Category Archives: Drilling and Completions

Web Events

Join Paul Hopmans for Journey of Well Integrity web event—Wednesday, 27 March, 0830 CDT

Journey of Well Integrity will examine well integrity activities and answer the following questions:

  1. How transparent are we and do we have proof that our wells are safe?
  2. How are we handling public opinion as we strive to ensure environmental safety and retain the license to operate?

This important event will also discuss what operators must apply to assure well integrity and what evidence they need to conclusively demonstrate that the well possesses the required integrity.

Paul Hopmans, born 11 September 1950 in the city of Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands, is one of eight children and grew up in the country side. In education he enjoyed four years in technical college, Merchant Navy Engineering college four years, some years sailing in the southern hemisphere, and further studies for chief engineer. This was followed by four years in chemical industry, cryogenic gas plants. In that period he married and built his first house in the countryside. He has two boys and a girl who had the same pleasure of growing up in the countryside.

Hopmans joined Shell as a completion and well intervention engineer in 1978 with considerable workover and drilling experience including subsea, offshore/onshore activities with brown and green field developments in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. He was assigned the Principle Technical Expert (PTE) role for well integrity as a result of his passion for compliance to standards. This triggered his interest in IT and how to visualize compliance and the design of a well integrity management system. Its success led to the well engineering and well control applications that provide visibility in compliance, as well as the new era of communication platforms and real-time optimization engineering/deep water drilling activities.

As PTE he is involved in global industry standards for ISO well integrity in the operation phase and well integrity governance over life cycle—a new work proposal recently initiated. He is active as chairperson for the SPE Well Integrity Technical Section, the Well Integrity Global Integrated Workshop Series, and regularly participates in SPE events. His aspiration is to provide the industry with improved standards, effective communication of its application, and to yield a safer environment.

SPEConnect

Drilling and Completions Engineers—collaborate online with SPE Connect

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the Drilling and Completions discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network.

Learn more about SPE Connect.

Access the new Drilling Technical Community.

Access the new Completions Technical Community.

IDE

Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) Symposium

Monday, 4 March, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (CET)
Held in conjunction with the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition
Rai Congress Centre
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Learning from Heavy Industry Front Runners

Keynote Speaker:  Andrew Stokes, Global Practice Leader Surface Mining Innovation Rio Tinto
Moderator: John de Wardt, DE WARDT AND COMPANY

The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee (ART) will hold another exciting half day symposium on advances in drilling systems automation. The keynote speaker will present Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future Program™, a project that includes unprecedented levels of automation and remote operations. Other speakers from heavy industry front runners in automation applications will also describe how they drove implementation.

This is a complimentary event, but you must register to attend (limited capacity).

Register now »

A networking reception will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CET) sponsored by Integrated Drilling Equipment (IDE).

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Meet the 2012 SPE Drilling Engineering Award Winner

Kenneth E. Gray

Kenneth E. Gray, University of Texas, Austin, Texas USA

Kenneth E. Gray built a research center and conducted pioneering research on bit tooth impact mechanics under pressure and 3-D rock behavior under 3-D stresses. Additionally, Gray has developed techniques for simultaneous measurement of rock parameters for variable stress paths, designed core bits for Apollo Program, and introduced the concept of Dynamic Density Control for improving HSE footprints of every drilling rig on land or water.

Hazim H. Abass

Meet the 2012 SPE Completions Optimization and Technology Award

Hazim H. Abass

Hazim H. Abass, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

For his pioneering work on coning-based completion, oriented  perforation, non-planar hydraulic fracturing in horizontal wells, acid vs. proppant fracturing in carbonate formation, sanding tendency, and directed fracturing, Hazim Abass has earned regional & international SPE awards, company awards,10 patents, more than 45 papers, contribution to 3 industrial books, and more than 500 citations.

 

SPE Awards

Congratulations to the 2012 International Award Winners: Drilling and Completions

Please join SPE in congratulating the 2012 SPE International Award recipients. The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2012 International Award recipients at their recent meeting. Seventeen international award committees recommended these winners to the board because of their outstanding and significant technical, professional, and service contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry. The winners were chosen from a pool of first rate candidates. SPE President Ganesh Thakur will present the awards to the winners at ATCE in San Antonio Texas.

Drilling Engineering Award
Fred E. Dupriest, ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas, USA
Kenneth E. Gray, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA

View a full list of 2012 International Award Winners »

Learn more about SPE International and Regional Awards »

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JPT Online Technology Briefs

Multifunctional Handling tool launched

Weatherford International recently announced the launch of its UniSlips all-in-one handling tool, the industry’s first rotary-mounted, multifunctional slip for casing, tubing, or drillpipe operations. Read more »

New subsea system launched for jack-up drilling units

Argus Subsea has recently introduced the AZ-15J subsea tree and wellhead system, specially designed for jack-up mobile drilling units. The company states that the new system is the world’s first purpose-built system that allows operators to drill and complete wells at up to 15,000 PSI working pressure without special riser systems or temporary abandonments. Read more »

New drilling motor promises performance boost in challenging environments

Mpact Downhole Motors has introduced a new proprietary downhole drilling motor that promises significant increases in performance and reliability. Designated Model 775 7822 HTS, the drilling motor’s ultralow speed and robust design have helped reduced drilling downtime in field trials in Texas and Louisiana. Read more »

McDonough

Wellbore Tubulars

We wear small bands on our fingers for many reasons. The rings have many meanings; the wedding ring may be the most common. This band, signifying no beginning or end, represents a union or reminds the wearer that he or she is married. It is traditionally worn on the left hand, on the vena amoris, the digit that the Romans believed was connected directly to the heart. Puzzle rings, or gimmel bands, are another type of ring used as wedding bands that has dual meanings. The word “gimmel” comes from the Latin gemellus and means “twin” or “paired.” Engaged couples would each wear one piece of the puzzle ring and, upon marriage, join the two bands with another provided by the priest. Once joined, the bands formed a puzzle that, if removed, was difficult to piece back together. Deceit that led to infidelity was made more difficult because the wearer might not be able to put the puzzle back together. Wedding rings have different traditions in eastern and western cultures, but they always hold a strong mental connection for the wearers.

Rings also tie us to our accomplishments or recollections. School rings and championship rings can tie us to a collegiate career or a significant athletic accomplishment. The purpose of these rings is to remember. I have always been inspired by a tradition that many Canadian engineers have of wearing an iron ring. The ring is worn on the little finger of the engineer’s dominant hand so that, when writing or tasking with the dominant hand, the engineer is reminded of his or her obligations. The tradition holds that the iron in the ring came from a bridge that failed and cost many lives. The ring is small and is designed to be a constant reminder. The tradition continues when the engineer retires; the ring is returned to service as an “experienced ring.”

Preventing failures in our field is imperative for safety and economic operation. Learning from these failures, properly documenting and remembering them, is important for avoiding catastrophes. We may engineer a process, a method, or a particular part to reduce failures and enhance operations. Solid-expandable-tubular technology is a fairly new technology that is gaining more promising and important applications in oil- and gas-wellbore design. Constant improvements to the deployment of this technology are increasing its reliability and number of applications. Heat treatment of the expansion-cone material used in an expanding tubular is one such modification. The drillpipe-connection phase of the drilling operation can be one of the greater opportunities for failures and mishaps. An improperly handled connection procedure can damage drillpipe; stick a drillstring; and, in the case of managed- pressure drilling, induce an unwanted influx. One of the selected papers reviews a database of drillpipe-connection damage, and another reviews a method for making connections in the managed-pressure environment.

Read the paper synopses in the June 2012 issue of JPT.

Casey McDonough, SPE, is a drilling engineer for Chesapeake Operating. He has 7 years of practical drilling experience working in the Permian Basin and with the Barnett and Marcellus shale. McDonough has nearly 20 years of combined consulting, managerial, technical, and field experience in the oil and gas industry. He has worked as a consultant for Knowledge Systems, providing clients with pore-pressure and wellbore-stability studies. McDonough also held technical and managerial positions in downhole logging-while-drilling development for Dresser and Halliburton, where he contributed to density, neutron, vibration, and hot-hole technology. He began his career as a field engineer for Sperry Sun Drilling Services and holds a BS degree in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma. McDonough serves on the JPT Editorial Committee.