SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

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 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.



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.


SPE Workshop—Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics: Decision Making and Value Delivery

The PD2A Technical Section is presenting a workshop on Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics: Decision Making and Value Delivery, on 19–20 November 2014, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, USA. A training course will precede the workshop. Offered by Shahab Mohaghegh on 18 November, the course is titled Advanced Data Driven Analytics for Reservoir and Production Management of Shale Assets. Get additional information and register for these events.

Flow Assurance Technical Section

Register Today for 17 June SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Multiphase Flow, Flow Assurance, Dynamic Modeling…Why Bother?
Sam Kashou, Chevron Energy Technology Company 


When: Tuesday, 17 June from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX, USA 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member, USD 40; Nonmember, USD 50

Presentation Topic

The presentation investigates Multiphase Flow and Flow Assurance and their importance.  It will briefly discuss how the oil and gas industry is addressing Multiphase Flow and Flow assurance within projects, the technology that is being used to solve the Flow Assurance issues, and what are the future needs and what Engineers can do to narrow the Flow Assurance gaps.  The current research activities are discussed along with understanding the uncertainties encompassing Flow Assurance measurements and predictions.

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

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Flow Assurance Technical Section

Register Today for 20 May SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Production and Flow Assurance Benefits of Subsea Processing
Presenter: Randy Wester, Global Director of Subsea Engineering at FMC Technologies

When: Tuesday, 20 May from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX, USA 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member, USD 40; Nonmember, USD 50

Presentation Topic

The future of offshore oil and gas production in ultra-deep water and/or ultra-long distance tieback applications will include the capability to develop those fields using subsea technology exclusively, without the need for offshore host facilities. We will also discuss the enabling technologies for these subsea field developments and the production and flow assurance benefits of subsea processing in these applications.

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

Register today »