The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges as it rises to meet the world’s growing energy needs. And we don’t have all the answers. For that reason, SPE is holding a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our six Grand Challenges.
The competition is open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through 1 June 2014.
Help spread the word by telling friends and colleagues you think would want to participate in the SPE R&D Competition.
This 17 April webinar will feature three recipients of the SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, David DiCarlo, Shenglai Yang, and Phaneendra Babu Kondapi, for their innovative teaching techniques and excellence. More information »
Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer
Speaker: John Bartos, Corporate Vice President, Development and Technology for Cameron
When: Thursday, 3 April from 1130 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center—Westchase • 9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77042
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 35, Nonmember = USD 40
In November 2010 the Texas Heart Institute contacted Cameron asking if they would participate with them from an engineering standpoint in the design and development of the next generation total artificial heart. The doctors contacted Cameron based on the fact that they have significant expertise in the design of all kinds of pumps and compressors, plus the fact that Cameron is going to be around to support it. Cameron agreed to take this on and we put together the engineering team that exists today. The engineers work on this on a voluntary basis.
Organizer: Skip Davis, Chair R&D Study Group
Join Gene Kouba on 25 June for his web event that will discuss a modified two-parameter methodology in which the minimum droplet size that can be created from available energy along with the maximum droplet size that can survive in the flow are used to characterize the droplet size distribution. More information »
Sonia Gupta and Alison Colwell will discuss successes and challenges in determining social investment priorities, managing design and implementation, assessing social investment performance, and reporting on impact. Learn more »
SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Special Event— Real-Time Data: Access, Analytics, and Decisions to Improve Automated Drilling Operations
When: Monday, 3 March from 1300–1700
Where: Omni Hotel, Ballrooms 1–4, Fort Worth, Texas
Note: To register for the Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section Special Event, you must first register for the 2014 IADC/SPE Drilling Conference and Exhibition.
Title: “Real-Time Data: Access, Analytics, and Decisions to Improve Automated Drilling Operations”
If we can: easily access reliable, standardized operational and control data in real-time at the wellsite; easily share data across disciplines and even among companies; shrink the learning curve by using analytics on real-time data to make decisions, could we automate and improve drilling operations?
Format: Presentations and panel debate moderated by Eric van Oort, B.J. Lancaster Professor in Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas.
- Benjamin Mann, Ayasdi Gov’t Services
- Mike Loudermilk, Lime Rock Resources
- Brett Borland, ConocoPhillips
- Shahab Mohaghegh, West Virginia University – Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics Technical
- Richard Logan, Halliburton
- Terry Loftis, Transocean
- Robello Samuel, Halliburton Fellow – Digital Energy Technical Section
DSATS Coffee Break : 1500–1530
Reception immediately following sponsored by SAS.
Daniel Moos will review the history of application of geomechanics to wellbore design, discuss the sources of data required to reduce uncertainties, ways in which to recognize the causes of instabilities to allow appropriate remediation, and the pros and cons of various models currently in use within the oilfield. More information »
Modifications to career planning that better balance specific opportunities with flexibility and leverage the 24/7 technology-enabled work-styles can build and retain a more diverse, highly motivated workforce. Join Eve Sprunt on 27 March for an important discussion the dual-career workforce. Learn more »
The benefit of data integration in the overall cement evaluation process will be discussed in this 90-minute web event by Dominique Guillot on 18 March. Learn more about this web event »
Welcome to the SPE’s Drilling and Completions discipline page. This is intended to be a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the drilling and completions community.
Technology transfer is at the core of SPE activities. The SPE Drilling and Completion journal, now published online, provides access to quality assured technology through peer-reviewed technical papers. The SPE publishes a wide range of drilling and completion related textbooks, monographs, primers, and reprints. Each year there are many regional and global conferences, forums and workshops covering topics of relevance to drilling and completions. Three technical sections—Drilling Systems Automation, Wellbore Integrity and Wellbore Positioning—exist to support members’ interests in those specific aspects of oilfield technology. SPE Connect, its professional networks and drilling and completion online communities together allow SPE members to meet and to collaborate on technical matters and challenges.
Two recent innovations expanding the range of technology transfer activities are the webinar series and Petrowiki. The webinars are a great way to hear industry experts talking about topics of current importance. I’m proud that drilling and completions was the first discipline to be represented in Petrowiki. Please use and contribute it to help it become the best possible resource for all drilling and completion related information and knowledge.
It’s my honour and privilege to serve as Technical Director for Drilling and Completions. I believe it’s important that the SPE should provide the support practising drilling and completions professionals need to drill and to complete every well safely, efficiently, and with minimized environmental impact. Through my career in the development and application of drilling technology I’ve benefitted greatly from many of things the SPE does for its members. I’ve become increasingly aware of how much of that depends on its members volunteering their time and talents. I encourage you to visit the Get Involved pages of SPE.org to learn more about how you can help your fellow members by contributing to SPE activities.
I’ve outlined here some of the SPE’s various drilling and completions related activities. With the Drilling and Completions Advisory Committee, I’ll be working to expand these and to make them more relevant to today’s challenges. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you think there are additional activities SPE could be pursuing which would be of value to you in your professional life.