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ASME Petroleum Division – Call for Award Nomination – Henry R. Worthington Medal

One of the main tenets of ASME and the petroleum division is to support the art and science of mechanical engineering. Recognition through awards achieves this end in that it encourages innovation and greater levels of professional excellence.

The Henry R. Worthington Medal is bestowed for eminent achievement in the field of pumping machinery, systems and concepts. Such achievement may be, for example, in the areas of research, development, design, innovation, management, education, or literature.

The deadline for nominee submission is February 1, 2013. Necessary information on the nomination process can be found here. ASME Petroleum Division award nominations may come from anyone.

If you are aware of someone in the industry that meets these qualifications we encourage you to visit the awards webpage or contact the awards committee for further information.

Form of Award: $5000, Bronze Medal, Certificate and Travel expense supplement to attend the award presentation.

Henry R. Worthington Awards Committee
ASME Petroleum Division
11757 Katy Freeway, Suite 380
Houston, TX 77079
Tel: 281-493-3491
Fax: 281-493-3493
ipti@asme.org

About

The award was established by Worthington Pump, Inc. in 1980 and named after Henry R. Worthington. Among his accomplishments as an engineer were the development of improved steam-driven, direct-acting pumps for steam-powered vessels, and one of the first practical water meters. He was one of the founding members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

With no more formal education than from the New York City public schools, Henry R. Worthington (1817 – 1880) became a highly regarded professional mechanical engineer from on-the-job training and practical experience. In fact, after a number of working years, that career preparation made him increasingly aware of the need for individuals to have formal training. He joined other concerned professionals in the 1850s to establish the Brooklyn Collegiate & Polytechnic Institute and served on its first board of trustees. Read more »

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The Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A) Holds a “Launch” Reception at ATCE

If you’re interested in learning more about the cutting-edge subjects of data mining and predictive analytics in oil and gas, tonight’s reception to launch the new SPE technical section Petroleum Data- Driven Analytics (PD2A) might be just what you’re looking for. It will be held from 1930 to 2200 at the Iron Cactus Grill on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Speakers include Matthew Denesuk, manager of natural resources modeling and social analytics, IBM Research Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group, and Fareed AlSayed Abdulla, SPE Regional Director, Middle East Region, and senior vice president (Bab & Gas) of Abu Dhabi Onshore Oil Operations.

Abdulla said he is delighted with the launching of the PD2A Technical Section. “The appropriate use of data has been historically one of the greatest challenges of our industry,” he said. “Now more than ever.”

“Our industry acquires and generates an extraordinary amount of data every day,” he said. “On its own, the task of handling and warehousing this data safely is significant. Even so, data in and of itself has limited value. Only when we use that data and turn it into information and knowledge can we benefit from it.”

“Paradoxically,” he continued, “the very process of converting data into knowledge generates its own data—or metadata—that must also be analyzed, classified, and understood to yield further insight.”

Converting Data to Wisdom

Including 3D and 4D seismic data generated during exploration and data generated every second from thousands of sensors during drilling and operations, the oil and gas industry is accumulating enormous amounts of data. The challenge is converting these data into insights that can be used in decision-making, perhaps even in some cases reaching a point at which decision-making can be fully automated.

The following are examples that illustrate the breadth of the opportunity PD2A technology has to impact E&P decision-making processes:

Drilling and Completions—Data mining, neural networks, and expert systems can use data captured during drilling to oversee the drilling operation in real time, detect potential issues, alarm and provide potential solutions, or even take corrective action.

Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility—Surrogate models can be used to study air pollution and water pollution dispersion patterns. The application of such technologies will help in predicting loss of containment of hydrocarbons and potential impact on the environment.

Management and Information— Data mining, artificial intelligence, and surrogate models can be used to optimize how water injection is distributed in a waterflooded reservoir. This is a key factor in maximizing the value of waterflooding in upstream operations.

Projects, Facilities, and Construction—Intelligent algorithms using simple models can be used to optimize the size of facilities, taking into account the full field development life cycle.

Production and Operations—Making no assumptions about the complex physics or the geology of a field, large quantities of easily obtained production and operational data can be used to identify wells that are candidates for intervention, using diagnostic and prognostic capabilities that indicate the health of the well or facility.

Reservoir Description and Dynamics—Production data can be used to develop full-field reservoir models to identify production and injection infill locations faster and complement existing reservoir modeling to reduce uncertainty in model results.

PD2A’s Auspicious Launch

According to the PD2A Technical Section chairperson, Shawn Shirzadi, program manager for the Data Analytics Program in Field of the Future Flagship at BP, the launch is an auspicious occasion. “This is the first time the technical section has been introduced widely to SPE members,” he said.

It could be an opportunity to become involved in an important wave of the future—PD2A—whose mission is “To foster the application of data-driven modeling, data mining, and predictive analytics research, development, and practices in upstream oil and gas, resulting in improved decision-making in our industry.”

In addition, one could join in furthering PD2A’s purpose. “The purpose of this section shall be to facilitate the development and implementation of this emerging technology by ensuring it is appropriately represented across all technical disciplines in the society’s activities, including Advanced Technology Workshops, Forum Series events, Distinguished Lecturer program, and conference technical sessions. Key objectives also include liaising with others in the oil field and promoting activities in SPE publications. The section will support initiatives to communicate the technology, standardize its nomenclature, and help define its value proposition. In addition, the section will identify lessons learned and best practices associated with the accelerated uptake of ‘Data to Action’ and, if appropriate, facilitate the development of standards.”

IDE

Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) Symposium

Monday, 4 March, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (CET)
Held in conjunction with the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition
Rai Congress Centre
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Learning from Heavy Industry Front Runners

Keynote Speaker:  Andrew Stokes, Global Practice Leader Surface Mining Innovation Rio Tinto
Moderator: John de Wardt, DE WARDT AND COMPANY

The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee (ART) will hold another exciting half day symposium on advances in drilling systems automation. The keynote speaker will present Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future Program™, a project that includes unprecedented levels of automation and remote operations. Other speakers from heavy industry front runners in automation applications will also describe how they drove implementation.

This is a complimentary event, but you must register to attend (limited capacity).

Register now »

A networking reception will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CET) sponsored by Integrated Drilling Equipment (IDE).

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Projects, Facilities, and Construction Professionals Join Today!

Projects, facilities, and construction professionals—if you haven’t joined SPE yet, you’re missing out on the resources that could help you meet the increasing demands of your job.

As an SPE member, you can take advantage of conferences, training courses, live web events, technical sections, and many other programs targeted towards your area of expertise. And, our new magazine, Oil and Gas Facilities, is the only industry publication dedicated exclusively to the quickly-growing projects, facilities, and construction discipline. Join SPE and enjoy a discounted member subscription rate of USD 39—one of the many benefits of an SPE membership.

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A Celebration of Innovation Award Winners at SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

CONTACT:   Jenny Chong, Senior Event Manager, + 60.3.2182.3000,  jchong@spe.org

Perth, Australia ( 25 September 2012) –  The Innovation Awards Dinner was recently held in conjunction with the SPE/APPEA International Conference on HSE in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production on 11 September at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference Dinner was the highlight of the conference, which provided a fantastic opportunity for teams to come together to celebrate their successes and acknowledge the work of their industry colleagues in a gala dinner setting.

Melody Meyer, president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company delivered a keynote on the fundamental role strong leadership plays in addressing health, safety and environment challenges.

With more than 1,500 attendees from around the globe and for the first time in the history of the SPE/APPEA HSE International Conference, awards were presented to recognise excellence and innovation in health and safety performance and environmental management at the conference dinner. These innovation awards serve to provide inspiration and to demonstrate how the industry is continuously raising the bar in health, safety and environmental performance, sharing best practice and providing inspiration to the entire industry.

Presenting one of the awards at the dinner was Dr. Harry Butler, a naturalist, conservationist and named  Australian National Living Treasure.

Listed here, are the commended winners for 2012 SPE/APPEA Innovation Awards:

Health
  • Highly commended: Chevron Nigeria Ltd. – Workplace Wellness Initiative
  • Winner: Schlumberger – HSE for Youth
Safety
  • Highly commended: Oil Spill Response Limited – Freezing Moments
  • Winner: Hess Corporation, Bakken Project, UBU and The Risk Tool Box – Application of Energy Control and LOTO to Oil Pumping Units
Environment
  • High commended: Chevron Australia Pty. Ltd. – Gorgon Shore Crossing on Barrow Island
  • Winner: Chevron Australia Pty. Ltd. – Control Charts: An Innovative Approach for Ecological Impact Assessment of Rare Species
HS&E
  • Winner: Woodside Energy Ltd – The Good Day Frequency: Woodside’s New Measure for Health, Safety & Environmental Performance

View a full list of 2012 SPE/APPEA International Health, Safety and Environment Innovation Award Winners »

 

SPE Awards

Congratulations to the 2012 International Award Winners: Production and Operations

Please join SPE in congratulating the 2012 SPE International Award recipients. The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2012 International Award recipients at their recent meeting. Seventeen international award committees recommended these winners to the board because of their outstanding and significant technical, professional, and service contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry. The winners were chosen from a pool of first rate candidates. SPE President Ganesh Thakur will present the awards to the winners at ATCE in San Antonio Texas.

Production and Operations Award
John C. Patterson, ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas, USA

Completions Optimization and Technology Award
Hazim H. Abass, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

View a full list of 2012 International Award Winners »

Learn more about SPE International and Regional Awards »