SPE Technical Reports
SPE Technical Reports address areas where SPE membership and the public would benefit from understanding the current technology and challenges. Each report is the result of broad-based input from subject-matter experts. Draft Technical Reports are prepared by a committee and posted for SPE member review and comment for at least 30 days. Comments received are considered in finalizing the report for submission to the SPE Board of Directors for approval for publication. Any SPE member can propose development of a Technical Report to the SPE Board of Directors. Learn more in our guidelines document.
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This draft report is a compilation of the discussions from various SPE sessions, and expands on the discussions to identify and evaluate elements that may aid the industry in removing obstacles to achieving zero harm. The draft explores current thinking and views; incorporates experiences and learnings from other industries that are mature in the application of human factors; and suggests the next steps that will enable the oil and gas industry to meet an expectation of zero harm.
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This report was written by a steering committee of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Industry input was obtained from a summit held April 2016 in Houston as well as members from SPE online communities. This Technical Report is based on discussions and conclusions from the summit and is intended to provide guidance on an industry-wide safety management data sharing program. The overall objective of the effort is to: a) eliminate or reduce risk of harm through industry sharing of data, b) to generate information that builds knowledge, understanding and ownership, and c) to disseminate recommended corrective actions to prevent a re-occurrence. It was approved by the SPE Board of Directors in September 2016.
- Read the final report Assessing the Processes, Tools, and Value of Sharing & Learning from Offshore E&P Safety-Related Data
This technical report is the product of a collaboration of subject matter experts across the oil & gas industry which began at a discussion session at SPE's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in September 2015. The report provides practical advice on the application of decision quality principles, which apply during all phases of a project's life cycle, including exploration, development, and operational phases. It was approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March 2016.
- Read the final report "Guidance for Decision Quality for Multi-Company Upstream Projects"
This technical report documents the findings of the 2014 WCD Summit (17-18 March 2014, New Orleans) and presents an SME consensus for calculating the WCD of liquid hydrocarbons to the environment resulting from a loss of control from a well during openhole drilling. It was approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March 2015.
- Read the final report "Calculation of Worst-Case Discharge (WCD)"
This report captures the findings of the July 2012 SPE Summit on Human Factors. It is the first technical report to be published and was approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March 2014.
- Read the final report "The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture"