Category Archives: Drilling and Completions

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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).

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Web Events

Web Event: How to Write a Technical Paper

In an effort to assist authors submit their best papers to conferences and journals, SPE is offering a web event hosted by SPE member Byron Haynes, Jr. P.E. on “How to Write a Good Technical Paper.”  In this presentation, Haynes will cover both basics and some more advanced methods for authors.  Post presentation, he will field questions from participants.

Web Events

Web Event: Infectious Diseases

Listen to a web event on “Addressing Infectious Diseases in Oil and Gas Workplace” presented by Malick Diara on 23 March. This presentation will cover Infectious diseases threats, prevention and control of such threats, case studies, and more.

Web Events

Web Event: Drilling Automation

Attend a web event on “Drilling Automation Research at the University of Texas at Austin” presented by Eric van Oort and Pradeep Ashok on 27 January. This webinar will describe the current and future capabilities of the drilling automation laboratories, the goals of the drilling automation program at UT Austin, and current research topics such as automatic rig sensor data validation.

Training Course

Training course: Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing & Production

Learn the basics of oil & gas shale evaluation and current shale “sweet spot” selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments.

Join George King 28 January 2015 in Houston, Texas. Learn more »

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Distinguished Lecturer: Perforating with Lasers

Lasers are on track to provide safe, nonexplosive, damage-free perforations. Current industrial laser technology addresses efficiency, portability, and reliability issues required for successful commercial field applications on all rock types, includ­ing shale. Join Brian Gahan as he discusses the topic and shares drilling, completion, and subsurface applications.

January 16, 2015              Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
January 20, 2015              Astana, Kazakhstan
January 22, 2015              Baku, Azerbaijan
January 26, 2015              Budapest, Hungary
January 28, 2015              Aberdeen, Scotland

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Distinguished Lecturer: Magnetic Shielding of Directional Measurement Tool

The magnetic property of drilling fluid is one of the substantial error sources for the determination of azimuth while drilling deviated wells. These effects represent a significant cost to be mitigated. The error becomes even more pronounced if drilling occurs in Arctic regions close to the magnetic North Pole (or South Pole). Join Arild Saasen as he discusses the topic and gives guidelines to minimize the negative effects of magnetic shielding.

January 12, 2015              Perm, Russia
January 14, 2015              Ukhta, Russia
January 15, 2015              Samara, Russia
January 19, 2015              Trondheim, Norway
January 20, 2015              Oslo, Norway
January 21, 2015              Bergen, Norway

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Director’s Note: First SPE R&D Competition

The 2014 SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Oct. 27-29.  Of special interest to me as R & D Committee Chairman was SPE’s first Research & Development Competition held on Monday, 27 October.  The contest specifically encouraged researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to address the 6  E & P Grand Challenges: (1) Higher Resolution Subsurface Imaging of Hydrocarbons; (2)  Produced Water Management, (3) In-Situ Molecular Manipulation, (4) Increasing Recovery Factors from Oil and Gas Fields,  (5) Carbon Capture, Storage and Sequestration; and (6) Minimized Environmental Impact.  This year’s winners were as follows: (1) “Electrical Mitigation of Hydrocarbon Fouling for Reduced Chemical Inhibitor Utilization (Vaibhav Bahadur, The University of Texas, $30,000), (2) ” Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR” (Mustafa Akbulut & Cenk Temizel, Texas A & M University, $20,000), and (3) “Multi-Wavelength Sized Finite Elements for Efficient Subsurface Imaging” (Omar Laghroughe, Hariot-Watt University, $10,000).