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  • Introduction to Artificial Lift

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/27/2014

    This is the first webinar in the series and will introduce participants to what, why and how of the artificial lift space. Presented by Rajan Chokshi, Bill Lane

    This is the first webinar in the series and will introduce participants to what, why and how of the artificial lift space. Webinars two through seven will present one form of artificial lift method with basic discussion on its components and application envelope. Final webinar will be on production optimization with artificial lift, digital oil field implementation examples. Animations and questions will be introduced for audience engagement and participation.

    Webinar 1: Introduction to Artificial Lift Aug 27 '14
    Webinar 2: Reciprocating Rod Lift (RRL) Sep 23 '14
    Webinar 3: Gas-Lift Oct 21 '14
    Webinar 4: Progressing Cavity Pumping (PCP) Nov 19 '14
    Webinar 5: Electrical Submersible Pumping (ESP) Dec 16 '14
    Webinar 6: Hydraulic Lift: Jet Pump & Piston Pump Jan 13 '15
    Webinar 7: Plunger Lift and Capillary Deliquification Feb 10 '15
    Webinar 8: Production Optimization for Artificial Lift Mar 3 '15

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    JRajan Chokshi works for Weatherford International as Director of training and business development for artificial lift and production optimization systems in Houston. In a career spanning over 30 years, Rajan has worked on many petroleum and software engineering projects globally in the areas of multi-phase flow, artificial lift design, and production optimization. He continues to teach professional courses in these areas. His interests are developing and nurturing young talent globally, technology integration and commercialization. Rajan holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the IIT-Kanpur, India, and a Ph.D. in Petroleum from the University of Tulsa, USA.

    Bill Lane is Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Weatherford Artificial Lift Systems and a member of the Weatherford Unconventional Resources Team. He has been with Weatherford and the former EVI for 19 years in various executive positions including vice presidential positions over the Progressing Cavity Pump Business Unit, the Elastomers Business Unit, Artificial Lift Systems Engineering, Compression Equipment, and Completion Equipment. Before joining Weatherford in 1994, Lane managed various engineering and manufacturing operations in the U.S. and internationally for Halliburton Energy Services. In 2003 he was the recipient of a Harts E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering Design, both from the University of Texas at Arlington. Lane has 37 years of experience in the O&G industry.

    CEUs offered.

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  • Pitfalls in HPHT Completion Design and Planning

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/19/2014

    Presented by Tom Freeman

    This webinar will be about the pitfalls, problems, and lessons learned encountered in planning an extra-HPHT completion. The well is an exploratory land well located in south Louisiana. The completion interval is a sandstone below 23,000', 18.7 ppg environment, maximum anticipated surface pressure is 19,300 psi, bottom hole temperature is 395°F, and H2S and CO2 are anticipated.

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    Tom Freeman is a native of New Orleans and graduated from LSU in 1979 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He has spent his 34 year career working for Chevron in a variety of assignments primarily in the Gulf of Mexico including drilling, production, reservoir, business planning, Completion Engineer, Operations Supervisor, Cased Hole Superintendent, and Completion Technology. Tom is currently the Ultra-Deep Gas Completion Engineering Team Lead looking at completion designs and technology for wells potentially completed up to 30,000’ deep and 500°F.

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  • Crude by Rail Car Issues

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/29/2014

    Presented by David N. Friedman

    This presentation will review the findings of the AFPM report. In addition, AFPM will discuss their support of a holistic approach to improving the safe transportation of crude oil by rail. The regulatory process underlying these goals must be data-driven, based upon sound science, subjected to a robust cost-benefit analysis, and developed in a transparent manner involving all stakeholders.

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    David N. FriedmanVice President, Regulatory Affairs
    American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
    Washington, D.C.

    As AFPM’s Regulatory Affairs Vice President, David is responsible for formulating and implementing the refining and petrochemical industries’ environmental, fuels, safety and security missions, including the development of Association policy on Congressional legislation and regulatory matters. Prior to being named Environmental Affairs Director in 2006, David was in charge of directing advocacy activities for the Association’s petrochemical membership, identifying, formulating and communicating industry policy positions to legislative and regulatory policymakers. AFPM’s members include more than 400 companies, including virtually all US refiners and petrochemical manufacturers.

    David joined the organization in 2004 with more than 20 years of industry and trade association experience, most recently as Federal Government Relations Advisor for Exxon Mobil Corporation in Fairfax, Virginia, where he focused on federal issues affecting the refining, lubes and specialties, marketing, pipeline and marine business units. Previously, David represented trade associations for the forest products, railroad and natural gas pipeline industries on environmental, energy, transportation and technology policy matters.

    David received an A.B. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Sponsored by: Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Technical Director

  • Lighting Practices in the Oil and Gas Industry and the Consequences for Safety, Cost and the Nighttime Sky

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/29/2014

    Presented by William (Bill) Wren

    In this presentation, Mr. Wren describes some of the ongoing science at this world class facility and why it's important. He will speak about dark sky friendly lighting practices in general, and particular to activities in the oil and gas fields. He will describe the current status of a project to shield lights on a working rig near Midland, and the consequences for safety and visibility for nighttime operations.

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    William (Bill) Wren has been fascinated by the night sky all his life. He studied philosophy and educational psychology at the University of Texas. While working as a crisis counselor in Austin for 12 years, he attended courses in the astronomy department at the university, and was an academic tutor for undergraduate students.

    In 1990, he started work at the observatory and began a search for extragalactic supernovae. He performed the site survey for the HET and worked as its commissioning telescope operator. He also helped design and build several unique telescopes, one of which is wheelchair accessible and dedicated for public use at the observatory’s visitor center.

    Throughout his career at McDonald, he has been involved in protecting our night skies, still a large part of his duties. His greatest satisfaction comes from conveying the wonders of the universe to the many visitors to the observatory.

    0.15 CEUs offered.

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  • MPD Automation and Competency: Meeting Training Challenges for New Technologies

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/23/2014

    Presented by Austin Johnson

    Automation in the drilling industry is challenging conventional thought on how rigs are designed, how wells are drilled, and how the human is involved in the process. Though late rigs and early rigs share the same fundamental physics, new control systems are allowing rigs to push the technical envelope while requiring less operator involvement. While this is beneficial, automation is opening the door for new types of failures due to system complexity and crew latency.

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    Austin Johnson graduated with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University. Austin has focused on analyzing behavior of automated drilling control and optimizing control logic. Most recently, Austin joined Managed Pressure Operations supporting development of deepwater managed pressure drilling systems.

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  • Wellbore Stability—Keeping Wellbores Open

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/16/2014

    Presented by Daniel Moos

    In spite of more than 20 years of advances in the application of geomechanical principles to improve understanding of its causes and improvements in drilling practices to reduce its effects, wellbore instability continues to be perhaps the largest single source of non-productive drilling time. These uncertainties arise largely because of lack of the appropriate rock properties data and information about the magnitudes and orientations of in situ stresses. This talk will briefly review the history of application of geomechanics to wellbore design, will discuss the sources of data required to reduce uncertainties, the ways in which to recognize the causes of instabilities to allow appropriate remediation, and the pros and cons of various models currently in use within the oilfield.

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    Daniel Moos
    Baker Hughes Technology Fellow

    Daniel Moos is one of four Baker Hughes Technology Fellows, jointly responsible for guiding technology development and for advising senior management on company-wide technical issues. He received his BS in Geology from Cornell University and his MS and PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University.

    Following graduation he helped to establish and manage logging services for the Ocean Drilling Program and sailed on several research cruises as a founding member of the Lamont-Doherty Borehole Research Group. He then re-joined the Stanford University Rock and Borehole Geophysics Project, an academic consortium supported by major oil and gas and energy services companies.

    He was a co-founder in 1996 of GeoMechanics International (GMI), which developed and applied geomechanical principles to solve oilfield, geothermal, and geotechnical site characterization problems. After the acquisition of GMI by Baker Hughes in 2008 he assumed the role of GMI Chief Scientist. He was elected a Baker Hughes Technology Fellow at the end of 2010.

    He has published extensively, provided consulting services and developed and taught courses in reservoir geomechanics, served on and co-chaired conference committees and acted as reviewer for professional journals, and holds patents on methods for in situ stress determination, wellbore imaging and acoustics, stimulation design and analysis, and flow properties of fractured reservoirs. He is a member of AAPG, AGU, SEG, SPWLA, EAGE, and ARMA.

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  • Business and Human Rights – What is Your Company’s Responsibility?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/09/2014

    Presented by Roper Cleland, Yadaira Orsini, Ursula Wynhoven, Nili Safavi

    This webinar is an opportunity to hear from three experts and further understand elements of business respect for human rights. Ursula Wynhoven, the General Counsel as well as the Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability for the United Nations Global Compact, will review the international framework for business and human rights with an emphasis on expectations of and opportunities for companies in the extractive sector. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are reflected in business standards ranging from IFC Requirements and the Equator Principles to OECD Standards for Multinational Corporations.

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    Roper Cleland is Senior Manager for the Social Responsibility Working Group at IPIECA. Before joining IPIECA, Roper worked in international development and human rights organizations, including on an Access to Justice program in Sri Lanka and on indigenous peoples programs. She is also a trustee at Concordis International, a peace-building organization with expertise in East Africa.

    Roper holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Vassar College and an MA in Social Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

    Yadaira Orsini is a political scientist from Javeriana University and holds a Master’s Degree on Security Studies in the Superior School of War, both in Bogota. She has worked as a researcher on business, conflict and human rights issues in think tanks in Colombia and Brazil and has worked as Social Responsibility and Human Rights Coordinator in Occidental Petroleum in Colombia.

    Ms Orsini has experience in the work with communities and national and multinational companies from the extractive sector and others such as agribusiness and construction, in addressing security and human rights issues, stakeholder engagement and conflict transformation.

    Currently, Ms Orsini is working in International Alert as Senior Programme Officer for Latin America, where she coordinates the work on business and human rights issues with extractive companies, civil society organizations and state agencies in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.

    Ursula Wynhoven is the General Counsel as well as the Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability for the United Nations Global Compact, the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. She is a member of the office’s Executive Team.

    In addition to managing legal affairs and governance matters, Ursula founded and is overall responsible for the office's work programs on the various dimensions of social sustainability, including human rights and labor principles, women’s empowerment, business and children, indigenous peoples' rights, and human trafficking, and on business and the rule of law.

    Ursula joined the UN Global Compact in 2002. Ursula worked in private legal practice and government human rights agencies in both Australia and the US before joining the UN. Ursula has also worked for the Secretariat of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD’s corporate responsibility initiative.

    Among other academic qualifications, Ursula has two Masters of Law degrees - from Columbia Law School, where she was also a Human Rights Fellow, and from Monash University Law School in Australia. She has been an Adjunct Professor in Corporate Sustainability, Transnational Business and Human Rights at Fordham Law School in New York since 2007. She is admitted to practice law in jurisdictions in Australia, United States (California), and England and Wales. Ursula is also a Trustee of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law and a Girl Scout troop leader.

    Nili Safavi is BP’s Human Rights Expert. She is a member of BP’s Environment and Social Responsibility Team within the Central Safety and Operational Risk function based in Sunbury, UK.

    Nili is responsible for: helping BP to align more closely with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; providing human rights expertise and support to BP businesses, segments and functions; developing internal tools, guidance and standards on respecting human rights and integrating into business processes; and
    developing capability within the company through training, workshops and online materials.

    Prior to joining BP, Nili worked for DNV as a social responsibility consultant, advising clients across a wide range of industries on managing human rights, labor rights and societal issues and impacts. She has worked for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on protecting human rights in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters and for NGOs on humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons. Nili began her career working at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office investigating and prosecuting white collar financial crime and later worked at an International Law form on international arbitration and litigation cases.

    Nili is of Iranian origin, grew up in New York City and now resides in London. In addition to English, she speaks fluent French, Farsi and Spanish.

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  • Predicting Droplet Size Distribution

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/25/2014

    Presented by Gene E. Kouba

    This presentation will discuss a modified two-parameter methodology in which the minimum droplet size that can be created from available energy along with the maximum droplet size that can survive in the flow are used to characterize the droplet size distribution. Evaluations of this methodology over a range of dispersion suggest that the approach can be universally applied to dispersion of liquid in gas, liquid in liquid, and gas in liquid.Increasing costs associated with separators - often in difficult, remote applications - drives the desire to improve separator selection and avoid over-sizing the device by improving confidence in separator performance predictions.

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    Gene E. Kouba is a senior research consultant in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company and works closely with Advanced Production Systems, Flow Assurance, and Compact Modular Production Systems teams. His areas of interest include measurement, transport, separation, and modeling of multiphase flows.

    Recent efforts have focused on methodologies for predictions of the following: smallest entrained droplet size, foam characterization, separator performance, probability of sand transport, sand bed removal rate, and improvements to “top-kill” well killing operations. He has developed and deployed several designs of compact separators and flow conditioning devices.

    Kouba received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University, Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa and currently holds memberships in SPE, ASME, and Sigma Xi.

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  • Re-Fracturing: Timing, Prerequisites, Diversion and Application

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/17/2014

    Presented by George E. King

    Refracturing, as explained by a number of authors, is an accepted, efficient re-stimulation process for rate and recovery enhancement, with application roots in the mid 1950's, that has made an interesting and sometimes economical comeback in shale and other low permeability, liquids-rich reservoirs. This presentation will address the question of when refracs may be economical by examination of production data, (resource recovery, well pressures, rate, composition, etc.), geological factors (TOC, stresses, saturations, regional fracture presence, etc.), well layout (orientation, well spacing, frac spacing, cluster design, etc.) and frac design (fluid type, proppant quality, rate per cluster, etc.).

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    George E. King is a registered professional engineer with 42 years industry experience with most aspects of completion, well construction and well failure analysis. He is Apache’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor. He has written 67 papers, book chapters and articles. His work has focused on unconventional formations, sand control, perforating, fracturing and well construction risk analysis. Degrees include a BS in Chemistry (Okla. State), BS in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa where he was also an Adjunct professor in completions engineering at night for eleven years.

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  • Human Error: Why We Make Mistakes At Work

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/17/2014

    Presented by Andrew Dingee

    The human element is the most flexible and adaptable part of a company's management system, but it is also the most vulnerable to influences that can adversely affect its performance. With the majority of accidents resulting from less than optimum human performance, there has been a tendency to label them as human error. However, the term “human error" is of little help in safety management. How do you fix human error? Although it may indicate where in the system the breakdown occurred, it provides no guidance as to why it occurred. An error attributed to humans may have been design-induced, or stimulated by inadequate equipment or training, badly designed procedures, or a poor layout of checklists or manuals.

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    Andrew Dingee chairs the SPE Human Factors Technical Section and has designed a safety management for an operator. He worked extensively in aviation safety after leaving active duty from the Marine Corps where he was an aviation instructor. He transitioned to the oil and gas industry in 2010, bringing lessons learned from the recent revolution in aviation safety to the oilfield environment.

    He has worked with companies developing SEMS programs and doing SEMS audits. Andrew worked at a major operator. He is the author of “Hanger Talk”, which focused on the human error element of incidents.

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