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Join us for the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Symposium on Sunday, 27 September from 1300-2130 in Room 362 ABC at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas, USA. SPE's Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) will hold a half-day symposium focusing on the human aspect of automation. There is tremendous interest in automation and robotics within college circles, with many students pursuing these subjects. To attract talent and raise awareness of the challenge of drilling systems automation within academia, DSATS created the first student contest in drilling automation - Drillbotics. Students from several universities created prototype drill rigs to automatically drill a block of "pseudo rock." The 2015 contest winner and other innovative entries will be presented at the symposium. Learn more.
The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon at ATCE 2015 on Tuesday, 29 September, to facilitate focused dialogue on new materials, techniques, and their applications to oil and gas. In a series of informative and thought-provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Learn more about ATCE and register here.
On Sunday, 27 September at ATCE, join us for this special dinner event, "Manufacturing for Oil and Gas," featuring keynote presentations followed by an intimate discussion about modern materials and manufacturing technologies, their revolutionary impact on rapid prototyping, and their application to oil and gas development. The keynote speaker will be Sha-Chelle Manning of Pioneer Natural Resource. Learn more about ATCE and register here.
The start of this year saw most oilfield companies cut back significantly their spending plans in response to the dramatic drop in the oil price. The SPE Technical Directors have arranged a special session titled "Managing the Future Impact of Current Cost Cutting" to explore what the industry could and should be doing to minimize the impact this cost cutting will have both now and in the future. Plan to attend this special session at ATCE on Tuesday, 29 September. Register today!
Humans are never fully taken out of the operational loop; rather their roles and tasks are redefined, sometimes requiring different personnel altogether. Listen to a web event on "Human Factors in Automation" presented by Amanda DiFiore on 22 September, in which she will review automation in other safety-critical industries, as well as the relevant human systems integration practices that will steer the industry to awareness of the human elements that must be addressed to successfully realize drilling systems automation.
Hear a web event on "Proposed Technologies to Address E&P's Growing Energy Challenges" on 8 September. The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world's fast-growing energy needs and we don't have all the answers. To address these situations, SPE held a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges. This webinar will feature the three winning projects that address these challenges. The featured speakers will be Vaihab Bahadur (first place) and Omar Laghrouche (third place).
Join a web event on "Strategies for Global Communication in the Oil and Gas Industry" presented by Lori Dalrymple on 3 September. As companies expand across the globe, challenges to communications grow as well. To work effectively with others from different cultures, the first step is to recognize and understand differences, then deal sensitively with people from other backgrounds. This presentation will teach effective strategies for global communication in the industry.
Hear a web event on "Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations in Horizontal Well Completions" presented by Jennifer Miskimins on 9 September. Far-field complexity is consistently a chief discussion point in horizontal well completions. The majority of this discussion is driven by microseismic measurements that frequently show large "stimulated reservoir volumes" with events that extend in multiple directions and large distances away from the wellbore. This webinar will discuss the impacts and considerations that should be made when designing stimulation treatments in horizontal wells under various conditions.
In an effort to assist authors in their paper presentations at conferences, SPE is offering the Web Event " How to Present Your Paper" with member and host Byron Haynes, Jr., P.E. Byron will take the author from preparation to delivery within the presentation process and will field questions from participants following the Web Event.