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  • Magnetic Resonance Technology: from Medical to the Oil Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/30/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Gabor Hursan

    The discovery of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) phenomenon spawned innovative diagnostic technologies that facilitated advancements in a wide range of disciplines including medicine, chemistry and earth sciences. Geologists observed that in a manner similar to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that revolutionized medical imaging, NMR measurements illuminate pore-filling fluids inside a porous rock and provide unique insight to porosity, pore size and/or fluid viscosity without any damage to the sample. 

    For the oil and gas industry, this sensor technology has become everyday reality with the development of NMR well-logging tools. Since the first modern NMR logs in the early 1990s, NMR logging enhanced formation evaluation in complex reservoir rocks such as heterogeneous carbonates and silty sands and enabled reservoir fluid characterization in the presence of fresh water, heavy oil or variable gas-oil ratio. More recently, with the development of logging-while-drilling (LWD) tools, NMR petrophysics is available for real-time reservoir navigation decisions. 

    With these advancements, upstream operators can realize significant value in their exploration, evaluation and field development activities. First, owing to the more accurate reservoir quality and fluid mobility evaluation, the cost and time savings by optimizing formation testing, sampling and well testing operations outweigh the costs associated with NMR logging in many cases. Second, NMR logs help discover and assess challenging reservoirs with low resistivity contrast in the presence of laminar shales or carbonate microporosity. Finally, NMR-driven placement of injector and producer wells reduces field development costs and potentially increases hydrocarbon recovery.

    This lecture shares the lessons of two decades of learning by an experienced operator with field examples that show how to increase operational efficiency and improve reservoir understanding with wireline and LWD NMR logging technology.

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

    Gabor Hursan

    Reservoir Description & Simulation Department, NMR Logging Lead Subject Matter Expert Saudi Aramco

    Gabor Hursan is Saudi Aramco’s lead subject matter expert in NMR logging, working at the Reservoir Description & Simulation Department. He oversees the company’s NMR oilfield operations, data analytics and petrophysical interpretation procedures, conducts formation evaluation studies for exploration and reservoir development projects. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco in 2011, he worked as a scientist at Baker Hughes in various positions for 10 years on downhole NMR instrumentation and data processing software development. He has an MS and PhD degrees in Geophysics. He published over 40 papers and patents, teaches in-house and external courses in NMR logging. He serves SPE and SPWLA as reviewer for technical publications, and is a founding member of SPWLA’s NMR Special Interest Group.

    SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the

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  • Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/24/2016

    This webinar will present several components of the drivers for innovation. The role of the individual and skills needed to bring into team work will be discussed, as well what soft skills are necessary to be a successful member of a team. This webinar will include the possible impact of the current product price on the drive to reduce cost through collaborative effort.

    Innovation has always played and will continue to play a very important role in our industry. Research shows that the best innovation emerges from team work rather than individual effort given that the complexity of today's problems often demand a combination of a variety skill sets which are best found in teams rather than an individual. This webinar will present several components of the drivers for innovation. The role of the individual and skills needed to bring into team work will be discussed, as well what soft skills are necessary to be a successful member of a team. This webinar will include the possible impact of the current product price on the drive to reduce cost through collaborative effort.

    This webinar is categorized under Business, Management, and Leadership.

    Egbert Imomoh

    2013 SPE President

    Mr. Imomoh was the 2013 SPE President and had previously served on the SPE board as the Regional Director for Africa. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Birmingham, England. He joined Shell in 1968 as a wellsite petroleum Engineer and held many technical and managerial positions in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Holland until he retired in 2002 as deputy MD of Shell Nigeria. Subsequently he joined the team that formed Afren and stepped down as Chairman of the board in June 2015.

    He joined the board of GTBank Nigeria in 2005 and retired in 2015 after serving as its Chairman for two years. He is currently Chairman of InvestmentOne, a financial services company in Nigeria. He has been honoured by the Nigerian Government as a Commander of the Niger and by Universities of Port Harcourt and Uyo with honourary doctorate degrees.


  • How to Write a Good Technical Paper - 10/18/2016

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/18/2016

    In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on How to Write a Good Technical Paper. In this presentation, Mr. Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors. Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

    In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on How to Write a Good Technical Paper.

    In this presentation, Mr. Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors. Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

    This webinar is categorized under the Management and Information discipline.

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    Байрон Хэйнс-младший

    Советник по обучению инженеров-разработчиков, Shell

    Г-н Хэйнс – инженер-нефтяник, обладающий более чем 34-летним опытом в геологоразведке, оценке, добыче и разработке новых и зрелых месторождений, первичной разработке, заводнению и закачке смешанного газа. Он имеет опыт разработки нефтяных месторождений на Аляске, в Мексиканском заливе, в Западном Техасе (Пермский бассейн), Северном море, Колумбии, Кувейте, Катаре и Омане. Он планировал и реализовывал программы разработки месторождений, основываясь на исследованиях по определению свойств коллекторов, и имеет опыт работы в области закачки газа в пласт, заводнения и технического обслуживания в полевых условиях.  

    Г-н Хэйнс по образованию инженер, учился в Техасе, также имеет сертификат SPE «инженер-нефтяник». Он является членом SPE  с 1978 года и в настоящее время работает в компании Shell советником по обучению инженеров-разработчиков.

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  • New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/20/2016

    Why do women often feel belittled, betrayed, or sabotaged by other women in the workplace? Why do women so often report feeling unheard and unsupported in workplace environments? Based on her original research, published in her book, NEW RULES FOR WOMEN: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together (Third Bridge Press; September 2014), Dr. Anne Litwin reveals startling paradoxes that spur misunderstandings, conflict, and between women on the job, along with structural issues that can make it difficult for women to feel valued or supported. She will share powerful solutions and tools for ways male and female leaders can create work environments that truly value the contributions of both women and men.

    Why do women often feel belittled, betrayed, or sabotaged by other women in the workplace? Why do women so often report feeling unheard and unsupported in workplace environments? Based on her original research, published in her book, NEW RULES FOR WOMEN: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together (Third Bridge Press; September 2014), Dr. Anne Litwin reveals startling paradoxes that spur misunderstandings, conflict, and between women on the job, along with structural issues that can make it difficult for women to feel valued or supported. She will share powerful solutions and tools for ways male and female leaders can create work environments that truly value the contributions of both women and men.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn what patterns exist in working relationships among women and how women's expectations can create misunderstandings
    • Examine structural issues that create unique challenges for women in organizations
    • Learn what male and female leaders can do to help women succeed

    This webinar is categorized under Business, Management, and Leadership.

    Anne Litwin

    Consultant and Coach

    Anne Litwin (Ph.D.) has been a consultant to organizations and a coach to senior managers for more than 30 years in the USA and internationally. She has worked in China, Africa, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Mexico, Europe, and Canada. She has been the C.E.O. of her family retail business and is past-Chair of the Board of Directors of NTL Institute. She recently authored a book entitled, New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together. Dr. Litwin is also co-editor of the book, Managing in the Age of Change, along with numerous journal articles. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Fielding in 2008. Dr. Litwin believes that each stage of life and/or turn of events open opportunities to ask new questions and discover new sides of ourselves – if we have the courage to grab the moment.

  • Assessing and Improving Data Quality for more Effective Data Analytics

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/14/2016

    When using analytical data in real-time to produce predictive answers and situational awareness, having confidence in the data is paramount. This webinar will discuss a few examples of the impact of low quality of acquired data and how it will errode the confidence needed to make real time decisions. We will further discuss a few examples of how data can be assessed for appropriate use and a few techniques to augment this data when answers are needed. This webinar helps show how a company can use open standards-based solutions like the proposed Energistics Data Assurance process to qualify data for use in the analytical and decision making processes.

    When using analytical data in real-time to produce predictive answers and situational awareness, having confidence in the data is paramount. This webinar will discuss a few examples of the impact of low quality of acquired data and how it will errode the confidence needed to make real time decisions. We will further discuss a few examples of how data can be assessed for appropriate use and a few techniques to augment this data when answers are needed. This webinar helps show how a company can use open standards-based solutions like the proposed Energistics Data Assurance process to qualify data for use in the analytical and decision making processes.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

    SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the

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    David C. Johnson

    Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Petrolink

    David C. Johnson has worked for more than 20 years as a developer, designer, database administrator, real-time advisor and product manager for companies including Landmark, Halliburton and Kongsberg. Mr. Johnson has been active in industry data standards including the Energistics community since its inception 14 years ago and is currently the co-chair of the Energistic WITSML special interest group. He joined the energy industry as a software designer and developer in Canada, later moving to the United States to manage a team of people providing data management and engineering technologies. Mr. Johnson graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada with specialty in databases and data management.

    SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the

  • Latest Developments in Drilling and Cementing R&D

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/16/2016

    A comprehensive overview will be given of latest developments in Dr. van Oort’s Drilling R&D group at the University of Texas at Austin and its collaborating partners. New work will be presented in the fields of cementing/zonal isolation, novel drilling fluid testing and design, drilling-related rock mechanics, drilling automation and drilling data analytics. If you want to learn more about what is new in the fields of real-time cementing sensors, superior alternatives to portland cement and improved zonal isolation & well abandonment, high-performance water-based mud replacements for oil-/synthetic-based muds, novel shale-fluid testing techniques, conventional and new thermal wellbore strengthening, multi-phase flow simulation / automated well control / MPD control, and high-frequency data analytics, then this is a presentation you should consider attending.

    A comprehensive overview will be given of latest developments in Dr. van Oort's Drilling R&D group at the University of Texas at Austin and its collaborating partners. New work will be presented in the fields of cementing/zonal isolation, novel drilling fluid testing and design, drilling-related rock mechanics, drilling automation and drilling data analytics. If you want to learn more about what is new in the fields of real-time cementing sensors, superior alternatives to portland cement and improved zonal isolation & well abandonment, high-performance water-based mud replacements for oil-/synthetic-based muds, novel shale-fluid testing techniques, conventional and new thermal wellbore strengthening, multi-phase flow simulation / automated well control / MPD control, and high-frequency data analytics, then this is a presentation you should consider attending.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

    SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the

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    Dr. Eric van Oort

    Speaker

    Dr. van Oort holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Amsterdam, and held a variety of senior technical and managerial roles over a 20-year period with Royal Dutch Shell. He joined UT Austin in early 2012 to return to his passion for teaching and R&D as tenured Professor in Petroleum Engineering. Dr. van Oort is a co-Principal Investigator of the Offshore Energy Safety Institute (OESI), is the co-founder of two start-up companies (Genesis RTS and R5 Automation) and is CEO of his own consulting firm (EVO Energy Consulting). At UT, he runs one of the largest drilling R&D groups in academia, with 15 graduate students, 10+ undergraduate researchers, 6 full-time research scientists and additional support staff. He is the director of the RAPID (Rig Automation and Performance Improvement in Drilling) consortium. He is an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and SPE Distinguished Member. His areas of expertise include: complex well construction, drilling automation, real-time monitoring (RTM), drilling optimization, rock-fluid interactions and wellbore geomechanics, drilling fluid design, cementing & zonal isolation, hydraulic fracturing and associated water management.

  • From Data to Decisions - The Analytics Lifecycle

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/17/2016

    Data driven capabilities are migrating from science experiment to main stream capabilities at many E&P companies. This brings with it a need to have sound workflows. In this webinar we will present common methodologies that frame the analytics lifecycle of converting raw sensor measurements and unstructured data into scalable, auditable and repeatable solutions. SAS and Intel in conjunction with the PD2A and DSATS technical sections of the SPE will present a webinar on the step by step workflows required to do this. The Webinar will close with a look into the future of both advanced analytics and on device intelligence.

    Data driven capabilities are migrating from science experiment to main stream capabilities at many E&P companies. This brings with it a need to have sound workflows. In this webinar we will present common methodologies that frame the analytics lifecycle of converting raw sensor measurements and unstructured data into scalable, auditable and repeatable solutions. SAS and Intel in conjunction with the PD2A and DSATS technical sections of the SPE will present a webinar on the step by step workflows required to do this. The Webinar will close with a look into the future of both advanced analytics and on device intelligence.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

    SPE Webinars are FREE to members courtesy of the

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    Moray Laing

    US Industry Principal for Oil & Gas, SAS

    Mr. Laing joined SAS in 2013 as the US Industry Principal for Oil & Gas. He started his career at Baker Hughes where he spent 24 years working in both operations and new product development. In his final role at Baker Hughes Moray was the Director of innovation for the Gulf of Mexico region where his team were responsible for the rapid development and marketing of regionally specific technologies. Moray is passionate about advancing automation solutions in oil and gas, and the role that data driven solutions have to play. Moray holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Engineering from Robert Gordon's University, and an Executive MBA from Texas A&M University.

    Keith R. Holdaway

    SAS

    Mr. Holdaway is author of "Harness Oil and Gas Big Data with Analytics: Optimize Exploration and Production with Data Driven Models" published by Wiley in July 2014. He worked for several geophysical companies in his 15 year career, primarily at Petroleum Development of Oman as a geophysicist. He has worked over the past 15 years for SAS Institute to help harness SAS analytics to geophysical, geologic and reservoir engineering data to ascertain exploratory data analysis and appropriate modeling approaches to enable more robust forecasting and identify new field-reengineering strategies in mature assets. He has a Master's Degree in Geophysics from Durham University UK, and is a Fellow of the Geological Society in London.

    Philip Easterling

    SAS

    Mr. Easterling earned his B.A. degree in Mathematical Sciences and Economics from Rice University and his M.S. degree in Applied Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 21 years of analytical software sales and consulting experience with SAS, including predictive modeling in manufacturing and service industries; optimization for logistics industries; and a broad range of analytic methods in the oil and gas industry. In addition, he has provided related training and mentoring services to both internal and external SAS customers. He also has over seven years of quantitative business experience in the competitive, deregulated US commercial airline industry.

    Martin Guttmann

    Principal Solution Architect, Intel

    Martin has extensive experience ranging from computer hardware systems, large enterprise applications, mission critical solution architecture, data center and cloud operations experience. His expertise and experience in system architecture, design, implementation and integration of business solutions, cloud solutions enables customers to undertake modernization efforts to efficiently optimize their IT and cloud compute infrastructure.

    Martin works with worldwide enterprise customers and software solution companies.

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  • The Dichotomy of Stresscage versus Frac-Pack

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/19/2016

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions.

    Frac-Pack completions, in the Gulf of Mexico, are a standard sand control completion method and have proven popular and reliable across many Gulf of Mexico wells and fields. More recently, Wellbore Strengthening has become common practice as a method to overcome challenges drilling through depleted zones. The relative success of these drilling and completion approaches and their rapid and widespread application has resulted in ever more depletion. However, their compatibility remains in question; after all one technique relies on breaking down the rock for fracturing whereas the other relies on plugging/blunting fracture and increasing fracture breakdown pressure.

    So while these two techniques independently represent uniquely optimal solutions to their challenges, there is growing evidence that their combined application within the same wellbore has created a number of issues. The Wellbore Strengthening application is associated with the plugging of small fractures which have been induced in the wellbore wall, thereby increasing the effective fracture gradient, which allows for the drilling of substantial depletion effect. However, the presence of a range of widely distributed particle sizes in the mud system, as well as increased general solids loading, may result in deep and invasive plugging of the permeable formations and any smaller fractures within the same open-hole sections. When these plugged formations are then the target for subsequent hydraulic fracturing operations, not unsurprisingly there is a significant potential to create near wellbore problems that can complicate or bring into question the ability to install a Frac-Pack completion.

    This Webinair will provide a number of examples of the application of Wellbore Strengthening, where resulting frac operations appear to have been hampered or complicated by the use of the Wellbore Strengthening approach and/or associated mud conditions. These examples will provide some evidence of the interactions, but more importantly, demonstrate the contradiction that these two techniques potentially represent. In addition to the case histories, the Webinair will outline various engineering approaches that should be considered, including geo-mechanical analysis of well placement, identification of near wellbore issues prior to and during the fracturing operations, careful management of stress caged solids makeup, mud management and Frac-Pack design in order to avoid or overcome these challenges.

    All of this helps ensure that we do not create the paradox of being able to drill through the conventionally undrillable but then create the unfraccable as a result.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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    Martin Rylance

    Senior Advisor for Fracturing & Stimulation, BP

    Martin Rylance has worked with BP, their partners and JVs (SOHIO, Maxus, TNK-bp, VICO … etc), for 30 Years, since graduating with a BSc (Hons.) in Pure Mathematics. During his time with BP, his positions in the Company have included; the Head of Fracturing and Stimulation for BP Worldwide, the Interventions Team-Leader with BPX in Colombia, the Chief Engineer with TNK-bp in Moscow and Project Manager with BP in a number of frontier areas.

    Technically, he has been involved in all aspects of pumping operations, well-control, well interventions and pressure service, hydraulic fracturing, snubbing, stimulation, coiled-tubing, PWRI and cuttings re-injection.

    In more recent Years he has specialised in tight and unconventional resource development, hydraulic fracturing in tectonic regimes and HPHT environments. During his career with BP he has been responsible for the implementation of numerous campaigns, pilots and exploration programmes. Having lived in 10 Countries, pumped in more than 30, he has been responsible for Teams delivering 10's of 1,000's of fracturing & stimulation treatments around the world.

    He has numerous papers and publications to his name with the SPE, IPTC and various Numerical and Geological Societies, Articles, Reports and Patents; an active Member of the SPE, (SPE Distinguished Member and Distinguished Lecturer Hydraulic Fracturing 2007/2008 and 2013/2014), he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics in London.

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  • Drilling Real-time Prediction Environment In Saudi Aramco

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/26/2016

    The webinar discusses the data infrastructure that Saudi Aramco has built to support the initiated Upstream initiative “Drilling Ahead of Bit”. This involves addressed challenges, enabled applications and technologies and their business impact.

    The webinar discusses the data infrastructure that Saudi Aramco has built to support the initiated Upstream initiative “Drilling Ahead of Bit". This involves addressed challenges, enabled applications and technologies and their business impact.

    This webinar is categorized under the Drilling discipline.

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    Mr. Salem Gharbi

    Petroleum Engineering Systems Analyst, Saudi Aramco

    Salem Al Gharbi, has more than 10 years' experience in developing engineering applications for drilling professionals. He holds M.S. degree in Computer science from KFUPM and M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University. Salem is the technical leader and architect of Saudi Aramco, “Drill Ahead of Bit” smart initiative. In addition he is an active member in SPE Saudi Arabia Section Technical Program committee.

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  • Diversity Fuels Innovation

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/28/2016

    Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical.

    Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical. How do we foster the authentic contributions of all members of a diverse team? With a focus on gender diversity, this webinar will address: 1) creating an inclusive environment that captures the unique talents of all team members and 2) for women, being effective in a male environment.

    This webinar is categorized under Business, Management, and Leadership.

    Betty Shanahan

    Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services, Michigan State University

    Betty Shanahan, a member of the SPE Soft Skills Committee, served as the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) from 2002 to 2014. In 2016, the American Association of Engineering Societies recognized Betty contributions to the engineering profession and diversity in engineering with their Chair's Award. Betty's advocacy reaches forums as varied the K-12 community, corporate and engineering college leadership, Congressional briefings and international summits. She was a member of National Academy of Engineering committees for “Changing the Conversation” in the public understanding of engineering and for the Lifelong Learning Imperative in Engineering.

    Currently, Betty is a Consultant to the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services at Michigan State University, focusing on the he strategic imperative to “advance our culture of high performance” for administrative and technical services. Prior to SWE, Betty spent 24 years in development, engineering management, and marketing for the electronics and software industries.

    Betty has earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and an M.B.A. in strategic management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.” In 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Connecticut.