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Web Event: Big Data Analytics

Listen to a web event on "Transforming E&P Applications through Big Data Analytics," presented by Srikanta Mishra and Luigi Saputelli on 9 July. This web event will provide an overview of various data analytics techniques that can be applied to understand "what the data say" in the context of oil and gas operations. In addition, some success stories using linear time series, neural networks, fuzzy logic and reduced order modeling will be displayed and analyzed. Key challenges and R&D requirements in applying data driven techniques in real-time data analysis will also be addressed.

Decision-Making: What Makes a Decision "Good"?

Good choices are the result of an effective decision-making process and reducing the effects of cognitive biases. Decision-making occurs at all levels in organizations, from strategic to operational choices. On 20 May, join Margaret Crichton for a webinar about how to make great decisions for your organization. Topics will include:

- Individual decision making
- Collaborative decision making
- Cognitive biases

Suggestions from "The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture" (SPE-170575-TR) will be discussed in the context of improving the decision-making process. Register today!

Web Event: Case-Based Reasoning

On 25 June, Andrei Popa, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, will speak on "Understanding the Potential of Case-Based Reasoning in the Oil Industry." Case-based reasoning (CBR) is another soft computing technology developed to deal with uncertainty, approximate reasoning and exploit knowledge domain. Case-based reasoning, also known as computer reasoning by analogy, is a simple and practical technique that solves new problems by comparing them to ones that have already been solved in the past, thus saving time and money. Users can choose between a morning and an evening session.

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.

Director's Note: Management & Information

It is my plan to keep you posted on all current developments and initiatives regarding M&I within SPE, but this time, I would like to comment on Management & Information and its associated disciplines.

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: 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."