Welcome to the SPE HSSE-SR discipline page. This is intended to be a portal to all SPE activities and events of interest to the HSSE-SR community. I would like to regularly share with the HSSE-SR discipline hot topics in the Oil &Gas industry that are particularly important to me. Additionally, I would like to invite discipline members to the Health, Safety and Environment online discussion community on SPE Connect.
Oil and gas companies are making long-term investments around the world in costly, technically complicated projects where unanticipated community concerns can significantly reduce the return on investment. One of my goals as HSSE-SR Technical Director is to convince technical decision makers with a deep understanding of the project they are working on that success can depend on something outside the realm of the design specifications and engineering — public acceptability.
Many project delays are the result of non-technical issues. For a variety of reasons, there is not always a straight-forward path to address these issues early in the project life cycle. Some ideas to better prepare the industry include: (1) dealing with sustainability issues beyond regulatory requirements, (2) recognizing issues outside the workplace or outside the normal bounds of exploration, development production, which will require attention, and (3) understanding that what works changes from place to place.
During my tenure as the HSSE-SR Technical Director, I will focus on the following four objectives:
- Strengthen the HSSE-SR profile and content across the SPE portfolio of Technical Programs and Events (especially flagship events)
- Grow SPE HSSE-SR membership and further establish SPE as the preferred learning and networking destination for HSE Professionals in the Oil and Gas industry
- Realize the SPE Mission through active HSSE-SR volunteers in emerging and key growth geographies
- Collaborate and engage with other sectors, organizations and sister societies
Based on a February 20, 2015 census of SPE members, 5,022 SPE members consider HSSE-SR a primary or secondary discipline. As HSSE-SR issues become increasingly important to our industry, we have a significant potential to grow our discipline over the coming years. After conducting a market study during my few months as the HSSE-SR Technical, we have a significant growth opportunity:
More than 23,000 potential new members across key SPE geographies. Nearly 6x growth potential for HSSE-SR beyond February 2015 SPE census including more than 20,000 potential HSSE-SR members in 13 key geographies.
- Significant HSSE-SR opportunities with the greatest numeric growth potential in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and Malaysia.
- The Asia Pacific region including China, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia represents the largest regional growth opportunity outside of North America with as many as 3,743 potential members.
- The Top 3 SPE regions for HSSE-SR Members include Gulf Coast USA, North Sea and Middle East.
- As an emerging market, Mexico represents significant growth potential.
SPE is doing significant good work for our members and our industry. I look forward to ensuring that the HSSE-SR technical discipline does our part to support the mission of SPE around the world.
I am a Senior Partner for Environmental Resources Management (ERM), based in Houston, Texas. I perform a leadership role in helping ERM’s multinational clients solve a broad range of sustainability, environmental, and safety challenges. Before joining ERM in 2003, I was a director for Boots & Coots International Well Control, where I led the Downstream Services Division. I have held senior positions in both operations and commercial development. I support clients with a variety of challenges, including sustainability, strategy, management systems, impact assessment, and permitting for upstream capital projects, as well as broad environmental, safety, and regulatory compliance throughout the world.
In 2010, I received the SPE North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. I joined the SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors in 2013 and also serve as the Gulf Coast Section HSSE-SR Study Group Chair. In addition, I serve on the board of directors of Volunteer Houston. I earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University.
I look forward to serving as your 2015-2018 SPE Technical Director. Thank you!
Corporate social responsibility focuses on the necessity of taking responsibility for corporate actions, and it aims to encourage a positive impact on the environment and stakeholders, from employees and investors to local communities. What issues are associated with creating a “net positive impact” in countries where O&G companies operate? Plan now to attend the Corporate Social Responsibility session 7 May at OTC 2015!
Applications are open for SPE Faculty Enhancement Travel Grants. If you are a university faculty member looking for financial support to attend SPE conferences, workshops, and forums apply online today.
Deadline: 15 May
Join Margaret Crichton on 20 May to hear a web event on “Decision Making: What makes a decision ‘good’?” This presentation will include factors that influence both individual and collaborative decision making, including the impact of cognitive biases. The factors that can help, as well as hinder, decision making will also be discussed.
Moderator: Paul Francis, M-I SWACO, DSATS Programme Chairman Europe
The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and the IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee will hold an exciting half-day symposium on Monday, 16 March 2015 from 1300–1700 to discuss the advances in drilling systems automation.
The program includes 3 speakers supplying valuable insight into technology and methods from automation fields outside the drilling industry:
- Luca Save of DeepBlue will discuss the ACROSS Project (Advanced Cockpit for Reduction Of Stress and Workload)
- Ian Scott, Head of Aircraft Services, Shell, will discuss Aviation Automation
- Jon McMillen of Lockheed Martin will discuss Autonomous Logistics
In the second half of the program a distinguished panel will describe advances within the industry, as well as the next steps in realizing drilling systems automation, especially with respect to automation of well control, well barriers, and well integrity:
- Brian Tarr of Shell will discuss Automated Well Control
- Mel Whitby of Cameron will discuss Cameron cognition, smart BOP technology.
- Randy Lovorn of Halliburton will discuss MPD Well Control
The symposium will briefly review activities and progress of the SPE DSATS, IADC ART and DSA-Roadmap Initiative, and election of the 2015 committee and board of DSATS.
A sponsored reception will follow the symposium (1700 – 1800).
You must register to attend (limited capacity).
Registration: You can either (a) select to pay for the DSATS event during the registration event, or (b) add it to your registered events after registering for the main event, or (c) pay at the door (subject to availability).
Join Phaneendra Kondapi on 26 March to hear about “An Insight to Current Flow Assurance Technologies.” This web event will summarize the current state of key technologies and areas for potential improvement that may have major impact on both production and cost effectiveness.
Join Bart Joppe on 8 April from 0830-1000 to hear about “Well Plug and Abandonment.”
SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents: Lessons Learned for Tamar Startup: Good, Bad, and Ugly
Presenter: Tommy Golczynski, co-owner and managing partner, Assured Flow Solutions, LLC
When: Thursday, 19 March from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCentre, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 210, Houston, TX
Registration Fee: SPE Member – USD 40; Nonmember – USD 50
The presentation will focus on the overall development strategy for the Tamar deepwater gas development and the flow assurance challenges encountered since startup in March 2013. The Tamar development has achieved outstanding uptime and deliverability performance, but not without overcoming many flow assurance-related hurdles along the way.
1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A
It is my plan to keep you posted on all current developments and initiatives regarding M&I within SPE, but this time, I would like to comment on Management & Information and its associated disciplines.
First, a clarification for those not versed on the composition of the SPE Board of Directors. The SPE board has 6 technical directors, an Academia director, 2 at-large directors, and 18 regional directors representing global geographical regions with SPE local sections. The 6 technical directors lead the 6 main technical discipline areas in which SPE is involved, namely: (1) Drilling and Completions, (2) Production and Operations, (3) Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, (4) Projects, Facilities and Construction, (5) Reservoir Description and Dynamics, and (6) Management and Information (M&I).
I am sure that most of our members do not have any doubts regarding the disciplines represented in five of the six areas above mentioned. No doubts about the meaning of Drilling & Completion or Production & Operations for example. However, regarding M&I, I was surprised to notice, since my nomination last year, how little our members know about it.
Since last year, when I was elected to the board, several times in informal conversation with members, colleagues from industry and even SPE staff, I was asked about the meaning of M&I. Also, I had several colleagues that assumed that M&I was an area of SPE dealing with Information Technology (IT) only.
Far from that—SPE M&I covers a range of subjects that are fundamental to our daily professional life, independently of one’s technical background in the oil industry. From Risk Management and Decision Making to Strategic Planning, from Asset and Portfolio Management to Energy Economics, from Information Management to Research & Development, M&I covers a variety of disciplines that are important and present in all areas of our industry. One area that I am particularly fond of is Professionalism, Training and Education. This important topic looks into aspects of Ethics, Personnel Competence, Professional Registration / Certification and University Curricula.
So, as you can see, our M&I technical area covers a variety of subjects that permeates through the entire industry and is relevant to most professionals. When you join SPE or when you update your profile in the SPE membership area you are required to choose a Primary Discipline. As an option, you may also choose a Secondary Discipline. I always tell my colleagues that if M&I is not your primary discipline, at least it should be your secondary since it covers an array of topics that are important to all others disciplines.
Our peer reviewed journal, SPE Economics & Management covers resource and reserve evaluation, portfolio / asset management, project valuation, uncertainty / risk assessment, benchmarking and performance indicators, information management, digital energy and petroleum economics. Active Technical Sections that cover subjects of M&I interest are Digital Energy, Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A), and Research & Development.
Now that you have a good idea about M&I, I invite you to get more involved. Join our M&I technical discussion at SPE Connect. Join or get more involved with our technical sections. Submit a paper to our journal. Your participation is important and always welcomed.
I will “talk” to you again next month. Meanwhile feel free to write me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPE Director for Management and Information
Trey Shaffer is a Senior Partner for ERM, based in Houston, Texas. He plays a leadership role in helping ERM’s multinational clients solve a broad range of sustainability, environmental, and safety challenges. Before joining ERM in 2003, he was a director for Boots & Coots International Well Control, where he led the Downstream Services Division. Shaffer has held senior positions in both operations and commercial development. He supports clients with a variety of challenges, including sustainability, strategy, management systems, impact assessment, and permitting for upstream capital projects, as well as broad environmental, safety, and regulatory compliance throughout the world.
In 2010, Shaffer received the SPE North America Region Award for Distinguished Contribution to Petroleum Engineering in the Area of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. He joined the SPE Gulf Coast Section board of directors in 2013 and also serves as the Gulf Coast Section HSSE-SR Study Group Chair. In addition, Shaffer serves on the board of directors of Volunteer Houston. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University.