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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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  • Produced Water Management--“Waste to Value” - SPE Distinguished Lecturer

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/19/2013

    Presented by Dwyann Dalrymple

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    Produced Water Management has become a worldwide concern.

    Local conditions and requirements vary significantly. The end result obtained of proper produced water management in the oil and gas industry is that it is a savings to the company, not a cost.


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    Dwyann Dalrymple is currently with Nalco as an Industry Development Manager and serves the PRODUCED WATER COMMUNITY (Middle East - Africa – Asia) Board of Directors as its Science Advisor. He worked as a Scientific Advisor for HALLIBURTON’S Conformance Technology/Production Enhancement Group for over 30 years, in all phases of water control and well preparation including conformance technology, clay control, and improved oil recovery methods as well as the development and implementation of those technologies. He has successfully consulted on procedures and job recommendations around the world. His most recent work led to the development and application of several novel chemical systems for water shut-off, gas shutoff, and improved wellbore integrity. He has authored hundreds of publications on these topics and holds 30 patents related to Conformance technology, acidizing, sand control, fracturing and cementing.

    Mr. Dalrymple was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2010-11 lecture season.

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  • Selection and Troubleshooting of Flotation Equipment for Produced Water Treating

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/29/2012

    This Webinar will start with a broad overview of the different types of flotation equipment available on the market for produced water treating. Presented by John M. Walsh

    This Webinar will start with a broad overview of the different types of flotation equipment available on the market for produced water treating. Then the fundamental mechanisms of oil drop capture by gas bubbles will be described in some detail. Equipment design considerations will be discussed together with features of particular brands and models of equipment. Finally, representative performance data will be presented and discussed in light of the mechanisms and design details.


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    John M. Walsh is the subject matter expert for Shell in the area of produced water treating. He has more than 20 years experience in the E&P industry, having worked in the Shell technical centers for half of his career and in operating assets for the other half. He has designed water-treating systems, and provided troubleshooting support to assets all over the world including deepwater US, Brazil and Nigeria, the North Sea, onshore Europe, and onshore Middle East. He has experience in conventional produced water treating systems, and water treating for water flood, polymer flood, and steam flood. Having earned a PhD in chemical engineering, together with extensive experience in operating units, he brings a unique combination of fundamental knowledge with first hand practical experience. He has presented more than 40 papers on the subject of produced water treating at various conferences and workshops. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPE as the technical director for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline.
    John M. Walsh is the subject matter expert for Shell in the area of produced water treating. He has more than 20 years experience in the E&P industry, having worked in the Shell technical centers for half of his career and in operating assets for the other half. He has designed water-treating systems, and provided troubleshooting support to assets all over the world including deepwater US, Brazil and Nigeria, the North Sea, onshore Europe, and onshore Middle East. He has experience in conventional produced water treating systems, and water treating for water flood, polymer flood, and steam flood. Having earned a PhD in chemical engineering, together with extensive experience in operating units, he brings a unique combination of fundamental knowledge with first hand practical experience. He has presented more than 40 papers on the subject of produced water treating at various conferences and workshops. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPE as the technical director for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline.

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  • Perforating With Lasers: Are You Ready for the Power of Light?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/28/2012

    Presented by Brian C. Gahan

    The Distinguished Lecturer's Program Presents:

    Lasers are on track to provide safe, non-explosive, damage-free perforations. The many advances, advantages, and uses for this technology are discussed.


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    Brian C. Gahan is founder and president of Laser Rock Technologies, LLC, a private energy consulting firm in Cary, Illinois, USA. He was a Senior Scientist and Manager, E&P Technology Development for 16 years in the Exploration & Production Research Group for Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines, Illinois. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering, Master of Chemical Engineering and an MBA in finance, and is a registered professional engineer. He is a longtime member of the SPE. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Gahan has authored and co-authored more than 40 papers and technical publications, and is a co-inventor on a U.S. Patent.

    Mr. Gahan was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for the 2008-09 lecture season.

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  • Nanotechnology Applications in Drilling Fluids

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/06/2012

    Presented by Katherine Price, M-I SWACO

    Lasers are on track to provide safe, non-explosive, damage-free perforations. The many advances, advantages, and uses for this technology are discussed.


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    Brian C. Gahan is founder and president of Laser Rock Technologies, LLC, a private energy consulting firm in Cary, Illinois, USA. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist and Manager, E&P Technology Development for 16 years in the Exploration & Production Research Group for Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines, Illinois. He holds a BS in petroleum engineering, Masters in chemical engineering and an MBA in finance, and is a registered professional engineer. He is a 27-year member of the SPE, and a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the Laser Institute of America (LIA). In 2004, he was elected to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Gahan has authored and co-authored more than 40 papers and technical publications, and is a coinventor on a U.S. Patent.

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  • New Options for Produced Water Treatment and Re-Use in Gas/Oil Shale Fracturing

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2012

    Presented by David Burnet

    The advent of multi-stage high volume fracturing of gas and oil shales has brought about the need to reuse frac flow back and produced brine for subsequent well drilling and completion operations. To meet this need, advanced water treatment technology is being developed and implemented in numerous projects in the U.S. and Canada. Along with the new field practices is coming the need to find more affordable and more rapid analytic techniques to monitor these processes.


    This web event covers the rapid onset of various techniques to manage produced water in unconventional development. We focus on first the need to reduce the water footprint of drilling and completion and then describe some of the successful processes that are being employed. We conclude with examples of advanced analytic techniques that Texas A&M GPRI is using in field trials to monitor its multi-stage pre-treatment processes in both the Marcellus and the Eagle Ford Shales.


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    David Burnett is the Director of Technology for the Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) and is the Research Project Coordinator for the Department of Petroleum Engineering. He served as the Managing Partner of the U.S. DOE Project DE-FC26-05NT42658 Field Testing of Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems representing a $4 million joint partnership among university/industry and government organizations dedicated to reducing the impact of O&G operations in environmentally sensitive areas. He currently is one of the principals in the RPSEA funded EFD program focusing on integrating advanced technologies for low impact drilling. In addition through GPRI, he leads a research team developing advanced membrane filtration technology to reduce waste water volumes at rig sites, including flow back fracturing fluids. He received the 2006 Hearst Energy Award for Technology in the oil industry and his research team won Gulf Publishing’s 2008 World Oil Awards (environmental, health and safety).

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