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 »
Attracting attendees from around the world, ATCE offers expanded and enhanced programming for PFC professionals. This dynamic conference and exhibition will feature best practices, future trends, and the newest tools and technologies.
Learn and network at one or more of these special events focused on PFC.
• Separations Technology Special Session
• Projects, Facilities, and Construction Dinner
• Topic: Decommissioning
• Projects, Facilities, and Construction Paper Sessions
• Flow Assurance Special Session
Browse the conference website to learn more and register.
The August Oil and Gas Facilities magazine is now available online. Read about Repsol’s facilities operations in Ecuador’s Amazon, engineering for decommissioning during project design, and more.
Listen to a live webinar featuring Stephen Framptoni on 21 August as he discusses “HSSE-SR: Major Capital Projects—Increasing Safety Assurance in Construction, Load out, Transportation, Installation, Hookup and Commissioning.” This presentation will dwell on the Execute phase activities of an offshore major capital projects (MCP), from design and engineering through to construction, installation, hookup and commissioning.
Attend a web event on “Crude by Rail Car Issues” sponsored by SPE Gulf Coast Section’s Health, Safety & Environment Study Group. Presented by David Friedman, this web event will be broadcast on 29 July.
This presentation will review the findings of a Bakken Crude Survey DOT conducted by The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPM). The AFPM survey is based on an analysis of more than 1,400 Bakken crude samples that 17 AFPM members submitted in response to a survey. In addition, AFPM will discuss their support of a holistic approach to improving the safe transportation of crude oil by rail.
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 »