SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Web Events

Web Event: Managing Project Complexity

Hear a web event on “Managing Project Complexity” presented by Howard Duhon on 23 June. Most projects overrun their budget and/or schedule significantly and/or produce less oil/gas than promised. The complexity of our projects and project design teams is at least partially responsible for project failure rates. An SPE Work Study group is presently addressing the impact of complexity and its contribution to project failures. This presentation will include preliminary findings from that study.

CCUS Technical Section

New SPE Technical Section: Sustainable Development

The SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Technical Discipline is pleased to announce the formation of a new technical section to give its members, regardless of discipline, an increased awareness and opportunity to network in the area of sustainable development.

This section seeks to:

• Exchange sustainable development technical information
• Support members in acquiring sustainable development competencies
• Raise awareness of the role sustainable development plays in the oil and gas industry
• Improve performance through better application of sustainable development principles and practices
• Liaise with and learn from other industry organizations

Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at monthly virtual meetings, forums, and workshops. Join now to engage in discussions with other SPE members. Enjoy the convenience of online collaboration and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting each year. Learn more and join today!

Welcome to DUPTS: The New Name for the Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section

Previously known as the Drilling Performance Simulation and Prediction Technical Section, the Drilling Uncertainty Prediction Technical Section — or DUPTS — addresses major challenges affecting the safety and efficiency of drilling operations. Common global drilling troubles:

• Stuck pipe
• Borehole stability
• Gas kicks
• Lost circulation
• Hole deviation

The DUPTS goal is to align the industry’s effort to develop comprehensive solutions across drilling operations. Visit the DUPTS page for more details!

Web Events

Web Event: Advances in High Capacity Scrubber Internals

Hear a web event on “Scrubbers: Advances in High Capacity Scrubber Internals and Performance Boosting with Inline Pre-Separation” presented by Danny Thierens on 17 June. In continuation with our theme on Scrubber Designs, this webinar will focus on high capacity internals advancements and services in which these internals may be applied. Enhanced separation efficiency and/or capacity can be further obtained when combined with a pre-separator upstream of the high capacity scrubber in the form of an inline cyclonic separator. Various concept and layouts will be presented and discussed.

Call for Papers: The Road to Stavanger

Give others a chance to learn from your experiences, ideas, and best practices! Themed “Sustaining Our Future Through Innovation and Collaboration,” the 2016 SPE International Conference and Exhibition on HSSE-SR will take place 11-13 April 2016 in Stavanger, Norway. Papers are needed for the following technical categories:

• Health in Communities and the Working Environment
• Occupational and Process Safety
• Sustainability
• HSE Management
• Environment
• Social Responsibility

For more details, see the 2016 Conference Topics. Abstract submission deadline is 29 June 2015.

Flow Assurance Technical Section

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents: Five Multiphase Flow Case Studies that Baffle the Mind

Presenter: Mack Shippen, Product Champion, PIPESIM Software, Schlumberger

When: Wednesday, 20 May, 1100-1300 CDT

Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX

Registration Fee:
SPE Members: USD 40
Nonmembers: USD 50

Flow assurance engineers routinely encounter challenging problems relating to multiphase flow simulation. Some of these problems we can be trained to anticipate and deal with, whereas others emerge from strange, dark places and are simply, well, baffling! Drawing on experiences from a wide variety of industry projects across the world, a select few of these cases will be demonstrated in a simplified and sanitized form using PIPESIM. You will see that some problems defy intuition and that some methods we commonly use defy physics. The takeaway is advice on how to identify such problems before it is too late.

Program Agenda:
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1130–1300: Lunch
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A

Register today!

Web Event: Internal and Government-Driven Investigations

Join Tracy LeRoy and David Denton on 14 July for the web event “What You Need to Know About Investigations Affecting Operations In the Oil and Gas Industry.” They’ll include a discussion of how internal and government-driven investigations work, what to expect if your company is being investigated, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws affecting operations in the oil and gas industry, and related ethical issues.

Decision-Making: What Makes a Decision “Good”?

Good choices are the result of an effective decision-making process and reducing the effects of cognitive biases. Decision-making occurs at all levels in organizations, from strategic to operational choices. On 20 May, join Margaret Crichton for a webinar about how to make great decisions for your organization. Topics will include:

• Individual decision making
• Collaborative decision making
• Cognitive biases

Suggestions from “The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture” (SPE-170575-TR) will be discussed in the context of improving the decision-making process. Register today!

Getting to Zero — The Road to Stavanger

June 2015: SPE Webinar “Getting to Zero — The Road to Stavanger” April 2016: SPE International HSSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. (Abstract submission deadline: 29 June 2015)

“Getting to zero” means eliminating HSE incident occurrences. The best practices of incident-free organizations are being seen as a way to catalyze a breakthrough in the O&G industry. The goal is to re-establish the improvement trend in HSE performance metrics. Plan now to attend the webinar and help frame a roadmap for the industry leading to the conference in Stavanger!

Web Events

Web Event: Selective Water-Reduction Systems

Larry Eoff, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, will host a webinar on 17 August on “Selective Water-Reduction Systems: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?” This presentation discusses the mechanisms of selective water-reduction systems, case histories for both water reduction and alternate applications, and how this class of compounds and their applications could potentially be improved for increased success in the future. Users can choose between a morning and an evening session.