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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.

Program


Doors Open│
1200

Presentations:  

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.

Program:

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


Sponsored by:

Weatherford

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Wellbore Positioning Technical Section Topical Luncheon at ATCE

Wellbore Positioning Technical Section Topical Luncheon at ATCE

Rolling the Dice on your Well Position
Tuesday, 1 October │ 1215–1345Great Hall B, Street Level, Ernest N. Morial Convention
Event ticket purchase is required.

The risk involved with well position calculations can often be seen as difficult to quantify. This luncheon will look at some Best Practices that can improve the odds of success, including paying attention to magnetization of your drilling motors and BHA components.

Moderator: Robert Wylie, Product Line Director IMO, National Oilwell Varco

Speakers:

  • Angus Jamieson, University of Highlands and Islands
  • Neil Bergstrom, Devon

Additional Panelist: William Allen, Segment Engineering Technical Authority, BP

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Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) Symposium at ATCE

The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) will hold another exciting half-day symposium on advances in drilling systems automation at ATCE.

DSATS Drilling Systems Automation Symposium: Update on State-of-the Art Automation Projects
Organized by the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS)

Sunday, 29 September, 1300-1700
Room 208, Second Level, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Keynote speaker: N.P. Kulkarni, Ph.D, Chairman and CEO, Quarkonics

N.P. Kulkarni will discuss how a scientific organization partnered with an Oilfield Manufacturing company to solve a unique challenge and developed an automated drilling application to reduce drilling vibrations.

Invitees are:

  • Moray Laing, SAS
  • Pradeep Annaiyappa, Canrig
  • Greg Ward, Rig Minder

There will be three additional presentations from groups who are building, testing, and running automated drilling systems followed by an interactive panel discussion with leaders in this arena, including representatives from Exxon, Schlumberger, NOV, and Apache.

Panelists are:

  • Hege Kverneland, NOV
  • Paul Pastusek, XOM
  • Michael Behounek, Apache

Moderators: Tony Beebe and Tony Pink

The four main presentations will come from teams who are currently developing and running automated drilling systems. Key themes include challenges, opportunities, and the benefits of drilling automation.

A networking reception will be held from 1715–1915 sponsored by National Oilwell Varco at the Café Ernst, an admirable establishment founded in 1902 and a 5-minute walk from the convention center.

Important Note:  Tickets for the DSATS Symposium may be purchased when you register for the 2013 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Tickets may also be purchased at the door .

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Oil and Gas Facilities—June Issue Now Available

Optimization of reliability and maintenance (R&M) programs can unlock hidden value in facilities by reducing unplanned capacity downtime. Operators are taking a closer look at their R&M with many moving toward enterprise asset management.

Hydraulic fracturing (HF) in unconventionals presents unique water treatment and management challenges. Conventional HF may require 2,000 bbl of water per well, but unconventional HF requires between 50,000 and 120,000 bbl of water per well. Fluid volume, not fluid type and flowback rate, is the distinguishing feature of unconventional HF fluid management, compared with conventional HF. Five steps to developing a water management strategy are discussed.

View the current issue or subscribe to Oil and Gas Facilities magazine »

Projects, Facilities, and Construction

PF&C Summer Series: Five Things You Wanted to Know About Subsea Production Systems

In July, the Gulf Coast Section PF&C Study Group will offer a series of topics, presented by industry-recognized experts, to provide attendees with a general understanding of the challenges of subsea production and the methods implemented to address these challenges. Each session is scheduled as a one-hour presentation followed by a 30-min Q&A session.

  • July 3—3D software used to prevent an introduction to subsea hardware and basic field development.
  • July 10—Concepts associated with increasing recovery from subsea reservoirs.
  • July 17—Overview of deepwater floating production systems.
  • July 24—Flow assurance issues and methodologies for mitigating the risk of permanently or temporarily losing production.
  • July 31—Design and installation of umbilicals and flexible pipelines.

Location—Technip Energy Tower I, 11700 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. Contact: Brad Nelson, +1.832.230.8246, bnelson@maxoilsolutions.com.

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Project Management Networking Event at OTC

Join us at OTC for a project management networking event on 8 May, “Assuring Technical Competence in Major Infrastructure Projects,” sponsored by Oil and Gas Facilities magazine. A moderator and panel of offshore industry project managers will discuss potential problems in assuring the technical quality of facilities projects.

Such topics as the structure of the oil company/engineering company relationship, the way both oil companies and engineering companies relate to their engineers, and whether we need to go beyond policies, processes, and audits to assure quality decisions will be discussed. Attendees will break into roundtable groups and discuss what they identify as problem areas and outline answers to the primary questions posed during the panel presentation.

The event concludes with a networking reception, a summary of the points made by the roundtable groups, and the introduction of the LinkedIn group to continue the discussion amongst participants.

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Oil and Gas Facilities—April Issue Now Available

A feature covers advancements in mercury removal from crude oil, discussing an upstream mercury removal plant in Argentina. Further development of the technology aims to reduce its footprint to allow for installations on offshore platforms.

Another feature discusses how the built-in biases of owner and contractor organizations toward optimism and overconfidence are root causes of cost overruns and schedule delays that have not been sufficiently explored.

The Water Treating Insights column highlights micro- and ultrafiltration technologies for offshore waterflooding, and the Culture Matters column discusses barriers to engagement and why it’s time for the oil and gas industry to get serious about public communication.

View the current issue or subscribe to Oil and Gas Facilities magazine »

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PFC Discipline Members Now Receive Oil and Gas Facilities at No Cost

SPE members who have designated Projects, Facilities, and Construction as their primary or secondary discipline receive Oil and Gas Facilities magazine at no cost. Subscriptions are USD 39 per year for SPE members who select other disciplines, and USD 175 per year for nonmembers.

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SPEConnect

Projects, Facilities and Construction Members—collaborate online with SPE Connect

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 Project, Facilities and Construction (PFC) 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.

Learn more about SPE Connect.

Access the new PFC Technical Community.