SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Chris Shaw

What our members are saying…

Facilities engineers are old-school engineers that have a good handle on all the engineering disciplines.  They are often called on to troubleshoot, debottleneck, and optimize process plants. To do this, they need to understand the interactions between the instrumentation and service systems that affect control systems, the control element itself, safety systems, chemicals, rates, pressures, and temperatures.

Facilities engineers have to have broad experience and broad shoulders. The position is responsible for systems integration, processes, and the economic aspects of decision-making. The tasks can require mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and controls, or configuration and field development knowledge. The facilities engineer can’t detail design it all and needs to turn to others for support. SPE offers that support with training, knowledge transfer, and online technical communities, which are monitored by experienced engineers ready to offer advice and solutions.

Chris Shaw
PTI Deepwater (Subsea Processing)

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 »

Davies

What our members are saying…

I joined SPE in June 1987, on the recommendation of a senior staff scientist at Conoco.  I had just finished overseeing the design and construction of a water technology test centre in Scotland’s Orkney Isles, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend an SPE Forum on water treatment in Crested Butte, Colorado.  The discount that SPE membership provided was more than offset by the discount given when attending this event, which taught me early on that SPE membership gives good value!  The 5 days I spent in stunning Colorado surroundings was one of the richest learning experiences I have encountered, and I started to build a strong network of colleagues who remain friends and business associates in the international oil and gas industry to this day.

I have since attended various SPE fora, applied technology workshops and similar events, which have all proved valuable learning experiences.  The events are established by engineers, for engineers, with the very professional support and coaching of SPE staff.  SPE has also been an important part of providing quality and value for an increasing number of industry conferences and exhibitions, including of course OTC and Offshore Europe.

My career has now spanned 31 years, all of it associated with technology and intellectual property management.  I spent the first decade of my career working in Scotland, after which I moved to Norway, which has been my home for 21 years.  I have seen “both sides of the fence”, having worked for a research and development organisation and then an equipment supplier, before moving to positions with several international operators, including my current employer Statoil, where I have been since 2009.  I have travelled extensively with my work, and have met members of the “SPE clan” all over the world.

As my career has developed, it has been a pleasure starting to pay back what was so generously given to me in my early work years.  I have presented at and participated in SPE conferences and workshops all over the world.  Something that gives me particular pride is the opportunity to chair or co-chair the first four SPE advanced technology workshops on subsea processing, held from 2006–2012 in Italy and Norway.  This baton has now been passed on to new and (slightly) younger talent!  The next event will be held in Brazil in 2015, which emphasises the international nature of our industry, and the global span of SPE.  I remain a member of the SPE Projects, Facilities, and Construction Advisory Committee.

I fully intend to remain an active and supportive member of SPE in my future career, and have just noticed that the year in which I am scheduled to retire is the year I will reach the 50-year SPE Legion of Honour (or Honor, for my US friends)!  I look forward to the next two decades of SPE membership, and hope that this testimonial inspires others to join SPE and become active members, with all the benefits that this can provide.”

Simon Davies
Statoil ASA

Web Events

Web Event: Human Factors

Attend a web event on Human Factors in Drilling: Are there practical tools for use at the wellsite? presented by John Thorogood on 12 November. The purpose of the webinar is to present the concept of Threat and Error Management to the audience, to engage with them and to seek their feedback as to whether this approach is viable in today’s operational climate.

Web Events

Web Event: Occurrences

Attend a web event on Meeting the Challenges of Effective Occurrence Investigations presented by Maury Hill on 5 November. Occurrences (accidents and incidents), whether they take place in the transportation industry, health care settings or in highly industrialized plants, occur regularly and all too frequently, sometimes with fatal and disastrous results. Occurrences place a great burden on organizations, their workers, and at times the general public. This web event will be of interest to all those interested in developing an effective investigation system, and in developing skills in effectively investigating the causes of accidents, incidents and unsafe conditions in their environment.

Drilling_Completions

Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) Special Event at ATCE

The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section will sponsor a special event held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).

Sunday, 26 October, 1300-1700
Forum Lounge, Amsterdam RAI Centre
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

To book you must register for ATCE.

Register Today!

DSATS Special Event Title: Automation: Perspectives

Pietro Baglioni, ExoMars Rover Manager, European Space Agency (ESA) and Andrew Bowyer, Commercial Director, Magna Parva will give their perspectives on the role automation will play in investigating the Martian environment in the upcoming 2018 ExoMars mission, including the use of ultrasonic drilling technology.

This will be followed by a panel of four speakers representing the different perspectives in the oil industry on drilling systems automation: where it is now, where it is going, barriers and opportunities followed by a chance to discuss these perspectives with the panel.  The four speakers are:

  • Joop Rodenberg, CEO, Huisman
  • Paul Pastusek, Drilling Mechanics Advisor, ExxonMobil
  • Gregers Kudsk, VP Technical, Maersk Drilling
  • Ingolf Wassermann, Manager Drilling Automation Program, Baker Hughes

Reception immediately following sponsored by Huisman.

Huisman

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.