Join George King on 17 June for his web event that will address the question of when refracs may be economical by examination of production data, geological factors, well layout, and frac design.
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The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges as it rises to meet the world’s growing energy needs. And we don’t have all the answers. For that reason, SPE is holding a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our six Grand Challenges.
The competition is open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through 1 June 2014.
Help spread the word by telling friends and colleagues you think would want to participate in the SPE R&D Competition.
SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents
Presenter: Doreen Chin, PhD, PE, ASME Fellow
When: Tuesday, 15 April from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCenter • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50
This presentation will discuss:
- Flow Assurance Science vs. Flow Assurance Engineering
- The integrated role of Flow Assurance engineer in development projects
- Flow Assurance Engineering in various phases of the projects
- Flow Assurances Engineer – Career Expectations
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A
Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer
Speaker: John Bartos, Corporate Vice President, Development and Technology for Cameron
When: Thursday, 3 April from 1130 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center—Westchase • 9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77042
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 35, Nonmember = USD 40
In November 2010 the Texas Heart Institute contacted Cameron asking if they would participate with them from an engineering standpoint in the design and development of the next generation total artificial heart. The doctors contacted Cameron based on the fact that they have significant expertise in the design of all kinds of pumps and compressors, plus the fact that Cameron is going to be around to support it. Cameron agreed to take this on and we put together the engineering team that exists today. The engineers work on this on a voluntary basis.
Organizer: Skip Davis, Chair R&D Study Group
SPE Workshop—The Future of Data Security and Information Management
28 April–1 May 2014
London, United Kingdom │ ME London
Security of data and continuity of operations have become a growing concern as we move to increased reliance on tools, devices, remote connectivity and automation all producing larger and larger volumes of critical information and intellectual property that could be compromised. With multiple operators, standards and approaches currently under consideration, as well as many of the critical constituents not setting the same expectations on our future, this workshop will provide a forum to develop a consistent understanding on how to best secure an industry approach.
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Registration deadline is 21 April.
SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Total Systems Approach to Flow Assurance in an Existing System
Presenter: Lynn Frostman, Baker Hughes
When: Tuesday, 18 March from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50
This overview presentation will cover a holistic approach to analyzing and mitigating flow assurance concerns in existing fields. The program will consider an example offshore system from reservoir to sales point, and present a “Flow Assurance 101” primer. Specific attention will be given to the inter-relationships of the flow assurance risks and the impact of mitigation strategies on the total system.
1100–1130—Registration and Networking
1200–1300—Presentation and Q&A
27–29 May 2014
Quito, Ecuador | JW Marriott Hotel Quito
This applied technology workshop highlights state-of-the-art technologies and their impacting role on social responsibility strategies in extremely sensitive environments (ESE). This multidisciplinary workshop will deal with the most outstanding challenges and achievements in advanced Technology as they apply to Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE SR). Social Responsibility (SR) is rapidly becoming a central part of O&G operations.
Organizations must understand and communicate SR risks to stakeholders early in the project cycle so that a foundation of trust and good communication is established with the often critical stakeholders affected by development in ESEs. Many O&G Operators have recently learned that HSSE SR issues need to be at the front of the planning train in order to establish a sustainable development plan.
This workshop intends to explore and discuss some of these key technologies, what has worked, what has not worked, and areas where future technological innovation is necessary to strengthen our social license to operate in Extremely Sensitive Environments (ESE). It will also provide an opportunity to share and learn from the field experiences of successful industry players.
SPE has formed a Technical Section to give members the opportunity to focus on flow assurance, a key area of interest for facilities engineers. This new section seeks to further the objectives of SPE in the free discussion of matters relating to flow assurance, to establish consensus on industry best practices, and to promote these practices widely.
Deepen your learning and share your insights on the subject during discussions at study groups, monthly meetings, forums, and workshops.
Enjoy the convenience of virtual meetings and the benefits of at least one face-to-face meeting a year.
Challenges in the design of separators and Part 3 of a series about quantifying separation performance are highlighted. Check out the new approaches to corrosion monitoring and mitigation, and advances in coatings protection to extend offshore facility life.
I am very honored to serve as your new Projects, Facilities, and Construction (PF&C) Technical Director. There has never been a more exciting time to be a facilities engineer. Our projects are technically and socially complex and this complexity makes them the most interesting projects on the planet.
When I first joined SPE about 15 years ago, SPE was mainly focused on the reservoir, but that has changed dramatically. Thanks to the efforts of directors who proceeded me in this role (Ken Arnold, Paul Jones, and John Walsh) and those of many other volunteers, SPE now offers a host of services to the men and women who design, construct, and operate facilities.
I have spent the past 23 years in the oil industry (with 15 years in chemical plants before that). Much of my experience is in topsides process design. In recent years I’ve worked mainly in commissioning and initial startup planning. It will be my mission as the PF&C Director to use that background to guide SPE in the development of more services to facilities engineers. I will highlight some of those initiatives in future notes here. But for now, just a few words about what SPE already does for the PF&C community:
- Oil and Gas Facilities Magazine. This bi-monthly periodical, started two years ago, includes peer-reviewed articles, feature articles on a variety of topics, regular columns on water management and engineering culture. Expect much more in the way of how-to articles beginning early to mid-2014.
- Three Technical Sections on Separations Technology, Water Management, and Flow assurance (effective Jan 2014).
- A variety of workshops on topics such as Final Commissioning and Initial Startup, Water Management, Chemical Systems, and Flow Assurance.
- SPE recently rolled out Petrowiki. It contains the entire seven-volume Petroleum Engineering Handbook series including Volume III: Facilities and Construction Engineering.
- Social media tools to connect with other professions including the SPE LinkedIn site and SPE Connect.
We have come a long way and there is still a long way to travel.
- Our projects are complex and we sometimes fail (on cost, schedule, and performance). We must do better.
- I don’t think that we are training the next generation as well as my generation was trained. We must do better.
- We have made great strides in personnel safety; perhaps less so in process safety. We must do better.
- The local communities in which we install facilities frequently resist these developments. We must do a better job of engaging with local communities.
I look forward to serving as PF&C Director for the next three years and look forward to hearing your ideas on how SPE can better serve our community.