More teams are operating virtually and the degree of virtual working could encompass a team that is spread across the globe. A number of issues become predominant for the manager in this setting. These include: managing the “them” and “us” syndrome amongst dispersed team members; motivating an individual that operates remotely from other members; creating a sense of team unity and identity; and understanding the range of national cultures that shape local individual decision making. By creating a collaborative environment, dispersed team members are encouraged to capture and share knowledge that aims at both the team and the organization’s institutional memory.
According to a recent survey by Millennial Branding and American Express, over 61% of managers consider soft skills to be more important than hard or technical skills.
Soft Skills can give you the edge to perform at your maximum abilities.
Many may recall what a profound impact the industry’s worst offshore Oil & Gas incident has had on our business. Survivor Steve Rae will discuss his thoughts and experiences from Piper Alpha to hopefully influence how safety can be improved by us all as individuals through accepting personal accountability and adopting a more proactive approach.
I am truly honored to serve on the SPE International Board of Directors as the Production and Facilities Technical Director.
As announced in the SPE website, the SPE Board of Directors has realigned the Production and Operations (P&O) and Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PFC) under one technical director. SPE members will not experience any changes to existing programs or resources. The P&O and PFC disciplines’ “identities” remain unaltered.
I would like to thank my immediate predecessors; Jennifer Miskimins and Shauna Noonan (P&O) and Howard Duhon (PFC) for their work to raise the profile of both disciplines. Indeed, the SPE now provides many resources to our members including:
This is the peer-review journal for the P&O discipline. It covers production operations, artificial lift, downhole equipment, control, multiphase flow, and related subjects.
Since its establishment in 2012, OGF has grown in stature and achieved widespread readership across SPE members of various technical disciplines; not just the PFC discipline. It is a web-only magazine, with frequently updated content. Access is free for SPE members.
Members from both the PFC and P&O disciplines are involved in three active technical sections that organize seminars, webinars, and workshops;
- Flow Assurance
- Separations Technology
- Water Handling and Management
- SPE Connect:
This is an excellent tool to solicit advice, benefit from others’ experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Our members tend to be more involved in the following two discussion groups:
- Projects, Facilities, and Construction
Rather than have a director’s blog, I shall be writing a monthly column for Oil & Gas Facilities.
This is a challenging time for our industry and for the SPE. With the help of the Advisory Committee, made of both P&O and PFC experienced members, my main objectives are:
- Assist the Board of Directors in guiding the SPE in these challenging times by identifying and prioritizing SPE programs that meet the members’ needs.
- Engage and encourage the participation of our P&O and PFC members in forums, workshops, conferences, and the support of our technical sections.
- YP (Young Professional) members are the future of SPE. There is a need to ensure their participation in various SPE activities such as writing SPE papers, chairing sessions, and volunteering for committee duties.
- Having served twice as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, I visited many SPE sections around the world and I do appreciate the international diversity of the SPE membership. My aim is to encourage more volunteering, particularly from outside North America and Western Europe.
I look forward to serving you for the next 3 years as the technical director for Production and Facilities. If you have any suggestions of how best to serve our communities, please let me know.
SPE Technical Director (Production & Facilities)
This report was written by a steering committee of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Industry input was obtained from a summit held April 2016 in Houston as well as members from SPE online communities. This Technical Report is based on discussions and conclusions from the summit and is intended to provide guidance on an industry-wide safety management data sharing program. The overall objective of the effort is to: a) eliminate or reduce risk of harm through industry sharing of data, b) to generate information that builds knowledge, understanding and ownership, and c) to disseminate recommended corrective actions to prevent a re-occurrence. It was approved by the SPE Board of Directors in September 2016.
Shales and other low-permeability formations require multistage completions, hydraulic fracturing, and horizontal wells to produce at economic rates. This webinar focuses on the multistage completion systems that are used in these applications, including plug-and-perf, ball-activated systems (frac sleeves), and coiled tubing-activated systems (annular fracturing). Learn the different types of wellbore completion options and how they compare in different applications. Join W. Aaron Burton on 3 November at 1000 Central Time.
Anne Litwin presents “Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together” on 20 October at 0830 Central Time. In this webinar, Litwin reveals startling paradoxes that spur misunderstandings, conflict, and between women on the job, along with structural issues that can make it difficult for women to feel valued or supported. Learn powerful solutions and tools for ways male and female leaders can create work environments that truly value the contributions of both women and men.
“How to Write a Good Technical Paper” will be the topic of this live webinar on 18 October at 0900 Central Time, presented by Byron Haynes, Jr.
Ian Roberts and Elena Valova present “An Integrated Simulation Approach to Field Development Planning” on 29 September at 1200 Central Time. This webinar will give an overview of integrated reservoir and production system simulation workflows and examples of how they have been applied in practice.
Learn more about this webinar and register.
In recognition of the growing multidisciplinary integration in the industry, the Petroleum Data Driven Analytics, Research & Development, and Digital Energy technical sections are hosting a joint dinner. Join them on Monday, 27 September 2016 from 1900 to 2130 hours.
The Multi-Technical Section Dinner is an exciting opportunity to connect and be inspired by a crowd intelligence platform for operators, NOCs, service companies, and academic researchers. The presenters will discuss challenges, opportunities, and innovations that will shape the future of the industry.
This is a ticketed event. Register and purchase your ticket today!