The start of this year saw most oilfield companies cut back significantly their spending plans in response to the dramatic drop in the oil price. The SPE Technical Directors have arranged a special session titled “Managing the Future Impact of Current Cost Cutting” to explore what the industry could and should be doing to minimize the impact this cost cutting will have both now and in the future. Plan to attend this special session at ATCE on Tuesday, 29 September. Register today!
Listen to a web event on “Human Factors/Crew Resource Management: Perspectives for Inputs to Risk Management Framework” presented by Phil Grossweiler on 2 September. Oil and gas industry interest in applying human factors concepts in managing risk has grown significantly since the Macondo spill. The range of literature, industry studies, workshops, and presentations covering human factors (HF) topics is extensive. Crew resource management (CRM) is one of the elements of human factors also getting a lot of recent attention. This presentation will discuss and suggest several key takeaways — potential “low-hanging fruit” where human factors and CRM can help manage enterprise risk.
Are you willing to share your knowledge with an audience of SPE members? If you are, we invite you to join Speaker Source, an online directly of E&P professionals who share expertise and experience with SPE Sections and Student Chapters.
Hear a web event on “Managing Project Complexity” presented by Howard Duhon on 23 June. Most projects overrun their budget and/or schedule significantly and/or produce less oil/gas than promised. The complexity of our projects and project design teams is at least partially responsible for project failure rates. An SPE Work Study group is presently addressing the impact of complexity and its contribution to project failures. This presentation will include preliminary findings from that study.
The SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Technical Discipline is pleased to announce the formation of a new technical section to give its members, regardless of discipline, an increased awareness and opportunity to network in the area of sustainable development.
This section seeks to:
• Exchange sustainable development technical information
• Support members in acquiring sustainable development competencies
• Raise awareness of the role sustainable development plays in the oil and gas industry
• Improve performance through better application of sustainable development principles and practices
• Liaise with and learn from other industry organizations
Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at monthly virtual meetings, forums, and workshops. Join now to engage in discussions with other SPE members. Enjoy the convenience of online collaboration and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting each year. Learn more and join today!
Hear a web event on “Scrubbers: Advances in High Capacity Scrubber Internals and Performance Boosting with Inline Pre-Separation” presented by Danny Thierens on 17 June. In continuation with our theme on Scrubber Designs, this webinar will focus on high capacity internals advancements and services in which these internals may be applied. Enhanced separation efficiency and/or capacity can be further obtained when combined with a pre-separator upstream of the high capacity scrubber in the form of an inline cyclonic separator. Various concept and layouts will be presented and discussed.
Tune in for the web event “Increase Efficiency and Reliability in Oil and Gas,” presented by Jeff Jensen on 19 May. This web event focuses on advanced automation architectures and software techniques that leverage data analytics and system modularity to achieve greater operational efficiency and reliability. Doing “more with less” is highlighted through specific technologies that combine advanced hardware and software into unified platforms. Applications are then presented to comprehensively analyze the benefits, efficiencies, and robustness of these technologies and architecture design concepts.
Presenter: Mack Shippen, Product Champion, PIPESIM Software, Schlumberger
When: Wednesday, 20 May, 1100-1300 CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX
SPE Members: USD 40
Nonmembers: USD 50
Flow assurance engineers routinely encounter challenging problems relating to multiphase flow simulation. Some of these problems we can be trained to anticipate and deal with, whereas others emerge from strange, dark places and are simply, well, baffling! Drawing on experiences from a wide variety of industry projects across the world, a select few of these cases will be demonstrated in a simplified and sanitized form using PIPESIM. You will see that some problems defy intuition and that some methods we commonly use defy physics. The takeaway is advice on how to identify such problems before it is too late.
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A
Join Tracy LeRoy and David Denton on 14 July for the web event “What You Need to Know About Investigations Affecting Operations In the Oil and Gas Industry.” They’ll include a discussion of how internal and government-driven investigations work, what to expect if your company is being investigated, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws affecting operations in the oil and gas industry, and related ethical issues.
Good choices are the result of an effective decision-making process and reducing the effects of cognitive biases. Decision-making occurs at all levels in organizations, from strategic to operational choices. On 20 May, join Margaret Crichton for a webinar about how to make great decisions for your organization. Topics will include:
• Individual decision making
• Collaborative decision making
• Cognitive biases
Suggestions from “The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture” (SPE-170575-TR) will be discussed in the context of improving the decision-making process. Register today!