, both matrix acidizing and hydraulic fracturing, and optimize treatment designs. There are rich field application examples to show the potential of the technology.

    One of the keys of applying downhole sensing technology is to develop models and methodologies to interpret the senor measurements. This is challenging, because from data collection and processing, to model development, to invert the measured parameters to flow profiles, it is extremely mathematical and computationally intensive. In this lecture, we will review current status of downhole sensing technology, explain the available models and approaches for interpretation, and present field application examples including production profiling, horizontal well flow control, matrix acidizing optimization and multi-stage hydraulic fracture diagnosis. The lecture is based on publications by the author and other SPE publications. The lecture illustrates the power of DTS as a tool for production problem diagnosis and well performance optimization.

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

    Dr. Ding Zhu

    Professor, Petroleum Engineering Department, Texas A&M University

    Dr. Zhu holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China, a MS and PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research areas are production engineering, well stimulation, intelligent well modeling and complex well-performance optimization. Dr. Zhu is an author of more than 150 technical papers, a co-author of text book, Petroleum Production Systems (2nd edition), and a co-author of a SPE book, Multilateral Wells. She has been a committee member and chairperson for many conferences and events with Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is currently an associate editor for SPE Production and Operation Journal. She is a Distinguished Member of SPE.

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  • The Dream Well – Closing the Gap in Completions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/12/2019 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Horizontals, Multi-zone, Openhole Packers, Barefoot, ICDs, ICVs, Frac Valves, Plug and Perf, Unconventional – Why are there so many lower completion types? There is a better way – all lower completions could be redesigned as a two-trip and intervention capable system.

    Horizontals, Multi-zone, Openhole Packers, Barefoot, ICDs, ICVs, Frac Valves, Plug and Perf, Unconventional – Why are there so many lower completion types? There is a better way – all lower completions could be redesigned as a two-trip and intervention capable system. Such systems could provide higher value and flexibility for unforeseen circumstances enabling future remediation. Scope changes could be made using OPEX adjustments rather than CAPEX investments. Sensor and  actuator reliability would increase as they become replaceable. Such a system could have permanent compartment packers and tubulars, but the flow control and flow sensing elements would be replaceable, upgradeable, and reconfigurable, optimizing the completion for the life of the well. The industry should create a single completions type that can be reconfigured “on demand” into all the types we presently use. The net result would be a hassle free, “Dream Well.”

    Brett Bouldin

    Petroleum Engineering Consultant, Saudi Aramco

    Mr. Bouldin is a Petroleum Engineering Consultant with Saudi Aramco with 36 years of product development experience in the completions industry. His career started with Baker Hughes, then he became a founding member of WellDynamics, which is now a Halliburton company prior to his appointment at Saudi Aramco for the previous 9 years. Brett initiates and manages Saudi Aramco’s completions development projects focusing on new tool deployments that would improve production recovery. He has authored 12 technical papers and articles with 38 granted US patents. Brett holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Saudi Arabia.

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