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Web Event: Human Factors in Automation

Humans are never fully taken out of the operational loop; rather their roles and tasks are redefined, sometimes requiring different personnel altogether.

Listen to a web event on “Human Factors in Automation” presented by Amanda DiFiore on 22 September, in which she will review automation in other safety-critical industries, as well as the relevant human systems integration practices that will steer the industry to awareness of the human elements that must be addressed to successfully realize drilling systems automation.

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Web Event: “Getting To Zero – The Road to Stavanger” – Europe

Tune into the upcoming Web Event “Getting to Zero Series: The Road to Stavanger – Europe,” presented by Jack Hinton and John Karish on 26 August, to hear how  Baker Hughes established their Perfect HSE Day.

The online event will detail the remarkable results it provided, such as quadrupling their number of incident-free days in only two years and achieving the equivalent of a perfect quarter in 2014.

The SPE Gulf Coast Section is hosting this interactive session to initiate the industry’s conversation as to how we can eliminate HSE incident occurrence. This is the third in a series of events that will culminate in a workshop that will be held in conjunction with the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger.

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Web Event: Getting to Zero Series

Listen to a web event on “Getting to Zero Series: ‘The Road to Stavanger’ – Asia Pacific” presented by Jack Hinton and John Karish on 26 August. The second in a series of events leading to a culminating workshop that will be held with the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, the SPE Gulf Coast Section is hosting an interactive session to initiate the industry’s conversation as to how we can eliminate HSE incident occurrence. During the session, participants will hear how Baker Hughes established their Perfect HSE Day and the remarkable results it has provided, quadrupling their number of incident free days in only two years, achieving the equivalent of a perfect quarter in 2014.

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Web Event: Growing Energy Challenges

Hear a web event on “Proposed Technologies to Address E&P’s Growing Energy Challenges” on 8 September. The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world’s fast-growing energy needs and we don’t have all the answers. To address these situations, SPE held a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges. This webinar will feature the three winning projects that address these challenges. The featured speakers will be Vaihab Bahadur (first place) and Omar Laghrouche (third place).

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Web Event: Global Communication Strategies

Join a web event on “Strategies for Global Communication in the Oil and Gas Industry” presented by Lori Dalrymple on 3 September. As companies expand across the globe, challenges to communications grow as well. To work effectively with others from different cultures, the first step is to recognize and understand differences, then deal sensitively with people from other backgrounds. This presentation will teach effective strategies for global communication in the industry.

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Web Event: Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations

Hear a web event on “Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations in Horizontal Well Completions” presented by Jennifer Miskimins on 9 September. Far-field complexity is consistently a chief discussion point in horizontal well completions. The majority of this discussion is driven by microseismic measurements that frequently show large “stimulated reservoir volumes” with events that extend in multiple directions and large distances away from the wellbore. This webinar will discuss the impacts and considerations that should be made when designing stimulation treatments in horizontal wells under various conditions.

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Web Event: How to Present Your Paper

In an effort to assist authors in their paper presentations at conferences, SPE is offering the Web Event “How to Present Your Paper” with member and host Byron Haynes,  Jr., P.E. Byron will take the author from preparation to delivery within the presentation process and will field questions from participants following the Web Event.

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Web Event Highlights: Managing Project Complexity

FACT:  Most oil and gas projects fail. Why does this happen? “Because complexity has caught up with us and our projects are simply too complex to manage,” said Projects, Facilities and Construction Technical Director Howard Duhon in his recent SPE Web Event, “Managing Project Complexity.”

“Our projects must be complex because the environment we work in is complex.”

Complexity is generally used to characterize something with many parts where those parts interact with each other in multiple ways.

IPA Project Success metrics:     

  • Cost overrun < 25%
  • Schedule overrun < 25%
  • Initial 2-yr. Production > 80%

Oil and gas project complexity comes from a combination of both a Complex Physical System (CPS), i.e. the project design, and a Complex Adaptive System (CAS), i.e. the design organization. Duhon said As the CAS size increases, coordination losses increase, i.e. “if you double the number of humans, you do not double the work … you may get less work done!”

Project management is based on positivist philosophy, reductionist techniques, and control, he explained, and that we are taught to break apart problems. This apparently makes complex tasks more manageable, but we pay a hidden, enormous price.

Duhon said the oil and gas industry needs to study the various components which make our projects complex in order to achieve the right level of complexity.  Requisite project design complexity may be approached through either Zero-Based design or Design Simplification, with careful consideration of the design objectives.  Additionally, the suitability of the design organization needs to be assessed with Design Organization Gap Analysis.

The consequences of the fact that most oil and gas projects fail is that vast sums of project money are wasted, projects become uneconomical, companies become unviable, industry health suffers, and society suffers.  Duhon said our projects must be complex because our work environment is complex.  However, much of the added complexity is expensive and unnecessary to safely produce oil and gas.  Affordable energy is critical to society.  The industry has changed the world and it must be able to provide affordable energy.

View the on-demand web event: Managing Project Complexity