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  • Deepwater Well Construction Optimization

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/22/2013

    Presented by JC Cunha

    As our industry moves to new offshore frontiers, with exploration wells being drilled in increasingly deeper waters, this presentation will discuss some of the technical challenges present in such operations, the magnitude of the costs involved, the risks and the need for well-structured planning, operation follow-up and post-drilling analysis. This will include possible risk analysis studies, use of real time data and importance of compliance with safety and environmental standards and regulations. An approach to optimize deepwater drilling operations will be described.

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    JC Cunha is Drilling Manager for Ecopetrol America where he is responsible for the company’s offshore operations in the GOM and gives support for Ecopetrol offshore operations in South America. Prior to his current position JC was Well Operations Manager for Petrobras America working on the company’s ultra-deepwater drilling program in the GOM.

    Previously Dr. Cunha was a professor at the University of Alberta in Canada and before that he held several technical and managerial positions for Petrobras and Petrobras International in projects in South America, the GOM and Africa.

    He has authored more than 50 technical papers and also wrote chapters for two recently published SPE books. JC has a PhD in petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA. A past JPT Editorial Committee Chair, JC is currently the co-chair for the SPE Technical Communities Coordinating Committee (TC-CC).

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  • Petroleum Reserves Estimates – Where we Have Been, Where we Are and Where we Appear to be Headed

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/15/2013

    Presented by Ron Harrell

    This presentation clarifies what the term “oil and gas reserves and resources means in several contexts. All reserves estimates must be based on a sound understanding of the prevailing definitions and the value of adequate high-quality data. Trained, ethical and independent reserves evaluators must interpret and present these estimates. The term “independent" should apply to internal reserves staff as well as third-party reserves evaluators.

    This presentation will describe ongoing efforts by the sponsors of the Petroleum Resources Management System (PRMS) issued in 2007 to engage evaluators worldwide to begin to explore evolutionary modifications to the PRMS embracing geological appraisal and technological advances since 2007. Included also will be a listing of many countries and stock exchanges adopting all or part of the PRMS for their regulatory reporting and governance.

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    Ron Harrell is Chairman Emeritus at Ryder Scott Company LP, He joined the firm in 1968 and retired in 2006.. Mr. Harrell has managed reservoir engineering and geological studies worldwide, including property evaluations for acquisitions and divestitures, financing, and reservoir management. He graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

    At various national and international conferences and in numerous other venues, Mr. Harrell has delivered hundreds of presentations related to oil and gas appraisals, reserves definitions and classifications as well.

    He has led the way in exploring emerging issues on reserve reporting requirements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Harrell is a past chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC). He chaired the four Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers forums that addressed SEC interpretive positions on petroleum reserves definitions. Mr. Harrell is a member of SPE, SPEE, API Houston Chapter and TIPRO as well as a licensed professional engineer in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. He continues his activities on the OGRC as SPEE”s designated observer.

    He serves on several industry boards including two universities, two not-for-profits and as a Senior Advisor for three privately-held organizations involved in petroleum exploration and development, investment management and private capital placement.

    Mr. Harrell was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2007-08 lecture season. He delivered 34 presentations in 17 countries during his tour.

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  • Effects of Complex Reservoir Geometries and Completion Practices on Production Analysis in Tight Gas Reservoirs – SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/11/2013

    Presented by Stuart Cox

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    Production analysis is commonly performed in tight gas reservoirs as this analytical technique can be used to quantify reservoir flow capacity, gas in-place, and reservoir geometry (both area and aspect ratio). The results have been used to estimate the effective drainage area, infer completion efficiency and evaluate infill drilling potential for tight gas reservoirs. The question addressed in this lecture is, “When performing production analysis, can complex reservoir geometries and completion practices cause linear flow, limited effective fracture half lengths and limited drainage areas to be predicted". The short answer is "yes". Complex reservoir geometries and post production completion techniques do influence the results obtained from transient production decline analysis. This talk will demonstrate the effects of stress dependent permeability, radial composite reservoirs and multi-layered reservoirs on the results obtained from production analysis. The completion issues addressed will include hydraulic fracture cleanup, fracture conductivity reduction and liquid loading. Laboratory studies and field examples will be presented that demonstrate the effect of liquid loading on well performance and the resulting production increase after the liquid loading was eliminated. The ability to analyze the effects clearly helped us to correctly evaluate well performance and implement steps to improve future well performance. For tight gas reservoirs it is common to observe limited drainage areas and linear flow geometries. In some cases these results are inconsistent with the expected geological structural and character of the reservoir. Complex reservoir geometries and flow conditions can contribute to this phenomenon. The one idea I would like members to take away from this lecture is that "Production analysis is a powerful analytical technique that can shed light on completion and reservoir performance. However, many common events that occur in wells can compromise the accuracy of the results and when properly addressed can result in improved well performance.

    Stuart Cox is a Senior Technical Consultant with Marathon's Technology Services organization in Houston, Texas. He has 28 years of experience focused on operations and reservoir engineering. Since 1990 Stuart’s primary focus has been production optimization of tight gas reservoirs. Over the past twelve months Stuart has made eight technical presentations outside the company at industry meetings on the topics of production analysis and well optomization. He was also a guest lecturer at Tulsa University and New Mexico Tech this past year. Stuart is an inhouse instructor for Marathon Oil Company for pressure transient analysis and production analysis. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1984 and is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Oklahoma. Stuart has authored twelve papers published by SPE on this topic.

    Stuart was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2009-10.

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  • Level Control Detection Selection

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/03/2013

    Presented by Roar Fjøsne

    Subsea Processing in general requires maintenance free reliable high-end instrumentation. In addition to current methods and technologies and what technology to be used in which cases, recent concept studies on radars, electromagnetism's and ultrasonic's will be addressed.

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    Roar Fjøsne works as a Senior Specialist Engineer at FMC Subsea Process Power, Process Control & Instrumentation. His main objective is to lead the R&D activities relevant for Subsea Process applications and to be the link between Customers and Suppliers.
    Mr. Fjøsne holds a bachelor in cybernetics and electronics and has 20 years of experience within Automation including engineering, programming and commissioning (EPC) prior to the last 6 years with FMC Controls and Instrumentation.

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  • Journey of Well Integrity

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/27/2013

    Presented by Paul Hopmans

    We will examine well integrity activities and answer the following questions: 1) How transparent are we and do we have proof that our wells are safe? 2) How are we handling public opinion as we strive to ensure environmental safety and retain the license to operate? This important event will also discuss what operators must apply to assure well integrity and what evidence they need to conclusively demonstrate that the well possesses the required integrity.

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    My name is Paul Hopmans. I was born on 11 September 1950 in the city of Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands as one of eight children and grew up in the country side.
    In education I enjoyed Technical college four years , Merchant Navy Engineering college four years, some years sailing in the southern hemisphere, and further studies for chief engineer.
    This was followed with four years in chemical industry, cryogenic gas plants. In that period I married and built my first house in the countryside. We have two boys and a girl who had the same pleasure of growing up in the countryside.
    I joined Shell as a completion and well intervention engineer in 1978, my main profession, with a considerable part of workover and drilling experience including subsea, offshore/onshore activities with brown and green field developments in Europe, Africa , Middle East and Asia.
    I was assigned the Principle Technical Expert (PTE) role for well integrity as a result of my passion for compliance to standards. This triggered my interested in IT and how to visualize compliance and the design of a well integrity management system. Its success led to the well engineering and well control applications that provide visibility in compliance, as well as the new era of communication platforms and real time optimization engineering/deep water drilling activities.
    As PTE I am involved in global industry standards for ISO well integrity in the operation phase and well integrity governance over life cycle- a new work proposal recently initiated. I am active as Chairperson for the SPE Well Integrity Technical Section, the Well Integrity Global Integrated Workshop Series, and regularly participate in SPE events. My aspiration is to provide industry with improved standards, effective communication of its application, and to yield a more safe environment.

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  • Capturing the Hearts and Minds of PE Students—Sharing Effective Teaching Approaches

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/26/2013

    Presented by Dr. Matthew Balhoff, Yildiray Cinar, Dr. Marshall C. Watson

    In this webinar, the three recipients of the Teaching Fellow Award will share their teaching practices that enable them to motivate students to excel. A common theme from all three is to show you sincerely care about each individual student and his or her success.

    Dr. Matthew Balhoff is currently an assistant professor in the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department (PGE) at UT-Austin. He worked as a postdoc in the Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM) group in the Institute of Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin from 2005-2007. Dr. Balhoff’s research consists of modeling flow and transport through porous, subsurface media with applications to hydrocarbon recovery, carbon storage and sequestration, and chemical EOR. He teaches courses on reservoir engineering, numerical reservoir simulation, fluid properties, and numerical methods with computer programming. Dr. Balhoff received his BS in 2000 and PhD in 2005, both in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University.
    A note from Dr. Balhoff: Students are most successful with instructors that interact with them inside and outside of class, have “active learning” exercises that encourage them to “learn by doing”, and collaborate with peers both on short, in-class problems and in major, team-based projects. An imaginary barrier often exists between faculty and students which hinders learning during these interactions. Students are often intimidated by their instructors because they are older, more educated, and appear busy. Furthermore, college instructors are often subject to stereotypes (such as being disconnected from young culture). These perceptions lead to students being intimidated, afraid to ask questions during class, and disinterested in visiting during office hours. This perceived barrier results in a classroom atmosphere that is absent of active learning styles. Instead of a learning environment that involves dialogue between students and faculty, student questions, and feedback to the instructor, students are left to transcribe notes for an hour. In this presentation, pedagogical techniques for breaking this barrier are described.

    Yildiray Cinar is a senior lecturer in petroleum engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He holds BS and MS degrees from Istanbul Technical University and a PhD from Clausthal Technical University. His research areas of interest include experimental, numerical and analytical reservoir engineering, enhanced oil and gas recovery, special core analysis and CO2 sequestration. He has written more than 75 papers in these areas. He holds the 2011 Faculty Excellence of Teaching Award, 2012 SPE Asia-Pacific Region Distinguished Faculty Award and 2012 SPE Teaching Fellow Award. He is an associate editor for SPE Journal and Journal of Petroleum Sci. & Eng.

    A note from Mr. Cinar: In this presentation I will talk about project-based learning in petroleum engineering. First, I will give a brief description of project-based learning. Then I will present my 5-year observations of peer assessments, performance prediction and diversity of the students. The presentation will end with a few concluding remarks.

    Dr. Marshall C. Watson, Roy Butler Chair and Chair of the Bob L. Herd Department of Petroleum Engineering, has been a professor at Texas Tech serving on the petroleum engineering faculty since 2006. As the recipient of multiple teaching awards, he teaches undergraduate senior level design courses and graduate courses in EOR, property evaluation and unconventional reservoirs.
    Marshall received a BS from Cornell University and his MS and PhD from Texas Tech in Petroleum Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and three other states. Prior to arriving at Tech, his industry experience was with both major and independent oil companies, beginning with Shell Oil Company working as a production and reservoir engineer in the Permian Basin. Marshall has authored and co-authored several presentations, technical papers, and courses including the recently published SPEE Monograph 3, “Guidelines for the Practical Evaluation of Undeveloped Reserves in Resource Plays”.
    Marshall is member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the Roswell and West Texas Geological Societies. He was the SPEE 2012 President. Marshall has two patents, one for horizontal drilling and the other for hydraulic fracturing.
    A note from Dr. Marshall: This presentation will focus on techniques I have developed over the years to convey the theory taught in the classroom to application in the field.

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  • Overview of Current DFIT Analysis Methodology

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/14/2013

    Presented by Robert D. Barree

    The use of diagnostic fracture injection tests “DFITs" has become relatively commonplace in the fracturing industry. This web event will cover the basics of consistent test design and evaluation as it is currently understood. The presentation will focus on correct methodology for conducting and interpreting a DFIT, data that can be obtained, and the realistic limitations of the

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    Robert D. Barree is president and principal investigator of Barree & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in stimulation and well performance optimization. Previously Dr. Barree was a Senior Technical Consultant at Marathon's Petroleum Technology Center. His 24 years’ experience at Marathon developed extensive expertise in the areas of well completion, stimulation, numerical simulation, special core analysis, formation damage, rock mechanics, and equipment design. He has been involved in the development of hydraulic fracture design simulators and fracture diagnostic procedures since 1980 and is the primary author of the fully three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulator GOHFER.
    Dr. Barree is the author of more than sixty technical publications. He has served as SPE Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of new philosophies in hydraulic fracturing. Dr. Barree has also served on many technical committees for SPE annual and regional meetings, Applied Technology Workshops, and Forum Series. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and Colorado School of Mines.

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  • A Sustainable Solution to the Climate Change Dilemma—“Eliminate the Flare” – SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/12/2013

    Presented by Ms. Audrey Mascarenhas

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    One of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas industry originates from flared gas and fugitive hydrocarbon emissions.

    Technology can change this problem into an opportunity. There are practical, proven cost effective solutions to not only significantly reduce the emissions but to also utilize the energy that is presently being wasted from these valuable streams creating a mutually beneficial solution. Proven technology exists that is smart business, builds public confidence, reduces the carbon footprint and meets environmental regulations.

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    Ms. Audrey Mascarenhas is currently the President and CEO of Questor Technology Inc.(Questor) an international environmental oil field service company focused on clean air technologies. Audrey joined Questor in 1999 and was instrumental in developing Questor's engineering, financial and marketing strategies. Prior to this, Audrey held various technical, commercial and management positions during a17-year tenure with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd., presently Conoco-Phillips. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and holds a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. Audrey has had the opportunity to share her passion for the environment and the search for solutions to air quality with other audiences, notably at the ‘World Petroleum Congress’ in Johannesburg, Rice Alliance Clean Technology Conference in Houston and most recently in Amsterdam at the EPA/World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Forum. She is active in her community, serving as a Scout leader and as coach for a variety of sport teams in which her children are involved. As an avid skier and hiker, her love of the outdoors and commitment to the environment is ever present.

    Audrey was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-11

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  • Management of Innovation in R&D

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/27/2013

    Presented by Dr. Chehroudi

    Innovation is now considered a crucial source of competitive advantage for R&D organizations. Additionally, because innovation is followed by entrepreneurship to secure the technology-market interface, entrepreneurship is also a critical source of competitive advantage. Once creativity is added to the mix of the innovation and entrepreneurship, we have a triad that needs to be combined with effective management strategy to build a framework for a successful R&D organization (or team). In this presentation, attributes associated with each of these three components are described along with ingredients necessary for an effective management strategy.

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    Dr. Chehroudi, Managing Director of the Advanced Technology Consultants, has accumulated over twenty five years of technical and leadership experiences in different capacities and organizations. This includes such positions as a Principal Scientist and Group Leader appointment at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) ERCInc, a Chief Scientist at Raytheon STX, a Visiting Technologist at Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development (AMTD) center, a tenured Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University and University of Illinois, and served as a Senior Research Staff/Research Fellowship at Princeton University. Dr. Chehroudi directed numerous interdisciplinary projects in areas involving chemically reacting flows, combustion and emission of pollutants, sustainable and alternative energy sources, distributed ignition, material/fuel injection, advanced pollution reduction technologies, propulsion concepts, gas turbine and liquid rocket engines, combustion instability, laser optical diagnostics, spectroscopy, supercritical fluids and applications in environmental and propulsion systems, advanced composites, MEMS, nanotechnology, and micro fluidics. He has won many merit and leadership awards by such prestigious organizations as the Society of Automotive Engineers (Arch. T. Colwell Merit Award), (Forest R. McFarland Award for sustained leadership in professional and educational service), and (Outstanding Faculty Advisor), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Best Publication Award of the Year), Air Force Research Laboratories (Outstanding Technical Publication Award), (STAR Team Award for demonstrating world-class combined scientific and leadership achievements), Institute of Liquid Atomization and Sprays Systems (Marshall Award for best publication with lasting contributions), and Liquid Propulsion Sub-committee of Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) (Best Liquid Propulsion Paper Award involving graduate students), and has been a consultant with many organizations such as, Ford, GM, Honda R&D, AFRL, Honeywell, NASA, AFOSR, VW, Bosch, Siemens, NGK, Cummins, and TRW. Through professional societies, Dr. Chehroudi delivers invited professional seminars on Management of R&D Teams and Organizations, Management of Innovation, and other technical areas. He has a PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Princeton University), Post-Doctoral Fellow (Princeton University), MS in Mechanical Engineering (Southern Methodist University, Summa Cum Laude), MS in Economics (Swiss Finance Institute, Magna Cum Laude), a member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Propellant & Combustion Committee, and is an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Chehroudi has delivered over 200 presentations in technical meetings and to nontechnical audiences, has more than 150 publications with extensive experience in both scientific and management areas and intensive trainings in finance and financial engineering.

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  • The Impact of Administrative Controls and Management Enforcement  on Human Performance

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/26/2013

    Presented by Edward Skompski

    When investigating incidents or accidents, there is a fundamental relationship between administrative controls (including procedures/policies) and the management portion of enforcement/accountability. The question is not only, "Do policies and procedures impact human performance?", but should also be "How much to policies and procedures impact human performance?". I want to discuss the role management and corporate culture have on the use of procedures and policies and what can be done to change both the management culture as well as the working culture with these documents.

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    Edward Skompski has an Engineering Degree from the University of Florida, 1989. He has worked for the past 16 years helping companies improve both Human and Equipment performance through better Root Cause Analysis and corrective action design. Through teaching accident investigation, performing investigations and audits, and working with companies implementing improved systems he has been able to improve the safety, reliability, and productivity of thousands of workers and hundreds of companies.

    Many industries including mining, pretrochemical, chemical, aviation and healthcare have benefitted from Ed's experience and expertise. In the healthcare industry for example, he has worked extensively with both Patient Safety and Risk management to improve the quality of care provided to patients, as well as improving the work place for healthcare professionals. Prior experience includes working in the fields of health safety and environment with years of experience managing environmental cleanup and characterization.

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