2007-2008 Distinguished Lecturers' Slides/Graphics
Implementing a Well-Integrity-Management System (PDF)
This lecture presents the framework used by BP to implement and manage well-integrity programs and discusses the Prudhoe Bay well-integrity-management system. Well integrity has received increasing attention from all aspects of the petroleum industry. Lessons learned from the Alaska implementation are discussed, including data-management systems and several case histories.
Joe Anders is a Senior Wells Project Engineer for BP in Alaska with more than 24 years of operational oilfield experience. He earned a BS degree in geological engineering and an MS degree in petroleum engineering. Anders also holds a patent for an enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) process.
Alberto Di Lullo
Low-Cost, Noninvasive, Remote Pipeline, and Well-Inspection Techniques (PDF)
The prevention and remediation of several flow-assurance problems require timely knowledge about the internal-deposition conditions of pipelines, sealines, and tubings. Techniques carried out by measuring and analyzing pressure signals induced by fast flow-rate changes constitute an extremely flexible, sensitive, and easily applied methodology. The basic principles of the method are illustrated, together with case histories of onshore and offshore applications.
Alberto Di Lullo leads the Flow Assurance Technologies Program of the Engineering Department of the Eni E&P Division, which coordinates operational support, design activities and R&D projects. Alberto is also (co)author of several patents and publications.
Predicting Field Performance—Thriving With Uncertainty (PDF)
Widespread access to detailed physical models and to low-cost, high-speed computing makes it possible to harness measurements of uncertainty to the task of improving field-development decisions of all types. This lecture illustrates the difficulties and pitfalls that can arise when history matching and prediction are performed deterministically with practical examples.
Neil Dunlop is a Director at Energy Scitech, a member of the Roxar Group, and a consultant who conducts reservoir studies. He earned an MS degree in petroleum engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MA degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University.
Wellbore-Stability Issues in Shales or Hydrate-Bearing Sediments (PDF)
This presentation draws on the application of numerical modeling, laboratory rock testing, and knowledge of the processes critical to shales and hydrate-bearing sediments to provide predictive tools for the stability of wellbores drilled in challenging formations. The lecture also touches on the application of geomechanical modeling and testing to the problem of sand-production prediction, an area of major concern to the oil industry.
Reem Freij-Ayoub is a civil engineer with MS and PhD degrees in geomechanics and rock mechanics from the University of Western Australia. She joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization to develop reactive transport models then pursued her interests in problems in petroleum geomechanics.
In an effort to enhance the deliverability potential of a tight gas well, operators sometimes overlook the “missing link” between stimulation design and the well’s post-frac production response. This presentation demonstrates that a properly designed and conducted closed-chamber PID test is a cost-effective, safe, and environmentally friendly method of obtaining critical prefrac reservoir parameters.
Robert Hawkes is Team Leader of Reservoir Services for BJ Services Company Canada. He began his career with Esso Resources. Since then, Hawkes went on to establish himself as a specialist in well-test analysis with Fekete Associates. He graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a diploma in petroleum engineering.
In these days of high oil prices and pressure to reduce production costs, there is an economic necessity to control, optimize, or eliminate the emulsion problem by maximizing oil/water separation. This presentation provides a summary of how emulsions form during oil production, the types of emulsions encountered, what stabilizes emulsions, and up-to-date methods for reducing emulsion-related problems.
Sunil Kokal is a PVT/reservoir fluid property consultant at the Saudi Aramco R&D Center. He is an expert in hydrocarbon phase behavior, crude-oil emulsions, and asphaltenes. Kokal earned a BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and a PhD degree from the University of Calgary, both in chemical engineering.
Vello A. Kuuskraa
Maximizing Oil-Recovery Efficiency and Sequestration of CO2 With “Next Generation” CO2 EOR (PDF)
Injection of CO2 into depleted and near-depleted oil reservoirs offers the potential for increasing oil recovery while sequestering industrial emissions of CO2. This presentation examines how alternative technology designs and operating strategies may enable industry to improve CO2-EOR oil-recovery efficiencies significantly, from the traditional 8 to 12% of original oil in place (OOIP) to potentially more than 20% OOIP.
Vello A. Kuuskraa is President of Advanced Resources International. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS degree in applied mathematics/economics from North Carolina State University.
Bridging Over Uncertainty: Past Performance Into Forecasting (PDF)
This presentation aims to design the concept of modeling the existing data into visualized tools to help predict the future. Engineers should use Monte Carlo simulation, decision trees, databases, expert systems, linear programming, design of experiments, and all types of artificial intelligence to state their uncertainties not as discrete values, but as continuous ranges.
Sameh Macary works with IPR Group of Companies. He is the Production Department Head and a petroleum engineering professor in the Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute. Macary earned MS and PhD degrees in production and reservoir engineering from the Azerbaijanian Institute of Oil and Chemistry.
Oilfield Scale—A New Integrated Approach To Tackle an Old Foe (PDF)
This lecture outlines the potential threats to production and safety that oilfield scale may present if not managed appropriately and discusses the criteria for analyzing and selecting the optimum control strategy. The general approach is illustrated by several field examples on which the author has worked very closely with a number of international oil companies.
Eric Mackay is a research fellow at the Heriot-Watt University Institute of Petroleum Engineering, where his interests include the application of reservoir-engineering principles and data for better understanding of production issues. Mackay earned a BS degree in physics from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD degree in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University.
This lecture asks what are the challenges that our industry faces in turning high-frequency data into information and knowledge that can be used to make decisions and consequently turn the decisions into action. To overcome these challenges, we have to use the technology that others have used in order to solve similar problems, successfully.
Shahab D. Mohaghegh is a professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at West Virginia University and the founder and President of Intelligent Solutions. He earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering.
William K. Ott
Selection and Design Criteria for Sand-Control Screens (PDF)
This presentation involves the critical evaluation of sand-control-screen selection, design, and performance. The proliferation of new screens and screen types has raised legitimate questions about how to select the proper sand-control screen or other device for a particular formation and type of completion.
William K. Ott is an independent petroleum consultant based in Houston and is founder of Well Completion Technology. He earned a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.
Innovation in the Oil Field—You Can Do It! (PDF)
Construction of an innovation process, database, and measurements is essential to communicate progress to senior management and validate innovative efforts. A simple process and its execution are discussed using an example project. A method to involve producing-asset staff is also described.
Phiroze Patel is Innovation Director for earned BS and MS degrees in aeronautics and astronautics and a PhD degree in nuclear engineering.
GameChanger: Enabling Global Innovation in E&P (PDF)
GameChanger has been successfully enabling innovators and entrepreneurs in the Shell E&P technology centers to rapidly develop innovative ideas that are not a part of traditional incremental technology development. This presentation demonstrates how innovators throughout the Shell E&P business have transformed subsurface-technology capability since the start of GameChanger in 1996. Download (pdf)
Leo Roodhart is Manager Strategic Innovation in Shell GameChanger. He is an associate fellow of Templeton College, Oxford University. Roodhart earned an MS degree in chemistry and a PhD degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Amsterdam.