Karen Olsen, SPE, Completion Expert for Southwestern EnergyIt is a good time to be in the oil industry. The rig count, drilling activity, and oil prices are high, and shale plays are a significant reason for each. And, because it is shale, it is an especially good time to be a completion engineer!
Francisco J.S. Alhanati, SPE, Director of Exploration & Production, C-FER TechnologiesAt the 2011 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Denver, there were many interesting discussions on shale-gas (and/or liquid-rich) resources. While already an important part of the industry, we are just beginning to identify some of the challenges with these resources and how best to deal with them.
Cam Matthews, SPE, Director - New Technology Ventures, C-FER TechnologiesThe rapid growth in interest and in development activities related to unconventional oil and gas resources, including heavy oil, is clearly evident throughout the industry. One outcome has been a tremendous increase in the number of SPE papers written this past year on various topics associated with development and recovery optimization of heavy-oil reservoirs.
Gerd Kleemeyer, SPE, Shell – Global Solutions UpstreamFollowing an increased investment in advanced seismic solutions, we have experienced some remarkable boundary shifts in seismic-data quality in recent years. Significant improvements have been achieved in densely sampled wide-azimuth seismic acquisition and in wave-equation-based imaging techniques, such as full-waveform inversion and reverse time-migration, in processing.