Category Archives: Reservoir Description and Dynamics

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SPE Junior Research Award Winners present cutting edge research projects

In 2012, SPE International awarded funds to six young faculty members to carry out cutting edge research. These six were selected from a large number of extremely competitive applicants. The project is now finishing one year. Five of the researchers will present their progress and what is ahead to the SPE R&D community in two web events. Our hope is that with these presentations, they will have an opportunity to connect with SPE members who are interested in research and will be able to develop future collaborations.

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Attend SPE Live Web Event—Evolution of Upstream Technologies by Saeed Mubarak on Tuesday, 14 May

Reservoir management is a continuously evolving process that adopts various technologies and strategies, to achieve a mission of maximizing total asset value. The infusion of the various technologies into the upstream industries has significantly impacted the E&P business environment. In recent years, industry has heavily turned to horizontal and multilateral wells to greatly expand reservoir contact, and thereby maximize oil production with lower unit development costs. Moreover, the appropriate use of advanced well completions has extended well life, increased productivity, and reduced field development costs when compared to conventional completions. The advancement in reservoir monitoring technologies has significantly changed from monitoring saturations around wellbores to realtime monitoring reservoir fluid dynamics.

This presentation demonstrates the evolution of various upstream technologies and their applications. It also highlights the uniqueness of some applications, their implementation approach, and their potential impact on field development and production strategy.

Read the full description and register here »

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RDD Director’s Blog—Speaking About Unconventional Reserves

The January issue of JPT integrates the Technical Directors outlook, where I referred to issues related to the production analysis and reserves booking of unconventional plays. I have already received quite a few feedbacks, most of them (not all of them!) positive, and I would like to develop a little bit more on this issue.

Read the Technical Directors outlook in January 2013 issue of JPT here »

Read the full, extended article here »

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Reservoir Engineers: Collaborate online with SPE Connect—Launching 21 January 2013

A virtual place where you can meet, collaborate, and discuss specific technical challenges and resolutions, SPE Connect is now your link to SPE members in the reservoir discipline worldwide.

SPE Connect’s online communities enable you to share your experience and knowledge, or draw from the combined talent and expertise of SPE’s membership base.

In an instant, exchange technical information with other SPE members in the topics of your choice at a time that is convenient for you. Simply go online to connect with SPE members who share your professional interests and create your own personal technical network. Other disciplines will be launching soon.

To learn more about SPE Connect, click here.

Welcome to New Technical Director: Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics

Olivier Houze

Olivier Houzé is the managing director of KAPPA Engineering. He joined Flopetrol-Johnston in 1983, and served as a well test field engineer in the Middle East and a software project leader in France. He cofounded KAPPA in 1987 and has been its managing director since 1991.

Houzé has been involved in numerous SPE forums and workshops on well test interpretation and related topics. He was a coauthor of the last SPE Monograph on Pressure Transient Testing (2009). He also serves as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2012–13. Houzé earned an engineer degree from École Polytechnique in France and an MS in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.

 

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Meet the 2012 SPE Formation Evaluation Award Winner

Leif Larsen Leif Larsen, Kappa Engineering, Royneberg, Norway

Selected for algorithms and procedures developed by Dr. Larsen that form the linchpin of many commercial software well testing packages today, Dr. Larsen’s contributions to the technical literature concerning the evaluation of subsurface reservoirs are an extraordinary record of pioneering contributions. Over the past 30 years Dr. Larsen has played a significant role in our understanding of pressure transient analysis and production logging. Dr. Larsen’s focus has been on the evaluation of reservoirs in the North Sea with particular attention, quite understandably, to fields of interest to Statoil.

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Meet the 2012 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award Winner

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Robert A. Wattenbarger, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, USA

Dr. Robert A. Wattenbarger has more than 35 years’ experience in the petroleum industry. Reservoir engineering and computer software have been his specialties, with emphasis on reservoir simulation and well test analysis. He was vice president of Scientific Software Corporation in Denver for 10 years after being involved in the formation of that company.

RDD Director’s Blog – September 2012

With high oil prices, the field application of EOR has been on the rise.  Please join me at ATCE in San Antonio where I will be moderating a special session titled “EOR – Out of the Lab and Into the Field.”

This session will cover some innovative applications of EOR; innovative in not just what was applied, but also how and where.

View more information on the ATCE schedule of events and find out what is really needed to deploy EOR in the field.

Special Session
EOR—Out of the Lab and into the Field
Tuesday, 9 October | 0830–1155

SPE Awards

Congratulations to the 2012 International Award Winners: Reservoir Description and Dynamics

Please join SPE in congratulating the 2012 SPE International Award recipients. The SPE Board of Directors approved the 2012 International Award recipients at their recent meeting. 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. The winners were chosen from a pool of first rate candidates. SPE President Ganesh Thakur will present the awards to the winners at ATCE in San Antonio Texas.

Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award
Robert A. Wattenbarger, Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, USA

Formation Evaluation Award
Leif Larsen, Kappa Engineering, Royenberg, Norway

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