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Cipolla

Join us in congratulating Craig L. Cipolla on his distinguished achievement

2013 Completions Optimization and Technology Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) bestowed technical awards on members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merited special distinction. Recipients of the 2013 SPE international awards were recognized at the SPE Annual Reception and Banquet held Tuesday, 1 October at the 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Craig L. CipollaCraig L. Cipolla is senior completions engineering advisor at Hess in Houston. Before this, he was chief engineering advisor for Schlumberger–Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring and Optimization, vice president of stimulation technology for Carbo Ceramics, and vice president of engineering for Pinnacle Technologies. His prior positions were with Union Pacific Resources, CER Corporation, and Dresser Titan. Cipolla has coauthored more than 65 technical papers and served as an SPE DL during 2005–06. He earned BS degrees in engineering and in chemistry from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas and an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston.

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Alhanati

Join us in congratulating Francisco J. Alhanati on his distinguished achievement

2013 SPE Production and Operations Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) bestowed technical awards on members whose outstanding contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry merited special distinction. Recipients of the 2013 SPE international awards were recognized at the SPE Annual Reception and Banquet held Tuesday, 1 October at the 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Francisco J. AlhanatiFrancisco J. Alhanati,
managing director at C-FER Technologies, in Edmonton, Canada, began his career in 1983 as a petroleum engineer at Petrobras. In 1997, he joined C-FER Technologies (originally the Centre for Frontier Engineering Research) and became director of exploration and production in 2006 and managing director in 2013. The author or coauthor of 16 SPE papers and coauthor of a chapter in the SPE Handbook on PCP (progressing cavity pump) Systems, he also served as an SPE DL during 2008–09. He served as chair of the SPE Brazil Section during 1993–94, served on various SPE committees and subcommittees, and taught several courses throughout the world on PCP and ESP (electric submersible pump) systems. Alhanati currently serves on the JPT Editorial Committee. He earned a BS in civil engineering from Instituto Militar de Engenharia, an MS in mechanical engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and a PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.

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New Technical Section—Water Management and Handling

SPE has formed a new Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on water-related issues in the upstream oil and gas industry. The objective of this community is to expedite, facilitate, and provide a forum for discussion and cooperation on water handling and management.

The Water Handling and Management Technical Section will accomplish its mission through knowledge transfer at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops. Join now to engage in discussions with other SPE members.

Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings for the most part, along with the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join today »

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Keep your SPE membership producing for you

Renew before it ends on 31 December 2013.

From conferences and training courses to publications and online communities, SPE provides oil and gas professionals with the knowledge and resources required for successful E&P careers. Renew today to continue enjoying the many benefits of your SPE membership, including your Journal of Petroleum Technology subscription.

New to SPE? Check out the easy-to-navigate New Member Resource Center. The site also offers long-time members a fresh look at ways to stay connected, informed, and involved.

If you are a Life Member or have already renewed your membership for 2014, please disregard this message and continue to enjoy the many benefits of SPE membership.

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SPE Water Lifecycle Workshop

SPE Water Lifecycle Workshop
22–23 October │ Galveston, Texas │ Hotel Galvez & SPa
Registration Deadline—30 September 2013

Water management is a hot topic in the petroleum industry, impacting many operational aspects from access and resource protection to production and treatment. This workshop will touch upon all aspects of the operation with special consideration to a holistic approach in water management and conservation.

Learn more and register »

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R&D Technical Section Topical Luncheon Panel Session at ATCE

Tuesday, 1 October │1215–1345 │ Street Level, Great Hall Ballroom A/D │Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Event ticket purchase is required.

Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies Today and in the Future:  Applications, Impacts and R&D Needs

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon to facilitate focused dialogue on Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies. In a series of informative and thought provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Program


Doors Open│
1200

Presentations:  

1. SPE R&D Technical Section Overview and Activities │1230–1245

Mariano Gurfinkel
Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2. SPE R&D Committee–Update on Key Initiatives │1245–1300

David Curry
Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3. Topical Luncheon Panel Session: Presentations and Discussions 1300–1330

Moderator:  Cam Mathews
C-FER Fellow, C-FER Technologies
SPE R&D Technical Section Director

  4. Featured Panelist Presentations/Discussion Topics:

  • “Use of Production Monitoring and Control Systems for Optimization of Large Onshore Fields”
    Robert J. Tester, ExxonMobil Production Company
  • “Production Monitoring and Control System Use and Challenges in Shale
    Kemal Farid, CEO Merrick Systems
  • Challenges for Permanent Monitoring Systems in Extreme Well Applications
    Tad Bostick, VP Reservoir Monitoring, Weatherford

5.  Q&A Session/ Wrap-up 1330– 1345

6.  Adjourn 1445

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R&D Technical Section Dinner at ATCE

Sunday, 29 September │1930–2200 │Blaine Kern A/B/C, First Floor, Marriott Convention Center Hotel

Event ticket purchase is required.

“Oil and Gas R&D, What is Over the Horizon?”

This event will feature a presentation about technology development and the need for more radical innovation to meet the future challenges in the oil and gas industry.

Program:

1.  SPE R&D Technical Section— Opening Statement, Overview and Activities

  • Mariano Gurfinkel
    Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
    SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2.  SPE R&D Committee—Update on Committee Initiatives

  • David Curry
    Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
    SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3.  Technical Section Dinner Panel Session: Introduction  of Panelists

  • Moderator:  Mariano Gurfinkel

4.  Featured Panelist Presentations:

  • Mario Ruscev
    VP and CTO – Baker Hughes, Inc.
    Capture and Storage Institute
  • Jim Sledzik
    President – Energy Ventures USA


Sponsored by:

Weatherford

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Wellbore Positioning Technical Section Topical Luncheon at ATCE

Wellbore Positioning Technical Section Topical Luncheon at ATCE

Rolling the Dice on your Well Position
Tuesday, 1 October │ 1215–1345Great Hall B, Street Level, Ernest N. Morial Convention
Event ticket purchase is required.

The risk involved with well position calculations can often be seen as difficult to quantify. This luncheon will look at some Best Practices that can improve the odds of success, including paying attention to magnetization of your drilling motors and BHA components.

Moderator: Robert Wylie, Product Line Director IMO, National Oilwell Varco

Speakers:

  • Angus Jamieson, University of Highlands and Islands
  • Neil Bergstrom, Devon

Additional Panelist: William Allen, Segment Engineering Technical Authority, BP

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Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) Symposium at ATCE

The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) will hold another exciting half-day symposium on advances in drilling systems automation at ATCE.

DSATS Drilling Systems Automation Symposium: Update on State-of-the Art Automation Projects
Organized by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS)

Sunday, 29 September, 1300-1700
Room 208, Second Level, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Keynote speaker: N.P. Kulkarni, Ph.D, Chairman and CEO, Quarkonics

N.P. Kulkarni will discuss how a scientific organization partnered with an Oilfield Manufacturing company to solve a unique challenge and developed an automated drilling application to reduce drilling vibrations.

Invitees are:

  • Moray Laing, SAS
  • Pradeep Annaiyappa, Canrig
  • Greg Ward, Rig Minder

There will be three additional presentations from groups who are building, testing, and running automated drilling systems followed by an interactive panel discussion with leaders in this arena, including representatives from Exxon, Schlumberger, NOV, and Apache.

Panelists are:

  • Hege Kverneland, NOV
  • Paul Pastusek, XOM
  • Michael Behounek, Apache

Moderators: Tony Beebe and Tony Pink

The four main presentations will come from teams who are currently developing and running automated drilling systems. Key themes include challenges, opportunities, and the benefits of drilling automation.

A networking reception will be held from 1715–1915 sponsored by National Oilwell Varco at the Café Ernst, an admirable establishment founded in 1902 and a 5-minute walk from the convention center.

Important Note:  Tickets for the DSATS Symposium may be purchased when you register for the 2013 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Tickets may also be purchased at the door .

Sponsored by:

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Oil and Gas Facilities—June Issue Now Available

Optimization of reliability and maintenance (R&M) programs can unlock hidden value in facilities by reducing unplanned capacity downtime. Operators are taking a closer look at their R&M with many moving toward enterprise asset management.

Hydraulic fracturing (HF) in unconventionals presents unique water treatment and management challenges. Conventional HF may require 2,000 bbl of water per well, but unconventional HF requires between 50,000 and 120,000 bbl of water per well. Fluid volume, not fluid type and flowback rate, is the distinguishing feature of unconventional HF fluid management, compared with conventional HF. Five steps to developing a water management strategy are discussed.

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