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OTC Names 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will present its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards on 5 May 2013, at the Annual OTC Dinner to Ken Arnold, senior technical adviser at WorleyParsons, for individual achievement, and to Total Exploration and Production for corporate achievement. In addition, the Heritage Award will be presented to E. Dendy Sloan, professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and James Brill, professor emeritus at the University of Tulsa.

Arnold is being recognized for his outstanding leadership and extensive contributions to the E&P industry. His many achievements include playing an integral role in the offshore industry’s focus on safety through the development of Recommended Practices for offshore design and safety management and developing approaches to both equipment sizing and facility project management that are still in use today. He also has been instrumental in the effort to establish oilfield facilities engineering as a recognized technical engineering specialty.

Total is being honored for its Pazflor deep offshore development in Angola. Now 18 months into production, Pazflor is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated deep offshore developments to date. In addition to the first use of subsea separation and pumping on a wide scale, the project included the construction of the world’s largest FPSO and one of the most complex subsea networks. Pazflor made a significant contribution to industrial development in Angola with 3.5 million man-hours of work undertaken locally. The field started up 1 month ahead of schedule in August 2011.

Brill and Sloan are being recognized for their leadership and pioneering spirit. Brill is a trailblazer in the discipline of multiphase flow in pipes and wells. His research in this area led to the formation of the Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects. He also founded the Tulsa University Paraffin Deposition Projects. He has published more than 200 technical papers and research reports.

Sloan has been an industry leader, professor, and researcher in the area of hydrates for four decades. The modeling and simulation tools resulting from his research are used daily for the design and operation of offshore production systems. In 1993, he founded the International Conference on Gas Hydrates. Two decades later, the conference has grown to more than 1,000 participants. He has authored more than 230 publications and five books on hydrates in flow assurance.

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February Oil and Gas Facilities Now Available

Features cover managing subsurface uncertainties in facilities design, strategic shifts in well abandonment services, and an engineering perspective on rapid rise hydrocarbon fires involving structures. Read the latest developments in low-salinity water technology for use in IOR/EOR projects. Subscribe to Oil and Gas Facilities magazine or view the first issue for free.

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SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference Recap

The annual SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference took place 4–6 February 2013, in The Woodlands, Texas, USA. Over 1900 attendees took part in the conference that presented 52 papers on topics ranging from fracture diagnostics to microseismic to fracture conductivity. All papers are now available on onepetro.org.

The exhibit floor was expanded from the 2012 conference and over 75 companies participated in displaying their products and services. This conference has been one of the fastest growing that SPE hosts, starting in 2007 with just a couple hundred participants and plans are already being made for 2014. If you work in the area of hydraulic fracturing, mark your calendar now to make plans to attend next year!

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Production Engineers: Collaborate online with SPE Connect—Launching 4 February 2013

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the reservoir discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network. Other disciplines will be launching soon.

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