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  • Drilling Automation and Downhole Monitoring with Physics-based Models

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web 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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  • Shale Gas Production – Improved Scientific Methods for Estimating Gas-in-Place

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

    Despite the success of gas and oil productions from source rock reservoirs worldwide, the average Estimated Ultimate Recovery remains low: ~6% for shale oil and 25% for shale gas from U.S. EIA. For many of these reservoirs, the light hydrocarbons are stored within pores with size from 1 to 100 nm and varying/mixed wettability. Networks of these pores, together with possible fractures, form the flow paths for light hydrocarbons to flow from the matrix to hydraulic fractures; therefore, to improve and optimize production from source rocks, it is fundamentally important to know the hydrocarbon storage and flow in these nanoporous networks in the source rocks.

    Despite the success of gas and oil productions from source rock reservoirs worldwide, the average Estimated Ultimate Recovery remains low: ~6% for shale oil and 25% for shale gas from U.S. EIA. For many of these reservoirs, the light hydrocarbons are stored within pores with size from 1 to 100 nm and varying/mixed wettability. Networks of these pores, together with possible fractures, form the flow paths for light hydrocarbons to flow from the matrix to hydraulic fractures; therefore, to improve and optimize production from source rocks, it is fundamentally important to know the hydrocarbon storage and flow in these nanoporous networks in the source rocks.

    The physical behaviors of fluids storage and flow in nano-confined spaces differ from that in the bulk. At nanoscale, fluid behavior is a function of both fluid-fluid interactions, as it is in the bulk, and fluid-pore wall interactions. Capillary and adsorptive forces alter phase boundaries, phase compositions, interfacial tensions, fluid densities, fluid viscosities, and saturation pressures in nanopores. The pore size, shape, and interconnectivity; pore wall roughness, composition, and wettability; and fluid composition and molecular size all play important roles in determine physical behavior of confined fluids.

    In this webinar we will review:

    • Current understanding and research efforts in the nano-confined phase behaviors in source rock reservoirs using various advance technologies including nuclear-magnetic- resonances (NMR), small-angle-neutron-scattering, and isotherm measurement of composite fluids.
    • Improved method to estimate hydrocarbon-in-place accounting for both adsorption and capillary condensation of multi-component fluids in tight reservoirs
    • Fluid flow in the matrix of unconventional reservoirs including molecular diffusion of mixed phase fluids

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

    Dr. JinHong Chen

    Petroleum Engineering Specialist, Aramco Research Center

    Dr. JinHong Chen is a Petroleum Engineering Specialist at Aramco Research Center-Houston and is developing technologies for improved evaluation and production in unconventional source rock reservoirs. Previously, he was an NMR formation evaluation specialist and led the NMR R&D effort at Baker Hughes. Before that he was a senior scientist at Sloan-Kettering. Previously, he had a joint appoint at Harvard University (Salem Fellow) and MIT (visiting scientist). He has a PhD in Physics from Chinese Academy of Science. He has published over 90 papers including prestigious journals such as Nat. Commun. and JACS, coauthored two books, and hold about more than a dozen patents.

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  • Rapid Innovation Case Study – Concept to Commercialization of a New Rotary Steerable System in Less than Two Years

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/16/2020 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    This webinar is about how to rapidly develop new technology.

    This webinar is about how to rapidly develop new technology. It will describe how a new-generation Rotary Steerable System (RSS) was developed from a blank sheet of paper to first commercial work in just 23 months. It will focus on the importance of developing a clear and simple requirements specification to provide the “True North” direction to keep the project focused and on track and offer simple tools to develop and test such a requirements document. It will discuss how risk was removed from the project, and how a “fail fast” philosophy and adherence to a strict cadence in testing allowed the system to be delivered so quickly. As background to some of the design decisions, the webinar will briefly review how the RSS market has changed over the last two decades, and how, as a direct result of these changes, the design team focused on modular design and rapid turn around of tools, in order to maximize utilization and efficiency. Although the case history is specific to a particular type of tool, the principles used are broadly applicable and should be of interest to anybody practicing innovation  and new product development.

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

    John Clegg

    Weatherford Fellow

    Mr. Clegg is a Weatherford Fellow in the drilling domain. Over 33 years he has worked in multiple countries in engineering, manufacturing, sales and operations with upstream technologies including drill bits, drilling motors, rotary steerable tools, measurement-while-drilling, logging-while-drilling and managed pressure drilling. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University, England and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. He has 14 patents, has authored multiple papers and sits on the Boards of the Drilling Systems Automation and Research and Development Technical Sections of SPE, the Program Committee for the IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and the SPE Drilling Advisory Committee.

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  • Practical and Value-driven Management of Non-Technical Risks

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/02/2020 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Christiaan Luca

    Non-technical or external stakeholder risks have become a dominant factor in the upstream business. Especially capital projects may experience significant schedule delays or cost overruns due a variety of issues of governmental, social, environmental, security or other external nature. Delegating your response to External Affairs or hiding behind a Corporate Social Responsibility program is no longer good enough.

    Adequate addressing of non-technical risks, both mitigating downsides and benefiting from upsides, can be done, but needs an advanced level of internal organization and a culture that accepts external stakeholder perspectives. Technical functions need to take an active role and responsibility in addressing non-technical risks and need to work closely together with commercial and externally facing functions.

    Christiaan Luca will give you practical tips on how to organize internally for effective addressing of non-technical risks and how to minimize undesired surprises from external stakeholders. The important role of management and the technical functions will be a key element of this lecture. A solid external response requires a solid internal organization.

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

    Christiaan Luca

    Independent Trainer, Assessor and Coach

    Mr. Luca graduated with a BSc in mining engineering and a MSc in petroleum engineering, both from Delft University, the Netherlands. The first 14 years of his 32-year career with Shell he spent overseas in a variety of petroleum engineering roles, including drilling, reservoir engineering, project planning and economics developing oil and gas fields in Thailand, Syria, Gabon and Nigeria.

    Upon returning to Shells corporate offices in the Netherlands, he held various management roles in technology and business strategy and planning. In these positions he was closely involved with externally challenged programs in CCS and Rigs-to-Reefs. Until end 2016, Christiaan was the head of Shells global practice in non-technical risk management. He now is an independent trainer, assessor and coach in this expertise area.

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  • Challenges in Realizing the Full Potential of Additive Manufacturing in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/17/2020 at 9:30 AM (EDT)

    ​Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as 3D Printing, is a new manufacturing technique where material is added and a part is “printed” layer by layer. This makes additive manufacturing a method of choice for highly complex customized components. Additive Manufacturing has seen considerable growth in the Oil and Gas industry in last few years. Apart from being able to solve challenges faced by Oil and Gas Industry through complex designs, the biggest value added of additive manufacturing is the ability to manufacture obsolete parts at a reasonable cost and within a short time, as there is a lot of very old equipment still in operation.

    Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as 3D Printing, is a new manufacturing technique where material is added and a part is “printed” layer by layer. This makes additive manufacturing a method of choice for highly complex customized components. Additive Manufacturing has seen considerable growth in the Oil and Gas industry in last few years. Apart from being able to solve challenges faced by Oil and Gas Industry through complex designs, the biggest value added of additive manufacturing is the ability to manufacture obsolete parts at a reasonable cost and within a short time, as there is a lot of very old equipment still in operation. 

    The utopian goal of manufacturing parts cheaply and efficiently at or near the point of use is still quite a long way away. Some of the problems that need to be solved include: lack of machine robustness, long qualification times, post processing time and resources required, technical and legal issues with reverse engineering, lack of International Standards, inability to change the metal powders quickly in a machine, and design for additive. Some of these problems are in the domain of the Oil and Gas companies, whereas there are some that are beyond them.

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

    Dr. Naeem Minhas

    Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing Technologist

    Dr. Minhas is a Technologist focusing on Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing. Naeem has a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Materials and a PhD. in Advanced Structural Ceramics from Imperial College London. He did his Post Doc from KAUST, followed by a position in the Imaging and Characterization department at Core Labs as a Research Scientist. He also has a Masters in International Development from London School of Economics. 

    He Joined Baker Hughes at the end of 2014 as a research engineer based in Dhahran Technology Center. In his current role, he leads the Future of Design & Manufacturing Center focused on metal 3D Printing based in Dhahran. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board of University of East London.

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  • Groundwater Protection Council’s Produced Water Report: Regulations, Current Practices, and Research Needs

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/05/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) developed a report that examines current regulations, practices, and the research needed to expand the use of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, as a resource. Led by its member states, the GWPC brought together a collaboration of scientists, regulatory officials, members of academia, the oil and gas industry, and environmental groups to explore roles produced water might play in developing greater water certainty.

    The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) developed a report that examines current regulations, practices, and the research needed to expand the use of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, as a resource.

    Led by its member states, the GWPC brought together a collaboration of scientists, regulatory officials, members of academia, the oil and gas industry, and environmental groups to explore roles produced water might play in developing greater water certainty. The report consists of three focused modules which include: 

    • Module 1: Current Legal, Regulatory & Operational Frameworks 
    • Module 2: Produced Water Reuse in Unconventional Oil & Gas Operations
    • Module 3: Produced Water Reuse & Research Needs Outside Oil & Gas Operations

    The report notes freshwater stress is driven by rising populations, regional droughts, declining groundwater levels and several other factors. When surface water is scarce, communities and industries typically turn to groundwater to meet their freshwater needs. Produced water could become a resource that could reduce the use of freshwater for some of these needs in specific locations.  

    One of the concerns of the GWPC is the overuse of fresh groundwater resources and one of the aims of the report is to explore how produced water might help fill that gap. By identifying opportunities and challenges of using produced water and offering options for addressing them, the GWPC hopes to facilitate the development of produced water as a supplement to freshwater resources and fulfill its mission to promote the protection and conservation of groundwater for all beneficial uses.”

    Most oil and natural gas produced water is reinjected deep underground into producing oil and gas reservoirs to enhance production or into porous rocks for disposal. Presently, the reuse of produced water accounts for approximately less than 1 percent of water produced although reuse appears to be increasing in some areas. The report identifies challenges currently limiting the reuse of produced water and provides a framework for the evaluation of reuse options, focusing primarily on research needs. In an effort to facilitate more research, the report also provides a literature review, based on search logic developed by the workgroup. This review catalogs nearly 550 published papers on produced water in one place.

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

    Ed Steele

    Principal, Ambiunt Environmental and Regulatory Consulting

    Mr. Steele began his career as a hydrogeologist for the State of Pennsylvania. Following this, he spent a number of years as an environmental and geotechnical consultant and as the environmental manager for an international chemical manufacturing company. He spent 20 years with major international oil and gas companies. During this time, he had overall responsibility for providing strategic direction, building and overseeing the implementation of environmental programs as well as providing technical advice on water management and water treatment technology. Ed then acted as Environment, Geosciences and Water Technology Manager for GE Global Research and then transitioned into a role as Principal Technical Advisor for BHGE following a merger. Ed is currently the principal for Ambiunt Environmental and Regulatory Consulting. Ed has acted as a technical advisor to a number of university programs including the Advanced Water Technology Center at the Colorado School of Mines, the Center for Multiphase Transport Phenomena at Michigan State University, the Global Petroleum Research Institute at Texas A&M University and the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity. Ed has authored, edited and contributed to a number of professional publications and has had extensive international experience encompassing 36 countries and has worked on projects in 38 US states.

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  • Formation Stabilization for Unconventional Shales – It’s More Than Conventional Clay Control

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/04/2020 at 9:30 AM (EST)

    The emphasis in this webinar is to highlight the pronounced differences in formation damage mechanisms between unconventional versus conventional reservoirs and their implications to the immediate, intermediate and long term production. Addressing specific identified damage mechanisms can be achieved with fluids and chemical additive selection based on the specific reservoir mineralogy and the fracture surface. Discussions will be made on various region-specific damage mechanism and treatments for understanding the fluid-induced sensitivities in specific formations within North America and warning signs that damage is occurring in your fracture.

    The development and production of oil and gas assets in unconventional reservoirs presents operators with a large number of engineering and geochemical challenges that demand cost-effective solutions to maximize hydrocarbon production. Effectively integrating and aligning fracturing designs, fluids selection, and compatibility for the complex conditions encountered in unconventional formations poses numerous challenges for engineers, operators, and service companies.  One significant and potentially major issue is the damage that the formation experiences when exposed to completion fluids and its impact on production.  This damage is manifested by pronounced and fast production decline curves and underperforming wells. 

    The emphasis in this webinar is to highlight the pronounced differences in formation damage mechanisms between unconventional versus conventional reservoirs and their implications to the immediate, intermediate and long term production.  Addressing specific identified damage mechanisms can be achieved with fluids and chemical additive selection based on the specific reservoir mineralogy and the fracture surface. Discussions will be made on various region-specific damage mechanism and treatments for understanding the fluid-induced sensitivities in specific formations within North America and warning signs that damage is occurring in your fracture.

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

    Dr. Denise Benoit

    Subject Matter Expert, Halliburton

    Dr. Benoit received a PhD in Chemistry from Rice University before coming to Halliburton where she currently is the chemistry group’s subject matter expert in data analytics and clay control; focusing on projects in custom chemistry and formation stabilization. During her 6 year career she has authored ten papers, ten granted patents, commercialized three products, and developed a suite of tests for chemical additives selection.

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  • Optimizing Matrix Stimulation Treatments for Carbonate Completions

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

    ​Matrix stimulation treatments in carbonates are generally considered to be low risk. Production increases from these treatments are routine and the "success" of these treatments are perceived to be high. However, many treatments realize only a small fraction of the true well potential. If a more rigorous evaluation criterion is used, many treatments would not be considered successful.

    Matrix stimulation treatments in carbonates are generally considered to be low risk. Production increases from these treatments are routine and the "success" of these treatments are perceived to be high. However, many treatments realize only a small fraction of the true well potential. If a more rigorous evaluation criterion is used, many treatments would not be considered successful. This webinar will start with a brief introduction to matrix acid stimulation in carbonates and describe typical design elements. This will be followed by design challenges, such as treatments in long heterogeneous intervals, in fractured reservoirs, and in mature reservoirs. The many variables influencing the treatment design and the challenges in optimizing treatment design will be presented. Influence of rock type, treatment fluid type, and operating conditions will be discussed. Pptimization of fluid volume and injection rate as well as scale-up of linear laboratory core flow experiments to field conditions of radial flow will be presented. A design workflow is proposed which ensures that all variables are addressed systematically.

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

    Dr. Murtaza Ziauddin

    Matrix Stimulation Advisor, Schlumberger

    Dr. Ziauddin is a Matrix Stimulation Advisor at Schlumberger in Sugar Land, Texas. He has 24 years of industry experience. His research interests include matrix stimulation of sandstones and carbonates, as well as flow assurance issues associated with organic and inorganic scales. Ziauddin has authored/co-authored three SPE books, a SPE book chapter and has more than 35 technical papers and holds 20 patents. He served as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer for carbonate acidizing for year 2015-2016. He holds a BS degree from the University of Houston and a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering.  Ziauddin is a Distinguished Member of the SPE.

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  • Getting to Sanction in 3 Months – Engineering Perspective

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/27/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    ​The discussion will be a case study of design simplifications for a subsea tie-back (including flow assurance FEED) to enable investment decision in 3 months. Simplifications included design to mitigate asphaltene and hydrate challenges along with a long tie-back in deepwater GoM. An integrated team including subsurface, facilities and flow assurance enabled the decision with partner approval for a brownfield tie-back.​

    The discussion will be a case study of design simplifications for a subsea tie-back (including flow assurance FEED) to enable investment decision in 3 months. Simplifications included design to mitigate asphaltene and hydrate challenges along with a long tie-back in deepwater GoM. An integrated team including subsurface, facilities and flow assurance enabled the decision with partner approval for a brownfield tie-back.

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

    Nikhil Joshi

    Chemical Engineer, University of Houston

    Nikhil has 20+ years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry in production, reservoir, facilities and asset management. He is a chemical engineer from University of Houston and has an ALM (Finance) in ExtensionStudies from Harvard University and has published over 50 papers and presentations.

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  • Lost Circulation – Toolbox for a Scenario Based Systematic Approach to Reduce NPT (Non-Productive Time)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/20/2020

    This presentation will serve to highlight the various engineering, chemical and data-based tool at the industry’s disposal in what is referred to as the “lost circulation tool-box”. It will also highlight workflows that are based on a systematic approach to increase the likelihood of success of the solutions and hence have a positive impact on reducing Non-Productive Time.

    Lost circulation is one of the key contributors to Non-Productive Time (NPT) in drilling, completion and the cementing phase of a well. While the challenge is the same, the underlying causes are different based on the conditions of each of aforementioned operations. This therefore requires a holistic approach – for existing solutions such as Managed Pressure Drilling, Casing & Liner Drilling to be synergistically used with fluid design and contingency planning – to execute a successful overall operation. Various technologies should be evaluated as complimentary solutions and not mutually exclusive. This presentation will serve to highlight the various engineering, chemical and data-based tool at the industry’s disposal in what is referred to as the “lost circulation tool-box”. The presentation will also highlight workflows that are based on a systematic approach to increase the likelihood of success of the solutions and hence have a positive impact on reducing Non-Productive Time.

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

    Ahmed Amer

    Wellbore Services Technology Manager, Newpark

    Mr. Amer, PMP, is Newpark's Wellbore Services Technology Manager, supporting lost circulation technology. He has worked in operations, technical services and R&D in domains including fluids and pressure control equipment including deepwater. Ahmed is member of API Subcommittee 13, AADE Fluids Conference technical committee, and is the Vice Chairman for AADE Fluids Management Group. At industry events, he has participated as a judge, steering committee member, session chair, reviewer, panelist and presenter. Ahmed acts as an industry advisor to two post-graduate university programs; holds IP; has authored 20+ publications and delivered deepwater and lost circulation classes to SPE.

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