All posts by Ashlae Shepler


Project Management Networking Event at OTC

Join us at OTC for a project management networking event on 8 May, “Assuring Technical Competence in Major Infrastructure Projects,” sponsored by Oil and Gas Facilities magazine. A moderator and panel of offshore industry project managers will discuss potential problems in assuring the technical quality of facilities projects.

Such topics as the structure of the oil company/engineering company relationship, the way both oil companies and engineering companies relate to their engineers, and whether we need to go beyond policies, processes, and audits to assure quality decisions will be discussed. Attendees will break into roundtable groups and discuss what they identify as problem areas and outline answers to the primary questions posed during the panel presentation.

The event concludes with a networking reception, a summary of the points made by the roundtable groups, and the introduction of the LinkedIn group to continue the discussion amongst participants.

OGF Cover

Oil and Gas Facilities—April Issue Now Available

A feature covers advancements in mercury removal from crude oil, discussing an upstream mercury removal plant in Argentina. Further development of the technology aims to reduce its footprint to allow for installations on offshore platforms.

Another feature discusses how the built-in biases of owner and contractor organizations toward optimism and overconfidence are root causes of cost overruns and schedule delays that have not been sufficiently explored.

The Water Treating Insights column highlights micro- and ultrafiltration technologies for offshore waterflooding, and the Culture Matters column discusses barriers to engagement and why it’s time for the oil and gas industry to get serious about public communication.

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PFC Discipline Members Now Receive Oil and Gas Facilities at No Cost

SPE members who have designated Projects, Facilities, and Construction as their primary or secondary discipline receive Oil and Gas Facilities magazine at no cost. Subscriptions are USD 39 per year for SPE members who select other disciplines, and USD 175 per year for nonmembers.

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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.


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.


RDD Director’s Blog—Speaking About Unconventional Reserves

The January issue of JPT integrates the Technical Directors outlook, where I referred to issues related to the production analysis and reserves booking of unconventional plays. I have already received quite a few feedbacks, most of them (not all of them!) positive, and I would like to develop a little bit more on this issue.

Read the Technical Directors outlook in January 2013 issue of JPT here »

Read the full, extended article here »

SPE Awards

Nominate a Colleague for a 2013 SPE Production and Operations Award

SPE has a distinguished tradition of recognizing individuals who make significant technical and professional contributions to the worldwide E&P industry. We rely on your nominations to help us celebrate those who have made these contributions.

As an SPE member active in the technical discipline of Production and Operations, you know colleagues who have helped the industry. Nominate them for one of the following awards.

  • International Production and Operations Award
  • Regional Production and Operations Award
  • International Completions Optimization and Technology Award
  • Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award

Nomination deadline—15 February 2013



Reservoir Engineers: Collaborate online with SPE Connect—Launching 21 January 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.

To learn more about SPE Connect, click here.


Subsea Standardization: Finding Common Ground

Projects, Facilities, and ConstructionMark your calendars for SPE’s workshop, “Subsea Standardization: Finding Common Ground,” which will take place in San Antonio, Texas, 9–10 April 2013. Topics include the current states of operators’ and suppliers’ efforts and discussion of processes for achieving subsea standardization, covering quality, welding, and materials. Service data objectives, joint industry projects, and a list of potential milestones and deliverables will be considered.


Standardization in Underwater Facilities Engineering

Paul Jones, subsea manager at Chevron, writes about the dream of an ultimate subsea system in Oil and Gas Facilities. One path to this system is an architecture that is compact and modular—a plug-and-play architecture with common interfaces that can be configured over the full life cycle of the field. Each component’s performance would be understood, enabling fit-for-purpose designs to be deployed when required. Read the column here.