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Web Events

Web Event: Crew Resource Management – Rescheduled for 2 September

Listen to a web event on “Human Factors/Crew Resource Management: Perspectives for Inputs to Risk Management Framework” presented by Phil Grossweiler on 2 September. Oil and gas industry interest in applying human factors concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew resource management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention. This presentation will discuss and suggest several key takeaways — potential “low-hanging fruit” where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk.

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Montana Tech Wins Student Challenge at SPE HSE Conference

 

The winning team from Montana Tech.
The winning team from Montana Tech.

Students from Montana Tech took the top spot at the inaugural Student Challenge at the 2015 SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference—Americas in Denver, which ran 16-18 March. The contest, which was sponsored by ExxonMobil, pitted six teams of five students against one another. The competition was modeled after the annual PetroBowl, held at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

“The HSE Student Challenge pilot‎ enabled SPE to connect with a new group of environmental engineering students who were unfamiliar with SPE, and it provided an exciting, dynamic alternative to a traditional student paper competition,” said conference committee member Trey Shaffer.

Student teams from Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, Montana Tech, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Oklahoma squared off in three rounds of questions about the oil and gas industry. Each round consisted of two sets of quick-answer questions separated by a series of questions requiring written answers. After some minor technical glitches and some discussion about rules, Montana Tech pulled ahead to victory. The members of the team each received iPads and were invited to sit on a discussion panel. At a movie night event, held in the evening after the Student Challenge, attendees watched Energy’s Crossroads: Pinedale, WY, a film from the Rational Middle series. The students from the winning team joined Jennifer Cross, sociology professor at the Colorado State University, and Gregory Kallenberg, the director of the film, on a discussion panel after the film.

Web Events

Web Event: Managing Project Complexity

Hear a web event on “Managing Project Complexity” presented by Howard Duhon on 23 June. Most projects overrun their budget and/or schedule significantly and/or produce less oil/gas than promised. The complexity of our projects and project design teams is at least partially responsible for project failure rates. An SPE Work Study group is presently addressing the impact of complexity and its contribution to project failures. This presentation will include preliminary findings from that study.

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New SPE Technical Section: Sustainable Development

The SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Technical Discipline is pleased to announce the formation of a new technical section to give its members, regardless of discipline, an increased awareness and opportunity to network in the area of sustainable development.

This section seeks to:

• Exchange sustainable development technical information
• Support members in acquiring sustainable development competencies
• Raise awareness of the role sustainable development plays in the oil and gas industry
• Improve performance through better application of sustainable development principles and practices
• Liaise with and learn from other industry organizations

Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at monthly virtual meetings, forums, and workshops. Join now to engage in discussions with other SPE members. Enjoy the convenience of online collaboration and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting each year. Learn more and join today!

Welcome to DUPTS: The New Name for the Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section

Previously known as the Drilling Performance Simulation and Prediction Technical Section, the Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section — or DUPTS — addresses major challenges affecting the safety and efficiency of drilling operations. Common global drilling troubles:

• Stuck pipe
• Borehole stability
• Gas kicks
• Lost circulation
• Hole deviation

The DUPTS goal is to align the industry’s effort to develop comprehensive solutions across drilling operations. Visit the DUPTS page for more details!

Web Events

Web Event: Advances in High Capacity Scrubber Internals

Hear a web event on “Scrubbers: Advances in High Capacity Scrubber Internals and Performance Boosting with Inline Pre-Separation” presented by Danny Thierens on 17 June. In continuation with our theme on Scrubber Designs, this webinar will focus on high capacity internals advancements and services in which these internals may be applied. Enhanced separation efficiency and/or capacity can be further obtained when combined with a pre-separator upstream of the high capacity scrubber in the form of an inline cyclonic separator. Various concept and layouts will be presented and discussed.

Call for Papers: The Road to Stavanger

Give others a chance to learn from your experiences, ideas, and best practices! Themed “Sustaining Our Future Through Innovation and Collaboration,” the 2016 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on HSSE-SR will take place 11-13 April 2016 in Stavanger, Norway. Papers are needed for the following technical categories:

• Health in Communities and the Working Environment
• Occupational and Process Safety
• Sustainability
• HSE Management
• Environment
• Social Responsibility

For more details, see the 2016 Conference Topics. Abstract submission deadline is 29 June 2015.

Flow Assurance Technical Section

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents: Five Multiphase Flow Case Studies that Baffle the Mind

Presenter: Mack Shippen, Product Champion, PIPESIM Software, Schlumberger

When: Wednesday, 20 May, 1100-1300 CDT

Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX

Registration Fee:
SPE Members: USD 40
Nonmembers: USD 50

Flow assurance engineers routinely encounter challenging problems relating to multiphase flow simulation. Some of these problems we can be trained to anticipate and deal with, whereas others emerge from strange, dark places and are simply, well, baffling! Drawing on experiences from a wide variety of industry projects across the world, a select few of these cases will be demonstrated in a simplified and sanitized form using PIPESIM. You will see that some problems defy intuition and that some methods we commonly use defy physics. The takeaway is advice on how to identify such problems before it is too late.

Program Agenda:
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1130–1300: Lunch
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A

Register today!

Web Event: Internal and Government-Driven Investigations

Join Tracy LeRoy and David Denton on 14 July for the web event “What You Need to Know About Investigations Affecting Operations In the Oil and Gas Industry.” They’ll include a discussion of how internal and government-driven investigations work, what to expect if your company is being investigated, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws affecting operations in the oil and gas industry, and related ethical issues.

Decision-Making: What Makes a Decision “Good”?

Good choices are the result of an effective decision-making process and reducing the effects of cognitive biases. Decision-making occurs at all levels in organizations, from strategic to operational choices. On 20 May, join Margaret Crichton for a webinar about how to make great decisions for your organization. Topics will include:

• Individual decision making
• Collaborative decision making
• Cognitive biases

Suggestions from “The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture” (SPE-170575-TR) will be discussed in the context of improving the decision-making process. Register today!