SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

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Getting to Zero — The Road to Stavanger

June 2015: SPE Webinar “Getting to Zero — The Road to Stavanger”
April 2016: SPE International HSSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. (Abstract submission deadline: 29 June 2015)

“Getting to zero” means eliminating HSE incident occurrences. The best practices of incident-free organizations are being seen as a way to catalyze a breakthrough in the O&G industry. The goal is to re-establish the improvement trend in HSE performance metrics. Plan now to attend the webinar and help frame a roadmap for the industry leading to the conference in Stavanger!

Web Events

Web Event: Selective Water-Reduction Systems

Larry Eoff, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, will host a webinar on 17 August on “Selective Water-Reduction Systems: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?” This presentation discusses the mechanisms of selective water-reduction systems, case histories for both water reduction and alternate applications, and how this class of compounds and their applications could potentially be improved for increased success in the future. Users can choose between a morning and an evening session.

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Web Event: Case-Based Reasoning

On 25 June, Andrei Popa, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, will speak on “Understanding the Potential of Case-Based Reasoning in the Oil Industry.” Case-based reasoning (CBR) is another soft computing technology developed to deal with uncertainty, approximate reasoning and exploit knowledge domain. Case-based reasoning, also known as computer reasoning by analogy, is a simple and practical technique that solves new problems by comparing them to ones that have already been solved in the past, thus saving time and money. Users can choose between a morning and an evening session.

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Web Event: Mature Oil Fields

Tayfun Babadagli, SPE Distinguished Lecturer, will conduct a web event on 20 May on “Development of Mature Oil Fields: Enhanced Oil Recovery Option.” In this presentation, after the definition of a mature oil field, the different aspects of mature field development are outlined. The first issue covered is the estimation of reserves focusing on the determination of the amount and location of the residual oil after primary and secondary recovery using field, log, and core data. A comparative analysis of these data collection tools and techniques will be provided. Users can choose from a morning or evening session.

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Web Event: Digital Manufacturing

Learn about “Digital Manufacturing and Its Relation to Drilling Systems Automation” on 3 June with Clay Flannigan.  Digital Manufacturing (“Digital Thread”) encompasses the idea of high-levels of connectivity, data aggregation, and digital models to drive efficiency, safety, and growth in distributed systems. More concretely, there is a trend in manufacturing operations towards having a common data model that guides the creation of products from design engineering, through manufacturing all the way to maintenance, support, and end-of-life reclamation. This web event will provide an overview of current activities in other industries and their relation to drilling system automation.

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SPE Technical Report: Calculation of Worst-Case Discharge (WCD)

Approved by the SPE Board of Directors in March, this report documents the consensus from the SPE Summit held in March 2014. Topics covered in the technical report include reservoir properties, inflow modeling, outflow modeling, total volume, special cases, and reporting. Deterministic methods are proposed because of the wording of regulations and requirements for detailed well design and response planning, but parametric sensitivity analysis is recommended. All reservoir properties should be best-estimate success-case values based on sound geology, geophysics, and engineering judgment. Future improvements could include flow correlations for high rates in large-diameter pipes, sonic velocity effects, and probabilistic methods. For full details, read SPE-174705-TR.

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Web Event: Fluids for Fracturing Petroleum Reservoirs

Join Ghaithan Al-Muntasheri on 23 June to hear a web event on “Fluids for Fracturing Petroleum Reservoirs.” This presentation will discuss the various existing technologies used for HF fluids. The webinar will also shed light on the current challenges that the industry faces. This will help the attendees draw broad lines on the current research themes in this area.

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Web Event: Fluids for Fracturing Petroleum Reservoirs

Join Ghaithan Al-Muntasheri on 23 June for the web event “Fluids for Fracturing Petroleum Reservoirs.” This presentation will discuss the various existing technologies used for HF fluids. The webinar will also shed light on the current challenges that the industry faces and help attendees draw broad lines on the current research themes in this area.

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Director’s Note: Introduction and Objectives

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.

Biographical information

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!

Trey Shaffer

ERM

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Corporate Social Responsibility at OTC

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!