All posts by Valerie Wilke

Webinar: Diversity Fuels Innovation

Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical.

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Webinar: 3-Phase Separators on Floating Production Systems; Design and Control Philosophies

Different aspects and requirements need to be considered in order to obtain an optimal separator and internals design for floating facilities. This prevents operational issues and damage to the equipment while maximizing uptime and performance.

Please join us on 28 June at 0830 Central Time to hear more.

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Webinar: Production Optimization for Unconventional Reservoirs through Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

The optimization of production from unconventional reservoirs is a multi-component process that requires proper characterization and understanding of the reservoir properties that control flow capacity and deliverability, coupled with economic considerations for the development. Improving the performance from these complex reservoirs requires collaboration between the geoscience discipline, the reservoir, and completion engineers.

Please join us on 25 August at 0830 Central Time to hear more on this topic.

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Completions Director’s Note

Welcome to the spe.org Technical Discipline page for SPE’s newest discipline: Completions! SPE is pleased to provide this new discipline option for its members.

SPE’s Board of Directors has created a new “Completions” technical discipline, concluding that the interests of SPE professional members from the drilling, completions, and production and operations communities would be best served if Completions became a separate technical discipline.

Currently, Completions Engineering is regarded by the industry as a separate discipline in its own right, distinct from drilling, because of the increasing complexity of completions technologies and operations. In addition, the Production and Operations discipline definition includes some topics that are now often thought of as falling under the category of Completions Engineering, which has resulted in ambiguity about whether some activities should be classified as Drilling and Completions or Production and Operations. Drilling and Completions is the largest SPE technical discipline, comprising more than 25 percent of SPE’s professional members.

With the addition of Completions, SPE’s seventh technical discipline, changes will be seen across all of SPE’s programs and member benefits.  Be on the lookout for notifications from SPE that will allow you to update your member profile and if applicable, select your new preferred technical discipline.

The new Completions discipline includes the following major technical categories:

  • Completion Selection and Design
  • Completion Installation and Operations
  • Well Monitoring Systems/Intelligent Wells
  • Sand Control
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • Acidizing
  • Completion Fluids
  • Completions Evaluation
  • Recompletions
  • Well integrity
  • Fundamental Research in Well Completions

This webpage is your portal for the new SPE Completions community.  For those of you whose primary or secondary technical discipline is Completions, I encourage you to log into your SPE member account and update your technical discipline preference accordingly. Also, please check this page frequently, as we will be updating it regularly with new information regarding the Completions discipline.

SPE, the SPE Board of Directors, and I all hope this new addition to the SPE technical disciplines family will help meet your interests and position SPE’s technical structure for many years to come.

If you have any questions or concerns about this new update or how SPE can better serve the Completions community, please contact me.

Thank you,

Jennifer Miskimins
Completions Technical Director

Applications Open for SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants

Applications are open for SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants. If you are a university faculty member looking for financial support to attend SPE conferences, workshops, and forums apply online today.

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Director’s Note: Reservoir Description and Dynamics

We all recognize and appreciate the challenges of the present downturn, especially the effects on field operations, development planning, and reservoir management. However, the workloads in reservoir engineering and formation evaluation have never been higher. SPE has targeted the same level of technical standards at its conferences and workshops, and there are many venues available for those seeking exposure and guidance for Reservoir Description and Dynamics.

For guidance, please see:

Upcoming SPE Events

SPE Connect

I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to network and collaborate.

As always, my “virtual door” is always open if I can be of assistance/guidance in matters related to Reservoir Description and Dynamics.

Tom Blasingame