This 17 April webinar will feature three recipients of the SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, David DiCarlo, Shenglai Yang, and Phaneendra Babu Kondapi, for their innovative teaching techniques and excellence. More information »
Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer
Speaker: John Bartos, Corporate Vice President, Development and Technology for Cameron
When: Thursday, 3 April from 1130 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center—Westchase • 9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77042
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 35, Nonmember = USD 40
In November 2010 the Texas Heart Institute contacted Cameron asking if they would participate with them from an engineering standpoint in the design and development of the next generation total artificial heart. The doctors contacted Cameron based on the fact that they have significant expertise in the design of all kinds of pumps and compressors, plus the fact that Cameron is going to be around to support it. Cameron agreed to take this on and we put together the engineering team that exists today. The engineers work on this on a voluntary basis.
Organizer: Skip Davis, Chair R&D Study Group
SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Total Systems Approach to Flow Assurance in an Existing System
Presenter: Lynn Frostman, Baker Hughes
When: Tuesday, 18 March from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50
This overview presentation will cover a holistic approach to analyzing and mitigating flow assurance concerns in existing fields. The program will consider an example offshore system from reservoir to sales point, and present a “Flow Assurance 101″ primer. Specific attention will be given to the inter-relationships of the flow assurance risks and the impact of mitigation strategies on the total system.
1100–1130—Registration and Networking
1200–1300—Presentation and Q&A
Join Gene Kouba on 25 June for his web event that will discuss a modified two-parameter methodology in which the minimum droplet size that can be created from available energy along with the maximum droplet size that can survive in the flow are used to characterize the droplet size distribution. More information »
Sonia Gupta and Alison Colwell will discuss successes and challenges in determining social investment priorities, managing design and implementation, assessing social investment performance, and reporting on impact. Learn more »
Join John Walsh on 10 June for a webinar discussing the fundamentals of water soluble organics and chemical and mechanical methods for their removal. Recently discovered characteristics of water soluble organics will be presented. Learn more »
This webinar on 22 April by Howard Duhon discusses methods for generating SOPs that accomplish the dual goals of improved design and improved, safer operation. Learn more »
Modifications to career planning that better balance specific opportunities with flexibility and leverage the 24/7 technology-enabled work-styles can build and retain a more diverse, highly motivated workforce. Join Eve Sprunt on 27 March for an important discussion the dual-career workforce. Learn more »
Join speaker Mike Power on 25 March for a 90-minute webinar covering an overview of current Gravity separator design guidelines, application of guidelines for upstream operations, and challenges of upstream conditions (high turbulence, emulsions etc.) to separator design. More information»
Unconventional resources are highlighted in this issue. Operators are using alternative methods of water management, including recycling and reuse of their flowback and produced water, and at the same time, reduce the volumes of flowback and produced water that have to be transported, treated, and disposed. One size does not fit all, and economic variables differ across fields, wells, and operators. Another article looks at how operators are increasingly implementing metric-driven chemical management programs. An inefficient CMP can not only be a major contributor to operating expense, but can lead to later problems with flow assurance and infrastructure integrity, such as corrosion and failures. Check out the article on the design of smallbore pipework connections. Vibration-induced fatigue failures of pipework smallbore connections due to turbulent flow excitation continue to occur in process piping systems. One of the primary causes of these failures is poor design. The article presents a method to develop the concept of a cutoff natural frequency into a practical application that can be used during the design process.