SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

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Webinar: Using Nano Drug Release Technology for Effective Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Cleanup in Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs

In this webinar, Jenn-Tai Liang will demonstrate how to use a nano drug carrier used by the pharmaceutical industry for delayed drug release to entrap, protect, and delay the release of enzymes for effective fracturing fluid cleanup.

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Webinar: Emerging Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Technology for Oil and Gas Industry

Small-sized Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) platforms will be ideal for aerial robotics in facility inspection and monitoring of deep water production platforms, offshore and onshore facilities, rapid response and assessment tool to monitor an oil spill, monitoring endangered species along oil and gas operation corridors, and security of our critical infrastructure from threats. Robotics technologies present an opportunity to develop reliable and deployable solutions to support business processes while removing personnel from the operating theatre or accessing areas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Please join us on 27 September at 1230 Central Time to hear more.

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Webinar: Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team

2013 SPE President Egbert Imomoh’s upcoming webinar, “Innovation: Soft Skills Requirements – You and Your Team,” will be held on 24 August at 0830 Central Time. This webinar will present several components of the drivers for innovation. The role of the individual and skills needed to bring into team work will be discussed, as well what soft skills are necessary to be a successful member of a team.

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Webinar: Diversity Fuels Innovation

Petroleum engineers are challenged to address complex problems with numerous constraints in volatile markets. Since diverse groups of people produce better outcomes than similarly skilled but non-diverse groups, fully leveraging the value of diversity to fuel innovation is critical.

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Webinar: 3-Phase Separators on Floating Production Systems; Design and Control Philosophies

Different aspects and requirements need to be considered in order to obtain an optimal separator and internals design for floating facilities. This prevents operational issues and damage to the equipment while maximizing uptime and performance.

Please join us on 28 June at 0830 Central Time to hear more.

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Webinar: Production Optimization for Unconventional Reservoirs through Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration

The optimization of production from unconventional reservoirs is a multi-component process that requires proper characterization and understanding of the reservoir properties that control flow capacity and deliverability, coupled with economic considerations for the development. Improving the performance from these complex reservoirs requires collaboration between the geoscience discipline, the reservoir, and completion engineers.

Please join us on 25 August at 0830 Central Time to hear more on this topic.

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SPE Drilling Technical Director Notes

Welcome to the SPE’s Drilling discipline page, a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the drilling community.

Since the introduction of Technical Directors in 2001, Drilling and Completions has been a single technical discipline, represented on the Board by a single Technical Director.  With the increasing complexity of completions operations and technologies, drilling and completions have come to be regarded by the industry as distinct, albeit closely linked, disciplines. This has been recognized by the SPE for some time with separate awards for Drilling Engineering and for Completions Optimization and Technology.

At their March 2016 meeting, the SPE Board approved the creation of a new Completions technical discipline.  They believe the interests of members from the drilling and completions communities will be better served if each has a separate technical discipline and Technical Director.  This significant step emphasizes the importance of both drilling and completions engineering to SPE and to our industry.  It strengthens the representation of the drilling and completions communities on the Board, and allows more focused and effective communications between the Technical Directors and the communities they represent.  I encourage you to visit the Completions discipline page to find out more.

I believe it’s important that SPE provides the support drilling professionals need to drill every well safely, efficiently, and with minimized environmental impact.  Capability development and knowledge transfer are two key elements of SPE’s strategy.

SPE’s ever-growing catalogue of training courses, our competency matrices and the recently introduced competency management tool support capability development.  So too do the many webinars we stage, all of which are now accessible for on-demand replay whenever convenient.

Many of SPE’s knowledge transfer tools are well established – OnePetro, SPE Drilling and Completion journal, textbooks, regional and global conferences, forums and workshops, SPE Connect, PetroWiki, and the webinar series.

To me it’s no surprise that the Drilling online community has become a particularly lively forum for discussion of drilling related matters, technical and operational challenges.  Special thanks to all members who share experience and insight and who stimulate thought and discussion with their fellow SPE members through this community.

PetroWiki has been a great success as a knowledge source, with nearly 670,000 unique users in the first quarter of 2016.  But it could be even better with more and more frequent updates and new material additions.  The next time you give a technical presentation, post an item on SPE Connect, or answer a colleague’s technical question, ask yourself “is that something which should be in PetroWiki?”  And if the answer is yes, then please do think about contributing it.  Your fellow SPE members will thank you for it.

The SPE is currently working to exploit the latest content management technologies to the full, to integrate our various knowledge repositories and to personalize for each member the delivery of the information and knowledge they want and need.

There are now 3 technical sections supporting and promoting special drilling-related interests – Drilling Systems Automation, Wellbore Positioning, and the newest Drilling Uncertainty Prediction.  You’ll find links to these technical sections on this page.

Through my career in the development and application of drilling technology I’ve benefitted greatly from many of things the SPE does for its members.  I’ve become increasingly aware of how much of that depends on its members volunteering their time and talents.  Please visit the Get Involved pages of SPE.org to learn more about how you can help your fellow members by contributing to SPE activities.

It’s been my honour and privilege to serve as the SPE’s Technical Director for Drilling and Completions since September 2013.  A lot has changed since then.  Our industry has experienced what may well be its most significant and longest lasting downturn in well construction activity.  SPE is striving to keep our services as relevant in bad times as in good, to help our members keep their skills and knowledge current and to stay connected with the industry so that they’re ready to return when demand for their expertise does.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you think there are additional activities SPE could be pursuing which would be of value to you in your professional life.

David Curry
Baker Hughes

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Webinar: Decision Quality in Multi-Company Projects

Attend a webinar presenting SPE’s 2016 Technical Report, “Guidance for Decision Quality for Multi-Company Upstream Projects.” This webinar will be presented by Pat Burdett, lead author and will feature 2017 SPE President Janeen Judah as a guest speaker.

View details and register for this event today.