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  • Performance of a Highly Hydrophobic Coating for Solids Management in Production Systems

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/27/2019

    ​Deposition of inorganic and organic solids in production systems compromises throughput and can cause other operational and safety issues. Once formed, remediation of deposits is costly, often resulting in lost production. In this presentation, we evaluate the performance of a highly hydrophobic diamond like carbon (DLC) coating on deposition of common production system solids.

    Deposition of inorganic and organic solids in production systems compromises throughput and can cause other operational and safety issues. Once formed, remediation of deposits is costly, often resulting in lost production. Solids management strategies typically involve a combination of chemical injection, thermal management and periodic chemical or mechanical remediation operations specific for each depositing species. Internal coatings offer another potential approach to solids management. In this presentation, we evaluate the performance of a highly hydrophobic diamond like carbon (DLC) coating on deposition of common production system solids. The coating is a 200-nanometer thick functionalized amorphous DLC coating that is molecularly bonded to the substrate through a plasma deposition process. The impact of the coating on deposit formation and adhesion is investigated through use of bench scale, pilot scale and field scale experiments for wax, asphaltene, inorganic scales and hydrates. Based on the positive results of the performance testing, a commercial-scale application facility has been designed, constructed and in commercial operation.

    Dr. John Ratulowski

    Reservoir Fluids and Flow Assurance Consultant

    Dr. Ratulowski received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and his PhD also in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. He has worked for 16 years in the reservoir and facilities engineering departments of the Bellaire and Westhollow Shell Technology Laboratories in Houston. During this time John was involved in thermal recovery projects, equation of state development, physical property and phase behavior measurement and organic solids measurement and modelling. In 1999, John assumed the role of Vice President – Research for DB Robinson After the acquisition of DBR by Schlumberger in 2001, John acted as Reservoir Fluids Research Director at Schlumberger’s DBR technology center in Edmonton Alberta Canada and Reservoir Geosciences Research Director at Schlumberger Dow Research Center in Cambridge Massachusetts until his retirement in 2017. John is currently an independent consultant in the areas of reservoir fluids and flow assurance.

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  • Completion Solutions for Multi-Stage Stimulation of Unconventional Resources

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/19/2019

    Hydraulic fracturing has been used to stimulate hydrocarbon reservoirs for over 70 years, yet no single optimal methodology has emerged.

    Hydraulic fracturing has been used to stimulate hydrocarbon reservoirs for over 70 years, yet no single optimal methodology has emerged. Variations in rock and fluid properties, regulatory regimes and, most importantly, ever changing economic factors force completion engineers to constantly revise and adjust stimulation techniques. In the first decade of the 21st Century, as North America moved to exploit shale gas both cemented plug-and-perf, as well as open hole ball drop systems were deployed in low stage count wells to hold land positions through production. When the natural gas price collapsed in the 2009 financial crisis, North American operators applied these same techniques to various tight lithologies to extract oil. Multi-stage stimulation of unconventional reservoirs has now reversed years of production decline in North America and opened-up new resource plays around the world. By 2014, light oil production enabled the United States to replace OPEC as the swing producer controlling the global oil price. Despite the 2014 – 2016 downturn, increasing unconventional supply has enabled the USA to overtake Saudi Arabia in oil production and it is the price of breakeven production in North American shale basins that currently controls the floor for global oil prices. This has ushered in a new phase of lower oil prices with profound implications for completion technology. As producers pursue longer laterals with higher stage counts and proppant loading, cemented completions have come to dominate the market in the U.S. Challenges in this market are: effective stimulation of the toe section of extended reach laterals, controlling frac length in multi-point entry stimulations and cost-effective strategies for uniform reservoir exploitation. Low cost options for toe subs may conflict with requirements to test casing integrity prior to stimulation, while single point entry ball drop, pump down collet and coil tubing activated sleeves offer control of fracture extent but are costly and multi-point entry systems offer lower cost options but are frequently inefficient in draining resources. Rather than one optimal way to produce all unconventional resources, combinations of these systems are discussed that offer completion engineers the versatility they require to provide cost-effective stimulation in response to varying reservoir and economic conditions.

    Dr. Ian Bryant

    President/CEO, Packers Plus Energy Services Inc

    Dr. Bryant provides leadership to the executive team that is responsible for developing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives at Packers Plus.

    With over 34 years of industry experience, Dr. Bryant worked for both a major operator and a major service company before joining Packers Plus. A central theme to his career has been applying technology to improve both productivity and ultimate recovery from oil, gas and gas-condensate reservoirs. In the past 18 years, he has been intimately involved in developing technologies to improve the efficiency of exploration and exploitation of tight gas, coalbed methane, shale oil and shale gas.

    Dr. Bryant holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of Reading. He is past-chair of the SPE Development Geology and Geophysics Committee and represented Schlumberger on the AAPG Corporate Advisory Board. Dr. Bryant is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers; American Association of Petroleum Geologists; the European Society of Geoscientists and Engineers; and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. He holds 20 patents and has authored over 50 publications.

    He enjoys outdoor activities in his free time including cycling, hiking, skiing and scuba. He has two grown children, Jonathan and Berenice and he resides with his wife, Lisa in Houston, Texas.

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  • Capturing our Geomechanics Legacy to Understand Its Future -- Interview with Dr. John McLennan

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/19/2019

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    This series of industry interviews will focus on understanding and capturing the historical legacy of petroleum geomechanics from the experts who created it. From this historical foundation, these same experts with consider the future path, focus and value of petroleum geomechanics.

    Tune in to this 30-minute interview to gain insight into this industry expert’s personal views and professional experiences on why they chose to focus on the Geomechanics field; what it was like when they began working in it; its evolution and where they see Geomechanics going in the future.

    Interview withJohn McClennan – USTAR Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah  

    Interviewed by: Neal B. Nagel, PhD – Chief Engineer and Principal, Oilfield Geomechanics LLC; Chair, SPE Geomechanics Technical Section (GTS)

    Dr. John McLennan

    USTAR Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah

    Since October 2009, Dr. McLennan has been a USTAR Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. He has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Energy & Geoscience Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Utah, since January 2008. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, awarded in 1980. He has more than thirty-five years of experience with petroleum service and technology companies. He worked nine years for Dowell Schlumberger in their Denver, Tulsa and Houston facilities. Later, John was with TerraTek in Salt Lake City, Advantek International in Houston, and ASRC Energy Services in Anchorage. He has worked on projects concerned with subsurface energy recovery (hydrocarbon, geothermal) in a variety of reservoir environments, throughout the world. He is a past president of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA).

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  • Predicting Drilling Dysfunction With AI-powered Automation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/18/2019

    To adapt to a rapidly changing market, oil and gas operators above all need to seek out stability in their operations, and that means eliminating, or at least minimizing, drilling dysfunction. Artificial intelligence applications offer the industry new ways to reach this goal.

    To adapt to a rapidly changing market, oil and gas operators above all need to seek out stability in their operations, and that means eliminating, or at least minimizing, drilling dysfunction. Artificial intelligence applications offer the industry new ways to reach this goal, including:

    Prescriptive maintenance: Using machine learning algorithms, prescriptive analytics use historical and current data to predict an impending asset failure, pinpoint when and why it will happen, and recommend potential plans of action.

    Monitoring downhole conditions: AI algorithms use sensor data to analyze downhole conditions and immediately alert personnel when an issue arises, increasing speed and accuracy of detection. 

    Increased operational safety and insights: Natural language processing technology is able to extract information from unstructured data, including insights on well and reservoir performance and on potential safety hazards.

    Cyber threat detection: Anomaly detection software monitors the behavior of devices within a network and flag any unusual behaviors or abnormal signals being sent out, allowing them to catch even subtler cyber attacks.

    Philippe Herve

    VP of Solutions, SparkCognition

    Mr. Herve joined SparkCognition as the VP of Solutions. Herve is an executive with US and international success in operations, P&L, technology, business development, marketing, sales, and client relations.

    Herve’s comprehensive experience in oil and gas spans large-scale project leadership, IT, engineering, manufacturing, and operation.

    Herve holds multiple patents in the field of ultrasonic and has authored many technical papers. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Over the years, Mr. Herve has frequently been published in Bloomberg, Oil & Gas Journal, Journal of Petroleum Technology, World Oil, The Houston Chronicle, Drilling Contractor, and is a frequent speaker on diverse management and engineering subjects.

    Herve was a late comer to the AI revolution. He only started working on Artificial Intelligence in 1985.  Artificial Intelligence had already been defined 30 years earlier.

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  • Entrepreneurship in the Oilfield

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/12/2019

    This webinar will focus on entrepreneurship in the oilfield, from germinating an idea, to pilot testing, raising capital, and scaling.

    This webinar will focus on entrepreneurship in the oilfield, from germinating an idea, to pilot testing, raising capital, and scaling.

    Omar Abou-Sayed

    CEO, Advantek Waste Management Services

    Mr. Abou-Sayed's experience spans the global energy, chemicals, oilfield services, and clean tech industries. He has worked in a variety of engineering, business, and organization-wide leadership roles within SuperMajor oil companies, blue chip management consulting firms, private equity funds, and venture-backed startups. He currently serves as CEO of Advantek Waste Management Services, a private equity backed industrial waste management company which operates primarily in the oil and gas market. He also acts as President at Advantek International, a global oilfield consulting firm focused on hydraulic fracturing, geomechanics, and data analytics and artificial intelligence applications within oil and gas. Omar began his career at BP, where he held a variety of engineering roles. Omar holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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  • Use of Drones in Mechanical Integrity and Process Safety Assurance

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/11/2019

    Anadarko has created an internal drone department called the Aerial and Visual Analytics Team and one of their primary responsibilities is the safe and efficient deployment and management of drones in our theaters of operations around the world. Information will cover the areas of interest for training pilots to conduct safe and productive flights to generate the data our business units need to make better, more timely decisions. This enhanced training program also reduces net risk and effects lower LOE.

    Anadarko has created an internal drone department called the Aerial and Visual Analytics Team and one of their primary responsibilities is the safe and efficient deployment and management of drones in our theaters of operations around the world. Information will cover the areas of interest for training pilots to conduct safe and productive flights to generate the data our business units need to make better, more timely decisions. This enhanced training program also reduces net risk and effects lower LOE.

    Tracy Lamb

    VP of Regulatory and Safety Affairs, AUVSI

    As VP of Regulatory and Safety Affairs for AUVSI, Tracy brings 23 years of experience in commercial flight operations. She has over 7000 flight hours as an International Airline pilot flying the Boeing 737, she is also a Senior Certified Flight Instructor with over 3000 hours of flight instruction delivery and over 1000 hours as a Charter Pilot in the Australian outback and Asia Pacific. She also has over 1100 hours as an international corporate jet pilot, flying the Cessna Citation range of aircraft to remote islands including; Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Nauru, Christmas & Cocas Islands and Indonesia. (her movie star passengers included Mathew McConaughey!). She is also a certified UAS pilot with 5 years of commercial UAS operations flying missions in the Agriculture, Mining, research and industrial plant installation sectors in Australia and in Europe. She was the 109th person to receive an ‘Unmanned Operators Certificate’ in Australia. She has been chased by brown snakes and wild emu’s in this role on several occasions.

    Her post-graduate research has won academic Awards through Griffith University in Aviation Safety, Human Factors, Crew Resource Management, Safety Management Systems and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. She has an MBA in Aviation and continues her research towards a PhD. As an ‘ISO 9000:2008 Lead Auditor’ in her previously role she conducted operational safety audits and inspections on Airlines and Aircraft operators including; helicopter and Unmanned Aircraft Operators and Maintenance Organisations around the world. For 3 years, Tracy was the Global project lead for this organisation, developing Unmanned Inspection Capabilities in the Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain, Canada the South America.

    As an appointed industry subject matter expert, Tracy contributes as part of Working Group 7 on the ICAO RPAS Panel, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the Aviation Rule Making Committee (ARC), the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Team (UAST), and the ICAO Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Group on Unmanned Traffic Management (UAS AG - UTM).

    Wayne Rodieck

    Manager, Aerial and Visual Analytics Department, Anadarko

    Wayne has been in and around the Oil & Gas business for over 40 years. He spent his childhood in Tyler, Texas working in the family’s steel fabrication business, building natural gas processing equipment. After attending Baylor University where he acquired a Business Degree in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems, Wayne went on to become a landman for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. He has spent the last 12 years building spatial data departments at Anadarko and has just recently been appointed as manager of the newly formed Aerial and Visual Analytics department. Wayne and his team of geospatial analysts are turning drones into actionable intelligence gathering business tools. He is a Part 107 FAA certificated commercial pilot with over 400 flight hours flying commercial drones all over the world and the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • An Integrated Simulation Approach to Field Development Planning

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    You may not be able to make it to the presentations in Houston, TX, but there's no reason we can't bring it to you. By registering for this session, you can listen to the speaker live and watch the slides broadcast from the presentation without leaving your desk...all for FREE.

    Historically supply of subsea equipment has been mainly a product business: the operating company (client) has generated a specification and the equipment vendor designs, manufactures, tests and delivers a product to meet that specification. Over time some clients began to see the value of instead ordering integrated products (e.g. trees + controls) or in some cases “systems" (e.g. trees, controls, umbilical, manifolds, jumpers, connectors) – more scope for supplier innovation, fewer interfaces to manage, fewer integration issues. OneSubsea was formed in 2013 with the intention to take this evolution one stage further by strengthening the link between the subsea equipment supplier and the reservoir. To this end, integrated reservoir and production system simulation workflows have been developed and applied to expedite and improve the field development planning process. This talk will give an overview of these workflows and examples of how they have been applied in practice.

    Ian Roberts

    Flow Assurance Engineer/Manager, OneSubsea (a Schlumberger company)

    Based in Houston, Ian has more than 20 years' experience in the oil and gas industry. Ian graduated from Imperial College, University of London with a master's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in multiphase flow. He has undertaken a variety of roles during his career including: software developer; consultant; project manager and team lead, all within the flow assurance discipline. Currently Ian works for OneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, and is the North America regional manager for the Production Assurance team, part of OneSubsea's Integrated Solutions division. In this role he is instrumental in making OneSubsea's Optimize from Pore to Process vision a reality through performing integrated studies and early engineering on subsea system deliveries and developing new technology and workflows.

    Elena Valova

    Senior Reservoir Engineer, OneSubsea (a Schlumberger company)

    During her 12 years career, Elena has worked in software support, technical sales, software development, and consulting for Petroleum Engineering. Elena's goal is to make it standard practice to integrate reservoir with production assurance, subsea engineering and economics and through the use of innovative simulation workflows to minimize risk and make more confident decisions regarding field development planning.

  • Minifrac Analysis: A Comprehensive Overview

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Minifrac Tests are also known as: Fracture Diagnostic Tests (FDT), Fracture Calibration Tests (FCT), or Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFIT).

    Minifrac Tests are also known as: Fracture Diagnostic Tests (FDT), Fracture Calibration Tests (FCT), or Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFIT). 

    The objectives of Minifrac Tests differ depending on the permeability of the formation, which dictates the type of test that is appropriate for the analogue treatments: Frac-Pack, Conventional Prop Frac, Acid Frac or Unconventional Frac. The design of the appropriate Minifrac Test also depends on the permeability of the formation; while the aim is to obtain the most information at the least cost, least time, and least formation damage.  The test procedures also differ, that is, we can have a Pump-in Shut-in Test, a Pump-in Flow-back Test, etc.

    Basic analysis techniques include: Linear Plots, Square Root Plots, Log-Log Plots, and G-Function Plots. A major parameter determined is the Closure Pressure, which is used to determine almost all other parameters: Efficiency, Pad size, Net-Pressure, etc. The Rate Step-Down Test analysis determines the three friction components: Pipe, Perforation, and Near-wellbore advanced analysis techniques include Before Closure Analysis, and After Closure Analysis. Besides the Flow regime (Bilinear, Linear, or Radial), other parameters can be determined: Permeability, Fracture Length, Reservoir Pressure, etc.  Step-Up Rate Test, useful for Acid Fracturing, includes the determination of The Fracture Extension Pressure, and the Minimum Horizontal Stress.

    Leon Massaras

    Expert Speaker

    Leon Massaras has over 25 years' experience in all types of oil and gas development projects worldwide. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  

    Leon is an international authority on hydraulic fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, including deep HPHT applications with all types of placement techniques, such as Tubing, CTU, Jetting, etc. He has developed innovative analysis techniques (e.g., Enhanced Fracture Entry Friction Analysis, Median Ratio, Inverse Slope, and Screenout Index) Mr. Massaras is also highly experienced in many other types of well services such as Well Cementing, Completions, Formation Damage Remediation, Sandstone Matrix Acidizing, Sand Control, Perforating, Jetting Applications, Acidizing, Nitrogen, CTU, Log Analysis, Production Prediction, Well Testing and Analysis, Wellbore cleanout and Wellbore Repairs. 

    During his long career, Mr. Massaras has worked in all types of geological and geographical environments throughout the world. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at Halliburton, Resources Engineering Systems (RES), SLB NExT, Synergy, Pangea, and Stratagen.  

    Leon is a member of SPE. He has written a number of publications for SPE and related to Hydraulic Fracturing of conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and has been an invited speaker at SPE and other conferences.

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  • IEA Sustainability Scenarios

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​Scenarios for outlooks of energy demand and supply are important tools for policy makers and the industry to evaluate the impact of policy options on a number of societal development issues. Most of the outlooks incorporate a scenario with current (or announced) policies; they may also include variations, such as sensitivity analysis on exogenous factors (such as economic growth), or more fundamental changes such as strong carbon-reduction measures.

    Scenarios for outlooks of energy demand and supply are important tools for policy makers and the industry to evaluate the impact of policy options on a number of societal development issues. Most of the outlooks incorporate a scenario with current (or announced) policies; they may also include variations, such as sensitivity analysis on exogenous factors (such as economic growth), or more fundamental changes such as strong carbon-reduction measures.

    The current trends of energy demand would lead to continuous greenhouse gas emissions, testing the limits of sustainability. Additionally, meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, that target a major reduction in energy poverty would be very challenging.

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) developed a scenario, named Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS), that would address three major energy-related aspects, namely universal energy access, reduced greenhouse gas emissions that would be compatible with a (less than) 2-degree trajectory, and improvement in air quality. The presentation highlights major implications of the SDS in terms of global energy supply and demand, as well as policy and technology requirements. It also compares the investments requirements compared to current trends, and the implications for the oil and gas industry.

    Kamel Ben-Naceur

    CEO, Nomadia Energy Consulting

    Mr. Ben-Naceur was previously the Chief Economist for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Prior to that, he was the Director for Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency, where his team was developing long-term energy supply and demand outlooks, including the annual World Energy Outlook and the Energy Technology Perspectives.

    In 2014, he was appointed Tunisia’s Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, where he launched several initiatives to transform the sectors, including a long-term strategy, the reform of energy subsidies, and a new law for renewable energy.

    From 1981 to 2013, he held key positions in the world’s largest oilfield service company (Schlumberger), including Chief Economist and Technology President. He has more than 37 years of experience and knowledge in the energy and industry sectors around the world in both public and private service, and is the (co-)author of 19 books and over 130 publications.

    He is a graduate from the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Superieure. 

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  • Understanding of Asphaltene Precipitation and Deposition

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This talk will present different techniques developed to understand the asphaltene behavior and their associated assumptions, limitations and uncertainties.

    After several decades, the understanding of asphaltene precipitation and deposition still remains a problem for the oil industry due to the lack of reliable laboratory tests able to represent the field conditions. This makes the mitigation of asphaltene issues a greater challenge. This talk will present different techniques developed to understand the asphaltene behavior and their associated assumptions, limitations and uncertainties. Additional R&D efforts are required to improve the current state of art of asphaltene knowledge.

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