2010-2011 SPE Distinguished Lecturers' Slides/Graphics

Reliability of Expert Judgments and Uncertainty Assessments

This presentation exposes a common misunderstanding about the true nature of uncertainty – the fact that it is in our heads, not in the systems we deal with. This has profound implications for uncertainty assessment.

Steve Begg is a Professor at the Australian School of Petroleum where his teaching and research focus is on asset and portfolio investment decision-making under uncertainty. He holds a PhD in Geophysics and a BSc in geological geophysics from Reading University.


EOR – The Time is Now: Its Contribution to World Oil Supply

EOR has not been present in the offshore; while applications present logistical as well as technical challenges, the offshore represents a large EOR opportunity. To achieve and exceed the expectations of EOR's contribution to supply, innovative political and commercial approaches are needed; for example, agreements regarding CO2 capture and transportation, NOCs and IOCs sharing the risk as well as the reward in EOR applications.

Paul Bondor retired from Shell after 35 years of technical and supervisory service. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Case Institute of Technology.


Carbon Management and Sustainable Development

This presentation covers carbon management, sustainable development, global requirements, trends & initiatives. The carbon strategy devolves around company’s own perspective on the global issues of climate change mitigation, adaptation & offsetting.

A.B. Chakraborty, Chevening fellow, University of Cambridge 2009, is currently the Chief – Carbon Management Group in ONGC & deals with CDM projects development, climate change and sustainable development strategy. He has BE (Mech.), MTech, MBA, MSc (environmental science) and PG diplomas in environmental management/economics.


Advanced Geosteering Methods for Optimal Recovery of Hydrocarbon Reserves

Russian translation

This presentation addresses the new technologies that continue to emerge to help geologists, drillers, and reservoir engineers make well-informed geosteering decisions.

Roland Chemali is Chief Petrophysicist with Halliburton-Sperry Drilling Services. He holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique of Paris and the French Petroleum Institute IFP.


Putting the Focus on Data

Spanish translation

This presentation focuses on data as a critical business asset that drives decisions on where to invest, when to divest and how to operate more efficiently. Management of data in silos is discussed.

Jim Crompton holds the position of Manager of Upstream Architecture in the Chevron Global Upstream IT organization. He earned a BS in geophysical eng., MS in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University.


Near Surface External Casing Corrosion: Cause, Remediation and Mitigation

This presentation illustrates that well barrier problems are not limited to being internal and deep in the well and require expensive (i.e., rig) methods to repair. Inexpensive repair approaches "outside the box" of traditional methods can be done safely, reduce risk and provide economic value for the company.

Jerald C. Dethlefs is a Well Integrity and Diagnostics Engineer with ConocoPhillips in the Global Completions and Production Engineering Group in Houston, Texas. He has a BSc in general engineering, an Ms in civil engineering and an MBA.


Real-Time Monitoring and Control in Formation Testing Applications

This presentation includes several examples to illustrate the power of real time monitoring and interpretation and argues that real-time monitoring and control is required to ensure that the critical formation testing objectives are met on any exploration, appraisal or otherwise high profile project. 

Hani Elshahawi leads FEAST, Shell’s Fluid Evaluation and Sampling Technologies center of excellence, which is responsible for the planning, execution and analysis of global high profile formation testing and fluid sampling operations. He has a BSc in mechanical engineering and an MSc in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


From Black to Gold: Nanotechnology in Upgrading of Heavy Oil

Research in nanotechnology is giving new insight into why the asphaltenes interact with each other, enabling new approaches to remove unwanted contaminants, to develop new catalysts, and possibly to enable synthesis of new materials derived from heavy oil. A wide range of new upgrading technologies have been proposed, but insight into the behavior of heavy oil at the nanometer scale allows us to analyze which of these approaches can be cheaper than current commercial technology, and which ones are unlikely to succeed.

Murray Gray has over 20 years of research experience in upgrading of heavy oil and oil sands bitumen. He is currently Director of the Centre for Oil Sands Innovation at the University of Alberta. He obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1984. He also holds an MEng degree with a specialization in petroleum engineering from the University of Calgary (1980) and a BSc in chemical engineering (with honours) from the University of Toronto (1978).


Intelligent Wells – A Realistic Vision for the Next 10 Years

This presentation highlights the areas that need to be tackled in order to make intelligent well technologies relevant to mature fields, and to make these technologies more effective in general. Focus is on the measures that can be realistically achieved in the course of the next 10 years.

Younes Jalali is a Reservoir Engineering Advisor with Schlumberger. He holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Tulsa and a PhD from the University of Southern California, all in petroleum engineering.


A New Heavy Oil Recovery Technology to Maximize Performance and Minimize Environmental Impact

The first part of the presentation describes the steam-based thermal recovery processes, in terms of recovery efficiency and environmental impact. The second part of the presentation describes a new heavy oil recovery technology that has been developed not only to maximize the performance but also to minimize the environmental impact.

David Law is currently the Schlumberger Heavy Oil Technical Director in North America with offices located at both the DBR Technology Centre in Edmonton and the Heavy Oil Regional Technology Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He holds a BSc degree from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, and MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, all in chemical engineering.


Production Optimization – A Gas Lift Odyssey

This presentation identifies the various “stages” of optimizing a gas lifted production project and reviews recent advances in equipment, software and concepts which are changing the way gas lift is applied and engineered. The importance of suitable surveillance, data acquisition and management systems will be stressed.

Rick Lemanczyk has served as the Principal Petroleum Engineer in Senergy’s Asia Pacific operations, located in Kuala Lumpur, since 2006. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Oxford.


Unconventional Frac Jobs for Unconventional Reservoirs: What Should You Be Concerned About?

Diagnostic injection tests can provide information on reservoir characteristics; and reserve recoveries can be enhanced through practices such as improved well spacing and reorientation of fracturing treatments. This presentation reviews these changing perspectives and design considerations.

Jennifer L. Miskimins is an Associate Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado, USA. She holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering.


Let’s Model It! 3D Geoscience Modeling: Implications for Reserves Estimation and Field Development Planning

This presentation reviews the geoscience modeling as an initializing technology for reservoir simulation and from the perspective of key deliverables such as recoverable volumes. By correctly identifying rock that contributes to flow and honoring scale issues, the link between 3D geoscience and engineering models becomes more seamless, a benefit that is manifested through more readily attainable history matches. 

Douglas Peacock is a Senior Geoscientist with Gaffney, Cline & Associates. He holds a BSc in geological sciences from Leeds University, UK, and an MSc in petroleum geology from Imperial College, London.


Next Generation Stakeholder Engagement

This presentation reviews a series of case studies to demonstrate how the challenge of effectively managing international SE programs can impact development projects and how applying the Next Generation Stakeholder Engagement can help meet this challenge. It provides recommendations for how to improve capacity building activities and optimize opportunities for local involvement, and ultimately success, in stakeholder consultation.

Dean Slocum, SPE, is the Principal and founder of Acorn International and a former director of the energy and environment practices of Arthur D. Little and Battelle Memorial Institute. He has a Bachelors degree in sociology and a Masters degree in public administration/health.


The Determination Of Minimum Tested Volume And Future Well Production From The Deconvolution Of Well Test Pressure Transients

The use of the derivative is now a standard technique in pressure transient analysis. Deconvolution is a more recent method that, thanks to improvements in the algorithms, is becoming accepted practice. The combination of these two powerful methods has significant implications on how pressure transient data can be analyzed. Before attempting to find a plethora of models that fit the observed data, there is much information that can be obtained from the data directly.

Tim Whittle is a Group Technical Authority for pressure transient testing at BG-Group in Reading, UK. He has a Masters degree in engineering science from Cambridge University, England, and has worked in the oil industry for more than 25 years.


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