Austin Johnson will discuss how automation in the drilling industry is challenging conventional thought on how rigs are designed, how wells are drilled, and how the human is involved in the process. Automation is opening the door for new types of failures due to system complexity and crew latency. This shift will require new controls and new ways of training people how to use such systems while not losing any fundamental skills. More information »
Join Tom Freeman on 19 August as he discusses the pitfalls, problems, and lessons learned in planning an extra-HPHT completion. Examples of pitfalls encountered in completion design will include tubing design and qualification issues, perforating challenges, limited downhole production equipment, vendor selection and manufacturing challenges, and lack of service tools. The webinar will focus on unexpected problems encountered during design and planning, and not as much on known technology gaps. Learn more »
Join the 17 June web event as Andrew Dingee and Trey Shaffer discuss the root of human behavior and errors in the workplace. This webinar will cover the levels of performance behaviors and review a case study from an US airline accident. The presentation discusses a number of studies that draws upon a growing understanding of how skilled experts are driven by moment to moment task demands, the availability of information, and social/organizational factors and ultimately they continued the plan even when the environment alerted them that another course of action should’ve been sought.
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Join George King on 17 June for his web event that will address the question of when refracs may be economical by examination of production data, geological factors, well layout, and frac design. Learn more »
Ken Arnold, Ford Brett, and Andrew Dingee will present a summary of the two-day Human Factors Summit held In July 2012. This presentation is intended to provide guidance on human factors risks in E&P operations and what can be done to reduce those risks and increase safety. More information »
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 »