SPE Technology Updates

Industry and Society news grouped by SPE technical discipline

Web Events

Join us on 28 May for The Human Factor: Process Safety and Culture webinar

Ken Arnold, Ford Brett, and Andrew Dingee will present a summary of the two-day Human Factors Summit held In July 2012. This presentation is intended to provide guidance on human factors risks in E&P operations and what can be done to reduce those risks and increase safety. More information »

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SPE R&D Competition: Help Spread the Word

The oil and gas E&P industry faces big challenges as it rises to meet the world’s growing energy needs. And we don’t have all the answers. For that reason, SPE is holding a Research & Development Competition specifically to encourage researchers from the basic sciences and other engineering disciplines to engage in our six Grand Challenges.

The competition is open to academia, research institutes and organizations, companies, and individual investigators. Submissions for the competition are being accepted online through 1 June 2014.

Help spread the word by telling friends and colleagues you think would want to participate in the SPE R&D Competition.

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Flow Assurance Engineer—What are our Career Expectations?

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents

Flow Assurance Engineer—What are our Career Expectations?

Presenter: Doreen Chin, PhD, PE, ASME Fellow

When: Tuesday, 15 April from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center, CityCenter • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50

This presentation will discuss:

  1. Flow Assurance Science vs. Flow Assurance Engineering
  2. The integrated role of Flow Assurance engineer in development projects
  3. Flow Assurance Engineering in various phases of the projects
  4. Flow Assurances Engineer – Career Expectations

Program Agenda

1100–1130: Registration and Networking
1130–1300: Lunch
1200–1300: Presentation and Q&A

Register Today!

 

Web Events

Presenting the 2013 SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award

This 17 April webinar will feature three recipients of the SPE Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, David DiCarlo, Shenglai Yang, and Phaneendra Babu Kondapi, for their innovative teaching techniques and excellence.  More information »

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Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Register Today for R&D Study Group—Developing an Artificial Heart with Assistance from Cameron, an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturer

Speaker:  John Bartos, Corporate Vice President, Development and Technology for Cameron

When: Thursday, 3 April from 1130 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center—Westchase • 9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77042
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 35, Nonmember = USD 40

In November 2010 the Texas Heart Institute contacted Cameron asking if they would participate with them from an engineering standpoint in the design and development of the next generation total artificial heart.  The doctors contacted Cameron based on the fact that they have significant expertise in the design of all kinds of pumps and compressors, plus the fact that Cameron is going to be around to support it.  Cameron agreed to take this on and we put together the engineering team that exists today.  The engineers work on this on a voluntary basis.

Organizer: Skip Davis, Chair R&D Study Group

Register Today!

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SPE Workshop—The Future of Data Security and Information Management

SPE Workshop—The Future of Data Security and Information Management
28 April–1 May 2014
London, United Kingdom │ ME London

Security of data and continuity of operations have become a growing concern as we move to increased reliance on tools, devices, remote connectivity and automation all producing larger and larger volumes of critical information and intellectual property that could be compromised. With multiple operators, standards and approaches currently under consideration, as well as many of the critical constituents not setting the same expectations on our future, this workshop will provide a forum to develop a consistent understanding on how to best secure an industry approach.

Register Online Now!
Registration deadline is 21 April.

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Register Today for 18 March SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Luncheon

SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section Presents:
Total Systems Approach to Flow Assurance in an Existing System
Presenter: Lynn Frostman, Baker Hughes

When: Tuesday, 18 March from 1100 to 1300 hours CDT
Where: Norris Conference Center • 816 Town & Country Street #210 • Houston, TX 77024
Registration Fee: SPE Member = USD 40, Nonmember = USD 50

This overview presentation will cover a holistic approach to analyzing and mitigating flow assurance concerns in existing fields. The program will consider an example offshore system from reservoir to sales point, and present a “Flow Assurance 101″ primer. Specific attention will be given to the inter-relationships of the flow assurance risks and the impact of mitigation strategies on the total system.

Program Agenda
1100–1130—Registration and Networking
1130–1300—Lunch
1200–1300—Presentation and Q&A

Register today!

 

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SPE Applying the Best Technologies in Extremely Sensitive Environments Workshop

27–29 May 2014
Quito, Ecuador | JW Marriott Hotel Quito

This applied technology workshop highlights state-of-the-art technologies and their impacting role on social responsibility strategies in extremely sensitive environments (ESE). This multidisciplinary workshop will deal with the most outstanding challenges and achievements in advanced Technology as they apply to Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE SR). Social Responsibility (SR) is rapidly becoming a central part of O&G operations.

Organizations must understand and communicate SR risks to stakeholders early in the project cycle so that a foundation of trust and good communication is established with the often critical stakeholders affected by development in ESEs. Many O&G Operators have recently learned that HSSE SR issues need to be at the front of the planning train in order to establish a sustainable development plan.

This workshop intends to explore and discuss some of these key technologies, what has worked, what has not worked, and areas where future technological innovation is necessary to strengthen our social license to operate in Extremely Sensitive Environments (ESE). It will also provide an opportunity to share and learn from the field experiences of successful industry players.

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Web Events

Predicting Droplet Size Distributions

Join Gene Kouba on 25 June for his web event that will discuss a modified two-parameter methodology in which the minimum droplet size that can be created from available energy along with the maximum droplet size that can survive in the flow are used to characterize the droplet size distribution. More information »