Category Archives: Management and Information

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Director’s Note: Introduction

As your new Management & Information (M&I) Technical Director, I would like to use my first words in these notes to thank you for your service and constant support of SPE. It is an honor to serve on the SPE Board of Directors (BOD) and I plan, during the next 3 years of my mandate, to use this space as a channel of communication about all initiatives in our M&I area.

I would like to thank and commend my predecessor, Cindy Reece, for the fantastic work and leadership she showed during the last 3 years as a member of the Board. Cindy was an indefatigable thinker and hard worker advancing several M&I issues. She was a driving force in the initiative to understand the challenges to attract, develop, and retain PE faculty. Within this area, she also led the effort to organize in 2013 the Forum on Education with the theme “2020 Foresight – Ensuring Educational Excellence for Upstream Engineering Resources.” Cindy continues serving SPE and we are currently working together to organize a new forum in 2016 (more information later).

We have a busy, and hopefully very productive, year ahead of us. Besides the efforts towards the 2016 Education Forum, we will be working on plans for a few other 2016 proposed fora as well as several 2015/2016 SPE events covering aspects of the M&I discipline. Also, we will be working closely with the newly elected leadership of the Digital Energy (DE) and Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A) technical sections. Additionally, we are fostering an initiative to publish a technical report for Decision Quality in Multi-Company Upstream Projects.

In the upcoming months, I plan to update you on all the above mentioned initiatives.   We will also have guest writers commenting on important topics related to M&I. Thank you again for being part of SPE. I welcome your comments, feedback, and assistance to help improve our M&I area. Please feel free to contact me at jc-cunha@spemail.org.

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Distinguished Lecturer: Shale Plays and the World’s Energy Supply and Demand Equation

The global shale revolution is just beginning. Although technical advancements are largely responsible for unlocking the potential of shale gas, the industry’s coordination with a broad set of stakeholders (governments, regulators, academia, the public) argu­ably have equal, and perhaps more, influence on the implemen­tation of new shale developments.

Join Joseph Frantz as he discusses the topic.

January 13, 2015              Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
January 14, 2015              Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
January 15, 2015              Amarillo, Texas, USA
January 19, 2015              Austin, Texas, USA
January 20, 2015              Houston, Texas, USA
January 21, 2015              Dallas, Texas, USA
January 22, 2015              Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Distinguished Lecturer: Offshore CO2 EOR and CCS Program

Offshore use of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is in its infancy, but, with the adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to decarbonize fossil-fueled power generation, there is a time-critical opportunity to add value to the CCS chain by adopting and maturing offshore CO2 EOR. The talk will include policy background, plans by utility companies, sources and sinks for CO2, the EOR opportunity, infrastructure requirements, logistics, and engineering challenges.

Join David Hughes as he discusses the topic.

January 13, 2015              New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
January 14, 2015              Jackson, Mississippi, USA
January 15, 2015              Wichita, Kansas, USA
January 19, 2015              Bridgeport, W. Virginia, USA

Web Events

Web Event: Safety Culture

Attend a web event on “Safety Culture Before and After Bhopal” presented by Howard Duhon on 11 March. This webinar will tackle some challenging questions such as – ‘How is safety culture different today?’, ‘What impact did Bhopal have?’, and ‘Did it have more impact on design or on operations?’

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Web Event: Cyber Espionage

Join the 28 January web event on “Target, Havex, Shamoon, Night Dragon: How Cyber Espionage Impacts the Oil and Gas Industry and How You Can Make a Difference” presented by Betsy Woudenberg. This web event will review recent cyber campaigns and how and why cyber adversaries have their sights set not only on IT systems, but also engineering systems, control systems and industrial devices of some of the largest companies in the world, including manufacturing and energy.

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New Web Event Featuring Research Fellowship Award Winners

Attend a webinar presenting the findings of six Research Fellowship Award winners. This webinar will be divided into two parts.  Part 1 will be held on 8 October at 0830 CDT and will cover “Fracturing Fluids, Improved Hydrocarbon Estimation and Role of Microfractures on Hydraulic Fracturing.”  The presenters are Reza Barati, Zoya Heidari, and A. Dahi-Teleghanii. Part 2 will occur on 15 October at 0830 CDT and will examine “Advances on Sparse Representation of Reservoir Properties, Fluid Characterization Methods for Steam-Solvent Co-Injection, and Full-Resolution Simulations of Multi-Scale Processes.”  The presenters are Behnam Jafarpour, Ryosuke Okuno, and Rami M. Younis.

Awards

SPE Announces International Award Winners for 2014

The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2014 International Award recipients at their recent meeting in Cartagena, Colombia. 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. SPE President Jeff Spath will present the awards to the winners in October at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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SPE Workshop—Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics: Decision Making and Value Delivery

The PD2A Technical Section is presenting a workshop on Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics: Decision Making and Value Delivery, on 19–20 November 2014, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, USA. A training course will precede the workshop. Offered by Shahab Mohaghegh on 18 November, the course is titled Advanced Data Driven Analytics for Reservoir and Production Management of Shale Assets. Get additional information and register for these events.

Web Events

Business and Human Rights—What is Your Company’s Responsibility?

Join the 9 July web event to hear from three experts and further understand elements of business respect for human rights. Ursula Wynhoven will review the international framework for business and human rights with an emphasis on expectations of and opportunities for companies in the extractive sector. Yadaira Orsini will share her experience with conflict sensitive business practice with some highlights on case studies. Nili Safavi will provide insights on implementing business and human rights internally.  The webinar is moderated by Roper Cleland. Learn more »