Welcome to the SPE’s Drilling discipline page, a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the drilling community.
Since the introduction of Technical Directors in 2001, Drilling and Completions has been a single technical discipline, represented on the Board by a single Technical Director. With the increasing complexity of completions operations and technologies, drilling and completions have come to be regarded by the industry as distinct, albeit closely linked, disciplines. This has been recognized by the SPE for some time with separate awards for Drilling Engineering and for Completions Optimization and Technology.
At their March 2016 meeting, the SPE Board approved the creation of a new Completions technical discipline. They believe the interests of members from the drilling and completions communities will be better served if each has a separate technical discipline and Technical Director. This significant step emphasizes the importance of both drilling and completions engineering to SPE and to our industry. It strengthens the representation of the drilling and completions communities on the Board, and allows more focused and effective communications between the Technical Directors and the communities they represent. I encourage you to visit the Completions discipline page to find out more.
I believe it’s important that SPE provides the support drilling professionals need to drill every well safely, efficiently, and with minimized environmental impact. Capability development and knowledge transfer are two key elements of SPE’s strategy.
SPE’s ever-growing catalogue of training courses, our competency matrices and the recently introduced competency management tool support capability development. So too do the many webinars we stage, all of which are now accessible for on-demand replay whenever convenient.
Many of SPE’s knowledge transfer tools are well established – OnePetro, SPE Drilling and Completion journal, textbooks, regional and global conferences, forums and workshops, SPE Connect, PetroWiki, and the webinar series.
To me it’s no surprise that the Drilling online community has become a particularly lively forum for discussion of drilling related matters, technical and operational challenges. Special thanks to all members who share experience and insight and who stimulate thought and discussion with their fellow SPE members through this community.
PetroWiki has been a great success as a knowledge source, with nearly 670,000 unique users in the first quarter of 2016. But it could be even better with more and more frequent updates and new material additions. The next time you give a technical presentation, post an item on SPE Connect, or answer a colleague’s technical question, ask yourself “is that something which should be in PetroWiki?” And if the answer is yes, then please do think about contributing it. Your fellow SPE members will thank you for it.
The SPE is currently working to exploit the latest content management technologies to the full, to integrate our various knowledge repositories and to personalize for each member the delivery of the information and knowledge they want and need.
There are now 3 technical sections supporting and promoting special drilling-related interests – Drilling Systems Automation, Wellbore Positioning, and the newest Drilling Uncertainty Prediction. You’ll find links to these technical sections on this page.
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. Please visit the Get Involved pages of SPE.org to learn more about how you can help your fellow members by contributing to SPE activities.
It’s been my honour and privilege to serve as the SPE’s Technical Director for Drilling and Completions since September 2013. A lot has changed since then. Our industry has experienced what may well be its most significant and longest lasting downturn in well construction activity. SPE is striving to keep our services as relevant in bad times as in good, to help our members keep their skills and knowledge current and to stay connected with the industry so that they’re ready to return when demand for their expertise does. 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.
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Welcome to the spe.org Technical Discipline page for SPE’s newest discipline: Completions! SPE is pleased to provide this new discipline option for its members.
SPE’s Board of Directors has created a new “Completions” technical discipline, concluding that the interests of SPE professional members from the drilling, completions, and production and operations communities would be best served if Completions became a separate technical discipline.
Currently, Completions Engineering is regarded by the industry as a separate discipline in its own right, distinct from drilling, because of the increasing complexity of completions technologies and operations. In addition, the Production and Operations discipline definition includes some topics that are now often thought of as falling under the category of Completions Engineering, which has resulted in ambiguity about whether some activities should be classified as Drilling and Completions or Production and Operations. Drilling and Completions is the largest SPE technical discipline, comprising more than 25 percent of SPE’s professional members.
With the addition of Completions, SPE’s seventh technical discipline, changes will be seen across all of SPE’s programs and member benefits. Be on the lookout for notifications from SPE that will allow you to update your member profile and if applicable, select your new preferred technical discipline.
The new Completions discipline includes the following major technical categories:
- Completion Selection and Design
- Completion Installation and Operations
- Well Monitoring Systems/Intelligent Wells
- Sand Control
- Hydraulic Fracturing
- Completion Fluids
- Completions Evaluation
- Well integrity
- Fundamental Research in Well Completions
This webpage is your portal for the new SPE Completions community. For those of you whose primary or secondary technical discipline is Completions, I encourage you to log into your SPE member account and update your technical discipline preference accordingly. Also, please check this page frequently, as we will be updating it regularly with new information regarding the Completions discipline.
SPE, the SPE Board of Directors, and I all hope this new addition to the SPE technical disciplines family will help meet your interests and position SPE’s technical structure for many years to come.
If you have any questions or concerns about this new update or how SPE can better serve the Completions community, please contact me.
Acting Completions Technical Director
We all recognize and appreciate the challenges of the present downturn, especially the effects on field operations, development planning, and reservoir management. However, the workloads in reservoir engineering and formation evaluation have never been higher. SPE has targeted the same level of technical standards at its conferences and workshops, and there are many venues available for those seeking exposure and guidance for Reservoir Description and Dynamics.
For guidance, please see:
I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to network and collaborate.
As always, my “virtual door” is always open if I can be of assistance/guidance in matters related to Reservoir Description and Dynamics.
I am honored to serve as your 2016-2018 Technical Director for the Production & Operations (P&O) discipline. As the P&O Technical Director, I am responsible for ensuring the quality coverage of these topics across SPE meetings, webinars, training courses, publications, and other member services. I am always looking for suggestions on how to improve the SPE P&O community, so if you have ideas for new events, programs, conferences, or training, please feel free to contact me. I am currently a senior consulting engineer with
Barree & Associates based in Lakewood, Colorado, where I specialize in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and production issues. Prior to joining the company, I was an associate professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines, where I still hold a part-time appointment as an Associate Research Professor.
The P&O discipline covers a wide range of topics including: artificial lift systems; well operations, optimization, and stimulation; well and reservoir surveillance and monitoring; and production chemistry and metallurgy. If your daily duties or personal interests are reflected in these topics, I encourage you to take advantage of all that the discipline and its associated resources can provide.
The SPE’s P&O discipline webpage will be your portal to P&O offerings and events for the community. I encourage you to take advantage of it in your everyday activities. Some of the features of this page are:
- Webevents: register for upcoming web events and view archives of P&O webinars previously offered.
- Review calls for papers and upcoming conferences of interest to the P&O community.
- Click on the SPE Connect link to join the P&O online community where you can review, contribute to and / or start group discussions on topics of interest in P&O topics.
In addition to the P&O information directly associated with this webpage, there are many other technology transfer opportunities you can take advantage of as a member of SPE.
- The Production & Operations Journal publishes peer reviewed papers on topics including artificial lift, downhole equipment, formation damage, workovers, and stimulation.
- org provides a variety of information on P&O topics and was created directly from SPE’s Petroleum Engineering Handbook.
- org contains a library of technical documents and journal articles for the SPE community.
I thank you for your support of and participation in SPE and look forward to hearing from and working with you for the next three years.
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.
Welcome to the SPE HSSE-SR discipline page. This is intended to be a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the HSSE-SR community. I would like to regularly share with the HSSE-SR discipline hot topics in the Oil &Gas industry that are particularly important to me. Additionally, I would like to invite discipline members to the Health, Safety and Environment online discussion community on SPE Connect.
Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where unanticipated community concerns can significantly reduce the return on investment. One of my goals as HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of the project they are working on that success can depend on something outside the realm of the design specifications and engineering — public acceptability.
Many project delays are the result of non-technical issues. For a variety of reasons, there is not always a straight-forward path to address these issues early in the project life cycle. Some ideas to better prepare the industry include: (1) dealing with sustainability issues beyond regulatory requirements, (2) recognizing issues outside the workplace or outside the normal bounds of exploration, development production, which will require attention, and (3) understanding that what works changes from place to place.
During my tenure as the HSSE-SR Technical Director, I will focus on the following four objectives:
- Strengthen the HSSE-SR profile and content across the SPE portfolio of Technical Programs and Events (especially flagship events)
- Grow SPE HSSE-SR membership and further establish SPE as the preferred learning and networking destination for HSE Professionals in the Oil and Gas industry
- Realize the SPE Mission through active HSSE-SR volunteers in emerging and key growth geographies
- Collaborate and engage with other sectors, organizations and sister societies
Based on a February 20, 2015 census of SPE members, 5,022 SPE members consider HSSE-SR a primary or secondary discipline. As HSSE-SR issues become increasingly important to our industry, we have a significant potential to grow our discipline over the coming years. After conducting a market study during my few months as the HSSE-SR Technical, we have a significant growth opportunity:
More than 23,000 potential new members across key SPE geographies. Nearly 6x growth potential for HSSE-SR beyond February 2015 SPE census including more than 20,000 potential HSSE-SR members in 13 key geographies.
- Significant HSSE-SR opportunities with the greatest numeric growth potential in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and Malaysia.
- The Asia Pacific region including China, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia represents the largest regional growth opportunity outside of North America with as many as 3,743 potential members.
- The Top 3 SPE regions for HSSE-SR Members include Gulf Coast USA, North Sea and Middle East.
- As an emerging market, Mexico represents significant growth potential.
SPE is doing significant good work for our members and our industry. I look forward to ensuring that the HSSE-SR technical discipline does our part to support the mission of SPE around the world.
I am a Senior Partner for Environmental Resources Management (ERM), based in Houston, Texas. I perform a leadership role in helping ERM’s multinational clients solve a broad range of sustainability, environmental, and safety challenges. Before joining ERM in 2003, I was a director for Boots & Coots International Well Control, where I led the Downstream Services Division. I have held senior positions in both operations and commercial development. I support clients with a variety of challenges, including sustainability, strategy, management systems, impact assessment, and permitting for upstream capital projects, as well as broad environmental, safety, and regulatory compliance throughout the world.
In 2010, I received the SPE North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. I joined the SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors in 2013 and also serve as the Gulf Coast Section HSSE-SR Study Group Chair. In addition, I serve on the board of directors of Volunteer Houston. I earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University.
I look forward to serving as your 2015-2018 SPE Technical Director. Thank you!
It is my plan to keep you posted on all current developments and initiatives regarding M&I within SPE, but this time, I would like to comment on Management & Information and its associated disciplines.
First, a clarification for those not versed on the composition of the SPE Board of Directors. The SPE board has 6 technical directors, an Academia director, 2 at-large directors, and 18 regional directors representing global geographical regions with SPE local sections. The 6 technical directors lead the 6 main technical discipline areas in which SPE is involved, namely: (1) Drilling and Completions, (2) Production and Operations, (3) Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, (4) Projects, Facilities and Construction, (5) Reservoir Description and Dynamics, and (6) Management and Information (M&I).
I am sure that most of our members do not have any doubts regarding the disciplines represented in five of the six areas above mentioned. No doubts about the meaning of Drilling & Completion or Production & Operations for example. However, regarding M&I, I was surprised to notice, since my nomination last year, how little our members know about it.
Since last year, when I was elected to the board, several times in informal conversation with members, colleagues from industry and even SPE staff, I was asked about the meaning of M&I. Also, I had several colleagues that assumed that M&I was an area of SPE dealing with Information Technology (IT) only.
Far from that—SPE M&I covers a range of subjects that are fundamental to our daily professional life, independently of one’s technical background in the oil industry. From Risk Management and Decision Making to Strategic Planning, from Asset and Portfolio Management to Energy Economics, from Information Management to Research & Development, M&I covers a variety of disciplines that are important and present in all areas of our industry. One area that I am particularly fond of is Professionalism, Training and Education. This important topic looks into aspects of Ethics, Personnel Competence, Professional Registration / Certification and University Curricula.
So, as you can see, our M&I technical area covers a variety of subjects that permeates through the entire industry and is relevant to most professionals. When you join SPE or when you update your profile in the SPE membership area you are required to choose a Primary Discipline. As an option, you may also choose a Secondary Discipline. I always tell my colleagues that if M&I is not your primary discipline, at least it should be your secondary since it covers an array of topics that are important to all others disciplines.
Our peer reviewed journal, SPE Economics & Management covers resource and reserve evaluation, portfolio / asset management, project valuation, uncertainty / risk assessment, benchmarking and performance indicators, information management, digital energy and petroleum economics. Active Technical Sections that cover subjects of M&I interest are Digital Energy, Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A), and Research & Development.
Now that you have a good idea about M&I, I invite you to get more involved. Join our M&I technical discussion at SPE Connect. Join or get more involved with our technical sections. Submit a paper to our journal. Your participation is important and always welcomed.
I will “talk” to you again next month. Meanwhile feel free to write me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPE Director for Management and Information
Trey Shaffer is a Senior Partner for ERM, based in Houston, Texas. He plays a leadership role in helping ERM’s multinational clients solve a broad range of sustainability, environmental, and safety challenges. Before joining ERM in 2003, he was a director for Boots & Coots International Well Control, where he led the Downstream Services Division. Shaffer has held senior positions in both operations and commercial development. He supports clients with a variety of challenges, including sustainability, strategy, management systems, impact assessment, and permitting for upstream capital projects, as well as broad environmental, safety, and regulatory compliance throughout the world.
In 2010, Shaffer received the SPE North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. He joined the SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors in 2013 and also serves as the Gulf Coast Section HSSE-SR Study Group Chair. In addition, Shaffer serves on the board of directors of Volunteer Houston. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University.