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ASME Petroleum Division – Call for Award Nomination – Henry R. Worthington Medal

One of the main tenets of ASME and the petroleum division is to support the art and science of mechanical engineering. Recognition through awards achieves this end in that it encourages innovation and greater levels of professional excellence.

The Henry R. Worthington Medal is bestowed for eminent achievement in the field of pumping machinery, systems and concepts. Such achievement may be, for example, in the areas of research, development, design, innovation, management, education, or literature.

The deadline for nominee submission is February 1, 2013. Necessary information on the nomination process can be found here. ASME Petroleum Division award nominations may come from anyone.

If you are aware of someone in the industry that meets these qualifications we encourage you to visit the awards webpage or contact the awards committee for further information.

Form of Award: $5000, Bronze Medal, Certificate and Travel expense supplement to attend the award presentation.

Henry R. Worthington Awards Committee
ASME Petroleum Division
11757 Katy Freeway, Suite 380
Houston, TX 77079
Tel: 281-493-3491
Fax: 281-493-3493
ipti@asme.org

About

The award was established by Worthington Pump, Inc. in 1980 and named after Henry R. Worthington. Among his accomplishments as an engineer were the development of improved steam-driven, direct-acting pumps for steam-powered vessels, and one of the first practical water meters. He was one of the founding members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

With no more formal education than from the New York City public schools, Henry R. Worthington (1817 – 1880) became a highly regarded professional mechanical engineer from on-the-job training and practical experience. In fact, after a number of working years, that career preparation made him increasingly aware of the need for individuals to have formal training. He joined other concerned professionals in the 1850s to establish the Brooklyn Collegiate & Polytechnic Institute and served on its first board of trustees. Read more »

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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 »

SPE Awards

Nominate a Colleague for a 2013 SPE Production and Operations Award

SPE has a distinguished tradition of recognizing individuals who make significant technical and professional contributions to the worldwide E&P industry. We rely on your nominations to help us celebrate those who have made these contributions.

As an SPE member active in the technical discipline of Production and Operations, you know colleagues who have helped the industry. Nominate them for one of the following awards.

  • International Production and Operations Award
  • Regional Production and Operations Award
  • International Completions Optimization and Technology Award
  • Regional Completions Optimization and Technology Award

Nomination deadline—15 February 2013

 

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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.

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Subsea Standardization: Finding Common Ground

Projects, Facilities, and ConstructionMark your calendars for SPE’s workshop, “Subsea Standardization: Finding Common Ground,” which will take place in San Antonio, Texas, 9–10 April 2013. Topics include the current states of operators’ and suppliers’ efforts and discussion of processes for achieving subsea standardization, covering quality, welding, and materials. Service data objectives, joint industry projects, and a list of potential milestones and deliverables will be considered.

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Standardization in Underwater Facilities Engineering

Paul Jones, subsea manager at Chevron, writes about the dream of an ultimate subsea system in Oil and Gas Facilities. One path to this system is an architecture that is compact and modular—a plug-and-play architecture with common interfaces that can be configured over the full life cycle of the field. Each component’s performance would be understood, enabling fit-for-purpose designs to be deployed when required. Read the column here.

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The Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A) Holds a “Launch” Reception at ATCE

If you’re interested in learning more about the cutting-edge subjects of data mining and predictive analytics in oil and gas, tonight’s reception to launch the new SPE technical section Petroleum Data- Driven Analytics (PD2A) might be just what you’re looking for. It will be held from 1930 to 2200 at the Iron Cactus Grill on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Speakers include Matthew Denesuk, manager of natural resources modeling and social analytics, IBM Research Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group, and Fareed AlSayed Abdulla, SPE Regional Director, Middle East Region, and senior vice president (Bab & Gas) of Abu Dhabi Onshore Oil Operations.

Abdulla said he is delighted with the launching of the PD2A Technical Section. “The appropriate use of data has been historically one of the greatest challenges of our industry,” he said. “Now more than ever.”

“Our industry acquires and generates an extraordinary amount of data every day,” he said. “On its own, the task of handling and warehousing this data safely is significant. Even so, data in and of itself has limited value. Only when we use that data and turn it into information and knowledge can we benefit from it.”

“Paradoxically,” he continued, “the very process of converting data into knowledge generates its own data—or metadata—that must also be analyzed, classified, and understood to yield further insight.”

Converting Data to Wisdom

Including 3D and 4D seismic data generated during exploration and data generated every second from thousands of sensors during drilling and operations, the oil and gas industry is accumulating enormous amounts of data. The challenge is converting these data into insights that can be used in decision-making, perhaps even in some cases reaching a point at which decision-making can be fully automated.

The following are examples that illustrate the breadth of the opportunity PD2A technology has to impact E&P decision-making processes:

Drilling and Completions—Data mining, neural networks, and expert systems can use data captured during drilling to oversee the drilling operation in real time, detect potential issues, alarm and provide potential solutions, or even take corrective action.

Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility—Surrogate models can be used to study air pollution and water pollution dispersion patterns. The application of such technologies will help in predicting loss of containment of hydrocarbons and potential impact on the environment.

Management and Information— Data mining, artificial intelligence, and surrogate models can be used to optimize how water injection is distributed in a waterflooded reservoir. This is a key factor in maximizing the value of waterflooding in upstream operations.

Projects, Facilities, and Construction—Intelligent algorithms using simple models can be used to optimize the size of facilities, taking into account the full field development life cycle.

Production and Operations—Making no assumptions about the complex physics or the geology of a field, large quantities of easily obtained production and operational data can be used to identify wells that are candidates for intervention, using diagnostic and prognostic capabilities that indicate the health of the well or facility.

Reservoir Description and Dynamics—Production data can be used to develop full-field reservoir models to identify production and injection infill locations faster and complement existing reservoir modeling to reduce uncertainty in model results.

PD2A’s Auspicious Launch

According to the PD2A Technical Section chairperson, Shawn Shirzadi, program manager for the Data Analytics Program in Field of the Future Flagship at BP, the launch is an auspicious occasion. “This is the first time the technical section has been introduced widely to SPE members,” he said.

It could be an opportunity to become involved in an important wave of the future—PD2A—whose mission is “To foster the application of data-driven modeling, data mining, and predictive analytics research, development, and practices in upstream oil and gas, resulting in improved decision-making in our industry.”

In addition, one could join in furthering PD2A’s purpose. “The purpose of this section shall be to facilitate the development and implementation of this emerging technology by ensuring it is appropriately represented across all technical disciplines in the society’s activities, including Advanced Technology Workshops, Forum Series events, Distinguished Lecturer program, and conference technical sessions. Key objectives also include liaising with others in the oil field and promoting activities in SPE publications. The section will support initiatives to communicate the technology, standardize its nomenclature, and help define its value proposition. In addition, the section will identify lessons learned and best practices associated with the accelerated uptake of ‘Data to Action’ and, if appropriate, facilitate the development of standards.”