Category Archives: Reservoir Description and Dynamics

New Technical Section

New SPE Technical Section—Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

SPE has formed a Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), an area of interest for petroleum engineers worldwide. Industry interest in CCUS as a way to reduce emissions and for sequestering or storing carbon dioxide, has increased over the past decade. In response, SPE has stepped up programming in this area.

Carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) involves capturing CO2 emissions from large point sources such as power plants and either reutilizing or storing the emissions to keep them from entering the atmosphere.

Expanded Career Opportunities for Petroleum EngineersPossessing the know-how for evaluation, selection, and monitoring of underground storage sites garnered through decades of experience in the fields of CO2-enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and gas storage operations, the E&P segment of the oil and gas industry is anticipated to play a major role in the advancement of CCUS including broader application of CO2-EOR.

Moreover, lessons learned in the ongoing commercial activities within the oil and gas disciplines of underground gas storage and CO2-EOR are directly transferrable to CCUS, thus expanding career opportunities for petroleum engineers.

Join the CCUS Technical Section
This SPE group seeks to bring the abovementioned activities together in one place for those interested in this developing subject. You will have opportunities to deepen your learning and share your insights through online discussions, web events, virtual meetings, forums, and workshops, and enjoy the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.

Learn more and join »

Web Events

New Web Event Featuring Research Fellowship Award Winners

Attend a webinar presenting the findings of six Research Fellowship Award winners. This webinar will be divided into two parts.  Part 1 will be held on 8 October at 0830 CDT and will cover “Fracturing Fluids, Improved Hydrocarbon Estimation and Role of Microfractures on Hydraulic Fracturing.”  The presenters are Reza Barati, Zoya Heidari, and A. Dahi-Teleghanii. Part 2 will occur on 15 October at 0830 CDT and will examine “Advances on Sparse Representation of Reservoir Properties, Fluid Characterization Methods for Steam-Solvent Co-Injection, and Full-Resolution Simulations of Multi-Scale Processes.”  The presenters are Behnam Jafarpour, Ryosuke Okuno, and Rami M. Younis.

Awards

SPE Announces International Award Winners for 2014

The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2014 International Award recipients at their recent meeting in Cartagena, Colombia. Seventeen international award committees recommended these winners to the board because of their outstanding and significant technical, professional, and service contributions to SPE and the petroleum industry. SPE President Jeff Spath will present the awards to the winners in October at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Web Events

Business and Human Rights—What is Your Company’s Responsibility?

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 »

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SPE R&D Competition: Help Spread the Word

The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges as it rises to meet the world’s growing energy needs. And we don’t have all the answers. For that reason, SPE is holding a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our six Grand Challenges.

The competition is open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through 1 June 2014.

Help spread the word by telling friends and colleagues you think would want to participate in the SPE R&D Competition.

Web Events

Presenting the 2013 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award

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 »

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Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

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

Register Today!

Web Events

SPE Web Event—Social Investment Performance, 29 April

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 »

Web Events

New SPE Web Event on Wellbore Stability, 16 July

Daniel Moos will review the history of application of geomechanics to wellbore design, discuss the sources of data required to reduce uncertainties, ways in which to recognize the causes of instabilities to allow appropriate remediation, and the pros and cons of various models currently in use within the oilfield. More information »

Web Events

Managing Dual Careers—Work-Life Integration in a 24⁄7 World

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 »