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Welcome to DUPTS: The New Name for the Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section

Previously known as the Drilling Performance Simulation and Prediction Technical Section, the Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section -- or DUPTS -- addresses major challenges affecting the safety and efficiency of drilling operations. Common global drilling troubles:

- Stuck pipe
- Borehole stability
- Gas kicks
- Lost circulation
- Hole deviation

The DUPTS goal is to align the industry's effort to develop comprehensive solutions across drilling operations. Visit the DUPTS page for more details!

Web Event: Digital Manufacturing

Learn about "Digital Manufacturing and Its Relation to Drilling Systems Automation" on 3 June with Clay Flannigan.

SPE Technical Report: Calculation of Worst-Case Discharge (WCD)

Approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March, this report documents the consensus from the SPE Summit held in March 2014. Topics covered in the technical report include reservoir properties, inflow modeling, outflow modeling, total volume, special cases, and reporting. Deterministic methods are proposed because of the wording of regulations and requirements for detailed well design and response planning, but parametric sensitivity analysis is recommended. All reservoir properties should be best-estimate success-case values based on sound geology, geophysics, and engineering judgment. Future improvements could include flow correlations for high rates in large-diameter pipes, sonic velocity effects, and probabilistic methods. For full details, read SPE-174705-TR.

Applications Open for SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants

Applications are open for SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants. If you are a university faculty member looking for financial support to attend SPE conferences, workshops, and forums apply online today.

DSATS Symposium

The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee will hold an exciting half-day symposium on Monday, 16 March 2015 from 1300–1700 to discuss the advances in drilling systems automation.

Web Event: Well Plug and Abandonment

Join Bart Joppe on 8 April from 0830-1000 to hear about "Well Plug and Abandonment."

Web Event: How to Write a Technical Paper

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."

Web Event: Wellbore Stability

Join a 25 March web event presented by Jim Friedheim on "Wellbore Stability and Strengthening."

Web Event: Infectious Diseases

Listen to a web event on "Addressing Infectious Diseases in Oil and Gas Workplace" presented by Malick Diara on 23 March.

Web Event: Employee Fatigue

Join Paul Jackson on 22 April as he discusses "Managing Employee Fatigue through a Fatigue Risk Management Plan."