Category Archives: Drilling and Completions

Web Events

Web Event: Growing Energy Challenges

Hear a web event on “Proposed Technologies to Address E&P’s Growing Energy Challenges” on 8 September. The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world’s fast-growing energy needs and we don’t have all the answers. To address these situations, SPE held a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges. This webinar will feature the three winning projects that address these challenges. The featured speakers will be Vaihab Bahadur (first place) and Omar Laghrouche (third place).

Web Events

Web Event: Global Communication Strategies

Join a web event on “Strategies for Global Communication in the Oil and Gas Industry” presented by Lori Dalrymple on 3 September. As companies expand across the globe, challenges to communications grow as well. To work effectively with others from different cultures, the first step is to recognize and understand differences, then deal sensitively with people from other backgrounds. This presentation will teach effective strategies for global communication in the industry.

Web Events

Web Event: Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations

Hear a web event on “Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations in Horizontal Well Completions” presented by Jennifer Miskimins on 9 September. Far-field complexity is consistently a chief discussion point in horizontal well completions. The majority of this discussion is driven by microseismic measurements that frequently show large “stimulated reservoir volumes” with events that extend in multiple directions and large distances away from the wellbore. This webinar will discuss the impacts and considerations that should be made when designing stimulation treatments in horizontal wells under various conditions.

Web Events

Web Event: How to Present Your Paper

In an effort to assist authors in their paper presentations at conferences, SPE is offering the Web Event “How to Present Your Paper” with member and host Byron Haynes,  Jr., P.E. Byron will take the author from preparation to delivery within the presentation process and will field questions from participants following the Web Event.

Speaker Source

SPE Speaker Source

Are you willing to share your knowledge with an audience of SPE members? If you are, we invite you to join Speaker Source, an online directly of E&P professionals who share expertise and experience with SPE Sections and Student Chapters.

Learn more and create your profile 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: Digital Manufacturing

Learn about “Digital Manufacturing and Its Relation to Drilling Systems Automation” on 3 June with Clay Flannigan.  Digital Manufacturing (“Digital Thread”) encompasses the idea of high-levels of connectivity, data aggregation, and digital models to drive efficiency, safety, and growth in distributed systems. More concretely, there is a trend in manufacturing operations towards having a common data model that guides the creation of products from design engineering, through manufacturing all the way to maintenance, support, and end-of-life reclamation. This web event will provide an overview of current activities in other industries and their relation to drilling system automation.


SPE Technical Report: Calculation of Worst-Case Discharge (WCD)

Approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March, this report documents the consensus from the SPE Summit held in March 2014. Topics covered in the technical report include reservoir properties, inflow modeling, outflow modeling, total volume, special cases, and reporting. Deterministic methods are proposed because of the wording of regulations and requirements for detailed well design and response planning, but parametric sensitivity analysis is recommended. All reservoir properties should be best-estimate success-case values based on sound geology, geophysics, and engineering judgment. Future improvements could include flow correlations for high rates in large-diameter pipes, sonic velocity effects, and probabilistic methods. For full details, read SPE-174705-TR.


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.

Deadline: 15 May

SPE Technical Section Event

DSATS Symposium

DSATS Symposium

Moderator: Paul Francis, M-I SWACO, DSATS Programme Chairman Europe

The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee will hold an exciting half-day symposium on Monday, 16 March 2015 from 1300–1700 to discuss the advances in drilling systems automation.
The program includes 3 speakers supplying valuable insight into technology and methods from automation fields outside the drilling industry:

  • Luca Save of DeepBlue will discuss the ACROSS Project (Advanced Cockpit for Reduction Of Stress and Workload)
  • Ian Scott, Head of Aircraft Services, Shell, will discuss Aviation Automation
  • Jon McMillen of Lockheed Martin will discuss Autonomous Logistics

In the second half of the program a distinguished panel will describe advances within the industry, as well as the next steps in realizing drilling systems automation, especially with respect to automation of well control, well barriers, and well integrity:

  • Brian Tarr of Shell will discuss Automated Well Control
  • Mel Whitby of Cameron will discuss Cameron cognition, smart BOP technology.
  • Randy Lovorn of Halliburton will discuss MPD Well Control

The symposium will briefly review activities and progress of the SPE DSATS, IADC ART and DSA-Roadmap Initiative, and election of the 2015 committee and board of DSATS.

A sponsored reception will follow the symposium (1700 – 1800).

You must register to attend (limited capacity).

Registration: You can either (a) select to pay for the DSATS event during the registration event, or (b) add it to your registered events after registering for the main event, or (c) pay at the door (subject to availability).

Sponsored by: