Facilities engineers are old-school engineers that have a good handle on all the engineering disciplines. They are often called on to troubleshoot, debottleneck, and optimize process plants. To do this, they need to understand the interactions between the instrumentation and service systems that affect control systems, the control element itself, safety systems, chemicals, rates, pressures, and temperatures.
Facilities engineers have to have broad experience and broad shoulders. The position is responsible for systems integration, processes, and the economic aspects of decision-making. The tasks can require mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and controls, or configuration and field development knowledge. The facilities engineer can’t detail design it all and needs to turn to others for support. SPE offers that support with training, knowledge transfer, and online technical communities, which are monitored by experienced engineers ready to offer advice and solutions.
PTI Deepwater (Subsea Processing)
Join us for the Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner on Monday, 27 October from 1900–2200 in Ballroom A&B at the Hilton Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Over the next several years, the E&P industry faces a major challenge in the increasing number of platforms that will be decommissioned. Executing these projects in a way that is economical, safe, socially acceptable, and environmentally sound will present many technical, operational, and project management problems.
This panel discussion will bring together leaders from the major oil and gas companies to discuss the facilities, project and construction related issues involved in:
- The various phases of a decommissioning project
- Developing robust standards and procedures for execution
- The facilities design features that can greatly simplify and facilitate eventual decommissioning
- The important factors that control the timeline and economics
- How to capture and implement learnings, and how to achieve continuous improvement
- The associated hazards and risks
- Environmental factors that must be overcome and which must be met
To purchase your PFC Dinner ticket in advance: Go to the ATCE registration page, click on “Attendee Registration” followed by “Next” and choose the “Complete/Edit Your Existing Registration” option to log in. You can then add and pay for your PFC dinner ticket.
Join the 18 November web event on “Facility Operability: Designing Operable Facilities” presented by Bill Capedevielle. The Oil & Gas industry has been designing and constructing facilities for decades, and they have all been started up and operated successfully. Why do we need to pay special attention to “Facility Operability?” In this live web event, the speaker will share the things of primary importance with regard to ”Facility Operability, ” including his experiences and learnings of almost 10 years of working with these issues.
Join the 10 December web event on “Emerging Approaches to Fatigue Risk Management”presented by Martin Moore-Ede and Daniel Mollocone. This web event includes presentations from two speakers on the topic. Moore-Ede will discuss the progress of this R&D, and some innovative new approaches to managing these risks and avoiding an LED-induced shift worker health epidemic. Mollicone will present an overview of biological factors that contribute to fatigue in a context relevant to the oil and gas industry.
Join the 14 October web event on “PFC: Improving Business Decision-Making to Improve Asset Development Economics” presented by Neeraj Nandurdikar. This presentation will look at recent records of delivering E&P asset developments and their performance.
I joined SPE in June 1987, on the recommendation of a senior staff scientist at Conoco. I had just finished overseeing the design and construction of a water technology test centre in Scotland’s Orkney Isles, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend an SPE Forum on water treatment in Crested Butte, Colorado. The discount that SPE membership provided was more than offset by the discount given when attending this event, which taught me early on that SPE membership gives good value! The 5 days I spent in stunning Colorado surroundings was one of the richest learning experiences I have encountered, and I started to build a strong network of colleagues who remain friends and business associates in the international oil and gas industry to this day.
I have since attended various SPE fora, applied technology workshops and similar events, which have all proved valuable learning experiences. The events are established by engineers, for engineers, with the very professional support and coaching of SPE staff. SPE has also been an important part of providing quality and value for an increasing number of industry conferences and exhibitions, including of course OTC and Offshore Europe.
My career has now spanned 31 years, all of it associated with technology and intellectual property management. I spent the first decade of my career working in Scotland, after which I moved to Norway, which has been my home for 21 years. I have seen “both sides of the fence”, having worked for a research and development organisation and then an equipment supplier, before moving to positions with several international operators, including my current employer Statoil, where I have been since 2009. I have travelled extensively with my work, and have met members of the “SPE clan” all over the world.
As my career has developed, it has been a pleasure starting to pay back what was so generously given to me in my early work years. I have presented at and participated in SPE conferences and workshops all over the world. Something that gives me particular pride is the opportunity to chair or co-chair the first four SPE advanced technology workshops on subsea processing, held from 2006–2012 in Italy and Norway. This baton has now been passed on to new and (slightly) younger talent! The next event will be held in Brazil in 2015, which emphasises the international nature of our industry, and the global span of SPE. I remain a member of the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Advisory Committee.
I fully intend to remain an active and supportive member of SPE in my future career, and have just noticed that the year in which I am scheduled to retire is the year I will reach the 50-year SPE Legion of Honour (or Honor, for my US friends)! I look forward to the next two decades of SPE membership, and hope that this testimonial inspires others to join SPE and become active members, with all the benefits that this can provide.”
Attend a web event on “Human Factors in Drilling: Are there practical tools for use at the wellsite?” presented by John Thorogood on 12 November. The purpose of the webinar is to present the concept of Threat and Error Management to the audience, to engage with them and to seek their feedback as to whether this approach is viable in today’s operational climate.
Attend a web event on “Meeting the Challenges of Effective Occurrence Investigations” presented by Maury Hill on 5 November. Occurrences (accidents and incidents), whether they take place in the transportation industry, health care settings or in highly industrialized plants, occur regularly and all too frequently, sometimes with fatal and disastrous results. Occurrences place a great burden on organizations, their workers, and at times the general public. This web event will be of interest to all those interested in developing an effective investigation system, and in developing skills in effectively investigating the causes of accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions in their environment.
Listen to a live webinar on “EPA Subpart Quad O—Opportunities, Technologies and Solutions for Vent Gas Management in Upstream Oil and Gas Operations.” Presented by Jeff Voorhis and Audrey Mascarenhas, this web event will be broadcast on 23 September. Hear about a new federal air quality rule governing midstream and upstream activity that is now in effect. The rule contains new regulations and revisions to existing statutes, as well as has a major impact on how the Oil and Gas industry has been operating regarding waste gas emissions. Vent Gas Management is an area companies need to explore to increase their bottom line and reduce liability. This talk will be on opportunities, solutions and techniques in Vent Gas Management.
Join Stan Christman on 7 October as he discusses analyses contained within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board report on the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer. This webinar will include how the incident unfolded, causes, contributing factors, and lessons to be learned. Learn more »