Category Archives: Reservoir

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R&D Technical Section Topical Luncheon Panel Session at ATCE

Tuesday, 1 October │1215–1345 │ Street Level, Great Hall Ballroom A/D │Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Event ticket purchase is required.

Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies Today and in the Future:  Applications, Impacts and R&D Needs

The SPE Research and Development Technical Section will host a special topical luncheon to facilitate focused dialogue on Production Monitoring and Control System Technologies. In a series of informative and thought provoking presentations, a panel of industry experts will discuss current uses and future opportunities for these technologies as well as outline the various R&D challenges and needs that must be addressed to overcome their present limitations. A panel question and answer session will follow the presentations.


Doors Open│


1. SPE R&D Technical Section Overview and Activities │1230–1245

Mariano Gurfinkel
Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2. SPE R&D Committee–Update on Key Initiatives │1245–1300

David Curry
Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3. Topical Luncheon Panel Session: Presentations and Discussions 1300–1330

Moderator:  Cam Mathews
C-FER Fellow, C-FER Technologies
SPE R&D Technical Section Director

  4. Featured Panelist Presentations/Discussion Topics:

  • “Use of Production Monitoring and Control Systems for Optimization of Large Onshore Fields”
    Robert J. Tester, ExxonMobil Production Company
  • “Production Monitoring and Control System Use and Challenges in Shale
    Kemal Farid, CEO Merrick Systems
  • Challenges for Permanent Monitoring Systems in Extreme Well Applications
    Tad Bostick, VP Reservoir Monitoring, Weatherford

5.  Q&A Session/ Wrap-up 1330– 1345

6.  Adjourn 1445

Register now »

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R&D Technical Section Dinner at ATCE

Sunday, 29 September │1930–2200 │Blaine Kern A/B/C, First Floor, Marriott Convention Center Hotel

Event ticket purchase is required.

“Oil and Gas R&D, What is Over the Horizon?”

This event will feature a presentation about technology development and the need for more radical innovation to meet the future challenges in the oil and gas industry.


1.  SPE R&D Technical Section— Opening Statement, Overview and Activities

  • Mariano Gurfinkel
    Global Unconventional Resources, Hess Corporation
    SPE R&D Technical Section Chairman

2.  SPE R&D Committee—Update on Committee Initiatives

  • David Curry
    Technology Fellow, Baker Hughes
    SPE R&D Committee Chairman

3.  Technical Section Dinner Panel Session: Introduction  of Panelists

  • Moderator:  Mariano Gurfinkel

4.  Featured Panelist Presentations:

  • Mario Ruscev
    VP and CTO – Baker Hughes, Inc.
    Capture and Storage Institute
  • Jim Sledzik
    President – Energy Ventures USA

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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 »

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.


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.

Robert A. Wattenbarger

Meet the 2012 SPE Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award Winner

Robert A. Wattenbarger

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