Category Archives: Projects, Facilities and Construction

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Web Event: Getting to Zero Series

Listen to a web event on “Getting to Zero Series: ‘The Road to Stavanger’ – Asia Pacific” presented by Jack Hinton and John Karish on 26 August. The second in a series of events leading to a culminating workshop that will be held with the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, the SPE Gulf Coast Section is hosting an interactive session to initiate the industry’s conversation as to how we can eliminate HSE incident occurrence. During the session, participants will hear how Baker Hughes established their Perfect HSE Day and the remarkable results it has provided, quadrupling their number of incident free days in only two years, achieving the equivalent of a perfect quarter in 2014.

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Web Event: Growing Energy Challenges

Hear a web event on “Proposed Technologies to Address E&P’s Growing Energy Challenges” on 8 September. The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges to meet the world’s fast-growing energy needs and we don’t have all the answers. To address these situations, SPE held a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our challenges. This webinar will feature the three winning projects that address these challenges. The featured speakers will be Vaihab Bahadur (first place) and Omar Laghrouche (third place).

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Web Event: Global Communication Strategies

Join a web event on “Strategies for Global Communication in the Oil and Gas Industry” presented by Lori Dalrymple on 3 September. As companies expand across the globe, challenges to communications grow as well. To work effectively with others from different cultures, the first step is to recognize and understand differences, then deal sensitively with people from other backgrounds. This presentation will teach effective strategies for global communication in the industry.

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Web Event: How to Present Your Paper

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.

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Web Event Highlights: Managing Project Complexity

FACT:  Most oil and gas projects fail. Why does this happen? “Because complexity has caught up with us and our projects are simply too complex to manage,” said Projects, Facilities and Construction Technical Director Howard Duhon in his recent SPE Web Event, “Managing Project Complexity.”

“Our projects must be complex because the environment we work in is complex.”

Complexity is generally used to characterize something with many parts where those parts interact with each other in multiple ways.

IPA Project Success metrics:     

  • Cost overrun < 25%
  • Schedule overrun < 25%
  • Initial 2-yr. Production > 80%

Oil and gas project complexity comes from a combination of both a Complex Physical System (CPS), i.e. the project design, and a Complex Adaptive System (CAS), i.e. the design organization. Duhon said As the CAS size increases, coordination losses increase, i.e. “if you double the number of humans, you do not double the work … you may get less work done!”

Project management is based on positivist philosophy, reductionist techniques, and control, he explained, and that we are taught to break apart problems. This apparently makes complex tasks more manageable, but we pay a hidden, enormous price.

Duhon said the oil and gas industry needs to study the various components which make our projects complex in order to achieve the right level of complexity.  Requisite project design complexity may be approached through either Zero-Based design or Design Simplification, with careful consideration of the design objectives.  Additionally, the suitability of the design organization needs to be assessed with Design Organization Gap Analysis.

The consequences of the fact that most oil and gas projects fail is that vast sums of project money are wasted, projects become uneconomical, companies become unviable, industry health suffers, and society suffers.  Duhon said our projects must be complex because our work environment is complex.  However, much of the added complexity is expensive and unnecessary to safely produce oil and gas.  Affordable energy is critical to society.  The industry has changed the world and it must be able to provide affordable energy.

View the on-demand web event: Managing Project Complexity

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Understanding Communities: A Key to Project Success

Many factors can influence public perception of the oil and gas industry and the projects we develop. Increasingly, public acceptability can make or break our license to operate. Engineers and other technical leaders frequently view the problem as one that can be overcome with public education.

But education can only be successful if we first achieve a level of trust within the community. Building trust requires developing an understanding of the community. One of the most important approaches is for operators to understand the needs and expectations of the communities where we operate, and for project teams to educate themselves about the expectations of the local community that will be impacted by a project.

Each community is unique; the challenges are multifaceted. Join Trey Shaffer (SPE HSSE-SR Technical Director) and Howard Duhon (SPE PFC Technical Director) during this session at ATCE 2015 as they explore some notable industry efforts in community engagement and education as well as critical success factors for effective community engagement. Learn more about ATCE and register here.

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Research & Development Technical Section Dinner at ATCE: Manufacturing for Oil and Gas

On Sunday, 27 September at ATCE, join us for this special dinner event, “Manufacturing for Oil and Gas,” featuring keynote presentations followed by an intimate discussion about modern materials and manufacturing technologies, their revolutionary impact on rapid prototyping, and their application to oil and gas development. The keynote speaker will be Sha-Chelle Manning of Pioneer Natural Resource. Learn more about ATCE and register here.

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Research & Development Technical Section Plans Topical Luncheon for ATCE

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon at ATCE 2015 on Tuesday, 29 September, to facilitate focused dialogue on new materials, techniques, and their applications to oil and gas. In a series of informative and thought-provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Learn more about ATCE and register here.