Implementation of new technology can require that leadership and key team members be willing to step outside their comfort zones. When there is a high rate of turnover, changes in management and other key personnel can jeopardize the ability to follow through with implementation of new technology. In this context, perseverance is more challenging, but it is also more important today than ever before.
It was my pleasure to go through 169 papers submitted to SPE in this field over the past year and select three for inclusion in this issue as well as three for additional reading. I considered making my selections along a theme, but offshore facilities is a broad category spanning vast engineering interests and challenges. The papers I chose are those I enjoyed reading. The result is a rather eclectic mix.
What a tumultuous, challenging, and exciting year 2015 was. The roller-coaster ride made it a year ripe for mergers and acquisitions. Within the next few months, a few of the common company names in our industry will soon be part of history books, dwindle into our memories, and eventually disappear from our vernacular. Geopolitical unrest, unpredictable weather conditions in all parts of the globe, and distrust shook the world. ... Nonetheless, despite the naysayers’ comments and predictions, the usual creativity and ingenuity of engineers and scientist in the oil industry was ubiquitous.
Does formation-damage coreflooding give a good representation of damage that occurs downhole? For those of us who are actively involved in coreflooding, this is a common question to be asked. In addition, it is central with regard to the design of corefloods that will provide information enabling the qualification of specific drilling and completion fluids or identification of damage mechanisms for wells in production. Key to all of this is the selection of representative core material from the main production or injection intervals.