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Web Event: Crude and Refined Product Metering

Join a live web event on 11 February presented by the PFC Study Group on “Crude and Refined Product Metering – Meter Selection for Loading/Unloading Applications and Meter Proving.” This webinar will discuss the basic operating principles of four metering technologies, as well as the application range of each one of these technologies in terms of viscosity and flow rate.

This is the second in the four part PF&C Spring Series.

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Web Event: Measurement Accuracy

Join a live web event on 4 February presented by the PFC Study Group on “What you need to know about Attaining and Maintaining Accurate Fiscal and Allocation.” This presentation will provide an insight in to Shell best practices for selection of fit for purpose meters, and fit-for-purpose maintenance, operation and calibration employed to ensure that the minimum level of accuracy and data integrity is maintained over the life cycle of the field.

This is the first in the four part PF&C Spring Series.

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Web Event: Gas Management Technologies

Join a live web event on 25 February presented by the PFC Study Group on “An In Depth Comparison of Four Gas Measurement Technologies; Orifice, Turbine, Ultrasonic and Coriolis.” The aim of this presentation is to address meter selection and provide pointers to assist engineers within the four major categories (Gas Production, Gas Transmission, Gas Storage and Gas Distribution).

This is the final event in the four part PF&C Spring Series.

Web Events

Web Event: Crude and Refined Product Metering

Join a live web event on 11 February presented by the PFC Study Group on “Crude and Refined Product Metering – Meter Selection for Loading/Unloading Applications and Meter Proving.” This webinar will discuss the basic operating principles of four metering technologies, as well as the application range of each one of these technologies in terms of viscosity and flow rate.

This is the second in the four part PF&C Spring Series.

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Web Event: Drilling Automation

Attend a web event on “Drilling Automation Research at the University of Texas at Austin” presented by Eric van Oort and Pradeep Ashok on 27 January. This webinar will describe the current and future capabilities of the drilling automation laboratories, the goals of the drilling automation program at UT Austin, and current research topics such as automatic rig sensor data validation.

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Nominations: 2015 International and Regional Awards

Help us recognize excellence in our HSSE-SR discipline!

The Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility Award of SPE recognizes outstanding achievement or contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the field of environmental protection, health, or safety in oil and gas exploration, drilling, or production operations.

Deadline: 15 February

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Director’s Note: Introduction

As your new Management & Information (M&I) Technical Director, I would like to use my first words in these notes to thank you for your service and constant support of SPE. It is an honor to serve on the SPE Board of Directors (BOD) and I plan, during the next 3 years of my mandate, to use this space as a channel of communication about all initiatives in our M&I area.

I would like to thank and commend my predecessor, Cindy Reece, for the fantastic work and leadership she showed during the last 3 years as a member of the Board. Cindy was an indefatigable thinker and hard worker advancing several M&I issues. She was a driving force in the initiative to understand the challenges to attract, develop, and retain PE faculty. Within this area, she also led the effort to organize in 2013 the Forum on Education with the theme “2020 Foresight – Ensuring Educational Excellence for Upstream Engineering Resources.” Cindy continues serving SPE and we are currently working together to organize a new forum in 2016 (more information later).

We have a busy, and hopefully very productive, year ahead of us. Besides the efforts towards the 2016 Education Forum, we will be working on plans for a few other 2016 proposed fora as well as several 2015/2016 SPE events covering aspects of the M&I discipline. Also, we will be working closely with the newly elected leadership of the Digital Energy (DE) and Petroleum Data-Driven Analytics (PD2A) technical sections. Additionally, we are fostering an initiative to publish a technical report for Decision Quality in Multi-Company Upstream Projects.

In the upcoming months, I plan to update you on all the above mentioned initiatives.   We will also have guest writers commenting on important topics related to M&I. Thank you again for being part of SPE. I welcome your comments, feedback, and assistance to help improve our M&I area. Please feel free to contact me at jc-cunha@spemail.org.

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Training Course: Gas Shale Reservoir Evaluation Methods

Gain training on the evaluation methods and techniques that can be utilized to delineate productive shales from barren shales. One of the major challenges of gas shale reservoirs is to apply conventional log data to acquire reservoir rock properties. Organic matter richness, thermal maturity status, porosity, permeability, frees gas saturation, adsorbed gas volume and rock mechanical characteristics are among those critical parameters that have to be estimated for gas shale field assessment. In this course log analysis for gas shale reservoirs will be demonstrated practically to estimate reservoir properties.

Join Reza Rezaee 29-30 January 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Learn more »

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Distinguished Lecturer: Tight Coalbed Methane—A Giant Worldwide Resource

Because of the coal depositional process and the nature of gas storage and transport mechanisms, a large percentage of coalbed methane (CBM) exists in low-permeability, or tight, coals. Horizontal drilling and enhanced CBM techniques have been successful in recov­ering gas from tight coals, but with limited commercial suc­cess so far. Better understanding of coal geology and geome­chanics will lead to identification of sweet spots that can be successfully developed. Advancements in horizontal drilling technology and potentially enhanced CBM technology will reduce development costs and facilitate commercial devel­opment. Research and development is required to advance these technologies.

Join Michael Zuber as he discusses the topic.

January 20, 2015              Moscow, Russia
January 22, 2015              Ankara, Turkey
January 26, 2015              Nairobi, Kenya