Mark your calendars for SPE’s workshop, “Subsea Standardization: Finding Common Ground,” which will take place in San Antonio, Texas, 9–10 April 2013. Topics include the current states of operators’ and suppliers’ efforts and discussion of processes for achieving subsea standardization, covering quality, welding, and materials. Service data objectives, joint industry projects, and a list of potential milestones and deliverables will be considered.
Paul Jones, subsea manager at Chevron, writes about the dream of an ultimate subsea system in Oil and Gas Facilities. One path to this system is an architecture that is compact and modular—a plug-and-play architecture with common interfaces that can be configured over the full life cycle of the field. Each component’s performance would be understood, enabling fit-for-purpose designs to be deployed when required. Read the column here.
ATCE 2013 will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana on 30 September-2 October, and now is the time to submit paper proposals for consideration in the conference program. Submit a paper proposal outlining your PFC-related technical advancement, new method, case study, or practical application by 28 January 2013.
If you’re interested in learning more about the cutting-edge subjects of data mining and predictive analytics in oil and gas, tonight’s reception to launch the new SPE technical section Petroleum Data- Driven Analytics (PD2A) might be just what you’re looking for. It will be held from 1930 to 2200 at the Iron Cactus Grill on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Speakers include Matthew Denesuk, manager of natural resources modeling and social analytics, IBM Research Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group, and Fareed AlSayed Abdulla, SPE Regional Director, Middle East Region, and senior vice president (Bab & Gas) of Abu Dhabi Onshore Oil Operations.
Abdulla said he is delighted with the launching of the PD2A Technical Section. “The appropriate use of data has been historically one of the greatest challenges of our industry,” he said. “Now more than ever.”
“Our industry acquires and generates an extraordinary amount of data every day,” he said. “On its own, the task of handling and warehousing this data safely is significant. Even so, data in and of itself has limited value. Only when we use that data and turn it into information and knowledge can we benefit from it.”
“Paradoxically,” he continued, “the very process of converting data into knowledge generates its own data—or metadata—that must also be analyzed, classified, and understood to yield further insight.”
Converting Data to Wisdom
Including 3D and 4D seismic data generated during exploration and data generated every second from thousands of sensors during drilling and operations, the oil and gas industry is accumulating enormous amounts of data. The challenge is converting these data into insights that can be used in decision-making, perhaps even in some cases reaching a point at which decision-making can be fully automated.
The following are examples that illustrate the breadth of the opportunity PD2A technology has to impact E&P decision-making processes:
Drilling and Completions—Data mining, neural networks, and expert systems can use data captured during drilling to oversee the drilling operation in real time, detect potential issues, alarm and provide potential solutions, or even take corrective action.
Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility—Surrogate models can be used to study air pollution and water pollution dispersion patterns. The application of such technologies will help in predicting loss of containment of hydrocarbons and potential impact on the environment.
Management and Information— Data mining, artificial intelligence, and surrogate models can be used to optimize how water injection is distributed in a waterflooded reservoir. This is a key factor in maximizing the value of waterflooding in upstream operations.
Projects, Facilities, and Construction—Intelligent algorithms using simple models can be used to optimize the size of facilities, taking into account the full field development life cycle.
Production and Operations—Making no assumptions about the complex physics or the geology of a field, large quantities of easily obtained production and operational data can be used to identify wells that are candidates for intervention, using diagnostic and prognostic capabilities that indicate the health of the well or facility.
Reservoir Description and Dynamics—Production data can be used to develop full-field reservoir models to identify production and injection infill locations faster and complement existing reservoir modeling to reduce uncertainty in model results.
PD2A’s Auspicious Launch
According to the PD2A Technical Section chairperson, Shawn Shirzadi, program manager for the Data Analytics Program in Field of the Future Flagship at BP, the launch is an auspicious occasion. “This is the first time the technical section has been introduced widely to SPE members,” he said.
It could be an opportunity to become involved in an important wave of the future—PD2A—whose mission is “To foster the application of data-driven modeling, data mining, and predictive analytics research, development, and practices in upstream oil and gas, resulting in improved decision-making in our industry.”
In addition, one could join in furthering PD2A’s purpose. “The purpose of this section shall be to facilitate the development and implementation of this emerging technology by ensuring it is appropriately represented across all technical disciplines in the society’s activities, including Advanced Technology Workshops, Forum Series events, Distinguished Lecturer program, and conference technical sessions. Key objectives also include liaising with others in the oil field and promoting activities in SPE publications. The section will support initiatives to communicate the technology, standardize its nomenclature, and help define its value proposition. In addition, the section will identify lessons learned and best practices associated with the accelerated uptake of ‘Data to Action’ and, if appropriate, facilitate the development of standards.”
Monday, 4 March, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (CET)
Held in conjunction with the 2013 SPE/IADC Drilling Conference and Exhibition
Rai Congress Centre
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Learning from Heavy Industry Front Runners
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Stokes, Global Practice Leader Surface Mining Innovation Rio Tinto
Moderator: John de Wardt, DE WARDT AND COMPANY
The SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical Section (DSATS) and IADC Advanced Rig Technology Committee (ART) will hold another exciting half day symposium on advances in drilling systems automation. The keynote speaker will present Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future Program™, a project that includes unprecedented levels of automation and remote operations. Other speakers from heavy industry front runners in automation applications will also describe how they drove implementation.
This is a complimentary event, but you must register to attend (limited capacity).
A networking reception will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (CET) sponsored by Integrated Drilling Equipment (IDE).
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Olivier Houzé is the managing director of KAPPA Engineering. He joined Flopetrol-Johnston in 1983, and served as a well test field engineer in the Middle East and a software project leader in France. He cofounded KAPPA in 1987 and has been its managing director since 1991.
Houzé has been involved in numerous SPE forums and workshops on well test interpretation and related topics. He was a coauthor of the last SPE Monograph on Pressure Transient Testing (2009). He also serves as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer for 2012–13. Houzé earned an engineer degree from École Polytechnique in France and an MS in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.
I am excited and honored to be serving as SPE’s Technical Director for Production and Operations (P&O). My entire 20-year career has covered all aspects of P&O, ranging from supervising fracturing treatments in Northern Canada to completing failure analysis investigations on electric submersible pumping systems in South America. Call me biased, but I cannot imagine a better discipline to specialize in than P&O because it covers a wide range of exciting topics such as production logging, well interventions, artificial lift, wellbore multiphase flow behavior and stimulation.
In order to get some better clarity on what topics are actually covered within the P&O Discipline and our ability to address technical issues more effectively, we are implementing a new structure that introduces four new sub-disciplines: 1) Enhanced Productivity; 2) Enhanced Operation; 3) Asset Surveillance and Optimization; and 4) Production Chemistry and Metallurgy. Currently, my Advisory Committee is working on defining the topics that will reside under each of the new sub-disciplines and this will be published on the P&O discipline page in January 2013. The goal is to disseminate this information across SPE, ranging from publications to conferences, to ensure global conformity. The P&O Technical Section is also going through some significant changes, so stay tuned for announcements regarding these in early 2013 as well.
Wells Supervisor, Completions and Production Technology Group
Carlos F. Mastrangelo, Petrobras, Houston, Texas, USA
Considered by most of his peers and specialists in the oil industry as the right person responsible for the concept’s definition, going back to 1980s, that made popular the Petrobras way and worldwide use of FPSO’s used as permanent production system. He was responsible for the first FPSO that opened a window for use of this concept as a definitive system and for the biggest turret basic design with 75 risers. He was recognized by SPE Brazilian Section in 2005 as the engineer of the year for his contribution to the development of offshore facilities.