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Getting to Zero -- The Road to Stavanger

June 2015: SPE Webinar "Getting to Zero -- The Road to Stavanger"
April 2016: SPE International HSSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. (Abstract submission deadline: 29 June 2015)

"Getting to zero" means eliminating HSE incident occurrences. The best practices of incident-free organizations are being seen as a way to catalyze a breakthrough in the O&G industry. The goal is to re-establish the improvement trend in HSE performance metrics. Plan now to attend the webinar and help frame a roadmap for the industry leading to the conference in Stavanger!

Web Event: Crew Resource Management

Listen to a web event on "Human Factors/Crew Resource Management: Perspectives for Inputs to Risk Management Framework" presented by Phil Grossweiler on 24 June. Oil and gas industry interest in applying human factors concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew resource management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention. This presentation will discuss and suggest several key takeaways, including potential "low-hanging fruit" where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk.

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.

Director's Note: Introduction and Objectives

Welcome to the SPE HSSE-SR discipline page. This is intended to be a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the HSSE-SR community. I would like to regularly share with the HSSE-SR discipline hot topics in the Oil &Gas industry that are particularly important to me. Additionally, I would like to invite discipline members to the Health, Safety and Environment online discussion community on SPE Connect.

Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where unanticipated community concerns can significantly reduce the return on investment. One of my goals as HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of the project they are working on that success can depend on something outside the realm of the design specifications and engineering -- public acceptability.

Corporate Social Responsibility at OTC

Corporate social responsibility focuses on the necessity of taking responsibility for corporate actions, and it aims to encourage a positive impact on the environment and stakeholders, from employees and investors to local communities. What issues are associated with creating a "net positive impact" in countries where O&G companies operate? Plan now to attend the Corporate Social Responsibility session 7 May at OTC 2015!

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.

Web Event: Decision Making

This presentation will include factors that influence both individual and collaborative decision making, including the impact of cognitive biases. The factors that can help, as well as hinder, decision making will also be discussed.

Welcome New Technical Director: Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility

Trey Shaffer is a Senior Partner for Environmental Resources Management (ERM), based in Houston, Texas. He plays a leadership role in helping ERM's multinational clients solve a broad range of sustainability, environmental, and safety challenges.

The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change

The objective of this course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability.

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."